We had the good fortune of connecting with Yvonne Senat Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Yvonne, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
As an actor, your success is built on your relationships. I was advised to create an audition spreadsheet early on in my career. It includes the name of the project, the casting office, and a notes section where I would list the name of the assistant I read with and anything interesting we talked about. Then I would send a thank you card afterwards specifically to that assistant. Over time, they would bring me in over and over again until I eventually booked something, sometimes a year later!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I fell in love with acting during my freshman year of college and was blessed to get a full scholarship to earn my Masters in Acting from University of South Carolina. After graduating, I just began auditioning and realized, very quickly, that I still had a lot to learn. I remember my first audition, the casting director had to tell me not to look into the camera and her notes after I finished were that I should try to sound less robotic. LoL. What I’ve learned over time is not to be so hard on myself. Once I took some acting classes and was able to audition well, I had to let go of the idea that not booking a project meant that I was a bad actor. There are so many factors involved in getting hired for a role that have nothing to do with your acting ability. So I had to be ok with what I could control (my skill set) and releasing what I couldn’t control (booking the job). I still struggle at times if it’s a project I really wanted but I believe that what’s for me is for me. So I just keep bettering myself as an actor, doing my best in the audition room. and waiting for the job that’s “for” me to arrive.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Because of Covid, I’m honestly more of a home body now but I recently went on a fun hike on the La Tuna Canyon Loop trail and definitely felt it in the morning, lol. Also, there’s a really great massage place we go to called Little House Spa in North Hollywood that always does a wonderful and safe job. And I’m not sure when we’ll be able to go salsa dancing again but when it’s safe to do so, I can’t wait to get back to The Granada LA in Alhambra! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I always advise actors to invest in learning the craft and also learning the business. When it comes to learning the craft, I have to shout out Wendy Davis who runs Audition Game Pro and Tasha Smith who runs TSAW. I have grown tremendously as an actor thanks to the skills I learned in their courses. And on the business side, I have to shout out Career ACTivate who really taught me how to treat my acting as a business. I believe they saved me a ton of time because I learned efficient ways to network and stay top of mind in the industry.

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Image Credits
Charles Jones www.mfbentertainment.com

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