Long day today – brace yourself.
7:30 a.m. Up early to get to Santa Monica by 9:30 – not an easy task. It’s going from the inner edge of the East to the inner edge of the West side, and we decided to avoid the highways and take the streets. Bex has had a lousy night sleep.
9:05 a.m. On Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood when Thomas called to make sure we knew we were going to his house on Coldwater Canyon. Woops! If he did say it, we certainly didn’t hear it, but there was so much other stuff happening in yesterdays’ conversation that it’s hard to say what happened.
9:32 a.m. Arrived at Thomas’ bachelor pad after a re-route with only 1 U turn during morning rush hour traffic. Great drive through Laurel Canyon – beautiful!
10:40 a.m. Headed back to West Hollywood/Beverly Hills to 20th Century Fox. Bex auditioned for the part of a 14 year old girl who’s Dad has been killed. The girl is told that, after years of ‘working’ with her Dad in the field as a secret agent, she is going to have to go to school. This is the scene that starts with Bex shooting a gun.
11:15 a.m. We arrive very early for 12:15 appointment. Good thing, cause the 20th century property is immense and confusing.
11:20 a.m. Find the right parking structure but our name is not on the list – again.
11:30 a.m. Finally parked and following the map to the audition. The 20th Century Fox parking lot is not exactly welcoming — all the trash by the entrance to the elevators is bad feng shui! But once we get up onto the lot, it’s a different story. It’s a gorgeous day, and it feels like a college campus, only instead of ivy covered walls it has large buildings with gigantic, open doors showing sets and props and other movie trappings.
11:45 a.m. We enter the building where “House” is housed, sign in and wait.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. I don’t know if I’ve ever really described these audition rooms, but it’s hysterical. A bunch of girls sitting around, waiting to audition for the same part. They almost always have long hair, except Bex . Often, they are wearing boots and trying to look much like Bex looks every day. One girl in particular was a hoot, talking about these incredible boots that she got from her wealthy boyfriend’s parents in New York over the holidays – and a jacket to match – and what a difference it makes to buy quality boots that are made to last. Sometimes I wonder how there is enough room for so many caricatures in such a small space!
12:45 p.m. We leave the audition and visit the 20thc Fox store, right next to their dining room (I peered in, but didn’t recognize anyone). Guess what? Studio employees can buy movie tickets really cheap! And videos, and all sorts of stuff!
1:00 p.m. Susan calls to say Bex has an audition for 3:00 on Monday – right when we have a medical appointment finally scheduled. I decide to say nothing and think about it. She reminds us about the fabulous coach she’s recommended.
1:15 p.m. Hugo’s for lunch. I love Hugo’s – it’s so easy to be dairy free, gluten free or vegetarian there!
3:00 p.m. I call Susan to ask if she can re-schedule the audition for Monday. She says she’ll try when she gets home.
3:15 p.m. Another audition notice comes in – this one for Monday at 6:15. So much for the medical appointment. I check in with Larry to make sure that, logistically, she can really make both appointments. We get back to the discussion of who is going to coach Bex on these 2 auditions – one comedy, one drama. This is making me crazy. I call Susan and tell her to forget re-scheduling.
3:30 – 6:00 Bex slept and I fielded more emails from the agent, who offered another comedic coach to use. Much back and forth while I’m trying to pack, get the instruction letter done for the guardians, and get ready to go to the airport to pick up Greg.
6:00 p.m. Bex wakes, still exhausted. I actually discouraged her from going to the Hip Hop class she’d been planning to attend – I know, such mixed messages – but I thought a bit of rest and chill was a better choice than the Millenium Dance studio, which has sweat smells in it that date back to Flashdance!
We run lines for tomorrow’s coaching and audition.
9:15 p.m. On the way to the airport to get Greg, the new coach prospect – the venerable Daniel Ray Mora – called back. The man is a self-described caveman who doesn’t use email or cell phones. He’s a fascinating older gentleman who has been doing comedy – on the road, stand-up, in movies, etc. for probably 40 years (I’m guessing), and is still working. If nothing else, what a great character he’ll be to meet. We had a fascinating exchange with him, trying to navigate our way to the airport while Bex talked. I don’t think he ever has brief conversations. Anyway, he asked us to send the sides for the audition on Monday to his assistant, and he’d get back with me tomorrow.
9:50 p.m. Get off the phone with Danny Mora and pick up Uncle Greg!
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch: I forgot to mention that Bex had met some guy at Oakwood on Thursday night named Johnny V, who had been trying to reach her insistently all afternoon and evening today. I was skeptical –yes, he was a speaker brought in by Oakwood, and they tend to bring in reputable characters – but something about the combination of his name and his insistence made me uncomfortable, and was agitating Bex. So on the way to the airport I asked Bex to have him call our agent – that’s what he’s for!
9:53 p.m. The agent calls telling us we have to get Bex on tape TONIGHT (it’s 10:00 p.m. now) for Johnny V to get the tape directly to Scott Baio. Bex has actually already auditioned for the role of Scott Baio’s daughter, and Johnny V thinks she’s perfect. Go figure. So after a reminder from the agent about how important it is to act quickly, we stopped by and In –n- Out for a GF burger wrapped in lettuce, and headed home to get back to work.
11:00 p.m. Greg – who is on east coast time – is running lines with Bex as she reconnects with a part she auditioned for last week. We use an i-phone in the corner – lousy light but the best we’ve got – and we tape the two scenes. Not thrilled with them, we decide to try to re-tape in the morning. At midnight, we’re ready for bed!