Melissa Maniglia

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Snow & Strategy

As the snow falls, rather romantically, outside my window and I curl up with a cup of coffee (sprinkled with cinnamon) and my laptop, I think "This is a wonderful day to just stay in bed a enjoy the simple things in life."


Now that I've had my moment of nostalgia, its time to get crackin (as my loving grandmother would say).

Double sigh...

The week, thus far, has been hectic but productive. In fact, most of my weeks are a bit of both.  With three double days (with either class and a show or two shows) life can sometimes feel like its running on auto pilot.  So, now I am going to enjoy the restfulness the snow has provided and strategize. 

Last evening I had the sixth and final commercial class with David Cady of Donna DeSeta Casting.   His class has always been on my "To Do List" and I am glad I finally had the opportunity to take it.  David creates a relaxing, supportive and pressure free environment that is highly informative and, I feel, provided me with a great deal of personal growth.  And after two years out of the business, I find I both enjoy and celebrate these little milestones more and more.

As the saying goes, when one door closes, another door opens.  And that door seems to be far bigger than the one I just shut. 

Classes are great, but if you don't take what you learn and expand upon it, frustration will inevitably follow. Yes, I speak from experience.  SO, how does one expand?

Fortunately, class last night provided me with some ideas as to where to start and I think I've come up with some of my own. Here we go:
  1. Spend some quality time with my "Call Sheet."  Pinpoint a set number of commercial agents who specifically work on SAG projects that I would like to work with.
    (BTW: "Call Sheet" Really?!? Call me an old foggey, but it will always be a Ross Reports to me).
  2. Talk to friends who work with SAG agents and ask them for recommendations as to whom they like.
  3. Prepare and Send Mailings to said Agents
  4. Spend more quality time with my "Call Sheet." Pinpoint a set number of commercial casting directors who work on SAG projects whose radar I would like to be on.
  5. Talk to friends who are auditioning regularly for SAG commercials and get recommendations as to whom they think I should be seen by.
  6. Prepare and Send Mailings to CDs.
  7. Meet Agents and CDs
  8. Continue to watch commercials, see how copy is delivered, and learn what is popular now.
  9. See #1.
My favorite thing about classes, in general, are that they tend to light a fire under me. So, now its time for me to take this energy and expand upon what I've learned.

You know, I used to dread school when I was in K-12. Now I miss it.

Triple Sigh... With a cherry on top (ok, now I am just being silly!).

On a totally unrelated note, check out the blog photos from bowling last week. You can see my VERY snazzy pink bowling shoes!

Hum... I guess it is time for me to leave my cinnamon spiced coffee and get going. The snow is wonderful to watch, but a ever constant reminder that NJ Transit will take any possible excuse for my bus to run late.

But it is pretty!

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