Wonderful Updates!

I promised that it wouldn’t happen again; then, not only did it indeed happen again, it was worse this time! I am caught in a lie.  And I am sorry for creating it. But (!) the silver lining is that I believe I have learned something.  I want to write that i will no longer make grandiose promises again, but isn’t that in itself a grandiose promise? Ugh, semantics!

I am talking about not writing in this dear blog of course.  It has been about a month since I last updated, so I guess I have been here in L.A. for about a month-and-a-half.  I have been hopping around this city, making friends and contacts and working and living! I am starting to build some roots here. 🙂

April has been a whirlwind! I worked on a tv show as a speaking actor on April 7th! It as a non-union improvised court show where I was the plaintiff suing a surgeon for a surgery gone wrong.  Justice Karen’s show-try to believe it when you see it lol).  It’s filmed right in Culver City.  I met lots of really great people there on set.  The whole team was really great and supportive of each other.  I even got paid some cash at the end of the night!

I also have a day job.  I am cleaning houses and am pretty good at it and people seem to really be appreciative of the finished product and it pays good and it’s kinda mindless easy work.  Because I got bigger fish to fry than work.

The juiciest part of this whole story is that I am working as a producer, Chief Production Secretary and all! We have formed a team of actors from both of The Actor Space classes and are working to produce a web series.  We have met twice since deciding to do this and are hammering out the major details, like script and location.  When I have solid information, I will IMG_20150405_175452093release it.

Thanks all! Have a great week!!

Sincerely,

Katie Ghidossi

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Auditions: A learning curve.

So I went to an audition on Monday for a theater play that was in Torrence. I actually had two lined up, both for theater, so I scheduled the first early in the audition time slots available and the second toward the end of their audition time range.  I mapped out my course to the first and was rehearsing in the car my little monologue and I was feeling really confident.  I even had my clothes laid out for each audition and was prepared!

I was auditioning for a contemporary and sexy character, so I had a little skirt and a nice tank with a shrug sweater.  Except that this getup was for the wrong audition.  The audition was for a turn-of-the-century character with Einstein and Picasso, not for a hot beach babe.  Ay yi yi. Well, it was too late to go change, so I just had to grin and bear it.

I did the monologue well and the director said “Okay, thanks, that’s all we need.  You’ll be hearing from us.” But it wasn’t meant to be.  I received an email the next day saying that they will not be needing me for call-backs.

This is a life lesson-make sure to wear clothes to fit the character for the CORRECT audition.  Maybe for right now, I shouldn’t schedule more than one audition in a day if I can manage it.  Still deliberating on that, but my wardrobe choices are important for auditions.

Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,

Katie Ghidossi

Auditions: A learning curve.

IMDb!

KG IMDbI started my IMDb page! It can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6648310/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.  Now I just need to work on getting more credits to put up there.

I signed up to work as a background actor in movies and TV shows, so now I can start getting paid, a little bit, hopefully.

I have my next month’s housing figured out.  It’s a little further away than what is ideal, but Emilio and Turtle get to come with me, so it will work out.  And it’s cheaper than this place-bonus!

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Katie

IMDb!

A Little Improv Can Go a Long Way with Dementia

What a great method! “Yes, and” builds a story and why wouldn’t anybody want to make up stories?!

Long Distance Daughter

improv-sign-crop2 Credit: Tom Magliery

Most days, dad sleeps a lot. But today, he’s wide awake. He’s on the phone, yelling at me. He’s so angry, but there’s sadness in his voice, too. “I don’t have any money, I don’t have a car. I don’t even have any shoes,” he tells me. “And I’ve got to go down and see mom and dad.”

Now, my dad is 92 and his parents have been gone for decades. He has money in bank accounts that he doesn’t remember how to access, and he has a car he’s no longer able to drive. These days, his shoes mostly stay in the closet. He wears his slippers when he has the energy to walk down to the dining room to eat with his friends Leo and John, or when he gets the urge to bust out of the skilled nursing wing where he lives. He heads…

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A Little Improv Can Go a Long Way with Dementia

Let’s Get Down To Business.

A little backward macchiato (real name is a lot facier...) with on AMAZING croissant.
A little backward macchiato (real name is a lot facier…) with on AMAZING croissant.

Oh my gosh, it’s been over a week since I’ve written.  So much is happening and I’m driving everywhere, which takes a long time, but those are all just excuses.  I apologize for not writing.

A lot has been happening.  Last Monday, I worked at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank on the set of a cool little indie film.  I was a background extra, and although there was no pay, I was allowed to get credit/recognition on the movie’s IMDb website.  It’s a short film, only estimated to be around 30 minutes once its finalized, and it had a small cast.  But the production had a really great crew and they worked hard and seemed to be doing a great job.  There were different assistant directors and they all were really nice to us; and the food was good.  The other extras were awesome.  Some of them were friends of the Clyde Brothers, who produced it, and they had lots of good information.  I left that night at 8:30/9:00 pm, feeling encouraged to be here in a town of opportunity.

I started to find out about auditions from signing up with both Backstage.com and with LACasting.com.  I read the various opportunities, and if I can make it to the audition, I submit.  Already, I went to one last week.  It was more/less a cold read, but I should have had it memorized.  I didn’t.  It felt a little stale and canned.  Oh well, that is my baseline-I know more than I did and I will work to improve :).

I am working on a scene with a gent from class.  We get to present it to teacher Joe for class on Tuesday.  We’ve met a couple of times, and each time we think of new stuff to put in and work on.  I really like the direction of the scene and think we have a lot to work with, which is nice and challenging at the same time.  It’s fantastic, this acting thing.

I hope all of you out there are doing well, as well, and I appreciate you reading this.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Katie Ghidossi

P.S. Here’s the IMDb link to the short film, titled “If I Could Tell You”:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4424844/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

Santa Monica Beach!!!
Santa Monica Beach!!!
Driving to the sound of "Beverly Hills" by dear Weezer.
Driving to the sound of “Beverly Hills” by Weezer dearest.
Let’s Get Down To Business.

Get along, little doggy.

20150304 huskies in the yardA few days have gone by and I do say I think I’m kind of getting the hang of this.  I have a job lined up for this Monday, nothing major but hopefully I’ll get some good information. I have signed up for acting classes-I get a partner assignment next week and the following week I will get to present it.

I’m learning to leave at least 75 minutes earlier than when you need to be somewhere.  There is always traffic everywhere… LA’s rush hour tops the charts as the most congested cities in the world, with 31.8 hours pper year wasted in traffic.  Source is listed at the bottom.

Today, I went to a movie premier.  The project was a 24-minute film about a former astronaut and his relationship with his son, who is so fascinated with space that he has his own space shuttle in his room. I liked it a lot.  It brought out the emotion in the audience, and, really, isn’t that what this business really comes down to? It’s called The Astronaut, here’s the link: http://www.laemmle.com/films/39099.  See it if you can, you’re in for a bit of emotional sweetness.

Anyway, I walked around North Hollywood, or NoHo as a casual reference, and it was sunny and hot! Like 80 degrees. In March.  There is a drought going on, still, so we must be conservative! All of the faucets in this place are water-conserving faucets. My shower head says “Complements of CAWA.” Good ol’ state watchin’ out for the rest of us.

Thank you and good night.

Sincerely, Katie

P.S. Here’s the link to the short film I saw.  Its called “The Astronaut”:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4328868/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jul/07/100-most-congested-cities-europe-north-america

Get along, little doggy.

Day 1: Hello Los Angeles!

Well, I have officially completed my first full day in this city.  I journeyed out of this apartment and trekked to Target (Downtown LA isn’t as populated with Target stores as you’d think). I found myself parked at an hour-limit meter with no idea which way the store on my GPS was.  However, there was a cool food court at the bottom of this enormous bank building, so I decided to postpone the Target trek and use my hour to get a coffee or lunch. All people at this food court were so well dressed, like a complete city of bankers-Oh wait, I think that is actually the financial district, so it IS a city of bankers.

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I decided to try for the Target on Santa Monica Blvd. And I am really happy I found that gem. It’s really cool, it’s on the second floor of this beautiful double-decker outdoor plaza. People in the store were pretty nice too-it’s nice to be around nice people, isn’t it?

Back to home base for a little bit before making it to the acting class that was referred to me by a friend in Reno who’s a producer and acting coach. When I ventured back out to head to the class, which was in Ventura, I was formerly introduced to the world famous traffic of Los Angeles, California. All of those bankers and lawyers and savvy people in the white collar industry that I had run into at lunchtime were out at the freeway and it was solid slow-moving cars jammed on this like 16-lane highway for MILES! Ugh. And it wasn’t even due to an accident-there are just that many people trying to enter and exit the speedway. Insane and not speedy at all. Traditionally, freeways are a faster way to get from A to B quicker than using side streets. In LA’s case, I believe the opposite is true. Next time, I am definitely planning to either use side streets or metro. Probably streets. Questionable safety on Metro at 11 PM when class releases.

So I make it to Studio City and meet Mr. Palese and attend this acting class. He had called me earlier and instructed me to use the outdoor escalator. I found it right away. Learned so much in class. It went through seven prepared scenes, each discussed and coached after being performed. He pulled techniques from multiple theories of acting methods and seems to be a wealth of information on actors, movies, directors, and other relevancies in the industry. I took so many notes! I think it’s safe to say that I will take classes there.

Back to my little fantastic room for the night.

Onward and upward!

Sincerely,

Katie Ghidossi, aspiring actress.

Day 1: Hello Los Angeles!