I'm an actress in Los Angeles, sharing my Lessons Learned along the way.

My first Los Angeles commercial agent came by way of a targeted mailing. In December 2006 I had purchased the latest issue of Ross Reports, now called Call Sheet, and I highlighted commercial agents that took on new non-union clients, then sent them a headshot, resume and cover letter. By January of 2006, I opted to give 3 […]

I began 2014 with a few hundred dollars in the bank and no idea of where my next source of earnings would come from. In November of 2013, the one day a week job, that I’d worked for 8 years, ended in an amicable termination. A month thereafter, in December, the unemployment benefits I had been receiving, […]

While talking to my best friend Kym on the phone last night, we began discussing how I never tell people what jobs I’ve booked.  How I just let people get surprised when I pop up on their TV screen.  Many people ask me why I don’t inform them where to look for me.  Well, there are […]

Leap Of Faith!

December 4, 2014


 

In 2004, I was living in Jersey City, NJ, after a long term relationship had ended,  was fired from my full-time job at Bergdorf Goodman and had euthanized my 16 year old ill cat.  What felt like a trinity of catastrophes, was actually a turning point, a silver-lining if you will.  I’d lived in NYC all of my life, except for 3 years spent in NJ.  At that point, I realized that I had nothing tying me down.  A friend had been trying to persuade me to move to Los Angeles, where she lived, for at least 5 years. Recognizing I had complete carte blanche to do what ever I desired, I set September 2005 as the date I would move to Los Angeles, to pursue acting.

The only experience in acting I had, at that time, was completing a Meisner program at the Ward Studio in NYC.  Fortuitously, I had a brilliant career coach who taught me how to be business minded by setting & achieving goals, being professional and knowledgable about my industry.  I created a 1 year plan broken down into quarters, to prepare for my move to LA.

In August 2005, 1 month before my big move, I visited LA, for employment interviews  and to look for an apartment.  What was supposed to be one week, turned into two, and I was able to go back to the east coast with a full-time job and a studio apartment in place for my return.

The idea of working a full-time job was met with resistance.  See, I was making a modest living off of non-union commercials and a part-time job in NY.  I enjoyed having my freedom to be an artist, although, sometimes a struggle.  My co-worker asked me how was I going to purse acting while working a full-time job.  My response to him was, to bust my ass at the new job for a year, make them love me and ask for a part-time position. Continue Reading