I'm so glad to share this fun spot I shot for Lucky Charms. Not only did I get to work with my friend Ryan McDonald, but I also got to work with the wonderful pup from the Febreze spot I did last year!
Left-right: Instructor Laura K MacDonald, Chris Dickason, Lauren Bradley, Pam Kearns, Norma Mcknight, Rebecca Johnstone, Alicja Turek, Hannah Henney, Sharon Greyson, Fei Ren, Jasmine Boyd, Simon Turek, special guest Jonny Della Vecchia
Look at the fine group of fabulous actors!
I couldn't be happier with the second ever Laura Mac Commercial Audition Workshop. We had a wide range of actors; some who were just starting out, some returning to the industry, and some vets of the feild. I'm so proud of all the hard work and energy these fine folks brought to the table. I can honestly say that while I may be leading the workshop, I leave having learned so much about my community and the caliber of amazing work being showcased here in Vancouver.
I'm starting to really love this... guess that means workshop #3 will be right around the corner!
Bruce Clayton is back from Toronto for another great session with the Western Professional Actor's Lab. I just love working with Bruce. Here's what I did with Antonnio this week. Huge shout out to Everett and Andres for their shooting. We were all over the place and they gracefully caught up. Too much fun :)
More to come. I'm learning a scene from Wall Street this week and revisiting one I did a few years back from Chicago Hope. Should be fun :)
Top left-right: Special Guest Jonny Della Vecchia, Kevin Kokoska, Rhys Lenton, Ash Middleton, Joel Lefevre and Amro Majzoub
Front left - right: Rachelle Hay, Michael Diel, Tania Lewis, Nisreen Slim and ME!
I could not be more excited to share this photo and the overwhelming joy I feel after running my first Commercial Audition Workshop on Sunday. I had an amazing group of actors come out and bring their best, most positive, open selves to play. We were able to jam pack 4 hours with great work; we learned about slating, our commercial essence, marketing material, clothing choices, improv auditions, group auditions and scripted auditions. We discussed the importance of building community and of course, having a positive, outgoing energy in and our of the audition room.
Jonny provided us with some amazing insights into the other side of our auditions, answering questions about the casting process and helping us understand our role and responsibility in our auditions and callbacks.
I'm so grateful to this fine bunch and am proud to have them in my community! They've definitely given me the confidence to offer another workshop soon!
Who would've guessed in less then two years, I'd go from zero acting jobs to offering a commercial acting workshop? You gotta love how life works. The idea of offering a workshop is exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. I know I've got a lot to share with new actors who are getting into the commercial game. There are very specific things I do at every audition that have resulted in consistent callbacks, holds and bookings. I'd love to help other actors in Vancouver move their careers in the same direction. My dream is to have a whole community of strong, flexible talent that draws productions into the city.
I've got a lot of work ahead of me, I'm learning all about marketing, and sending lots of emails in hopes of getting 10-12 patricipants for my first workshop. I've booked a studio, I'm working on a cirriculum and making sure I'm as prepared as possible to fill 4 hours with informative fun. I've even got a special guest on board! A local casting associate who will come in and share his experiences with us while answering any questions we might have.
Wish me luck!
It's time to get back to basics. I've gotten comfortable and maybe even a bit complacent. While the progression of my career feels great, the way I approach my daily life has fallen back into some old habits. I've become reactive instead of proactive.
Step 1: Forgive myself. It makes sense that after several months of work, things have maybe slipped into autopilot mode. I also haven't been working with an accountability team, so it's only natural that things have gotten a bit stale.
Step 2: Get planning! Unlike a couple years ago, I'm now armed with the tools I need to get back on track. I know what I want. I know what I value. And I know that I can have even more from my life.
Step 3: Get help! I've started working with the Actor's Business Collective again and after only a few weeks, I'm starting to feel much more powerful in my choices. I'm so glad to be back in class. The information that I'm revisiting is resonating just as powerfully the second time around as it did the first. Maybe even more so.
There's always room to explore and grow. I'm learning that setting goals isn't even really about accomplishing them. It's about forward momentum. Living into something bigger and brighter that lights a fire under your ass, gets you excited about life and relieves all the anxious "what ifs". When I get clear on what I want to accomplish in a week and schedule accordingly, I operate knowing that I'm doing exactly what I want with my time. I don't have to worry that I'm not working hard enough, being smart enough, doing more, being more, etc. etc. All the insecure emotions are forced onto the back burner, my wise mind takes over, and I feel grounded and fearless.
A teeny tiny role on a tv show is still a role, yes? Yes. So I shall share it here with pride and gratitude! I had a great day working with the Arrow team and was very glad to have the opportunity to play a cop. It was a quick day for me, just a few hours, and I'm very grateful for the newest credit on my resume. It's a blink-and-you-miss-it part and I'm really glad I got chosen to perform it!
After a fall of exploring voice over work, I was keen on getting back to class, breaking down scripts and putting work on tape. I decided that I would double down and take two classes at once to really work out my acting muscle. I was thrilled to get to work with John Cassini again at Railtown Acting Studios and continue the work we began last spring. To try something new, I signed up for a class with Christiane Hirt at Rogues West Studio as well. I audited a class first and really loved her approach to the work and her ability to help her actors tap into deeper connections with their scenes.
I'm really pleased with the work I've done over the last 6 weeks. I broke down 8 different characters and got some great feedback from both John and Christiane. It felt really great to be back on camera and I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn from these great coaches. There's always more work to do, of course, and up next I've decided to get back into the world of Meisner. Focus some time on letting go of my perceptions of the future and instead being present and in the moment. Every moment. Like this one. Or this one.
Here's a couple clips from my class at Rogues West with Christiane.
2016 was without question, the best acting year of my life. I accomplished all my goals and booked 11 acting jobs. 11! I can still hardly believe it happened. I'd like to carry that momentum into 2017. To start my year off right, I decided to create a marketing campaign that showcased my successes from last year.
I'm very fortunate to have developed strong relationships with the commercial casting directors in Vancouver. I get brought in regularly and feel great about the work I'm doing. I want to ensure that I am fostering those relationships, by genuinely thanking them for believing in me and giving me so many incredible opportunities.
I'm still getting to know the film and tv casting directors around town. There are 2 teams that bring me in consistently, and I'm thrilled to have booked with both. I wanted to play up the fact that both bookings were for waitress roles, so along with help from my mentors Anne Marie and Tammy, I put together these fun postcards for the film and tv casting directors in Vancouver.
I can't say for sure that I got my latest TV audition because of these postcards, but I can say that it was my first audition with that casting director in over a year and I can also say that I BOOKED IT! I'll share more details as soon as I can!
And just like that, I've booked my first role on an American network television show. So exciting. I still can't believe it happened. I got an actor role on the NBC show Timeless. What are the chances, my second television role is also.... a Waitress. I've got type! And it's service folks! My thanks go out to the whole team at Jackie Lind Casting for giving me the opportunity to play this year, especially to the talented and generous Anne Marie DeLuise for being my mentor and helping me navigate this crazy business.
The day couldn't have gone better. I was thrilled to get to work opposite Abigail Spencer and Goran Visnijic. Goran was very sweet and chatted with me throughout the day. We told stories of our first jobs (this being one of mine) and I even told him about the family cat my mother named Dr. Luka Kovac after his character on ER. What's better is that I didn't totally freak him out, he actually laughed. I even helped him read for an audition during our lunch break. It was so great seeing an established actor going through the same steps as I do. Get an audition. Break it down. Make strong choices. Put it on tape. That's the job. Booking is out of our control. The work is in the audition.
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