Well, I finally got my Headshots back and I must say I'm quite pleased with them, Dana Patrick did an amazing job! She really makes those eye "Pop" which is always a bonus when that's the only feature of yours that you like! Hahaha
Of course one always has something they're not completely satisfied with, naturally always something that can't be changed, like the fact that your nose is too pointy, or your face is too long, maybe if my arms were this or my hair was that, and the list goes on.... But overall, I got a nice array of pictures, hopefully good enough to help me land an Agent/Manager in good old tinsletown. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. Updates on how these were perceived will follow...
Which is your favourite? Please feel free to comment as your opinion counts. Alex Cartañá xo
Despite feeling content in my prior acting classes, I didn't feel like I was being challenged enough or that my peers were making me want to compete or better myself.
I was in need of a class that made me feel like I could grow, that I could be pushed to my very limit, that would awaken every part of me; as well as a class where I would feel like everyone was at a higher level than myself, that were extremely strong performers, with talent seeping from their every poor and that would consequently spark the fire of ambition, within me, that I seemed to have lost a long the way.
I was grateful to have been positioned in a class with extremely talented actors. Our last class before the holidays, allowed each actor to perform in front of the class, not limited to just scenes (which were outstanding), but included Singing, Songwriting, Rapping, Dancing among other talents. Witnessing their talents, have not only grounded me, but humbled me and left me in complete awe. I am honored that for a short while I was able to be in class with this mesmerizing array of talent. Among these talents are, Ryan Garcia, Clayton Snyder, Sarah Saunders, Courtney Hawkins, Kelly Walker, Angie Simms, Tess Niedermeyer, Heidi Niedermeyer, Ben Whitehair, Cody Kopp, Graham Outerbridge, Jay Montepare, Jeff Pierre, Angela Sprinkle and Stephen Graybill. Despite the level of talent, I did not find myself 'at home' with the methods and teaching of this studio, so alas I am on the prowl again for another coach... Alex Cartañá xo
So you gain some weight (eeehhheemm… errr yeah *gulp*) so you're like, you need to change your hair, because the blonde is getting waaaay too blonde, and your ends look like straw, and quite frankly you're just bored of long hair… so you go for a little chop, chop and you've opted for a "diiiirrrrtyy blonde colour" and then… you look nothing like you did in your headshots! CD's are starting to look at you funny… that's when you know it is time for some new pics. But…. you're strapped for cash, cause it's the holiday season and gift buying is in full force, so you opt for a "Power Hour" with the lovely Laura Burke, a couple of looks later and here we have it. I know… I need to stick to that diet, cause my Leptin Sensitivity is utterly crippling, and the weight just isn't shifting, but for now… these will do! What are your thoughts? Yay or Nay? A.C. xo
I am absolutely loving The Actors Link in LA. There is an abundance of Workshop Studio's in LA, as most actors will know. Some, which I shall not mention, are there to take your money and couldn't care less about who you are or how you are doing. You're a number and they're happy to keep it that way. The Actors Link is very different. I was fortunate enough to meet one of the owners of The Actors Link Studio, Casting Director Scott David, during a workshop at another workshop studio. I fell in love with him and his bubbly, fun personality and just general encouraging nature. He genuinely loves actors and really helps whenever possible. He really, really does. I am a witness to this, so it really isn't just hearsay.
When he encouraged me to join The Actors Link, I thought; "oh! I'm sure it's just like everywhere else!". But I was pleasantly surprised... The Actors Link, is nothing like the other Studios. It is far more intimate, it does not feel clinical like a government building (as some of these studios can feel). They know you by name and remember your "story", which in turn makes you feel quite special. They also allow you to book your slot time online, so you don't have to turn up an hour early and wait forever (wasting precious time for some of those Actors, who have children and other commitments). They carefully select all their Casting Directors and Managers, to ensure the Actors are being seen by people who are really going to help, and provide the constructive criticism we all need. They also offer a FREE consultation to help those who are unfamiliar with some of the workshops or CD's, and they spend time explaining what workshop will be beneficial for the particular genre the Actor is going for. All in all, this is most definitely my favourite place to go for workshops. I encourage other aspiring/working actors to go there too!
The Actors Link is carefully run/managed by Scott David and Brett Weinstock and is Located in North Hollywood. I'd love to keep this all to myself, but that would just be mean… so, What are you waiting for? A.C.
I hadn't been on set for a while, so shooting this scene from G.I. was such fun! Encouraged by our wonderful acting coach John Homa, we got the ball rolling and put together a small production, to film this short.
I got to play an intelligent, authoritative, spiteful, strong Character. A Psychiatrist with obvious issues herself. I mean… there is really no need to be so harsh with a patient. Not that I can't be like that in the real world, you know a complete Bitch, but that is not generally my nature. So I love it when a character is unlike me, for it allows me to explore new layers and it is most certainly a form of escapism. Isn't that what acting is all about? Isn't that what most actors love about acting. We were really happy with the results and the feedback so far has been very positive.
I'd like to give thanks to my scene partner Samm Wiechec, the Director: Luca Brinciotti, the D.O.P.: Justin Knodle as well as Ryan Lopez, Andrew Massersmith, Cori Elwood, Roy Sun, Denise Khumalo, Austin Gray, Trang Ada Tring, and Jordan Spark for their hard work and expertise. I hope to work together on other projects very soon. Alex Cartañá xo
I'm so pleased! I have two new commercials out soon, both of which are SAG jobs, therefore I have been forced to join SAG/AFTRA. Not bad huh? I had been eligible to become a member for a little while and had been "umming and arring" about the pros and cons of joining, those in the same predicament will understand. However, these last two jobs with #hewlettpackard and #fisherprice have put me in a situation where the decision was no longer mine. Sometimes I like it when it's like that, it makes things a little easier. This new "Status" puts me in a complete new realm, which will hopefully enable me to be "seen" as a more serious performer. This is the open door, I have been longing for, for a long time! Keep your fingers crossed for me!
When you're prepping for a scene you sometimes forget that those bright coloured nails you usually wear, might not be so fitting to your character. So I chose these nude tones and a little glitter, as I'm playing a Psychiatrist on Saturday. I don't want my character to be completely old-fashioned, however the nails must not detract from my performance and I think these will do just the job. What do you think?
I’m currently working on getting a little Reel together, so the first thing I need to do is select a scene and learn the lines… note that my Pup seems to find this extremely boring, even though it was completely her idea to join in… learning lines can be tiresome, as is obvious from the photograph!
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