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Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
You may have been curious as to what I have done as an actor thus far in my career. I have been studying acting now for close to four years and for personal reasons, I have kept a base in Europe (Italy) and go back to NY for about three to four months a year to pursue acting full-time, continue my studies, audition, do industrials (mostly) as well as TV, independent films, voice over as well as some commercial print work.
The highlights so far have been:
An independent film done about a year ago in which I was cast in a key role as the captain of a futuristic police force. The film is called The Silver Rope. That was an interesting experience working with Italians. In general the whole Italian film and television scene is a lot less professionally organized than ours. Thats also part of the reason that Ive decided to concentrate my efforts in the U.S. The two young (25 year-old) and very talented directors were fun to work with and the story line was very innovative as well.
The film was set in the year 2040. In 2024 it had been discovered that the human soul actually had physical characteristics, a fact that turned peoples life-long beliefs upside down. Due to this fact, it was discovered that it was also possible to modify a persons character (level of courage, fear, self-esteem, etc.). Of course, for that reason it was necessary to create a new form of medicine. Not only that, since violent crimes were committed which physically harmed peoples souls, there was also a need for a special police unit. I was the captain of that unit. We had shaved heads, and what looked like a metal implant that went around our heads. Great experience.
What can happen
As a result of that particular job, I have built a great relationship with the two directors who liked my work. They told me repeatedly that they loved my dedication to the work, to the role I played and my professionalism. As a result, they called me back for another role as an author in another one of their films
They have contacted me repeatedly to let me know how their projects are coming along and asked me if I would be available for future film projects as they are creating a role specifically for me! That's cool. I'll let you know how it works out.
My most fun job
The most fun job I think Ive ever had as an actor and maybe in many years of work that Ive had in any field was an industrial. A European affiliate of Carnival Cruise Lines cast me in a video they created for their staff. The project was a video that was to be shot to support an English course they had planned for some fifteen thousand employees who work on-board the cruise ships. It was like a comical soap opera about a wacky husband and wife traveling on their cruise ships. The great thing was that it was two months of shooting altogether divided into four separate cruises. For the first cruise we were flown from Italy to Copenhagen, Denmark and cruised for ten days down the western coast of Europe. The second was from Italy down through Sicily, Egypt, Cyprus and the Greek islands. For the third and fourth cruises we were flown to Miami and then cruised for 12 days each through the eastern and western Caribbean islands. We worked usually ten hour days, but usually had time to get off the ship when it docked at the various ports.
Another interesting thing about this particular job, is that it was shot over a period of about six months. That meant that from the time we shot the first segment on the Denmark trip to the time we shot the second segment on the next cruise, the staff had already seen the first episodes and they loved it! This job was a little taste of everything:
· Shooting on location: we shot in various locations around the ship, in the bars, restaurants, cabins while people walked by and while they watched.
· Being recognized and stopped by fans: It was funny to see how staff members would stop us and want to talk about a particular episode they saw.
Great and fun experience!
Another cool job
I was recently called to audition to do a video for a teacher role in an English course or DVD for Italians. It was fun, because I could improvise and be creative and fun and wacky instead of just a plain and simple English teacher. Not sure yet if I got that job, but the production company for whom I auditioned liked me so much, that they asked me to do a pilot for a television program in Internet. I had to present the Mona Lisa in an MTV style presentation. I had to learn two pages of text. What was important was that I delivered that material. I could then improvise and deliver it in any way I wanted. I loved it! There where three cameras present and I had to make sure I looked into all of them from time to time. There was a set just for me and I was loving every minute of it. The production company loved it too and now we just have to see how the customer likes it! I'll let you know and when I get the high-definition DVD, I'll put it on this site so you can see it! I already know it'll be really cool.
Ive also done several voice over jobs, the most recent being for Sector Watches' website And Ive recently done a series of commercial print jobs for a company called Esaote in Italy and another for a local bank. I'm most often called upon for these types of jobs to be a doctor or businessman. Same goes for stock photo shoots and industrials. The bulk of my work and what I really enjoy I must say are industrials, which are for companies and can be anything from acting in a scene, short film, video. It could also be a live event in which I'm called to host a round-table discussion, host a program, do a motivational speech. Those are the acting jobs I really get a kick out of and enjoy the most.
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