From the Anna Archives

Hi all,

I’m participating in the Bramon Garcia Braun 10 Day Actor’s Challenge for Letting Go and part of the challenge is to do an acting exercise each day and after making a self-tape for a comedy pilot (I just might book that!), I decided that my acting task for the day was to look over my old self-tapes and see how I’ve done.  I really cringed at the older ones that had me constantly looking at the script and my facial tics and unnecessary arm gestures.  I often punctuate my words with my hands and make “fish lips” (not as adorable as that sounds!)  I can’t show my most recent self-tape because the project hasn’t even finalized casting yet.

Here is one of my first self-tapes for the ABC Diversity Showcase.  Now, why would pasty little me audition for this?  Because I’m a woman.  I am sharing this to demonstrate how much I’ve improved.  I was really nervous and it showed, and I also looked at my sides constantly.  Ever since taking Chris Game’s How To Book Everything Class, I have sworn to memorize the sides for every audition and minimize the silly gestures.

Next up is a much more recent video of my doing a scene from the one-camera comedy series, “Kevin From Work,” in Chris’  class doing a much better job and being really funny.  Completely memorized, not really nervous, and minimized silly extra movements.

Of course, we can all get better at auditioning, especially self-tapes.  Many projects request self-tape auditions and I’m glad to have the resources to do them, but I always prefer in-person auditions because I can meet the production team.

Anna at Kulak’s Woodshed

I forgot to share this back in July.  I did the Two-Fer Night at Kulak’s Woodshed in Burbank, which is an open mic that gives the performers a chance to do two songs.  The event is so popular that slots fill up months in advance, so I applied for a slot in March.

Here is my HD concert video at Kulak’s Woodshed:

New Headshots and Demo Reel

I finally got new headshots this summer!  I had gotten feedback on my previous set that the photos made me look older and it caused my now former commercial agent to send me out on auditions for women much older. (Yes, I was put on the drop list in May.  I’m still broken up over it.)  So, this time I wanted headshots that make me look as youthful as I am.  These photos are by Renee Farias.  I also re-configured my demo reel with the Super Break-Up footage and took out the old photos.  I am listing them all below and they are also on the Photos and the Demo And Singing Links page (the song clips are new too!).

Lightning Round

Hi all,

I give this blog this title in honor of monsoon season.  There was rain and lightning last night and that should be continuing this evening.

Phoenix Comicon was last weekend and I only attended for two of the days.  My parents were here and I had an audition for Southwest Shakespeare Company on Sunday.  I went as Dazzler and Tessa/Sage from the X-Men.  Recently, the Arizona Avengers released member profiles for people who cosplay lesser-known characters.  I was really excited to be included.  I don’t know how much I’ll be able to cosplay because of lack of time and budget.  There was a really funny panel in which people dressed up as characters from Axis Powers: Hetalia and had the nations answer questions.  I asked Canada how Quebec was doing.

I attended an interesting panel about the work and career of Hayao Miyazaki.  The latest Studio Ghibli film, When Marnie Was Here, opens today, June 5, in Phoenix and other select markets.  It’s already playing in New York and LA.  The film is being distributed by G Kids and they would love to have everyone see the film opening weekend.  I love the Studio Ghibli films and my favorite one is Howl’s Moving Castle.  Check out tickets and screenings at http://gkids.pgtb.me/PVJnlG

One big part for me of Phoenix Comicon was attending the premiere of the top-ten films in the Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge, including the one I was in, Special Space Units.  The short film is now available on YouTube.  It was written, edited, directed, and filmed by Douglas Proce.  His company is Connected Films.  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO9nRWB-zyc  And no, I don’t still have that malady you see in the film.  My friend, Tyler Woida, also had a top-ten film and it was amazing!  He brilliantly used stop-motion animation and light effects.  He has a channel for his production company on YouTube and will probably be posting his film there soon.  www.youtube.com/user/HynMayProductions

I am finally putting together some definitive plans to produce, The Go-Girls.  My friend, Lee, and I met to talk about business plans and he actually has the Movie Magic program and generously made me shooting, actor scene, and location lists.  One of my film colleagues is willing to help me out with crowdfunding and distribution plans.  I got side-tracked these past two weeks.  Of course, they say you need a really good marketing video for crowdfunding.  I’ll be taking my inspiration from film colleague J.P. Frydrych’s Kickstarter campaign video for his short film, The Terminizer.  His company is Jump Ship Productions.  Here is the link to the Kickstarter page:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jp-frydrych/the-terminizer

All these YouTube posts reminded me to share something: the commercial that I was in for the Adobe Creative Cloud through Burning Suns Films.  It’s officially called “Pitch The Monkey.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erUAWH7Ze6M  Check out the other commercials on their Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/BurningSuns  These guys are amazing and extremely professional.

And in the really great news section: I meet with a filmmaker tomorrow to discuss playing the lead role in his SAG-AFTRA film short.  This makes me feel like a celebrity!  The film sounds really good and I really appreciate when people make union contract films and pay people.

No other casting or audition news other than that.

 

 

All Together Now

Hi all,

Yesterday was my birthday and my grandpa’s too. Guys and Dolls officially opened last week and we’ve had a full house each night. As always, I worked during the day in a classroom and rehearsed and performed at night all last week. Now not only am I a Hot Box Girl, I get to play the role of Mimi and say some lines. I get to twirl a ribbon and wear a calypso costume for the Havana scene and bear my mid-driff as a sexy farm girl. Of course, I wear a body-shaper leotard, so you don’t see my actual tummy. The show runs Thursday through Saturday, at 7pm each night. The site for tickets is http://www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com.

I was also cast in a VO film project through a local production company. I can’t provide details beyond that as it’s a major project. It’s an excellent step in the right direction.

I received the news last week that The Go-Girls did not win the screenwriting contest. They had me film Interview videos so people could get to know me and my script. I actually learned how to make films on my computer on iMovie and add opening graphics. I never knew how to do that before. Now I can film auditions anytime I want. The link to the playlist is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdzazEYOsJo&list=PLtdOV1g2RdSv1vvfa6pEeHIMkvkZvOv_Y

I’m also just about finished with La Famille. I should introduce you to all the characters. I promised to send it to someone a really long time ago. I’ll have to find someone to translate much of the dialogue into Cajun French. If you’d like the job, let me know. The script has a great deal of characters and locations.

I’ll be finding new housing sometime next month and it looks like there are many affordable options. I have to find Summer employment or book a great deal of commercial principal roles. I have applied to children’s theatres and learning centers. I have even more places to contact.

The Closing of the Year

Hi all,

A Merry Christmas and HappyNew Year to everyone!  There are actually twelve days of Christmas ending with the Epiphany on January 6.  On that day they begin the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and the Carnival season in Austria.  I don’t like New Year’s because I have to say good-bye to another year and it makes me sad.  I was especially sad because this is the first Christmas of my entire life without my grandma.  I have been at home with the family enjoying the quiet time, lots of good food, and bundling up because it’s freezing cold up here.  My Christmas was quiet with  only my grandpa, aunt, parents, brother, and poodle gathered around the circa-1979 dining room table.  The only excitement was that one of my brother’s two dogs came to visit and one bit me on my finger.  I have a large wound on my finger and it still hurts.  I’ll be visiting a few of my friends.  I have a great deal of work to do once I get back to Arizona considering I don’t yet have a student teaching assignment.  I wasn’t excited about that anyway.  In more relevant news to acting, I have two auditions when I come back that actually pay money.  I will once again audition for PCPA in Tucson, so wish me luck.

I went to see the movie production of Les Miserables and it was really impressive.  I have been listening to the soundtrack since 1986, saw two productions of it, and even auditioned for it about 7 years ago.  I have always wanted to be in the show so I am really jealous of anyone who is.  Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean, plays the bishop in the movie, which I was extremely excited about.  Everyone in the movie sang live so that makes the music really intimate.  I thought Hugh Jackman did an incredible job as Jean Valjean and I had the thought during the movie about how funny it would have been for him to sing “I’m Wolverine!” in the song “Who Am I?”  I hope that Anne Hathaway wins the Oscar for playing Fantine because she did such an incredible job too and had a really difficult part to play.  I was most excited to see Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thernardier’s.  They were so much fun to watch on-screen that I would love to see them do it onstage.  I now have a major crush on the guy who plays Enroljas, Aaron Tveit, who is a Broadway actor.  He is so lovely and revolutionary with his gorgeous blonde hair and brown eyes.

I saw a really funny and well-performed parody of the musical on Youtube by Abbegirl.   The link is:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa-EwjAQXEw

Mad as Hell

Hi all,

The Network parody that I was in is now posted onto Youtube.  Here is the page link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJIFINLdu2A

I’m the adorable professor in the green dress.  And I have also posted the link on the sidebar.

The Rite of Exorcism Now on Netflix

Hi all,

I wanted to let you all know that the docudrama that I was part of, The Rite of Exorcism: Myths, Mystery, and Hope, is now available on Netflix.  I play the role of Donna, a woman possessed by a demon receiving an exorcism.

This is the link to order the film: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Rite_of_Exorcism

The docudrama’s performance on Netflix is critical for its future distribution so it would be great to have a significant amount of interest.

I am in no way affiliated with Netflix nor do I have any rights to the film whatsoever.  I’m just spreading the word.