An Interesting 48 Hours So Far…

(Taken on the bus, yesterday, en route to NYC.)

I’m still cautious about life right now, but like I said, I’m strangely optimistic and I feel like 2018 is going to be lit. Starting yesterday, I made the big trek from Wilmington to New York (approx 3 hours one way) for an appointment related to a commercial. I can’t say what for as I’m bound by a Non Disclosure Agreement (more on that in a moment), but as I said before, it may be my highest paying job.

While taking that trip, a recruiter from an HR company (much different from my old one) reached out to me and wants to meet me. This is an informal job interview as she was interested in my profile. What interests me out this company is that they specialize in event planning. As you know, I work events either for money or free admission. I don’t have a ton of experience in the planning side of it, but my skills still may be of some use here. Just like my previous job, this is a temporary agency. That means I’m not bound to the job forever. I will reach back to her on Monday, since yesterday wasn’t a good time to talk at all.

Speaking of events, I also received an email from the music festival I worked this past year, inviting me back. The money was good, but the hassle to travel, the long hours in the hot sun, the lack of organization, and some of the rudeness of my fellow coworkers, is kind of turning me off to it. Let me put it this way: my friend who landed me the job, and was so excited to work again this year, quit suddenly because of mistreatment by management. This girl will happily suffer it out for the 4 days if it means a big paycheck. I knew it was bad when she said she was out. So… I think I will pass this year.

Fast forward to today. I went to an open casting call in Maryland for a very popular show that I cannot name. The main reason why I did this is so I can get on the roster and get a little credit for showing up. That seems to be the standard for many of the agencies, they will know that you’re committed if they see you in person.

Now about Non Disclosures. I do try to limit my conversation about what projects I work on and anything that happens on set. Some programs do allow us to be more open than most, but still within reason. You really don’t want to ruin the project for future viewers, myself included, and that’s a good thing. However, after getting dinged for even mentioning that I was working on a popular show, I’m much more careful. Especially since I’m working on more high profile projects, and with my recent eligibility in the Union, I’m bound to a lot more secrecy. It may mean a little less content on here about upcoming projects, but I will still try to inform and entertain as much as possible.

🤔

(Source: Facebook.)

Not two hours after writing the previous post about entering into a field of land mines, a.k.a. gross people, in my industry, I ran into one of the people I used to work alongside with everyday. He said he couldn’t be happier that great things are happening to me, and he hopes my career blossoms in big ways this year.

(Source: Giphy. Ok but seriously, who is chopping onions in here!?)

Fine then. The gross people won’t stop me from being great. Which is a good thing too.

I’m strangely optimistic.

Now optimism isn’t the same as excitement. No. Besides, any time I get too excited, the rug gets ripped out from under my feet.

So I’m entering this field with a LOT of caution, some hope, and zero giddiness. I hope to report some progress soon.

Gown Hunting

(Source: Classical Art Memes Facebook.)

It’s 2018, and that means there are goals to be set. My friend and I made the promise to go to the ball in Harlem this year after missing it last year. I have taken further steps to try to get ahead of the game.

Gown Shopping!!!

(Me circa March 2016.)

The gown featured in the photo above is what I wore to the ball in early 2016. It is pretty. I looked like a mermaid. I paid $10 for it. However, my boobs kept trying to escape the dress all night!

(Me trying to do my best ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Robot Dance Party Guy impression. I nearly fell out of this dress making this video 😂)

This time I’m looking for straps or sleeves since it will still be chilly that time of year. It will also mean having to pay full price too…

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ource: Facebook.)

Ugh. It's ok though, it just means that I really have to elevate my job search into something high paying to afford it. I hope to have pictures soon.

Flexibility Training

(Source: Facebook. This is me 50 years from now.)

Last night my pole studio had an open house. Since I’m staying stateside, I kept my job here and I set some new goals for how I want to teach the class. My main focus this month will be flexibility training. It is much needed for both myself and my students.

The big goal that I have for myself is to get my splits back (regular and Russian on both legs.) I’m also going to do back bends again (people will say it doesn’t really stretch anything; that is until they have to do something that requires a back bend…so they can just shut the hell up.)

I have some moves in mind that I want to do that will keep me motivated:

(Source: Studio Veena and Pinterest.)

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Don’t let the bare feet fool you on the first and last photos. Those moves can also be done in heels (which is my intention.)

The pole room is free just before my class begins so I will be doing solo work as well as work with the class. I hope to document my progress.

Upcoming Podcast Interview, and a Blast From The Past

(Source: Urban Dictionary.)

Good news! One of the first bookings I have for the new year is a podcast. An acquaintance of mine launched a new website called Bored in DE, which details all of the interesting happenings in Delaware that doesn’t simply include drinking at the local watering hole or going to the new Italian restaurant around the corner (both of which are fairly common in this state.)

He is also highlighting many of the residents who are getting things done or have interesting careers. Prior to Joe Biden becoming our VP, Delaware was just a tiny speck on the map of the U.S. and well…we still are. It’s the reason why my Twitter account’s location is written as “Delawhere?” No one knows or cares where we are.

(Source: Wayne’s World)

Since I have an interesting career, I was invited along with two other actresses to sit down for a podcast interview that will also have a live broadcast on Facebook. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine, Sara Jones, was just interviewed on the same podcast for her career in fashion: Anara Original, her blog: Blondie Jones, and her book: The Playbook to Essential Style; it was a great interview.

This isn’t the first time I was interviewed for a podcast. Last year during the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Slate about my financial struggles. The podcast as far as I know hasn’t been released yet, which makes me a bit sad. I was hoping to share the link on this blog, but no such luck. Which brings me to my next topic on this post:

(Source: Jeffree Star’s Facebook Page.)

I wrote this comment two years ago before it was revealed that Jeffree Star made horrible racist comments which eventually led him to be canceled in my opinion. One of his fans liked my comment and I was half-tempted to delete it as I didn’t want to have any associations with him anymore. However I chose not to for a reason, this was my true story, and someone listened and liked it. I do need to make some corrections though because I had abridged an already long comment and I want everything I write to be consistent.

1) The job that I was living Paycheck to paycheck on was my HR job. I had previously posted how much easier it was to structure paying the bills and saving when working a 9-5 job. This was in fact the job I was referring to and I did save money…in the beginning. It was about a month later, was when I was living paycheck to paycheck after loaning my family money to live and my car kept breaking down. My savings was plundered and I wasn’t able to recover for a while. Hell, even now I’m still on shaky ground.

•I did find a job while I was on unemployment, working part-time at a restaurant. It was great timing too, because my unemployment money ran out not long after that. The only issue, I was making the same as I was on unemployment and I soon became homeless because, like I said, financial recovery took a really long time.

•I really didn’t have anything to lose by becoming an actress. I’m moving quickly for the time I started this career. It takes people up to a decade sometimes to get into SAG and I managed to accomplish it in only 2 years. I’m seriously looking forward to what the new year will bring. One of the projects I want to book begins the 2nd week of January. We’ll see what happens.

My Christmas Gift To Myself

(Source: The Disaster Artist 2017 and Cine-Series.com)

Merry Christmas! It has been a pretty mellow one in my house. This year has been filled with so much chaos, plus being so busy, that we really didn’t do much as far as presents or anything big. We didn’t even get a regular tree this year, and had to settle for a small artificial tree from the dollar store. Still better than nothing.

However, I did try to do something for myself this year and that was to go see The Disaster Artist: starring James Franco and his brother Dave Franco. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I have had some acting training in Meisner and the first place I went to was James’ school, Studio 4 NYC. I went out of business a few short months ago, right when I was planning on going back…bummer.

(Source: Facebook. Extraordinary Journey of a Black Nerd Group.)

Back in the Summer of 2016, I went to an open call for his HBO show: The Deuce. Simply because I wanted to see Professor Franco in action. Of course professional set conduct prohibits me from talking to him or any principal actor/director and I was fine with that. I just thought it would be really cool to work with the founder of my first acting school. Kind of a bragging right if you will. Although I was selected initially in the first round of open calls, they never used me on the show. However, all was not lost. Attending that open call was the best thing that happened to me as the casting agency ended up using me in a multitude of projects:

•Quantico (3 Times)

•Gotham

•Homeland

•An upcoming Rebel Wilson movie

•A new 2018 CBS show

•The Show I Was Dinged for Mentioning

For that I can be grateful to James Franco for launching my career.

Now about this movie…

I have a couple of takeaways about the film that I want to share:

First and foremost, The Disaster Artist is great storytelling of a very shady man with delusions of grandeur. For a while I forgot it was James Franco playing Tommy Wiseau. I first saw the original film, ‘The Room’, at my best friend’s bachelorette party. One of the bridesmaids did some Wikipedia research on why this film was so insane, and just who the hell is Tommy Wiseau? When I first heard that James Franco was making this film, I was so excited and he did not disappoint.

Second, I don’t know if I can watch anyone’s bare ass on the big or small screen ever again. Seeing Tommy’s rear the first time was traumatizing enough. James twisted the knife in for me. I felt a little violated.

(Source: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.)

Do I or Don’t I?

(Source: Facebook.)

I was presented with a good problem today (especially after some serious drama this morning) and I need to make a decision.

There are two Background gigs available that are paying well and multiple days…but which one do I choose? The reason why I’m having a hard time is due to the fact that I was hit with this before and ended up missing out on both gigs. One asked me if I was available and I replied “yes.” The other gig also called me in shortly after and I turned them down because I already said yes to the other. The gig I said yes to, cut me at the last minute and the gig that I turned down filled their spot. I was very disappointed.

I’m going to apply to both and see what happens. I’ll go with the boy who takes me to the dance first.

Some Goals Accomplished ✅

(Source: Facebook.)

Well some good news for today: I managed to accomplish two goals off of my list.

Well, the first one is tentative until I receive my paycheck that reflects my pay. Why, you ask? Because if the pay stub aligns with the voucher I signed off of my shoot earlier this week, it means that I am officially SAG-AFTRA eligible. YAY!!!

Two years and I managed to earn 3 out of 3 background waivers to become union eligible. The dues are high, so it’s nothing I can pay out of pocket right away. However I hope I’m able to join sometime early next year.

The second is paying off a large bill that I had and will save me hundreds in the long run. It was definitely a struggle and there were times that I was definitely behind. I’m hoping for a little financial relief as I try to remedy the current student debt that I have; as well as trying pull money together for school (they’re trying to get me in for the Spring semester), and of course, my union dues. We’ll see how this all works out.

A Background Shoot and An Audition

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It’s been a productive couple of days after the unsuccessful attempt to work at my old company again. I booked another background shoot in Philly on Monday, and an audition in Philly two weeks from now. I don’t want to talk about what project I’m working on this week. Not because they are preventing me or anything (nor would I ever give away any details); but because of the last shoot I did over a month ago, the casting agency dinged me for mentioning that I’m working on the show (I’m taking no chances this time.) What I will say is: this is a very important shoot for me. Once I officially step on set and complete my job, I will talk more on the subject.

The audition, however, I can talk about liberally. It’s Shakepeare in Clark Park, located in West Philly. The audition is in December, but the first rehearsal isn’t until June 19th, 2018. If I get it, I will have plenty of time to truly learn the text and get off book by June. The production is ‘Twelfth Night’ with a bit of a rock n’ roll twist. The info about the audition was forwarded to me by my Stage Combat instructor, who coordinated the fights for Coriolanus this past Summer. They were looking for actor combatants and it piqued my interest. From now until then I will be preparing a monologue and a 30 second rock ballad to perform. I hope to convince the casting team that I’m a better fighter than a singer and to pick me on that alone. Fingers Crossed.

The Obligatory Blog Posting

(Source: Pinterest. GO MEGHAN!!)

Hey guys! I hope your holiday was well. Mine was good. I ate well, worked over the weekend, caught a little stomach bug, had an existential crisis, found out that there will be another princess….

WAIT, WHAT?!

As you very well know, if you’ve been following this blog, I do try as hard as possible to avoid celebrity news. However this was unavoidable and I’m ok with it; I’ll tell you why:

(Source: Pinterest, photo by Howell Corant 1955.)

This was MY princess for most of my life. No, I’m not from Monaco. I’m from the United States of America. I was born in Washington D.C. but my parents didn’t stay too long after my birth. We moved to my mom’s birthplace where my great-grandmother (whom I lovingly called Nana) lived: Wilmington, DE. This is where I stayed for the better part of my life and the closest major city to me, Philadelphia, is only a short drive away. The significance of this, is that Princess Grace was born and raised in Philadelphia. Clearly it’s a big thing here, but most importantly for me, it’s the fact that someone from my area became a princess. (Though I know being born into a wealthy family, and an Oscar winning actress probably helped.)

I now have a new princess (I know that wouldn’t be her official title, but bear with me I’m from a republic) and this one makes me happy for so many reasons. 1) Like myself, she is interracial. Just like I got excited for seeing and voting someone like myself to be president; I’m so happy to see royalty like myself too. 2) This is not any sort of a forced or rushed relationship. You can see that they are clearly in love. 3) Their relationship wouldn’t have worked 10, 20, 30 years ago because of her prior marriage, country of origin, and even race! The general public is scandalized now, but they would have called for her head a decade ago. I’m so happy of the progression of the general public, and their acknowledgement that love is love. 4) Let’s talk about the interview that they filmed today and the points that stood out to me, that I had wished for in my own relationship:

• One of the things that Princess Meghan (yes, it’s Princess Meghan now dammit!) said that I love and should be the standard across the board: when talking about how she was set up on a date with Prince Harry, her question was “But is he nice? Because if he isn’t, this won’t work.” Obviously this should be applied to everyone you meet in general, but I have noticed (and committed this crime in the past) of people getting caught up in the status of another person whether they are famous or not. It’s the problem I had with the guy who broke my heart, I got too wrapped up in how he appeared to the outside world to really pay attention to who he was as a person. I’m never doing that again.

•They constantly acknowledged themselves as a team. She knows what she is getting into as far as being married into the royal family. More so than that, they said this is going to be a process they are going to have to work together on and take it one day at a time. It’s not just the fame or the royal status, but their marriage, and possibly a family too. Teamwork and choosing each other every day is what will keep them together happily.

•They did quiet dates out of the public eye and spent more time at home. God bless them. Not saying that going out isn’t fun every once in a while, but it can be exhausting even for non-famous people like myself. It’s awkward to get to know someone and have deep conversations when you have people sitting at a table next to you possibly being nosy. They said that quiet time was a blessing as they really got to know each other. Plus I’m sure the food was better, you can drink as much as you want without driving home, and they probably saved a lot of money. (Not saying they have to worry about that.)

•As I said before, they genuinely loved each other and you could see it. No one was in a rush to get married even though it happened quickly. Since they took more time to get to know each other, their love occurred more organically. Also, Prince Harry knew she was the one the moment he first met her. When it’s right you just know.

Since I have no one, not even a crush, I’m going to live vicariously through Princess Meghan. Especially since they made goals for themselves that I wanted for myself if I ever got married. I wish them the best and I will be live-streaming this wedding.