DON’T WAIT, CREATE!

It has been way too long since I posted last. Since I wrapped on my magical experience in Legends from the Sky, I jumped into a 48 hour film festival, then a short film, a co-starring role on a TV show, a feature film, my CSB episode is about to hit the public, My sister is making movies again, we are almost ready to launch MILES, The Device is about to screen locally, Trauma screened in LA, and I started writing a play. PHEW!

First up, our company, Mighty Tripod Productions, did another 48 Hour Film Project. This is where you pull a genre on Friday, and have 48 hours to film, edit, compose and turn in a FILM! It must be 7 minutes in length, or less. Each Team pulls their own genre but we all had to incorporate these elements…

A Fly Swatter

A character named Darin or Dana Stumme who is a Massage Therapist

The line of dialogue “No Way. Never Again.”

Team Mighty Tripod pulled SILENT MOVIE! We had a blast! Our Director, Ben Rapson was amazing to work with. Our writer, Todd Downing, created an amazing story. We twisted Chris Taylor’s arm to DP for us again. Our crew was beyond mighty! And I got to act alongside David S. Hogan (of course), Sara Coates, Tony Doupe, and Sharva Maynard. We also added some adorable dogs to the mix, WINNING! Our film ended up winning Best Cinematography (Taylor), Best Musical Score (Brendan Patrick Hogan) and Best Costumes (Lisa B. Hammond & K.d. Schill). Our FAB editor Brad Strain should have won an award for edited a SILENT FILM, not an easy task. We are so proud of our film, Karma Gettin’.

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Then I went across the water, to Port Orchard and step into the shoes of Lynette in Closing Time. This is a powerful short about a woman struggling to forget the past and then HE walks back into her life. I was fortunate to work opposite Mr. Benjamin Andrews. The writer Don Manning wrote a great story which would easily lend itself to a feature film…

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Then I was cast in my first role on national TV!!! I cannot talk about this yet but, trust me, I will post pics and details soon.

The Feature Film I am thrilled to be a part of is, Brides To Be! This is written and will be Directed by the Dynamic Duo, Kris and Lindy Boustedt. I cannot wait to dive in this Winter and start filming! The film revolves around the same two women in the short film, Together Forever. Carollani Sandberg and I will reprise the roles. Joining us, as the best friend, is the hilarious and talented Jesse Lee Keeter. Robin and Jenna are getting ready to walk down the aisle and say I DO. But it’s the day before the wedding, and the venue they chose isn’t what they expected…and it could be a deadly decision. Is their love strong enough against the darkness that lays within this mansion?

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Are you ready to laugh? Do you want to see some ninjas? Ever wonder what NW talent is like if they all come together and create? Well, start watching Chop Socky Boom! After years of hoping, dreaming, and making “please cast me” faces…I was cast in the role as the Italian/Russian beyond Moody Producer, Carmen. Subscribe, get caught up and watch as the new episodes are released weekly. Darlene Sellers and Heath Ward ROCK!

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Finally my phenomenally talented sister is writing and making movies again! And guess who she wants to work with? ME! We dove right into From The Debris, a silent film in four segments (Water, Fire, Earth & Air)…What would you do if your darkest wishes could come true? We cannot wait to share it and jump into our next film…

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SCREENINGS!!! David and I can’t wait to launch our next short film, MILES. We hope to do so later this month OR will be screening in Northwest Horrorfest…if we can submit it in time. Our first ever 48 Hour Film, Trauma, was an official selection and screened in Hollyshorts in Los Angeles. This psychological thriller keeps going and going! AND the time is HERE! The Device, an alien thriller both David and I starred in, IS DONE! Not only is it done, it is screening in Local Sightings AND Tacoma Film Festival (October 14th) AND it comes out on DVD in December! We had the chance to do the DVD commentary, so we got to see it twice! David and I were very pleased and cannot wait to work with the Gents at The October People again. What do all three of these films have in common? They are ALL directed by the AMAZING, the TALENTED, the CREATIVE Jeremy Berg. You are incredible my friend.

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WOW! It has been a crazy and creative Summer. I would like to add a special shout out to my agents, Topo Swope and Tim Crist. I have been with Topo Swope Talent for over 17 years and I can’t wait for the next 17 to come! Both Topo and Tim are so supportive in all that I do, they always have my back as an artist and as a friend. THANK YOU!

A HUGE loving thank you to my MOM and Mama Sue! For neverending support keeps me creating so I can make you laugh, cry and dream. I LOVE YOU BOTH TONS!

What about when I wasn’t on set? Well, in my down time, yes I had some, I started writing again. Since I joined the Theatre Union, Equity, I seem to get less opportunity to work on the stage…and I miss it. Even more so, I miss acting on stage with my husband, David S. Hogan. I feel blessed that he and I have been in many films together this year. But there is something about being on stage with him…I can’t explain it but I LOVE IT. So I am MAKING myself an opportunity. Thus the tilte of this post, DON’T WAIT, CREATE! So I am writing a powerful 3 person one act which I will be producing next year on a main stage. I am beyond ecstatic about this play. It has just continued to flow out of me and onto the page. But I am going to take my time and just enjoy writing again. I have been finding places in nature to sit, soak in my surroundings and BE. It is when our minds are at ease that creation can grow.

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That is it for now. I will have NEW REELS coming soon. I want to get that TV clip on there :) Until then…BE MIGHTY!

~Angela DiMarco

 

Small roles/projects can often lead to MIGHTY experiences!

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This year has been a busy one for me. So when things slow down, sometimes I get a little depressed or think I am, all the sudden, lacking talent or beauty. Yes, I may be know as “Mama DiMarco” in my community, always cheerful and helpful…but I am not perfect. So when I get in those slumps, I start being even more proactive. What auditions are out there? Large or small parts. Are there any features or student films going on? And/or I start creating my own projects, writing, directing or producing. So I was pretty down a few weeks ago, and I found a small role in a feature coming to Neah Bay, Washington. I submitted myself, a video audition which was only a couple pages. I thought nothing would come of it…then I got the call from the Director and he wanted to cast me! This indie feature, small cameo role, shoestring budget, took me to Neah Bay for 2 days of filming and has become the most incredible filming experience in my life to date. We filmed for 6 hours on the OCEAN! We had whales swimming alongside us, we took the boat into caves, coves and under cliffs. On land, we filmed in hidden bunkers, were 4-wheeled into shooting locations and our cabins were on the ocean shore. THIS is what they mean when they say “there are no small parts, only small actors”. Many actors may have looked this role by. Many actors may have wanted more pay or not want to do an “indie feature”. But we need to keep honing our craft and what better way then by DOING and BEING. On top of all that, my director even threw a curveball my way and asked if I could add one of my dialects to the role. So I let him hear what was in my accent arsenal and we went with British. We wrapped yesterday and now I am back home still smiling ear to ear. Keep your eyes peeled for Lydia, the British Scientist in Legends from the Sky, a UFO Native Thriller.

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I’m GREAT! Or do you want the truth?

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I'm GREAT! Or do you want the truth?

From the outside in, it is always easy to assume how one is doing. I have had a busy and blessed year so far. I have an incredible husband, loving family and mighty friends. But all of that being said, the past few years have been some of the hardest years in my personal life.

In our careers, as actors, we see each other at events and always ask “How are you? What are you doing?” People want the answer to the first question to be “I’m GREAT!” As for the second question…well, it’s sometimes genuine or loaded with a deeper subtext. I feel we tend to tell each other “I’m GREAT!” because that is easier, because that is what we may feel is expected, or needed…

I have very few really close friends, those I would tell anything to. This is my choice, since, as an Actor, so much of our lives are public. I am blessed to have a huge group of good friends, who I talk to, play with and love dearly. And then there is the amazing Theatre and Film community full of people I know and admire.

But I wanted to post because I was recently asked “how are you?” Before I quickly responded with “I’m GREAT!” I looked at them a moment and asked “Do you want the truth?”…they said they did and I started to cry, and I started to share, and I felt free.

This was not one of my closest friends, or even a friend I see often, this is someone in my life, who in that moment, really did want to know how I was. It is moments like these that make me think, and feel. It is moments like these that remind me, when we are truthful with our emotions, we experience an amazing freedom.

I know how easy it is to put on that mask, to smile and nod and move forward in life. But if we all took off our masks, never assumed, and let go…I imagine us all exhaling for the first time, together.

So, I really want to know…How are you?

My name is Angela DiMarco and I am an ACTOR

I started acting at a very young age. Growing up extremely poor, my mom worked 3 to 4 odd jobs and my big sister and I would have to entertain ourselves. I often would do impersonations to make my sister laugh; I love to make people laugh. My favorites were Robin Leach, Hulk Hogan and Pee Wee Herman. One day I was spotted by a talent agent, as I was dancing around doing my Pee Wee act in a shop. The agent approached my mom…the rest is herstory.

I’m writing today because I find that I am constantly learning, honing my craft and expressing more and more of my own life through my art. I get lost in each role, whether it’s on stage or screen. Recently I was asked “Why did you quit doing Theatre?” This person knew I had just wrapped the feature film The Device. I replied “I didn’t quit Theatre!! I just came off of doing The Foreigner at Village”…Rewind to 2013, I’m on stage as Gabriella in Boeing Boeing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. After the show, I see a friend of mine and they ask “So you’re not doing film anymore?”…

After my last show, I did think about taking a “break” from the stage and throwing myself deeper into film work. I auditioned a ton, networked even more and I’m now slated to do three more films this year! But then some amazing Theatre opportunities crossed my artistic path and my heart swelled with excitement. How can I pass these up? So I am diving into those opportunities as well.

I am an ACTOR. I am not just one thing, film actor or stage actor. I am an ARTIST. For the past 30 years I have continued to hone my craft, train with professionals and learn from each project I do. I am a STORYTELLER. Each person I have become on stage or in film has become a part of me. Each time I get to BE in those moments, telling each story, I forever change and grow.

I understand why people may ask me if I have left one medium or the other. A show can take 3 months or more of your life in the Theatre. A film can shoot for 15 to 45 days, then hits festivals, sales, theatrical release and more. But know that I could never walk away from either of these platforms that I love. I also know that saying no to great opportunities, great scripts, is silly. An Actor shouldn’t shut those doors that are opened to them.

As a teacher, and head of the Youth Division at our company, Mighty Tripod Productions, I tell my students, every audition is a job, every gig is an opportunity, and every day is your own. As Artists, we should stay on the path that we love, a path that inspires and fulfills us. Today was a good day because I found myself at peace. At peace with my life, with my career and my path. That doesn’t mean I will get lazy and assume things will just fall into my lap. That doesn’t mean that I won’t feel a bit empty about that part I didn’t get last week. That doesn’t mean that life is flawless and birds are flying around my head signing a pretty song. All it means is I am happy.

Today I feel at ease, proud, excited, blessed and thankful to just BE. So if any of you are wondering, let me introduce myself…My name is Angela Marie DiMarco and I am an ACTOR.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest as Cecily (Village Theatre)

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Worst Laid Plans as Betty (Film, Creative Differences)

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TRAUMA a Mighty Tripod Film

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The Taming of the Shrew as Bianca (Seattle Shakespeare Company)

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SIFF 2014 Opening Gala (Seattle International Film Festival)

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By Gods Grace as Karen Taylor (Film)

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Jesus Hopped the A Train as MaryJane (Azeotrope at ACT)

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TRAUMA a psychological thriller (Mighty Tripod Production)

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Together Forever as Robin (Film, At First Sight Prods)

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Boeing Boeing as Gabriella (Seattle Repertory)

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The 13th of Paris (Seattle Public Theatre)

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The Device as Abby (Film, The October People)Image

The Foreigner as Catherine (Village Theatre)

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The Device (Horror film)

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Angela DiMarco

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Together Forever (a First Sight Production)

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Together Forever (a First Sight Production)

Together Forever is the other mighty short film I was lucky to be a part of. Meet Robin and Jenna, two women in love, living in the day and age of marriage equality…but when is it the right timing? When are things perfect? This was my first time working with the lovely Carollani Sandberg, who was incredible as my leading lady. This was also my first time being directed by the dynamic duo, Lindy and Kris Boustedt. This was a magical evening, we told a story about love and life. I cannot wait to share this film with the world.

Follow Fight Sight Productions…

Together Forever a short film about LOVE

 

Mighty Short Films

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Mighty Short Films

While on stage at Village Theatre, I have been filming on my one day off a week, Mondays. Those days off lead to creating two mighty short films that I am beyond proud of. The first was Miles, a thriller about a man trying to help a woman lost within. I got the chance to work opposite my husband, David S Hogan. We were directed by the phenomenal director Jeremy Berg, who also directed Trauma. Miles is currently in post and will screen in a festival near you! For more about Miles…

Miles a Mighty Tripod and October People thriller