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22 November 2010 @ 11:48 pm
Last weekend I spent four days shooting a student film. It's a psychological thriller/horror film called Animus, and I play the lead, a librarian who starts experiencing weird things around the library stemming from a repressed memory. It was a long shoot, and somewhat harrowing at times, but it was still fun. I'm excited to see it; I think it'll turn out great and I can get some good footage.

I got complimented by the director and other members of the crew on being so easy to work with. I feel like I did really step up and take a leadership role, keeping on top of things and doing what needed to be done rather than sitting back and waiting for someone to tell me what to do like I've done in the past. So I feel good about being able to take initiative like that to be one of those actors that directors love working with because they make things easy.

I've also had a bunch of auditions and callbacks recently. I'm becoming a busy actor all of a sudden! I booked a part in a pilot that the producers are hoping to pitch to networks that's shooting locally. And I also booked a gig as part of a sketch comedy group. I have another callback coming up, and there's a role in a paid feature I'd really like to get, but I probably won't hear back from them until January.

Also got some new headshots taken. I got most of the files already and he'll have to send me the rest. But I'll have to go through all of those and pick the ones I like. I'll post them once I do.

In other news, it looks like I will have to take classes through next fall, because two classes I wanted to take in the spring were offered during the same time, so I'll only be taking three classes this spring. (This is where Hermione's time-turner would be useful!) Kind of bummed about that, cause I was hoping to finish by this summer, but I'm not even sure if the classes I still need will be offered in summer, so I might've had to go another semester anyway. Let's just hope I can get at least one writing course out of the way in the summer, else I might have to cram them all in in the fall, which would not be good. Ah, the trials of coming down to the wire with the classes I need to graduate.
Lynnsey: entertaininglynn82md on November 23rd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I've done one student film. I never saw it though. It was based on the director's experience of working in a movie theatre (who used to be a co-worker of mine). I played a customer that got carded, but didn't bitch about being carded. Did the scene in two shots and only one take from each time. That's the only movie I really ever been in. Plan to remedy that in the future.

That's awesome that you're getting so many call backs and doing a lot of auditions right now! I used to think it sucked to be an aspiring professional actress/entertainer in Maryland. Yeah, Sweden is actually worse than Maryland. Who knew? As you've probably seen me mention on my journal, the entertainment industry in Sweden requires you to have a degree in theatre or a specific field like dance. Otherwise, you won't get work. If I had known about that two years before moving to Sweden, I would've stayed at PGCC until I got my associates in theatre or still graduated with the associates in general studies and quickly transferred back to UMD to major in theatre. Oh well...only thing I can do now is work on my story (which will be done by the end of this year) and get published next year. Then, hopefully, I will be able to turn it into a screen play and act in it as one of my characters. That would be awesome.
Marianne: Medieval actorsresplendentposy on November 24th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Hm, do you need a Theatre degree to do films, student films even? That's kind of a pain. Do most things require you to speak Swedish too, or is there work for English speakers? At the studio where I take acting workshops they have their own little production company, so a few people have already written and made their own short films. If you can get enough people and resources and funding I'm sure you could put together your own film. The biggest problem is probably getting to know the right people who can help you out. Maybe see if there are any acting workshops in your area.
Lynnsey: entertaininglynn82md on November 24th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
Hm, do you need a Theatre degree to do films, student films even?
According to the case worker at the Unemployment Office...yes. When I had met her for the first time in 2008, I had brought my headshot and resume so she can give to the casting agencies in the area as well as to those in Götenberg and Stockholm. She's like "I can't take these. You don't have a degree in theatre." I'm like WTF? And apparently my Associates in Gneeral Studies was too general, even though most of my classes were for the theatre degree.

It's fucked up because kids and teens can still do work without a degree. However, once you reach a certain age, you better have a degree or won't get work in the industry. It's stupid really. So, if immigrants come to the country and they have a shitload of experience, they still won't get work because they don't have a theatre or dance degree.

That's kind of a pain.
Yep, and I thought our entertainment industry was a pain.

Do most things require you to speak Swedish too, or is there work for English speakers?
Oh yeah...the majority of companies require you to know a moderate to fluent level of Swedish to work for them. I have gotten hired a couple times to be a temp. The problems are: 1)Anyone that's a native English speaker has never been able to become fluent after learning Swedish at a certain age (darling has told me he has never known a native English speaker to be fluent in Swedish if they start learning Swedish after 21). 2)Most Swedes want to practice their English on you since Swedes start to learn English when they are nine or ten years old. Even if you respond to them in Swedish, you have to learn how to listen to Swedish in order to have a conversation...which is something that the majority of companies look for when they hire someone to work for them. 3)There's a waiting list to get taught at Swedish for Immigrants (SFI). 4)A lot of words in Swedish that are translated from English are out of date.

Personally, I can understand why they have this. It's to encourage immigrants to learn and speak Swedish. However, they don't concieve that it's hard to learn a language once you are past a certain age as well as they need to update their words.

A major problem with me is where I live in Sweden. I live in a very rural area of Sweden. The closest major city to me is Götenberg, which is forty-five minutes away. I could go to Götenberg, but another problem with living where I do in Sweden is that I am not near any public transportation. On top of that, the closest theatre is not really much of a theatre. It's mostly for kids to hang out at after school. Even if I drove to Götenberg for theatre (and I'm not sure if it's a theatre that plays just come to or they have auditions as well as plays), gas here is expensive. It can range between six to eight dollars here. So, this doesn't help at all.

Then again, it's hard for a lot of people to get work here in Sweden...regardless the industry. Even Swedes are having trouble getting work, including the ones that have degrees.

So, right now, I'm relying on my story a lot to get some money out of once it's published and if it's successful as a novel, try to turn it into a screen play (I'm hoping it does a hell a lot better than Twilight).