Monday, January 17, 2011

My progress with music

Hi all! So I began doing my own jazz/pop solo shows in July of 2009 and it's been a wonderful learning process. My progress has been not quite as rapid as I would've liked it to be, but that is due in part to having to switch up musicians along the way for various reasons, and it takes extra time and effort for each musician coming on board with me to learn my original material in addition to my standards.
I very much appreciate and am very much indebted to the musicians I have had the good fortune of working with, past and present!
I appreciate all of the constructive criticism of my friends who attend my shows and all of their constant support of me!
I've had the great fortune of finding some consistent, committed musicians to work with as well as great substitute musicians in case emergencies should arise as that is part of the nature of the animal that is the musical performance industry.
I thank everyone who continues to support me in spirit as well as in person, and now that I have some consistent players to get jazzy with me I'm really looking forward to having 2011 be my best year as a jazz vocalist/writer and performer with my band!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Confusion over the two Anna Kendricks

Hi to all! I would like to clarify that I am a singer/songwriter and an actress, but I am not the Anna Kendrick who had a supporting role in last year's hit vampire movie "Twilight."
Unfortunately, there are two performers with this name, myself and her. 

At the time I found out that there was another Anna Kendrick I wasn't sure if I needed to change my name or not, since at the time she had not done much recent work since her role in "Camp," but it has become clear to me now that I should add a middle name for myself in order to differentiate between the two of us and in an attempt to try to avoid confusion. 

I had joined SAG before the other Anna Kendrick did, but it didn't seem to matter much, because she had already joined AFTRA and EQUITY before me using just the name Anna Kendrick. So, when I joined AFTRA I gave myself a middle name of Elizabeth, because I had to, even though my birthname is simply Anna Kendrick. 

I'm listed on IMDB as Anna Kendrick (II), because I have not yet done professional work with my new stage name. Once I do, I am able to apply for a name change with IMDB.

Anyways, the long and the short of it is that I've chosen Anna Elizabeth Kendrick as my stage name to try to establish myself as a separate artist and to try to avoid confusion. And, in my opinion, there is room for everyone with talent in the performing arts, no matter what or how similar their names are. I wish the other Anna Kendrick the best of luck with her career. It looks as though she will do phenomenally! ;)

Anna Elizabeth Kendrick

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Anna Elizabeth Kendrick in New York City

Hi! My name is Anna Elizabeth Kendrick and I've been living in the wonderful city of New York for several years now! I mostly grew up in a small town you probably never heard of called Rehoboth in Massachusetts, which today has a population of over 10, 000.
In New York I've been pursuing acting, singing & songwriting, and I've made slow, yet steady progress, so I have lots of hope! I started off doing the usual thing, going to the Drama Book Store and getting the Ross Reports and plays to learn more monologues from and Backstage magazine to send out my headshots to whomever I thought might cast me. The less expensive headshots I had made by the company ABC. You can mail your headshot away to them and they'll make lithograph copies for you. The more costly, better quality headshots I have made up by Reproductions in New York.
I already had a resume in theatre from my work in Rhode Island, where I went to Rhode Island College aka R.I.C. and was involved in various theatre groups there. Any film credits I had were just from background work from some productions shot in Rhode Island, so in order to build my film resume I started working on student films. From there I started getting parts in indie film shorts and featuress, in leading roles and supporting, so I was able to build a reel in not too much time.
I became SAG eligible, but didn't join right away, because I wanted to be sure I could be in as many low-budget non-SAG films with good roles as possible. Unfortunately, though, some of these low-budget films never even finished, and I became frustrated, so I ended up joining SAG. Even if I took work with deferred pay at least the projects and the people running them would be more likely to be more professional and there'd be an end result, I hoped.
In the meantime, I have had featured parts on many mainstream T.V. shows and films, regular background work and stand-in work (there are lots of lead actresses in T.V. and film with my general stats).
One of the most exciting parts I've had to date was as a rape/murder victim on a re-enactment segment of the "Maury Povich Show." It's the first job I've done that has led to a few residual checks for me, which is a milestone for any actor/actress to achieve.
Lately, I've taken to focusing on my jazz music, because I feel as though it's one of the venues of opportunity that I'll have the most control over. I do have a published dance song called "Fantasy" on Nikki Beach's "Summer in St. Tropez" album, and I like the song and production quality a lot, but I had very little control over the decision-making process of that particular song.
I've performed jazz standards and originals in many various New York venues, such as "Don't Tell Mama," "The Slipper Room," "La Belle Epoque," and more. Mostly I'm a guest singer for my good friend Ian Kane, with his Boogie Stride Trio, although I've done a showcase as well. His website is: kaneandzaray.com. I just created my own website this year called: www.annaelizabethkendrick.com. You can also hear my jazz music at: www.myspace.com/annaelizabethkendrick  and: www.myspace.com/annakendrick for my dance music.

That's about all of the news I have for now! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and everything else to all!

Best wishes,

Anna Elizabeth Kendrick