Not long after the blog Now ENTITLED FISHY BUSINESS was posted I recieved this e-mail;
“You made a huge mistake. You are angry because we offered you another way to audition your final audition for the same role. Your role was not withdrawn, it was still the same but, as I stated it was a good way to test your temperament. We are more legit than you will ever know and you made those statements betting that we were not and that such statements could not harm your career. But, did you ever think about the consequences if you were wrong? Please do not email us again. Any further correspondence would be considered harassment. As I stated, the role offer did not change, just the audition per your request. You should have considered what you were hearing before making such insults. ”
When I spoke with them on the phone I was told that I would have to “Start Over for a different role” I am not stupid and I know what I heard. I was told that the auditions for the main roles would be in DC only and side roles would be in NY at this open call with a casting company, (which is actually listed on IMDB as a distribution company).
If you remember from my last e-mail to them I stated that I feared they were not legit because there were red flags? If they were he would have no reason to say, “You made a huge mistake.” and “We are more legit than you will ever know.” If that were the case he would give me the production company name and the list of actors and films he had worked on before! It is a simple request.
Also at the end of my last mail I stated that I would decline further contact of any kind and here they are flipping the tables saying that if I contact them again it would be considered Harassment. Really? Because I am not the one yelling in e-mails and yelling over the phone. I have been nothing but composed and polite and yet they are telling me that I will be the one in trouble.
Now my wonderful husband doesn’t like to leave anything on a negative note…a trait I admire in him because I will just walk away when things get weird. He writes this e-mail back in response. NOT MY CHOICE! : )
I am sorry about the development of this situation. You could very well be a legitimate company. With the information you have provided there is simply no way for me to know. Given your reservations about me bringing my husband to Washington, I hope you understand, the safety risk involved for me. I could be wrong but given that I have a child of my own I would rather be safe than sorry. I do wish you the best in your film endeavors and your upcoming productions.
On one more serious note, please acknowledge that I still hold the copyright for the picture and video material that I provided. Please do not publish them without my permission. If you choose to do so, I will have to take legal actions, as I hope you understand.
When you asked to bring your husband and stated that you had been molested (both personal issues), we simply suggested that rather than meet for a cast dinner with the other cast members and have a table reading alone (call back audition), we could offer you the option of an open call where your husband could attend and you could feel safe. We would have given the casting agent your name and informed them that we chose you to portray Elizabeth and to extend an offer letter if you were consistent with your video auditions. No other actors had these personal concerns or issues.
We initially turned you down because you did not have the look for the role of Chris. We cast a perfect candidate for that role last week. Because of your persistence, I searched the script over and over to find you a job. I could not locate a role for you, so we added a character that was removed from the final draft of the script to extend you a role in the film. This was done simply because I liked you based on previous conversation. I sometimes sympathize with the struggle of actors and extend such grace only to regret it later.
We will not use your photos for anything but, a reference in our file of this incident. Our brand has worked with Oscar noms and household names. We withhold information for the very reason of incidents like today. When casting low-budget projects or seeking new talent incidents like this occur and emotions have a proclivity to get a person blackballed.
FIRSTLY “Cast Dinner” was never mentioned in the converstations on the phone or in e-mail. I was told simply that I would do another reading and if they wanted me they would hand me the contract then and there. Which should not have been a problem being as I was already HIRED right?
SECONDLY The role of Elizabeth had been explained to me in a previous phone conversation and I stated that I would not be interested in that role because of the sexual extremities that she was required to partake in. AND I was told I was going to be getting a larger role than the character Chris so really how pivotal could a role like Elizabeth be if she had been cut from the scrip and re placed in it? She must not be as important as they say.
Thirdly “No other actors had these personal issues or concerns” MAYBE THEY SHOULD!
Fourthly They say they had cast the role of Chris a week ago. Why was I then still in the running for that role days ago and was told that I would have the role if I went and got a blond wig and showed them that I could have the look they wanted? Days…not weeks.
Fifth If this “brand” whoever they are has worked with Oscar Noms and Household names why can’t they tell me who they are again? Because I can tell you the sets I have been on and with whom I have spoken and worked with. Seems simple enough right?
Emotions run high yes, when someone feels they are having their time wasted or like they are going to be scammed, but I must say I was very calm. My e-mails were never emotionally charged and always had great explanations. Saying the opposite in e-mail of what one says on the phone does not make the e-mail the truth. Keep this in mind. If someone can not keep their story strait something is up and proceed with caution.
My husband then wrote this response
I think that especially in the phone conversation we had, there were a lot of misunderstandings.
I understood that you invited me for another round of auditions and did not want me to bring my husband.
When you told me to go to NY for an open call, I understood that you told me to start from zero again. The fact that the call back audition in NY was just to prove that I am consistent with my video audition was not mentioned in the call, which I think led (together with me being careful) to this misunderstanding.Why you would have me start over and why you hung up on me when I asked you why I could not bring my husband to Washington was very confusing to me and I also was not able to find any information on your company as part of my safety research online.I understood that you talked about having this same issue with other actresses as well. From my point of view, I think that it is not to blame on any kind “diva-behaviour” but on the sad fact that in times like these, it is rather dangerous for any young woman to trust anybody they meet online and meet them in person without making preparations. For all I know, you could have been someone trying to take advantage of a lonely young woman away from home.
I hope you understand that.
Thank you for beeing understanding about my photos.
I wish you the best for your production,
Remember how my loving husband likes to leave things positive. : )
If people feel they need to threaten you with black balling and never working again or giving you the desperate feeling of, “now or never” it is not a good choice to proceed. I close this information now and leave you to the decision. If you have been cast by them before or are cast in their upcoming production I wish you the best of luck. Keep your wits about. To those who have not I say to each his own. Perhaps it would have been the chance of a life time but do we want to work with people who threaten us and try to make us confused by saying one thing and then something else? I say no…but that is just me.
(These posts have been written as opinion and not fact. There is no intent to slander anyone and any and all information here is from my point of view. This has simply been an attempt to educate others about how to formulate decisions when working with a company in the basis of what seems plausible and safe.)
Weeks after I felt this situation had been settled…this company wrote me an e-mail stating that they are going to sue me for slander. In all technicality this blog has been written in the form of opinion…learned it in ENGLISH CLASS as to how to write opinion statements. That is what keeps us safe when blogging. But in other regards what legit company goes after a starving actress for writing a story about what happened to them? Seems over the top right? Well it is. Know your rights…and I know that opinion statements are not slander. Sounds to me like salt is being rubbed in the wound and someone is upset.
In this recent email from them they accuse me of slander and throwing a fit because I was not cast. PLEASE. I have been not cast more than enough times it doesn’t phase me. But I also know when something is too good to be true and this was right on the money. I am just sorry I let this drag on for so long and I hope that my fellow entertainers out there have learned some valuable lessons from my mistakes. Not being cast does not mean you are not good and it doesn’t mean that you will not get another opportunity because you will. There is no such thing as a black list in Hollywood…if there was I know there are plenty of actors that would be out of work right now…or should be but are not. You may not get your chance with that company again…and you dont want to burn bridges that you know could be helpful but know when to care and not. If the company is throwing as many fits as the one I have been talking about….you know they are up to something and it is not a good idea to be involved. Large companies don’t care what others think of them because in the long run they have a large enough following to not be affected by these incidents.
All the best my friends. I hope this is the last your hear from me on this matter.