2022 started well as I was pinned for a TV show from my first self-tape of the year. A week or so later, I was released and then I was put on avail for a commercial. Again, I was released. Then I had a callback for a feature film which resulted in a booking. However, as is always the case, I can’t say much about the film but it is for a streaming platform and I will shooting in March.

At the end of last year, I was approached and asked to be a guest speaker for an acting group so at the end of January, I had my first experience sharing my journey as an actress with other actors followed by a Q&A. Of course, I told them about my book, Surviving Hollywood – How To Ensure The Acting Industry Doesn’t Chew You Up And Spit You Out, which after the group chat, I hope will help these actors further with their careers. Last week, I had a lovely message from an actor who had just finished reading my book:

I just sat down and read your book in one sitting. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your insight and honesty in regards to the business.

I wish I had read it years and years ago (back when I moved to Hollywood for the first time). I’ll recommend that others read it who are thinking of going to Hollywood with nothing but a dream and a few hundred dollars in a jar.

I’m so pleased that people are finding my stories and insights useful as it’s a tough business and we need to help and support each other as much as we can.

In amongst guest speaking and auditioning, I’ve been watching all the nominated films and TV projects for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. I much prefer the independent films that I watch through Film Independent to the list of films compiled by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Academy Awards. They are almost always more original and engaging! The Best First Feature category is always full of intriguing films by aspiring writers and directors so if you’re not a member of Film Independent, try to find other ways to watch this year’s nominations: 7 Days, Holler, Test Pattern, Queen of Glory and Wild Indian.