Wednesday, September 16, 2009

HERE I am!

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't blogged for awhile (even if you didn't notice, please humor me - I'm a sensitive sort). I did production work for the United Negro College Fund's annual tribute show: An Evening of Stars. This year the show was a tribute to Lionel Richie. I worked on that for 3 weeks, and NOW I'm taking a five-week refresher course in the Meisner Technique. Additionally, within these five weeks I'm going to finish the classes that I missed from Holly Powell's audition workshop.

I am ready to go to the next level.

I've worked on 7 shows this year - that sounds good, and in my head I know it is, but that's less than one booking a month, and though sometimes it's more than one day at a time, and I make more money in one day than I've ever made in one day working anywhere else, it's always under five lines and not very demanding of me as an artist. I can do better than that. I'm going to.

So I'm getting myself ready by investing in my instrument: Working on my craft, working on the technical aspects of auditioning, working on getting my body back in top-notch shape (I've picked up a "donut-a-day" habit), and making a few other changes. My hair is growing and I've highlighted it, so I really should get new pix soon. I'm also taking time to take care of myself in other ways - resting and de-stressing, reading (which I love), getting caught up on must-see movies, figuring out what I need to know in order to produce my web series, and just enjoying life however I see fit.

So that's what's going on with me. I'm also auditioning quite a bit (two commercial auditions yesterday, and a 1/2 hour sitcom tomorrow). Hoping I can book some commercials and put some money in the bank because I'm balancing on a string (still balancing though)!! But I am ready to do guest star work on a regular basis. I want to be a series regular (of course) but, honestly, I'd like a little time to ease in. Rather than the shock of going from under-fives to being a series regular, I'd like recurring guest star work as a stepping-stone and as a way to feel out different shows and different TYPES of shows.

That's where I'm aiming.

I'll be back soon.


--Nicole

5 comments:

Michelle | When I Grow Up Coach said...

You can do it, Nicole!

Minou said...

Just missed you on your blog:-) Spending time to bring your craft, body and soul in shape is the best one can do. I always have to tell myself when not having any auditions - it's even harder to get auditions without an agent. Might be the same in USA.
But like you do, I keep my head high and focus on my goals.
I'm so excited to fly to L.A. next month to glimpse at your all day work. I wonder how auditions will be there. Is there a "typical" audition routine, you can tell me about?

All the best
Julia

Nicole J. Butler said...

Michelle - I really believe that too, but it's sooo nice when I'm not the only one cheering for me! lol Thank you so much.

Julia - Yes, some auditions are tougher to get when you don't have an agent, but not impossible. Send me a message on Facebook - if you have any specific questions about the industry, I'll answer them to the best of my ability!

jenny m rich said...

Nicole! I've been a fan of your blog for a while now, and your journey is inspiring. Your career this year has been amazing thus far, and I'm sure the rest of the year will finish out with a bang. I totally see you getting that recurring role, and then the regular spot you're focused on. Heck, look how far you've come. Thanks for sharing your resources (I've actually been in touch with Holly Powell). I'm aiming to book my first co-star role...sending all my energy in that direction, and hope that I can have a career like your's sooner rather than later ;-) Keep at it -- you'll definitely achieve anything you want.

Nicole J. Butler said...

Hi Jenny--

Thanks for the vote of confidence! If you take Holly's workshop, I'd love to hear what you think. Also, definitely keep me posted on your successes.