One Step Closer :)

26 Apr

One step closer to being a kickass character that is, although I wasn’t sure one of those words would fare well in the title. I’m also one step closer to getting work in Toronto, at least theoretically.

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To fill you in, on Thursday, we had our last rehearsal before going into tech week, which they keep referring to as Arena Hell Week. That starts today, so we will see how it goes :)

Then on Friday, all I had planned was to drive to Toronto for my stunt thing (which actually wasn’t so much about stunts. I misled you). I was packing up my things, about to head out when I got an email asking me to do a self-tape for a commercial. I slightly delayed my departure to do this with my dad. Whether or not anything comes from this (although we all have our fingers crossed, right?) it was my Toronto background agent who had submitted me for a commercial, and the director liked my pictures enough to ask for a self-tape. So, one step closer to getting work, and a huge victory for me :)

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On Saturday, I spent the day at the batcave, taking the Tactical Performing Artist Course. It was awesome. Gary, the instructor, was super nice and knowledgeable and funny. I learnt about uniforms, gun handling, stances, rope tying and all kinds of really cool things. I also discovered that the medical training courses they offer aren’t only for medical professionals. They are medical certifications, but you just need a first aid/CPR course to take them. It would bring me one step closer to that childhood dream I had of being a doctor, and it would let me be an asset in the zombie apocalypse. Not that I’m expecting it or anything, but with all the shows and movies, one wonders how they would fare, and it’s a silly side goal of mine to be of use in a situation like that (natural disasters count too).

All in all, it was a really fun and inspiring weekend. Hope next week is just as fun, and with opening night of the play on Friday, and two more shows on Saturday, it will definitely be interesting ;)

“Life is it’s own reward.”

-Morgan Freeman

Burgers and Class :)

22 Apr

I had an awesome time in class on Monday. We are a small group, so we got to do our scene multiple times, each time making the relationship stronger and more believable. We had to work on cutting each other off and doing things like you would in a normal conversation, rather than just syaing your lines. I think I like our before last take best, because I did it naturally instead of thinking about doing it. Unfortunately, I didn’t entirely trust my instinct and stopped when I realized I was doing it, but I still think it was a solid take ;)

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I always write about how much I enjoy talking with other actors before and after class, or at McGill, so on Monday I put my money where my mouth is and accepted an invite to go out for burgers after class. I only ended up having a milkshake, but I really enjoyed just going somewhere and hanging out with friends. Especially making new friends ;)

Yesterday I worked all day on a pretty emotional scenario, which was an interesting acting exercise. Today, I get to relax and work on that second book!

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

-Rick Warren

Rehearsals and a Scene :)

19 Apr

I can probably name all of my posts “Rehearsals” until May, but there are also other things going on :)

Thursday’s rehearsal was one actress short, but we still managed to run through all of our acting bits twice. Even with the guy who was replacing said actress going for comedy more than accuracy with the lines and maneurisms. Although it wasn’t a romantic scene, swapping a girl for a guy can still make it quite interesting.

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Friday I went to Mcgill for a bit and figured out when we would be filming for the “Yes! Let’s Make a Movie” event. Basically, someone decided that instead of sitting around and waiting for someone else to cast us, we would get together in teams and just film something. I missed the day the teams were formed, and most likely won’t be able to skip the rehearsal next Sunday in order to see the finished projects, but I was there yesterday to film :)

I play a reporter, and the scene was mostly improvised, but I had a few answers that I knew my interviewee would have to give. It was really fun to step into the shoes of a reporter, and when comments or questions popped into my mind, I would ask them and got a few laughs from the guys behind the camera. I already knew the other actors in the scene, but had never met the crew. At the end of my scene, they told me they enjoyed working with me and would like to do it again someday. I completely agree. It was a lovely experience and I can’t wait to see how the whole thing comes together :)

As for today, we had a rehearsal where we ran through the entire show twice. It was our last Sunday rehearsal before going to the arena where the show will be held. It’s getting close guys, so I hope you have your tickets ;)

“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.”

-Diana Vreeland

Classes, rehearsals and celebrations :)

16 Apr

I have been out and about working on the acting thing every day since my last post, which is always a good thing. Even if I am not currently reaching concrete milestones, I am still keeping busy, which is motivation in and of itself. At least for me.

On Sunday we had a rehearsal for Becket Players, complete with cast photos. Opening night is coming soon and the run throughs keep getting better. I now have my costumes figured out, which is always exciting, and am looking forward to figuring out my hair situation. The show spans decades, so you can look forward to some interesting looks ;)

Monday, I finally got back into class with Suzanna. With the play, I wasn’t able to go to my usual Tuesday class, since we were supposed to have rehearsals, but when Suzanna offered me a spot on Mondays, it was truly an offer I couldn’t refuse. My scene is about pre-wedding cold feet. Kind of. It is definitely interesting to try and show years of history in a couple minutes of conversation, but stepping into someone else’s shoes is one of my favorite parts ;) And obviously, I loved meeting everyone in the Monday group!

Tuesday, after spending the afternoon at McGill, I went out for my birthday supper with my family. While discussing our jobs, I mentioned I don’t get a bonus, I just get hired, to which my brother’s girlfriend responded that my bonus is getting to work next to amazing actors. She might have used different words, and I am really looking forward to working with these actors instead of just standing beside them, but every day on set is a good day, and I really do love being a part of it all, in any capacity.

Yesterday, I got to catch up with Carolyne and go out for my birthday, including a movie, menchies and some thoughtful book suggestions. I have truly been spoilt this year for my birthday, and I appreciate every bit of it :)

For anyone following or participating in the Camp Nanowrimo challenge, we are now more than halfway through, and I am well on my way to finishing a second, shorter book. There is something about escaping into an imaginary world of my own creation that is just…amazing :)

“Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”

-Zig Ziglar (from my aunt’s facebook post today ;) )

A Quarter of a Century!

11 Apr

Couting my age in centuries makes it feel a lot older than it really is. Just because it has the word century in it. In addition to being my birthday, today is also the deadline for my 25 things to do before I turn 25. Here is the final tally:

1.Have an imdb page with a credit :)

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2.Become a member of ACTRA

Although I am not yet a member of ACTRA, I have booked the role that will give me my first ACTRA credit, so the leg work is done, I only need to sign the papers.

3.Replace all high school and CEGEP credits on my CV :)

4. Get my website up and running :)

5. Get to my goal weight (Be healthy) :)

6.Finish writing a book :)

Plus, I am already started on a second. Final drafts and getting published will be my next goals!

7. Get a paid acting job :)

8. Make a demo reel :)

9. Get an agent :)

10. Take a voice/diction class :)

11. Do a role with an accent :)

12. Be on Being Human –> Reign :)

13. Go to a gun range and learn how to shoot :)

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14. Complete Tough Mudder :)

15. Fall In Love <3

I believe I have grown a lot since I made this list. Although I am still one of those people who dreams of the fairytale, I have also discovered something way more important than having a boyfriend, which is loving myself. I am not saying that I have completely transformed into this super confident social butterfly, but I am learning to go after the things that will make me happy, and to say no to the things that I did because I was afraid of what others would think of me if I didn’t. One day, I will find an amazing guy that I can marry and live happily ever after with, but until then, I am okay with me.

16. Finish the stunt class

Although this one hasn’t been working out, I am signed up for a weekend class later this month that will

17. Visit a country I have never been to :)

I was going to count Hawaii for this, but then my mom gave me her trip to Barbados, so check!

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18. Wait Tables :)

As a volunteer last year for the play I am in this year, as well as in a short film.

19. Quit my day job :)

Twice.

20. Go Scuba Diving :)

Even got certified while I was at it!

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21. Re-become fluent in Spanish :)

This one is hard to gauge, but I think I am about as fluent as I was in high school. I have been having conversations with Spanish people, watching shows and movies without reading the subtitles, and started reading children’s books in Spanish.

22. Spend a Weekend with Friends in Vegas –> New York City :)

23. Go on a Road Trip :)

Not only did I do a mini road trip with my cousins, I will be going on a Road Trip to Florida and back next month, stopping and seeing the sights along the way. Very excited!

24. Do Insanity :)

I didn’t exactly follow the intended schedule, but I did complete all of the workouts.

25. Learn how to dance :)

For this, I wanted to either learn ballet or social dancing or just be able to go to a club and feel confident in my dancing abilities. I have done ballet videos since the classes didn’t work out, got a refresher on the social dances we had learnt years ago, took a Thriller workshop, and decided that I don’t care how good or bad I am at it, I am going to dance my heart out anyways. Which is the real victory if you ask me ;)

If you were counting, I accomplished 22 of the 25 things I set out to do, and two more will be done within the next couple of months. I like to take advantage of birthdays and new year’s to look back on how far I have come in the past year, or years. I think we should all take the time to realize how awesome we are, and how even if it doesn’t always show, we are moving closer and closer to achieving our goals. Thank you for the love and for sharing this journey with me. I hope you all have an amazing weekend <3

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

-Bruce Lee

A Different Kind of Easter

7 Apr

I usually like to spend my Easter Day finding clues and chocolates scattered around my house as well as my grandmother’s, but this year we did things a little different. For starters, my parents and I spent the weekend in Toronto so that my dad could catch up with his best friend, and I could do background on a pilot.

Just a little background info, a pilot is the first episode of a TV series that will be used to try and convince a network to order more episodes, so that it can hopefully become an actual series. As far as the extras are concerned, there isn’t that much of a difference between a tv show, a movie set and a pilot, at least not with what we actually end up doing. The differences come in the hours, shooting locations and the quality/frequency of food, which all depend on a lot more than just what kind of media you’re working in. Either way, we are background fillers who might see ourselves or someone we know in a scene, or we might not, there are no guarantees. And scenes do get cut, on tv and in movies, even if you are a lead and it was your best work, or if the scene they cut was your only appearance in the entire movie. It happens. But with pilots, you spend all kinds of time and money on this episode that might become the first of hundreds and establish your career, or it can just not get picked up and never be seen by the general public. Luckily, the scenes we shot should be used in a teaser trailer, so I might be able to see the final product no matter what the decision is.

We were on set for about 17 hours, and although we all went through phases of being really tired and wanting to chop our feet off, ultimately I had a great time, catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in weeks, or months, or even over a year. I also made some new friends, and watched the magic happen. It was exciting and different and an experience.

We drove back on Monday, stopping at the Big Apple for the most delicious grilled cheese I have ever had in my life, before doing Easter and my birthday at my Grandparents’ house. This year, to shake things up a bit, instead of just letting them do a hunt for us, we also did a hunt for them, with my cousin hiding chocolates and candies so we could watch them run around looking for them. A lovely end to a lovely weekend :)

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.

Also, just started Camp Nanowrimo, trying to finish another, shorter book by April 30th. Let’s see how it goes ;)
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Sweet, Sweet Barbados

3 Apr

Happy Easter weekend everyone! Or Passover, or long weekend, or whatever you want to celebrate this weekend. I just got back from a lovely vacation with my grandmother, aunt and uncle in Barbados. The sun was beautiful and I did get to relax and read by the pool, but I also crossed something off of my 25 by 25 list. Or two things, if you count Barbados being somewhere I had never been before. I went scuba diving. This is something that has scared me ever since my mom tried it in the pool when I was 9 and had ear troubles. I put it on my list to challenge myself, and actually really enjoyed it. So much so that after my first scuba diving trip in the ocean, I decided to do the course and am now a certified PADI Scuba Diver :)

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I never got the chance to blog before I left, so there are just 3 quick things I thought I would share with you. First, we finished filming Between the Screens, a Concordia student film that can be found on my facebook page at the link below. It was definitely an experience, and I met some people I hope to work with in the near future :)

https://www.facebook.com/AmandaLynnPetrin

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Second and third, the Sunday before I left, we had the first run-through of our show that you can see in May. It went pretty well for a first time, and I think it can only get better from here on out. It was also a pretty busy day for me, because that morning, I went to a Thriller workshop with my cousin Chelsea, where we learnt the moves to the Thriller dance. Not exactly what I had been thinking when I wrote learn to dance in my list of things to do before my 25th birthday, but I still think it qualifies ;)

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And now I will get to work on finishing up that list before next Sunday!

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”

-Henry Ford

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