TVI Actors Studio LA member Student Ashley Rickards, has booked the leading role in the independent feature, Dirty Girl. The film also stars Lisa Kudrow, William H. Macy and John Michael Higgins and is written and directed by Abe Sylvia.
Ashley has previously appeared in Ugly Betty, Zoey 101, CSI:NY, and the pilot American Family. Shooting starts here in LA this summer. Congrats to you, Ashley!!
Actors – PLEASE – make sure you have your most up-to-date contact information listed with every possible resource that Casting Directors might use to find you.
I was speaking with a friend, who is a casting director, and he told me about his frustration with never being able to find actors that he has not met before. In the latest of these instances – he informed me that a union actor he was asked to offer a job to did not have ANY information listed with AEA. Did you know you can call the membership department and update your contact information any time? If you’re paying all those dues and membership fees, why would try to hide from earning potential by not giving them your contact info?
He then tried searching on many of the online resources used to locate actors and could not find the actor anywhere. Then he went back to the member of the creative team on the project that recommended this actor. Well, the established Director (who had directed the young actor before) didn’t keep any contact information for him, as he assumed the actor was doing HIS job and making himself available for work. Ultimately, they came up with another idea and an actor who had the foresight to have his contact information available got the job offer.
PLEASE – don’t get lost in the business – make yourself found!
2008 has been a perfect storm for actors. With the writer’s strike a few months ago and the SAG strike on the horizon, we’re in need of some good news. Well, today we got some. SAG president Alan Rosenberg has resumed negotiations now that AFTRA has struck a deal. A moment of silence for our future internet residuals…
TVI Member Alice Schaerer continues to work on New York Television shows. You may have caught her on the 30 Rock series finale as a politico opposite Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin. Congratulations on your continued success, Alice!
Wow! It’s gonna be long summer. In the past such jewels such as Survivor, The Amazing Race and Curb Your Enthusiasm have snuck onto the summer schedule and have found such success that they’ve stayed with us for the long haul.
That just doesn’t seem likely this year.
I can’t honestly say I’m excited about a single offering that going to premiere in the next few weeks. May look like low cost options that their networks explored during the long writes strike.
We have games shows. The umpteenth version of Password this time with Regis Philbin and Wipeout, which looks exactly like Most Xtreme Challenge which aired on Spike and was a voice-overed version of a Japanese gameshow.
British Import Secret Diary of a Call Girl will premiere on Showtime.(Yawn!)
Swingtown, a scripted dram on CBS which harkens back to wife swapping in suburbia during the 70′s (big yawn!).
And finally there’s Jingle, a competition to write the best commercial jingles. (loud obnoxious yawn!).
A long summer indeed!
TVI staff member Meredith Snyder booked a commercial as Dora the Explorer for the Live National Tour of “Go!Diego Go!” through casting director J. Max Sullivan who also teaches classes at TVI Actors Studio in New York.
Biff Bartlett will be making his virgin stand-up appearance next Wednesday at 8pm. He is appearing as part of “The Vacationeers Variety Hour” that takes place the last Wednesday of each month. Here are the details: May 28th / 8:00 PM / Tangier Bar and Restaurant / 2138 Hillhurst Ave, 90027 / $8
OK, so BOTH Simon and I were wrong. It was Cook, not Archuletta who came out on top. Maybe it was Simon’s high praise of teen David that caused the flood of votes for Cook. In any case he won by a really shocking 12%.
Now what do I watch? There’s still Top Chef and Project Runway starts it’s last Bravo season in July. And my Tivo still has all the episodes of the HBO John Adams mini-series which I’ve heard is great, but really seems like something more suited to a Social Studies class.
Let’s hope not! Many New York based actors make their living working out of town. Mike Daisey’s critique, How Theatre Failed America, questions the role of LORT theatres which operate without permanent resident ensembles. Catch it at the Barrow Street Theatre until June 22.
TVI consultant Eric Conley will be back on All My Children as anesthesiologist, Dr. Ford, on All My Children airing Wednesday, May 28th.
Los Angeles based actress, new mom and TVI young actors studio- acting teacher Stacey Moseley , booked a spot on the TBS Comedy “My Boys.”
Stacey, well known for appearances on TV series such as “Boston Legal”, “Crossing Jordan”, and the “The West Wing” has been teach in the young actors acting program for the last several years.
Original cast member of the Broadway phenomena, ” Mama Mia” , TVI Actors Studio member, Kimee Balmilero, recently signed with Diverse Talent Group across the board.(TV, Film, Commercials and Theatre)
Originally from Hawaii, Filipino-American actor Kimee Balmilero has been performing professionally since high school. She has also performed on the famous stages of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
You can also view Kimee Balmilero official site here.