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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Will be off...

to rehearsal in a few minutes!

As I was saying in the post before this, I am currently involved in a live network press event. Basically, Oxygen Network. Unfortunately, the production will not be aired on TV because it was mainly for the press. However, I am extremely excited to be in the same room with celebrities and very important people, for once not as a server in an catering event. But as a performer :)

It's funny because of the fact that I am in New York and I work with a catering company, I see celebs all the time! Instead of acting all excited (although I usually would be), I would have to keep my cool and blend in to the rest of the servers wearing our 'communist looking uniforms'. "No taking pictures with the celebs!", our captains would say. Our job is to serve them and then be invisible until they need us.

But yes, I have a bunch of details that I am not quite sure if I am allowed to put out on the internet for now. But please stay tuned as the event will be next Tuesday and I will be carrying my camera with me! :) :) :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Blues... News.

I received three calls from different casting directors that I have auditioned for two weeks ago.

Numero Uno.

I booked a gig as a singer in a known TV Network!
So exciting! I don't want to release the details until I get more information about it. 
Well nothing huge really. I don't wanna think that it's a huge gig with my face featured on screen for 10 straight minutes. I'd rather be surprised with the end product myself ;)


I am just EXTREMELY excited that I will be working with known people in the field and the fact that I am getting paid for my talent! Yay!


Numero Dos.

I want to, need to, have to learn have a FOB *fresh-off-the-boat* accent!
I did an audition for a short film and have finally heard back from the casting director.
Here goes....

Sue-Yenn,
 
I wanted to thank you so much for coming to our callbacks for XYZ. Casting decided to go with another actress. Your acting and chemistry was great with the other actors, and your dancing was by far the most beautiful and touching we had seen throughout the entire 2 week audition process. The casting crew and director decided to go with an actress that had a thick Chinese accent, because ABC is supposed to be new to America. I will definitely keep you in mind for future projects I am working on once XYZ wraps.

ATM
 
Don't get me wrong. I had a lot of fun at the audition but I knew straight off the bat that I would not be cast because I spoke to the other Asian girl aka. my competitor and she really spoke with an FOB accent! Her script was scribbled with Chinese characters representing acting directions! Can't compete with her. 


Like all the other auditions that I have been to, this is another audition practice. A chance to be seen and remembered. Who know's I might be able to do ATM's next short film?
Positive thoughts, positive thoughts.


Numero Tres.

I will be going back to Saugatuck this summer for a theatre gig!


Not the highest paying job, but I get to earn more equity points and I am cast as one of the Cell Block Tango Girls in CHICAGO the Musical! Good old Chicago, I'll never get bored of the show.
I am also looking forward to going back to Michigan to visit old friends and enjoy nature after staying in the city for so long.




Auditions... auditions... auditions...
Let's see if I get seen for the audition tomorrow *cross fingers*

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Heart Wrenching

Tragedy.

So many misfortunes and disasters happened and it is only three months into 2011.
Egypt's protests against the government, Japan's heart breaking tsunami, earthquakes and radiation effects, Libya's internal affairs. All these things, and it seems like it is only the beginning.

I received a call this morning from someone close to my heart. Turns out that there has been death in his family, and it is someone that I just got to know personally. I am still digesting this.
My condolences to everyone around the world and close to home who are suffering and most of all, the ones left behind.

Life and death.

At one hand, we celebrate human's success in medical breakthrough and inventions; on the other, we experience mother nature's swift blows that reminds us of how small we really are.



Sometimes, it really does feel like the world is coming to an end.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Typo

Hello Monday afternoon,

I am sitting here in a quaint little bakery On the upper east side with tempting French and Japanese Fusion pastries, typing on Sam's iPad while I wait for time to pass before making my 45 minute trip back to midtown to the studio for my callback that I auditioned for this morning. I love days like this. Instead of having to wake up at 4am in the morning to warm up for the audition that I anticipated for a week in advance, I had the luxury of rolling off my bed at 7.30am for a nice warm shower along with my silly annoying crying cat warm ups in the steam and breakfast before heading out with Lynn to the city for an audition.

I got to the audition studio and voila! 8 people. Yay. Today is a good day. No long waits. I guessed right. Like I said in my previous posts. Auditions are a hit or miss in so many ways, some day you may think no one would be in a particular audition, and when you turn up at 9am for the 10am call, the place would packed and you would not even have one percent chance of being seen. Other days like today would be nice, chill, no stress and quick. Even better when you get a call back ;)

Anyway, the reason why I am writing this post is because of the conversation that my sister and I had last night about my blog posts.



"You have so many spelling errors and grammatical mistakes that it makes me squirm in my seat whenever I read something wrong. And it's every sentence! You should read through before you post something."

"I hope people don't read your blog and think that every theatre person writes like you."



Lol. Don't worry, I was not offended. Only family would not hide the truth, what more and Asian big sister who is not afraid to tell you that you are wrong? We're both use to being straight forward to each other.

But yes, it is true. Most of the time I have been blogging through Sam's iPad and mostly in time constrained situations (like now, I have to leave for my callback in 5 minutes!), and because I am usually in such a rush, I don't have time to prove read and correct the words that the iPad think I wanted to write. I might think of a word and my fingers would type something else because it wouldn't be fast enough to keep up with my brain, especially on a touch screen device. Blah blah blah. Excuses. Yes, I know.

I should just get into a habit of prove reading before I post something and not embarrass myself. I may not be a great writer (because if I was, it would be my profession anyways), but I certainly don't doubt my English. I shouldn't make small silly mistakes that make people squirm in their seats while reading.



Lol. Gotta go. Call back time. Wish me luck.




Xoxo

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Wonder of Auditions

Auditions really are a hit or miss. Some people may beg to decline that fact, but to me it really is.

Some days I would walk in to an audition feeling really crappy and congested, and I would surprise myself by singing beautifully accompanied by the harmonious acoustics of the small tiny studio room. On the other hand, some days I would be perfectly warmed up ready to go, and yet start croaking like and old toad. Even worse, I would be singing the easiest song to play, and the accompanist would just not get the melody and screw up the whole thing for me.

Obviously, it should never ever be the accompanists fault. They are always there to help us and should never ever be taken granted of. I'm just saying because it happens and if they screw you up, they screw you up.

Some days I would be in 3 different auditions packed with people (like my one time being number 153 at 6.30am), and yet I would be seen for all three auditions BEFORE lunch time, which leaves me time to go home and have the rest of the day to myself after literally planning to camp the entire day there.

Yesterday, I got typed out. Meaning, they took in our resume, looked at our headshots and then determined if I should fit the show before hearing me sing. Sometimes, I'd rather have them do that just because I wouldn't have to waste my time waiting all day to the fact that they don't even have their eye on me. Anyways, I got typed out. And honestly if it were any show, I'd be fine because I am so use to rejection.



Yesterday, I got typed out of Miss effing Saigon. Like seriously, ftw?!
I understand that sometimes most roles would have be pre-cast before auditions, but I just felt like I got shot in the face, right in the bridge between my eyes. If I get typed out from Miss Saigon, what the hell would I been typed in for? I feel like I've been rejected by my own kind. After all Miss Saigon is only one of the very few Asian Musicals that exist!



I am still stunned by the fact that I got typed out. Can't believe it at all.
Sigh. I keep telling myself to stay strong and keep on grinding. But what can you do when you hit a wall like this?


Big audition week next week. Please let it be the opposite :(

Monday, March 07, 2011

Fingers Crossed

Hello world.

This past week has been great for me. Worked a bunch, and also had a few really great auditions. In fact I just came back from a call back today that seemed pretty promising! I thought I did really well and it all depends on if they want my type or not. I don't want to talk about it until I hear from them, in fear that I would jinx it.

Cross your fingers and hope for the best for me!


Meanwhile, I decided to challenge lazy self to workout buy purchasing a workout bootcamp program that was originally worth $300 bucks. I just paid $20 for 20 classes! I figured since I have already paid for it, no excuse for me to procrastinate and just complain that I have put on weight and not do anything about it.



Till then, stay warm. The weather is poopy :(