“Don’t you get jealous?,” is often the first question people ask my boyfriend, when he says that I am an actor. And the answer is yes, he does. There is something strange about the blurred lines of intimacy that our job brings with it and yet, it is just that - a job.
I spent over a week on vacation in Cartagena, Colombia this month
It was a big deal to get away from the hustle of LA LA LAND.
The day before my flight to Bogota, Colombia, I was on avail for a commercial and promised my new commercial agents, if I booked it, I would cancel my trip.
Originally at the casting and callback, the dates did not interfere with my trip. As much as I wanted to book that $50,000 commercial so I could travel even more, I am glad I didn't because I would have had to cancel my July Colombia vacation. And what would that have meant, I am putting my personal life aside again and again for my career. I love traveling. It truly makes my soul sing. And what I have learned since returning back to LA LA LAND is, I am a better actor and an even better person, because of all the places I have been, people I connected with and experiences I have had.
Since returning back from Colombia, my energy is more in the flow. Casting opportunities are falling in my lap and I just know I will be on avail again real soon for another spot and book it this time. More importantly, I am enjoying life even more and embracing every step of this journey and ready for my next vacation.
New Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina is next on the list...for this 2018!
As I slip back into "work mode," I'm noticing the reappearance of stress already. So my advice to all of you, (myself included), wherever you are in the world, wherever you are in your career, is to TRAVEL. Get out there and visit those friends you haven't seen in years! Go to that country you always wanted to travel to and try new foods, meet new people. It will make you a more interesting actor, and ultimately an even better person!
Bottom line, Do what brings you joy! Joy leads to more Joy!
I’m Christina DeRosa, and I love being an actress because there is no playing it small in acting and it’s like a game. Ever since I was a child my favorite game was “make believe.” I would pretend I was a mom, a doctor, or teacher and now I’m lucky enough to play make believe on set with other incredible actors. We’re all really children at heart. It all started in New York on stage with Natalie Portman as munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. From NY to CA, I graduated with a BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and found my passion of acting and later my new love of producing. Connecting dots comes easily to me.I’ve been blessed to work onset of Bad Moms, 'Black-ish,’ ‘Devious Maids,’ Taxi Brooklyn' 'Sam & Cat' 'Hart of Dixie' , 'Hollywood Heights', 'Worst Week', 'Everybody Hates Chris', '‘Reno 911!', 'Dollhouse', 'Entourage', 'The Whole Truth', '1000 Ways to Die', 'General Hospital', and 'Astronaut Wives Club to name a few. Currently I am recurring on Jane the Virgin as Astrid. I worked in multiple movies that have taken me all over the world, most memorable one being India where I got to volunteer in orphanages when I wasn’t on set. ‘Bad Moms’ starring Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate was a fun movie experience in New Orleans and the list keeps growing. I am an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. I won the "Artists in Cinema" award at Universal through the Artists in Music Awards and the 2014 "Rising Star Award" through the 8th annual F.A.M.E. Awards.
I’m extremely proud of every network and cable show I’ve been on, every actor and producer imdb credit, every role I played, all the talented stars I get to play with, but something you should know about me is I really strive to be a humanitarian who can leverage my career success to bring more awareness to great charities, like Face Forward, Saint Jude, the Mulligan Project, Hand to Hand Feeding Project and a few times a year you can find me in Mexico volunteering at an orphanage there. My heart is most happy when I am giving back.
I’m from Munich, Germany. And you could say things were going well for me there. I was in my first year of acting school, had an agent, and had already made a few guest appearances on TV. I had a producer I was writing music with, and had opened for a huge concert in Romania, live-streamed on international television. Everything seemed to be on a great path. And then, I met a boy.
Not so much of a boy really, a man-- from Australia, who was living in Munich for a year. And badabingbadaboom, six months later I was on a plane and had moved to Sydney, Australia, a place I had never been before, for a guy I had known less than seven months. He had offered to stay with me in Germany if I preferred, but well...Australia...it sounded pretty exciting to me. And to be honest, the path I was on wasn't that great. My acting school sucked, my producer was preoccupied with his growing family, and Munich isn’t exactly the height of the screen industry-- unless your thing is becoming a soap opera lifer. So, Australia. I quit acting school, ended things with my producer, cleared out my childhood bedroom and hopped on a 25 hour flight. I cried. A lot. Spoiler alert – it all worked out in the end. But there were a lot of bumps along the way and I’ve made a little list of things to keep in mind for actors who are thinking of moving to a new place. Well, to be quite frank, I made it for myself, hoping that I will actually remember some of it for next time. There will be a next time-- don’t want things to get too easy ;)
- Say yes, and figure the rest out later.
- Not learning the accent is not an option.
- Connections, connections, connections.
So that’s my little list. I swear to god, I wish I would have known this when I first moved to Sydney. It would have sped up this whole process quite a bit. But then again, sometimes you need to learn it the hard way, because with everyone throwing different advice at you it’s hard to filter out the crap.
2. Use natural light. This means you have to shoot in daylight hours, when the sun is out,
near a window. Try different angles, walls to get the best light for your tape. If you have
blinds, you can mess with how much light you want, but daylight is key.
3. Any wall will do. Really. It needs to be blank, but you can take photos/painting off a wall, or move a bookshelf if you need to. You can also buy travel/fold-up photo backgrounds if you want to carry these with you.
4. You can also buy a mini travel “octopus” tripod for as little as AU $14, but otherwise you can use whatever you’ve got to build a makeshift pod. Put a rubbish bin on top of a bookshelf on top of some books-- whatever you need to get your phone to the right height.
5. You will need an internet connection in order to upload your video to whatever platform required. Internet access usually isn’t an issue in most countries, but if it is, use an internet cafe. Make sure your charger has a USB connecter so you can connect to a computer.
6. Pack at least one camera ready clothing top and don’t wear it unless you’ve got a submission! Pack make-up if you won’t self-tape without it.
7. Any reader will do. Don’t worry if they can act or if they’re the right gender or have the right accent. A big casting director once told me about an actor who was overseas and grabbed a waiter at a local cafe to read with her-- despite the waiter's difficulty with English, she booked the job!
8. Use what you’ve got. If you’re on a shoot and you feel friendly enough, ask another actor or camera assist if they would mind helping you out. Use the new environment to give new life to your surrounding and character. Another CD once told me about an actor holidaying in Thailand who used his hotel reception and the locals in his self tape-- he booked the job in seconds.
9. Call on global friends. If you’re in a big city, there will no doubt be local places to put down a self-tape (check some of our previous posts for recommendations in LA, NYC, London, Berlin & Sydney)-- but otherwise, ask your local acting schools or film institutes-- they can shoot you straight to being in the know.