Daily Archives: August 13, 2009

Lynn – Auditioning 101

acting - eating disorders
I had an audition at 11 am this morning, so I shredded at Level 1 for 30 minutes and gobbled down a (practically) free breakfast before getting gussied up.
From Aimee’s giveaway, I mixed 3 TB of Greens+ Superfood

…with some plain Oikos organic greek yogurt courtesy of Stonyfield and a teeny bit of stevia extract from NuNaturals -

Topped with Whit’s Giveaway Peanut Butter Puffins and (the one thing I did buy) some organic raspberries.
This looked uber gross – and I admit it was kinda hard eating something that looked like clay. But it didn’t taste too bad, and actually, by the time I was done I thought, “I could do this again.”
However, looking back at the pictures, I’m not so sure.
It took about an hour to do my hair and makeup, squeeze into my “sexy lawyer” outfit and another hour to drive downtown, park, find the casting office, and drive back. Time it took to actually audition? 2 minutes.
Alison had asked this question:
What is a typical audition like? Do you get the entire script for a film/TV show? Do you have to sign something saying you won’t let anyone else read the script – seems risky to have lots of auditioning actors carrying around scripts that could end up on the Internet.
The answer varies; sometimes I get an entire script which is sent via email, sometimes I don’t. But I do always get what are called “sides” – a few scenes from the script to prepare for the audition and a “breakdown” which is a description of the character. There have been some cult-y, top-secret projects I’ve read for, and for those the sides can sometimes be from old scripts (they just want to see how you read their material). But with majority of the projects, there isn’t a confidentiality risk – most actors are professional enough that they wouldn’t go posting this stuff on the internet – they could risk pissing off the producers and potentially shooting themselves in the foot for a future role. This is the same reason why you won’t see me blogging about exactly what projects I’m auditioning for or working on – until it’s airing or ready to be released, there’s no reason to jeopardize a job by talking about my personal experiences, good or bad.
So anyway, today’s audition is what’s called a “pre-read,” which is when the casting director doesn’t know who you are and wants to make sure you’re right for the part before putting you in front of all the producers and the director (a “callback” or “producers session”). Depending on when the producers session is (sometimes the same day, sometimes later that week) you find out pretty quickly if you’ve gotten a callback or not. I try to forget about it and let it go unless I hear otherwise.
When I came home and wiggled out of my tight office clothes, I noticed I was getting that old familiar binge-y feeling, the feeling I usually get when I’ve finished an audition or a project and I don’t know what’s going to happen next. In the past, I would usually give in and binge (probably because I had been starving myself beforehand too). So today I took a few deep breaths, said nice things to myself, and tidied up the house instead.
One thing with my eating disorder that I’ve learned is that it’s about predictability and dependability – I like being in control and knowing what’s going to happen and if I don’t, it can manifest in a strong desire to eat, even when I’m not hungry. That’s because I always know how I’ll feel after bingeing – horrendous – but at least I can count on it. I’ve replaced that behavior with cleaning now – I always feel accomplished and the end result is consistently the same.
After an hour and a half, my place was sparkling and I was legitimately stomach hungry so I had a starving salad -
Mixed greens, organic sweet potato, chickpeas, bell peppers, avocado, and salsa.
And speaking of auditions, tonight is my last night of auditioning class! I can’t believe six weeks have flown by so quickly. I highly recommend this particular class to any actors in Los Angeles; Robert D’Avanzo is a terrific teacher and it was a good way to get my feet wet again after a year-long hiatus.
Check us out on Vital Juice Daily Los Angeles today!!!

Christy – “Good” or “Bad”?

I started off my day with my quinoa breakfast. I go through these kicks where I have the same thing for a meal over and over again until I get sick of it (which can sometimes take months). Usually the meal is breakfast and this time I am on the quinoa kick. I figure when something works, why mess with it? I want something to fill me up and keep my mind clear and right now that is quinoa with olive oil and sliced almonds. Go figure.
I saw a couple of clients for reiki this morning. And for lunch I made myself a huge salad with lots of veggies – broccoli, daikon, red peppers, cucumbers, spinach, kale, lettuce, tomatoes and some left over salmon.
And I made a great dressing with some new Hemp oil I got at Whole Foods this weekend.

I just made it up – I put in hemp oil, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. I liked it a lot but my husband said it smelled like sulfur and wouldn’t eat it. He had the peanut dressing instead.

I spent the afternoon putting together some meal plans and eating schedules for some clients who are working towards specific goals with a time constraint. I know some nutritionists who like this part of the job or find it easy – they say it is like an equation that you put together. Some will do it based on calories or grams of protein or carbohydrates.

I actually find this difficult and I don’t do this for all of my clients (in fact I usually rebel against this – it’s too much like all the other diets that have failed them in the past) but for clients that are working with me for a specific goal, like a role they have coming up, then it is sometimes necessary. And I completely commend them for wanting to do it in a way that is the healthiest possible for their body and mind. I want them to come to me for this, don’t get me wrong here – I am happy to do it. These clients have their priorities in the right place.

But what I always take away from it is that, at the end of the day, it is really hard to tell someone else how to eat. Even for me, who studied nutrition. Yes, there are some truths to nutrition – your body will perform and feel better, be healthier and look better when you feed it a variety of whole foods (namely vegetables, fruits and whole grains). But beyond that, it is really individual. Every body is different. What works for me is not necessarily going to work for you. And what works for you is not necessarily going to work for your husband, or wife, or mom, or coworker, or neighbor. Why are we always comparing our way of eating to someone else’s in order to determine if it is “good” or “bad”? I do it all the time. I read just about every book on nutrition that comes out. And after reading a book, I am completely convinced that I should start to eat in exactly the way that the book outlines so that I can have the optimal health that they describe. So I try it for a while. Eventually though, I remember that there is no one perfect diet – one that is “good” and one that is “bad”. And I remember to take what is helpful about what I have learned, apply it, and leave the rest.

I really believe that true freedom around food can only truly exist when we realize that the only one who can determine what is “good” or “bad” for our bodies is our bodies. And to know that, we have to get to know our bodies really well. We have to listen to the messages our body is sending us, find out what they mean and decide to do something about it.

After I write this, I realize that I am really thankful for the times that I make meal plans for people because it helps to remind me the aspect of nutrition that I am passionate about – helping people to reconnect with their own body wisdom so they can choose a way of eating that really nourishes them and their lives.

Sandwiching that with a little more food info – for dinner, I tried a raw recipe from Kristen Raw called Cheesy Hemp Nacho Sauce and it was amazing. Here is the recipe:

By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com

Yield approximately 1 1/2 cups

1/3 cup water
1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 red bell pepper, seeded, rough chopped (approximately 1 cup)

1 cup hemp seeds

2 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons tamari, wheat-free

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. This can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

*My favorite is by Simply Organic

This is what it looked like when it was done:

My husband and I put it over a veggie burger by Dr Praeger’s. We also had some steamed broccoli and some sweet corn (which was not quite up to this Indiana girl’s sweet corn standard but I suffered through it anyway :)

This was “good” food for me.

Thanks for sitting through my soap box rant!