Why All Actors Should Leave LA Every Now and Then

This morning I landed back in the Netherlands, and got the camera of a Dutch TV show shoved in my face as I came out to greet my family in a Santa hat after 18 hours of travelling. Despite my slight trepidation when leaving and sheer shock while arriving though, it’s good to be home. Don’t get me wrong; I love Los Angeles. I love being surrounded by passionate people that risk a stable life for telling stories, I love the beautiful people I get to call friends there, I love the climate (90% of the time anyway), I  love the dream-big-mentality, the beaches, the hills, the free screenings…I even love the weekly premieres that turn the traffic in my neighbourhood into a war zone. But despite that, I feel like every person in the industry – especially actors – should leave LA every now and then. Here’s why…

December 19th, 2013|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: |3 Comments

Five Reasons Why An Actor in LA Doesn’t Compete With Those Ten Thousands of Others

“Oh, you’re moving to LA to become an actor? Aren’t there like ten thousand other actors out there? Good luck!” Who hasn’t heard this over and over? My old university even published an article about me, mentioning I was moving to LA to pursue my acting dreams “just like all those thousands of others.” Thanks University of Amsterdam! But really: When it comes down to it, your competition doesn’t consist of those ten thousand other actors. Not by far. Here’s why…

August 19th, 2013|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: |27 Comments

Lanterns & The Meaning of Life

Let me tell you the tale of a lantern. I’m sure you’ve never heard a more exciting introduction but bear with me, this is one of those posts where I go deep, yo.

When I came back from Los Angeles in September last year I was still waiting to hear from a really big agency that I met with days before flying back. All I could think about was getting that agent, applying for my visa and moving back to LA again.

Shortly after my return in the Netherlands I celebrated my birthday with some friends and family, and one of my aunts had gotten me one of those flying sky wishing lanterns. When night fell we went outside to the garden at my parents’ place, and as we lit the fire I silently made a wish. Everyone knew what the wish was of course, but then something happened…

July 22nd, 2013|Categories: Los Angeles|Tags: |23 Comments

Between Acting and Writing

Here’s something awesome: I filmed a short last week where I got to wear an insane superhero costume and the first screenplay I finished – a comedy pilot – was selected for a Dutch screenwriting event named “Het Schrijfpaleis.” This means professional actors will perform scenes from my screenplay after which a panel of film professionals and an audience gives feedback. If you’re in the Netherlands, you can be part of the audience and come check it out tonight at 8PM. For more information go here.

All the writing I have done recently has really made me realize how healthy it is…

April 15th, 2013|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , |6 Comments

About Image & Humility

First things first: my visa application has been sent off! That means within three weeks my fate will be decided. Hopefully anyway. If there’s anything I learned from the visa process it’s that things always take longer than anticipated. Or maybe I’m overly optimistic in my planning. Either way, within the next month I will surely know a lot more about what my future looks like than I do now. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking a lot about “image.”

As you make your way in the film industry  you sometimes encounter people that make themselves seem like more than they really are. In job interviews a little exaggeration about your resume and skills is rule more than exception of course, and not necessarily a bad thing, but I’ve met people that lied to the point where they made things up completely. And it taught me something…

April 7th, 2013|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: |18 Comments

Why We Want to Become Actors Part IV: Naive/Delusional

Famewhore, attention seeker, naive/delusional, unstable, childish… If you want to go to LA to become an actor you are obviously either one or all of these things. According to those certain kinds of people you encounter in daily life anyway. And although there’s no need to justify yourself to them, I do ponder sometimes why it is we have this unwavering desire to play dress up and pretend to be somebody else. Why we voluntarily choose a life full of uncertainty, financial instability and rejection. Why Halloween or the local Theater Group on the side isn’t enough.

I watched The Silver Linings Playbook the other day and it reignited my inner discussion on what is normal and what isn’t, and how it relates to me and other actors and artists. Are we all crazy and delusional, or just hopeful?

January 14th, 2013|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: |24 Comments

Why Do We Want to Become Actors Part III: Unstable

Famewhore, attention seeker, naive/delusional, unstable, childish… If you want to go to LA to become an actor you are obviously either one or all of these things. According to those certain kinds of people you encounter in daily life anyway. And although there’s no need to justify yourself to them, I do ponder sometimes why it is we have this unwavering desire to play dress up and pretend to be somebody else. Why we voluntarily choose a life full of uncertainty, finanical instability and rejection. Why Halloween or the local Theater Group on the side isn’t enough.

Last time I delved into the attention seeking part of actors. But I actually think there is something deeper at the root of that. So I’ll use my fancy schmancy degree once more and will psycho analyze them crazy actor folk all seriously once more …

November 24th, 2012|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , |14 Comments

Why Do We Want to Become Actors Part II: Attention Seeker

Famewhore, attention seeker, naive/delusional, unstable, childish… If you want to go to LA to become an actor you are obviously either one or all of these things. According to those certain kinds of people you encounter in daily life anyway. And although there’s no need to justify yourself to them, I do ponder sometimes why it is we have this unwavering desire to play dress up and pretend to be somebody else. Why we voluntarily choose a life full of uncertainty, finanical instability and rejection. Why Halloween or the local Theater Group on the side isn’t enough.

Last week I delved into the bit more shallow and obvious concept of fame and what it meant to me and my dream of becoming an actress. This week I’ll finally somewhat use my fancy Psychology degree and analyze the “attention seeker” part  …

November 11th, 2012|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , |17 Comments

Why Do We Want to Become Actors Part I: Famewhore

Famewhore, attention seeker, naive/delusional, unstable, childish… If you want to go to LA to become an actor you are obviously either one or all of these things. According to those certain kinds of people you encounter in daily life anyway. And although there’s no need to justify yourself to them, I do ponder sometimes why it is we have this unwavering desire to play dress up and pretend to be somebody else. Why we voluntarily choose a life full of uncertainty, finanical instability and rejection. Why Halloween or the local Theater Group on the side isn’t enough.

These things go for pretty much every creative profession of course, perhaps even for athletes and entrepreneurs. One of the first posts I wrote on this blog actually centered around this subject, and obviously I haven’t found the answer yet. But let me seek for what it could be by going off those five insults, starting with “famewhore”…

October 31st, 2012|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , |13 Comments