Audition et al.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Focussed on the audition I had today at 1PM - dragged out a dress from my wardrobe and so on- trying to create a character - Turned out OK - think they liked it - Am I better at comedy?
But it's always so annoying to put in all of your change & still worry about the $ in the meter running out! In L.A. the number scrawled on the back of the meter, however un-official looking is its NUMBER. I found that out when defending myself from a ticket a few yrs. ago - the number on the broken meter was painted messily with what looked like red nail polish - who would have known it was legit?
Downloaded a pic from the Flicker site - where I park pix - it works nicely - Maybe I will get a free hair cut from craigslist la - I applied for one - and today before the audition, as I wore my hair down for character reasons, I did chop off parts in the front around my face - Not terrific - but luckily the style is for messy hair so you can get away with it!
Finished my knitting project - the fun fur turquoise + green stole - It came out like a huge surreal piece of FUR. But it's ok like that. I had to sew up the edge with a yarn needle & then proceeded to fill up any holes in it. I am sure with the fun fur, which isn't very sturdy, I will be filling in holes as long as I have it! That project would have cost at least $35-40 just for materials, but since I scored the yarn at a thrift shop, and the fun fur at the dollar store a while ago, it only cost me something like $7 + labor! Now I am sorry I didn't buy MORE fun fur when I had a chance....
Being a little crafty helps in one's wardrobe - Somehow my outfits for special occasions always turn out to be minor sewing projects. And when you wear vintage, as I like to do, there are always seams which give up the ghost. I even had a vintage pair of shoes come apart on me while I was wearing them! All the parts just came unglued.
Going to do more shopping in my own closet - as things come IN here & not as much goes OUT. I like to have a variety on hand for my "costumes" - which makes matters worse. And one never does know what one can find on a thrift shop trip - sometimes even basics, if you are lucky. I scored both 2 black tops & a pair of black mules on the last trip. And do you know how hard it is to find THOSE? Usually they are worn to death. Ditto nice white shirts.
Found myself looking around at the cute young actresses waiting to read - such skinnymalinks! And they did all have long hair, with chopping - and as I wanted to portray a wannabe - it was all right.
Home & back to jeans & a t-shirt.
How are you guys holding out?
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Strutting Your Stuff
Auditions are a chance to act, too.
Friday, March 13, 2009 | By freya1970
I am so envious that you can sew and knit! I've attempted to sew something simple like pouches and buttons..even now I can't seem to get it right. Even when I was in homeEc class in my early teens, we all made a wallet out of velcro..not to sound incredibly sexist but the guys' wallets were so much prettier than mine! I did a horrible job! I am greatly challenged when it comes to any crafts that involve fabric or yarn. Someone suggested I go take a class & give it another shot. I've tried to learn on my own MANY times and failed. Dad always said that trying is always good but it's ok to accept defeat, we can't always be good at everything right? My dad was an incredibly intelligent successful man, in fact he was a genius. He could never swim but revisited this in his 50's. He failed his basic swimming test and just accepted that it was one of the things he wasn't ever going to master. I can't imagine how hard that would have been for him because he was good at almost everything.
I buy lots of thrift clothes to and end up having to get my partner to sew on things but if any adjustments need to be made I have to get it done. It really bothers me. argh!
Hope you get the part you auditioned for? And what's up with size 0 actresses? I don't get how anyone can want to look that way. yikes!
Monday, March 16, 2009 | By pamphyila
Can't claim that I am a wiz at any of it - but what I turn out ends up OK. I even find hand sewing relaxing ?? - It was hard when I first started - but you just have to get the hang of it & make the stitches you sew by hand even - Start with a running (straight) stitch & go on to a hemming stitch - those plus sewing on buttons is probably all you need to start. I was lucky, because my mother did teach me how to sew, embroider & knit - altho I still depended upon books - & now there is so much info on the internet. The trick is to start with simple, satisfying projects that are hard to foul up. I am back to knitting & I am just knitting shawls with a simple garter stitch (knit/knit etc) on very BIG needles, so it goes FAST. And the gauge (stiches per inch) really doesn't matter. And what's more, I have been using fun fur + yard - so any mistakes disappear or can be covered UP. There is SO much info now on the net - even free knitting patterns (try Lion Brand yarns or Jo-Anne craft store internet sites....) If you have a sewing/knitting friend, maybe they will give you a hand...& you can exchange your soaps, etc. If you can make SOAP you can SEW. It's all just organized knotting, and binding.....(Oh, look at www.threadbangers.com for cool ideas and how to's....) Oh, and don't worry about alterations being difficult - if you aren't a tailor most of them, other than putting up hems - are hard to do....
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