What better way to celebrate in July than with a show all about America?! Squad Patrol returned to the stage at Sacramento Comedy Spot to a SOLD OUT audience complete with a fly in from the America Fairy and ladies night with the Real Housewives of the Colonies. It's the based-on-historical-events American history show you never knew you needed!
Is there anything better than getting back on set after a year of shutdowns?! This was so much fun to shoot and I'm super, super grateful I had the opportunity to film a bit of comedy with the incredible group of creative professionals behind this project. Check out this industrial for Boombox!
Grateful for one last booking before Coronapocolypse started this weekend in N CA. Stay safe out there!
Squad Patrol, our sketch group rooted at Sacramento Comedy Spot, was selected to perform as part of a sketch comedy showcase at SF Sketchfest. It was an absolute blast seeing the city and performing during their final weekend. Sketch Comedy has been a super awesome outlet for me since returning to teaching. Work hard, play hard!
This year I had the opportunity to take on a new role, acting coach! I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to support a cohort of incredibly kind, talented, and hard-working teens at KD Studios in film and commercial acting throughout 2018. I'm thrilled to have the chance to work with owner, Kelly Ann Dunn, and KD Studios again in 2019!
(Post below is a repost from my Instagram @jessica__benz )
Never mind me; I'm just listening to plastic bags breathe. Pretty standard. Seriously though, I'm always thankful for work, especially when it's direct book work!
School's out for summer and I'm super thankful to be off and running in the industry wheel again. Auditions, callbacks, workshops studio teaching, oh my! Here's hoping for a wonderfully busy summer with lots of new stories to tell. Here's the first fun story of summer...
On June 2nd, I had the chance to kick off the season in a workshop with sketch comedy genius, Kevin McDonald. Such a terrific day full of learning by doing and failing and finessing and performing and leaving with great insight on the process. Fun fact, Kevin McDonald was the Disney voice for Agent Pleakley in Lilo and Stitch. So cool!
Fresh frames and a fresh, fun video from the Eyeconic group. I know most of my teacher friends have VSP and Eyeconic accepts that along with a few others. Plus they offer student teacher discounts! How cool is that?! Check out all the fun options at eyeconic.com
Happy Labor Day! This was a summer to be grateful. With my first return to the industry after a full year teaching in the classroom, I was a little unsure if I'd be able to jump back in and book. Well, I did and I'm so happy that I could. Here's some highlights from a fantastic summer on both sides of the camera.
I started with a super-fun, comedic booking for the folks at Eyeconic. The final media on this one should be out soon! Here are a couple behind the scenes shots from that project.
Of course, there were plenty of trips to San Francisco for auditions. It's great to see friendly faces from Cast Images at castings. Love carpooling when we can too!
And another booking for a comedic office industrial. Yay!
There was studio teaching work for me too at beautiful locations. I missed working outside during the school year!
Plus, there were monthly sketch shows at Sacramento Comedy Spot. These keep me sane during the school year when I am not able to be auditioning and working in the industry full time. Love creating and performing all manner of random sketches with this wacky crew!
Then, in the most serendipitous way, my Gemini split actor/teacher life came full circle when I discovered that a First Grade student I had in my very first year of teaching is now a stand-up comic who frequently performs at Sac Comedy Spot too! This is Sydney Stigerts then and now. She's spunky and smart and has been that way since she was six years old. She's one to watch!!
All good things must come to an end. Thank you, summer. Until next time, I've got a hundred stories to read and ukulele skills to practice with a sweet new class of little ones.