29 Nov 2013
in ballads, blogger, co writing, inspiration, Life, lyrics, nashville, thanksgiving, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: co write, gratitude, mindful, Music, Song, songwriting, thanksgiving, winter park, Writing
Dear Bloggers and friends,
Thank you for following my blog. Thank you also for blogging, if you are doing that. I really enjoy reading posts that are truthful, providing insight, hope and ideas to the reader.
As I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving; I continue to feel grateful for the simple joys that are prevalent around us. My two-year old shouts for me daily yelling, “Mommy!!!” and her voice is sweeter than any sound. But it can be as simple as watching the clouds as they float by the large window in our living room. It is taking the time to relish the moment of now. It’s not always easy to do but it’s so easy to begin the process of being mindful.
With that being said, I have a song I’d like to share with you. Over a year ago, I became blessed to know a very gracious, intelligent woman named Georgia. One day, Georgia and I discussed our shared interest in songwriting and our passion for music in general. Georgia had recorded a song in Nashville as did I. Our friendship developed and we began songwriting regularly. Georgia shared a song with me she had been working on and asked if I’d like to co-write this song. I felt very grateful and excited to work together.
We are proud to announce that our Country demo of our co-write is complete. It is called “ My Dream Has Come True” . I welcome your feedback on the song. It was important for me to share this around the time of Thanksgiving, especially since this song is about being grateful. Please share our song with friends and family.
I hope that wherever you are, whomever you are with…that you are enjoying this holiday!
Live. Love. Create.
18 Aug 2013
in Acting, music, musical, theater, theatre, venue, Winter Park
Tags: acting, mad cow, orlando, playhouse, professional, theater, theatre, winter park
I decided to write a post about Theater offered in Central Florida.
There is so many wonderful plays along with talented actors, singers and dancers in our hometown!
The Winter Park Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional musical theatre dedicated to producing musical comedies, revues and cabarets with live musicians. It is associated with Actors’ Equity Association (the national union of actors and stage managers), The Playhouse maintains high standards of artistic integrity and proudly employs professional actors, musicians, and technicians.
Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park: A non-Equity, intimate black box, community theatre that encourages self-expression through dance, music, and theater.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich our community. The theater’s mission is to be a nationally recognized destination theater offering productions and education year round for all audiences.
The REP (Orlando Repertory Theater) is a professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in partnership with UCF, Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) promises to bring outstanding professional theatre to Central Florida based on classic and contemporary children’s literature.
Mad Cow Theater is one of Orlando’s most respected professional theatre companies. At this theater you will find compelling works of theatre for a wide-range of audiences, with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays and musicals representing the best of American and World literature.
The Garden Theatre is a not-for-profit community organization committed to enriching, engaging, and entertaining through creative experiences. The theatre showcases an atmospheric theatre in a Mediterranean Revival style venue. Here you will find live plays, concerts, movies and more to the residents of and visitors to the city of Winter Garden.
Hope you learned something and enjoyed the list..now go watch a show for the love of Theater!
Live. Love. Create.
24 Jul 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, career, film, Life, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: acting, belief, feature, film acting, kings gambit, meisner, news anchor, theater
Most of my prior experience in Acting included commercials and theater. Although I truly enjoy acting in commercials and there is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush that occurs during a theatrical performance; I longed to discover film acting. Well, this summer, Film acting was discovered. I took at class called CORE Film at Art Sake Studio. Here I learned basic principles of film acting and how to “meisner”. Since past February, I increased the number of auditions I went out for. I landed a few gigs along the way but mostly I auditioned. This is typical for any actor who is striving to “make it” in the business.
But one thing I discovered along the journey. I changed the way I viewed myself as an actor. Many artists will tell you they feel “fake” like they are not really professional actors/models/dancers/singers etc.. That is because society teaches us that we are only “good enough” when we “make it.” It dawned on me almost a year ago that I needed to see myself as having already “made it.” I truly believed that doors would open if I (1.) took myself more seriously, as a professional actor/singer/writer. and (2.) imagined and acted as if I have already made it.
I can say that doors are opening, slowly but at least they are opening now. In a previous blog, I discussed my excitement about local audition as News Anchor in “King’s Gambit”, a feature film. My latest update is that I booked a role as a News Anchor in this film. We are set to begin shooting film in August. I’m thrilled to be a working actor and to have an opportunity to act with a great cast and crew! Let the fun continue…
Live. Love. Create.
23 Jul 2013
in Acting, blogger, career, film, inspiration, Life, psychology, spirituality, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: actor, artist, creativity, daydreaming, energy, gigs, rejuvenate, rest, restore, spirit, stress, Writing
This is for you. The Artist.
Every artist needs fuel to keep the creative juices flowing. There are many types of stressors and stress can creep up at random. Stress in and of itself can be great fuel. We need a certain amount of “good” stress to push us to our goals and to keep us on our feet. Stress is a burst of energy that basically alerts you on what to do next. There are advantages to stress when it exists in small doses. It can help you meet daily challenges and will motivate you to reach your goals. However, there is the “bad” stress that builds and can become toxic to the mind, body and spirit. As artists, we are especially vulnerable to stress because of our heightened sensitivity. And when I say “sensitivity” I am referring to the ability of artists to tap into their own vulnerabilities and intuition. This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate in order to refuel the creative juices.
Why do I bring this up? I bring this up because my energies are in higher demand due to an increase in scheduled activities. As an actor, “gigs” are often at random and the duration/intensity vary of each job. I began to think about energy and how important it is for me to take time to rest and refuel the energy. I’m the type of person who wants to “go, go, go.” I have always been the “restless girl” in my seat at school. My head was in the clouds daydreaming. But what I believe is this. I have endless bounds of energy and visions of creating something bigger. This I have known from a very early age.
I am finally able to allow myself to fully explore my visions of creating. Yet I have learned from life experiences how to manage stressful situations and how to take care of myself along the way. I’m very grateful to be refueling the creative juices this week, as I am away on vacation. If you cannot take a vacation right now, can you take a mini-vacation? Or perhaps you can take an hour to refuel.
Live. Love. Create.
07 Jul 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, film, Florida, gratitude, Life, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: audition, Blogger, family, feature film, film, friendship, kings gambit, orlando, Writing
These song lyrics are repeating in my head this morning…
“Oh, what a beautiful Mornin’
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’
Everything’s goin’ my way.”
Yes and for good reason. I have a BIG audition today as news reporter for a feature film. After many hours committed to learning the lines; feeling the role and using positive psychology; I feel ready to go forward with confidence on my audition. Acting is not glamorous but it feels glamorous when you are prepared. There is nothing glamorous about spending countless hours prepping for auditions. However, the hard work pays off because of the feeling you get. It is this natural high of accomplishment. Artists will understand this.
I managed to balance fourth of July festivities with fun, family time at the beach and the memorization of lines. I’m finding immense joy in the simplicity that life brings, the small moments with my daughter as she feels the sand in her toes. These moments inspire me to also be mindful of the sand in my toes and to play in the ocean. It is time spent with family and friends that I am truly grateful for. I keep hearing that mantra: ”Play hard, work hard!” What if we changed it to ” Play easy, work easy!” I like the sound of that because life is really a state of mind. If we have the mindset that work and play will be fun and a breeze; it is. Work is what we make of it.
Alright, well I could go on but I have dress rehearsal for my audition today. I always prepare my clothes in advance and then have a dress rehearsal as if I have already booked the part. Until next post, have a beautiful Sunday and do something you really enjoy today! For me its film acting and a long walk with the family.
Live. Love. Create
02 Jul 2013
in blogger, career, gratitude, healing, inspiration, Life, spirituality, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, Blogger, emotion, faith, hope, motion, movement, perseverence, transition, writer
I am in motion
A wave of emotion
I found a way
I can see the end
I finally feel the commotion
For what I have always known
For the unknown
I am in motion, I am in motion
For what I believe in
Because I am only human
In motion again
A steady pace
To the end in sight
Because I can.
I am in motion
I am in motion.
09 Jun 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, commercial, film, movie, Orlando, Winter Park
Tags: arts sake, audition, backstage, Blogger, casting, class, commercial, film, myths, rejection, Singer, writer
…an email that reads ” Congrats! You have been booked.” Yes, this happened to ME. A few nights ago, I received an email with information regarding a shoot that I am directly booked for. For those of you who don’t know what “Direct Booking” means, let me help. It means an audition is not necessary. Actor needs to be prepared, follow directions and be professional. I am seriously willing the law of attraction to show me more of these emails. =)
Lately, I have been auditioning for Full Sail and getting my “feet wet” as a film actor. Thanks in big part to Art’s Sake studio CORE Film Class. This class pushes us actors to go on as many auditions as possible. I have been truly digging it! The amount of information I am learning is bountiful. I am feeling a strong urge and following through with this urge to create and complete several creative undertakings.
Auditioning is not glamorous but it is fun. I realize as an actor, what the word REJECTION means. Rejection was tough in the beginning but now I’m a natural. I look rejection in the eye thinking, “What the heck, when one door closes, another opens. No biggie.” And the cool thing is, I tend to book more jobs with less pressure on myself. And rejection actually makes me want to push even harder.
I was thinking the other day of the myths of acting and came across a few. Check out this website below. It has myths listed as well as information about castings if you are an actor.
Live. Love. Create.
30 May 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, career, co writing, healing, inspiration, lyrics, Mother, music, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: acting, actor, art, artist, arts sake, class, film, friends, guided imagery, hope for harmony, journey, mindfulness, monologue
You are probably singing right now…”One moment in time….” but I seriously meant ” One Moment at a Time” as post title. Why? Because all it takes is one moment in time to realize our true potential. This Tuesday marked the 3rd week of Core Film Class at Art Sake’s Studio. I have been enjoying the heck out of this class. I am learning to trust my impulses in acting and to be more “in the moment”.
This week I am realizing that doors continue to open. I feel there is limitless possibilities and potential in our world. Sometimes the doors that open are right in front of our eyes, and we fail to notice for one reason or another. So that is where “mindfulness” comes in. When I slow my mind down and focus on the emotions, what is bubbling up under the surface; the answers begin to appear. So I encourage you to do the same. Go to Google and click on “Guided Imagery”, meditations or take a local yoga class. It really does make a significant different on your day while also bringing clarity to what is bubbling up.
This week was exciting! Stay tuned, as my friend Georgia and I just began pre production on our co-write. We will be posting our new song this summer. Also, I will be an extra in a local Indie film called ” Hope for Harmony” to be taped this upcoming week.
Not much more to say, as its Friday “Eve”. We are all tired, right? Time to renew, repair and reboot for the next week.
Live. Love. Create.
20 May 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, career, co writing, gratitude, inspiration, Life, Mother, movie, music, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: act, acting, art sake, artists way, audition, casting, co write, create, creative, film, filming, full sail, independent, julia cameron, lyricist, movie, side, Singing, studio, writer
This week was a journey. It was a journey filled with many emotions. Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? So what is the latest on my artistic pursuit of creative rebellion? Well, lets see I started film class last week at Art Sake Studio. Check it out at http://www.art-sake.com/art-sake.com/Home.html. The class rocks and I already feel like I am learning more than I could imagine from one class. The class is inspired by one of my favorite author’s Julia Cameron (author of book ” The Artist Way”). This class encourages its patrons to attend as many auditions as possible in order to unleash the inner artist and to encourage personal growth. So this Saturday, I went to Full Sail University’s open casting call for local films. I was expecting to audition for two movies. However; when I arrived there was a long table set up with about six creative projects including video game auditions. There was a moment of panic followed by sheer excitement. I went down the aisle and signed up for each casting available. There I sat with five clipboards filled with information about each casting, followed by sides. “Sides” refers to the specific set of lines from the script of an acting project that your child (or you) must learn prior to an audition. It took some time to organize all the paperwork, sign the releases and remember which “Sides” belonged to the appropriate paperwork. I thought, ”If I can figure out how to organize this mess, it’s half the battle.”
I highly recommend auditioning at Full Sail. The staff was very friendly and the casting directors were also friendly, approachable, and eager to get the best shot. The directors were professional and provided feedback. Check out Full Sail’s site at http://www.myspace.com/fullsailcasting. I was there from 3 pm until 6:30 pm auditioning for five projects. It was a long wait but worth it. Why? Because I left with increased confidence. I felt great about the performances I gave and the courage it took to show up. So I encourage you to do the same. Find the courage within to do something you’ve always wanted to do and do it, without question.
Film business has taken the driver’s seat this week. So last night I changed it up by meeting with a friend and co-writer to solidify our song and to make arrangements to record in the upcoming week. Cannot wait to share with you! Mostly, I am feeling very grateful for the support of my husband and family which allows me to go on these auditions. Our daughter Olivia Daisy always inspires and her smile pushes me onward.
It’s been a week’s journey. It feels like this is really happening. That I am becoming the artist I always wanted to be.
Live. Love. Create.
10 May 2013
in audition, Baby, blogger, career, child, gratitude, inspiration, Life, lyrics, Mother, music, print model, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: austins coffee, catalog, change, coffee shop, credo coffee, guitar, model, Music, scholastic book, Singer, Songwriter, unexpected
After my last blog, I was filled with excitement to sing at Credo Coffee shop. I had been rehearsing vocal and guitar for over a week in order to perform there for what would be my 2nd time. The guitar was becoming my friend and I let go of my grudge against it. You see the guitar and I have a “love/hate” relationship. But recently I decided to give it another try on my terms. So when my baby girl fell asleep and with my husband’s support; I practiced chords on guitar and strummed along to my original tunes. I felt fairly confident that I was ready to showcase my original songs, even if my guitar skills were not perfect. However, sometimes things happen for a reason. The weekend prior to open mic, the guitar was not tuned. I tried tuning it several times, using different tuning methods but was not successful. I was losing hope and wondered if the guitar was broken. But really I felt like the broken one because I was so disappointed. What I really wanted was the last two days (weekend) to rehearse. And well with a baby, various creative endeavors and life; it just didn’t happen. With that being said, I am glad it did not. And thankfully, the guitar was fixed. It turned out that only ONE STRING was out of tune. But due to limited time and my desire to perform at my best; I chose to sing at next open mic. I’m thinking about trying out Austin’s Coffee Shop next week. Sometimes I am too hard on myself. One missed open mic is nothing in grand scheme of life. The important thing is that I am playing the guitar and not giving up on this creative growth.
Sometimes the unexpected actually turns out to be a great thing! So after my disappointment, I set my mind on the next creative goals. And with a tuned guitar, I felt that opportunities were endless. Then I got a phone call from my agent. She wanted to submit me as print model for Scholastic Books catalog. I was excited and of course said “Yes!”. I booked the job and arrived at Scholastic Books on Thursday. It was such a positive experience and the team of artists, directors and photographer were professional. This is another experience that reaffirmed my love of entertainment field. I enjoy print modeling as much as acting and singing.
It just goes to show you that sometimes change is a GREAT thing and that unexpectancies can be GREAT. Here are some quotes that I stumbled upon when looking up “unexpectancies, change.”
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe
“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.” Unknown
Be Well and have a fantastic weekend!