Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gig Alert: Safe Horizons

This week I was in a sizzle reel for Safe Horizon, a non-profit human rights organization that helps women and children escaping violence and trafficking.  I played a victim of sex trafficking who's made a new start thanks to the services of Safe Horizon...  The production team was Iron Way Films - awesome guys!  The shoot location was Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
And I booked the gig via Facebook (!) - the film director posted on a request for resumes of minority actresses on the wall of a friend of mine who does a lot of commercials.  I inboxed the guy immediately, sent him my "press kit" and got the job; no audition!  So the message for this one is don't sleep on social media - it's a great tool not just for networking, but for actually booking work.

(That is NOT me in the photo - I'll post my sizzle reel once i get copy.  This image is from

If you know someone being victimized by sex or labor trafficking, please call Safe Horizon's 24 hotline: 
1-800-621-HOPE (4673) 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Little good deeds = win/ win

I was at a Cloudforce convention last week and among all the usual product booths, there was this ingenious little stand.  The non-profit children's development organization Playworks had letters from young kids in their after-school programs.  Convention attendees could read the letters and write letters back:  a pen-pal station!  Brilliant!  Definitely a highlight of the day  - and a smart marketing move.  Everyone felt the warm fuzzies and the organizations got some exposure. Here's me writing back to an 11 year old boy named Corey who wrote about following dreams...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gig Alert: Cuffin'

I just got cast in the new web series Cuffin'!  Check out the promo!

Since I always get emails asking about details behind booking gigs, I've decided to answer everyone in this forum:

How'd I book this?
I submitted my headshot and resume via

What was the audition like?
It was a little different from the usual, which was refreshing. Instead of just reading sides and/or doing  a monologue then leaving, this process began with an interview. The show's creator and one of the other actors told me about the project and asked me about myself. Then we talked about the character and upcoming episodes. Next, I read a short voiceover which was filmed. Right after that, I was asked to stay for the callbacks which would be done in group form. About a dozen of us were called back. The creator and director had us improv a scene with the actor who was already playing the love interest of the character we were auditioning for. Improving in front of your competitors! That was kind of exhilarating! Finally, we performed an actual scene from the script - again, in front of everyone - then we were done. It all took about an hour.

Did I know I'd "hit" it during the audition?
No, I wasn't sure about whether I'd be cast, but I felt confident about my choices throughout.

Who is involved in the project?
The creator is Brittney Adina. She's, actually, a dancer and this is her first time doing something like this, but she's got the full package! She writes, produces, directs and stars in this project and 6 episode are already written and scheduled for shooting. This is a woman to watch!
The actor who plays my character's love interest was brilliant at the audition. Frank gave each improv with each actress his full energy, making fresh and generous choices. Yeah, this one's a star in the making!

Why'd I say yes?
I could tell immediately that, while this is a low-budget project, the players are serious and this project will go far. The content is rich and the team is professional, energetic and dedicated.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

End of the road?

the little red backpack that could.  i've traveled all over the world with this rucksack.  i find those huge backpacker ones obnoxious, so i prefer to use this more modest pack.  after a trek to Kenya and hiking up Kilimajaro, i promised myself to never carry more than i'd want to carry on my back up a mountain.  this little baby has served me well on treks of a weekend to 3 months.  but seven years of treks has left it battered - broken zipper, ripped straps...  should i replace it or channel the Cuban spirit of repairing and maintaining old things (like they do with those old classic American cars!)?

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I just got back from an amazing journey!  I backpacked across Cuba!!!  Havana, Santiago, Baracoa, Trinidad, then back to Havana.  It was breathtaking.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Good night, Steve. Sweet dreams forever.

If I can achieve in my life a tenth of what this man did, I will be a great human.  Steve Jobs was the ultimate modern visionary.  It's because of him that I ever got interested in "tech" at all.  What a powerful legacy he's left us with.  You can dream so big you can change the world.

5 Tips to Quitting Your Job & Still Making A Living « Clutch Magazine

5 Tips to Quitting Your Job & Still Making A Living « Clutch Magazine

Clutch Magazine posted a great article about how to transition from a day-job to your passion.

I screwed this up last year and had to return to a full-time survival job; but next time, I'll be smarter, following these steps...

1. Find out what you love so much that you'd do it for free.

2. Set up consulting/freelance work based on your skills.

3. Free your mind from traditional opinions about the status of certain jobs.

4. Determine what your necessary expenses are and cut out non-essentials.

5. Make sure you have several different income sources.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Surfer Girl, Me

In November, I'm going on vacation in the Caribbean and learning to surf is on the agenda (short agenda: hike around the island, take lots of pics, dance, surf), So this'll be me in a few weeks....  Badass!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Always Learning

me hemming a flapper dress costume for Xoregos Performance Co.'s production of Harlem on My Mind

During a dry spell earlier this year (didn't have any acting gigs lined up), I worked as a Stage Manager, Production Assistant and Costume Designer.  Gotta do what you gotta do...  And it's very edifying to experience different parts of this show business.  It was invaluable!  Turned out to be the best thing I could have done with my down time.

And here are some of those costumes I helped put together:
Photo Credit above: AJ Mistadeyia

Photo Credit below: Anthony Collins

Z. Louis Finney and Paule Aboite

Andrew Cooksey and Emani Spence

Friday, September 30, 2011

They liked me, they really liked me!

i get the giggles when i get good news

It's always a little thrilling to get a good review for your work.  I'm very grateful for this nice mention by the Hoboken Patch for the dual roles I played in Hudson Shakespeare Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream back in June and July.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wall Street Protests

Collage of protest signs at Liberty Plaza on Sept. 25th, 2011

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


caught me doing some inner character work assigned by my new acting coach - who is kicking my ass, by the way.  she's straight-up, no joke.  i cried on the first day...  sounds weird, but she's EXACTLY what i need for my confidence; i'm breaking through my barriers now!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Becoming Shameless

from a recent photoshoot

I love reading about entrepreneurs because they energize me; and building your acting career is much like being an entrepreneur building a new company...  The other day, I watched "The Mentor" on Bloomberg TV and one crucial piece of advice given was "Be shameless about advancing your business".  That hit home because I know I've held myself back by being a little too shy, thinking modesty was classier.  Truth is it's the squeaky wheel that gets oiled!  Shameless self-promotion is necessary when if you want to advance your career.  So here goes!  I'm booking my own photoshoots, doing my own PR, reaching out to decision-makers more directly....  I'm getting shameless!  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Heros Among Us

me and Mr. Prince in his garden

There's a little garden in Clinton Hill (Brooklyn) where a sweet old man named Mr. Prince has been growing all kinds of fruits and veggies to feed hungry neighbors with for 40 years.  This is real community activism.  Thank you, Mr. Prince.  If only every neighborhood had this kind of real food pantry....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Last show is always hard

So hard to say goodbye. Singing in this choir has meant more to me than any other stage production I've been in. Very sad to end it tonight, but excited to start up again in September!

(p.s. I'm in the very back row, far right...)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Midsummer Night's Dream

I'm playing Titania (the fairy queen) and Hippolyta in Hudson Shakespeare's production of Midsummer Night's Dream.

Dates, Times & Locations:

- Sat., June 18. 2pm @ Stratford, CT
- Mon., June 20. 7pm @ Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ*
- Tue., June 21. 7:30pm @ Monument Park in Fort Lee, NJ
- Wed., June 22. 7:30pm @ Staib Park in Hackensack, NJ
- Mon., June 27. 7pm Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ*
- Tue., June 28. 7:30pm Monument Park in Fort Lee, NJ
- Wed., June 29. 7:30pm Staib Park in Hackensack, NJ
- Fri., July 1. 7pm @ Van Vorst Park in Jersey City, NJ*

Photos below c/o Hudson Shakespeare:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Who needs the Maury show...?

when you can get a court approved DNA paternity test right in the drug store...  Wow.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gig Alert: Earthalujah!

I'll be singing in the choir of the Earthalujah! show.  Rev. Billy is a renegade sage who leads a revival-style activist movement for the rights of people over corporations.  I've been a fan for years!

Theatre 80 (on 8th St @ 1st Ave)
7:30pm Sundays
$10 (sugg. don.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gig Alert: Skype Duet

I'll be performing in "Skype Duet" today.  This is an international play streamed live online with interaction between casts in Berlin and NYC.  It's about "loneliness, the need for human connection, internet mediated communication, and the relationships between them".  Tune in!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Starting Small

...picking clothing for a commercial shoot i was cast in...  
when i get to the "big time" they'll have wardrobe for me!  ;-)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Love, Peace & Forgiveness: A Hiroshima Story

I had the incredible honor of meeting Mr. Takeshi "Thomas" Tanemori, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.  His story is shocking.  His life is a lesson in ultimate humanity.  I was in a group of nine actors who read poems in English and Japanese on the bombings, the aftermath, and the concepts of revenge and forgiveness.  And then Mr. Tanemori spoke to the audience.  Not one person moved, the room was pin-drop-silent - everyone felt the immensity of his words.  If we could harness the power of peace...

Love and Peace 2010 - Revenge to Forgiveness.  Poetry Reading and Hiroshima Survivor's Story
First row (l to r):  Yumi Tanaka (Director, Producer), Mr. Tanemori and his seeing-eye dog, and Keiko Tsuyama
Second row (l to r):  Geneva Carr, Ikuma Isaac, ____, me, Scott Sowers, Donna Tsufura, Asuka Derfler
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