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.
18 Feb 2013
in audition, blogger, child, Life, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: actor, audition, baby, bradley cooper, career, film, motherhood, playbook, silver linings, Singer, songwriting, Writing
Today was a VERY cold day in Florida. I am so confused by Florida weather. One day rainy, one day freezing, another day hot and then back to freaking COLD. You’d think I would be use to it, since I am a native to Florida, but I am not. Oh well. I could put a positive spin on this and say that the unpredictable weather always keeps us guessing. As if the weather is an exciting surprise. But the truth is, I am not amused. Mostly, because my wardrobe goes in and out of boxes regularly, not knowing what to expect next.
Okay lets see, highlights for today.
* Music highlight: Worked more on latest song, in which I am co writing. Very excited about this!! I will be meeting up with co writer tomorrow evening to continue our edits. Can’t wait!
* I went to an audition for a Full Sail movie. The only catch is NO ONE WAS THERE. So there was no audition for me. I am still puzzled by this. But I did leave the casting department a message. I will try again.
* Enjoyed a belated, but not forgotten, Valentines day dinner and movie with my husband. We watched a movie called ” Silver Linings Playbook” directed by David O. Russell. One of my favorite actors is Bradley Cooper (stars in this film) . Our dinner at Thai Singh was fantastic. ”Late night noodles” has always been our favorite dish there. Delicious!!! (Thanks for babysitting mom and dad!)
Very sleepy so goodnight…
07 Feb 2013
in Acting, audition, Baby, blogger, career, Life, Mother, Parenting, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: acting, actor, audition, disney, florida, gratitude, mindfulness, motherhood, tampa, Writing
Day 30, what can I say? You threw out small tests and I manged to pass them. Yes, life lessons.
There were unexpected surprises and minor challenges. Yet, I woke up and said ” Life, what do you have in store for me today? It will be a great day!” And thankfully, it turned out to be a good day, not great, but good. There is so much to be thankful for.
Highlights for today:
* I survived many baby tantrums. I’m starting to get a handle on how to better manage a tantrum. Distraction by laughing, dancing and singing tends to help Liv calm down and refocus.
* I prepared for Disney audition, which is tomorrow. I have never auditioned for a Disney commercial before so I am very much looking forward to it!
* I bought make up today (a light foundation, commonly used for television) and a very kind saleswoman said this to me:
” Just go be a princess on that Disney commercial and whatever you do, don’t worry.” She continued with ” Just like a job interview, go in there and be your confident self.” It was like she knew me and was reading my thoughts. A real life angel. Thank you to the kind stranger who brightened my day. Ironically, she worked at Disney for many years.
* I am making every effort to do at least one kind gesture, out of the blue, for someone each day. It feels really good and I believe in the law of attraction.
And with that, good night. I really want to write more to you dear blog and bloggers; but this lady is VERY tired. Plus I need my rest in order to magically transform into the best princess actress Disney can ask for. LOL
19 Jan 2013
in Baby, career, child, Florida, gratitude, healing, Life, Mother, Orlando, Parenting, Singing, spirituality, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: actor, artist, family, joy, life, mindfulness, motherhood, Music, Singer, songwriting, spirituality, wellness, writer
Today is Day 11, my lucky number !!! What follows is a synopsis of my day. Our sweet baby girl has been under the weather since Wednesday evening. So mommy and daddy have been busy taking good care of her. Today I took Liv to our first appointment with a new pediatrician who is an MD but also skilled in Alternative Medicine. It is such a relief to find a pediatrician who believes in empowering families through prevention, education and support.
I visited my favorite business for skin care this evening. It is called The Sanctuary of Winter Park. The owner/founder is Usha Naran who is also a friend of mine. She is such a professional, kind and genuine individual. I admire her as a specialist in skin care and as a person. She specializes in facials, waxing and make up. Also there is a wonderful lady there named Maria who is very talented and is also a friend of mine. Maria provides many services including waxing and pedicure/manicure. I see Maria for eye brow waxing and always leave happy! Check out this peaceful Sanctuary that is well-known for skin care in Winter Park.
I could go on and on about my day, but don’t want to bore you today. First and foremost, today was about taking care of our bambina (spanish for “baby girl”). We also ran a few errands together. The process of organizing, decluttering and unpacking is taking longer than anticipated. Olivia keeps me laughing when life can be so serious.
I am beginning to truly miss lyric writing, acting, singing and dancing. Mostly I miss singing, and acting. I have the acting bug again! So I am hopeful that next week will be the last week of serious organization mode; so I can concentrate on acting/music again. I sing and write now but not to the extent of my soul’s purpose. There are many changes being made on a personal and professional note; which are preparing me for this next phase.
16 Jan 2013
in blogger, career, gratitude, inspiration, Life, Mother, musical, Orlando, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: actor, artist, central florida, family, joy, life, mary poppins, mindfulness, motherhood, musical, wellness, winter park, writer, Writing
Last night I felt blogger guilt. I was out on a date with my husband and suddenly remembered my blog. You see, I promised myself I’d write a blog each day. On Monday night, I planned to write about Sunday and Monday, however; I was unable to access the internet. And then it was Tuesday evening.
I tend to set very high expectations of myself. My hope was to write a blog each day, but it was a fast-paced, fun and mommy-tired sort of weekend. And then one needs to recover from such a whimsical weekend. So there was Monday. I spent a good part of Monday cleaning house. No longer will I continue to set such a high expectation. I think it is more realistic to say I will blog most weekday nights and blog once about each weekend. So below is a synopsis of the last four days (including today).
The weekend was useful in that I sorted through boxes and continued to organize our new home. As for family time, we went to Winter Park Farmer’s Market Saturday morning. For the novice marketeers, it can be intimidating. There is a large crowd and it is packed. And it was momentarily scary when one vendor’s food truck began to tilt on its side. It just so happened that this food truck was a barbeque pit with smoke filling the air. Everyone froze as the truck tilted further in one direction. There was a loud gasp of shock and fear. But within seconds, the food truck was back up and running.
What I love the most, food wise, is a delicious crepe. They even have gluten-free crepes now. Yes, I ordered gluten-free with fruit and peanut butter. Although I am going dairy-free; I figured a minimal amount of skim milk will do no harm. For health reasons, I have decided to go dairy free. Apparently there are great benefits to sticking to an all plant protein based “livit”. I prefer to not use the term “diet” rather, to use “livit” as this is a positive change. The WP market is worth the trip!
Sunday evening, I went to see Mary Poppins musical at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. One word “Dynamic!” The set was extraordinary. I guess that is two descriptive words. The artists were top notch and the choreography impeccable. It was an inspiring musical to anyone, of any age. There were many metaphors to a life well lived. One of my favorite quotes is from Jane & Michael, ” Stretch your mind beyond fantastic, dreams are made of strong elastic.” I felt inspired to continue this path of creative risk, adventure, and positive growth. Thanks to my sisters for gifting me this occasion!! Check out upcoming shows at the following website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Bob-Carr-Performing-Arts-Centre-tickets-Orlando/venue/278567
And the exciting recent news is we have finally installed our brand new oven, into our brand new condo. The more organized I become, the more ready I feel to confidently stride forward as an actor, singer and writer. It is a cleansing of mind, body and spirit.
Wishing you a fulfilling week ahead!
15 Nov 2012
in Acting, audition, career, job interview, Life, Lisa Maile
Tags: actor, audition, career, interview, marketing, resume, women
In a previous post regarding acting for beginners in Central Florida; I wrote about one of my mentors, and friend Lisa Maile. This is a follow-up to last post, because there is so much more to share! Lisa owned the Lisa Maile Studio for Acting and Modeling until 2004. She sold the school in 2004 and now works as a success coach & trainer through Lisa Maile Seminars & Coaching. You can find more info at LisaMaileSeminars.com.
Lisa will be presenting a free Interview workshop at the upcoming Career Expo & Job Fair at the Arena this Fri, Nov 16, at 11:25. So for anyone seeking employment, this is the lecture to attend, plus almost 4,000 jobs will be available!!
The website for info on this OrlandoJobs.com free workshop is:
If you’re interested in sharpening your personal marketing skills, Lisa is also hosting an all-day Power Interviewing Boot Camp Saturday, Jan 26 at Mall at Millenia; this is a fundraiser for the non-profit Dress for Success– tickets are $50 til Dec. 31, $75 in Jan, with entire ticket price to DFS. For more info, contact Lisa@LisaMaileSeminars.com
Lisa was very kind to provide me with information in regards to her business. I also asked Lisa a question to support actors who are just beginning the audition process. I asked Lisa “If you could say one thing to actors, just starting out in the business..one piece of advice..what would it be?” Lisa’s response is below.
“For actors starting out, it’s critical to be professional & be prepared at auditions! Arrive early, know your lines & character, dress appropriately, be positive & upbeat, and present yourself like a veteran. Time is money in any business… & particularly in “the industry”; you show respect for clients, agents & casting directors (and also illustrate you’re strong talent) if you’re consistently early, prepared, positive & deliver an impressive performance… because of your preparation beforehand. PREPARATION POWERS PERFORMANCE!”
Interested in free interview assistance? Visit Lisa’s site to view 5 Power Interview videos created with The Orlando Sentinel as a community service: LisaMaileSeminars.com
28 Oct 2012
in Acting, Florida, Orlando, Winter Park
Tags: acting, actor, agents, audition, casting, schools, talent
In a previous blog I discussed the importance of giving back. So today I am dedicating this blog to anyone living in Central Florida who desires to learn the tools of the trade (acting). Since as early as I can recall; I have wanted to act, sing and dance. However, acting captured my heart when I was in Elementary school. It was there that I transformed into a worm, while reading a poem during a school play. And it was during these years, that I performed a song from En Vogue with my school friends, dancing and singing live. Yes, I know I cannot belive I am admitting to this. But anyways, long story short; this passion for acting grew. Since I am a native of Winter Park, Florida; I have seen a lot and heard quite a bit regarding the acting industry. There is always more to learn though. If you are a local actor, please comment and provide additional feedback about the highs and lows of this industry. Any tips, or tools will be helpful for all to learn.
This blog post is for YOU, the actor. So where to begin? Lets start with the top schools for acting. Right now I am hearing a buzz that Art Sake Studio is hot for film and technique in acting. Yvonne Suhor is the artistic director and instructor at this studio. The Maile School for acting has always been a leader in providing Image, Modeling and Acting for individuals of all ages. It was formerly known as Lisa Maile School. I was a graduate of The Maile School taking classes in acting, workshops and image development. Lisa Maile is an amazing role model to everyone, especially to women. I personally know Lisa and adore her. She is passionate about what she does and it shows. My confidence grew at auditions, thanks to classes I took at The Maile School. (http://www.lisamaile.com)
Okay, on to top casting directors. Casting directors audition and help choose all the speaking roles in movies, television shows and plays. They are often the liaisons between the agents, directors and actors. The two casting directors you will run into the most are John Peros and RJ. Both casting directors have developed a strong reputation. I have auditioned for both casting directors many times. They also offer workshops for how to be your best at auditions. Orlando often casts talent for commercials. RJ’s casting website is http://www.rjscasting.com and John Peros website is http://www.johnperoscasting.com. In addition, Kimberly and Mark Mullen from Mullen Casting are reputable leaders in the Central Florida market.
There are many highly respected agents in the area. Top agents include but are not limited too; the Diamond Agency, Central Florida Talent, Azuree Talent Agency, Bi Coastal Talent Inc. And if you are lucky, you might get into Hurt Garver talent. The Hurt Agency is for talent and models as well.
As an actor, you will need a resume and headshot. I have had numerous pictures done by the Wet Orange Studio with photographer Michael Cairns. (http://www.wetorangestudio.com) You can find a list of additional photographers on the website http://www.actorsinfobooth.com. This informative site provides information on auditions, an agent list, workshops etc.
11 Oct 2012
in blogger, boutique, Coffee, Florida, Life, lyrics, Mother, Orlando, Parenting, psychology, Singing, venue, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: actor, artist, baby, central florida, family, florida, lyrics, mindfulness, motherhood, new artist, orlando, Singer, Singing, songs, Songwriter, songwriting, the voice, winter park, writer, Writing
Today I began my search to discover the mysteries of Central Florida, particularly Winter Park. And of course, being that I am a singer, lyricist, actor; I’m mostly interested in these areas.
Did you know that taking a walk down Park Avenue in Winter Park is like transporting to “Little Europe.” If you had a superpower like “transportation” why not pretend you are in Europe and enjoy the pleasures of strolling down Park Avenue. I enjoyed reading from blogger on “Sanford365″ website who talked about Park Avenue as “Little Europe.”
There is a Swetman building off Park Avenue with the sign “Little Europe” on it. Winter Park’s “Park Avenue” has a European flair. You can visit the Winter Park Historical Association which offers a Park Avenue/Winter Park Walking Tour. And after your tour, you can stop for lunch at a quaint bakery for croissants and tea or enjoy the trendy boutiques.
Central Florida is known for theme parks, water parks, shopping malls and dining. But there is so much more on the music front and Winter Park is the hidden gem. You can visit the following website to find more information on Central Florida. http://www.visitflorida.com/Orlando/music.
Also you can visit “ZVents Discover Things To Do”, which looks like a great website for the latest events in Central Florida and surrounding cities. Mark your calendar for the Firefall Acoustic in Concert Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 3:00pm. This event will take place at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Firefall trio consists of band members, Steven Weinmeister – vocal & guitar, Jock Bartley – vocal & guitar and Bill Hopkins – vocal & bass perform their classic hits in an acoustic performance on Sunday, Feb. 17th at 3pm at the Uptown Art Expo.
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has the distinction of being the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States. It is also Central Florida’s oldest operating performing arts organization. The Bach Festival Society was founded in 1935 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth. The famous composers’ orchestral and choral music is open to the public for its “enlightenment, education, pleasure, and enjoyment.” Visit http://www.bachfestivalflorida.org/ for more information.
Stay tuned because there is more to come on the mysteries of Central Florida.
10 Oct 2012
in Acting, Baby, boutique, child, Coffee, Cooking, Life, lyrics, Mother, movie, nashville, new age, Parenting, psychology, Singing, spirituality, venue, Writing
Tags: actor, artist, baby, Coffee, dream, family, health, lyrics, mindfulness, mom, motherhood, multitasking, Music, mystery, Nashville, new artist, Singer, Singing, Songwriter, spirit, the voice, writer
I was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida. It’s funny that most people I run into around Central Florida are not from here. They look at me bewildered that I am a native. No matter how many times I have moved away, somehow I end up back at the heart of central Florida, the lovely Winter Park.
Winter Park holds many memories from my younger years to highschool and now to adulthood. I ate frozen yogurt and cookie sandwiches at “TCBY” as a special reward at the end of a taxing day in Elementary school. My mom would reward us with frozen yogurt cones. She would say “let me help you with that, its dripping.” Sneaky mom! Fast forward and there were many preparations for Homecoming and Prom. The soccer games in Central Florida and surrounding areas bring back so many memories with my parents cheering us on. There are memories of lunch breaks with my sisters on Park Avenue. And who can forget the visits to the Farmers Market? I went on my first “official” date with my husband on Park Avenue at Briar’s Patch. There were candlelit dinners on the lawn in the actual park across the street from Park Avenue. My one year old daughter and I stroll Park Ave and window shop. There are far too many memories to detail in one post. And quite frankly, I have mommy brain right now, so cannot recall all of the wonderful memories at present.
I am an enthusiast of all things family, baby, music, acting and so much more. I adore my hometown. Yet there is so much more to know. As a singer, lyricist and actor; I’m eager to meet others who share a passion/ dedication for creating art. Many blog posts ago, I began discussing the mysteries of Nashville, TN. It dawned on me yesterday that as much as I love Nashville, I equally adore Winter Park. It lead me to this question; ” What are the mysteries of Central Florida?” If you or someone you know have something exciting, adventurous, new to share about the culture, atmosphere of Central Florida; please email me or comment. If you are an artist reach out!