Sunday, August 26, 2007

Weekend Fun

On Friday night we went to the National Treasure 2 Wrap Party. For those of you who don't know what a wrap party is, it is a party the producers throw at the end of a show (weather it be the end of the movie or the end of the season of a TV show). They do this to show their appreciating for the cast and crew, however most of the time the actors don't show up. Since NT2 is a big budget movie they spared no expense for the wrap party. There was amazing food, open bar, great music and held at this super cool night club in Hollywood.

On Saturday night we went to our good friends house to play video games in his super cool game room he recently built. This is just not any game room this is an amazing game room. He has 8 xbox's, 8 flat screen TVs that way everyone has their own screen, a shuffle board table, pool table, air hockey table, fuse ball table, darts and the full size fast and the furious arcade racing games. It is so sweet! This place makes Dave and Busters look like armatures. At least once a week we go to his house and play with a bunch of other stunt guys, however he is leaving town today until November so we won't be playing again for a while. I sure will miss our late night get togethers.

He also has a movie theater in his house. We watched 300 in their last week. It is pretty fun to watch a movie in a private home theater that has better sound and picture then any commercial movie theater you go to. I can't wait till he gets back!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Work Today

I worked on the TV show Scrubs today. What a fun show to work on. The actors were so nice which on some shows is so not the case. It was my first time working on that show and everyone was just having a good time. It is strange how every show you work on is so different. I guess it is that way in the outside world too, every office has a different culture and feel. I never know when I go work on a new show what to expect. You don't know if you are walking into a stressful hurry up crazy environment or a having a good time laughing environment. I was a stunt actress (no lines) meaning I was just playing my self and not doubling anyone, so you will see me on camera and not have to use the slow motion to see my face. I decided to come to work with straight hair this time so they wouldn't make me have big hair like they did on my commercial. They gave me a side ponny tail, ,not kidding but it worked out and looked fine.

I am only in one scene but it was a fun morning (I only had to work 4 hours today). It is days like today where I just love my job. I think the episode airs around November 15th but I will let you guys know for sure so you can watch. I will write more about my day once the show airs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My First Commercial

I just shot my first commercial and it is a national commercial! I was playing myself (ie I am not doubling anyone) so you will see my face. It was my first close up. I am a stunt actress for the commercial and on national commercials you get paid every time it airs which is pretty sweet. They will also show the commercial on the Internet.

It went great and I think they were very happy how it turned out. Jon was at the filming helping out the stunt coordinator. I always feel safe knowing that Jon is there in case something happens (like when I did my car hit and had to go to the hospital).

I am excited to see how it turns out. I think the only thing that I wasn't super happy about and have never had to deal with was I think they made my already thick hair even bigger. My hair basically had its won personality. It looked like a wig. Usually I am doubling someone and they never see my face on camera so I don't care what I look like but this time it was about me. I asked the hair lady why she made my hair so big and she said because I am playing a mom and the big hair would make me look older. I guess we will see...

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Emmy Party

Last night Jon and I went to an Emmy Party to Honor those nominated for best Stunt Coordinator. We had such a fun time. Their was an award ceremony for those who where nominated at the beginning of the night. Since the theme was 70's and 80's TV shows they had actors from popular TV shows from that era to present the award to those nominated. Among the special guest were David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), and David Soul (who played Hutch in Starsky and Hutch). They also put together stunt clips from of the famous shows of that era. It was so entertaining to watch how much stunts have changed since then. My dad was in the clip show a few times that I noticed which I thought was pretty cool. I thought perhaps my kids will watch stunt clips from my era and say "Hey there is mom on Lost or on Monk or on One Tree Hill..."

After the awards presentations the party began. Their was a live band, open bar, and food. At one point in the night I was walking down the stairs with two other young stunt girls and one said "We should do a stair fall just for fun". Listening to the good advice from my dad "Never do stunts unless you are getting paid" I suggested that I video tape them with my camera (I am so clever). So they did two stair falls in their dresses. This is the stuff us crazy stunt people do. We really never look at stairs or cars the same once you have been intimate with them on camera. Here is the video of their stair fall:

We also signed up to be a members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. There is a bunch of criteria to be a member but we were able to by pass that because the dean of the stunts was able to just sign us in which was pretty sweet. I received my voting ballot and actually get to vote for the Emmy's. Being a member for the Academy I can also attend the events they hold all the time. I am so excited to be a part of the Academy. We had a such a great night.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Back in LA

Jon and I got back to LA on Tuesday. We had a great time in WA but it is time to get back to work. I missed a few commercial auditions during my travels this summer so I need to be home for a while. It is weird, we don't work everyday with our jobs and you don't know when you are going to work again so being out of town or planning anything is tough.

Even though we aren't working everyday we are still "working". Meaning we are hustling for work, going on auditions, researching upcoming movies, networking, going to sets...etc. It is a very different lifestyle. I love it but it does take some getting use to. It is totally feast or famine. Sometimes we are so busy we don't have time to do anything and other times we watch a lot of movies and hang with friends. There is no business like show business!