California Girl, Mommy, Wifey, Actress, Comedian ('cause it's not the same as actress), Filmmaker, YouTube Addict, Professional Knitter, Friend
I originally shot a short film called “Skyview Motel” last spring. After spending some time editing, though, I decided to add to the story and shoot one more scene. In this week’s SuperCali video I take my viewers on set with actress Susanna Musotto and DP Samrod Shenassa:
Last year director Evan Nicholas asked me to act in his short film “Another Fool”. This week he sent me a link to the final product. It’s fun to see something I worked on over a year ago come to life. Check it out:
Domino and I had a little outing today to met up with my friend Faruk. Click to watch our Super Cali adventures, to learn why Faruk has a car named “Jak”, and what type of stache he is sporting this Movember.
With a local cast of 25 plus middle school girls and boys, I very much enjoyed directing THE MONSTROSITY on location in the Santa Ynez Valley, my hometown. Follow Milly in her first day of school at George Adams Middle School as she tries to survive the untimely arrival of her first HUGE zit.
About a week ago one of my viewers, Andrew at the DrewNetwork, told me to check out an event happening here in Los Angeles called “Color it Scarlet” hosted by RED Studios Hollywood. The event is being closely followed by the digital camera/tech world as Canon and RED race to produce the next IT digital camera. Again today Andrew contacted me with more info, so I thought, “Why not?” So I called up the RED offices and asked if I could attend. I’m not sure what my chances are or who they are inviting to this event, but if not, at least I tried!
To prove how serious I am about getting into the event I resurrected my Digital Wednesdays series on SuperCaliListic.
The official jury prize winner of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Get LA” competition, this video marks the beginning of my filmmaking aspirations. Not sure where my love of film will take me, but to quote the wise Prius Pearl – “No matter what happens, you sure are a lucky gal.” I hope you enjoy watching this short as much as I enjoyed making it.
Originally performed live by dancer Alison Rootberg, and musician Drew Broadrick, “Ophelia” based on the Shakespeare character, explores the character’s psyche through song and dance. I was later asked to adapted Ophelia into a dance film to be screened at Alison’s alma mater Wisconsin University. Being a former ballet, jazz and modern dancer I was thrilled at the chance to tell a story through movement and symbolism. The DP, Samrod Shenassa and I found a beautiful location in the hills of Malibu. We shot there, in a dance studio with a white back drop and in my bathroom. The bathroom shots were very inspired by one of my favorite music videos, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”.
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.
While I was at Sundance I met actress and writer Jessa Zaribuca – aka Sparkle Queen! We started doing a live show every Tuesday night on the Blog TV channel SuperCaliforniaListic.
We made this mock PSA in the style of “Infect Truth” to inform people of the early warning signs of “Sparkle Loss”:
Here is a clip from our weekly show SuperCaliforniaListic on Blog TV.
While I was on location shooting “Me and Babs Do the Wild West” filmmaker and journalist Soo Hwang asked me about how I’m different from my character Andie Mills on Life With Babs and why I choose a character that is so optimistic.
Here is the video I shot on my Route 66 trip for my You Tube channel “Life With Babs”.