Transgender female, SAGAFTRA actress, singer/songwriter, rock musician, graphic artist, author. Credits in acting, directing, producing, shooting, writing, coaching on set, stunts, combat, comedy improv and lots more in about 70 films and 25 plays plus dinner theatre, commercials, vo, and more. Currently the director of the Screaming Ostrich Filmmaker's Festival and doing a lot of performing my original rock music all over town.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Unions: SAG, SAGAFTRA
What to Expect
This is pretty much covered in my bio above but what you get with me is a transgendered, female multi-faceted artist and entertainer with abilities in most artistic areas and particularly strong skills as an actor. You get the versatility of someone that can appear and perform as male or female with the exception being I do not have the ability (yet), to speak in a conventional female voice. I am friendly and a person that tries to be as nice as possible to everyone.
I am Tori Clay and I am a SAGAFTRA member actress, graphic artist, singer/songwriter/guitarist, author, and the director of the Screaming Ostrich Filmmaker's Festival, a film fest for short content up to 15 minutes long in all formats and categories. I am also a transgendered female. I was a moderately successful union member actor until about 3.5 years ago when I started living my truth and as a result, my agent dropped me. This meant I went from a long and varied resume of about 70 films and 25 plays plus dinner theatre, commercials, vo work, and so much more to just 2 plays in the interim till now. As the male actor that I was, I had credits in acting, directing, producing, packaging, writing, shooting, stunts, combat, stunt driving, precision driving, coaching on set, private coaching, singer/dancer, rock musician, comedy improv, standup, spoken word, and more. I, or rather, "he", came close to making it big more than once, worked with A-List stars, had a hit commercial on ESPN, and so much more. I am one of the few actors that can brag that she actually made her live audience shatter the 4th wall. I was doing a mono, solo, spotlight on stage and I was really breaking down to the point where they totally lost sight of the fact that they were viewing a performance by an actor in character so they shouted out that they loved me, in an effort to cheer me up! I also recently took a class that was a one time thing where a sort of big deal teacher came from L.A. to Boston to teach cold reading. As luck would have it, I was the first on stage to do my cold read. At end scene the teacher shouted out, "CALLBACK!" and applauded and then, surely to the ire of every other student in the class, he compared every single performance to me. He would say, "Tori did this" and "Tori did that" and etc similar comments. I left that class on cloud nine too.
Currently, the things taking most of my time are directing my new film festival and my music. My music is something that I have been away from since I was a kid with perfect hearing. Just a few months ago, basically on a dare, I did a song of my own at the show that a friend's band was playing when they took a break. I am old and deaf and so I have no idea what I sound like but I did it and the crowd loved it and it felt so good seeing people grooving to my own music so I wound up doing 5 that day, playing guitar and singing. Based on the reception that got, I played a talent show the next week and got a fantastic reception again. Since then I have been playing in a bunch of night clubs all over Boston. I am having an incredible amount of fun doing this and people are loving my songs. I have even turned gigs into sing alongs with my own song that they never heard before. That is huge for a singer/songwriter. I got to play on the 4th of July on the bandstand on Boston Common and then soon after in the Boston iteration of the Figment Arts Fest that happens all over the country. People have cried at my lyrics and told me they took their breath away and my song was the wittiest they heard in years. Because of my bad hearing, I get asked how I sing "on key" and I have no idea how or even if I am. lol I thought I would never know what I really sound like but recently 2 different groups of people that I was jamming with said the same thing to me. They said I was like Lou Reed. Amazingly, both groups of people followed that up with the same exact words too. Saying, it was meant as a compliment as opposed to me coming off like I am trying to imitate him. Of course, that is a 2 edged sword as it puts me squarely into the group of zillions and zillions of transgender female, singer/songwriter/guitarists, that don't hear well and have a Lou Reed vibe. Oh dear, how will I ever be able to stand out in such a huge group? (the preceding was feeble ironic humor) I have no idea why I am doing this but I recently agreed to go into a studio with a producer and cut a couple of my songs too. Maybe just because music is so much fun.
Make no mistake though, I am primarily an actress. The problem I have to be pragmatic about is that I have this incongruent male voice to my female presentation and there is not much call for a transgender female actress that is not young and gorgeous and has a cute and feminine voice in a speaking role. What I don't get though is that I have found that I can not even get background work as a woman. Therefore, even though this would have been very hurtful for me to even consider until recently, I have now notified all the casting agencies that have me on their books that I WILL PERFORM ANY GIG AS A MALE OR FEMALE OR ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN.
I am also the first ever transgender female art model to be signed to an agency contract. Not even another on Wiki or Google. I get booked to pose nude for artists.
More on the personal side as opposed to the professional one, I enjoy playing guitar and some other instruments, playing tennis, collecting and riding my motorscooters, I drive a hot rod Mini that will leave most cars in the dust, I enjoy most cultural events, I have chef level skills as a cook, I have not shot for ages but I was a marksman, I can use any hand or power tools and like it says on my facebook page, "it's official, I know everything".
Additional Booking Notes
I have a small PA and plenty of guitar amps and mics and gear etc. It would be great to have someone good at doing a sound mix.
Influences & Inspiration
While I have faves in every genre of music, I like classic rock, blues and etc the most so they are my influences I guess. Although I never thought of him as an influence, twice recently I was complimented by being told that I was like Lou Reed for having the same raw, rock vibe. No group will ever beat the Beatles but also love the Stones, and Bowie and trying to list faves is crazy cuz this list would go on for the whole page.
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