I am thrilled to finally share The Garage Sale with you all. You can stream it (for free) and use the choose your own adventure storytelling or watch the linear version and see all of the Acts back-to-back Here is the link: https://www.thegaragesalemovie.com (best viewed on Firefox) So much talent, so much creative awsomeness...hope you enjoy it!
I am very excited to share this with you! “Everything”, the short film I did last summer with Michel Gill & Kristin Dattilo was released on-line today. The film & the story it’s based on was the topic of an Op Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal today. To date the film has been in 14 film festivals.
I am so proud of my work in the film and I am honored to have been a part of this project & the fight for compensation for bone marrow donors! It is inspired by the true story of Doreen Flynn, a mother of 3 girls with a rare blood disorder, who were in need of bone marrow transplants to survive. Doreen & the Institute for Justice fought successfully to legalize compensation for donors. Now the Dept of Health & Human Services wants to re-criminalize compensation for donors.
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I am so unbelievably grateful that I have Stuart Rogers & Stuart Rogers' Studios. While I was in class last night, it struck me that I am coming up on my 13th year studying with Stuart!
I do things in this class that scare the crap out of me & I feel like there is no limit to what I can learn and how I can grow as an artist and as a person. Stuart isn't set in his ways, over the years there has been an evolution & deepening of his technique & approach, he seems to be unafraid to evolve with us. He is my Sanford Mesiner, my Lee Strassberg, my Stella Adler!
In this class, I have the opportunity to grow past my comfort zone, so so so far past my comfort zone…I really never imagined that I could ever feel so free and alive on stage and go so deep…Stuart is a phenomenal teacher who has helped me grow through the years…grow into a confident artist who can work with anyone & will always keep digging for more. This Studio is alive; it is an empowering supportive community. I am surrounded by talented driven artists who consistently inspire me.
I have heard people say that they think it is foolish to stay in the same class for a long time, that you get comfortable & there is a ceiling on how much you can learn & grow…well, I see no ceiling, I feel no boundaries…I am continuously pushing myself closer & closer to the edge…tempting failure…and it feels fantastic!
I rarely speak out about things, because I think, “oh just because it’s special to me, why would anyone else care”, but I realize that I need to speak out. I need to shout it from the rooftops. You may choose another place to study & I respect that completely, but maybe if I share my passion, I can encourage others to test their limits and dig deep to express themselves!
This life is short & if I am fortunate enough to have a place where I can continue to explore myself artistically, as well as support the other artists around me…then I am truly blessed! I have met my closest dearest friends at SRS, it is my home and I thank everyone & everything that has led me to this place!
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I love Vault Crossfit in Van Nuys!! Did I say a bad word...Crossfit??!! Did I ever think I would say the words "I love my Crossfit gym"?? Heck No!! But, I can say it with absolute confidence & conviction...I LOVE this gym!
They offer a variety of classes, Dynamics (killer cardio/circuit training), Gymnastics (learn how to handstand walk & rope climb), Spin, Mobility (super stretch class), Olympic Lifting and of course the traditional Crossfit classes. But the classes are not the real reason for coming to this gym...it's all about the coaches & the people!! This is the most supportive wonderful community of people. Everyone takes the time to learn each others names & encourage each other to push themselves outside their comfort zone.
You don't have to be super athlete to be a part of this community & get amazing results (inside & out)...the coaches will help modify anything that you are unable to do, while continuing to help you get stronger, so maybe one day you can do a muscle up, or a pull up or a handstand walk! Maybe that will be me one day!?!?
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I am so excited to share this play with the world! We workshopped it last year and I am so very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the West Coast Premiere.
Tickets are available now! March 12-April 24, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm @The Raven Playhouse in NoHo http://dirt.brownpapertickets.com
A beautifully poetic play, it's funny, it's heartbreaking & it's quite fascinating! The cast is wonderful & the direction is phenomenal.
Co Production with SRS Studios & Rogue Machine Theatre.
I had a blast playing Barbara the over-sharing inept Car Sales Manager who worked at Shaquille O'Neal Motor Cars in Orlando!
I had the pleasure of shooting 2 days on the episode. One scene where Randall Park & Constance Wu give Barbara the silent treatment and a second day of shooting with SHAQ! Randall & Constance were uber professionals and so welcoming to a stranger on their set and Lynn Shelton directed the episode, she was awesome!!
The crew were so professional and everyone seemed so happy to be working on such fun show!
And then there was the day with SHAQ...he was the king of the set...so unbelievably generous to everyone! And he is FUNNY!! He gave everyone nicknames & got all of us actors signing "Shaquille O'Neal Motor Cars" at the top of our lungs.
He was self-deprecating too...Shaq asked another actor to tell him about a film he had done, the actor was a bit reluctant to talk about it & SHAQ poked fun at himself referencing the fact that he had been in SHAZAM.
He also asked if he could take the giant office chair they had made for him home with him...I'm pretty sure that he meant it and that chair is in Shaq's house!! :-)
A perfect play comes along every now and then. A play that every time you read it, you read it with fresh eyes and an open heart. And with each read, you find yourself falling deeper and deeper in love with the characters & the writing.
I think Catherine Butterfield's new play TO THE BONE is that kind of a play. And I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to explore the wonderful world she has created. Characters that are filled with depth & passion & flair and heck who doesn't love the chance to do a BOSTON ACCENT??!!
This is the third time I am doing a reading of this play, a play that I dream of being able to do a run of, and I am so excited and challenged to share this wonderful tale with the audience.
I am thrilled to be directed by Mary Lou Belli and to be working with Stephanie Erb, Jennice Butler, Caitlin Gold, & Alex Smith. I take this moment to share the love I have for this project & the love I have for this writer! I hope this isn't the end of this character for me, but if it is I am truly grateful to get at her one more time! Go Sox!!! XOXO
I participated in my second 48 hour film festival this weekend & our film rocks! What a fantastic experience...everyone kicked some serious butt. I was the team leader & had a friggin' amazing time. The phenomenally talented Catherine Butterfield joined us as our writer & I had the pleasure of starring in the film opposite the hilariously talented Molly Hagan!
The basic idea of a 48 hour film fest is that you are assigned a genre & given a prop, a character name & a line of dialogue that must be used in the film. You have 48 hours to write, shoot & edit your 4-8 minute film.
Our genre was BUDDY film
Line of dialogue: The Opera Chef Sings & Cooks
Character name: Maxwell Geanalkoplis
Catherine wrote us a smart, adventurous & absolutely hilarious Buddy film! We shot from 8:30 am to midnight on Saturday! And after my hubby & his brother edited the crap out of the film (I mean that in a great way) we turned our exactly 8:00 minute film in at 7:00pm this evening, an hour early...so cool!
I love that a group of friends got together to create something! Everyone pushed themselves to learn new things & live outside their comfort zone and yes, of course there were times when we all got tired & stressed out, but we persevered & ended up with something I am certain we all can be proud of! I personally learned so much about editing & script supervisor & directing & sound & ACTING! But honestly, I don't know if I will ever do one again, I don't know how we could top this one!!
I am really looking forward to seeing all of the films that were made by all of the teams. No matter what anyone's end project may look like or sound like, I have such respect for anyone who was on a team...and there were a few teams that were one man bands...write, shoot, act in, edit all by your self???? I think that is unbelievably ballsy!
I am going to be on season 5 of JUSTIFIED!!! I feel like the luckiest gal around...I love this show & was so excited just to be asked to audition. I owe a huge thank you to Cami Patton, Christal Karge & Mary-Margaret Kunze for giving me the opportunity to read for one of my favorite shows on tv!! It was a pleasure working with the incredibly talented & charming Damon Herriman. And my son played was by Max Rose, Max you rock!! Thank you to my team & the casting office for believing in me & thank you for everyone on JUSTIFIED for brining me on board!
What a wonderful treat to go to Albuquerque to work on the mid-season show THE NIGHT SHIFT for NBC. My first time being flown somewhere for a theatrical job & I loved it! What a treat to play the super talented Darlene Hunt's sister & getting to briefly work with the absolutely stunning Daniella Alonso! A big THANK YOU to Monica Kelly, Libby Goldstein & Junie Lowry Johnson for believing in me! Everyone involved was so wonderful to work with, I hope the show is a huge success!
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