My little meltdown last week, after hearing the O1 visa plan fell through and I had to return to the Netherlands within a month, has officially ended. It was a weird period. My school had ended, I had no more money for acting classes, my boyfriend had just left… so I had nothing to do and nobody around. And then I got sinusitis and was sick for the whole week. At times I was afraid I might go looney. Or become a zombie.
But then I got so much love out of the most unexpected corners: old colleagues, people I’d only met once who are mainly Facebook friends…But most and foremost: my blog readers! I received so many elaborate, sweet, encouraging comments and e-mails. Really guys, I can’t tell you how awesome that felt!
So I’ve gotten back on the saddle, which is like home for a Dutch girl anyway, and took action! Continue reading
The last few days have been, to say the least, terrible. My boyfriend left this morning, there’s no sunshine in LA today and worst of all: The O1 visa plan fell through.
So all those worries, all that work, all that hope, it was all for nothing.
When I got here I didn’t expect to find an agent, and even less to find a way to a work visa. A couple of months ago I was even making peace with having to return to the Netherlands again. I was preparing for it. But then, when I found a lawyer that was confident I could get an O1 visa, and an agent that was willing to sponsor me, I was in the clouds. I felt so close to starting my dream… Continue reading
When I came to Los Angeles about 4 months ago, all I focussed on was getting an agent, getting headshots, getting training…Then I got a meeting with a agent, and she said quite clearly: focus on something else, because without a work permit it’s all no use.
So I made getting a visa a priority; talked to people, Googled immigration lawyers, had lunch with foreigners that live in LA, spent hours on the USCIS website and so on. For months I was just lost in a maze of the many visa possibilities and requirements for them. Which ultimately proved the possibilities were extremely limited. I had spoken to a few immigration lawyers and they all thought they couldn’t do anything for me. So I started saying goodbye to LA in my mind already and reluctantly made plans for a return to the Netherlands. Until today… Continue reading
Last night I dreamt that I was celebrating the premiere of a short I did with a famous Dutch movie director and the crew at the place we shot the movie: Albert Heijn. And all I could think was: I need to get some red pesto, Dutch cheese and mozzarella to take back to LA. It’s odd how food has become intertwined with nostalgic feelings.
Anyway, end of random blurb. This week I had my first Los Angeles audition and meeting with an agent! And boy, are LA auditions different from those in the Netherlands… Continue reading
Hello all! It is live from heaven that I address you today. Yup! I have finally moved in to a new apartment. An apartment where I have my own bedroom, bathroom, living room…Where there is a piano, a guitar, a backyard with lemon trees and squirrels, a water filter on the faucet so I don’t have to carry around gallons of water from the supermarket anymore and last but absolutely not least: a desk.
And that desk has lead to not only a meeting with an agent next week and possible representation with another one, it has started my acting career! Before you think the California sun has gone to my head, let me explain… Continue reading
When you move to Los Angeles, it’s kind of like moving to the jungle. There are scary creatures (plastic surgeried people), bulky bushmen (Muscle Beach much?), dangerous pathways (LA drivers are in a league of their own) and it’s hard to keep an overview of where to go and what to do.
Google is usually your friend but in this case I don’t recommend it. Try researching anything acting related in LA: acting classes, agents, headshot photographers… you’ll find thousands and thousands. Many of them are scams, just out for your money or just plainly not good. And it’s hard to find this out with the help of the Google lords, for trustworthy reviews are sparse.
But fear not, after my first month in LA I have garnered some very useful information that I hope will help you out. First order of business: getting acting skills! So I present to you here the first chapter of the New Actor’s Guide to the LA Jungle: Acting Classes… Continue reading
It’s been 24 days since my arrival in the City of Angels. I’ve been riding my new bicycle all around town, sights seeing in Beverly Hills, hanging out at the beach resulting in the world’s ugliest tan and have enjoyed quite a few too-sweet-cocktails and too-fat-dinners in between.* Oh, and I’ve been to a Taylor Swift concert (with surprise performance by Justin Bieber!) for free in total VIP style.
But this is not a traveling journal, this is an acting blog! So let’s get to business shall we? Here’s a progress report on acting in Los Angeles in week t = 3… Continue reading