Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Update

Just realized that I forgot to fill you in on the agent call, and what has been happening in the last week. The good news is that I have been really busy- the bad news is that it keeps me from writing!

I had a great meeting with the agency. I met with the director of the New York office, and afterward he said that he and his partner would need to go over my materials together to make sure that they both were on the same page about me. They said they would be in touch this week with information about the next step. It was a very positive meeting. I'll let you know what happens.

Last week I was called by Playwrights Horizons to come in for a pre-read for the workshop production of the new musical, "Saved!" which is an adaptation of the film that starred Mandy Moore. I am audition for the Mandy Moore character, Hilary Faye. I've been seen by their casting associate and casting assistant at auditions, but the lead casting director has never seen my work. So, this pre-read is an opportunity to show them what I am all about before they bring me in for the producers. I may actually be too old for this role, depending on the age of the other cast members (the show is set in a high school). But I read much younger on stage, especially when I turn on my inner naive and energetic goofball! For the audition, I am preparing sides from the show, and I am singing, "Lost In Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson. They asked for a Pop or Rock song, and since the musical is about kids at a Christian high school, I thought that singing a "bubble gum" pop song with "salvation" and "heaven" references would be a good match. I'll keep you posted on the outcome of this as well.

Other than that, I have other general auditions schedule the rest of this week and through next month. But I am taking two little vacations in September, so I won't really be around much to do auditioning. Hopefully one of these things will come through and I will have the chance for more work. But right now, I am enjoying the last days of summer in New York and am focusing on my coaching business.

Hey, if you have any questions about these or any other auditions, feel free to ask. Just leave a comment!

Note to self...

Don't try to floss your teeth right after you put lotion on your body. Apparently you need traction to hold onto the floss, and greasy hands provide the exact opposite of traction. What could have been a 2 minute endeavor last night became a 10 minute Abbott and Costello routine (minus the funny partner). Egads.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Me as a South Park character


I couldn't find the right pair of glasses to put on her, so she'll just have to be the contact-wearing version of me...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The news gets worse...

As reported in Aftenposten- News from Norway

Drunken moose alert in southern Norway

Experts are not sure how it will affect moose behavior, but if you meet Norway's 'King of the Forest' in the southern part of the country, he could be intoxicated - and potentially dangerous. According to a report from the Newspapers' News Bureau (ANB), the reason behind the warning is this year's early snowfall.

A warm summer has led to an unusual bounty from the region's fruit trees. The sudden and early snowfall has left some fruit under snowy cover, while still more remains on the branch. This fruit is fermenting, and also a readily available and tempting source of food for the region's moose.

"This is the first time I have heard that moose are getting drunk. But I assume that they react the same way people do to intoxication - some become harmless while others are the exact opposite," said district veterinarian Paul Stamberg in Kristiansand.

Martin Kolberg, head of the local animal committee in Telemark, warns people to beware of drunken moose.

"Be careful when you approach moose that have been munching apples for days. Their behavior can alter and they can become frighteningly aggressive. Clap and see how it reacts. If it doesn't retreat but instead comes even closer, by all means stay vigilant. It can be intoxicated and attack," Kolberg told newspaper Faedrelandsvennen.

This story was originally published on November 29, 2002.


Now you all understand how all of my pictures from Norway have a theme of alcohol in them. Even the FRUIT gets you drunk!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The truth comes out

As reported by Spiegel Online

GLOBAL WARMING FEARS- Norway's Moose Population in Trouble for Belching

The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year -- equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.

Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.

Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway's technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year. Bacteria in a moose's stomach create methane gas which is considered even more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide gas. Cows pose the same problem...

Let it be noted that I live with a Norwegian. We may have a little global warming going on in my apartment, if you get my drift...

Agent meeting was postponed...

My agent meeting was postponed until Wednesday. Stand by...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Newsletter for my Coaching Business

Hello!

I wanted to let you know that I have started an official subscriber list for The Actors' Enterprise so I can make sure that communications are only being sent to those who would like to receive them. It's completely free, and there are two lists to choose from:

TAE Email Newsletter- For performers or those who like to live vicariously through performers! This newsletter is sent every 1-2 weeks and includes helpful hints and tips about the business of being an actor, success stories from current clients and industry professionals, and answers to questions that come up from list members. It will be fun, energetic, and will hopefully be a motivator for you to get out there and get some BUSINESS for yourself!

TAE News & Events- For anyone, performer or non-performer, who would like to keep in touch with The Actors' Enterprise (everyone should sign up for this one!) This newsletter is sent out once every 1-2 months and includes general updates about The Actors' Enterprise. It features information about charity events sponsored/organized by TAE, as well as major updates about the staff, clients or the community at large.

Here is the link to opt in:

http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1101786227134&p=oi


Thank you so much, in advance, for your support. Much love and success to you all!

Erin =)
www.theactorsenterprise.org

Why do NYC bars rule?

One word...


Skeeball.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The hits just keep on coming...

I had an absolutely wonderful week as an actor, and am thrilled to be able to share it with you. I don’t want to share because I am gloating, but simply to pass on some encouragement and inspiration to those who are on the same path as me.

On Monday, I feverishly prepared for the final class of a 4-week workshop I took with casting director/director Jamibeth Margolis. The final week as structured as a “mock audition”: Jamibeth assigned each of us a show based on our type and abilities (mine was The Pajama Game)- it was our job to research the show and decide which character we would be right for, then 1) prepare a song in the style of the show (but from not the show) to use as an audition piece, 2) learn a song or two by that character and be prepared to sing them if asked, 3) bring your audition book in case you are asked to sing anything else, and 4) bring in your headshot/resume and dress the part. We would come in to be evaluated by Jamibeth (casting), plus an agent and a musical director. The auditions were to last about 10-15 minutes depending on how many songs they had you do, and they warned us that they may give immediate feedback and have us do the songs again. Detailed feedback would be given at the end of the class once everyone was done doing their audition.

I was absolutely thrilled with the process. Not only did I do exceptionally well, but my classmates also were amazing and I got a real sense of how valuable it is to take class along side other talented performers. The feedback was incredibly valuable, and I left the class feeling like I had really chosen the right profession, which (as other performers know) is in stark contrast to how you feel most of the time when you leave an audition. So, that was a very good day.

Tuesday evening I was sitting at home enjoying “The Notebook” on Netflix, when I got a call from Michael Cassara Casting, asking me to come to audition for a lead role in a show at the New York Musical Theater Festival. Now, I am scheduled to go out of town both from Sept 5-11 and Sept 18-23, which are smack dab in the middle of rehearsals. But I was happy to be called and went to the audition on Wednesday afternoon. It went well and I left the audition feeling like I had delivered for Michael and given them everything I had- now it was up to them to decide whether I was the right fit for the production. When you are as prepared as you can be, there can’t be any worries. Once I deliver a prepared audition, there is nothing left to be done and I know that I have done my job. I haven’t heard anything yet, and it is just as well. I don’t want to have to alter my travel plans, but certainly would if I had to. But the fact that I was called means that I did my job the other times I auditioned for Michael. I have shown him that I have some talent, and I am worth calling in. He also mentioned that he appreciated that I kept him updated by postcard. What a validation for all of the marketing work I have been doing!

The icing on the cake this week is that I got a call from the agent from Monday’s workshop, asking me to come in for a meeting on Monday. (Not sure if I mentioned to you that I am currently seeking new representation- so this is a big deal!) I feel like one hurdle has been jumped already- he has seen me perform 3 songs, he knows I am direct-able, he knows that I am easy to work with because he saw my audition process from beginning to end and saw me accept feedback easily. So now it is just a matter of finding out if our philosophies match, and if we think it would be a good partnership. I have to say, this agent was incredibly approachable and he seems like someone I would really love to have on my team. We’ll have to see how everything goes on Monday. I’ll be sure to give you an update when I know anything.

So, that’s it! Oh, also, I am also proud to say that I have successfully started my new coaching business for actors (focusing on the business side of show business.) I will be posting the particulars in a subsequent post. But in the meantime, feel free to check out my website, The Actors' Enterprise at www.theactorsenterprise.org.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 17, 2007

I swear, I didn't mean it!


Erin Blamed For At Least 7 Deaths In Texas

Remnants Of Tropical Storm Erin Unleash Heavy Rain


At least seven deaths around Texas are being blamed on what had been Tropical Storm Erin as the state deals with at least 6 inches of rain.Authorities in Houston said one person was killed and another was hurt when a waterlogged roof collapsed at a storage unit at a Houston grocery store, reported KPRC-TV...


To read more about the havoc I am wreaking across the southland, visit http://www.click2houston.com/weather/13895320/detail.html

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Filmmaking Permitting Concerns: Update

As some of you may have heard, NYC officials had planned to set some guidelines regarding amateur filmmaking and photography on city property, proposing limits on the amount of time someone could shoot before having to get permits to do so. This produced an outcry in the arts community and prompted a petition to defeat the plan, which was signed by thousands of concerned residents and supporters. Here is an update, as reported by One on One NYC's BizBuzz:

After a city-wide outcry that included everything from letters and petitions to a rap music video, the city has agreed to re-work their proposal to vastly limit photography and filming in the city. The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting said they would redraft the rules to address complaints that that they could be too broadly applied. Maybe those birdwatchers in Central Park won’t have to have insurance to take a photo of those birds, after all.

Katherine Oliver, the film office commissioner, said in a statement, “We appreciate the feedback and collaboration of the production community in the city and look forward to revising our proposal.”

In addition to the web petition circulated here on BizBuzz, there were some less traditional forms of protest in response to the legislation. Comedy troupe Olde English produced a rap music video and then submitted it as public comment to the film office and the civil liberties union. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

'Proposin’ new rules to try to get rid of me/A million in insurance just to cover liabilities!/From Little Italy all the way to Harlem/Bloomberg’s jealous ’cause our movies won’t star him.'

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Not slowing down yet

August 4th marks my 2-Year Anniversary of moving to NYC!

Well, make that August 5th. I left California around 9:45pm on August 4, 2005 and arrived at 5:30am August 5, 2005. hence the confusion about the actual anniversary date. Maybe I’ll stretch out the festivities over a week or two like many of my friends do with their birthdays.

Save for going away to college, I'd never up and moved to a big city before. Make that ANY city other than the one my parents moved us to when I was 8 years old. I am a southern CA girl by nature, though you wouldn’t know it to look at me (blonde, yes, but I have the milky white skin of a Minnesota farm girl and confuse people with my lack of valley girl affectation.) And my college experience doesn’t count- I moved from San Diego to Los Angeles so no real culture shock there.

But I digress. I moved to NYC for a number of reasons: 1) to experience moving to a new place with no ties that bound me; 2) to have a more challenging career as an actor, and; 3) to see if NYC would really be able to keep up with my own fast paced nature. And, my, how the city has delivered. I am just as enamored of the city as I was 2 years ago. Maybe more so. Occasionally I will be in midtown and look up from my walk and notice the Empire State Building in my line of sight, and it never fails to impress.


Every day brings new, crazy experiences. Here are a few perks from today:

9am- Wake to say goodbye to a houseguest who was in town for a wedding (when you live in a popular and expensive city, it becomes necessary to provide refuge for your friends.)

9:45am- Walk my dog outside and tried in vain to “curb” her (which is to have her pee off the curb instead of on the sidewalk.) When I do this, my dog waits to see if anyone is looking, and then when she is sure of an audience she puts on her “I’m being abused, call the ASPCA” look. I got a couple of these looks today as I dragged her to the curb- she has this incredible locking mechanism in her legs which makes her look pathetic. I am waiting for an arrest warrant. During the walk, she is approached by an older woman with short pink hair. It is the sort of pink where you are not sure if the woman knows it is pink- sort of a baby pink. I don’t have any clue what kind of hair dye results in pink hair. Let me also note that this woman didn’t say a word to me as she stopped to pet my dog. This is pretty typical. People will walk up and have an entire conversation with the dog and never even so much as look at you. And they use baby voices. And they speak of me in the 3rd person, as in, “Oh, you don’t want to go in with that mean mommy, do you? You just want to stay outside like any normal doggie. Poor baby! Can’t mommy just let you enjoy the fresh air?”


10:05am: Late for my breakfast with my friend, Kathryn, because my dog was dawdling in our walk. No doggie bag for her.

11:30am: I am on my way to the subway to travel to Astoria, Queens to get my hair touched up (read: not a natural blonde, and today it is showing). As I get into the upper part of the station, I hear my train just pulling in. I would have to run in order to get there in time, and I would likely miss it. I ran to the turnstyle, swiped my Metrocard, and started running to the stairs of the platform along with a man in his late 40s/early 50s. “There’s no way we’re making it,” he said. “Oh, I’m making it,” I said. “And I’m holding the door for you when I get there.” Sure enough, we made it. Score one for the Cronical.

4:00pm: I am finally done with getting my hair done and I go to have a bite to eat. I enter an empty restaurant and I am seated by the server at a table directly facing a man eating his meal alone. Awkward... As my food is served, he leans in and says, “Bon appetit!” Which was very nice. He also wished me a good day as he was leaving. Maybe it was my fresh, blonde hair that enticed him.

4:30pm: I was waiting to get on the subway to Manhattan when a young woman elbows her way to get ahead of me into the train car. She keeps pushing, which seems really aggressive and I am about to push back. Then I realize that she wasn’t pushing intentionally, it was her gigantic purse pressing into me and she was completely oblivious. I wanted to push her anyway to punish her for having such a big purse, but I am actually a pretty nice person so I didn’t.

5:15pm: Got home, set up some audition appointments, practiced some audition songs, and read some theater websites to get caught up on the business. I also watched a little bit of “Astrologer Forecast” on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)- Jupiter is apparently creating some wonderful new things for us in the next few weeks.

8:00pm: Ordered NY pizza to be delivered, and when we called they somehow knew our address and door buzzer without us even identifying ourselves. Normally we don’t get it delivered, because the restaurant is literally 3 doors down and across the street, so we were very surprised. They must have had very fancy Caller ID. Big brother is watching.

9:30pm: I am blogging to you good people.

By the way- welcome to all of the wonderful viewers at BlogCatalog. I recently signed on to this blogging community and somehow people are finding me and liking this blog. Go figure!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Save Amateur Filmmaking in NYC

(This is a repost from MySpace, so forgive the grammar- the message is still very important, though...)

As you might know NYC is trying to pass a law saying that any photographer or filmmaker who has a) five more more people in a location for more than ten minutes or b) two or more people in a location for more than thirty minutes will need to pay for a permit with a million dollars worth of insurance per person on set! This will basically stop all amateur filmmakers and photographers, and it will also affect tourists who want to have their time in NYC captured digitally.

Won't you please sign an online petition that goes to the mayor asking to stop this bill from passing? It takes only a few seconds and it would be a huge help. The petition website is:

http://www.pictureny.org/petition/index.php

Here is an article about the proposal, as reported by the Associated Press:

http://www.9news.com/news/world/article.aspx?storyid=74643

Even if you are not involved in the visual arts at all, please do it to help those of us who are. For all of you actors out there, there will be a dramatic decrease in student and independent films out there for you to be a part of. Please sign the petition and please also consider copying and pasting this into a bulletin on your page or post on your blog.

Thank you!

Save Amateur Filmmaking in NYC

(This is a repost from MySpace, so forgive the grammar- the message is still very important, though...)

As you might know NYC is trying to pass a law saying that any photographer or filmmaker who has a) five more more people in a location for more than ten minutes or b) two or more people in a location for more than thirty minutes will need to pay for a permit with a million dollars worth of insurance per person on set! This will basically stop all amateur filmmakers and photographers, and it will also affect tourists who want to have their time in NYC captured digitally.

Won't you please sign an online petition that goes to the mayor asking to stop this bill from passing? It takes only a few seconds and it would be a huge help. The petition website is:

http://www.pictureny.org/petition/index.php

Here is an article about the proposal, as reported by the Associated Press:

http://www.9news.com/news/world/article.aspx?storyid=74643

Even if you are not involved in the visual arts at all, please do it to help those of us who are. For all of you actors out there, there will be a dramatic decrease in student and independent films out there for you to be a part of. Please sign the petition and please also consider copying and pasting this into a bulletin on your page or post on your blog.

Thank you!


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