Spring is officially in full bloom, well, at least here in sunny Southern California! Even the tulips are blooming in the colder states like Michigan. My career is also starting to bloom, or so I hope! In the time since my last post, my episode of Those Who Kill finally aired on A&E, although the series was pulled after the first two episodes. It will now return on Lifetime instead. My featured role as a Model in Limo on abc’s Mixology also aired recently. Here are some screen caps of my appearances:
Cindy Chu on ‘Those Who Kill’
Cindy Chu on ‘Mixology’
I also booked my first commercial job in LA, appearing as a rock climber in a print ad. Here I am with my fellow models.
Rock Climbing print ad at Stronghold Gym in downtown LA
This week I started a 4-week audition technique intensive class at the ever popular Margie Haber Studio. I’m studying under Courtney Burr and our first session went great! Can’t wait to go back tonight and learn more.
I’ve been attending workshops and manager meetings, and I hope to sign with either a manager or theatrical agent in the next few months. Hollywood is a tough egg to crack. Self-esteem and confidence are always good things to work on in this industry, especially, and I am feeling more of both after working on a photo shoot recently…
My photographer friend Mioara Dragan (who works between Detroit and LA) was in town for LA Fashion Week last month, and we found this contest for Free People, where they would select a photographer, stylist, and model to come to NY for a photo shoot, and we wanted to do something for it. We decided in some of her spare time we would style some shots and I would play the model. I was stunned with the results! She captured me in the way I imagine myself at my best, not knowing I could ever appear that way in real life. Here are the images, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Maybe I’ll stop scoffing now when people ask me if I model. 😉 Oh, and if you’re in need of some head shots, or a wedding photographer, or whatever your needs are, she is incredibly talented and I highly recommend her.
Alright, those are my big updates for now! My Macbook is about to die so until next time.
So it’s almost upon us! I’m talking about the Sundance Film Festival, of course! And I’m going. 😀 You may recall in an earlier post, that I played the part of Alisa in the film Salvation Boulevard. Well, George Ratliff is premiering it at Sundance, so I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to attend for the first time. My only qualms are that I decided so late in the game, and the ticketing procedures were unfamiliar to me, so I will have to see if I can get tickets once I’m there.
Here are some images from the film (they all link back to what site they’re from if you click on them):
Pierce Brosnan as Dan Day in Salvation Boulevard
Salvation Boulevard--Dan Day
Greg Kinnear as Carl VanderVeer in Salvation Boulevard
I’ll have a partner in crime for my SLC/PC trip: my actor friend Lauren Petre! She’s also represented by my talent agency, Charlie’s Talent Agency, or CTA. She also has a film in which she acted premiering at Sundance. It’s a horror film directed by well-known director Lucky McKee, called The Woman. We’ll be attending the Wednesday night showing together! Here are a couple creepy images from the film:
Still from Lucky McKee's The Woman--from ShockTillYouDrop.com
Behind the scenes shot of Lucky McKee's The Woman--from soundonsight.org
In preparation for the festivities, I picked up a couple more sweaters and some good solid snow boots, so I’ll be ready to wait outside in the cold!
The North Face Nuptse Fur IV Boots
It had been awhile since my last haircut, too. I had my stylist, Josh Thiele of Orbit Hair Salon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, give my mop a good cleaning up today.
Cindy Chu with her fresh coif
Looks like 2011 is off to an exciting start for me. I can only hope that this year will be even more successful for me in my pursuit of acting. As with all actors, learning new skills or just having other skills can be important sometimes. Take Christina Hendricks, who has been learning how to play the accordion. Well, while the writers of Mad Men were brainstorming ideas, they decided they wanted an episode in which she played a song at a dinner party. They found out she played accordion, and so they wrote the scene for her.
This brings me to my point. I have been earnestly practicing on my ukulele, and recorded another song the other night. Right now, I’m working on learning yet another, and as soon as I feel I’m performing it at my best (difficult strum pattern!) I will post it, as well. This one was “Sentimental Heart” by She & Him, and I definitely should have practiced it longer than 15 minutes before uploading any performance, but c’est la vie! (Pretty sure I can perform it a bit better than in the video now… 🙂 *shrugs*)
And in other skill areas, I finally got out my Nikon D70 to shoot my friends’ event. The Ann Arbor hip hop duo made up of J Thrill, and D Train, aka Thrill$Train, had a show at Sava’s last weekend, and I was there with my camera to capture the magic. They were pretty happy with the photos! They’ve got a show in Detroit next month at The Old Miami. Check out their website for more details or to download their album free! These were a couple of my favorite images from the night:
D Train says J Thrill looks like "The Most Interesting Man in the World's Son" here
Thrill$Train in all their hot hot glory
D Train thrilling the crowd
Thrill$Train playing to a packed house at Sava's in Ann Arbor
As with other posts, I like to promote friends, and I went to a show recently at the Crofoot and discovered this AMAZING new band from Monroe, Michigan. They are called Jack & The Bear and they play instruments like the banjo, violin, trumpet, accordion, etc. Absolutely brilliant. One of their friends uploaded some live video footage from the show which you can check out on their Facebook fanpage. From what I heard, they are in the midst of recording their first album. I wish them the best of luck, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see them blow up big time in the next couple of years.
Alright, I guess I’ll hopefully have a few more updates for you when I get to Salt Lake City/Park City, UTAH! It’ll be my first visit to the state. Huzzah!
I have just spent a little bit of time spreading my internet tentacles out. I now have a LinkedIn account and my own Google profile. My Google search results are also improving. Right now, on the top 10 results, #1 is the LinkedIn for all “Cindy Chu” names, and upon clickthrough I’m #1! Also on the Google search results, I turn up at #3 with my Facebook profile and #6 with this blog. Google profiles show up at the bottom of this first page of search results, and mine was at the top of the list! Internet takeover mission is going very well. Remember my name, I will be going places in the acting industry if I’ve got anything to say about it! Thanks for reading and as always,
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