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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gobble on This....

Doing The Happy "Booked It" Dance!  I booked the role of Nicole on the Emmy Nominated TV Show, BLACK-ISH. 

I have met the cast numerous times at TV academy events and I am looking forward to working on set with Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.

Pinky promise to keep you posted on the air dates! Thank you for all your loving support! xoxoxox

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The 5 Keys to Booking Work as an Actor in Los Angeles

The 5 Keys to Booking Work as an Actor in LA:
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Does a Major League Basketball player play a full game every day?  No, but he sure as hell will be practicing his skills on the court and exercising his body daily.  One of my dear friends is a concert violinist and he told me if he goes one day without playing his violin, he feels off, two days, he feels really off and three days without playing, it feels rusty coming back.  How is acting as a craft any different?  If you wanna be great at something, it takes 10,000 hours of practice.  Best advice I can share is if you wanna act, then act!  If you are not in an acting class, get in one.  There are so many awesome classes in Los Angeles and in my class, I am playing opposite Series Regulars and movie stars.  It’s inspiring, they want to train too when they are off set.  Yes, it takes Discipline but just like NIKE says, “Just Do it.”  If you are tight on money, invite actor friends over to your home and practice Meisner exercises, verb exercises, or just get together and work on a scene.  Organize a table read of a play or script in your living room.  It’s all possible.  Practice your craft.  My favorite reality check when I want to see if my actions are in alignment with my priorities is to check my calendar and checkbook.  If acting is important to you, then act.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude!
John D Rockefeller once said, “I will pay a man more for his attitude and his ability to get along with others than for any other skill he may possess.”  Your attitude is more important than you will ever realize.  It is more important than your education, your past or your looks.  Your attitude will attract people to you or repel them.  I start my day with Gratitude by writing down in my journal at least 10 things I’m grateful for.  It can be anything.  No judgement.  Just put it down on paper and commit to doing it every single day.  It can be “I’m grateful for my yoga practice, grateful for the sunshine, grateful for sleeping straight through the night.”  Make the decision to write for 45 days straight and you will see the difference afterwards.  You see, gratitude is in direct alignment with abundance.  The more grateful you are, the more you have to be grateful for and Gratitude simply is the best attitude.  When I really want to up my gratitude, I write a sincere thank you email or card to one person per day for 7 days in a row, explaining specifically what warms my heart about them.  What amazes me is the amount of responses I get back with such gushing gratitude.  It feels like a gratitude party.  Speaking of which, why not host a party and ask 10 friends to come over and all go around the circle sharing all the gratitude in your hearts.  I love sitting in a circle, okay but I get that not everyone is as cheesy as I am. So maybe you just want one gratitude partner that you call every day and share your gratitude over the phone for 10 minutes a day.  Whichever path you choose to up your gratitude, have fun with it.

I learned from Wendy Braun that the key to booking work is Detachment.  That’s a tough one for me because I want it so badly and often my grip is too tight around my desire.  “I want this role…why don’t I have it yet” urgghhh.  I believe “It is natural for us, as human beings, to look forward.  Our Eyes naturally look ahead.  We are made for moving toward a goal.” President Ikeda.  So, I am a goal-setter and in March of this year, I set the goal to book a Guest Star role on the TV show, Devious Maids, playing in a scene opposite Susan Lucci, shooting in Atlanta, Georgia and I prayed and chanted for that specific goal.  After much prayer and chanting for it, I received my first audition opportunity for a role in a scene playing opposite Susan Lucci.  All the elements were included. I did the audition, felt solid about it and continued chanting to book it.  Through my prayer and chanting for it, I realized it was time to release my need for it and let it go.  I discovered I needed to let go of what booking the role meant to me (that need for self-worth) so I started praying and chanting for wisdom to see what causes and actions I needed to take next.  It was in my releasing and letting go of my need of validation, that I forgot about the role and trusted my life and the limitless possibilities.  And then, I got the sudden, “Booked it” call from my agent.  Woohoo!  That’s wonderful news about me achieving my specific goal and the experience on set with Susan Lucci was a dream come true.  It aired on TV this year and I am so excited and grateful.  But what’s even more amazing, is that I chipped away at changing a tendency of seeking validation outside myself and the benefit is letting go and releasing my attachment to a result.  My advice is to still set goals then be open to the limitless possibilities that lie in the unknown, in the letting go and the trusting.

 It’s not who you know, but who knows you.  Like any business, your acting career is no different.  You got to build lasting relationships with Casting Directors, Talent Managers, Talent Agents, Directors, Producers, Writers, actors and filmmakers of all kinds.  You might know of Scott David, who casts “Criminal Minds” and maybe you really want to be on the TV show, but if you haven’t met Scott in a casting workshop or read for him at a casting session, how do you expect him to know you?  So, make yourself known by him.  Attend his casting workshops at Actors Link, send him a tweet, go to his FB page, mail him a thank you card.  It takes time and work but if you want to become known by Scott, it’s absolutely possible.  I use him as an example because he’s one of the most accessible Casting Directors out there for Los Angeles actors.  Do the research.  Let’s say you are a fan of a Director but she doesn’t know you exist.  Go see her movies, tweet about her work, write her a detailed letter explaining why you love her work so much and send it to her production company.  Build those relationships. And stay in touch with all the people who have hired you and all the people you want to work with.  Have fun building those relationships and becoming known.

           Promote, Promote, Promote!!!
This is not the time to be shy.  In today’s world, if you don’t post a selfie of you there, it’s as if you weren’t there.  I get it, you don’t want to come off as “Selfish, egotistical, me, me, me” but you gotta let all of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google, Youtube (and a bunch of other social media sites) know about you and that movie you just booked.  If you didn’t book a movie yet, don’t worry, let them know about your acting class, let them make comments on your new head shots.  Post about your career goals and ask others what is their goal.  Please stop being insecure thinking, “I don’t have enough to post about,” or “I haven’t done enough, why would anyone want to follow me?”  You are enough, as you are and the world needs to know about you, hear what you are all about and what you want.  You are talented and why not share those gifts and talents with the world. You can even post about your love for hiking and post a picture of you hiking.  Marketing is about sharing who you are.  I get it, Social Media can be time consuming and you may think you don’t have that time to waste so here’s my solution, set a timer.  Limit yourself to 10 minutes a day on Social media.  5 minutes to post and the other 5 minutes to comment on other people’s posts.  What I love to do is schedule some of my posts so I remain consistent.  Consistency is Key.  I prefer hootsuite to schedule my posts.  For example, I sit down for an hour once a month to  schedule in advance all my  living mantras (like an affirmation) every morning at 9AM Pacific Standard Time on Twitter, LinkedIn and my Facebook Fan Page.  My fans, friends and family all count on the daily inspiration from me with my living mantras.  It creates credibility with my social media followers.  Have fun with your social media.  Maybe you are a comedian and do stand-up in LA, so schedule a joke post once a day at the same time and watch all the followers who look forward to your jokes.  That’s for sure a good way to secure more stand-up work for yourself.  Share yourself with your fans, friends, family and the people you want to work with.  And remember to have fun with this and don’t be scared like the lady in the picture below.

And one last word of advice, as Sir Winston Churchill said while addressing his alma matter in a commencement speech, “Nevah, Nevah, Nevah Give Up!”

Thank you for taking the time to read this, I trust you found some gem in here.  Please feel free to keep in touch with me and drop me a line on your success stories on how this information was helpful to you at and remember I believe in you, so KGDS, Keep Going, Don’t Stop!

Richest Blessings,
Christina DeRosa

Friday, September 11, 2015

Have You Seen This Yet?

This is the 'Old Spice Guy' meets 'The Most Interesting Man'  in a.... feminine way! 

Get ready for a little pony, a super-hot Italian man and a whole lotta DeRosa in this commercial spot for CLUB W!

Click here to play:  CLUB W COMMERCIAL SPOT 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Goal!

I think you already know this about me, but in case you don't, let me remind you I am a goal setter and LOVE to set goals!  (and then achieve them)!  This year, I set the goal to work on set of Devious Maids, alongside Susan Lucci in a scene in Atlanta, and I did.  I am super grateful to now have that scene on my reel.  Woohoo! See reel here:

I just returned from an incredible trip to NEW ORLEANS or NOLA As I like to call it.  I have been many times, worked on a TV Series Astronaut Wives Club, last year in NOLA and always feel a certain spiritual connection to the city.  The food, the people, the charm.  It's magical and mystic to me.   I feel very at home when there and the kindness I experience is heart-warming.  On my most recent trips to NOLA, I got to visit the set of NCIS New Orleans, thanks to my buddy Gordon Lonsdale

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Want to Laugh out Loud?

I am so grateful to work on The Dog Franchise movies! 

Every body loves a Dog movie!!!!

The Dog Who Saved Summer directed by Sean Olson, starring Elisa Donovan, Gary Valentine & Mario Lopez as the voice of Zeus, (the Dog) is now on DVD and you can get a taste of the film and my sassy pants character Marilyn here:

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It's Gonna Be Juicy!!!

I got News.....

This is a show where DRAMA often reigns SUPREME. 

Catch me if you Can as JOELLE spicing things up on DEVIOUS MAIDS

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015 9/8c


Friday, June 5, 2015

Mission complete....

I did it.  I attended the Cannes Film Festival.

It was a dream come true and also an incredible learning experience.  I came back stronger and ready to continue producing and acting.  You can see all of my photos here:

Facebook Album of Cannes Pictures



Friday, April 17, 2015

Have You Heard Yet?

Have you Heard The News?

I am going to the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL this May 2015.

Wait, what is the Cannes Film Festival, you ask:

The Cannes International Film Festival (French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or just Festival de Cannes) is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. It is one of the most prestigious and famous film festivals in the world.The invitation-only festival is held annually  at the Palais des Festivals et des Conr├Ęs.

To say, I am excited, is an understatement.

I still can't believe I will be there. I will be attending as a full fledged bonafide producer and I am looking forward to meeting incredible, inspiring people from all over the world.  I purchased my ticket in January and arranged for my accommodations in early January.  The amount of planning involved in this trip is bigger than I imagined but worth it.  

Souhaite-moi bonne chance (Wish me Luck)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Doing the "Happy" dance!

Because I'm happy!!  I'm jumping up and down in celebration.  I call it the "Booked it" dance.  I basically jump up and down and cheer "I booked it," I booked it!" 

What did I book? 

The TV Show, Devious Maids.

Jump up and down with me and celebrate.  Especially if you are an actor, celebrate with Me...because when we celebrate for someone else we amplify the vibration of joy and gratitude and call forth more abundance (opportunities) for ourselves.  Try it!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Number 1 Question to Ask Yourself

I just got off the phone with a coach named Chris Atley, who reminded me the number 1 Question to ask myself this year...

Want to know what it is?

The question to ask yourself is “If I could do Anything this year, what would that look like?”

I read my goals every night before I fall asleep and they are more than just goals, they are little visions that fill up about 5 pages worth of writing, filled with colors, sounds and tastes so when I read them out loud to myself I feel myself in the place of receiving them already happening.  After all, the universe does not know the difference.  I have been reading them every night before bed since January 1, 2015 and already amazing benefits have come forth this year.  But I recently received a little quiet voice say to me, “What if these goals are not BIG ENOUGH.  My goals are about my acting career and there are many goals related to Guest Star and Recurring roles on TV shows but not one goal is about a Series Regular role.  I went out for a series regular on a pilot yesterday and it got me thinking.  Am I limiting myself by not dreaming big enough?  If I could do anything this year, without worrying about the HOW, it would be to book that series regular role and be working 5 days a week on set.  Woohooo!  Just writing that even feels good.  So, my recommendation for you this week is to ask yourself the question, IF I COULD DO ANYTHING THIS YEAR, WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE?  What would I LOVE?

Have fun creating that vision for yourself  and then read it every night before bed…let me know what happens in 30 days….(I got a good feeling for you)