New Reel for the New Year

Got the footage from some recent projects. Time to update!

If the embed doesn't work on your device, you can check it out natively on YouTube here.

-Tom, off to find the yogurt place.

The Insider's Secret to BOOKING THE JOB!

Hello, adoring public. I apologize for the long hiatus, but Tom Lommel has been busy, busy busy! It's called PILOT SEASON people! And last week I auditioned for a NATIONAL COMMERCIAL. (Keep your fingers crossed! KA-CHING!)

Nonetheless, people on the Twitter have been NAGGING me for acting advice, saying TOM LOMMEL, HOW DO YOU DO IT?

So, I said to myself, TOM, how *do* you do it?

And I sat down.

And I thought for a moment.

And I had two fingers of Knob Creek.

And I wrote it down.

FOR YOU.

FOR FREE.

Yes, people, I have a seven step process that I GUARANTEE will get you that BIG HOLLYWOOD GIG and help you tickle your toes up the DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED LADDER to FAME!

The SECRET to BOOKING the job is B.O.O.K.I.N.G. THE JOB!

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Object Lessons In Improvised Failure

Today I went on a commercial audition that required "strong improv."

My scene partner totally bombed.

Let's talk about why.

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Occupational Hazard

Over the weekend, they aired the episode of Victorious that I shot.

As those of you who tuned in know, my bit got cut.

Honestly, this was not an overwhelming shock to me. I had a cute little punchline in the restaurant scene, but I also knew that if they were running long, it was a disposable joke and easily edited out.

In many ways, the important part of the experience was not whether my scene made it to air. It was far more valuable to work on the busy set of a multi-camera sitcom, go through the rehearsals and taping, compare notes with the other actors and production people, etc.

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Listen Up

Part of my job is to keep things fresh, and my voiceover demo was definitely one instance where things were due for an update.

You can listen to it here, or click on past the cut for fancy Flash Player embedded goodness.

A big thanks goes to Kevin Cleland at Mai Tai Studios for all his engineering wizardry and expertise.

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Less Thinking, More Doing

I recently completed my studies with Stephen Book. Let me tell you five things I learned.

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A Moment of Doubt

Indulge me in a little story:

It's summer 2004, I'm looking for a new job. I had launched my foray into the weird world of on-camera acting some three years before but I'd yet to book anything. I called my agent at the time and said, "We need to have a meeting."

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So You're Thinking Of Moving To LA...

People back in MN occasionally ask me for advice about making the move out to L.A.

Like most of my advice, I can't tell you what will work for you.

I can only tell you what I've done and learned.

Your mileage will vary.

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Reel People

The other day, gadget blog Gizmodo (of which I am generally a fan) got their knickers in a twist over the fact that one of the people in a recent "I'm A PC" spots from Microsoft was -- GASP! -- an actress!!

I'm a little galled at the breathless way this was reported. (For a bunch of snarky tech bloggers they seem PAINFULLY naive.) I'm also a bit perturbed at the way the actress' website was flayed open for the public.

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Three Years And Three Weeks Later

This month marks my three-year anniversary in LA.

Here's what I've gleaned from my journey so far -- sometimes the easy way, sometimes the hard way. If you're thinking about moving to LA, maybe it will help.

If not, maybe it will give you an insight into the various strategies I've crafted during my time here.

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