There was once a study that proved that people are more likely to do something if they tell a whole bunch of other people about it. Like, if you’re going on a diet and tell your coworkers, you’re more likely to stick to it because you don’t want them to think you’re a failure. I totally believe this and that is why I wrote an essay about deciding to try acting, and tweeted/facebooked it. The interesting part about doing all of that wasn’t the comments I received online (although those have been good!), but the conversations I had about it in person. It turns out, so many people totally ‘liked’ it in real life too! From the ex-coworker I ran into at a bar last week, to an old friend I had not seen in more than two years, the feedback I received has been endlessly encouraging and really added ample amounts of lighter fluid to the fire. You guys are really the best.
So what have I been up to since the original proclamation? I have been in two spec commercials, a student film at Tisch, and next week I am voicing a cartoon. I have made a whole bunch of great contacts and started the preparations on a few of my own projects. The hustle is intense but it feels great and I love the work.
What I have learned so far about acting is that it is a total crapshoot and then also, completely based how much you want it. There are plenty of people who are in it to scam you, which makes me glad that I am starting a little older and wiser. Everyone is your competition, so even if you want to think that this fun group you’re working with from 4-12 hours a day is your ‘team’, it is important to remember that they are sizing you up at all times. Actors (& actresses) come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Here I am thinking that I am a little too old and completely average, but I have actually been cast as “the pretty girl” several times. Don’t know if that would fly in Hollywood, but for now, I am going to enjoy it! Your friends are going to try to help you out, but really, in the end, it comes down to you and your talent. A contact list is great, but a good reel and headshots are better.
So, thanks again for all your support and throwing me casting notices and useful contacts; it has been essential to the growth of this whole crazy thing and really, it means the world to me. I believe in you too!
As always, follow me on twitter @everydaycaitlin, and send all inquiries (castings/agents/hate mail) to firstname.lastname@example.org
when you say kitchen stuff on your xmas list - i need more guidance. please answer this quiz to lead to better presents.
1. it is a rainy and cold sunday afternoon. do you make:
a. mac and cheese (not from a box)
e. all of the above
2. You want to make vegetables - asparagus or green beans or brocoli. Do you:
a. steam them
b. boil them
c. sautee them
d. broil them
e. put them in the mac and cheese
3. The most used utensil or tool in your kitchen is:
a. restaurant tongs
b. pasta collander
c. wine opener/bottle opener
d. can opener
e. imersion blender
4. When you are in other people’s kitchens, you are most jealous when you see:
b. non-stick cookware
c. cast iron skillet
d. big appliances - mixer, foord processor, blender, juicer etc
e. well stocked spices
5. If you had to cook one type of cuisine for a week, would it be:
e. Middle Eastern
6. The celebrity chef you could watch most often is:
a. Paula Deen
b. Sandra Lee
c. Julia Child
e. Ina Garten
7. The cooking skill you most want to learn next is:
a. pastry dough
b. bread making
c. making a roux
d. proper knife skills
e. bacon mat
8. In 100 words or less, please descibe your biggest kitchen disaster, what you learned, and what you would do differently if faced with the same situation.”—My sister, in an email, about Christmas presents.