Monday, December 19, 2011

You're a Fruitcake


As I'm unpacking groceries from my car, I hear a voice behind me, very meek at first.

"Merry Chrusmus, ma'am. Merry Chrusmus to you!"

Oh thanks! You too! I keep unloading the groceries.

"Could you help me out. I'm so hungry."

Of course. I've got some apples here or bananas.

"Naw. I can't do fruit. I'm allergic to fruit."

Well, I'm sorry, but that's all I have. That and hummus.

"Ain't you got no money?" 

Hmmm. No, I don't have any money with me.

She mumbled something I couldn't quite make out under her breath. I'm going to pretend it was Merry Christmas anyway.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Weak in the Knees


And not in a good way, if there is such a thing. I've had a ton of surgeries and procedures done on myself, so I thought I could handle these things when dealing with other people. Oh, I was so wrong. My grandma had an OUTPATIENT procedure done on her forehead that needed stitches. No big deal. Hmmm. While changing the gauze at 5am, I realized, not only can I not look at it, but I get weak in the knees, light headed even. Beads of sweat pool on my forehead and all of the color drains from my face. I literally start to swoon like I'm wearing a darn corset from "Gone With the Wind". I was in this situation to HELP but actually had to leave the room to compose myself. "Um, Mom. I need to get out of here. I might be sick." I guess that takes nursing off the list...

Monday, December 12, 2011

I HATE Clowns

video
Is there anything scarier, seriously, than clowns?? Really. I hate them. They've got these maniacal smiles. Fake painted faces. And ENORMOUS feet. You add all of that creepy to the haunting dun dun duh duh duh da dun dun duh dah. AAAAHHHHH!  I hate clowns. I hate clowns. I HATE CLOWNS! (I keep looking over my shoulder as I write this just to make sure one didn't sneak in.)  You may wonder why I'm telling my secret, crazy fear. Because I see them everywhere!!! On the street. At church fairs. Driving in the car next to me. Don't worry, other people can see them too. I'm no Haley Joel Osmet who sees clowns.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Never Too Early

Now, don't judge! It's never too early to start celebrating Christmas! What do you think? How early is too early?

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Cupcake Bar



Cupcakes. Check! Drinks. Check! What's not to love about The Cupcake Bar? Beside the fact that their cupcakes are are drink inspired and delicious bits of heaven...they are opening a location right here in Downtown Durham!!! Waaaa hooo! Can you tell that I am excited about this? They need a little help to complete the project. Check out their campaign video on  Indiegogo The perks are amazing!! And the video is so much FUN!!

 Indiegogo

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Parents Are So Proud


All I can say is that my parents are so proud! Wow...as I look at this photo I can't believe I'm going to appear like this on film. There will be no denying that I actually wore this outfit. I have to say, it's not really complete without the riding crop I always have with me on set. This is one of my costumes for my role, Beth Wine Dominatrix in the indy horror short film "Foodie". You are not going to want to miss it!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

All Night Long


There's nothing like getting to work as the sun is coming up and leaving as it is coming up AGAIN!!! We got to set a little before 8am on Sunday morning and I was creeping back into my house a little after 7am on Monday morning. You are probably asking yourself what craziness I have gotten myself into. That's just the dedicated life of an actor. We're working on  a juicy horror film called "Foodie". These long hours will certainly be worth it when the final project is done, let me tell you what! It doesn't hurt that the rest of the cast is so much fun! And the crew...wow! What an experience! More tales to come this weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Not Marine Material

Besides the fact I would probably run up to the enemy and ask if we could try to "hug it out". Or that I would call the uniform and outfit and ask if it came in a softer color. I broke the cardinal rule. YOU NEVER LEAVE A MAN BEHIND!! I did that. It wasn't even a battle with bullets flying....just a run. And I left my friend at the bottom of a hill and just kept running!!! Alison Fiori, I'm so sorry!! We started that race together and we should have finished it together!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My First Half Marathon

I don't care what ANYONE says...it was HARD!!! They designed the course with major hills the last five miles. So mean. My knees were burning but I RAN the entire race! In the video, I said my goal was 2 hours 45 mins, ended up with a finishing time of 2 hours 18 mins and 10 seconds! Woo hoo!!! Next year...full Marathon!

Ramblin' Rose in Downtown Durham



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cjCuNLU_mo

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm A Bad Mother



That's right! Last Sunday, Lucky Kick Productions filmed a Doritos commercial for the Superbowl competition!! Big things are happening in Durham. So you better vote for this one to win. (It's really funny. I swear, I would say that even if I wasn't in it!) I was the very bad mother of two naughty children. AND, according to my husband, "Stop it" is the only phrase in my vocabulary and I was typecast for this part. What a very fun shoot! (Click on the link below to watch!)

Doritos "I Do" Superbowl Commercial



Thanks so much to Nick Errato and Maureen MacDonald for letting me be a small part in such a fun project. I'm just glad I didn't have to fall in the fountain. It was COLD!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bitches



Dogs in the city. mmm... In addition to the fragrant little presents left on the sidewalk and the track, I too, appreciate when their owners let these dogs run free. To them, I'm a fun little game. Here I come running along the track. doot dooh doot. Just minding my own business. When out of NOWHERE this bitch comes running up behind me...like I'm asking her to chase ME. I turn around and the owner is chuckling. Oh, this is funny. You might think I'm laughing...but this is me hyperventilating. So, please, put your dog on a leash. Or the next time, I'm going to be the bee-atch.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sexy Voice

 
I don't smoke...so what do I do to prepare for a "sexy voice" commercial spot? Drink four cups of coffee in a row! Hey, it worked. Not quite as good as Kathleen Turner, but who is? It's really hard to talk quickly AND seductively, so this spot took a little bit longer than the normal spot to record. But it was so worth it!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monkey Business

We've all got to start somewhere and it looks like I'm starting out at the zoo! Check out the newest commercial for Zooglalist on Time Warner Cable. This was a really fun shoot! What do you think?


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You About Done?

Nothing says "serious situation" quite like a segway security guard. Really? Just not intimidating at all. While on location for a project earlier last month we were getting some b-roll shots for the segment. Out of nowhere rolls up this guy trying to look tough.

Paul Blart: zzzzzzztttttt... "You about done?"

Me: Geeze...where did you come from? I giggle a little self consciously.

Paul Blart: Something funny, miss? Do you two work here?

Me: Ummm...no. Do you? We were just leaving "OFFICER"

Paul Blart: Make sure you do. zzzzzzzzttttttt.....and off he goes...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ahoy!


 We just launched our newest murder mystery, "Crusin for Clues". We had our first sold-out performance in Albemarle, NC this past weekend. Saturday was an exciting day! Started out with a class in the morning with Richard Futch, casting director for Army Wives and then on the way to the show, I got a flat tire!! Wish I could blame it on Irene, but no, it was just a nail. Talk about stress in the rain! We'll be having a performance open to the public in September at Maggiano's at Southpoint!! They go on sale today. Check out the link below to reserve your tickets.

Reserve your Spot!




Friday, August 26, 2011

My Plumbing is Fine!

These are two of the commercials we recorded for One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Beside the fact it is painfully obvious I need a team of hair and make-up specialists with me on all future shoots, the commercials are pretty good! We recorded 11 of these in ONE day. BUT because we don't have cable, these are the only two I've seen! What do you think?


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning






Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bad Kitty!



This should be a good omen for a horror film, right? We started shooting on Sunday for "Foodie" and look at what the cat dragged in! Yep, it's little bunny foo foo. Or it WAS! We tried to get the kitty to drop the bunny but that did not happen. I wish I could say no animals were hurt during filming. Another exciting day on set!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

An Arm and A Leg!

The trailer for "Destiny Road" is out and I am in it! Well, more specifically, my ARM and my LEG are in it. It would have been more exciting if, I don't know, say my FACE could be seen. Beggars can't be choosers so still excited! Did make the "Behind the Scenes with Zoe Myers for Destiny Road" and made her IMBD page! I've listed all the minute marks because I know how exciting my shoes and arms are! :)

 Destiny Road Trailer
 

My Leg: Wedding Scene Second :42
My Arm: Pizza Scene Second :54-:57


Behind the Scenes with Zoe Myers

Wedding Scene: Second :17 - :31
Bar Scene: Minute : 1:37 - 1:43 (I'm right in the back)




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Just Serve...It Feels Good!






This past week has been amazing! Some of you know that I've been involved with a service project called "Just Serve", a feel good reality t.v. show geared around volunteering. Two other volunteers and I went into the week not knowing what to expect. Over the course of the week, we worked with veterans to support soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Believe me, we were all relieved we didn't have to attempt a training course or  jump out of an airplane. Although, that would have made for some pretty good t.v. I am no G.I. Jane!)  We sent care packages to 23 soldiers with the help of three veterans. They let us know what items meant the most to them while they were deployed. It wasn't surprising to hear that ANYTHING from home was appreciated. And all three said it was like Christmas every time they would receive something. I was paired with a retired Marine who served in Vietnam.  I was struck by his strong emotions he carried over 40 years later. He spoke of the friends he lost and the sadness he felt by the lack of support when he got home.

We wrote letters to the soldiers letting them know that they were thought of and appreciated. That we were praying for them. To come home safe. All of the veterans had talked about how important letters were while they were deployed. Even though I had never met any of these soldiers that I wrote to, I felt like I owed them so much for their sacrifice. We even baked some homemade cookies for them. (A few may have been burnt! BUT it's the thought that counts!) I feel so thankful for everything I have. It was a truly humbling experience.

Not to mention the crew and other volunteers were amazing! We all had so much fun laughing and serving together. We also realized that it doesn't take a HUGE project to make a REAL difference in someone else's life. If you want to get involved go to www.myusvc.com. It doesn't take much to make a difference!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Protect Your Man Parts


Kids are tough! Especially 4 year old boys. Not only does he have the Spartan helmet, cape AND sword...he's right within striking distance of my ankles. After the first jab to my thumb, he says..."ok, you can have the shield." I think I'm safe. BUT before I even have the shield in my hands....WHACK...he strikes my shins...really hard. No. It was not a real sword but I swear to you that 4 year old boy is HERCULES. Seriously. Ouch. Then he says, "Alright. I'll get you a weapon." I'm thinking this is going to be a fair fight now. Wrong. I was so wrong. He comes out of his bedroom and gives me...dun duh da dun...a lincoln building log. I can't make this stuff up. So picture this pint sized warrior with a sword and helmet. Then picture me with a dinky little shield AND lincoln log scrunched up to the 2 foot size of the shield...I did not win.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Boobies!

I'm really excited to be working on a service project this week called "JUST SERVE". It's an inspirational reality t.v. show based on people helping people. Part of our mission for today was to help a family who's father and husband is deployed in Iraq. We were helping pack their entire house so that she wouldn't have to do it all alone. It was incredible to see all of these veterans coming together to help someone in need! We even got to meet the father over skype in the afternoon. The mother has two small kids, so in addition to packing, a lot of my time was keeping the kids occupied and out of the way. (SO much fun!) Because the experience is being filmed we were all wired for sound to capture as much conversation as possible. As I was holding the little girl, she pulled my shirt down and yelled...BOOBIES! I guess service means different things for everyone and I'm just glad I could contribute! 
Really, it was an honor to help a family who has given so much for this country. For you. For me. We often think of the service men and women abroad and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe, but forget about the families right here at home and the sacrifices they make. Can you imagine spending 18 months away from your spouse, trying to raise two kids and keeping your house together? Not once did I hear that mom complain. Makes me appreciate all that I have even more. Just...thank you. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

$H!* My Mom Says

Real conversation with a North Carolina Symphony caller.



Young Man: Hello. We are calling to raise money for the North Carolina Symphony.
My mom: I'm sorry, I've already blown my wad.
Young Man: long silence...ooohh..Um...thank you, then.

MOM! NO! You DON'T know what that means! She could not understand why we were all laughing ourselves to tears. You should have seen her face when I told her what that meant. We only hope this call was recorded for quality control.

My Mom...priceless! Our apologies to the NC Symphony.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sounds of Torture

I've been researching torture scenes for some upcoming auditions and roles. There has been a lot of self discovery along the way. I've learned that I cannot watch back to back torture scenes without starting to feel quesey AND I should not eat lunch while I am doing said research. I've also noticed that I start to tense up and CLOSE MY EYES...which forces me to watch the scene over again. Ugh.

My research has included the following scenes today:
    * Reservoir Dogs - even creepier because it's set to a musical ditty
    *Shoot Em Up - Paul Giamatti...enough said
    *Marathon Man - I hate the dentist even more now
    *The Jackel - hate to admit it, but this one kind of made me laugh...Jack Black
      screams like a girl
    * Hostel - the ENTIRE movie is a torture scene
    * Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake) - by far hardest scene to watch terrible movie

And that's all I could handle for today. What's your favorite torture scene?

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's Called TACT, Sir

When a lady tells you that she doesn't want to answer your question, do the gentlemanly thing and don't press her. ESPECIALLY if she has JUST met you and turned down your request politely. And, please, Sir if you think the rules don't apply to you, they really really do. Do not say in a condescending tone, "Are you serious? You can tell me." That does not win my favor. No, quite the contrary.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I'm Bringing Sexy Back

With this heat...let me tell you, I really am a sexy girl. I only wish I had a picture to prove it! I was sitting in a car with no air conditioning for over 4 hours yesterday! The heat index put it at 110 degrees. I went through 9 bottles of water, a lot of wet paper towels, and a few periods where I saw spots...when I got out of the car for lunch, there were wet patches under my chest (nice), under my arms and you could see a wet line where the seatbelt had been. I'm telling ya, I'm a REAL catch! For those of you thinking I have a death wish, it was for a commercial. It's all in a day's work!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Simon Cowell Has it Right

You wouldn't land a job with a ton of typos on your resume. You wouldn't be a master carpenter if you didn't know something about wood. AND you shouldn't be an entertainer if you don't have any talent. I'm just speaking for me, but I love Simon Cowell. He tells the truth and doesn't sugar coat it! (Maybe I'd feel differently if he told me I was absolute rubbish.) BUT and there's always a BUT...not everyone can win the prize. I'd rather know up front that I'm terrible then go on making a fool of myself. Listen, if you don't know you're rubbish, you can never get better!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I feel like Stuart Smalley

Whew...it's been a tough couple of weeks. Just gotta keep on going and repeating my mantra. "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me." :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Motivation

I'm used to thinking, "What's my motivation?" when preparing for a scene. But now I'm trying to find the motivation to get back out there in this heat to RUN. Had a little minor surgery on my eye a little over two weeks ago and was told NO exercise for two weeks. Well, those two weeks have come and gone. Alright. Now, it's time  to get back out there and do this!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Kindness of Strangers

I know...a little too Blanche DuBois of me. What can I say? Maybe I've been in the South too long? It never fails to surprise me when a total stranger goes out of their way to help me out. It really makes my day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Unwanted Flattery

Flattery will get you everywhere...as long as it's wanted and believable! A friend and I went to a concert last night and were in the pit next to the stage, no seats. So much fun! After the opening act, this guy kid...WITH BRACES...comes over to me and starts hitting on me. You know the usual, hey, what's up. You enjoying the concert, blah, blah, blah.

Guy: I thought this would be a different kind of crowd. You know, less kids!
Me: Ummhmm...me too!
Guy: So how old are you?
Me: 35
Guy: Oh. (His eyes get really big) I thought you were like 24, maybe 25.
Me: Nope, just an old married lady. I'll be 36 in a couple months.
Guy: No way! So what do you do?
Me: I'm an actor.
Guy: Oh, you're an actor...that's really cool. What famous people have you met? Cuz I work on planes for the military and I've met Colin Powell.
Me: Ok.


This went on for an uncomfortable 5 or 6 minutes. Keep in mind, this entire time my friend and I are on on cell phones trying to send photos to our HUSBANDS to show how close we are to the stage. Reception is bad so we keep moving around trying to get reception. We even called them at one point I love you's and all. Nothing...this kid is still trying. Keeps getting closer and nudging my arm.

Me: (To my friend) Hey, you thirsty? Let's go get something to drink.

That $4.00 water was the best purchase we made all night.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Run Like a Girl

I used to make fun of Steven Seagal's run. Have you seen it? For a badass, he runs like a girl. It just doesn't look tough...Well, I really can't make fun anymore. After the second student film that I worked on came out, it is apparent that, not only do I run like a girl...I run like a total weirdo. What do you think?

Here's a clip of Steven Seagal running like a girl.



Now here's a clip of me. Check the video out from 7:36 to 7:43 to judge for yourself. Hilarious!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

What is More Exciting?

This week has been pretty exciting! A lot of milestones for me and I'm having trouble determining what is the most notable. So, you tell me! I can't decide if it's a bigger deal to have Flavor Flav following me on Twitter OR if it's local DJ and celebrity BLADE for 96 Rock reading and commenting on my blog!! I dunno...I was pretty stoked!! What do you think?

(I know...I am a huge dork.)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Wrong Idea

Isn't it funny how we make assumptions about people based on their physical characteristics? Let me clear some things up for you. There's no way around it....I have a large chest and that cannot be helped. It's not something to be proud of. It's not something to be ashamed of. It just is period. It's not something I purchased and want to show off. Don't assume that I want the world to see. There will be no bow chicka chicka bow bow in my future. So please stop asking.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Recycling

There is a man in Downtown Durham that takes recycling to a whole. Nother. Level. For real. He takes all of the cans, bottles and paper out of the recycling bins and puts his own "treasures" in the bins. He's always been very nice to me. Every time I see him, we say hello and chat. (I'm so glad I've been nice.) Today, it's raining pretty hard so I have to take the covered stairwell up to my car in the parking deck. My friend is inside sorting through his cans...he's leaning over and in his back pocket he has...dun..dun...DUN....A HUGE KNIFE!!! I really can't make this up. I wave as I walk by and he nods his usual hello. (See, you better be nice....)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I'm Dying




This is the student film I was a part of at Duke University and it was just posted to youtube! James K. Lee, a very talented young man, worked on this for his senior thesis. Told you this was an exciting week!

(if you don't want to watch the entire thing...watch beginning to 1:05 and then 8:56 to 11:52)  The Will youtube video link


Monday, May 23, 2011

Working It

I have run out of gas on my way to work, helped a woman on oxygen during the apocalypse, raised three teenagers, been robbed at gunpoint AND it's only MONDAY! Shaping up to be an interesting week...

* Disclaimer *
All events have been in the line of work. No aforementioned individuals have been harmed. That's acting!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Determination 101

You are too short. Sorry, you're a little too plain. Ummm, you are too pretty for this. Actually, we want someone with LIGHT red hair. We're looking for a blond. Brunette. Bald. Pixie cut. You're HOW old? Too old. Too young. We need someone with green eyes. Brown. Hazel. Purple. Too pale. Not pale enough. Much too Caucasian. Wrong gender. Chest is too big. Chest is too small. Too many freckles. Butt too flat. Not athletic enough. Too athletic. You really cannot dance. You dance too well. Not perky enough. Too perky. AGH!!! Hmmm...for some parts I'm just right and I'll keep going until I'm the PERFECT fit!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

All Nighters

The Kroger Creeper!


The phrase, "I'm not as young as I used to be" certainly comes to mind. Over the last month, I've pulled three all nighters! All involving night shoots for commercials and film. Whew...I remember when I could stay up all night and feel ALMOST fine the next day...it's been an ENTIRE week and I'm still feeling it. Oh well...the things we do for work! The first two all nighters were for night shoots for Kroger commercials...be on the lookout...you will see the back of my head, my profile AND my entire face! Hey, that's progress!
When we shot the commercial, we were at a 24 hour service Kroger in Durham and there were REAL shoppers throughout the night. Imagine their surprise when they saw all of us frozen waiting for our cue to go. We definitely creeped people out. They couldn't figure out what we were doing. AND, I'm sorry, but my expression probably freaked them out even more! What fun!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Kind Of Research

Sitcom observation, movie review, t.v. drama perusal, and my personal favorite; people watching. This is considered field work and should only be attempted by experienced individuals. If someone you are observing catches you watching them, you have three exit strategies. One: the blink. Two: the inconspicuous stare. Three: the flirt. One is the most advanced and the trickiest to master. Once caught, you have to blink and hold it. While your eyes are still closed change the direction you are looking before opening your eyes. To the untrained observer, this is a seamless action. Two is tricky but easy to carry off. Once your target sees you, just do a blank stare, like to you are trying to focus on a 3D painting. (They may think you are slow, but you are in the clear either way.) Three is the easiest out but it is a bold move. When your target locks eyes with you, just go with it. Smile and wave, maybe blow a kiss..they'll think you're flirting with them. 

I really LOVE my job!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Walking AND Talking...At The Same Time!!

You would think that walking and talking come naturally. You would THINK. Usually you just do it...and at the same time. Let me tell you when the little red light comes on for the video camera, your lines might be memorized, but once you start adding those extra actions...bbblleeehhhh....bbbbbbb...bleeehhh. I'm not even kidding. BUT if you spend your time memorizing BEFORE you get on set, MOST of the takes come out just fine. If you live in the Triangle and you have Time Warner Cable, keep your eyes open for One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing commercials! You guessed it, I'll be walking and talking AT THE SAME TIME!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Eat Fresh

Did you know that Subway is now offering soup on their menu? After a really fun shoot this past Monday for Subway Restaurants, I know all about their broccoli cheese and chicken noodle soups! And if you live in the Northeast or possibly the West Coast you'll get to see me in an upcoming commercial. Really looking forward to it! What a perfect day on the set...this was a rare case where all the actors were nice and professional, the crew was great, and the directors were fantastic and so creative. The sun was shining and there was a breeze...it doesn't get better than that. Keep those roles coming!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In the Closet

This week has been fun! I've been in the studio, and by the studio I mean the corner of my closet that I record in. Listen, it's very high tech. Gray soundproof panels on the wall and ceiling and a mic in the corner. So pay attention to ABC 11...you never know when you are going to hear yours truly voicing an ad! Believe me, it's been tricky to time the recordings just right. There is a prep kitchen below our loft and the staff play music to stay entertained during the day. If I can't record in the evenings, I'm stuck until 12:30pm until I can record in quiet. THEN my husband usually comes home for lunch during that time...once or twice I've had to re-record because of the faint "honey" in the background.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Extra, Extra, Extra...

Everyone knows that the second best thing about being on set is the food...the BEST thing of course, is being on set! There is a film called REMNANTS being shot in the area and they needed some extras for one of the final scenes. It was very last minute but I jumped on the chance immediately. Glad I did...it was just me and one other girl, so you know what that means!!! We got to see all the action. We watched some scenes from previous days, hung out with the actors and crew, made some new friends, and got great face-time in the scene! What a great day, such talented folks!

http://www.remnants-movie.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

Faking It...When Harry Met Sally moment

Imagine sitting in a room with 10 other people. All of us facing forward. Everyone fully clothed and you're instructed to fake an orgasm. Not to mention the fact that you are acutely aware of the other people in the room, the lights are on, so they can clearly see your face. Believe me, you have never felt so exposed in your life. And when all eyes in the room are on you, you can't help but blush. No, I wasn't at some couples retreat. This wasn't some type of therapy. It was an acting class and we were working on the leading moments before a scene. I am in awe and amazement at how easy Meg Ryan makes this all look. That's what it's all about...acting. Making it all look real without actually having to recreate the exact scenario, whatever that may be. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Another Big Day!

Tomorrow's another busy day! I'll be starting out at the hospital with an extremely emotional case as a standardized patient. This truly is one of my most rewarding jobs. The students learn to give bad news in this scenario and really connect to the patient, me. So I'm gearing up to cry all morning and afternoon. Hey, it's a lot cheaper than therapy...very cathartic. Then, I'm off to film the opening scene of the film tomorrow night. EXCITING!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

2:30 AM

I don't know about you, but getting up at 2:30 am is NOT my idea of a good time - usually. But, when your call time for a commercial is 6:30 am in Charlotte and you live in Durham, you don't have a choice. It was a great experience, definitely a LONG day, but worth it. We started at 6:30 am and finished at 6pm. Because I'm the size of a child, I get bumped up to the front, so you should be able to see my face on the screen. For at least 2 seconds!! So watch carefully.

Still amazed at how actors treat other people on sets. Being an extra is not a glamorous job by any means, but you know that when you sign up. Besides, you never know who's watching.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tomorrow's the Big Day!

Well, tomorrow is the big day! My first all day movie shoot in a long time. (The last time I was on set like this was back in 1999!) I wish I could say that I was a child star, but that's just not the case. 1999 was the first summer after I graduated from college...geeze...I can't even say HIGH SCHOOL!! Time sure does fly. Tomorrow can't get here soon enough!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stepford Wives

Have you ever seen a woman go nuts and start pounding on the window of a parked car? This is not something that I would normally do, but never say never, right? On Sunday, we shot a scene for an independent film in an upscale neighborhood, and that's exactly what I got to do. Run up to the car, pound on the window and yell! It was actually quite fun, and I imagine it would be even better if the person inside the car didn't really see me coming. Now, I'm not suggesting that you do this to complete strangers...that could be interesting, but dangerous. Just giving a fair warning to people I know...BAM...BAM...BAM...watch out!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Audition for EVERYTHING!

Audition, audition, audition! Like I said before, this is a small town. Because I want all the film experience I can get, I've been auditioning for a lot of student films...they're going to be big someday. Hey, we've all got to start somewhere! I went in for an audition last week and wasn't right for the part in that movie BUT that director knew another director and referred me to them! I'll be shooting my scene tomorrow!! The moral of this story is audition, audition, audition...you never know who you're going to meet.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Other Woman...

There's something to be said for the other woman. In most cases, I hate her. But in this case the other woman is a friend who got the part we both auditioned for. If I'm going to lose out on a part it's okay if I actually like the person who got it. Because this is such a small town, you're always up against people you know. AND because I like everyone, it makes the process that much more fun! If I don't get the part, chances are, one of my friends will get it and I can be happy for them! So, congratulations you truly deserve this one!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Looked Like a COMPLETE Idiot!!!

I looked like a complete idiot yesterday, BUT that was the point, so I totally nailed it! How many people can say that about their work day? What fun! I drove to Charlotte yesterday for a 4 minute audition. That is correct, I drove 2 1/2 hours for a 4 minute audition. (See, it really is hard work.) You were supposed to show a celebratory dance and they wanted regular people doing it. If you know me at all, you know that I can't dance well. It was even weirder when I got into the room because there was no music. (I practiced to music.) So, when I walked in, I introduced myself and as I was walking up to my mark, I said, "You are in for a real treat because I am classically trained." "Oh, wonderful", she says. "I'm just kidding, I'm not really." She laughed - thank goodness. I wish I had the video and could show you the routine...I started out with a little shoulder shrug, then went for the Ricky Martin shake your bon bons. Next was the Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air mixed in with a little heavy metal hair toss followed by cowboy guns to shoot the crowd. I may have acted like I was swimming through the air, but that part is a little fuzzy. The grand finalle was the flashdance stomp and spin and I ended with the spirit hand in front of the face and twirl. It was magnificent. I felt like Molly Shannon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I got the part!

Hard work and persistance pay off! Let me set the scene for you. I'm still in my pj's at 11am. Don't judge, you would if you could. And I read an email that says, to the cast of...I literally started jumping around the living room like a little kid on Christmas morning! I'm also screaming, "woo hoo". I'm sure the people on the street think I'm drunk but I really don't care! I got the part, I got the part, I GOT THE PART!!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's a full-time job!!

This is a real conversation. Names have been changed to save the ignorant from embarassment.

Guy: So, what do you do?
Me: I'm an actor.
Guy: Oh. Well, what do you do for a real job?
Me: Ummm, I'm an actor. That is my full-time job.
Guy: So you're unemployed? ha...ha...
Me: No, I actually work every day. Like I said, it's my full-time job.
Guy: Your husband must have a great job to allow you to do nothing all day.
Me: (What I wanted to say) Okay, GUY! I work and I work EVERYDAY. I audition for different roles at least twice a week and have to do research and PREPARE for each audition. Just so you know, an audition is like a job interview, imagine the adrenaline and nerves you feel for that interview three times a week every week. In addition to auditioning, I also record voice overs for radio and television ads (which I get paid for). There's also a theatre group that I perform with and have six plays memorized with them (which I also get paid for)....I also work at the hospital as a standardized patient and have to learn different characters and scenarios for each and every one of those. So I work and get paid....it's a full-time job.
Me: (What I actually said) Yeah, my husband is very supportive.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nice in Hollywood?

I was out to coffee with friends on Friday and the topic of being "nice" and in the business came up. Whether or not you could make it in Hollywood if you were nice. I am of the opinion that you don't have to be cut throat or walk all over people in pursuit of your dreams. All my life I have played by the golden rule, and it's  worked out pretty well for me. When I was in the business world, I was kind to customers and those I worked with and was promoted for my abilities...but the fact that people genuinely like you helps. They are rooting for you and want you to do well. So, going forward, I refuse to become jaded and mean to "make it". What's the point of making it if I have to change who I am? Life is too short and too precious. So, when I make it, I promise to just be me. And for the record, Tom Hanks is nice. (You may have heard of him.) :) So what do you think? Who do you think is nice in Hollywood?

Monday, January 31, 2011

On the Road Again!!

On Wednesday, I'm headed to the exotic Rock Hill, SC for a film audition! I've only played a prostitute one other time... I'll have my Kodak with me to catch all the weirdness that seems to follow me. Yippeeee!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Audition 15 and no Nerves!!

Yesteray was audition number 15!! It was the first one I went into minus the nerves...it just takes time getting used to. You wouldn't think just turning a camera on would cause you to forget EVERYTHING you had rehearsed for 2 hours...but yep...it's happened. But not yesterday! Recording myself at home has helped so much. I record and then play it back so I can make little adjustments here and there. I'm getting there!  

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Who Says Graveyards are Creepy?


Todd and Tracey: A House in Los Osos


I admit I'm afraid of a lot of things; clowns, the dark, ghosts, bad haircuts, and the list goes on. But I do have to admit that this graveyard shoot was not as scary as I thought it would be. First of all, I showed up to the wrong Baptist Church on Bethel Hickory Grove Road. Because I was so excited and I had no idea where I was going, I wanted to get there early...just to make sure. There were no cars in the parking lot so I decided to drive down the road along the graveyard...still no people. So I wait. By this time it was after my call time and I decided to stop at one of the FARMS to ask about the church. "Oh", says the female farmer, "You want the WHITE Baptist church. It's about a 1/4 mile down the road". TWO Hickory baptist churches within a mile of each other!

As I pull up I see cars and people! Whew, I'm in the right spot. And this graveyard is creepier than the other one. Mainly because there is a newly dug grave with an empty chair on top of it!! They hadn't started yet so I didn't hold anyone up by being late. (What a way to impress people!!) It's still the middle of witner here, even though it's the south, it's still pretty cold to be running around a graveyard in a nightgown with no socks and shoes. BUT that's exactly what I did. AND HAD A BLAST!!! After all of those movies where I get freaked out, I get to be the one doing the scaring this time!!! Just when I was starting to freak MYSELF out, a Sherrif's car comes rolling on up. Just checking the freak by the grave marker out. Then the pastor and his kids come by to watch for a bit. Talk about surreal! Anyway, what a great local flick by amazing local talent. Mark Cornell is directing this one called A House in Los Osos. (Yes, that means the bears) What a great day!  


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the Money Comes Rollin' In!

Ok, so it's more like the money comes trickleing in...Woo hoo! My first paychecks from film work!!! Somehow, I thought they would be bigger. BUT that only means it's up from here. I can't tell you how excited I was to see that first check envelope in the mailbox...then I opened it up! The good news is the taxes were already taken out!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Southern - It's Official!

How long does it take to become Southern? Well, for me it took 13 years. At first, it would just come out when I was mad or when I was driving. (That's pretty much the same thing or those of you who know me.) Now, I notice it's almost everyday. I'll catch myself saying little things like, "no", which seems like too small of a word to make Southern. Let me assure you, it's not. It comes out more like, "knooow". You know you are a real Southerner when the check out guy at Target says, "You're not used to the snow because you're FROM the South." "What makes you say that, Mr. Target check out man?" "Oh, it's your accent ma'am." - It's official...we'll get to the ma'am comment later...

This is a true story. Names have been changed.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Technologically Impaired

I've never claimed to be great with electronics, computers or anything remotely "techy". Hey, I'm and actor, I just PRETEND to understand technology. We got a new Kodak ZI8 so that I could record my own auditions and save time! Who were we kidding??? Like I said, got the acting part down, so the recording of the audition was not a problem. It was the TECHNICAL side that was difficult. The file was way too big to email, over 42mb and I couldn't figure out how to compress the file so I could email it. (Just by writing the letters mb, I'm second guessing myself, is that right? You see, it's exhausting!) Please, if anyone knows how to do it, let me know. My sanity is hanging in by a thread!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Add "Neighbor" to my acting resume

Add "neighbor" to my acting resume. We filmed on Thursday in Charlotte for the pilot episode of Homeland a new drama for the Showtime network. Getting up at 4:30 am has it's perks, no traffic on the roads. I got to the set around 5:40 am to fill out my extra voucher and set out my wardrobe choices for the costumer. Listen, this girl came prepared with my ENTIRE suitcase full of scarves, gloves, pants, suits, sweaters and coats. They said bring choices! Plus, I wasn't sure if I was playing a reporter, photographer, or a neighbor. (I'm just making excuses, I would've packed as much regardless.)

There was still snow on the ground and it was COLD for an outdoor shoot. But it was so much fun to be a part of the action. When you are watching your favorite show, you don't realize how much goes into just the first five minutes or a simple crowd scene. It's filmed from several different angles, each time focusing on some different aspect of the scene. Gives you a whole new appreciation. Anyway, I was so excited to be a part of that scene and will hopefully be called back again. Great way to earn a paycheck!

What a fun filled day! Talk about your extremes! Went from filming in Charlotte yesterday morning to the Dean Dome in Chapel yesterday evening...sports and entertainment all rolled into a perfect day!! Thanks for winning Tar Heels!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Roll with the Punches

If you want it to snow in Durham, the trick is for me to have an audition that day or the next. It seems to be a recurring theme, but this Southerner has Northern roots and knows how to handle the ice and snow. Drove to an audition on Saturday and although it wasn't snowing hard here in Durham, by the time we got to Greensboro it looked like white Dip-N-Dots falling from the sky. As a side note, don't try to eat them from a moving car. They hurt your face and don't taste anything like ice cream.

Isn't it funny that no matter how hard to prepare for an audition, they will throw something at you that has NOTHING to do with the script or the role. A few posts back, I mentioned I was trying to perfect my German accent for a role, vell zat vas perfect....BUT I didn't get a chance to showcase that much at the audition. Instead I did a scene as a mute girl...that's right...in hindsight I should have performed that scene much better! In their defense, it makes sense for the character to be able to communicate without words since she doesn't understand English. Totally understand where they were going with that. The point is, no matter how well you are prepared for an audition, you have to be able to roll with the punches and be spontaneous. Just go with it! (and for those of you who have been asking, I'm still NOT taking my clothes off for a role!) :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Theater Etiquette

We saw "The Lion King" on Sunday afternoon and were blown away by the costumes, music and life-sized puppets. The opening sequence of the sun rising over the pride lands brought tears to my eyes. As good as the production was, the experience was not completely enjoyable. Let me tell you a little bit about Theater Etiquette so you are not embarrassed the next time you attend a show. (For the woman sitting next to me, this is for you.) I did not pay money to hear YOU sing. (Badly) Those on the stage have spent days and weeks rehearsing only to have you ruin their numbers. If you think you are really that good, then by all means AUDITION. It is tempting to hum along to "Hakuna Matata", it's a great song. BUT you are not on stage and that's what the soundtrack is for. Same goes for the dialogue, you may know every line in the script but you are just not that funny sitting in your seat. Besides you don't really know the lines if you say them AFTER the actor. And about your iphone...just because you turn it to the side to check your email, I can still see the blue glow bouncing off your face...it lights up the ENTIRE row. Turn it off, put it at the bottom of your purse and leave it there. You are not that important that you need to check it every 10 minutes. And just because you think are using your "inside whispering voice" doesn't mean you can talk about every line with your date. We can hear you!!!  Let's keep going to the theater fun! Be considerate...

Friday, January 7, 2011

8 to Go

The rule of thumb is that for every 20 auditions you go on for film and commercial work, you will land one part. Alright, 12 down, 8 to go. The trick is to NOT take it personally. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

German Accents

For my upcoming audition Saturday, I'm trying to perfect a German accent without sounding too commercial...you know...without using phrases like "Weiner Schnitzel" - WHICH is actually an Austrian dish. You see, it's harder than it seems. An even harder aspect is trying to come across as a 24-ish woman. My work is clearly cut out for me.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Becoming Someone Else...

It doesn't take much for me to become someone else. Yesterday, I was a shy lesbian with muscle problems. Mom, it's not permanent, this is not my way of "coming out"...it was just from 1pm to 4:30 pm! This is one of my favorite acting gigs...the standardized patient program at Duke is amazing. It teaches the students how to interact with patients as human beings and not just cases. You think that doctors are born with an innate ability to relate to patients, believe me, that is NOT the case. Not only do I get to do something that I love by acting, but I really feel that I am helping to shape these medical students into compassionate future doctors. Plus for acting and plus for creating a better world...just one student at a time. Whew...it's hard work changing the world!!