My lifestyle photos show the roles I can play!
…and Pleasure. If I had a magic wand, I’d play girlfriend to “Golden Boy!”
What I’ve Been Up To:
I recently shot a comedic short film about the film biz, pictured at right, receiving a great review from director David Fu. I filmed a starring role in a TV pilot as Dr. Patterson, with praise from director Nora Klein for my comedic timing. I played the dramatic representative role of Catherine from David Auburn‘s Proof under the direction of the renowned Susan Pilar.
I sat second row while Matthew McConaughey and director/writer Jeff Nichols talked about their new movie, “Mud” in Soho. I later saw it in theaters, and it was very good – compelling performances from both McConaughey and Tye Sheridan.
In case you haven’t heard, we’re in the Golden Age of television…especially if hotness is any indication. So if you’re not watching yet, send your boyfriend out for milk and turn on the tube!
Let’s start out red-hot…
MEN ON FIRE
Jesse Spencer as Lt. Matthew Casey, Chicago Fire (NBC)
Charlie Barnett as Peter Mills, Chicago Fire (NBC)
Cool down with some…
Max Greenfield as Schmidt, New Girl (Fox)
Daniel Tosh as who else? Daniel Tosh!, Tosh.o (Comedy Central)
And go out with bang!
GUNS, GAVELS & GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!
Kevin Alejandro as Detective Christian Arroyo, Golden Boy (CBS)
The past couple months have been delightfully eventful. I’ve booked and starred in a dramatic TV pilot, I’ve become a student at one of the top acting schools in the country, and I’ve gone from auditioning sporadically to auditioning a few times a week.
I’m now a scene study studier at the famous T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre. When I met Terry Schrieber during the orientation and auditioning process, he told me: “You’re very castable – you’re lovely – and you have a great charisma about you.”
Below, I’m pictured at an industry event with actor Monroe Mann, who recently wrote, directed, produced and acted as legal counsel for the movie “You Can’t Kill Stephen King,” screening in Cannes.
I love auditioning. As Al Pacino said when he was broke in New York City auditioning for indie projects, having an audition means “I got to act today,” and that’s a wonderful day! Plus, I thrive on the competition and the positive and constructive feedback I receive.
Stayed tuned for more diary entries. I have a photo shoot on deck. My most recent shoot fulfilled a childhood dream of being an Arabian princess.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my one year anniversary of blogging! I’m marking the occasion by doing a pre-Oscars write up.
My favorite actor, Daniel Day Lewis, will score again. He not only transformed his appearance, but even the way he moved and spoke was Abe all the way. Ah. Maze. Ing. He brought the exalted president down to earth and into our hearts; and, along with the rest of the exceptional cast, made an important American history lesson a grand, moving experience.
She’s one of my favorite actresses, period. Her delicate features, high voice and passionate spirit made her perfect for this suprisingly-strong woman role – the type of role I can see myself playing.
Now, I make this choice, abashedly, without having yet seen “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” However, I think I’m safe in assuming Oscar isn’t progressive enough to designate even a very talented and adorable child as best actress. The nomination is impressive, though. Not only would Quvenzhane Wallis be the youngest best actress, she would be only the second of African descent.
Now, I know is predicted to win this for his role in the awesome “ ,” having already done so at the . But I like Deniro for this honor, mainly because one of his scenes made me cry in under a minute of talking to his mentally dysfunctional son, played by Bradley Cooper.
However. Shame on you, Academy, for not nominating Ben.
Fortunately, the Brits disagree. (See the related article at the end.)
But I’m guessing Oscar will give Ang Lee his props for making an “unfilmable” book filmable.
SAG’s winner for Best Ensemble Cast usually is a predictor of best picture, and Ben deserves some credit for becoming a heck of a director.
I’m telling you because I’ve decided to revamp my blog and shift the focus from cosmetic and fashion advice to documenting my experience in the entertainment industry, with beauty and style sprinkled along the way. Only in my last “My Model Diaries” entry did I beginning talking about my acting journey. Here’s the continuation.
Months ago, I submitted for a principal role on OWN’s “Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal.” Recently, a show producer contacted me wanting to meet with me about the part. I had totally forgotten about the role, but I certainly was glad to be reminded!
A couple days later, I showed up at the casting in Midtown West in one my favorite outfits – a hunter green V-neck faux wrap dress from Love21 and a cream-colored fedora from Aldo. First, I ended up in the wrong casting room. I stepped off the elevator and a guy who looked like he knew what we was talking about, pointed me and another actress into a small audition room.
There was about fifteen minutes of looking around at the room’s cool decor and finally pulling out my current favorite read – a Christmas gift from my mom. Then, a woman who looked like she knew what she was talking about stepped out of a room and looked at me stunned, greeted me and handed me a contract.
I was a little confused but excited to use my law license as I sat down and started reading. It was for a voice acting gig. I guess she looked stunned because I didn’t look like a voice actor.
Good thing I had arrived early and got to the right place in time! When it was my turn to meet with the producer, she was very complimentary of me. She only expressed concern over the length of my hair. Apparently, the look of the character had changed since she contacted me – these things happen, and they wanted her to have long hair.
While I disdain society’s long hair bias, I figured this wasn’t the time to fight that battle! She asked if I had a picture of myself in a wig. My loyal followers know that I do, this picture from my model picture diary page:
I told her I could email the picture. We wrapped things up, she asked me if I had any tattoos or piercings (I don’t), and we parted. As I walked away, I remembered that I’d read that casting directors and such don’t have very good imaginations. I felt that they couldn’t see how I looked in a wig from looking at the picture alone.
I also remembered how my idol, Halle Berry, landed her first major role. She was being considered for the role of a crack addict in Spike Lee‘s “Jungle Fever.” But Spike ended up telling her that he thought she was too pretty. She begged for a chance to show that she could do the role. She showed up looking raggedy, hair unkempt, clothes dirty and torn.
She showed them that she could do a different look and landed the part.
I decided there was no reason why I couldn’t do the same thing. I searched for the nearest wig place on my iPhone. The first costume shop I went to didn’t have any wigs, but the owner pointed me toward good ole’ Ricky’s. I picked the one that looked the most like the hair the producer vaguely described and, with the help of a couple Ricky’s employees and mirror, wore it out of the store so I could walk back into the audition room fully confident.
I got a couple more catcalls wearing the wig than I got walking to get it, so that helped the confidence level.
Once back inside, I didn’t know the decorum for reappearing at a casting, so I signed in again and waited until my turn. Again. I got a couple compliments from other actresses waiting their turn as well, though one was directed solely toward my teal and purple color block heels.
When I walked into the producer’s room again, she said “nice to meet you” before she realized who I was. “Wow, you look so different. The wig looks so natural! …I didn’t realize you were coming back!” I responded “Me either!”
I was happy that she was happy. She took a picture, and I walked out feeling good. And I’m happy that I’m a lawyer with enough flexibility to go the extra mile in the area of my passion without worrying about getting back to a job.
I still hope to hear that I’ve secured the role, but, even if I don’t, I feel good having had that experience and knowing that more opportunities are on the way.
See you next time!
From best dressed to hottest arm candy, see my top picks below!
with a Black Dress
Most of the Oscaritas in black paired their dark dress with neutral makeup, but (leg jokes aside!) Angelina Jolie did it right. She wore a orangy-red lipstick to brighten up her look and keep the dark-colored dress from washing out her face. Rose Byrne, from “Bridesmaids,” could have used a bright fuscia lipstick to make her pretty face pop.
You don’t normally associate ponytails with uber formal events, but Sandra Bullock’s high, tight, and sleek pony does the job. And that’s not the only thing looking high, tight, and sleek! Her classy Marchesa dress is fitted in the hip area for a surprising sexiness.
Gwenyth Paltrow, though she looked like an absolutely gorgeous tall glass of milk in her white dress and cape, sported a ponytail that was a little too loose and low for my taste.
Surprised it’s a guy? Don’t be. I absolutely love this guy, especially with long locks.
Best Dressed Man
Best Yeah-I-Know-I’m-Going-to-Win Dress
Meryl Streep decided to dress like Oscar last night and ended up taking him home. She won for her leading actress role in “Iron Lady,” portraying former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. By wearing the gold Lanvin dress, she showed the same gusto you would have expected from the Iron Lady herself. A few of the past 10 Best Actress winners have worn gold dresses, and last night the trend continued.
Best Dress that Grows on You
Best Plus-Sized Dress
Bridesmaids’ tomboyish Melissa McCarthy looked great all dolled up without wearing a structured dress to try to corset herself. She wore a glamorous updo and flowly chiffon in a nude color with fancy silver detail. She wasn’t quite as classy in her pre-recorded skit with the always capable host, Billy Crystal, where she tried the same leg-in-the-air seduction technique she used in the movie.
Best Arm Candy
with Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer, who gave an tearful speech when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Help,” wore a beautifully fitting white embroidered dress and a hunk on her arm. The only thing missing? I would have liked to have seen a plum color on her lips to brighten her face.
Viola Davis looked totally different from the character she was nominated for playing. She was absolutely stunning in a bright emerald dress that showed off her toned body. It was great to see Viola looking glamorous, since she is not often cast in roles that show what a beautiful woman she is. I hope she sports her natural hair more often, rather than the black wigs she normally wears. The copper color complements her skin tone well, and the short ‘do makes her face stand out.
I have a new idol! Michelle Williams was the absolute belle of the ball with this carefully designed gown with a sheer back, perfectly placed pleats and peplum, and silver bow detail on the right side at the waist. The commentators had trouble determining the color of the dress, and and eventually settled on coral.
Whatever it is, its brightness nicely contrasts her fair skin and hair. She’s a woman after my own heart, matching her makeup (peachy-pink, an innocent color I love) to her dress. Her naked ears and pixie cut create another intriguing juxtaposition – boyish against the feminine gown.
3 great movies this year and 0 nominations? Booooo. ‘Nuff said.
My Oscar’s Look
This guy made last night my best Valentine’s Day ever…
Discovering Reeve Carney as Spiderman on Broadway, getting caught in his web – and creepily bringing it home with me.
I don’t still have it though.
Yes, I do.
Anyway. I highly recommended the show. Funny lines, action and animation that you don’t get in the typical musical, a highly entertaining Southern-accented Green Goblin, and more comic bookishness than the movie provided.
But one actor made the show. Reeve Carney, a cross between Macaulay Caulkin, James Franco, and Zac Efron…but better than that sounds.
Reeve’s sincerity brought believability and excitement to the love story. His intensity made the music intoxicating: you have not heard “Rise Above” or “Boy Falls From the Sky” ’til you hear him belt them out on stage with a surprising gravitas. And he has the fluid movement of a trained dancer.
Eat your heart out, Tobey.
As Peter Parker, Reeve pulled off geek chic. In one scene he wore a cool red and blue plaid shirt with jeans and matching red Converses – an outfit cute enough to make you wish your name was Mary Jane.
The real Reeve Carney, 28, is more emo than his Broadway character – allowing him to be even more stylish.
Did I mention he’s a singer-songwriter?
But don’t let the pretty boy style fool you. He bounced off stage walls and swung around Foxwoods Theater like a the manliest of men.
Someone please make this guy the next Ryan Gosling, so I can stare at him dreamily more often!