Break Through

Hi all,

Happy almost Halloween!  I will be wearing my new Rogue costume that I made with the help of my friend, Sara.  Check out her professional cosplay page at https://www.facebook.com/SaraMoniCosplay/  I have always loved Rogue from the comics with her unfortunate ability of not being able to touch people, her being Southern, her fun attitude, and for being Gambit’s other half.  I never thought I’d get to dress up as her.  I learned a great deal about sewing, especially how to sew spandex and boot covers.  I have way more to learn though, as I can’t handle zippers yet.

On the acting front, as you have probably seen if you follow my fan page, I am set to be part of a pilot that will be pitched to major networks.  I met the creator/producer, Mike Austin, at a networking party and he said I would be a great fit.  That is all I can say about it for now.  I have to let the official people release the official information.  Who would have thought you could get cast in something just by going to an event?

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to do two more commercials as part of the Burning Suns Entertainment Adobe campaign.  These involved fashion and funny business with donuts.  I was really glad to be part of so many of the ads.  Here is the link again to watch all the ads already completed: https://www.facebook.com/BurningSuns/

In Go-Girls news, I have an official executive producer and a potential director (which I probably already mentioned) and I am going forth with the crowdfunding campaign.  While my executive producer approaches potential investors, I will be putting together the IndieGoGo campaign and I need to get the written pitch and pitch videos done soon.  I met with a graphic designer on Monday to create a poster specifically for the pre-production period and crowdfunding campaign.

If you’d like to know more about the original presentation of The Go-Girls as a staged reading, here below this post is the blog post I did for the Fertile Ground blog back in 2010.  Sadly, there are no pictures or a recording of the staged reading itself.

I submitted Business Casual to the Phoenix Film Festival for a total of four festivals.  I am debating whether or not I should submit to another festival.  Those submission fees add up.  The short has already been accepted into the Arizona Community Short Film Festival, which happens at 6:30pm on November 24 at Filmbar.  Event information (but not yet for tickets) is available at the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/895794797170380/

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.

 

 

Spring Forward

Hi all,

I didn’t intend to take two months to get back to the blog.  My March had a series of unfortunate events.  First off, I had a car accident the day before my birthday.  Fortunately, it will be covered by insurance.  But my acting mobile will be in the shop for at least 8 days.  Then, my birthday twin, my grandpa, died while the family was visiting Arizona.  I scrambled to get a flight to get to the funeral in Portland.  I haven’t been able to think straight and I’ve felt sick ever since.  I had two migraines in a row one week and then two in a row the next.  I never get them like that unless I have food poisoning and have never had it happen twice within the space of a week.

Let me back step to what I have been up to.  This past weekend I was part of the table read for the film, The Last Responders: Life After Death, and we all gave the screenwriter feedback afterwards.  It can be nerve-wracking having your script critiqued, but necessary for development.  Having table reads for my scripts is not really my style.  I generally edit them by myself.  Both of my scripts are finally fully-edited and ready for production.  I did approach someone to direct The Go-Girls, but I haven’t heard back from him yet.  He’s generally really busy and soon to break out in a big way.  I’m really shy about approaching people and I’m not sure if I should start the funding campaign with no one attached.  The next thing I did this weekend was being an extra in a Burning Suns Entertainment commercial for Adobe.  They have an entire campaign of 40 commercials to film.  Back in February, I was the lead in one of their commercials in which I had a real monkey for a boss.  She was a lovely macaque, but I was really scared of her because monkeys are skittish.  I felt great being on-set, though, and playing an important character.

You might be wondering about the further fates of my two short films.  I haven’t heard any further news about distribution for Pick Me!.  I should call the distributor again.  As for Climbing Stairs, you’ll probably never see that one because there is not yet a coherent edit.  It’s a hard decision not to show something you’ve created because it’s not up to proper standards.

I have scheduled the first of the Equity theatre auditions.  Surprisingly, one non-Equity theatre that pays a weekly salary did not grant me an audition this year.  I have auditioned for them twice before.  I’m not sure if they re-scheduled them or what.  I did call to make sure they received my submission and was told that they were still looking through submissions.  No news yet on the Broadway revue that I auditioned for or the performance group I auditioned for months ago.

I did a five-week class at the Actors WorkHouse.  Duane Daniels is a genius, who is even writing a book about his acting theory.  One of his philosophies is “If it feels good, don’t do it!”  That really freed me to stop being a control freak and actually pay attention to what I’m doing and saying.  I didn’t realize how mechanical I had become.  The class was actually a music in acting class with some singing.  Only two of us in the class had an actual interest in singing.  I look forward to getting back there again.  I finally saw my voice teacher again to go over my audition pieces for the big auditions this year.  I am going to get out there, stop second-guessing myself, let the material breathe, and stop believing I’m a second-class actress!