Sep 29, 2009

"So... what do you do again?"

Frequently in LA I am asked the loaded question, "So, what are you out here for?"

I guess it should be pretty simple to say, "Oh, I'm a singer," or "What I really want to do is act!" But I don't. I dabble in singing for fun, say, in the shower or perhaps in my car and my acting experience doesn't exceed 10th grade theater productions. However it's quite difficult for me to answer that question because honestly? I have no idea what I'm doing.

I'm interested in a variety of things, however my main focus is to one day be on E! corresponding for red carpet events or dishing on the latest celebrity news; eventually having my own talk show. But I know that I am not going to just land something so spectacular. It's going to take a lot of hard work, networking, and worst of all waiting. I know I have several other skills though that would benefit places like talent agencies, PR firms and event planning companies, so I best utilize myself at those places as well. So, in the mean time, while meeting every person I possibly can, I'll work and work and work my up way the totem pole, hopefully landing myself some type of gig over at E! and then eventually making it all happen.

So, point being: I got a call late on Saturday night from a TCU alum I recently contacted. Her name is Brenda and she works at Sony, has for 14 years, and pretty much is amazing. She told me she was sorry for not responding to my e-mail but that her friend who is a producer needed some PA's (production assistants) for a gig he was doing at LA Live! (where Staples and Nokia Theater are). Would I be interested? YES. All I need is a "production assistant" credit on my resume and that opens up a whole new can of worms.

I immediately accepted and on Sunday I was off to Club Nokia to get started. I met with Dennis Kornegay, the producer, and got rolling. He had me doing everything! Hauling boxes, pushing carts (they were heavy, trust me), making copies, hanging signs... everything. I even had to go run errands to grab a pack of Michelob Ultra and Bud Light for the comedians performing. The gig was called the "Latino Knights of Laughter" and featured several different latino comedians for a TV show. It was overall a great time however know I know what's up while the audience is enjoying the show - a million other people are behind the scenes making it happen. I got to see the camera control room and how they decide to change camera angles and the precision all that takes. I witnessed the stage set-up beforehand and how they can take a blank canvas and turn it into something vibrant and eye popping. And I participated in all facets of the show - set-up, ticket sales, security, merchandise... everything! So it was a great experience and my event planning activities actually helped me out a lot.

The day was long however. I arrived at 11:00 sharp that morning and didn't leave until 2:00 a.m. the next day. The pay was excellent though, especially since I didn't even think I was going to get paid at all.

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