Wisdom Nuggets in 2013

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After posting last night about the past few months, I see I left a TON out. Here I am again, after Day 2 of 3 with David Strasberg… I AM EVEN MORE INSPIRED!!! First of all, today in the Strasberg workshop, we dove back into our bodies and then text. I pulled out a monologue that I haven’t done in awhile. I am very passionate about it but wasn’t sure how it would feel now. So much happened! David Strasberg was able to ask me questions and I could then create possibilities and dive back in. FOCUSED. FRESH IMPULSES. TRUTH. Tomorrow will come and go too soon, but I know this is only the start of my work with Mr. Strasberg. I am not afraid to travel to continue honing my craft.

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Other important projects I failed to mention last night…I worked with Tom Skerritt!!! I was called in to audition for his web-series, “Stroller Gangs”. A series about Moms, their kids and the lives they live and wish they could live. I got to audition for TOM, it was more like a meeting/interview than an audition. We met at a Starbucks and talked for over an hour. We found ourselves barely talking about the project and more about life, our families and passion for the Arts. I was cast and filming was a great experiencet! Tom was such a simple and humble man on set, even making fun of himself in the script. “Tom? Who, Tom Skerritt? Isn’t he like 150 years old now?”. I also got to work with some Mighty Seattle Actors, like Wonder Russell, Telisa Steen and Tabitha Bastien. We all can’t wait to start filming again next year.

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Last month I was asked to take part in the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival. I have wanted to be part of the festival for years. Actors are selected, 2 playwrights are flown in, and 2 top notch directors take on each show. I was Maddy, a lover, a Marine Biologist and a woman who chooses work over her partner. The play was “A Perfect Robot” by Sarah Saltwick, Directed by Anita Montgomery and the cast were Seattle staples (Hana Lass, Connor Toms, Michael Patten, MJ Seiber, Julie Briskman and ME). We spent a week in Leavenworth, workshopping the script and then putting it on it’s feet for a public reading there and at ACT in Seattle. What a quick and dirty way to sink your teeth right into the text with it’s writer and then let it all go out onto the audience to hear and experience. I hope to do ICTF again.

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I haven’t expressed how excited I am that Locally Grown had it’s premiere!!! There I was, Sheila Rhodes, fake British accent on camera and bitchy american off. I LOVED IT! We will also be filming more episodes next year and I think Seattle is ready for a witty and LOCALLY grown web-series. AND we did the Red Carpet and you know we love Red Carpets (See SIFF pic below).

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PHEW! I am sure I may have forgotten a few more things but I need FOOD. It’s been such a fullfilling day, I find myself feeling so fortunate. It’s beyond loving to do what I do, Acting and teaching…it’s that I have been blessed to have my art truly become part of my life. I am happy. I am not what they call a “struggling artist”. And not because I work all the time, I don’t, I have see MANY roles pass me by this year. But I am not struggling because I embrace and live each day of my life in the NOW. It isn’t always easy. I will still get bummed when I don’t get a role or think of the future and all its “what ifs”. But then I bring myself back to the NOW, and remind myself of something even more important than my art…Its My Loved Ones.

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The loss of our baby girl, Vida, was life changing. And more so because it came right after the passing of my Grandfather and Grandmother. It is loss like this that impacts your soul, the way you think, feel, live and perform. I am a different actor than I was 5 years ago. I am a stronger actor. I am a better wife. I am a better daufghter. I never took my loved ones for granted BUT I wasn’t always living in the NOW. I could live “in the moment” on stage and screen, no problem. But I needed to do so all the time. Life is so short, just like a play or a film, it all goes by so quickly. Never let one out weigh the other, it all is a part of you and you are a part of it.

Cherish every word and every silence…

“Lean into your…

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“Lean into your fear, it is then that you will pick up speed and gain control. Lean back and you will fall” ~David Strasberg

So here I was promising to write every month…and it’s already September ;p Sorry folks, it’s because I’ve been busy doing what I love most, acting, teaching and spending time with my loved ones. Since I last posted, right around SIFF 2013, lots has happened…

I was in the 48 hour film festival as a producer and actor. I was “Clutch” the head mechanic in the short film “Ship Shifters”. A film that follows a crew of women, all dressed Rosie the Riveter style, who travel through time and space. Of course with every 48 HFF, there are curveballs throw into the mix. The line “there must be something in your ear”, cheese and a barista must appear in the film AND we pulled sci-fi! It was 48 hours of fun and an amazing cast and crew to work with (Faith Vs. Fate Prods). We won best costumes and our film screened twice at SIFF Uptown Cinemas.

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I was honored to be asked to read leading roles in a couple SIFF film center new screenplay readings. The movement of film making in Seattle keeps growing and growing. Most recently, I read the role of Amanda in the quirky and hilarious comedy “Second Nature” written by Michael Cross, Jc Ford and Douglas Horn. They hope to film in the Spring of 2014.

Then I was called into one of my favorite Theatres, Village Theatre, to audition for the role of Catherine in The Foreigner. I was thrilled! I was beyond thrilled when I found out it would be directed by Mr. Tony Award Winner Brian Yorkey. My audition went great and then I got a callback. Once I was in the room with Brian, I was at ease, He is such an incredible director and gives an actor so much to play with. I am happy to post that I was cast as Catherine and you can see me on the Village stage in February!

In Mighty Tripod Productions News… My husband (David S. Hogan) and I started teaching our Camera 1 and Camera 2 Summer classes. Our returning Mighty Tripod students are getting callbacks and booking work. Our new students are already so MIGHTY and eager to learn more. David and I, along with Tony Doupe, love working with NW actors and helping to make our city the place for film makers to come for talent. Mighty Tripod is over a year old now and we’ve produced a web-series pilot “The New Jack”, the short film “Enmity Gauge”, The SIFF Fly Film “The 3 stars”, teaching regular Monday and Wednesday night classes, started our youth division which I teach, and have held 2 Los Angeles Casting Director workshops (Amey Rene and Paul Weber). We have so VERY exciting projects coming up in 2014, more details soon!

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When it comes to my craft, I take it very seriously. I think every Teacher and Actor should continue to train and learn throughout their career. We are never done, there is always more to find, explore and share. My ongoing acting coach is Steven Anderson. He has worked with me and taught me how to let go and truly jump into my fears. It is then, in our rawest form, we are free and can begin. I am going down to Los Angeles to train with Steven there in his North Hollywood workshop. I look forward to the challenge and/or uneasiness of being in a room with people I do not know. Jumping in!

Tonight, I started day 1 of 3 with David Strasberg…sound familiar? Yes, David is Lee Strasberg’s son. The Method. I remember in College, professors talking about and lightly touching on “The Method” but we never got to dive into it. So much in college, for me, was just the surface of what I now know as an actor. I have grown and learned so much more by DOING, BEING and LIVING. Being on stage, filming a movie working with many coaches, teachers and scholars. David Strasberg has already won me over. He didn’t stand in front of the room and tell us that his Dad’s way was the only way to act. Quite the opposite. He told us that this method, The Method, lends itself to all other techniques, and it will only add to our tree of craft. Another branch of wisdom, growing along with the rest of you, the Actor. It is all about BELIEF and EXPRESSION. The quote above was from the workshop today, David said it perfectly…He was making a SKIING analogy with ACTING…he nailed it. I cannot wait for tomorrow, we will be working more with our bodies and adding in text. Since it’s already past midnight, I better crawl into bed.

Be Daring. Be Honest. Be Yourself. Be Mighty.

It’s been a busy Month!

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Every year SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) comes around and there are many red carpet to walk on. I love doing so with my partner in life, love and art, David S. Hogan. We were producers of “The 3 Stars”, one of the 2013 Fly Films directed by Ben Andrews. We also attending “shadowed”, a thriller that David was in and screened at SIFF this year. Along with all the SIFF festivities, Locally Grown had it’s world premiere! This is a hilarious web-series created by Abundant Productions. I played Sheila Rhodes, who tells the news like it really is…or does she? 2013 has been so exciting and it’s only half way through. Bring it July!!!

Boeing Boeing at Seattle Repertory Theatre

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Boeing Boeing at Seattle Repertory Theatre

Sorry it has been so long since I posted but I have been busy. I had a dream come true a few months ago and was cast in my first show at Seattle Repertory Theatre. The show is Boeing Boeing, and the role is Gabriella the Sassy Italian.

It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Jet City—fasten your seat belts!

The show is directed by the amazing Allison Narver, who I have wanted to worked with for years. I am surrounded by a cast of veteran actors and our Design Team and Crew are FAB! We opened the show last night to a sold out house. It was surreal looking out on the faces of hundreds of patrons and hearing the roar of their laughter throughout the show.

As I took my bow with my fellow cast members, I could hear my Mother in the audience yelling me name. I know she is proud of me and I plan on keeping that smile on her face.

Now we have 4 weeks to share this show with Seattle audiences. I look forward to the ride every day and feel lucky to be on board with such talent.

http://www.seattlerep.org/Plays/1213/BB/Synopsis

Acting 101: Young Actors Workshop

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I have always loved being an Actor, since I was 8 years old. Now, I  have the chance to share and teach young Actors. Being a child Actor myself, I know the challenges that can come with that. Now, as an adult, I understand the struggle parents can go through to help their kids pursue their dreams. When my husband, David S. Hogan and I launched Mighty Tripod Productions, I knew teaching would have to be a part of it. I feel blessed, that less than a year later, we have regular Monday night classes and Young Actor workshops. Sharing Mighty Tips and Loving It!

The Northwest Film Community Keeps Growing

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The Northwest Film Community Keeps Growing

Over the past few years, my husband and I have been doing more Film. We have met some amazing people in the NW film community. Now that we also have our own company, Mighty Tripod Productions, we hope more people come to make movies in the NW. We have the Actors, Directors, DPs, Writers and such incredible Crew. Watch out world, Seattle is on the Movie Map and starting to take up more and more space 🙂

By God’s Grace

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By God's Grace

I was fortunate to start off 2013 filming this beautiful family movie. I was surrounded by talent, both in the cast and crew. Kc Guyer was my loving husband, Cameron Deane Stewart (star of Pitch Perfect) was Chris, my son, and the amazing Savannah McReynolds plays the title role, Grace.