Some of you who are following any sort of Michigan film news will already know that Needlestick, an upcoming indie thriller to be shot in December, was recently approved for the Michigan film incentives.
Big congrats to Steven Karageanes, writer and director of “Needlestick”! We met years ago when my short “Qing Lou Nu” was screening at the same film festivals as his “Pink Slip”. I was fortunate enough to attend the auditions for Needlestick on Saturday. My wonderful and talented friend Jordan Trovillion is already cast in Needlestick and you can view her in the awesome trailer here.
I’m really excited to see more projects finally starting up in Michigan again, and just wanted to share Steven’s good news with the film community! Whoever they cast, I hope the project is a giant success!
I hope everyone had a great weekend post-Thanksgiving! Here’s a pic of me in my high school reunion outfit. Wheee, dressing up is fun. I gotta be honest, it felt pretty good showing up and knowing that my hard work with my diet paid off and that I felt really comfortable in my own skin.
I’ll blog about my whole diet later in its own thing for those of you who are interested. It’s pretty easy, but does require a few changes and commitment! But I’m living proof it works! Just take a look at me a year ago.
Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Lunar New Year, and Happy February to you all! You know my birthday’s coming up. I won’t say how old I’ll be, because I’m just so young at heart. ^_^
So I just got back from Sundance recently, and I had the greatest time. I met some incredible people and got to see the films I needed to see. The sad part was that after all the marvelous luck we had getting in to Salvation Boulevard, I never got to see my scene, because it was a victim of the cutting room. Fortunately, I ran into George Ratliff after the Q&A, and he was so extremely kind about it, and said that it would be on the DVD extras. Yay, something to look forward to! He’s a great director, and the film itself was very hilarious. After having seen his last Sundance baby, Joshua, I had no idea what to expect.
I also saw Cedar Rapids, directed by Miguel Arteta, and starring Ed Helms, and boy oh boy was it a riot. I really liked the relationships they showed in the film, they were very real, and the cast chemistry was great. It was nice seeing Ed Helms in a new role, too, as a small-town Iowan who has never been to the big city.
The most controversial film at Sundance (no, not Red State) was The Woman. I had the extremely fortunate experience of getting to see it twice. I had to support my friend, Lauren Petre, of course. She played Miss Hindle, a smaller role in the film, but she was great! And she looked great on film. The Woman was definitely great horror. I had nightmares after the first viewing and spent the entire night tossing and turning, thinking evil little boy actors would sneak into the house where I was staying and knife me! Lucky McKee knows how to elicit some raw emotional responses, and on the night of their first screening, a girl fainted, and he being the great and wonderful man that he is, tried to get the theater to halt the screening, but they didn’t. Then, an irate viewer got up and started spewing all sorts of horrible things ignorant thoughts about the film. He obviously didn’t see the bigger picture, the ENTIRE POINT OF THE FILM…Some people. Anyway, if you get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it. Lucky said, “It’s designed to be viewed multiple times.” So I’d say get it on dvd, and watch it a couple times, within the week. It’s one of those films that keeps you thinking and processing, and I hope you’re able to see beyond the gore and evil to see what Lucky is trying to show the audience. Sometimes evil hides in plain sight. Pollyanna McIntosh was stellar, actually the entire cast was. Angela Bettis, Sean Bridgers, and oh the children, (I’ve got to say that again) oh the CHILDREN! It should also be noted that the soundtrack is amazing, and I need it! Sound design was also superb, and really added to the feel of the film.
Q&A at The Woman screening at Sundance
Cindy Chu in front of The Egyptian for Sundance 11, in her Snow Leopard Spirithood
Lauren Petre and Cindy Chu at Salvation Boulevard screening, Sundance 11
The Woman, what I told Lucky...
While I was at Sundance, Robert del Valle of Real Detroit Weekly contacted me about their biweekly local stars’Michigan Motion Picture column. My friend (she’s so pretty!!!) Treasure Groh, also staff at RDW, had asked awhile ago if I’d like to be interviewed for it. Of course, I said yes. I’ve also got tons of people that I think they should interview in the future, too! The link to the article is here.
When I returned from Sundance, I was on this inspirational kick! I had a drive to make some videos pure awesome Youtubeness!
So for your viewing pleasure:
A sneak peek of my Sundance adventures. This wonderful woman who hosted us took us to this delicious sushi place called Yamato’s a few times. Her “roundeyes” son works there as a sushi chef, and I gotta tell ya, he’s good! So the fish in the aquarium clip was from there. Those fish weren’t for eating, LOL.
And then we got hit by Snowpocalypse 2011 in the Midwest (although it really wasn’t that bad in Ann Arbor) so I had to make a cutesie little video for that, and used a song from Scott Pilgrim by Anamanaguchi “Another Winter” for the backing track
Aaaaaand I was in the mood to play my ukulele after being away from it for a week, and uploaded TWO songs in one night! Then a third the next night! Talk about feeling inspired. So the first one I’d been working on learning the strum pattern for awhile, and I was sick when I made these so I didn’t sing them as well as I would have liked. The second one was the song that was in the trailers for Blue Valentine, the one Ryan Gosling’s character plays for Michelle Williams’ character while she tap dances. The third one is a cover of a song by Soko (from Paris!) called “I Will Never Love You More” and it’s very funny.
Last Friday night, Fitz and the Tantrums played at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, and it was a sold out show (it was free, but filled up immediately upon doors opening). Luckily, I had met the female vocalist, the very beautiful and talented Noelle Scaggs, back in LA a few years ago, so my friends and I were able to sneak in the back with her. I shot a decent live video of their final encore song, their hit single, “Moneygrabber”. (<—Did I get that punctuation right???)
And one last one, because I miss warm weather and am feeling nostalgic for warm sunny days. I switched the audio on my skydiving video, and now it looks and sounds cool.
Alright, my lovely readers, that was my huge February update. Remember to smile, spring is just around the corner. Appreciate the little things in life. Don’t forget to laugh, especially at yourself. And always tell your family you love them. They might not always be there.
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!
Wonderful news today! My scene co-star, Dwight Sora, from Red Dawn sent me a message today with a link to an article about the release of Red Dawn in 2011. It seemed late last year that this film could be in limbo forever, but apparently MGM has gained a $500 million dollar credit line to go towards making the next James Bond film and also continue with The Hobbit project. This also means that they now have the money to market and release Red Dawn! This was my first acting role in a major feature film, and its release in 2011 means that I will have at least 2 major theatrical releases this year, Red Dawn AND Salvation Boulevard. Let’s up the ante for 2011, eh? I’d like it to grow harmonically this year. 😀 Click the photo to link to the article! (I had a very small role in the film and was not part of the central cast, just FYI.)
Red Dawn remake cast photo
I also had my first audition of the new year today. My fingers are crossed for some more good news this month!
I always like to share any useful acting tidbits, and here’s a useful one if you’re a paid-up-to-date SAG member in SE Michigan. You can go view any SAG-nominated films that are currently screening at the Phoenix or Emagine Theaters for FREE if you show your current SAG card. It’s the gold one.
Here’s the list from my SAG email:
Thanks to the generosity of two of our local theatres, Phoenix Theatres and Emagine Entertainment, Screen Actors Guild members in Michigan can attend showings of SAGAward nominated films free of charge. A great member perk, this is a valuable opportunity for you, the member, to view the nominees before you cast your vote!
Here are the rules:
You must present your SAG card (paid-thru April 30, 2011) and photo ID.
The free ticket is for SAG members only, not accompanying friends or family.
This offer is valid between December 27–January 25, 2011 for Phoenix Theatres and January 3–25, 2011 for Emagine Theatres.
This offer is valid Monday thru Thursdays only; not valid on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
This offer is valid for the following films with nominations:
“The Kids are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
Here are the participating locations:
Phoenix Theatre: The Mall of Monroe in Monroe
Phoenix Theatre: Laurel Park Place in Livonia
Emagine Theatre: Novi
Emagine Theatre: Canton
Emagine Theatre: Woodhaven
Cinema Hollywood: Birch Run
We thank both Emagine Entertainment and Phoenix Theatres for their continued support of Screen Actors Guild members.
Have fun, vote and return your ballot to arrive by January 28!
Don’t forget to watch the 17th Annual SAG Awards live on TBS and TNT at 8 p.m., Sunday, January 30, 2011.
And one last little tidbit for any fellow outrageous hat lovers! I became the recent proud parent to a beautiful SpiritHood!
Image from the SpiritHoods.com site
Click on the image to get to their site and order your own, and join the tribe! They have different animals, and some of them are Product Blue, which means they donate a portion to a conservancy group that helps that particular animal species. I ordered the Snow Leopard, which is among the Product Blue offerings. =^_^=
That’s it for now. Hope to have more good news very soon!
While this site is mostly used for posting about my acting career, I figured I can also tie in some notes about my film friends’ achievements/updates.
If you’ve seen my film Qing Lou Nu, then you’d know the name Bryan D. Hopkins. Earlier this year he drove down to Louisiana to shoot a ton of coverage on the Gulf oil spill for a documentary he’s putting together. Here’s a peep at the trailer he just released for Dirty Energy:
A new buddy of mine that I met on the set of a GM commercial I was recently working on shared a short film he did with me, that I also feel needs to be passed on to more potential fans. It’s hilarious, and it’s about Death. Good work, Clark Birchmeier!
This short film is called “no harvest: the intern”. It is a dark-comedy about the Grim Reaper. It was produced by Rebel Cow Productions LLC, and was directed by Clark Birchmeier.
Another personal venture I haven’t mentioned yet is that I recently joined the band Origami Cat Plan, and we just played our first gig. Having had only 2 practices with the band, I didn’t perform my best, but I think it was still pretty impressive for the amount of time we had to prepare.
Cindy Chu as Princess Koneko of Origami Cat Plan
Origami Cat Plan at the Blind Pig 12/15/2010
Origami Cat Plan Groovin at their first show with Cindy Chu
In my thirst for learning, and owning musical instruments, I even obtained a baby jimbay or djembe yesterday, at the encouragement of my best friend Ris Tena, who is a master of the hip hop and fashion worlds. I’ll be able to add it to my tambourine/vocals skills for Origami Cat Plan!
Cindy Chu with her new jimbay or djembe (various spellings)
And in other news, had a few more auditions recently, but I don’t really like saying what any of them are because like I mentioned in my previous post, the majority of the time you don’t hear anything back afterwards. So I usually do the auditions, and then forget about them and if I DO hear anything, then of course I jump for joy like I won the lottery. I will say, though, that I am extremely excited about Fox picking up a live-action adaptation of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key! My current fantasies are to play a part in a live-action version of a graphic novel, and to do some more animated voiceovers!
Cover of Joe Hill's Locke & Key
A page from Joe Hill's Locke & Key
If you’re curious about what I’ve been watching recently, wonder no more. I just caught up on Dexter, amazing amazing show, and I have to give it to Julia Stiles for shocking me with her great portrayal of Lumen in Season 5. I’ve also been re-watching Firefly, and am about halfway through. I had seen bits and pieces of it before when I was younger, but never got to view the entire series. Guess I was too busy with Buffy, The X-Files, and Charmed? Joss Whedon is a genius, and I have a soft spot for Mal.
Production Still from Tron Legacy with Olivia Wilde, Joseph Kosinski and Jeff Bridges
And if you enjoy graphic novels, one of my all-time favorite and most beloved books is now available as a graphic novel: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.
A page from the new graphic novel version of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Hopefully I’ll have some good news to share with you all when I post again! And thanks to my awesome agent, Curt Howe of Charlie’s Talent Agency, aka CTA, who believes in me and keeps getting me auditions! One of these days…(fingers crossed)
If I don’t update before Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with loved ones, and remember to appreciate all the goodness in your life.
Cindy Chu-Model/Jessica Y. Hernandez-MUA/Jimmy FivePhotography-Photog
Wow, it has been a minute. Sorry I’ve been busy, and have neglected my poor site.
The summer ended up flying by, as did fall. I started working on a couple films in late July. This Must Be the Place (TMBTP), starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, ended up taking me from July through part of October. I started as an Office PA on TMBTP, and was promoted to Production Secretary when they commenced principal photography in Michigan. I also had the opportunity to work on LOL: Laughing Out Loud as a Producer’s Assistant for a few days, assisting the awesome Stacey Sher. I got to tell Miley Cyrus about the Hannah Montana sour gummy vitamins my mom made me take that morning. Demi Moore and Thomas Jane play Miley’s parents in the film, and Douglas Booth her love interest. Ray Liotta stopped by our set one night to say hello to Demi. For a minute, it seemed like I was in Hollywood of old, seeing all these movie stars at my workplace. I always knew this was the industry for me, but it’s a bit surreal meeting some of these actors IRL. Especially in Detroit. Thank god for the film initiatives, which have allowed me to enjoy these jobs and opportunities I otherwise would not have had unless I had moved somewhere like Chicago, NYC, or LA. A move is still in the plans but for now, I’m happy for the work here.
Sean Penn as Cheyenne in This Must Be the Place
L-R: Paolo Sorrentino, Sean Penn, & Frances McDormand
L-R: Thomas Jane, Demi Moore, & Miley Cyrus, stars of LOL: Laughing Out Loud
Douglas Booth plays Miley's love interest in LOL
I’m now PAing on a gig with Radical Media and GM. After it wraps up, I’m helping a friend out in a music video, playing his ex in a relationship gone south. You may remember his name, Roborobb. He interviewed me for his artists blog awhile back.
I am so so so incredibly thankful for all the opportunities given to me this year, and I hope that 2011 will be even bigger and better, but for now, it seems like everything’s gonna be alright.
Even with how busy I’ve been, I’ve found some new interests/skills to pick up. I recently purchased a beautiful Oscar Schmidt OU7T, a gorgeous tenor ukulele of spalted mango wood.
Cindy Chu with her Oscar Schmidt OU7T Ukulele
So I’ve been finding time to play it when I’m not completely exhausted, and have made a few simple recordings of me playing a couple different songs. This is about a month in, but I thought it’d be good to force myself to record and have it documented so I can watch/hear myself and perhaps it’d help me improve more. Here are the videos for your pleasure. Not the best renditions, but I had fun doing them. I hope you like them.
I’ll Follow the Sun by John Lennon and Paul McCartney–As dedicated to my friend Anna Castelaz, who is on a grand trip abroad in Haifa, Israel.
And something a little more fitting for the holiday season… Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
And just to throw in some extra meat into this posting since it’s been so long, here are some photos of me from a MUA photoshoot. Jessica Y. Hernandez was the MUA, and Jimmy FivePhotography the photographer.
Cindy Chu-Model/Jessica Y. Hernandez-MUA/Jimmy FivePhotography-Photog
Cindy Chu-Model/Jessica Y. Hernandez-MUA/Jimmy FivePhotography-Photog
Cindy Chu-Model/Jessica Y. Hernandez-MUA/Jimmy FivePhotography-Photog
Cindy Chu-Model/Jessica Y. Hernandez-MUA/Jimmy FivePhotography-Photog
Also, I can’t forget to plug my friends before ending this posting!
My buddy, Magestik Legend, has his new album The Great Escape out on iTunes today! I was featured in his track “On The Run” doing voiceover work as the part of the Reporter, heard in the opening of the track. Click here for the link where you can hear it free!
I had another small VO job in a wedding video for Jen & Dave, filmed and produced by Hyun Suh and Rob Frenette of Two Penny Productions. If you need a wedding videographer, these are the guys! You can check out more of their videos on their Vimeo account.
That’s all I’ve got for you now. I hope to have more good news to share with you asap, but until then, take care, and yall stay fabulous!
PS: Got a SAG email today, and I believe I get to vote in the SAG awards this year, and also get screeners mailed to me for the voting process? Not 100% sure, but fingers crossed! That would be awesome!
I recently did an interview with Michigan Movie Magazine, held at my agent, Curt Howe’s office in Ferndale. Jordan Trovillion and I were both being featured in the local movie mag as up and coming young actresses. Also in the same issue was an article about Sucker, in which Jordan played the female lead, Evelyn, and I was makeup and hair assistant.
Still from Big Screen Entertainment's upcoming Sucker
Kimberley Kates in Sucker
Monty Bane with Jordan Trovillion in scene from Sucker
The last photo is from an article on DreadCentral.com, a nice piece they wrote on Sucker.
Anyway, back to that interview! The videos were posted awhile ago but I just came across them and wanted to share them with you!
Also, some fellow web-savvy chicks in the EU contacted me recently to ask about my experience filming with Ciaran Hinds on Salvation Boulevard! They were gracious enough to include a link to my site, and in case you’d like to check theirs out, click here! Thank you Sylvie! They do have a lovely photo of Mr. Hinds as Jim, his character in Salvation Boulevard.
As always, thank you for stopping by my blog and stay lovely!
Hello everyone. I’m long overdue for an update! Sorry it’s been awhile. I have a lot of exciting news to share, though.
I’ll start off with discussing Salvation Boulevard. They are currently in post-production. My shooting date was actually in their second-to-last week. I was mistaken when I thought my scene was with Pierce Brosnan. I actually filmed with Ciaran Hinds, who was super nice to work with, along with the rest of the production. I really enjoyed being directed by George Ratliff, and I recently watched his film Joshua. It was very disturbing and dark, and I actually had nightmares as a result. While I like watching scary movies at times, I often do have bad dreams after. It wasn’t the typical blood and gore type scary movie, it was definitely more disturbing in a psychological way. It’s about a boy who takes sibling rivalry to a new level and attempts to destroy his family in the process. Definitely worth checking out.
On to Riddle. Due to a scheduling conflict with Salvation Boulevard, I was unable to portray the role of Michelle.
Since I was Taft-Hartley’d on Red Dawn, after booking Riddle and Salvation Boulevard, I received a must-join letter from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and I’ve since joined! I actually just attended my first SAG conservatory workshop, taught by my old friend Ben Ketai.
If you missed the screening at DWIFF, you can also check it out July 17, 2010, at 11AM during the GlassCityCon in Perrysburg, Ohio, very close to Toledo. I will be conducting a screening of the film, followed by a half-hour Q&A about the film and the acting industry. This will be my first official appearance at an anime convention as a guest. It is a 2-day event taking place at Owens Community College and is free and open to the public. My event will be limited to guests 18+ with ID.
Besides the screenings this weekend, I also filmed for a SAG new media project directed by John Monnich. This was shot in affiliation with DWIFF, and will be released online when it is finished. I’m not sure what details I can release about it, so I won’t say much besides that it will be funny, and I played a pissed off office employee.
And as always, I love to promote my friends and their projects, and I have the perfect gift for you today. Check out the new hip hop songs by Thrill Train here. Downloads are at the top of the page. They just added a few new tracks. Did I mention the downloads are FREE? Add them to your club mixes, workout mixes, whatever, they’re great for breaking a sweat to. You can also be their fan on Facebook. And you can be a fan of my acting on Facebook as well. Thrill Train on FB. Cindy Chu–Actress on FB.
1) I finally buckled and joined IMDb Pro, so that I could post headshots with my account. My agent felt it was time. I think he’s right. Curt Howe, you rock! And now I have a “Vanity URL”: http://www.imdb.me/cindychu
3) I was also cast as Michelle in Riddle, which is reportedly starring Val Kilmer, and as of this posting, my shoot date for this is the day before my shoot date for SB. Riddle is shooting in Pittsburgh, PA.
4) Yoshiko on the Dunes premiered last night at the Michigan Theater as part of the U of M‘s senior thesis films event! It was shot on a Canon 5d Mark II, and ended up looking sooooo beautiful. Congratulations, Micah Vanderhoof! I played the part of Naoki, Yoshiko’s friend, and also helped voice Death.
5) Sucker is wrapping up, we’re on our last week of shooting, and I am so happy that I was able to work on it on the production side. It was such a great experience and I think it’s going to be a huge success! I met a lot of amazing people, like Lloyd Kaufman, who was in for a day last week. Check out Bloody Disgusting’s article on the film! Follow Lloyd Kaufman on Twitter! And huge kudos to Big Screen Entertainment and Big Screen Michigan for bringing their movie-making magic to our wonderful state. And here’s my little shoutout to the DPs, aka the Directors of Photography on Sucker. The Deka brothers have amazing vision, and in fact, Julien Deka said the translation for director in French is réalisateur, and his translation of that into English was one who makes dreams reality. Nice! It’s also been wonderful to meet and work with Kimberley Kates, a lovely vision who is also one of the producers of Sucker and a head honchette at Big Screen. Big Screen Entertainment will be releasing their new horror flick Babysitter Wanted on Blu-Ray and DVD in the USA on May 25, 2010. Amazon is taking pre-orders now, click on Blu-Ray or DVD in the prior sentence to pre-order yours now. Watch the trailer for it here. You can also watch it on PPV or VOD!
The Deka Brothers--Ben and Julien
6) My interview with Roborobb is up at last! Listen to it here! I’m not the best interviewee…don’t judge me! Thank you Rob for the interview, I think you covered a lot of bases. 😀 You can follow Rob on Twitter!
7) This weekend, besides working on Sucker, I’ll be doing an (probably my last) extra role on the feature film JINN, playing an insane asylum inhabitant…all kinds of crazy, that’s right!
And I think that’s it for updates!
One last plug for friends, my buddies J-Thrill and D-Train of Thrill Train fame, have their song featured in a student film, “Camp Chapel”, and you can check it out on Youtube here, or just view it below:
As always, stay fabulous my lovelies! Until next time!
Last Monday, the student film I’m in, Yoshiko On the Dunes, shot a scene in the WORK gallery. I play the part of Naoki, who is the best friend to Yoshiko. The director is hoping to shoot the entire film on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It’s incredible what these new DSLR cameras can do nowadays!
Days Of Our Lives held an open call this past weekend at the MGM Grand Detroit. Hundreds if not thousands showed up from all over Michigan and rumoredly, even as far as Chicago, to compete for a chance to win a one-day role on a future episode of Days. The night before the open call, I attended an audition workshop with Marnie Saitta, who is the casting director of Days Of Our Lives. I’m so glad I went, I learned a lot of audition do’s and don’ts, and was grateful for the FREE information. The next morning, I woke up bright and early so I could get to Detroit by 8:00AM to get in line for the open call. Current cast members Shawn Christian, Shelley Hennig, Bryan Dattilo, Nadia Bjorlin, and James Reynolds were all in attendance for a fan meet-and-greet, as well. Many casting and talent agents were among the judges, and after passing round one (reading with them) some of us were able to read for Marnie. I was lucky enough to read with Olga from Productions Plus, one of the talent agencies in Michigan (they also have branches in NY and LA). She sent me on to read for Marnie, who told me I had a great natural way about my acting, and asked if I’d received the callback sides and if they had my contact number, and then she gave me a fist bump! Steve Blackwood, who used to play Bart on Days, told me that’s a good sign! He was also there at the event.
The open call ran until 7PM that night, and then the judges and Marnie selected less than 30 actors to invite back for a callback the next morning. I received a call around 9:30PM for the callback!
The next morning, I drove to Detroit yet again, and waited my turn to do my audition in front of the panel of judges for the callback. It included a writer from Days, an NBC exec, and other assorted people I didn’t know. The Days actors were all in the room, as well. We were taken in one by one, and each of us read with one of the actors from Days. I read with James Reynolds! It was a surreal moment because I grew up watching Days with my mother, so it was great meeting so many of them right here in Detroit, and then being able to read with one! Wow!
After everyone auditioned, the judges deliberated for awhile and then brought us all into the room. They selected six finalists (I didn’t make it) and from the six, decided to pick TWO winners because they were so impressed with all of us and couldn’t just pick one! That’s huge! I was proud to know one of the winners. I’m so excited for both of them, it’s an amazing opportunity and I wish them the best of luck.
Right after all of that, I had an audition lined up for the role of Keiko, a Japanese news anchor, in the movie Zomedy, a zombie comedy, that will be shot in Michigan.
A week and a half ago, I worked a couple days on Cedar Rapids as an additional set costumer, and got to meet Ed Helms (who loved my big fur Mongolian hat, by the way) and Sigourney Weaver. Well, I didn’t really meet Sigourney, but I did stand right next to her on set! If I can work 28 more union scale days in wardrobe, I can apply to join IATSE.
And, this week, I will be assisting Andrea Syron who is MUA/Hair/Key Costumer for the short Best Girlfriends.
All exciting stuff! Michigan is happening. Every day, I am getting closer and closer to making my dreams come true.
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Demosthenes:
“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”
Don’t stop dreaming, and keep reaching for the stars!
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