Adventures in Acting

The other day I had an audition for a project that had several strong female roles.  I couldn’t decide between two of them so I asked to be allowed to read for both.  One role was a tough girl, a character who had a hard life and was trying to push her way through to her goals.  The other role was a sexy girl, a former prostitute whose go-to tool is her sexuality.  I read for both (not something I generally do or recommend, but in this case the producers let me) and was happy to get a callback.

I got a phone call from the director informing me that I made it to the next round of auditions and that I would have to have chosen who to read for by then.  I asked him which one he recommended, and he said he sees me more as Tough Girl.  Let me just say, it is very rare for an actor to get feedback on an audition from the director if they didn’t get the part (yet) so it really behooved me to take his advice.  The thing is, I’m not going to.  I’ve auditioned for this director before, and the roles I auditioned for were very similar to Tough Girl.  I can’t help but think that’s why he sees me in the role.  I identify more with Sexy Girl and think I can do cool things with the role (plus it has stunts!).

The director did give me a really great piece of criticism on my Sexy Girl reading.  He said, “You almost have it, but it still feels too much like Melissa Mazza saying the lines, not the character.”  Epic Fail on my part!  I became an actor to play people other than Melissa Mazza!  Still, this was the perfect starting off point for me.  Now I’m trying to get into the character’s head and develop her unique physicality before the callback.  Like I said, how many times do you get the chance to hear from the director exactly what you did right and wrong in an audition?

The second audition isn’t for another week or so, so I’ll definitely update this after I do that.  Perhaps you think I should audition for the other role instead?  Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Beauty Tips for May

Today’s topic is……….hair care!

Summer is fast approaching and beach season has already begun.  The summer brings its own challenges when it comes to maintaining appearances.  After all, you don’t want to wear a face full of makeup to the beach.  Summer can also wreak havoc on the hair.  Salt, sun, and chlorine are extremely damaging.  So what can we do?

If you’re a blonde, I’d recommend switching to a clarifying shampoo for the summer to get rid of salt and chlorine that builds up after swimming.  Brunettes can do this too, but it’s especially important for blondes since chlorine can eventually turn the hair green!  You can prevent damage too by coating the hair with conditioner before swimming, but don’t use too much or you’ll have conditioner floating in the pool, which is gross.

If you happened to watch my video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQYtwLLQV5U from my last post, you may have noticed my crazy, teased hair about 24 seconds in.  That was from a shoot a month ago, and I’m still feeling the effects of all that teasing.  It majorly damaged my hair.  My solution?  Loreal’s new Ever Pure line, especially the Moisture Deep Restorative Masque.  The whole line is sulfate-free, making it extra gentle on the hair.  Ever Pure is meant for those who color their hair, but even virgin hair can benefit from going sulfate-free.

Another product that will really smooth summer strands is Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment (www.ojon.com).  I know many models who swear by this.  The secret of Ojon is Palm Oil, which is deeply moisturizing.  If you don’t want to spend the money, pure olive oil works much the same way.  Simply coat your hair with Ojon or olive oil, leave in for a few minutes (longer for very damaged hair), then shampoo and condition as normal.  If you have thin hair like me, use only a tiny drop to avoid greasiness.  You’ll still see results.  Another thing, only use Ojon or olive oil if you don’t color your hair.  DO NOT PUT OIL IN YOUR HAIR IF YOU DYE YOUR HAIR.  It can cause the dye to leach out.  If your hair is dyed, use the Ever Pure mentioned above.

Hope these tips help!  Remember also to always wear sunscreen too.  There’s no point protecting your hair if you’re going to let your skin get damaged.