All about Alison Monda!
Meet our leading lady, Alison Monda...
In October of 2010 I posted a "We will be casting soon..." notice, kind of of an attempt to make actors (and anyone else -- we also scored the amazing guys at Bandersnatch Studios from that post) aware of our project.
However, we really didn't plan to begin meeting people for auditions until December. But that didn't stop Alison Monda from emailing and asking for an early audition (her busy schedule -- she does A LOT of plays -- made December a problematic audition time for her). She was persistent. So I sent her script sides and had her videotape the scenes and email them back to me. She had jumped through the first hoop. After seeing those scenes (some of them in nothing but bra and panties -- the scene was post-husband and wife lovemaking) and getting to know Alison through our email exchanges (she was a big horror -- and High Tension specifically -- fan) we decided to bring her in for an early audition. This was all done with the stipulation that, no matter how much we might like her, we were still going to proceed with our previously scheduled audition process.
Which we did. And we ended up seeing a lot of talented actresses, but Alison's talent and persistence won out and she was cast as Rachelle Lasby, our female lead.
On set Alison was a swirl of activity. She's tall, impossible to miss, and has a bit of a potty mouth. Which is to say she was great fun to have on set and she gave a great performance. Her part is very physical and she threw herself into all of it with wild abandon. The scratches on her back, the bruises on her knees, and the goosebumps from running around barefoot in nothing but a cocktail dress in late October all proved it. And not one word of complaint through all of it. She was, and is, amazing.
And for all you other actors out there, let Alison be a lessen to you: your talent will get you roles, but only if you demand to be seen. Persistence does pay off!
Thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work and great quotes of the day. Let's do it all again!
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