California Girl, Mommy, Wifey, Actress, Comedian ('cause it's not the same as actress), Filmmaker, YouTube Addict, Professional Knitter, Friend
This past weekend I attended Actorfest LA hosted by Backstage with my good friend and actress/model Susanna. We were a little bummed when we saw the sheer number of acting hopefuls (we waited two hours to meet with with one casting director…for 2 minutes!). But after coming up with our “threesome” strategy and shooting this video we decided the day was a win. Check it out!
Last spring I acted in the short film Greasy Lake based on the TC Boyle short story. This past weekend I attended the LA premiere of the film at the Hollywood Film Festival. Click to watch a sneak peek of my scene.
This summer I got to play Lana in an episode of “Frents” (friends for rent) on AtomicWedgieTV. I love the show, such a fun concept – “Katie, Quimby and Pete become friends to the friendless, for a price. Click to watch!
Erica and I decided we need a series of “coffee talk” videos for The Whordies so we came up with Cameo Chameleons – where we teach the viewers how to “Chamiel” into different hip looks. For our first episode we transformed into punk rockers.
When I came across a video on the web explaining the geddan Meme, I became obsessed and I had to add to the trend. I dressed up as a World of Warcraft fairy, trucked out into the woods, set up a tri-pod and danced around. I had no idea what I was doing was so controversial, but over 14,000 views later I now know 1) There are NO fairies in the World of Warcraft game 2) My geddan does NOT have “noticeable” hip shaking and pelvic thrusting 3) My editing is too slow 4) I did not “defy physics” 5) there is a WRONG way to geddan 6) My video is NOT the right way.
Despite the huge upset I have inflicted on the purity of the geddan meme, it’s one of my personal favorites. I’ll let you be the judge:
I met Erica Rhodes in an improv class and loved her infectious personality. We were lamenting our pathetic situation as actresses desperate for work when we came up with the concept of “The Whordies”. We decided that most internet viewers are geeky males so naturally we decided we needed two simple ingredients to conquer the internet: whores + nerdy = WHORDIES. If you don’t get it, you never will. And let the comedy revolution begin!
My friends often share ideas they have for my various YouTube channels. I always listen to them and sometimes there is a real gem. Somebody mentioned that I should spoof Rachel Zoe. I didn’t know anything about her at the time, so I started to watch her reality show and I was hooked. I spent hours watching what I could find of her on the internet and then wrote this fun vid about Andie getting jealous when Babs befriends Zoe.
After doing a guest video for the YouTube channel “5 Awesome Optimists” I was asked to become one of their regular vloggers. I said sure and asked if I could vlog as my character Andie Mills from Life With Babs. I got the thumbs up and Andie became the “Friday Girl”:
Some of my favorite videos stemmed from real life experiences. When I got called into jury duty I immediately started brainstorming how I could film parts of the experience for my comedy channel LifeWithBabs. I did my time as a juror and I walked away with this little gem of a video about Andie mistaking jury duty for employment.
And of course I had to continue Andie’s job search a couple weeks later with this video about her booking a job as a “high fashion model.”
Needless to say acting is a tough career and sometimes following your dreams means surviving your worst nightmares. One of the hardest challenges to deal with when pursing acting, is facing rejection and moving forward with confidence no matter what happens. It’s a numbers game and the trick is to do your best when you get the chance to shine, to “stay in the moment,” even when you know it’s back to pounding the pavement when your acting job is completed.
I got a role in Evan Nicholas’ short film “Headshot” and documented my day of filming, facing my fears, and then sharing with my viewers the final product – a fun film that deals with the very theme so many actors face. A film about how sometimes no matter how great of an actor you are, that doesn’t mean you are “right” for the part.