Actors Lifestyle — a website with a bevy of resources for actors — interviewed me for their blog. Operated by Gilleon Smith and Ginger Kroll, it is dedicated to making life easier for actors in the city. Read below and check them out!http://actorslifestyle.comINDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT!
Q&A with Lauren LoGiudice
This month at ActorsLifestyle we are focusing on what’s most important…YOU. Being an actor in the city is a long and hard road. Most actors in the city are often more compelled to share their successes and triumphs in the entertainment world, but hardly anyone discusses their hurdles and failures. This month we pulled information from real actors living in the city who not only experience the joys of booking acting jobs, but who also face daily obstacles to pursue a career in their desired craft. We want our readers to relate to a rare and in-depth point of view of the industry. Get answers to burning questions of what it’s really like to move to a big city and thrive. Who do you contact? How do you get started? How do you maintain? And most importantly, when you reach your goal, what was the key factor that influenced that success?
We got a chance to have a one-on-one sit down with Lauren LoGiudice (pronounced Lo’Ju-Di’Che). Lauren is an actor, model, performance artist, writer, host, producer, improv comedian, and an amateur chef!. This New York native born in Queens, now living out in Brooklyn, likes to shake off the dust of the outer borough and travel the world – Lauren’s lived and worked in places that range from India to Mexico to Italy. She is also part of the New York actors community, and actively pursues success in a variety of ways within the entertainment business – including even co-founding Over/Under Productions for film, TV and video works.
Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us Lauren! So to get started, let’s talk about after college…When you were moving to back to NYC, what were some deciding factors?
I am from NY so deciding to settle here was like coming home. Before I came back here from college I spent some time deciding exactly what I wanted to do. It always came back to performing. For example, I spent a year in India on the Bill Clinton Fellowship exploring public health work, but ended up focusing a lot of my energy on learning classical Indian dance. You can travel far, but you always come back to yourself. I knew that once my experience in India was over I must pursue performing.
Did you do research on your field? What were some reliable and resources to help you with your move?
When I came to NY I started contacting the few people I knew in the entertainment industry. That consisted of only two people. They referred me to people who referred me to people…. I told them that I was interested, but wasn’t very specific about exactly what I was looking to do. They were luckily very nice and patient and gave me all the advice they could.
To find out what I wanted to do I took a lot of classes — improv, dance, piano, acting — as well as performed in various downtown events. I experimented with my craft and tried out different types of performance. It took me about a year before I decided that I would focus my attention on film and TV. The more specific you are the easier it becomes to make things happen.
What were some hurtles you had to jump over to get settled and established in your field?
The acting industry can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking time to establish a community of both people I admire and people who are in the same place as me has helped me fill those gaps.
How were you able to build your social/professional network?
I’m a natural networker, so this actually was and continues to be my favorite part of the business. I love meeting new people and learning about their experiences. I’ve asked lots of people to lunch and coffee, wrote letters and emails to people I admire and gone to tons of events. Life is a big cocktail party…drink up!
Presently, what are some resources that you are using to build your career? What do you think are the best resources?
Learning about marketing has been immensely helpful. Ginger and Gilleon [of ActorsLifestyle] have a good grip on the industry — their advice has helped immensely. They have encouraged me to write about my experience — that alone put things in perspective. They also have given me great advice about my type and how I fit into the industry. Also, Fractured Atlas offers online courses on the topic, which are just fabulous. Also, the book Career Renegade, Dyana Valetine (dyanavalentine.com), and Caryn West’s audition intensive have been instrumental. My current acting teacher Lynn Singer (lynnsingeracting.com) has been transformational. Interning at Pat McCorkle’s office was extremely educational, and learning about marketing teaches you how to brand yourself. Marketing is ever-changing as you grow as an artist, so it is a continual process.
Have you had any bad experiences with acting/entertainment sites?
There is a whole cottage industry that makes money off of an actor’s vulnerability and insecurity surrounding the question: When and how can I “make it”? Choose wisely when you purchase actor services. Ask around — if the service really helps, you’ll be able to find that out from other people.
What are your current plans for the future?
I’m always pushing myself to grow, meet new people and learn new things. I’m constantly working on my craft and trying to meet the right people to help make things happen. Ideally by the end of the year I’ll be booking lots of commercials and another feature film. I’m not shy about asking the universe for things and it usually happens, so I’m not too worried. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I want. This is important. In the meantime, I am creating my own opportunities.
What advice can you give aspiring actors who are looking to live in the city and thrive?
Listen, I am going to tell you how I do it, but that is not necessarily going to be the best method for you. First decide as precisely as possible the types of jobs you want. News anchor? Broadway leading lady? Television character actor?
I decided early on that playing a teacup in Beauty and the Beast was not my maximum aspiration. I like to write and perform live, so I wrote Queens Girl, a solo show, and then toured it around the world. I also started a blog, Swim, Float or Drown, to establish and expand my fan base. The more people can get to know you as an artist, the more you will get fans and the more people will come FIND YOU to be in their project.
Thanks so much Lauren!!
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