full time actor

​I can’t believe its February already. I feel like time is flying by! I’ve been working hard and trying to keep up the momentum I started in the fall. I love my agent Ari, she’s been a wonderful teammate and we’re starting to get me into more casting rooms. I feel great about my commercial game. I got my first booking of the year this week and am really looking forward to filming this weekend!Being out of commission with Christmas and then my broken toe, really motivated me to get back into a solid routine. I had applied for a mentorship through Women in Film and Television back in the fall and was thrilled to learn that I got a spot! I’ve been paired up with the amazingly talented Anne Marie DeLuise!

You may recognize her as Mrs. Briggs from the CBC show Strange Empire. I sure did! She’s been working in the film and television business for over 20 years and exactly the type of actress I aspire to be! I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from her over the next 6 months. We’ve already had our first meeting and I couldn’t be more inspired. She’s given me lots to work on! As an actor, booking jobs is heavily dependent on factors out of your control, learning what I can be doing everyday to influence that outcome has been the single most important change in my life.
Anne Marie helped me pick a new headshot that captures my bubbly, personable, girl next store personality and I’ve put together some marketing postcards that I’m sending out to casting today. Hopefully they’ll land on a desk at the right time and casting will see a character or two I could play in their upcoming projects.
The developer of the mentorship program, Krista Magnusson, has scheduled us a series of workshops and seminars to go along with the work we’re doing with our mentors. The first was a goal setting seminar with the Actor’s Business Collective.
If you know me at all, you know that setting goals is my jam. So as soon as Aaron Hutchinson started talking about yearly action blueprints and artistic business plans, I knew I was in the right place. I signed up for his 12 week class and after 3 classes, I already feel like I’m upping my game. Aaron is a great example of what happens when you attack your acting career from a business perspective.
With Aaron’s help, I’ve set out a great plan for the year and have started tracking my hours as an employee of Laura K MacDonald enterprises! My goal is to work 30 hours a week, any less would be part time. And my career is NOT PART TIME! I put up a white board to track my progress. Here’s what it looks like now; just wait till I fill it up over the next year! And yes, if you look closely, you’ll see that the “singing and playing” section of my goal board needs work. It takes time to develop new routines, but I’ll get there!
What else? Well, I’ve gotta keep my acting skills sharp so I auditioned and was accepted into Railtown Actors Studio‘s Film Immersion class lead by the wonderful John Cassini. My audition with him went really well. We worked the scene I brought in and he got me to a really vulnerable, open place that I dream of bringing to all my work. I can’t wait to get started! Of course, I’m happy to see the work I’ve done over the last 6 months, but there are always things to improve and I’m never fully satisfied with a performance.
I can’t say where all this work is going to take me, but I know for sure it’ll take me somewhere! As Aaron says, plant the seeds and watch them grow into something you didn’t even know you didn’t know!