Things have slowed down a bit for the holidays…well, except for all the holiday parties, of course. There were several going-away parties for one of the talent agents in town (my colleague of six years!), a screening of a film by one of my favorite local directors, Happy Hour over at one of the modeling agencies, dinner with a few clients, a baby shower for an acting coach friend, drinks with about a half dozen actor buddies, opening night of a musical, two cast parties, a wrap party for the feature we recently cast, a couple production company shindigs and, of course, our holiday party on the 14th. And that’s not even counting Thanksgiving week!
We had meetings with a client about a major national campaign coming up; dates keep shifting, but we’re on the ready. Also got some nibbles about a print job for a computer company, a VO casting, and a project for a well-known search engine company. Hope to get those rolling before the Christmas holiday hits.
I got to meet Jack Klugman last week when he was in town for his book tour. He’s like 82 years old and can still enthrall a crowd! We spoke afterwards about the fundraiser I was working on this summer that got cancelled (he was the soon-to-be revealed Hollywood icon we had booked to perform). He still wants to do it, so perhaps we’ll revive the project.
This week, I’ve got another holiday party and a show to attend. Other than that, I’m hoping to lay low. Enough is enough!
Well, clearly I’m lame at this. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.
A month already? What has been taking up all my time? A few nationals, a feature, a handful of other gigs. I think I have about seven open projects on my desk. A few shows to attend, some general auditions, meetings for the theatre company I serve on the board of.
Meetings. Tons of meetings. In the past week, I’ve met with our new regional SAG director, a bookkeeper, an events coordinator, some new clients about to launch a major campaign, a caterer, a tax planner and on and on. I was even supposed to go on the set of one of the films we cast recently to be interviewed by one of the TV stations, but that got postponed. Whew.
Phone calls. Lots of phone calls. I’m organizing our annual shindig, so rounding up lighting and sound equipment, bands, food and drink, decorations, etc. Sending invites out to our client/VIP list and trying not to forget anyone. It’s that time of year: Just about every production company throws a holiday party of some kind or another during this season. It starts around Halloween and continues until the New Year, with several on the calendar each week. Ack. In fact, there were two tonight that I skipped. The annual advertising awards and an after party. Couldn’t deal with it.
My online course. I have an active group of students this month, keeping me very busy on the message boards. I spent an hour or two this morning answering questions, starting at about 7:00 am. Worked from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm on the party and our casting gigs, then came home to another hour of questions tonight. And then what do I do? Start posting here. Must be crazy. But my students are great! A couple of them in one of the sections are parents of actors who actually have quite a bit of experience under their belts. They’re able to share what they’ve learned about the business with the other students, and have got some great stories.
I’ve got a lot coming up in the next few weeks. Plans almost every night. Only a week left to make last-minute preparations for the party. New jobs coming in. It may be a while before I make another appearance here…. 😐 I apologize in advance.