By Jennifer Rudolph
I first met KK back in 2008 which is around the time that AGR first began. KK took a class with me and right away I could tell she was built for comedy even though she was deadset on doing dramatic sides. We had our first Career Consultation and I immediately told her to first scrap her then-headshot which was generic, said nothing about her personality and I thought looked like an ad for LL Bean and next, that she needed to embrace her side-splitting, hilarious Zooey Deschanel "type" because that was who she was intrinsically. She had me cackling the moment that we sat down and I was 100% certain that if she committed to this wholeheartedly and stopped trying to do what she thought the industry wanted, that she would find her way in. KK got a new headshot which was industry standard and in line with what we talked about. With 5 years of UCB under her belt and a light resume, KK began the process of honing her audition technique with the casting directors I suggested with the new sides I gave her and was met with lots of laughs and encouragment. No one quite bit at her at the time as she was still a bit "green" (new) in terms of core acting training. We re-assesed and KK decided to take a little time off to go to HB Studios. KK came back to AGR a few months later, had another Career Consultation with me and started working with casting directors again. Along her journey, Clint Alexander from FOX called in KK as did Jandiz Cardoso from NBC as did several other CD's including Brette Goldstein (more on Brette in a sec). KK auditioned for a couple of pilots and felt that she still wanted to do one more round of training. KK went to the Neighborhood Playhouse's Summer Program last year and then came back stronger than ever. Last September, Brete Goldstein called KK in for a Series Regular role for the Bravo pilot, ODD MOM OUT, which is the network's first ever 1/2 hour scripted series and debuts on June 8th. KK booked the role.
I quote the saying "if you build it, they will come" all the time from FIELD OF DREAMS and it really holds true. The stronger of a "type" you are, the more you understand how important it is to work with casting directors to hone your skills and learn how to navigate this business, the more they flock to you. Know your product. Know your marketplace and know how to sell. Logic dictates that you will be noticed regardless of anything. At this point it only becomes a matter of time before the right role comes along and then the rest is history. Opportunities do not happen in a vacuum however. KK had to put herself out there.
I helped KK build it and they all lined up like the cars at the end of FIELD OF DREAMS. This is only the beginning.
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