Dude, it's out! This is definitely written and shot like a sit-com, a dream job of mine. So thankful to have been cast on this wild ride.
It's a four video series. Check 'em out on Aruba Networks' YouTube Channel.
LinkedIn has a new video series on making your profile stand out. Thankfully, they don't take themselves too seriously. ;)
Lucky me to have landed roles for two comedic projects lately! Final media is coming soon. Until then, I can share this sneak peak from behind the scenes of my latest on-camera booking. This girl thinks it's going to be a like, totally radical week.
I like plans. I relish New Year's Resolutions. I always set a few primary goals to keep my focus in the acting world. Quite honestly, it keeps my sanity. I mean, with most of the industry being out of my control, I'm thankful for a couple crumbs of my own.
This year, long form improvisation was one of my big metaphorical crumbs. I've always had fun with improv and certainly used it to fill a void on stage or in an audition, but long form is definitely a beast of it's own! It's the dichotomy of comedy; if it had a sign, it would be a Gemini. (That's why we get along so well I think. We Gemini kids have to stick together!) Here's what I mean:
See what I mean?! I'm loving it though. It gets me out of my head (where I tend to get stuck) and there's a satisfaction in the doing, even if it means bombing now and then.
Improv Cage Match Team "Midnight Munchies"
We took this photo right before an Improv Cage Match show at Sacramento Comedy Spot. Sadly, we didn't move on to the next round that night, but I did get to be a dust bunny for a few moments so I'd say it's about even where winning is concerned.
Possibly the best part of all this is that it has made a really big difference in my audition performances for quirky characters. I just booked another in July!! More on that later...
Have you studied improv? I'd love to hear about it. I'm looking to make some plans for 2016!
Flipping, tossing and twirling. So much fun with the hair on this one! Love that the two co-founders of this product launch are women striving to create a product with fewer chemicals and lots of natural goodness for healthy hair.
Working on comedic scenes is my absolute favorite. So thankful I was booked on this funny industrial produced by Project Film & TV. Great people involved all around.
Production teams always seem to find the most drool-worthy locations to shoot. Even this morning, in front of an office building in San Francisco, there was this:
And yesterday, in Napa...
On another day, a bunch of us from Cast Images worked by the Sacramento River with a view of the Tower Bridge. I LOVE it when productions come to Sacramento!!
And nearby in Woodland, "Eliyah's Silence" short film recreated the 1800s. (The car just happened to be at the location, not used in the film. It was too cool not to photograph though.) The bats were kinda creepy, but the ducks were AWESOME. (I love ducks!)
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Apparently, all the cool kids are on Vine.
Despite announcing it to my Facebook and Twitter friends though, after five days I've amassed one follower. He's twelve. I don't know him outside Vine. And then the harsh reality set in, I'm not a kid and neither are my friends. The target market for this app is the under 25 crowd and I'm not in it. *gasp*
I'm keeping the account for now because it's a low risk place to have fun producing tiny stories. The few I've put together are dumb at worst and cute at best. And while it's never fair to compare, I've seen enough video loops of tweens making faces and blase home movie footage that I think I'm off to a solid start with content given the context of Vine, dumb or not.
Hey, I made this Vine loop today with my daughter. (Btw...If you average our ages, we are absolutely in the target audience age range!) Check it out. Oh, and if you're on Vine, please find me. It's kind of lonely there right now for an "old" 30-something. I'd love to see what you're creating too!
"California Snow" on Vine
I've been wishing for a national commercial booking for a long time and just found out that I made the cut into this :30 national spot for LegalZoom. I feel like Dorothy at the end of her journey through Oz. (But I'm not ready to go back to Kansas just yet...)
Such a great way to start 2015!
You know that excited, happy feeling when you sit down to start reading a great book? I get that feeling this time of year. Like, ooh boy, what's going to happen?!
One of my favorite inspirations for planning the year comes from Colleen Wainwright. I stumbled across her articles, "Act Smart!: Five things to put in place NOW for a good next year," and "Act Smart!: The Magic of Interlocking Goals" years ago and find myself coming back to them to jump start my planning each December. (They have a lot of relevance for all walks of life, not just acting.)
Back in 2013, my interlocking goal was to write/produce a short film. It was aptly named "Resolution" and became a terrific opportunity for growth as an actor and as a more rounded industry professional. It ended up being a fun little film and even won the audience award at the A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival that year.
I'm excited to get hopping on those 2015 goals. In an industry where so much is out of an individual's locus of control, it's immensely gratifying to set measurable, attainable goals and to create and follow a plan to achieve them.
As I was recently reminded by Joe Carnahan via a Skype session with CFAA, there's no substitute for hard work. So, let's get those plans in gear and get to work!
Have you set your 2015 resolutions? What inspires you?