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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Catching up on Oscar

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We seem to have settled into a more manageable pace, but of course, as soon as I say that, the floodgates will burst.

All kinds of commercial work going on. Just had some clients in from Denver shooting two spots. Great people, lots of fun to work with. I meant to drop by the set over the weekend to steal some of their craft service (actually, they invited me), but a lovely friend and colleague gave me courtside tickets to the NBA game! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Couldn’t pass that up!

Now I’m balancing days between keeping up with work and trying to unpack boxes at my new place. Finally got the ‘puter up and running and the wireless working, so it’s starting to feel like home, except that I still can’t get into my kitchen, LOL!

The Oscar party on the 5th was fun. I spent the whole day finishing up my move, so I got home exhausted and covered in soot from cleaning the fireplace at the old place, but I took a quick shower, threw on a dress and made it to the reception a mere hour late. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But I’m so glad I went! I talked about voice casting with one of the animators on the Oscar-winning “Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, right after her film won. Also got asked by another Oscar-winner if I’d speak to a class of filmmakers he’s working with at the Art Institute about casting. No prob! The mayor, one of our congressmen, and my fave city commissioner were there, but they were all busy getting schmoozed. The food was fantastic. Oyster shooters for days and wine ร  volontรฉ! Lots of colleagues and interesting new people to talk to. Needless to say, I didn’t get to watch much of the awards show…. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Anyone care to comment on Best Picture?

This weekend, I spent about an hour on the phone with my good friend, the casting director of NBC’s Medium. I know an actress who may be right for one of the roles on an upcoming episode, so I arranged for them to meet in LA. We shall see!

More soon….

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

A Casting Tsunami

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Good thing I posted the last entry when I did, because we got SWAMPED within a few days afterwards. That’s how it usually goes in production: a lull, followed by a veritable flood.

The phone began ringing on the 16th of February and it hasn’t stopped since. Naturally, this was right at the time I was closing on my new place and trying to move. ๐Ÿ˜ Right now, I have ten open jobs on my desk, so I don’t think I’ll be unpacking for quite some time.

The movies have been slow to kick in this year, but at least the commercial world is hopping.

We’re still waiting to finish up on the rather large industrial video we’ve been working on for a local hospital. Shoot dates keep getting pushed, so we haven’t been able to firmly book anyone. We’ve also got an infomercial with endlessly changing dates, so we keep having to change the actors’ avails on that, too, but no worries. It’s all in a day’s work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Did some kids casting for another long-form spot a few weeks ago, and now we’re seeing more kids for the same client on a different job tomorrow. This, in addition to a couple commercials for a major video game client (which we cast in two cities simultaneously), two for a telecommunications company, one more hospital spot, two for a new East Coast newspaper that is launching soon, two more infomercials, a VO job for a utilities company and an educational video.

The biggest surprise came a week or so ago, when I got a phone call from someone speaking Spanish on a cell phone in Santiago, Chile. At first I thought it was some kind of joke when they said they needed a casting director up here, but it was a real gig and for a big client: A Colgate spot for all of Latin America! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ So we spent a few days tracking down 19- to 22-year-old female kayakers with perfect smiles, all up and down the West Coast for them. Great fun.

Bad news is that one of the Hollywood features we were up for went away. Oh well. I’m supposed to meet with another producer here pretty soon about a film coming to town. Don’t have much info yet, but the producer’s great, so I’m sure it will be a blast.

My online course is plugging along. Had a great group in the last section, with some very motivated students whom I’m confident are going to see results from the tools we’ve been learning about. One was taking the course to help her granddaughter, who plans to audition for Disney soon. Another was just launching her career, but what a fast learner! She’s miles ahead of where she was six weeks ago.

Ack! Just got an email about another infomercial. I was going to write about the Oscar party I went to on the 5th, but that will have to wait.