a longgggg-overdue @CAFrances post ;)

Carrie and I have actually shot twice since my last blog about our creations!!! I'm a slacker & didn't keep up with my blog posts like I wanted to, but I'm glad that we snuck in another day to shoot in 2019! That means we shot 4x last year! & THAT means, I'm one lucky bitch.

Cuz we do good work.

So here we go-this one is for our October shoot. We got some cute headshots....

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Aaanddd prop of the day-- a real life filter that makes it look like I'm in a fairytale 🙂

 

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We also got some bloody ones... cuz it was around Halloween, right?? Right...

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Well, we didn't really plan it out for Halloween, but the timing worked out lmfao

Carrie supplied the blood which was really generous of her because, idk if ya'll have tried buying drinkable blood before, but that shit ain't cheap. But it is a minty flavor, so that's cool.

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Also, as I'm sure you can imagine, the clean up was something special. We shot in Carrie's garage & I tried to keep my drippage to a minimum but thank God Carrie's a trooper, and well-prepared. I'm pretty sure I destroyed a couple of her towels. Sorry about that, love.

It did come off my face pretty easily-even though I left a little bit on me for the car ride home just in case a cop decided to pull me over. But that didn't happen. I was so excited to shoot these with Carrie because it's something I wanted to shoot as a part of my "LApocalypse series."

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I'm so grateful to have Carrie as a dear friend of mine & talented motherfuckin' photographer collaborator. She kicks so much ass and is always a huge inspiration to me. It's not often that you find friends that understand your passions, share in them, and actually show up to create with you. Usually at least one of those ingredients are missing but not with Carrie. She's always down to shoot & always down to get weird with me. And she's always there to remind me that productive, creative people exist & there's always a story to tell. Thanks beautiful. Always looking forward to telling more stories with you. <3 GO FOLLOW HER @CAFrancesphoto

Also check back reallll soon cuz I'm about to overload you with even more pics from our most recent shoot. But at least now we're one step closer to caught up here. I'm just so spoiled with so many amazing photos it's hard to narrow them down!!

xoxox

-K

7 Things I learned this year

I learned some shit this year. Thanks, 2019.

  1. Self care. It should be a regular thing. Not a once-a-month ritual of taking a bath and properly shaving my legs. Earlier this year, I had a very bad habit of getting sick all the time. And that could have many root factors and more serious issues at the core-but fortunately, I don’t think it does. When I finally started making sure that I’m getting enough sleep & started taking some basic vitamins, I stopped getting sick. And i don’t want to jinx it, but it’s been a hot minute since I’ve even felt the slightest cold. I’m also learning that it’s important to take mental, spiritual and emotional time as well. I end up spending a lot of my time with the people I care about in this world, and sometimes I put myself on the back burner. Without realizing it, I don’t give myself enough time to relax, meditate, and process things so I end up losing my shit at some point. Self care = alone time & there’s no reason to feel guilty about that.
  2. How to say no to things that just aren’t my responsibility. I’d love to be able to help everyone with everything. And I definitely think there’s something to be admired about the people that cover shifts and stay late at their jobs & go above and beyond on every project…it shows a true sense of responsibility. And grit. But, only if you have the rest of your shit together. If you’re saying yes and then overloading yourself, you just look like a dumbass & feel like a mess (aka me AF). Know what’s within your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual limits. Yes, do go above and beyond-but only when you can afford to. And at the end of the day, there’s no sense in feeling guilty for saying no and understanding your limits. The fact of the matter is: if it’s not your responsibility, it’s not your fucking responsibility.
  3.  How to say no to things you love. Prioritizing. As much as I’d like do everything and work everywhere and learn everything and exist in multiple places at once, I’ve learned to fight my fomo and make choices that align with my goals. It’s super hard and feels incredibly awful but unfortunately there’s only so much time in a day & you gotta make sacrifices in life. I’ve found that this becomes much easier when you focus on appreciating what you have from your choices rather than focusing on what you had to turn down. And sometimes you have to say no to things because you have other goals in mind, even if an absolute time conflict hasn’t occurred yet. For example, I cut back on one of my “real-life” jobs to give myself more time for modeling and acting. And within 2 weeks, I got a phone call for a reoccurring creative gig. Sometimes you gotta give the universe space to work it’s magic. 
  4. How to give people their time. It’s easy to get caught up in the fear that when people step out of your life, that they’re gone forever. Fortunately, that’s just not fucking true. It’s that bird analogy. If you love someone let them go, if they love you too, they’ll come back one day. Or you could cripple them and they’d stay forever. But that’s not the healthiest option, is it? Sometimes people need space, sometimes you need space. Most times it’s really hard to see that in the moment where the space is created. It’s very easy to just get butthurt about it. But from what I’ve learned, you just gotta let it go and realize everything’s not about you. And it’s okay to love people and miss them, but sometimes time apart allows for growth. And that’s fucked if you take that away from them. And from yourself. & even if it seems like you don’t know if you’ll ever see them again, you will. And youll pick back up right where you left off. Cuz life is good and you love each other. I’ve experienced this a few times this year with people I consider myself very close with. And our bonds are even stronger now. It’s a good feeling. Patience is a virtue. If that’s relevant, Idk if that’s relevant, it just sounded good. I gotta google that. 
  5. How to chill the fuck out. This one I’m still working on quite a bit. But there have been numerous instances where i feel my face get hot and my breath gets ready to run rampant… & then, I stepped out of the moment just long enough to let my body reset before a full-blown anxiety attack occurs. I’m a spaz. And if you know me, you know this. And this spazzing nature of mine stretches all across the emotional spectrum from depressed to overjoyed. I’m very emotional. Which is great for my craft. But it can be a little much for my real life. I’m working on my skills for controlling my emotions so they don’t control me. Yoga and meditation have helped a lot. But I also have to give credit to my amazing supportive boyfriend. I think he’s gotten a lot better about dealing with me and my anxiety. And his efforts and greatly appreciated. It’s easy to say the wrong thing and get me really spiraling out of control. However, & especially lately, he’s been really good at reminding me to check-in with myself and take a fucking breather. And he does so in a way that doesn’t make me feel ashamed of myself. Which is important. But also, sometimes for this lesson, I just gotta smoke weed and chill TF out. 🤷‍♀️🤣
  6. Just make your own cool shit, damn it. I’ve literally been fighting these conforming feelings all my life. It’s been an ongoing battle & slow af understanding of the concept of balance when it comes to falling in line with society & culture, & just doing my own damn thing. The beauty of it all is that I can stick it to the man as much as I want, but if want to exist in a specific community, I have to somewhat play by their rules. As an artist, to break into the creative industry, you have to make some sacrifices. Unfortunately, some of these sacrifices have included quality and story-telling. Quite frankly, I’m just over that shit. I know I have to be somewhat flexible, but I just can’t sacrifice good quality content anymore. I’ve been very fortunate to make some really good pieces this year, but I’ve also found myself reflecting on some not-so-good pieces that I’m honestly just not very proud of. And it was enough for me to learn that it’s time to focus on story-telling and if that means just collaborating with other broke artists, then so be it. Returning my roots here cuz I just can’t eat the sugar-coated bullshit & flavorless kool-aid any longer. I don’t want to be praised for my shitty work. And i don’t want to make shitty work anymore. I guess I’m just done with selling out. Even though I haven’t really sold out that much or I wouldn’t be living paycheck to paycheck 😂
  7. Family first, bro. I’ve always truly valued family and that includes the people in my life that I consider “my people” as well. My boyfriend, his family, all my close friends from FL and growing up, and a few good people now that I’ve added from LA. I’d do anything for them. This is not a new lesson but more of a theme this year and something that I was reminded of. I’m a very ambitious person that can get caught up in my goals from time to time but it’s important that I take time away from all of that to just be supportive for my family and my people. Boundaries are important too, but at the end of the day, all of these arbitrary numbers and physical achievements I’d like to reach don’t mean shit if I don’t have my people by me when I get there. So if that means stepping away from those goals for a few days to be there for the people i care about, so be it. Fuck it, man. I love my people and I love my passions. A happy balance can be found as far as lifestyle choices go but when your fam needs you, they need you. And when you need them, they’re there for you too. 

Cheers to fucking up! Can’t learn anything if you don’t screw up in the first place. Hopefully these lessons really sink in my head for 2020. I’m looking forward to making new mistakes, taking bigger chances, and going on more adventures! Wish you all the same!

-K xoxo

October Updates!

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Marvelous things have happened!

First, I collaborated with a photographer (@fredos.photo) that provided me with some new headshots that I'm pretty excited about! I got some of each printed up and I'm going to use them for agency submissions as well.

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The next tid-bit of exciting news is that my film finally got released to dvd under the title
"Dear Diary." It is available at Target, Walmart & on Amazon. Next month it will be released on streaming platforms under the previous title, "Wake Up."

I'd like to thank Joe Nowland (director/producer) & Scott Broughton (male lead) & the rest of the cast and crew that worked so hard on that film with me & made me feel like family. I'd also like to thank all my friends and family that have already gone out and purchased the film-your support really means the absolute world to me.

& THENNNN ....

I  just got offered ta part in a hilarious show that I've read for a couple times called, "The $5 Shakespeare Company" by the kind & creative genius, Matthew Leavitt! I'll also be working with the lovely Jamie & legendary Joel Zwick again which I'm also super excited about!!! Check back to hear about updates & ticket sales for that-premiering Feb/March timeframe if I do recall correctly!

& THENNN THENNNN...

Well those were the three business related items.. I'll use this last little section to just talk about how excited I am for the holidays! I have no idea what I'm really doing or how I'm celebrating but I've got the Halloween decorations up & I've really been hitting my bootcamp/yoga classes hard lately to make up for all the sweets I'll soon be devouring! hehehe anywhosies.. I hope y'all are as excited as I am & I'll check back in soon! <3

xoxo

Kelly

5 Things You Need to Submit to Agents

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Okay so one of the steps/goals for an actress to excell in her career is to have some sort of representation. I'm looking for an agent for theatrical (movies and Netflix and shit), commercial (superbowl commercials ideally), and print (basically modeling, more commercial-like).

I did the whole "submit to everyone" approach about a year ago when I first started looking for an agent. I ended up signing with a commercial agent through a referral from a friend. Unfortunately, that agency didn't get me any work so I ended up leaving that one 6 months later.

Then I started up on my procrastination and excuses for why I shouldn't bother looking for an agent:

  1. I don't need an agent. I book my own work.
  2. I should get new headshots first.
  3. I don't really have a solid reel put together.
  4. I should update my website.
  5. Then I have to write a whole updated cover letter.
  6. No one's gonna want me anyway.
  7. Ugh so much computer work.

Well I finally defeated all of those distractions and updated my website, wrote a new cover letter and sent out submissions to a bunch of agents today!

How do you get an agent?

Well, there's a few different ways:

  1. Get a referral from someone. Then submit your shit.
  2. Submit your shit online.
  3. Submit your shit by mail.
  4. Work on shit and meet people and sign with an agent.

Most agencies want a referral with your submission, because as we all know, it's about who you know. 

Backstage has a filter system for looking up agents. I used it today to see which agents would be a good match for what I'm looking for. It narrowed it down to 70. Out of the 70, 17 really fit the criteria I was looking for.

A lot didn't fit the bill because they were "by referral only." I also cut out a handful because they only accepted submissions through snail mail & I don't have that kind of fun right now, ya feel me.

Others were cut out because they fit what I was looking for but over all I'm proud of my 17 submissions today!

I'm sure there's a lot more I can research and submit to but it's a start! It also made me update all of my shit for submitting to agents so I figured I'd share a little about that! Things You Need for Acting Agency Submissions:

  1. Headshots. Professional headshots, ideally. Have one commercial look, one dramatic look ready to go. Also, if you're submitting for print or any type of modeling it would good to have some "snapshots" on hand. Unprofessional, basic/no make up, clean, close up, profile, full body.. that kinda stuff. I should really have someone snap a couple new ones for me actually.

These are the ones that I used today:

2. Resume! This deserves a blog all to itself but I'll give you a couple pointers and post mine here. First of all, make sure it is up to date. Today I edited some info that needed to be updated-like my weight and the name of my film (because they changed the title again lol). Second tip: don't lie. I don't have a lot on my resume right now honestly, it's mostly filled up with theatre stuff. But I'm just owning it! We're all adults. Don't lie. It just wastes everyone's time and screws yourself. Third & final tip, make yourself look good by constantly updating your training on there. Continue to take classes and adding them on there! (This is one tip I really need to work on myself.) Well anyway, here's my resume. Updated and shipped out today!

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3. Cover Letter! Wether you're mailing out submissions or only submitting online (like me right now), you need a cover letter. Just like you would with any job in any profession. This could have it's own post one day too lol For now, keep it simple, talk about what you've done, what you want to do and just get to the point. I've attached the one I'm using here. I'm sure it could be better. Would be 100000% better if I actually had a referral to throw in there in the beginning, but whatever. It's the best I got right now. lol Hopefully this gives you an idea of what it should look like.

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So, obviously, if you read that (I hope you're getting the idea here), you email this to the appropriate email with your appropriate attachments (headshots and resume).

4. Demo reel. Ideally, you'd have a demo reel together as well. I left links to website where I have short commercial/theatrical clips but I don't consider them full reels. I need a little more footage together to really call anything a reel. I'm not sure about attaching a video file to an email. Usually they only accept files under a certain size so it's probably best just to leave links to your youtube or Vimeo or wherever your reel is. This is something I'm working on. But again, I didn't let it stop me. Just because you don't have a perfect reel yet or even any kind of clips or reel yet-you might as well submit anyway! You're going to end up agency-hunting again at some point in the future and by then you'll have something better of a reel but for now just try to look as professional as possible.

5. Time. Updating all your paperwork/computer files and submitting to agents takes some time. I've spent almost the whole day today doing this and look, all in all, I only submitted to 17 agents. I've got more work to do, but the biggest chunk is having everything set up. If you have your files in a folder or all together or the desktop or something, it makes submitting easier. Take the chunk of time you need to get everything together and start submitting and then it will be easier for each agency you'd like submit to in the future.

Sitting on the computer all day isn't my favorite thing to do, but it's part of the job. And unfortunately it's one of the more tedious and non-paid aspects of this career path, but it's not so bad. Sometimes you just gotta suck it up and get it done. I know it can be pretty overwhelming so hopefully this helps you with process. Not that I should have to say this, but I'm going to anyway: this is all to my best knowledge. If there are better ways of going about any of these steps I'm more than open to them and would love to learn! Just throwing out what I know in case it can help anyone!

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xoxo

Kelly