Well, heck. December turned out to be busier than expected. I thought we were going to sail right through the holidays without much fuss, but everyone called a week or so before Christmas with rush jobs. Of course.
First, I was asked to teach another class at the Art Institute for their directing students in the Media Arts program. Always good fun. I walked them through the casting process, since they are working on producing and directing their first films.
I also attended the Film Office annual meeting, where we rubbed shoulders with the Governor, a few State Senators (who helped create and pass a new film-friendly bill that should bring lots of production here over the next few years–yeay!), and the odd Oscar-nominated, Palme D’Or winning-director who sits on the board of the Film Office.
Then we got the national campaign we were waiting on. It required a bunch of three- and four-year-olds, and some actresses to play moms. Luckily, the kids casting was turned over to a “baby wrangler” (who KNEW there was such a profession?!?). She saw about 300 kids, if memory serves, over a few days of open calls. We saw a ton of women for the moms, and clients eventually settled on two. The whole process of casting and callbacks and second callbacks and bookings took about a month to complete.
Meanwhile, we got a job for a high-speed Internet company, another spot promoting a health supplement, and a voice casting job for Disney World. And they ALL needed it before Christmas, so we had to hustle.
Got those taken care of, then I managed to sneak out of town over the holidays for a few days of skiing. Yeay!
Finished off the year with a few more parties and networking events, and by spending lots of money on new equipment and furniture. Yes, we’re expanding: I’m taking on two more offices in my building this month. Still have painting and stuff to do before we can move in, but we’re gearing up.
I’m afraid I don’t have much other news to share. I did watch most of the Golden Globes the other night. Still haven’t seen “Brokeback Mountain,” but I might have to make a point of it now.
My online course has a lively group in one of the sections this month. I have a few moms taking the course for their kids, and some adults with varying levels of on-camera experience. It’s fun when everyone’s motivated and making things happen for their career.
Been getting a few calls about upcoming casting jobs, so stand by for more!