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

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:  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.

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:

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.”  Check out the other commercials on their Facebook page.  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.



First of May

Hi all,

I had a pretty productive weekend, at least my Saturday was full of awesomeness.  In the morning, I filmed a part in a short film for the Phoenix Comic Con Film Challenge and the top 10 entries are played at the Con itself.  I can’t give away any details, but you’ll love what malady I catch in the film.  Check it out at  Jason Isaacs, Ron Perlman, Christopher Lloyd, and Alyson Hannigan are among the guests.  You can still get passes, unlike that other Comic Con.  I tried to get passes to that one and missed when the online waiting room opened.  You had to enter during a small window for a chance to get a pass.  On the cosplay front, I don’t have any new costumes planned.

Back to the second part of Saturday.  I had my audition for Phoenix Theatre that afternoon.  I ran into an acquaintance of mine right before he went onstage in a one-man show at the theatre and my buddy from Once On This Island, the actress and musical composer.  I just told myself to do my absolute best and not let nerves get in my way.  I went in there, put positive mode on, and I got my Broadway on like never before.  I need to audition like that every time.  I will not jinx myself by talking about expectations, but I hope for great things.

I had an audition on Monday that was not Broadway fabulous.  All I needed to do was cold read for three roles, but I had a sinking feeling as I did each one.  I don’t feel that I gave it any life and that it was a mess.  I didn’t get cast, but would have had to miss Comic Con for rehearsals.  It only paid a stipend anyway.  I also found out that I did not get the audition for a well-paying commercial campaign.  They don’t usually tell you that they haven’t chosen you to audition or that you didn’t get the job in LA and other major markets; you generally get silence.  I should probably drop my usual litany of rejection, but I think you might be wondering if I got this or that.  All 12 of you.  (:0

I did get an interesting audition about 2 weeks ago.  A representative of a new on-line toy company based in Tempe contacted me about auditioning for their series of paid infomercials.  He found me through a submission file at the ASU Film School.  I went right after work.  I had to prepare the sides for all three characters in the infomercial.  I made it a point to have each character be unique and just went with it in the energetic style they were seeking.  The director had me sing, do accents, and ad lib a sales pitch for a toy.  I had such a great time.  I don’t usually have an audition be like a party at a friend’s house.  I’ll let you know what happens.