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Vancouver – The Final Week – almost

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As one stage of an actor’s world ends, the next begins. This post was written right after episode 9 was filmed, but we couldn’t share it until after episode 9 aired. So here’s a little background for you — this was written in Mid to late May.

This last week has been pretty eventful. In true Bex form, things have not gone exactly as planned. Let’s see…

  • Thursday Bex got a call from Director Jonathan Demme (of “Silence of the Lambs” fame) who was disappointed to learn that Bex would not be in the episode he was filming for The Killing (ep 9). (Here’s how it works: a “series regular” role means that the contract guarantees a minimum number of episodes – generally 7; beyond those it is discretionary.)
  • Friday night, Bex went to her last night of filming episode 8 — call was at 10 p.m., and they wrapped at 4:00 a.m. There was a beautiful bouquet of flowers in her dressing room from Veena. A fitting close to an extraordinary adventure. Or was it?
  • Tuesday, Bex went to set for the read through for the next episode. Apparently, Demme wants her in it, and there are discussions happening.
  • Wednesday, Bex spends the day on set because it’s just better than being anywhere else!
  • Thursday and Friday? I guess we’re all going to have to wait to see what kind of magic wand Demme has! Looks like it was quite a wand — Bex was fitted for “dead” contact lenses, and spent 2 hours in that trunk. In the end, they only used two scenes, but Demme did an amazing job, and it was a perfect closing experience for Bex on the set of The Killing.

Suffice it to say, life is not dull for Bex these days. May 20 is the cast and crew screening and party, and Bex will head back to LA for her graduation by May 23!

This chapter’s almost over, folk! The auditions are just beginning.

The work of acting happens between gigs — auditions, self-tapes, interviews — while the play happens when they’re on the job. At least, that’s what it seems to be like for Bex. When she’s working — on set — she’s having the time of her life. Now that things are settling down and we’re starting to think about what’s next, it’s starting to feel a little like work, again.

But not too much!

As Bex’s agent says, it seems to be “Bex Season” in audition-land. She’s already taped one audition for a pilot, and another 2 are in the works. Bex is trying to get her head back in the “comedic space,” jumping right back into audition work as if it were yesterday.

NOTE: Special Late Edition:

  • Thursday and Friday — Bex is in Episode 9! Don’t ask — Demme magic happens.
  • Thursday — Interviews begin with  a reporter from the Atlanta Journal/Constitution.
  • Thursday — network wants to tape some 1 minute promo videos, so it looks like Bex is going back to LA for her graduation, and then returning to Vancouver for a little more fun (without the) sun!

That is all for now!

Bex is Back in Hollywood

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Back in Hollywood! Bex is working on some projects, auditioning a lot, and navigating a whole new world.

Social media has changed the way that people communicate, and that is no exception for people in the public eye. As a Digital Native, Bex understands this new mode of communication, and speaks it fluently. It’s been a graceful conversation to watch.

When she’s not preparing a script for an audition or working on a project, Bex can be found on social media — Ask.FM, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (and probably more we don’t know about). She is in an ongoing conversation with friends and fans, joining in their celebration and admiration of Bullet, answering their questions with a level of sophistication that is stunning, and frankly, inspiring.

Truth is, Bex has engaged in a sophisticated conversation about gender, on an international scale, with a level of confidence and clarity that eludes our generation.

What we’ve found most compelling is her empowering and compassionate responses to the many teens and young adults — struggling with their own gender identities — who are reaching out to Bex for acceptance and understanding.

 

Bullet: The Back Story

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Last night, our agent, Larry Corsa, posted this announcement, which captures the significance of the last few weeks in its simplest form:

Bex Taylor-Klaus, an 18-year-old newcomer from Atlanta has come to LA and landed the very edgy role of Bullet on the new season of The Killing, the AMC hit that is returning for its third go-round.  To characterize the role as quirky is an understatement, and it will be an instant attention grabber.  Bex is repped by Thomas Richards at the Corsa Agency and Susan Curtis of Curtis Talent Management.

That’s right, folk, Bex got a gig! A really good gig! But let me back up.

The_Killing-imbd_coverIt’s definitely hard to capture, in words, the intensity of the last few weeks. I’ve always said that Bex lives fully on the edges of life – the highs are high and the lows are low. The last couple of weeks resemble that remark. Here’s how the drama played out.

A couple of weeks ago, things were a mixed bag in LA land. Life was rocky at school, the dastardly sinus infections had returned…but the auditions in 2013 were consistent, and Bex was doing great — with about 75% of her auditions leading to call-backs.

Two weeks ago, I surprised Bex on a Friday afternoon. Sometimes, David and I realized, a kid just needs her mama on the ground. I was in her apartment when she returned from her call-back audition at “The Killing.” She was pretty excited. After the first scene, someone had said, audibly, “whoa!” After the second scene, she heard it again, “Whoa!” Apparently, that’s not very common in LA casting rooms.

In less than an hour, the phone rang. Our manager, Susan, called so say, “they loved you.” Nice way to start the weekend, for sure.

The next day went as a typical LA Saturday might—Acting Class on Sat. morning with Loren Chadima, a Beach Party for Bex in Santa Monica on Sat. Night.

But Sunday morning, Jan. 27th, was the start of something special – it was the official start of Bex’s professional career as a working actor. Her first paying LA job was a table read of Larry Carpenter and Shane Alexander’s The Freedom Machine. And she absolutely LOVED it. She was comfortable, in her element, and attentive to her craft.

While it was purely coincidental that I was in town for her first gig, it was a treat to be able to be there to celebrate the milestone. Who knew that it would just be the icing on the cake that was my trip!

On Monday, things started to hop, and they’ve been jumping ever since! First, we learn that Bex is the top pick for the part of Bullet. Somewhere between medical appointments and a commercial call-back audition, Thomas and Susan tried to explain what was happening – and what the process would be from that point forward. Apparently, the studio had approved Bex for the role, and now it needed to go to the network. It wasn’t a sure thing, but she’d never gotten this close, before… and it was possible that she was the only real choice for the role. If she got the role, she’d have to live in Vancouver for the filming.  WOW!

Meanwhile, I have a meeting with the Head of School at Bridges, Carl Sabatino, to try to figure out how to help Bex finish High School successfully. With this new possibility of Vancouver on the horizon – and no permission to talk about it freely, much less count on it – it definitely required some creativity to figure out how to academically play to Bex’s strengths (Bridges’ mission)! Carl was incredibly helpful and receptive, and we set a plan for him to meet with the Academic Dean and Bex’s guidance counselor to figure out what it would take to help Bex finish school. Just 3 ½ credits shy of a diploma, its amazing what a distance that can be! But they figured it out, and Bex is excited about doing an Independent Study of “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Now THAT’s what I call setting her up for success and making her learning applicable to her career!

Anyway, the week continued with news coming in fits and spurts. It turns out that, though the role is a series regular, she would only be guaranteed 7 of the episodes. And she’d have to find a place to live in Vancouver. And, and…

The week was spent with negotiations, and waiting, with occasional calls and check-ins along the way as Thomas and Susan busily negotiated a contract with the network. I wanted her to have a tutor so she could finish High School – not guaranteed, because she’s 18 – but we can try to work it out when she got there. What about attending her High School graduation? Will depend on filming schedule. Back and forth all week — constant state of heightened anxiety. Auditions continued.

Friday night we got a call saying the negotiations were complete. WOW. Contract arrived, but we were told to wait until Monday – there could be a few more improvements.

The contract and its addendum covers all sorts of things, like specifying her “first-class” dressing room (and its appointments), and airline tickets, and use of her image, and how her name will appear on the screen, etc. Lots of nuance.

We are Incredibly GRATEFUL for Thomas and Susan! Not only did they negotiate a great arrangement for Bex, but they did it with a clear understanding of where she is in her career (she’s new at this and needs to pay union dues and join the union!), and where she’s going (what happens now will influence what happens on the next contract).

The negotiating process is fascinating, for sure.  This was an exceptional situation – Bex is always the exception, not the rule – because it was pretty apparent that Bex was really the person they wanted for the role. But since she’s got no credits, it made for an interesting dance!

Monday we were all atwitter – should we sign what we’ve got? Should we wait?

We finally got a contract for Bex to sign (remember, she’s 18, so it’s hers to sign, not ours!), and she got it scanned and sent in on Monday night (which, for those of you superstitious Eastern European Jews out there, we decided would be acceptable because it was already Tuesday in Israel! If this makes no sense to you, just ignore our strange cultural idiosyncrasies and read on.)  🙂

THEN, we find out that the next step is NOT to announce it to the world and dance on the roof-tops (much to our surprise!). Now, we have to wait for the network to accept the contract.

Meanwhile, Bex started to get upset that they skipped the screen test. She was having a hard time believing that they would skip that process, so she didn’t think it was really real.

I sent Thomas an email for explanation, and this was his reply:

YES! She was “the one” the minute she was done reading for the part. There was no more to be said.   If it was questionable, they would have had her test against others. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE it happens like this, usually when one sets themselves sooo far apart, and they are spot on for what they are looking for.

Behind all the hard work that she did on the scene, it was also, simply put, a blessing and some luck !!!! this was “OUR BREAK” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND THEN, he sent this email:

PLEASE GET HER TO FOCUS ON OTHER AUDITIONS!

We got the call on Thursday evening that said, simply, “It’s Official!!

The rest you’ve probably seen on facebook (here, herehere, & here), and so its time to bring this part of the story to a close. There’s only one thing left to say:

If you know anyone in Vancouver, PLEASE let us know!

Bex is going to need a (Canadian) village, as the filming starts Feb. 25!

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Pilot Season #2 Off to a Great Start

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The truth is, there’s been lots to report from audition land, it’s just that its been too busy to create the time to write about it. Forgive us for the delay — we’ve been trying to keep up!

As you probably know by now, Bex moved to LA on the weekend of her 18th birthday in August, 2012. Getting a driver’s license and registering to vote in CA made it official — she’s a Cali Girl, now! (you might want to read my blog on MY experience of her moving — it was HARD, let me tell you!) The TK family surprised Bex for her birthday, and Syd spent the week assembling 30 some odd pieces of IKEA furniture! It was fun to set up the new residence — part dorm room, part apartment. Thank goodness it comes with a resident Mom!

So Bex is living at the Oakwood Apartments with the fabulous Mills family, enjoying the best room-mate/best friend a girl could ever hope for, a playful younger “brother” to torment, a Cuban Mama to keep her well fed, and mostly loving her new life. School continues to be her Achilles heel. We really hoped we’d found a magic solution to her struggles, but there is no magic wand. So while we’re trying to figure out what to do next on that front, Pilot Season has hit in full force, and Bex is busier than ever before.

It’s amazing how much happier and healthier she is, here. And that’s not even including the incredible friendships she’s making, and the true joy she’s getting from auditions, and acting class, and working! Truly, everyone should love what they do in the world as much as Bex loves preparing a script and walking into an audition room. Better than that, today, was walking into a job — THAT was fun! (It was a reading for a futuristic dystopian Rock Musical — love the creativity this town inspires).

In December, we added a “Commercial” agent to the mix of representation, so now Bex is going out on auditions for commercials in addition to the theatrical ones. Commercial auditions are different because there is no script to prepare — it’s all about looks — at least, so far that has been our experience. But Bex is batting 1000 on that front — 2 commercial auditions, and 2 call-backs! She’s no slouch on the theatrical side, of course, with probably a half dozen auditions so far this year, and quite a few call backs. A couple have been what are called “producer” auditions, and she’s been “sent” to producers or directors, as well. All in all, things have gotten off to a great start in 2013.

So that’s the story up until now. We’ll keep you posted if anything fabulous hits. Until then, follow Bex on twitter and keep those fingers crossed! She’s got the talent part handled — but the luck is one area where she could use all the help she can get!

All for now!

Elaine 😉

Wednesday, April 4 a 101 mile day

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Today was a VERY busy day, and Mama Jett got us everywhere we needed to go — which was apparently everywhere! With auditions at both Disney and Warner Brothers, and a call-back at Disney, there was not a lot of down-time. But it was fun for all of us to get a sense of Bex’s schedule when things are busy. AND, it was a good thing it was only one day while we were all there. This is what the day looked like, starting at about 7:30 a.m. and concluding at about 9:30 p.m.:

101 Miles +

1 coaching on 2 scripts

1 visit to prospective school

2 auditions and 1 callback

1 shlock shop at The Alley

1 Sunset at The Observatory

1 dinner with cousin Marley

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