Tag Archives: LA

LA Arts District

18 Jul

Have I mentioned lately how much I love LA? There’s so many beautiful little gems, fun places to take pics, and little neighborhoods to get lost in.

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The Art of the Perfect Monologue

4 Jul

I happen to love performing monologues.

Whenever I’m not in a regular acting class or working on set for a project, I feel like its a great way to keep my acting chops sharp. Plus, its fun.

They can also be very educational. If you need practice on your timing, hitting the different emotions, or understanding your own movements and body,  monologues are a great little exercise for you. They aren’t a substitution for professional training, but they can definitely help you overcome some of your own personal acting challenges.

Want an example? Maybe you haven’t noticed (and if you haven’t, pretend I didn’t say anything) but I have pretty big eyes. While some people things its wonderful, and I’m quite fond of them nowadays too, they were actually a pretty big challenge for me when I first started modeling and then when I shifted into acting. I didn’t know what to do with them, how to focus them, and how to not look like an anime character.

Recording myself and acting at home really helped me get used to them and make them work for me instead of against me.

Now that you’re convinced, lets talk a little more about how to choose a monologue. I’ve performed all kinds, from the really zany to the incredibly deep. Though I do think finding the right monologue is a bit of a learning process, here are a few things that you should keep in mind if you are in the market for a new one:

  1. Keep in mind the characters you are hoping to play- If you need to perform a monologue for an agent or manager, keep in mind the sort of roles they may be sending you out for. If you are a character actor, you should pick a monologue that highlights your range and abilities. Keep the character’s age, look, and attitude in mind when choosing.
  2. Don’t be afraid to push your own limits- Just because you identify as a “comedic actor” does not mean you shouldn’t explore your more dramatic side. The fun part of acting sometimes is pushing your own limits and learning what you are truly capable of doing.
  3.  Choose a monologue with range- You only get a limited amount of time to make your impression on the audience. Choose a monologue that lets you show a bit a range. Perhaps something that starts off more comedic and has your audience laughing, then flips the switch on them and gets a bit deeper in the end.
  4. Don’t be basic- I kind of think this one goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway. You want to be memorable. Be that person who no one can stop talking about. So avoid using the same basic monologues that everyone else is using. Be unique. Pick something more original, and do it really well.

Those are my basic tips to get you going.  But as a final thought, remember to honor the requests of the agent/manager you are meeting with. If they ask for a 2 minute contemporary monologue, you’d better pick something contemporary and definitely practice your tail off to keep it under 2 minutes.

Remember that the whole process is supposed to be fun. And you may have to try out a few different monologues before finding one that suits you.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to drop me a line.

Break bones 😉

Riding the Rails to Little Tokyo

17 Jun

Sometimes, for kicks, I just hop on the train.

Riding the train in a major metropolitan area is an important cultural experience. Not only do you see the town from an entirely new perspective, but you get the opportunity to truly sit back and take in the city.

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This week’s journey was Little Tokyo. Nestled in downtown LA, Little Tokyo is a microcosm of Japanese culture. The food, the smells, and the shops can keep you engaged for hours.

But you know me, nothing was happening until I fed my belly. With ramen on my mind, I kinda popped into the first place I could find that didn’t have a line. It was My Ramen Bar, and it didn’t disappoint.

I ordered the vegetarian ramen, which was made with spinach noodles. All the other options had pork in some form or another, which I don’t eat.

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After a full and happy belly, I journeyed through the little mall, poking into a few shops and really just taking in the experience.

It was surprisingly busy. The streets were full and most of the shops were difficult to navigate due to the sheer volume of people.

I did manage to happen upon a few gems though. I found a wishing tree. 3

And several stores with fun little doodads.

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The best part was really just exploring the neighborhood. Hanging lanterns and music and all the different smells made for a really unique experience.

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Overall a day very well spent, and I definitely plan to go back. There’s a few galleries and gardens that I didn’t get a chance to see. And you know I’ll be headed back for lunch sooner rather than later.

The View From the Top

10 Jan

Fun fact…my first week living in LA, I almost died on a mountaintop.

For the first few months, I was sharing a big house in the “Burbs” with a few Craigslist roommates.

Two of us decided to go hiking at Runyon Canyon, which was my first time ever hiking a mountain, hill, or anything else taller than stairs. (#MiamiGal).

So, apparently elevation sickness is a real thing. Unfortunately, I didn’t know this until I was halfway up the Runyon “stairs.” I started feeling dizzy and light headed. Eventually, I vomited (embarrassing), passed out, and had to be carried down the stairs by two random shirtless Runyon guys. I started regaining consciousness the closer to flat ground we got. By the time we reached the bottom, I was completely fine.

Well, I like to think I’ve gotten a little better at it over the past few years. I can get up and down on my own two legs now and everything. I also learned that its the sudden increase from low elevation to high elevation that caused the sickness. Which is exactly what the stairs at Runyon do. So, now I take the scenic route and work my way up gradually.

If you’re ever in LA and ready to get in a hike, Runyon is the way to go. Its a relatively short hike, you’ll get a nice little work out, and the views from the top are spectacular.

Yes, of all the hiking spots in the city, its by far one of the most touristy. You can expect to struggle to find parking near the Fuller Ave entrance and in the lot at the top of the park pretty much every day of the week. But its definitely worth it and does live up to the hype.

If you go, be sure to bring a lock so you can leave your own little mark on the trail.

The moral of this whole story obviously being, if you are having trouble finding a hot date, vomit and pass out halfway up Runyon Canyon 😉 .

About Those Beaches…

4 Mar

Pacific

So…. Have I mentioned I love California? I really do. Its such a beautiful state and I feel like I discover a new gem every week. Like this beach. See how thoroughly un-overcrowded it is?

I’ve been a West Coast gal over a year, which I feel gives me full rights to make opinions now. Coming from Miami, I was a skeptic. But, I must say, I’ve never felt more settled, motivated, driven, and happy as I have since moving out here.

The views don’t hurt either.

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Nikita Goes LA

8 Jan

Figuratively and literally. I’ve actually gone LA. Kinda why I’ve been all awol and such lately.

I made the cross country move, got myself a genuine LA agent, and have begun the audition process in the big sea with lots of other big fish. Loving it.

And, when I say figuratively. I’m doing as the LA-ers do. Hiking regularly, planning for at least 2 hours of traffic before I go anywhere, and getting all of my tools in order. Thus, the new reel. I’m so west coast.