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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!

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!

<elaine>

From the Corsa Agency

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Bex Taylor-Klaus, an 18-year-old newcomer from Atlanta has come to LA and landed the very edgy role of Kallie 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.

April 5th – Last 24 hours of Spring Break–SO Hollywood

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Photoshoot with Entertainment Weekly!! Fabulous Spread — we actually felt like celebrities. Bex and 4 other kids were selected to represent the Oakwood Apartments in an article on life at the Oakwood about young people who go out to LA to try to get work. It was a LOT of fun — they even took pics of the whole family.

And while Bex was at her photo-shoot, Sierra found out that a PSA she had filmed is going national! It was a great day!

The family left the photo-shoot for a taping of “A.N.T. Farm,” while Bex stayed back to pack and get ready to return to Atlanta for a few months.

As for the Ant Farm taping: OMG  The kids loved it, and Elaine was seen texting –secretly, because it’s not allowed — “HELP, I’m Being Held Captive in a LOUD Studio Audience!”

Bex wasn’t with us, but her Agent was actually watching the taping from the set. He got to come and go as he pleased, no monitors for his cell-phone usage or bathroom breaks. Honestly, it felt a little like a EST weekend.

Thomas (the agent) came into the audience to see David and me. He thanked us for letting Bex come out for the season. “It was so close.” Great to get to see him before we left. I guess there are no coincidences.

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Sunday, Entertainment Weekly Interview

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Oakwood offers an ongoing opportunity for residents to learn from industry professionals, and today our agent, Thomas Richards, was giving a talk. Bex greeted Thomas and moved on, while David stayed and listened to Thomas talk about the ropes.

Entertainment Weekly reported Karen interviewing Bex and another young actor.

Parents asked questions about what to look for in an agent, what agents look for, what agents will do for a kid, etc. Thomas talked about when agents stick their necks out for clients, and when they don’t. He started talking about Bex.

Even though she has no credits, yet, he’ll put himself out there for her, he’ll push casting agents to see her, he’ll push to have producers see her … “Because I know she can do it. Because I know she’ll make me look good. Because I know she can get the work!”

Let’s just say David was a proud papa, especially because the one who asked about really pushing for a kid wasn’t one of the parents. It was the Entertainment Weekly reporter who had just spend 90 minutes interviewing Bex!

<posted by Elaine and David>

UPDATE – Check out the article:

https://bextk.me/2012/06/03/bex-in-entertainment-weekly/

Michelle Williams Wuz Here – And so were Kirsten Dunst, Miley Cyrus, Josh Hutcherson, and thousands of other aspiring young actors who came to Hollywood dreaming of stardom. EW explores life at the Oakwood apartment complex ...

Michelle Williams Wuz Here – And so were Kirsten Dunst, Miley Cyrus, Josh Hutcherson, and thousands of other aspiring young actors who came to Hollywood dreaming of stardom. EW explores life at the Oakwood apartment complex …