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The Importance of Staying Grounded

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Another day without a lot of activity – great, actually, for Bex to get started with the semester, though I can tell she’s starting to get antsy. Apparently, during Pilot Season, you can get an audition and the sides, but they may not schedule it for weeks – or they can schedule it the next day!

The Actor in her “Girl Cave” …

I’m learning that everyone out here has his/her favorite coaches, classes, etc. and there is no shortage of strong opinions. I’m trying to navigate between the agent and the manager, who are working together, but still have their favorites. Sometimes there are delicate decisions to make.  And I thought I was out of politics! So I started looking into the classes and coaches, and we’ll see what happens.

Bex went to class in the evening, and I went to dinner with my college friend, Bennett, who took me to an authentic Mexican restaurant near Koreatown 😉 It was so nice to hang out and feel relaxed and laugh a lot. Bennett – a brilliant, colorful character with a talent for story-telling – cautioned me about the business with sad tales of Brittany’s handlers and the lengths they’ll go to make a buck at her expense. I’m reminded again of how important it is for Bex to have supervision out here, and to keep grounded and centered.

While it’s not an easy task, I do believe that the many challenges that Bex has experienced throughout her life will serve her well in keeping perspective in this crazy world.

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We Meet an Acting Coach to the Stars

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The new semester began, with emails to Paideia and Bex starting to get her stuff in order. Still no word about the pending audition.

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After school we drove over to the state office to get Bex’s work permit – only to find out the one we have is still valid. Afterwards, we drove to the west side, this time for a coaching session with Michael Woolson, a high-end acting coach, teacher and author. Our manager, Susan, had suggested him, and we’d had this appointment for probably 2 months! In order to take his classes, you have to start with a private session with him to place her ‘properly.’

We arrive at his lovely West Hollywood home, enter the courtyard and are shown around the back to a large outdoor patio area, where we are asked to wait on the over-stuffed upholstered couches and chairs in front of the outdoor fireplace (which, sadly, was not lit). Michael came out and took Bex into his studio, and I sat outside, under the pergola – just me and my computer. It was actually getting a bit chilly as dusk settled in, when Michael retrieved me to come inside and talk to him.

She’s interesting, has a different perspective, is smart and unusual.” Clearly, he likes her, though effusive is not his thing. We talk for a while about class options. Despite her talent and ability to handle the more mature classes, he wants to put her in the teen class because the material will be more consistent with the roles she’ll be auditioning for.  But he wants to give her access to other classes, as well.

More details and special offers – apparently, Susan had called and given him a ‘pep talk’ – and we left with his book in hand and a possible plan. His coaching is a serious investment  – but he assures us that, with a few sessions, he can get her booking jobs. Much to discuss, but good to know we have the option. In any event, she got some great coaching on the sides (script) she received on Friday, and felt like she’d learned a lot.

We returned home for Bex to meet some friends to play Basketball on one end of the property, followed by a Hip Hop class on the other end. Yes, I said Hip Hop class. She loves it, though she claims to be pretty lame. Hard to say – I’m just happy she’s getting back into being an active person!

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