Friday, September 24, 2004

Last night, I hung out with Martin and my old friend, Marc, at XES Lounge in Chelsea. It's a relatively new bar that opened up back in June. I had a great time at their opening weekend After-Pride Party, chatting with friends and partaking of the free hot dogs.

After XES and a quick slice of pizza, Martin and I headed down to Bar 4 in Park Slope to celebrate Heather's new job at McGraw-Hill! Her last day as a kindergarten teacher is October 8.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Smoke-free for 9 days now.

Last night, I started my second acting class at NYU, "Acting for Film and TV" with casting director, Sue Crystal. She seems very personable, and is definitely intelligent and funny, so I look forward to working with her. The class is a little large for my taste (at 15), but regardless, I'm really psyched because since I've been acting again, I've had limited on-camera experience; everything has been theater-based.

I didn't go to my Scene Study class yesterday morning. My scene partner, Ryan, wasn't going to be there, and I hadn't prepared my Uta Hagen Exercise ("Destination") thoroughly enough, so I spent my Day-Off-for-Acting reading through various technique and audition books at Barnes & Noble. I picked up, among other things, Rob Decina's The Art of Auditioning yesterday. I recognized his name, because he teaches at TVI, and I remembered seeing an email announcing his book's release. It's a great read: extremely honest and insightful, with a direct approach on how best to try and land TV jobs. I'm already halfway through it.

I submitted for another student movie today and also sent my Thank You card (finally) to Chris Macke, the headshot photographer I used last month.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Anniversaries and regret

Oy, drank too much at Excelsior's Fifth Anniversary party last night. I remember yelling at some woman who was shaped like a tomato and who spoke like Karen from "Will & Grace", for constantly elbowing my friend, Brian, in the back while standing at the bar (I hate that!). I vaguely remember meeting some friendly chap from Scotland as well. It's all a haze now…

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Yoga

Just did yoga with Henry at NYSC. I loved it. I really need to do more of it. I always feel like I'm floating on a cloud after a good yoga class.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Commonwealth

Hung out at Commonwealth (former Carry Nation bartender, Ray's new bar, which he owns) on 5th Avenue and 12th tonight, with David, Henry, Ken & Derek and Paul the Ex, who gladly provided the non-juicy details of his tryst with Mike last Thursday, despite my advice. :-) (I mean who doesn't have lube, especially when you "host guests" as often as he does?)

Oh, I also quit smoking today! Let's see how it goes…

Monday, September 13, 2004

Hot Scene Partners and Commercials

My new scene partner from TVI, Ryan, drove up all the way from Philly tonight so we could rehearse for a few hours. It was a lot of fun: we worked through the script a bunch of times, but also talked a lot about starting out in the business. He's in the same boat as I was back in April, so there was a lot of info I wanted to give him. He also came out to me which was unexpected! He's one of those guys where you couldn't really tell if he were gay or not. You would look at him and think, "Hmmm. Probably... oh wait. No, he's not."

I HAD TO TURN DOWN MY FIRST COMMERCIAL TONIGHT. *sigh* Well, Ryan was right there, when at 9 PM, a background/extras casting director calls me for a New York State Lottery commercial that was filming all day tomorrow and Wednesday from 6 AM on. I had to say no, because I wasn't sure if I could get a car for such a long stretch AND at such short notice, and because that would mean Ryan's two-hour-plus drive would have been in vain. You see, we have to perform our scene on Wednesday. Grrr… I can see that casting director right now, just ripping through my headshot as I said, "No, sorry. I can't be available…" I really hope that isn't the case.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

My first New York audition

Today I had my first audition! It was for a short film called Not a F***ing Blonde, written by Esther Pan and to be directed by Caroline Laskow. It centers around a young Asian-American couple as they reveal the dynamics of their prior relationships with white people. I know I could have read better, but one is not supposed to dwell on these things. You should go in with a positive energy but with the realistic viewpoint, "I'm most likely not going to get this job," simply because the odds ARE against you. All you do is do your best and be yourself during the audition, and try not to let nerves get the best of you. If you get a callback, all the better!

The audition was a cold reading with Esther and another auditioner, in front of a camera and a very bright light. And it was in one of those high-rises in Chinatown. I've always wondered what they looked like on the inside. Anyway, both the director and the writer came across as extremely intelligent and focused women; it would be great to work with them some time in the future.