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I walk into the audition room and am invited to sit across the desk from the casting director.  They look me up and down, lean in and out. “Ooooooooooooo.  You’re interesting.  You look like you could have just come straight out of Middle Earth.”

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12:00 – I plan my escape.  I’m at work on a sunny afternoon.

Two days before I submit to a casting call.  The next day they reply with the offer of an audition.  The casting session is the following day from 12-2.  I have to work, but it just so happens that my lunch break is from 12:15-1.  Perfect!  Time is tight, and the location is several major blocks away, but I love a good challenge.  I decide to go for it.

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Easy come easy go

I open my facebook at 11:32am.  There is a message from a casting director I’ve worked with several times before.  It was sent at 2am.  She has a music video gig for me in 36 hours.  They got it on short notice and need to fill out the cast.  She has two roles that I would be good for, and she wants to hire me, now.  No audition necessary.  They know me, they like me, they trust me, and they’ll pay me x-amount of money.  I take 3 seconds to consider.  I’ll have to reschedule a dentist appointment, which will probably cost me $75, and find someone to cover my shift at work the next day, which will probably be impossible.  I’m in.

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I recently attended a unique and helpful lecture at The Second City Training Centre on how to make a go of it in L.A.  The Q&A style talk was presented by the lovely and talented Ayumi Iizuka.  Ayumi was a former instructor of mine at The Second City.  Shortly after that she headed for L.A. and now has about two years of on the ground experience to draw from.

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My morning walk down into the studio district for an audition.  What a beautiful day!

I wish I could tell you all more about the auditions I get sent on.  Sadly, though necessarily, I’ve been sworn to silence on most of it.  You see, everything in this business is confidential.  I’m not allowed to share any details of the scripts I read.  I can’t give the names of any of the companies I’m auditioning for.  My agent doesn’t even like me to say what kind of audition I’m going for on a given day (fast food, financial services product, tv role, etc.).

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On Tuesday I turned on my inner top model and jumped in front of the camera to shoot my first fashion collection.  I applied for a casting call I had seen online, and after my portfolio was reviewed, I was chosen for the gig.  The shoot was for Boutique Mademoiselle Vintage, an online vintage boutique.  We were modelling the items the boutique owner, Tara Filteau, had chosen as part of her Spring/Summer collection.  It was a small production, with two models, the boutique owner, and the photographer.

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Don’t worry folks.  Before you think that I’m curled up in my Spanx crying into my Ben & Jerry’s Bacon Cheeseburger ice cream researching Gastric Bypass, rest assured; I’m not.  My shape-wear is tucked away securely in my underwear drawer, there’s no such thing as Bacon Cheeseburger ice cream (yet.  Ben, Jerry, call me.  The first one’s free.), and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let anyone make me think that I’m fat.  What DID I do?  I laughed.  I laughed, and I laughed, and I laughed.  Then I shook my head.

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