Saturday, March 21, 2015

Finally...My Big Debut

March 19, 2015 will be one of those days that I hope to never forget. I made my first prime time television debut on ABC's show American Crime. As you know from my previous blog, I was on the show and had a scene with Felicity Huffman. It was so cool to finally see it and to see it on the small screen. I had so many people blasting my Facebook and text messaging me. My best friend from my hometown even managed to get a video link for me.The support and the love sent my way was such a gift. It still is. It has now been uploaded to my web site and my You Tube Channel. I also made a couple of discs. I plan on making more of course. I have a step-dad in California that needs to see it.

When I watch the clip, it takes me back to that day. It was an amazing experience. Felicity Huffman treated me like a fellow actor and in turn became my mentor for the day. I was already a huge fan thanks to her Golden Globe and Oscar nominated performance in TransAmerica. Working with her in that short amount of time made be an even bigger fan. She was kind and she was a the professional I aspire to become. It was another day at the office for her I'm sure. For me it was a dream coming true even if it was only for a day. The crew, the director, and everyone that day made me believe that I belonged on that set. What a gift.

SIDE NOTE: You need to watch this show if you haven't already. John Ridley is a genius. I am hooked to this show!

The very next day, my husband sent me over the edge. He sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers to congratulate me on my big debut. Let me tell you I turned into a blithering idiot. I was not expecting that one. What a lucky day for me. Now I have that clip on disc. It will be the best thing on my demo reel to date. It will also be something to send to casting directors. I plan on sending it to the casting director for Grimm. I have friends to stay with there. How cool would it be to have a spot on that show. Maybe one of the vessen can eat my face off!!! I am dreaming of it now friends.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Almost There...

I have been a busy bee. I have editing and polishing book. Putting the finishing touches on a first novel can be daunting. I have a generic cover uploaded while I wait patiently for my friend to finish designing the cover. It has been three years since I started this project. Man has the time gone by. I have also discovered that you can now copyright online. That is convenient. It's been a journey and my birthday is coming up. I am hoping to have the book published by the month's end. OK I was really hoping to get it done by my birthday but I am going to be glad to have it published during this month.

Meanwhile on the acting front, I am agent free as of today. That's right. I have no agent. On the plus side, American Crime starts this Thursday and I am supposed to be in the third episode. Here is to crossing my fingers. I had a scene with Felicity Huffman. She is awesome. I had to up my game when I was on set with her.

If you don't know who Felicity Huffman is, let me school you a bit. She is most recognized for her role on Desperate Housewives as Lynette, the say at home mom that used to have a career. I remember her most from films. One in particular was Transamerica for which she won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination. That's right people! I had a scene with an award winning actress. Transamerica is a touching film about a transgendered woman trying to get to know her son. So you can see that I was beyond excited. Oh yeah! And her husband is William H. Macy. Another favorite of mine.

What I loved the most about that day and my time with her is that she treated me like an actor. For those of you who are not in the acting community, there are stories of walk-on characters being treated poorly. Not on this set. Felicity introduced herself to me in the make-up trailer with a hand shake and a smile. I have been a fan for a long time and yet she extended her hand and said, "Hi, I'm Felicity." We ran the scene three times and then met back up on set. ( note: every time something happened, I sent a text to my sleeping husband. I had to be on set at 6:00 AM )

The director, Gloria Muzzo was also amazing. She made sure that I felt comfortable. She even greeted me with a hug. If that wasn't enough, the crew treated me with the same respect as Felicity and Gloria did. Some of my friends that booked the show also had the same experience. Hands down, that was one of the best acting experiences of my life.

During the shoot we improvised a little and tried it many different ways. It was surreal. At this point in my life I had not expected to work with someone that I admired so much. You can tell by the cheezy grin on my face that it was the best day.

American Crime begins March 5. I am challenging all of you to watch.