So far, I’ve had no luck contacting B-list actresses (and one actor) for my Dominatrix project. Eight actresses so far, plus the one actor. I was initially very optimistic (the eternal optimist: doomed to eternal disappointment – but I just can’t help myself), as I’ve been told this is a ‘juicy’ role and there’s supposedly a dearth of solid lead parts for women in their late 30’s to early 40’s (the character is listed as early 40’s). Half have responded (well, their managers have (the others never responded)) with variations of ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ though one did say their client was only interest in ‘pay or play.’ Not going to be me – I’m specifically looking for leads who want to take on the executive producer role and help get the project funded and sold.
It’s discouraging and I often think about quitting, but I’m nothing if not stubborn. I’ll probably lick my wounds for a while, then try a few more times (I get a calendar reminder every two weeks). Of course, if I win Nicholl and/or Austin then I’m sure things will change. Maybe even for the better 😉
No word yet on how my screenplay is faring in the competitions. I did add one, the Virginia Film Office has a screenplay competition. I had to show residency in Virginia, since we live during the week in Maryland, but that was straightforward.
It can be really frustrating how ssslllooowww these things move!