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

After reading an article on FastCompany.com about Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, regarding the hidden trials and tribulations of successful creative artists arriving at their success, I knew I had to write about a recent victory. Look, great things happen to me all the time, but this is probably the most fortuitous occurrence of my entertainment career to date, […]

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, […]

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