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有一次我陪她上夜间表演课，另一位孩子的母亲走来问我：“你有没有看到办公室里的公告牌？”有一个叫《Over Due》的短片正在寻找一个亚洲女性演员扮演其中一个角色。我听着但并没感兴趣。过了一会儿她又过来问我：“我可以把你的电话给选角导演吗？”“好啊，没问题”我答复了她。第二天，选角导演打来电话邀请我去参加试镜。到了现场我拿到剧本台词，才发现有很多年轻的女孩来试镜。原来角色要求是二，三十的年轻女性，而我当时已经四十岁了，再加之我也没有任何表演经验。就觉得十分尴尬和失望。 我想：来这试镜简直是在浪费时间。但是既然来了，我就只好进去了。奇怪的是，最后我还真拿到了这个角色。回想当时来看，我觉得是因为这个角色需要的就是我自己本色。现在，我已经是专业的演员了，发现试镜对我来说是最难的一关，并且充满了挑战。
《I'm in Hollywood》
I feel privileged to be asked by the editor to give some of my insights into the world of entertainment. Specifically acting in film and television since I'm a full time actress in Hollywood. However, I have many friends that are musicians, and I've watched their rehearsals and traveled with them to their concerts. I have a friend who is a professional ice skater, who skated for Disney world on ice. I have gone to her shows with her many times. I've even gone to the back stage of Cirque Du Soleil in my travels. Over time I've come to the conclusion, entertainment is so special and so important for connecting the world, It doesn't matter what the stage is.
A lot of people come to Hollywood straight from schools of fine art, or had some success in their local theater or community that encouraged them to make the move. For me it was a little different. My daughter Yvonne Lu was the one who was already working with Page Park a local agency in Houston, Texas where we lived at the time. She was doing print work, and dance shows. Later Yvonne went on to be the girl representing China in the commercial for the 2008 Olympic games.
One night at her acting class, one of the other mothers came up to me and said have you looked on the bulletin board in the office? She said there was a notice there looking for an Asian woman to play a small roll in a short film called “Over Due”. I wasn't really interested. Later she came up to me and asked: “Is it okay if I give your phone number to the casting director?” “Yes, I guess so.” I replied. The next day the casting director called, so I went to the audition. When I arrived there, got a script in my hand, and saw all the pretty young Asian girls there for the part, I thought this is ridiculous. For one thing I was too old, they were looking for twenty to thirty, I was almost forty. Another thing I had no experience. I thought “This is a waste of my time.” I got the part. Looking back I think I got it because It made no difference to me. Now that I've become a serious actress, auditioning is so hard for me.
Even after doing that part, which was a great experience, I still didn't think anything special about myself except the fact that they paid me. I had no pipe dreams of becoming a movie star. I still don't, I just want to be a serious actress. My daughter Yvonne had plans, and was achieving them. By the time she was eleven we were making trips to Hollywood where she was appearing in TV shows. By the time she was thirteen we were living in Hollywood and she worked pretty regularly.
Since she was a minor, I had to be with her at auditions, and on set when she filmed. It wasn't long before I was offered a part for wells Fargo. Then I did some print work, and started doing voice over for the airlines. It was around that time I thought to myself “Maybe I need management.” It seemed like the parts kept coming my way. I signed with Yvonne's management, and started taking things serious.
The more serious I was, the harder it became. I had to sit down, reeva luate my situation, and go back to the frame of mind I had when it didn't matter so much to me. Since then things have gotten easier for me. I am back to having fun again. In 2011 Yvonne and I both joined the Actors Guild, I guess we are both professionals now.
Grace F Yang,818-287-1111
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