When I moved to Los Angeles in July, I was insanely driven. Within my first week, I had a new theatrical agent; meetings with commercial agencies; new headshots; memberships to LAcasting, actorsaccess, and IMDBPro; a reel put together; registration to improv and acting classes; an awesome network of friends; and of course, my fresh new haircut.
I immediately started applying for any and every project I could through various casting sites and was beyond thrilled for my first audition: a commercial spec for Icelandic water. The role was for a strong, female, “viking” kayaker. I’d only kayaked for fun in the past, but I figured I’d give it a shot, showed up to the audition, and booked it!
We shot for 6-7 hrs in a lake in the LA summer heat. I was wearing water shoes and was assigned to kayak back and forth. Like a kid on a playground, I enjoyed every second of it. The insane tan lines on my feet were a hilarious reward for the day’s hard work and the people I worked with–an all female crew, by the way–were phenomenal. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have such a great first film experience in Los Angeles.
Shortly after shooting, the spec was released. It was in contest with several other specs and a public vote was cast. Our piece, Viqueens, won by a landslide, thanks to friends, family, and strangers who took the time to vote for this little project. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined.