A (positive) taste of more to come…?

August is here and things are slowly starting to happen. Tyson’s training the last few months in LA are starting to show results.


Disclaimer: I’m not giving specific details on any of the projects due to NDAs. Even if we didn’t formally sign an NDA, it appears that sometimes potentially proprietary information gets revealed when it shouldn’t…which could then cause a project to be canceled. Consequently, to err on the side of caution, I will not share specifics of the projects Tyson auditions and/or books unless I’ve received clear permission (which most of the time I don’t have).
For instance, Tyson booked a promo for The Emoji Movie. At the time of shooting (and my blog post), we signed an NDA and could not share anything. We were told once the movie comes out (July 28), it was no longer a secret. Hence why I can tell you now.  🙂 (I have not seen this aired anywhere yet.)

Within the last couple of weeks, Tyson auditioned for a music video, SAG short film and a commercial.

He also had two voiceover auditions last week, one of them being for an upcoming animated series. We have not heard back on the voiceover auditions…yet. 😉

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Tyson enjoying his voiceover class

Music Video | Audition results: On AVAIL! Then project canceled.
Tyson got a callback (woohoo!) and went in for another audition. That audition went well because…he was then put on avail! 😀

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Tyson is ready for his callback audition!

Then the music video project got cancelled. 😦 (Who knows why. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon.) We were bummed as Tyson was really excited for this role.

Commercial | Audition results: CALLBACK!
Tyson got a callback in which the second audition is tomorrow!

SAG short film | Audition results: PINNED!
Tyson got a callback (yay!!!) and went in for another audition. At the second audition, in addition to performing the lines of the main character, they wanted Tyson to do the lines for the second main character. (Our theatrical agent did inform us that Tyson should be familiar with the lines of all the roles for his callback audition, which he did.)

Later that day our manager informed us that Tyson was pinned for the second main character!

We are still waiting to see if he got the part. Our agent informed us that there is a possibility of doing another audition, such as a chemistry read, to see how well he meshes with the other actors chosen for the other roles.

They say in this industry that you, “Hurry up! Then wait.”

So true.

Staying grounded
This industry is definitely not for the faint of heart. The waiting — and extreme ups and downs — can be brutal. It’s just continued to validate for me how important it is for our family’s health (including all aspects…physical, emotional, spiritual) and well-being to remain a top priority, along with Jack and I providing a stable, loving environment for our kids where they can remain grounded and understand that acting is not all of who they are. And, no matter what happens, our kids know they are loved unconditionally…just for “being.”

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We continue to prioritize Tyson and Ariel’s school work each day. Especially because Tyson be home-schooled, we are being more diligent in finding opportunities for him to interact with his friends outside of acting. He’s made several friends in his acting classes. Yesterday when I picked up Tyson from his acting class, I picked up a couple of his friends (who are brothers) who came over to our place, had lunch, then played together in the pool. And he’s going to a sleepover this Friday at their apartment.

Fun fact: One of the brothers is on the cast of the next season of The Toy Box that will air on ABC October 1. We have this date marked on our calendars to watch him! As the date gets closer, I’ll share who this is. 🙂

Final thoughts
Even if Tyson doesn’t book the roles we’re currently waiting on, the fact that he is receiving callbacks (especially avails!) on all his auditions (minus the voiceover auditions we haven’t heard from) is very promising. We are very excited for episodic season to ramp up. We are trying not to get our hopes up. But it is difficult as he is getting all these callbacks! Especially because we were anticipating that he would probably not book until at least a year of training here in LA as we were trying to remain realistic. These recent positive results indicate Tyson is on the right track.

Although, Tyson has been entrenched in all kinds of acting classes – including singing and dancing – five to six days per week. Maybe it’s not so farfetched for him to be booking roles so soon.  🙂

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Slow, sweet summer

Slow, sweet summer

Happy Summer! The weather has been gorgeous here as we have been thoroughly enjoying the pool and soaking up the rays.

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July 4
Although we would have loved to be with our family for the July 4th holiday, we ended up having a great time. We were invited to a July 4th party that took place up in the Hollywood hills. The kids had a great time in the pool and doing karaoke. And we were able to watch all the huge “official” fireworks being set off in Studio City, Burbank, and Hollywood all around us below!

 

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Acting seasons
Auditions have been very slow. June and July is the time of year when people in the acting industry take a hiatus. August is when episodic season starts. Episodic season runs from August through November. Then pilot season runs from mid January through April.

Leveraging the hiatus
We knew this when we moved as we wanted to take this time to get settled in this new world (without worrying about school until September). And for Tyson to get as much acting education, coaching and practice in LA as possible before his world got really busy.

Tyson continues to take several acting classes each week, along with various workshops, including Improv, Singing, Voiceover, Commercials, and Feature Films. In the beginning, Tyson was a little hesitant with the improv and singing classes. Now he LOVES them. 🙂 In fact, last night after his Improv class, he was invited to stay for the Teen Improv class. He said it was awesome.

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This week he is in an acting intensive from 10-3 Tuesday through Friday, in addition to his evening classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. He has his three-hour voiceover workshop Saturdays right now. Last Saturday he was given homework in his voiceover workshop that we have been working on together this week.

Tyson has also made several new friends in his classes which has been neat to see. He is having so much fun.

Ariel
For a long time Ariel has been telling us that she wants to take acting classes like Tyson. We have been responding, “Someday.” But lately she has been practically begging us. I haven’t seen many acting classes for four-year-olds. So I asked Jack (the owner of the acting studio where Tyson attends many of his classes) if he would ever consider a four-year-old in his age 5-8 classes. He said yes, if they were mature enough.

So one day when I returned to his studio to pick up Tyson from class, I brought Ariel with me. She met Jack. Jack said she would do great in the class. So Ariel tried a class. And she LOVED it. Now she will be attending class on Saturdays.

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Ariel is so happy to be on her way to her first-ever acting class!

We were in the process of signing Ariel up to be available for background roles, but we decided she (and her possible future acting career) would be better served getting an actual education versus sitting (or standing) for hours in the background of a set. Additionally, you typically don’t put background work on resumes whereas with acting classes, you do.

Commercial Agent
Although auditions have been slow, I do have an exciting piece of information to share. Tyson is now represented by a commercial agent! Commercial Agents usually handle TV Commercials, Commercial Print and Voiceover. Whereas typically Theatrical Agents handle film and television. Tyson has a talent manager and a “theatrical” agent, but not a “commercial” agent. Until now.

Tyson‘s talent manager set up an appointment (AKA audition) for Tyson with the commercial agent. Tyson is now represented by KMR!

We’re ready
So, as the acting industry has been on hiatus, we have been taking a break, too. Transporting Tyson to and from acting classes, having the kids do school work one to two hours daily, enjoying the pool, and playing games with the kids most nights.

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We recently updated Tyson‘s resume. Ordered a new batch of headshots. Ordered a couple new shirts that are appropriate for auditions. Tyson is entrenched in all kinds of acting classes.

We are READY for episodic season!

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Long time, no blog

It has been a while since I posted. Mostly because there hasn’t been much happening. But I wanted to send a quick update.

Last week and the week before Tyson didn’t have any auditions. Although he did have one last Friday.

It picked up this week. He had an audition yesterday and today. I had been told that it can be like feast or famine. One week you’re busy like crazy with auditions. And the next week you’re waiting for audition emails to come in…and…

Nothing.

Fortunately, all of Tyson‘s auditions have been close to where we live. Anywhere from four minutes away to 25 minutes at the most. Which is fantastic! Especially for same-day audition calls, like yesterday. I received the text and email about 1pm…for Ty‘s call time at 4:55.

Tyson continues to take his private acting classes, and group acting classes of improv, on-camera practice, singing instruction and hip-hop. This Sunday he’s taking a three-hour workshop on auditioning for feature films. In July he’s taking a voiceover workshop every Saturday. He’s excited for the voiceover. He doesn’t seem as into the singing and hip-hop, but he is wanting to try it, which is good.

Every morning as part of his routine he goes over all of his acting notes, practices tongue twisters and cold reading, and works on whatever script he may have an audition for. He says he’s still loving it!

I’ve had several people tell me I should get Ariel into acting. Somebody shared with me a couple of talent management companies that focus solely on booking children (including babies) for background roles. So we’re currently in the process of getting Ariel signed up with a company! It’s cute because she is so excited about it.

In the meantime…

Hanging out at the pool catching California rays is a regular pastime for us. And look who was there the other day…

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Chuy!!!

 

Tyson booked his first LA project!

Tyson booked his first LA project!

Tyson’s acting career is slowly starting. He had two auditions last week.

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Tonight we discovered that Tyson is a finalist with a couple other boys for the part! We should find out within the next couple of weeks if Ty got the role. *fingers crossed*

Even if Tyson doesn’t book this audition, the fact that he was chosen as a finalist is VERY ENCOURAGING. It provides validation that Tyson/we are doing something right.

Second audition |
He booked it!!!

It was a small project and he filmed it this past weekend. [I can’t give any details about the project due to the NDA we had to sign…which is pretty standard.] It was his first job he has booked since we moved to LA about a month ago.

Tyson had the TIME OF HIS LIFE. He LOVED every second of it.

I had the pleasure of taking him and being on set with him. It is PRICELESS to see Tyson so happy and in his element.

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Ty enjoying his life and “work” in sunny LA.

Because, really…how many of us can really say we LOVE what we do for a living?

I don’t think many of us. And if there’s any way I can help give that AMAZING REALITY to my kids, I will do it.

I enjoyed myself, too. And got to be an extra in the background along with a few other moms for a couple of scenes! 😛

I met other moms who had their kids on set. We had great conversations. I learned about other projects their kids worked on. We learned about each others’ journeys on how each of us ended up in LA with our kids in the acting industry. And I learned some tips and tricks of the trade.

One of the main traits I noticed among the moms I spoke with (including myself ) was our positivity and life philosophy of not settling, and following your dreams. Even if it requires sacrifice, it’s worth it. One mom I met was from Texas where she had quit her stable government job after 20 years to support her son in his acting dream by moving to LA.

Some would say she’s nuts. Just as others have told me. 😉

I say she’s a HERO.

Because she left her stable, predictable income and benefits. Because she left her comfort zone. Because she was not willing to stay with the status quo. Because she wanted her kids to be happy and be exposed to opportunities that would help them thrive in something they enjoyed and were skilled at. Because she knew life was too short to have regrets. Because she did what many others wouldn’t do.

Because it was scary, and she did it anyway.

That’s courage. That takes serious guts.

Because you know — whether all your dreams come true or not — you will be forever changed.

Because there’s no way a brave journey you decide to embark on can NOT change you.

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And it’s not about taking the leap, then seeing if you’ll sink or swim. It’s about taking the leap, plunging in the water…and learning how to float. And letting the current take you wherever it is you’re meant to go.

I believe taking a leap of faith includes following your heart, sending love and kindness to the world, working hard, expecting the best, but ultimately not being attached to the outcome. Trusting that everything will work out as it’s supposed to for our highest good. And understanding that the results may or may not be what we originally hoped for.

People mistake taking leaps of faith as black and white. People tend to think that if things don’t work out the way they dreamed that they would, that they failed in realizing their dreams. I don’t believe that at all.

Our dreams move us in a direction that we’re supposed to go, then…that’s it. It starts you on a path. Nothing more. Because as we move along on our heart’s journey, we change. When people change, dreams change.

Faith is not hoping you won’t sink. Faith is not hoping you’ll be able to swim.

Faith is following your heart and not worrying about the outcome of your leap.

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The sun will come out…tomorrow.

The sun will come out…tomorrow.

First, the rain…

Moving to California has not all been fun and games. As with any major move, we have definitely run into our share of storms.

For example, AT&T messed up our appointment to get cable and Internet installed. So we have been without cable this entire time. (They come tomorrow…finally.) Unfortunately, I missed the Dancing With The Stars finale and The Bachelorette premiere. {I know, I know…silly, first world problems.}

Wayfair accidentally shipped our bar stools we ordered to our old address. Although it appears the bar stools never showed up there either. (As far as I know, it’s still a mystery between Wayfair and Fedex.)

Without the bar stools, we have had no dining room furniture. So the kids’ table has been a big tupperware bin with a lid on the floor, with a sheet over it and the floor to prevent spilling on the living room carpet. Jack and I have been eating on the couch using our ottoman/coffee tables, or standing at our bar.

DMV

The California DMV has been a NIGHTMARE. There are SO MANY people here! I have been to several of LA’s DMVs three times now…one in Hollywood, one in Van Nuys, and one in Glendale.

And I get the pleasure of going a fourth time tomorrow.

California requires a TON of information and actions on our part.

VERIFICATION
We have to get our cars “verified” by the DMV in which we park our cars in “verification lines” so the DMV can check some things on your vehicle and fill out a form for you to show DMV your car has been verified.

I got our Volvo (convertible) verified already. It took about 50 minutes waiting in line in my car. We (or, rather, Jack) still have to do our Escape.

SMOG CHECK
We have to find a place (typically a car repair shop) to conduct a smog test on our vehicles, and make sure we get that paperwork to DMV, too.

DRIVERS LICENSES
We have to get California drivers licenses…in which they require ALL sorts of documentation.

{Not to mention that ALL of these activities cost money!}

CAR REGISTRATION
And we have to register our cars…and if it’s past 20 days since we became residents of California, we owe a penalty.

We may owe at this point.  😐

This guy’s post on his CA DMV experience had me cracking up. It’s SO TRUE.

Then, the sun…

Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend. I would consider it our first “fun” weekend in which we finally ventured outside of our apartment to do something recreationally.

Our first social engagement
On Saturday we met up with a cousin and his family whom we had not met before. They live about 40 minutes away in Venice. We got to see their 1950s home that they’ve remodeled over the years into a chic, modern, functional family home. {So CUTE!} They took us to a yummy restaurant called Lemonade {so GOOD!} for lunch, then we walked among all the fun shops.

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Concert
Saturday evening Jack, the kids, and I drove to Thousand Oaks (about 40 minutes away) and watched the Celtic Woman concert. I had bought tickets several weeks prior, knowing we’d be living in California by Saturday. I bought them with the justification that we {okay, mostly me} needed something to look forward to once we moved to California.

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It was the kids’ first concert, and they did great. Ariel was fascinated by all the lights and the ladies’ dresses. And when she heard a song that she knew, she would excitedly tell me that she knew that song.

Tyson got a little bored after the first half. And toward the end Ariel got a little restless, but they were quiet and respectful the entire two hours. Afterward, Ty did admit to me that he “kind of” enjoyed it.  😉  It was great sharing a lovely evening of song and beauty with my family.

Griffith Park
Sunday I worked on chores and paperwork, then we took the convertible and visited Griffith Park for the first time. The park is about 10 minutes from our apartment and it was perfect weather.

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We drove around and explored the park first. The LA Zoo is located there along with observatories to view the Hollywood sign and other attractions. We found some green space to throw our frisbee and fly our kite. It was a lovely afternoon and probably the most active I’ve been since our relocation to California. It felt really good just to be outdoors, move my body, and play with the kids.

Pool time
Monday, we hung out at the pool all afternoon. The kids love it. They have beach balls and kick boards they play with. Tyson has been working on his hand stands. Ariel uses arm floaties to stay afloat. The gym looks out on to the pool, so Jack squeezed in a workout. And I LOVE that I’m getting tan again.

Bring on the sun!

Tyson’s “Firsts”

Tyson’s “Firsts”

Tyson’s FIRST in-person audition
Tyson had his first REAL in-person audition a few days ago. Ty met with the writers and producer for this small role in a short film. It seemed to go well. They called me in afterward and asked me some questions in regard to when Ty would need to be filming, location, etc. (which is encouraging)!

Tyson had another audition last week for a series regular role in which he submitted a self-tape. His private acting coach facilitated it. (She’s amazing.) I then sent it to our manager to submit it. Both Tyson’s manager and agent responded to me that they were very impressed with Ty’s audition and that he did great.

Even if Ty doesn’t book these jobs (which would be totally normal being that he’s just starting out here in LA and doesn’t even have a demo reel yet!), receiving that feedback from such experienced professionals in the industry is very encouraging.

Tyson’s FIRST LA group acting classes (and FIRST singing class!)
Tyson starts group acting classes this week. Tuesdays night are IMPROV & SINGING and Wednesday nights are ON-CAMERA practice. (Tyson’s manager and agent referred us to this particular acting school.) He is a little nervous for the Improv/Singing class, but knows he needs development in this area and wants to improve. I actually think he’ll enjoy it more than he thinks he will.

He has two more Saturdays of his commercial workshop, and he continues to see his private acting coach. To ensure Tyson continues practicing this summer, we established a routine for him: Read his notes (out loud), practice his tongue twisters, practice cold read, then work on acting homework and/or any scripts he has auditions/jobs for (which includes conducting scene study questions for each scene).

Tyson’s FIRST LA head shots

Tyson’s final head shots are done! Our talent manager chose five photos to use to submit for jobs/auditions and his resume. You can view his photos here!