Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Eyes Have It

I've been doing the exact same makeup look since I was 16. How lame is that?  Black eyeliner, heavy mascara and super shiny lip gloss.  Yeah...raccoon chic....and I'm fine with that!  I do wish I could get into the whole artistry of the maquillage thing (that's just the French word for make up, by the way), but I'm thoroughly intimidated by it, plus I'm not interested in ever spending more than 10 minutes on my face.  Once, I did the smoky eye thing for a date with a hot musician I was trying to impress, only to have him tell me "You look like a cartoon".  Ha!  Never again.

But when I ran across this chart by EverWright on Hair Romance this week, I kinda got inspired to experiment again. (At the very least, I can use it in theatre for characters - cartoonish or not!) So many different styles! And they all look so simple here...

Each eye makeup sketch pertains to a different fashion designer and is specific to their respective collections in 2011.  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

Mike Tyson mug shots blown up on stage while the man himself holds court in white.  
What he said about the mugshots: "Good picture, bad day." 
The man is FUNNY.  (Photo by M, Walsh)

Two weeks ago, I was invited to attend the one night limited engagement of Mike Tyson's one-man show, "Undisputed Truth", directed by Spike Lee.  Yeah....   I went in with ALL the preconceived notions of what a train wreck this thing would be.  The lisp, the voice, the whole Robin Givens villification, the rape, the beatings, Don King, the ear biting....  It felt kind of unseemly to go, kind of like Charlie Sheen's weird, angry one-man show a couple years ago. Basically, I was prepared to watch a clown who deserved no pity.  And I think pretty much everyone at the Beacon Theatre was thinking the same thing.  But I don't know if it was Tyson's writing (?), Spike's direction, Iron Mike's real charisma or the whole shebang, but the show was actually great!  And it made a man I was prepared to despise, actually endearing.  We weren't laughing AT him (like I'm sure we all thought we would), we were laughing WITH him because the man is a great storyteller!  My opinions on his actions haven't really changed, but hearing him explain himself in his own words definitely humanized his crazy life story. He didn't hold back, he knew what we'd all come to hear about and he dove in and told us the dirty details.  But he also shed light on things I'd never heard about:  his drug addicted mother, his pimp father and the mysterious death of his daughter.  It was funny and poignant and - SURPRISE SURPRISE - he was GOOD!

p.s. And the man worked hard! He wore a 3-piece white linen suit and was drenched by the first 10 mins, but still gave full energy, interacted with the audience (at one point someone in the balcony yelled out "I love you, Mike" and he said, "I love you, too, but I'm working now, let me do my show!" My favorite part of the show was when he actually twerked, then sheepishly said, "Yeah, it's fucked up when you have to booty clap for the IRS."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Teleprompter Debacle

I decided to add a new skill to my acting toolbox so I'm now taking tv hosting classes. I just KNEW I'd be great at it.  Ha!!! Pride goeth before the fall...  Last night was the first class: Teleprompter Reading. And I completely bombed!  HARD.  So hard that I cried out of sheer embarrassment.  It's weird that I can feel completely at ease with long complex Shakespearean monologues, yet be completely discombobulated by having to read words on a screen.  Guess my first mistake was assuming it was that simple.  You've got to stand still, read the words yet inject your own lines/jokes here and there, keep your hands below frame,  keep your eyes and body language engaged on a personal level, be natural, completely ignore all distractions around you, watch your pace, use pauses, and on and on and on.....all of which I failed to do because I became a jittery bundle of nerves.  FAIL.  I now have way more respect for everyone on tv who uses a teleprompter - hell, everyone on tv who does any kind of hosting/interviewing! It might look simple, but I'm telling you it definitely ain't easy at first!  I'm sticking with the training though because despite that debacle, I kinda loved the feeling of talking directly into the camera.  ;-)

Sunday, May 12, 2013


I love how on Mother's Day everyone posts photos of themselves as you g kids with their moms. It reminds us that no matter what mistakes we all make in life there is always a beautiful moment of pure innocence that we can look back to - a moment that is about the purest, simplest kind of love: mother for child. So here's mine:
me and my Mom when I was 5 and she was ... (ha! yeah, she'd kill me if I wrote her age!)

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Gig Alert: "Darwin's Challenge"

If you're in NYC tonight, swing by the Drama Book Shop!  I'll be performing a reading of a new play called Darwin's Challenge by Jason Grote, directed by Annie Chadwick.  This might be the funniest reading I do all year, the play is HILARIOUS.   The basic plot is that reknowned scientist, Charles Darwin, accidentally time-travels from 1831 to the present in the middle of a Survivor-type tv show....  Did you know that, in his day, Charles Darwin was known for having a severe flatulence problem?Yeah, seriously.
Drama Book Shop NYC on 40th Street btwn 7th and 8th Aves.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Back to Basics

I've been a working actor for more than 10 years, but it's been.... a minute... since I trained in technique and scene study.  Time to get back to the basics.

Early on, I had a couple of those kinds of technique classes where you roll around the floor imagining what kind of animal your character would be and what kind of tree you are... yeah, that turned me off big time.  I just couldn't take it seriously.  It's ALL about finding the right class and the right instructor.

HB Studios

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ain't nothin' like that NY (NJ) attitude

While walking to the hardware store the other day, I saw this sign in the window of someone's house and it cracked me up.  The house has the misfortune of being located right next to a pretty low-rent bodega (that's convenience store in NewYork-ese) and, apparently, patrons of the bodega like to chill on the stoop (aka front porch) of this house and tend to leave their trash there.  So, I guess the owner decided to send a strong message.... In case you can't read the sign, here's what it says:

"To All You Stupid Ass 
muthafuckas that don't 
understand. DO NOT SIT OR 
Show some fuckin respect assholes
Thank you!"

Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaa!  Gotta love that bluntness!

Epilogue:  Alas the sign didn't work 100% because as I took this picture there were about 4 people (looked like teenagers) coming out of the bodega and sitting on that very "porch".
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