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?

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

HAPPY 2014!

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HAPPY 2014!

The New Year has started off with an artistic bang! Excuse my lack of posting but I have been a busy bee. I am so grateful for the amazing projects I have been working on the past three months. During all the filming and coaching my Mighty Tripod students, I have been on stage too! When I say busy, I mean BUSY. To wrap up 2013 I started rehearsal for The Foreigner at Village Theatre. I had the honor of being directed by Brian Yorkey again. He is not only an award winning writer but also an incredible Director. I stepped into the Southern Belle shoes of Catherine. The show takes place in the 80s, so I have big hair, bright clothes and demand attention on that stage. With over 70 performances, it has been a wonderful experience with a MIGHTY group of artists. We close this Sunday, March 30th at the Everett Performing Arts Center. “I’m gonna miss you no end” ~Catherine Simms

TRAUMA voted “Audience Favorite”

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We signed up for the 2013 Seattle 48 Hour Horror Film Project. We put together an amazing cast and crew. Team Mighty Tripod made a movie, a psychological thriller. We were voted “Audience Favorite” and we won “Best Scream”. We at Mighty Tripod Productions, that’s Me and my husband David, are so proud of this film. We cannot thank everyone involved enough and we cannot wait to make another 48 hour film! The challenge, the collaborating and the creativity is unparalleled. We have launched TRAUMA to the public, so you all can see it!

Walk into the nightmare…
https://vimeo.com/mightytripod

Stay up to date on what the film is doing at our official TRAUMA facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/TraumaPsycholocicalThriller

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…