My New Show!

So, I got cast in a local play, Dark Side of the Moon, and I’ve been rehearsing for it nonstop for the past two weeks. We open this Sunday at the Next Stage Theater on 1523 La Brea Avenue in Noho.

Dark Side

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It plays for 8 weeks, the first four weeks being at 9:30 on Sunday and the second four being at 8:00 on the same day. A long commitment, but definitely worth it.

The play is movement based, which means that there’s no dialogue– we do the entire show to Pink Floyd’s famous album. It’s very intense and emotional, definitely a show that sucks you in from the moment you hear the first note. If you’re looking for an all-consuming, heartfelt kind of experience, I’d absolutely recommend it. I’d love to see some of you all there! (And if you do show up, make sure to mention my name at the door– that’s how we actors get paid!)

I really didn’t think I was going to love this show as much as I do, but it’s been an incredible experience so far. Everyone is so nice and so funny;

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Hollywood Goes GoPro :

What started out like a trickle of cheap digital camera formats this year has turned into a full on court press with the newest darling of in-your-face “action technology” gear. So, don’t be the first person to see their entertainment career destroyed by missing the boat on the latest craze.

GoProThey are small rugged, cute, waterproof and fit right in the palm of your hand. No, I am not talking about the Smurfs, but the new GoPro Hero line of cameras (http://gopro.com).

These small cameras are everywhere and digital media is beginning to crop up on all of the episodic TV and live performance projects I have been working on in the last couple months. I knew the device had officially arrived when I realized everything with wheels or a helmet at the 2011 Los Angeles X Games had a GoPro mount and camera locked in place.

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Chapter 1

Disneyland’s New Ride – The TRIPOCALYPSE

Definition of (trip-pocalypse) – A Trip or Journey that alters your life in a disturbing way.

Ride Synopsis :
It opens with a magical ‘Ground Hog Day’ esque story line. A recurring 14 day road trip thru the ‘Orange Curtain’ of hell. (‘Orange Curtain’ is referring to the roughly 35 miles of jam packed freeways and bi-ways that separate Los Angeles from the major areas of Orange County, The OC.) These four brave young Hollywood PA’s, will all be trapped, strapped-in and forced to suffer through a never-ending parade of drive thru windows, car on car assaults and unruly mobs of mostly sticky children and their over-weight impatient parents. And much like a pack of angry Honey Badgers, (these people didn’t give a f*@# either). That’s not all, this formidable foe of adversaries was reinforced by an unrelenting army of mostly untalented young and old adults that were very likely undergoing some type of therapy. Costumed up like cartoon characters from my little sister’s favorite Tv shows, they marched to a beat that they only heard . Well, that’s not necessarily true. Oh yea, I forgot… There’s lots of singing and dancing on this ride as well. It’s a Musical.. And we all know how awesome musicals can be.. Right!

Do you have any Grey Poupon

Do you happen to have any Grey Poupon..?

So sit back.. Keep your Hands inside…
Enjoy the Ride >>
clack.. clack.. clack.. clack.. clack..
Cue the V.O Guy… Cue the Tunnel Strobe…
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A long long time ago in land far far away… O.K. fine it was 12 years ago and it was just anaheim, which is just 35 minutes southeast of LA for all you non-locals, but that’s like trying to drive to Vegas on a Friday to a L.Alien (A Bad Idea – Bumper to Bumper). P.s. – I’m trademarking that phrase (L.Alien) if the Kardashians or Charlie Sheen don’t already own it.. Now back to the ride.

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Brooke Prince takes one for the team and gives us her honest review of LA CASTING and their online ‘Fee-Based’ casting service:
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So, I avoided this website / company  like the plague when I first came to Hollywood (LA CASTING  @ http://home.lacasting.com/), mostly because I thought that it was a scam and that there had to be other ways of getting casting calls, but just last week I finally caved and decided to create an account. I am so glad that I did.
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This site is completely professional, efficient, and incredibly easy to use. Sure, it’s $15 dollars a month, but honestly, you can make that back within a week as long as you submit yourself to every role that fits you and stay patient as you wait for auditions. It hadn’t even been a few days before I got my first one, and I’ve gotten another one since then, all within a very short amount of time. Yeah, it doesn’t sound like much when compared to the amount of submissions I sent out, but hey, I’m used to that– as I said in my Craigslist post, you only get about one e-mail back for every fifty you send out, and that’s if you’re lucky. So I’ve definitely gotten some success out of the site so far, and I can only hope for more as I keep using it.

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Do you need a permit to shoot in L.A.?

Appropriately (I say “appropriately ,” to draw an unflattering comparison between the idea of a permit to film and a bloodsucking vampire), my first experience in LA with these strange little pieces of paper called, “film permits,” was in a graveyard near the UCLA campus.

A friend of mine from school was taking a photography class and wanted to shoot some black and white stills in the graveyard like most film students do once they find out there’s a national cemetery within walking distance of campus. She wanted it to shoot “sort of a period narrative about a man hanging out with lost friends… or something” and I was the only one she knew with a bowler hat and a bowtie. Needless to say, I got the job.

LA Film permitsOf course, we had no money, no crew, and no gear other than her 35mm still camera. I mention this to stress our overall inconspicuousness and harmless look about us as I stood by or gently leaned on old tombstones while she took quiet pictures with no flash. We were nearly alone out there and the day was perfectly cloudy – natural light, better than any bounce board or diffuser box.

After we had taken about ten shots in this lovely morbid

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It’s a well-known fact that women don’t get as much respect as men do when it comes to the rock genre. When a chick gets behind a mic in front of a rowdy mosh-pit-prone type of crowd, everyone’s expectations immediately skyrocket, and the entire performance is an often futile attempt to prove yourself to the tough market that is today’s rock listeners. No, it’s not exactly fair, but it just means that we girls have to try that much harder in order to earn the respect that we truly deserve.

Photo by: Smoochi

Personally, I’ve experienced the discrimination in this genre through various ways. I’ve always been into the alternative rock genre, and I know full well what the ratio of guys to girls is within it, so I didn’t have a lot of hope, but I was determined to play the kind of music that I loved. As soon as I came out here to L.A., I struggled to find a band that I fit into; I searched Craigslist and Google like a fiend, and I must’ve applied to hundreds of posts over the months. The majority of my responses? “Sorry, we’re not looking for a female singer.” Ouch. I wondered if they’d even given me a chance, or if they’d seen my gender and immediately closed out of the window. My bet is on the latter.

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Just when we were getting to the heart of the global HDCAM SR shortage,

Sony releases the news we have all been waiting for… This quote was lifted from Hollywood Reporter and can help put even the most desperate film makers mind at ease.

BETAMAX“HDCAM SR production begins in July and will be at a normal run rate in August. Anyone who is still looking to shoot a series with SR tape should feel confident that that we will be able to supply the tape to the series,” Sony senior vp sales and marketing Alec Shapiro told The Hollywood Reporter. “If there are any particular initial needs that they have concern about getting an allocation, we will work with them. As long as they don’t need all of the tape before the show starts, we can handle it. We are confident and we want our customers to be confident that we are back and will have a good supply of tape.”

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