Archive | April, 2012

I Love Being a Masochist! – The 2012 New York City Marathon

13 Apr

I’M IN! I just registered for my 7th New York City Marathon — my 12th full marathon altogether! WOOT! WOOT! *raises roof*

This year, I’m aiming for a finish time of 4 hours, beating my personal best from last year’s marathon of 4:34:33, which was 37 minutes faster from my previous personal best from the year before in 2010 of 5:12:17. This sounds crazy ambitious, but I’ve been challenged by my friends who think that I can do it. As long as I stick to my running schedule (which includes running when I really don’t feel like it), I should get as close to the 4 hour mark as possible!

Hey, that’s not bad for a girl who once weighed 240lbs and couldn’t even run HALF a block DOWNHILL!

And one day, I hope to FINALLY qualify for the Boston Marathon! I WILL eventually run a 3:35 marathon! Someday…:)

Looking forward to running the ING New York Marathon on Sunday, November 4th, 2012! It’s ON!!!

 

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My Gig for Macy’s

12 Apr

Here’s a video from a gig I did for Macys.com with Clinton Kelly of “What Not to Wear” from 2010.

Sad thing is, I STILL don’t know how to dress myself. Sorry, Clinton!

“I Can’t Believe It’s Happening to Me”: The Badoo Project!

10 Apr

On March 24th, 2012, I was photographed by celeb photographer Kenneth Cappello (who has worked with Justin Bieber, Zooey Deschanel, and lots of other big celebs) for the Badoo Project, a 3-day photograph-athon of 1,000 New Yorkers for the U.S. launch of social networking site, Badoo. They had Nick Cannon hosting on the first day, a DJ, a ping pong table, professional stylists, hair & makeup artists, and 4 famous photographers with the task of taking the “ultimate profile picture.” Out of the 1,000 portraits, a panel of judges would choose 22, and another 2 would be chosen by the public via Facebook “Likes”.

I’ve never been someone who has been “lucky,” at the very least. I have, however, had times where I was at the right place at the right time, and I suppose that’s “luck,” but I had to work very hard to put myself in those situations where any kind of “luck” could possibly occur. And when I heard about this “contest,” I thought to myself “No way!”, and I mean, out of 1,000 people??? ME?!?

Well, I decided to start campaigning for votes, and my high school days of running for student government came out. (Those of you who went to high school with me might remember my campaign slogan “Vote Teresa, She’s Better Than Pizza,” coined by my clever friend Danny Elstein! Though I had a feeling that calling myself “Better Than Pizza” might not work for this occasion. Though that little slogan did help me WIN the election my sophomore year and I ended up as treasurer!) In this case, I wrote a song and made a little YouTube video to try to get more votes:

 

I contacted everyone that I knew via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. to get their vote, and to my surprise, I had garnered over 4K+ votes in only 4 days!!! All of my friends really came out and supported me like they never had before, and the amount of love I received was astronomical! AMAZING!!! Even the Brooklyn section of the NEW YORK TIMES supported my Badoo Campaign!

http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/the-day-a-full-body-aural-experience/

On April 10th, 2012, the 26 (instead of 24!) finalists for the Badoo Project were officially announced:

Revealed! The 26 Winners of The Badoo Project – Badoo News.

And guess what? I WON!!! I was one of the 2 “Peoples’ Choice” winners! Out of 1,000 New Yorkers! HOLY CANNOLI!!!

Peoples Choice Winner - Teresa Hui

Check out all of the finalists:

http://theproject.badoo.com/final.phtml

I definitely have all of YOU to thank! This contest really showed me just how amazing all of you guys are, even the ones who I don’t know at all, supporting a complete stranger for a contest to end up on an NYC billboard! You all ROCK! Each and every single one of you!!!

I would like to extend a special thanks to Paw Dugan and TWITTER for helping me out tremendously in beginning of the contest to kickstart my votes! Wow. Just WOW! Love you guys!!!

Also, I have some amazing, beautiful, talented and wonderful friends who were also in this competition, and every one of them deserve a billboard! All of these lovely people WILL be famous, and you don’t need a contest to do it!

The Badoo ad campaign premieres in NYC on April 30th! Stay tuned! 😀

P.S. I chose that title for my post because I feel kinda like Kelly Clarkson.

My Thoughts on This “One Union”

3 Apr

On March 30th, 2012, the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merged and became ONE UNION. The new name for this one union: SAG-AFTRA.

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I know that a lot of you are hoping for a more creative name.


CONGRATULATIONS to all of my SAG and AFTRA friends! We are now ONE voice in the entertainment industry! Hopefully this will bring more jobs, better contracts, and so on, so forth. For those who were one union or the other, it probably felt good to not have to pay additional money to join the other union. For those who joined SAG recently and wished that they waited, well, my thinking is that you’re probably in a better position, since you already got yourself placed in the pool of SAG actors before the influx of AFTRA-only actors got into the mix.

What are MY thoughts on this whole merger thing? Well, back in 2010, after about a month of working in the industry, I received my first AFTRA waiver from working as background on an Onion News Network gig. I was excited and happy about it, and absolutely THRILLED! Lil’ ol’ me? Working a UNION gig this soon??? Aw schucks! 🙂

Well, then I became a dreaded “Must-Join” (which means that you need to join the union before you can work another job for that union), and I couldn’t submit whenever there was an AFTRA project, unless I was willing to join. Being somebody who always wants to “earn” what they get, I decided that I wasn’t going to join AFTRA until I booked a speaking part. So a year after I received my AFTRA waiver, I was called by director Frank Mosca for a PSA that was being pitched to FOX. A month later, it was picked up! That was my first AFTRA Principal Contract! The PSA was titled “The R-Word”, or now, it’s better known as “Not Acceptable” R-Word PSA”. It was my first national commercial, and it premiered on May 24th, 2011 in the last 10 minutes of the season finale of FOX’s “Glee”. It was pretty neat! The PSA also starred Jane Lynch and Lauren Potter…and ME!

So BOOM! There’s my gateway to AFTRA! With SAG, I had been eligible since October of 2011. I had received 3 SAG waivers for doing background work, VERY quickly, all thanks to Grant Wilfley Casting. During the time of my “OK-30” (the time period where you’re eligible to work union work without having to join yet), I was fortunate enough to book more SAG work, including getting upgraded to DAY PLAYER for a SAG indie film, “That’s What She Said,” starring Anne Heche and directed by Carrie Preston. The film actually ended up getting accepted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, and I will also get to go to the New York Premiere at the Soho International Film Festival! Totally excited! And if it weren’t for being in my OK-30, I would’ve never gotten the opportunity for the upgrade!

You would think that the day player contract would be a good enough reason to join SAG immediately, right? Well, not really. I booked a lot of work as a principal for non-union commercials and industrials, as well as other feature films. Some people think of “non-union” as un-professional. Well, it’s not true. Some of the BEST gigs I’ve ever worked on were non-union, and I wouldn’t have traded those experiences for the world. Also, non-union commercials are run EXTREMELY professionally. The only real difference is the pay and certain little things that are under a SAG contract. Otherwise, totally legit work.

I will confess. A part of me was somewhat “scared” of the merger. I enjoyed getting lots of calls for auditions and booking non-union principal work. I enjoy being a WORKING actor. I enjoy NOT having to do background work to make a living. I had heard from some of my SAG friends that it got way more difficult for them to book work and even get called in for auditions after they joined. Yikes!

Well, I decided that I would join SAG once I booked that gig that would “seal the deal.” So that to me meant booking a principal role in a national network commercial or a day player role in a feature film or episodic. I had gotten auditions for national SAG commercials, and even a callback on my first try (for a New Balance commercial), but no booking. I wanted to EARN this SAG card, dammit, so someone needed to book me!

And then the merger went through. A part of me wanted it to, but a part of me who was still hellbent on earning all of my achievements didn’t quite. I DID vote “Yes” to the merger, so I was part of that 86% of AFTRA members who voted FOR it. Am I glad that I saved $2,335 on joining SAG? Yes. Am I scared of the additional competition in an already crazy competitive field? Well, I was. But after a meeting with my manager, I know that in order to progress, I NEED to keep on moving FORWARD. Staying non-SAG felt like it was helping me, but if I wanted a meeting with a legit agent, I would NEED to be SAG. I have great commercial agents, and get sent out a good amount, but it’s time to step it up. After being SAG-eligible for 18 months and not joining, the universe decided it all for me.

My name is Teresa, and I am a VERY proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

Bring it on.

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“Not Acceptable” R-Word PSA

3 Apr

My first national commercial! This PSA also featured Jane Lynch and Lauren Potter from FOX’s “Glee.”