So, I’ve been telling a few friends about a super secret project that I filmed last year. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally have something to show for it and it’s now unsecret. I usually don’t discuss major gigs I have–or thought I had–because I’ve done that before and either nothing came out of it, or I wasn’t as featured as I thought I would be. I don’t want to seem like a liar so this one has been under wraps and I’m amazed at what is coming out of it. Again, I can’t delve into details just yet because contracts haven’t been signed, dates haven’t been set, and certain details haven’t even been given to me yet.
In the meantime, I just wanted to introduce you to the website of He Heard My Cry. It’s a faith-based film with an uplifting message done in a very relatable way. There will be no cute ending or predictable characters here. That’s what I love about it! Everything I’ve been wanting to be a part of in my career has fortunately been included within this movie. God couldn’t have steered me in a more perfect direction. I’ll give you a little bit of a back story on how I got this gig and hopefully it’ll inspire you to keep pushing forward into your own dreams no matter what it is your talents and goals are.
I submitted on LA Casting for a few roles that are prominent in this film. To be honest, I didn’t want to be the role I was casted for because I thought the relationship in the story would have love/kissing scenes involved. So, when I got the email to audition, I sighed as I confirmed my appointment and hoped for the best. I was emailed the scene I would be performing in front of the director and I was kinda bummed that it required a lot of emotion and was basically a monologue. Ack! No one to vibe off of or deflect attention from me. I studied and memorized those lines as best I could to prepare myself and not have to hold the script while I’m trying to show the director how professional I was.
The day comes to audition and I had to convince myself to go. At this point I had gone on multiple castings, but this was my first film audition. If I couldn’t book a simple music video, how was I gonna get a film?! After going back and forth with pros and cons, I get dressed and drop my husband off with one of his friends while I go and try to find the audition location. Even with my GPS, I got really lost. Like ‘driving around for an hour trying to find a place that didn’t exist’ lost. I double and triple checked the address and the map kept telling me I was in the right place. Feeling defeated, I called my husband and told him I was coming to pick him up and that I couldn’t find the location I was looking for. He asked me if I had a number I could call or a contact to help me find the place. After a few grunts, I said I’d try to call someone and get directions. I honestly had no intention of going there. I was over it and I figured I was too late to even show. I called a number that was in the email they sent me–thank God for smart phones!–and the pleasant woman on the other end of the line directed me to the location. I was WAY off the mark. Stupid GPS. I still have no idea how that happened.
Even after getting the directions and half listening, but not writing it down, I ventured to at least see the place and then continue driving to get my husband. Since I wasn’t really paying attention, I got lost again and frustration set in. This was the dumbest day on the planet and the worst audition in the world. But alas, hope! I finally found it. Since I was there, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to go in so I reached for my headshot that…wasn’t in the back seat where I thought it was. Great. Slinking into the front door and signing in, I apologized for being late and unprepared, but everyone there was very understanding.
As I was filling out my paperwork, I heard a few women who were auditioning for the same role I was. Just hearing the way they delivered their lines and the power behind their voice made me second guess how I had practiced mine. By the time my turn came, I gave up hope that I would even do well. Walking into the audition room–or should I say theatre space–was very intimidating! There was a table set up with the casting persons and an audience of chairs with other actors sprinkled about. Great, everyone is going to watch me do this?! What a horrible situation! When my name was called, I went up on stage and introduced myself–explaining why I was late–and someone in the audience said “That’s what GPS is for.” I managed to keep a straight face through that and just added my anger towards her into my monologue.
After I went through the scene a second time with the director’s notes, he asked me if I had any questions for him. I responded, “I just have a few comments for you. I am a Christian and I am married, so I’m not willing to curse, kiss, or do love scenes.” He said, “What if it’s just a small peck on the lips?” “No.” I was for sure that put me into the ‘do not call back’ section of actors, but to my surprise I got a call a little over a week later with the good news that I was casted for the movie! Hooray, is this real?! I still can’t believe this is all happening, and I will keep you posted on the progress as I can. When it’s ready for theaters you’ll be some of the first to know.
I hope this encourages and inspires you to keep pressing on toward your dreams. God never puts a talent in us that He doesn’t intend to use, but we have to take the good with the bad. I’m grateful that my journey wasn’t all bliss because I really wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate what I have in this film. So many people who have a heart for God and a desire to spread His message are involved in this process and I can see how amazingly He can create a movement if our hearts are open and we are willing. Thank you for reading and supporting my path in the entertainment industry. I couldn’t have done it without you. Also, please click on the “Stay Connected” tab on the movie’s official website and enter your information to help us bring this movie to your local theater! Until next time…
❤ K. Love