Jesus Take The Wheel

(Yeah…looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.)

 So it’s official, I’m the Assistant Stage Manager for A Christmas Carol. This should be fun and good resume experience for me. Not only that, but I will also be doing lighting and two small parts on stage. My script is already covered in notes and will be the master script by the time this show is over.


(Source: Pinterest and the Backstage Badger Tumblr page.)

This is my first try at being a Stage Manager in a production and of course it is the most challenging play due to the size of the the cast and lack of structure. The only thing I can do is pray that it turns out well. One thing is certain, we have a Divo (yes a man) in our midst; who, even though he is just an actor for this production, thinks he is the director for some reason.


                              (Boy, Bye)

 If he survives til the end it will be a good run. Fingers crossed, because I don’t look good in prison orange.

#Creeper

Lately I’ve been getting some very interesting emails and messages on various sites that are…very unsettling, to say it best. One that I got today was very strange: inviting me to a party at a specific time and address with no subject line or name where it came from. Creepy at best. Like sure, let me go to this place so I can be murdered and sell my body parts on the black market. (Who needs kidneys anyway?) WHO on Earth would do that?  Look I’m an adult, but I’m still a firm believer in yelling out Stranger Danger if I have to.

What’s even more unsettling is the increasing amount of DM’s that I’m getting from people who are making unnecessary comments about my dress, my body, my dating life and my career. Praise is one thing. Advice is one thing. But if you’re sending me messages about how I should adjust myself to fit your ideal well then you are just plain wrong. 

Sorry. Stuff like this is annoying. Stuff like this is why there are people with eating disorders and low self confidence due to the fear of what others think. Stuff like this is why people don’t venture out courageously to try new things because they are, or feel threatened. Stuff like this is why I’m losing faith in humanity. I’m off to take a nap before a vein pops out of my forehead.

Crew

(Source: Pinterest and the Backstage Badger Tumblr page.)

I’ve been given a very unique opportunity this coming Tuesday to attend a seminar devoted to women working as Film Crew. This is very exciting for me due to the fact that although I do not yet have a college degree: I do have a technical diploma in Film and Video production for doing exactly everything that will be discussed. 

It’s been a while and I am a little rusty which is why I volunteered to do tech work for Reedy Point Players to get the wheels turning again. This will be one of those full circle moments when I can dust off that diploma and finally use my training for a job! 


                       (Source: Pinterest)

Now mind you, this does not take away from everything that I do now. I’m still working as an actress and a model. I consider this as staying within the industry and working; while working on booking roles. It is also a great networking opportunity and you never know who you will be working with in the future. I look forward to giving a full report after the seminar is over.

Taking a Break 

This has also been a very long and busy week. Much of it though involved me working at my other survival gig which is cleaning houses part time. As far as work pertaining to the entertainment industry, this is what I have going on so far:

•I got accepted to walk in Philadelphia Fashion Week in February 2017.

•I am working as both an actor and tech person for A Christmas Carol for the Reedy Point Players.

•I may be walking in another fashion show sponsored by the University of Delaware, but I have not heard back from them yet.

•I may be helping with the Young Actor’s Workshop for the Arden Shakepeare Gild in January.

And that’s about it.

Thankfully I have the house cleaning gig and the teaching gig to keep me alive, though I wish I could do some more castings. I pretty much put out for everything that I could at the moment with nary a callback. So since this is basically a brick wall at this point, I’m going to take a step back and just get ready for the holidays. If you need me I will be knee deep in mashed potatoes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Background Work and a Spooky Story…

This past Monday I worked background on the set of Homeland. It was a very interesting experience to say the least. Besides the fact that it was a short day (I was there from 8am til 3pm) I had the weirdest feeling of Deja Vu ever. Why? Because I dreamt about this very day over a year ago…

I’m dead serious. I’m walking down a corridor behind several people. I walk outside to see people shout at someone as they walk past. We cut. We wrap for the day. As we are walking back down the corridor to go upstairs; a man falls down the escalator and a woman shrieks. DUDE! My eyes could not have gone wider than in that moment! What does this all mean?! Am I psychic? Does this make me a superhero now?! It was all too freaky.

Even so, the experience of background acting is one of great fun. Yes there are long days and sometimes the weather isn’t always ideal, but you can get some pretty consistent work if you plug away at it. Thankfully I’m not limited to just background alone and still make an effort to pad my resume with theater credits. Eventually I will get down to building a reel and try to pull in some bigger speaking roles as well. I submitted myself for another casting that will shoot tomorrow if I get it. Fingers crossed.

Photo Shoot

(Not the case yesterday, but it will probably happen soon because I’m awkward.)

Well another successful photo shoot for the books happened yesterday. I worked with the same photographer Julie Desidero who is responsible for the lovely headshot that crowns this blog. It was a very chilly day in Southeastern Pennsylvania and we shot in the complex of my agency. Very tough exterior since its an industrial complex with a very bland layout but we made it work. 

I had three looks to work with and she managed to get some beautiful headshots. I will have retouched photos and a disc in a week! Photo shoots aren’t necessarily the most fun (don’t get me wrong, I like doing them) they’re just not as glamorous as one might think. It’s all about your posing, the lighting, the clothes you wear and the time frame. Since it was exterior and we had our first week of daylight savings, things had to move quickly in order to maintain daylight.  

These photos are an update since my last shoot was almost two years ago. I have lost weight and my hair has grown longer since then. Hopefully these will hold me over for a while.

I’m Getting Antsy 

          (Source: The Smart Witch FB)

For the past couple of days, I’ve had this weird feeling that I should be doing more. Why even yesterday I all of a sudden felt like had to get ready for work this morning. The strange thing is…I don’t have to work on Mondays anymore. Or at least if I don’t pick up a gig that happens to be on Monday. Odd feelings like that mean work is coming. 

It may be a sign that I’m jumping the gun a bit. I do have to work the elections tomorrow and I have a modeling gig on Friday. 

Still, very weird. 

It was a very similar feeling that I had right before my car accident. Right before impact, I was shuddering, my mind was racing and and couldn’t stop thinking about the words “car accident”: then BOOM we got hit. Is this my intuition warning me again? Maybe this time in a positive way because I’m “getting ready for work”? 

Now that the feeling occurred, now I just want to work and get on with it. I know it’s better to be present but hell; I’ve been present and idle. IT’S TIME TO MOVE! Today I’ve been reviewing all of my packets needed for tomorrow. I also signed up for the full-time Bad Witch Workout to get this hot mess of a body back to working order. I also have a photo shoot on Saturday and I’m picking out outfits for that now. I have a lot to do, but I know I need to slow down. A friend told me yesterday, “maybe God is saving up something bigger for you and it will come to you.” I sincerely hope this is true. Because right now I’m split between stop and go.

Whew!

                                  (YES!)

Holy crap this past week and weekend were SUPER busy! First and foremost with Tech Week for Carmilla. Since this is community theater, we (the actors) had other jobs to do besides working on our performances. For me it was help with tech. Kevin and Aniela (as I like to call them the Dynamic Duo) showed me the ropes of what they do as tech director and assistant. This meant installing lighting, wiring for sound and cuing up the lights and sound for the staged reading before the main production titled “The Wolves of Cernogratz.” I like doing tech and had to much of it as part of my trade experience in high school (though that tech was more dedicated to film production than live theatre.) 


        (Source: Reedy Point Players FB)

Then it was show time! Finally all of the hard work and dedication paid off. We had three solid performances (though there were a couple of quirks in the first and third shows.) Overall it was very satisfying. Unfortunately due to the amount of royalties that the company would have to pay for recording the show I am unable to present a replay on this blog 😢. I guess you will have to attend the next show I do 😊. 


             (From Shyamaween 2016)

Saturday the 29th was quite possibly the busiest of all. First I had to teach my students in the morning. They were very interested in the show I was in and all of the work that I do. They all follow me on Instagram. Now, besides keeping my social media updated so my grandparents can keep abreast of what I’m doing; I’m now leading by example for my students who also want to enter into this field. And they are adorable too. Asking questions such as “are you famous?”  (Lol, no.) “Have you met any famous people? “(Yes, including M. Night Shyamalan as posted above.) “Have you met Taylor Swift? ” (Um…no and I don’t see a reason why I would, unless we hang out with people in the same circles.)  Most of that class, besides all of the questions about my career, was all about proper makeup application; which they groaned about quite a bit. This was a long way from when I was their age. I was desperate to learn how to put on eyeliner.

The second part of my Saturday was performing in Carmilla. It was the best night and the most flawless. Lucky for me because that was the show my parents attended and they loved it. My dad is now the director Sean’s biggest fan and both he and my mom thought I was enthralling. Yay! (By the way, if I haven’t mentioned before…both of my parents were actors. Trained and all, so they watched the performance as if I wasn’t their daughter. They would tell me if I’m terrible lol.) 

After the show I attended the annual Shyamaween Halloween party hosted by M. Night Shyamalan. A longtime friend of my Mom is the DJ and works all of M. Night’s events. The ticket was originally intended for my mom, however she was not up to attending this year. (She did go last year.) In her place, I acted as her representative. He has a film coming out in January starring James McAvoy called “Split.” He was also in attendance (😱 Professor X!) The party was fun, I danced most of the time, took a shot and mostly talked to one of the guests that was dressed up as the 60’s version of Batman.


           (Cast and Crew of Carmilla 😊)

Sunday was the last day and of course I have all of the feels. We had a good turnout though half of us nearly missed our cue due to places not being called and talking about chub rub. Still we gave a good performance and finished up the day with strike (tearing down the set) and the cast party. Later that night, the episode of Quantico that I worked on was on and went over to my Grandparents’ house to watch it together. The funny thing is I had more screen time walking past Ms. Chopra than I did sitting with Mr. Tovey. Still many of my friends tuned in to spot me and were super excited. I feel the love 😊. 


(Taken today at the Wilmington Country Store)

Today, I tried to be as lazy as possible. Though my plans were interrupted halfway through to attend a fitting for this Thursday’s fashion show on the Riverfront. Both outfits I will be modeling are primarily Eileen Fisher and provided courtesy of the Wilmington Country Store in Greenville, DE (a very affluent neighborhood in Delaware.) The staff was very friendly and dressed me well. The other cool thing I noticed was the poster they have for the line features a model who is also from Delaware and worked at the same restaurant I did previously (though not at the same time.) I used to see her comp card tacked on the kitchen wall near the bulletin board regularly. I hope to cross paths with her at a show in NYC and say “hey, I used to work at the Bistro too!” Maybe one day. 

My work is not done. Tomorrow I will be doing a print job for the University of Delaware and I still have to work the elections, do another fashion show and perform in “A Christmas Carol” all in the month of November. I love having momentum and I’m hungry for more bookings.