Katrina PerkinsAn “unlimited” monthly pass to the Yoga studio around the corner has inspired more and deeper breathing in me.  Normally (realistically) this is not in my budget, yet the festival I am performing in deserves to showcase me at my most relaxed and focused.  My usual practice includes Yoga DVDs, and honestly, lacks consistency, because although it should be as simple as roll out a yoga mat and start stretching, somehow the act of vacuuming impedes my dedication.  Perfectionism gets in my way.  Things needing to be just so holds me back from doing things that are just enough.

When I took acting classes with D.W. Brown at the Baron/Brown Studio in Santa Monica, California, I came to realize by carving out time to practice an hour of Yoga prior, the scenes I was in were more consistently in the moment and relaxed.  Coincidence (noun) = a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.  “Apparently” is the optimum word. One moment affects the next, and so on throughout existence.  I certainly feel more clear and focused, and certainly breathing more since last Monday when I began ‘knocking myself out’ with unlimited Yoga – up to number five today!

Friday, I did a headstand.  Technically, I did two headstands, because I fell out of the first, very brief, one and while others in the class were still in their pose (one person in Headstand 2!! – a variation on the already challenging) I had enough time to attempt a second.  I had more difficulty getting back into the headstand the second go, because, as the instructor said, I was too excited. “Take a breath, calm down, focus” and up I went.  One might think a strong head is required for this pose, however, as I learned a strong core is necessary, and today (I did another headstand AND this time held it for even longer!) I realized strength in the shoulders helps, too, because that is truly where the weight is placed.  NOW, off to Tech Rehearsal for opening night Wednesday!

May you feel beautiful, listen lovingly, and be determined!

“The Light in me bows to the Light in you.”

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Katrina PerkinsToday, I am focusing on consciously improving a lite New York accent. Listening to a CD from Sam French respected dialect coach, David Allan Stern, I can feel the genuine brawl beginning to shape itself in my mouth, specifically in front of the lower lip, once more. In rehearsals a few weeks ago, I kinda threw the accent out there playfully, to try it on for one of the segments in a play we have already successfully performed twice.  This was one of those happenstance moments with the other actresses went with the moment and threw it right back at me and the director loved it!  The PLAY of rehearsals, the discovery of a new moment, action, or accent thrills!

In this play it is especially important to make distinct choices, because four actresses are representing 25 Veteran soldiers.  (We each voice at least six women with only our physical instrument to make them clearly unique.)  To make it easier on the audience to differentiate and remember every time I open my mouth I may not be the same voice/person I spoke from previously, I found it helpful from the beginning to give one character a Southern accent. The dialogue almost required it, though the author did not state it: she calls her granddaddy Popop.  It is always important to make choices specific, and even more so without costume changes to make a character change clear.  I am also working ways to create individual posture, and have named several segments: Maria, Jordan, Priscilla, Tori, Abra, etc.

As we continue to rehearse I become more excited for the Planet Connections Festival.  After attending a gala last night which commenced the opening, I understand the backbone of this event is one of preventing censorship- in all it’s forms.  “In Our Own Voice”, certainly says truths I never fathomed the depths of until experiencing these brave women’s words.  War is a mean variant of life I avoid wrapping my head around- I feel so cowardly and helpless.  I once believed I was doing a kindness by thanking Veterans for their service to protect my freedom.  This scratch-the-surface-understanding has since deepened.

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While it is nice to work on eyeballs, as an opthalmic technician, Katrina PerkinsI am regularly reminded by octogenarians how the “golden years” are not worth it.  The ‘convenience’ of working at the MD office affords me the ability to pay for my car, while the remainder of my bills- I manage to pay for all through the beauty and blessing of acting.  I am proud my professional network and social sites continue to grow, and most importantly my circle of work continues to pull in women writers creating strong female characters.  It is curious to me how I wished and yearned to work with empowered women, both in play and in a working relationship, and the Universal energy that is always spinning in our best interest brought them to me, or me to them.

‘In Our Own Voice’ is a play about women veterans and their personal experience throughout enlistment, deployment, and eventually coming home.  The relationships between leaders, teammates, family and civilians- we may have an idea, but this play was drawn out of actual group therapy sessions and individual interviews with women veterans.  I have learned a great deal, the tough facade I place upon military personnel is only a part of them- everyone still has feelings, even when they have been taught and practiced not to for the sake of safety.  The single biggest honor of my acting career thus far was performing this piece last year at the Veterans Association in front of a crowd of brave humans.

Since that date, we have brought the show to a library, where it was equally well received.  The end of this month, into the beginning of July, including a performance ON my Dad’s birthday, will bring us to a festival in Manhattan.  MY FIRST MANHATTAN PERFORMANCE! Rehearsing this play again with my adoptive ‘sisters’ is a wonderful joy, full of energy.  My Dad was a Marine Drill Instructor and I am privileged to have him always in my heart, most especially during this exciting time.  The gift that keeps on giving, and a new monologue has even grown out it for this newest rendition.  Lucky me!!

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It is Monday already! (Again!) And I barely remembered, because the weather is lovely out and I have stayed busy (after five walks to wear out the 90 pound pup who will turn One-year-old tomorrow!) creating a template for new professional paperstock. How exciting. It is rather fun to make progress in something that started out foreign and unnavigable, and is now uniquely my own to mail as a coverletter to select casting directors introducing myself with freshly printed headshots and resumes. So much business, it is understandable why one would be grateful for a professional assistant. A ‘ONE DAY’ GOAL!

Through the advice of a savvy business consultant at * BBRProductions * I have created [after many revisions and suggestions and additional improvments] a professional letter, or rather an easier to digest note-size preface with enough research on the receipient and spunky, naturalistic personality of the sender to attain an Agent’s attention. Appreciatively so, Praise, let it be! Additionally, I have incorporated a watermark Katrina Perkinsof my logo in the personalized greeting; I feel so fancy-pants. Then! it occured to me “IT IS MONDAY! I HAVE A WORDPRESS TO POST BEFORE 7 P.M.!” [Eastern Standard Time to still count as today]

Here I sit, needing hydration- ah, that’s better [Cheers Ralph!]- still finalizing me note, and trying to decide which photo to include here- sometimes that is what really hangs me. Oh the truth is, it all hangs me up- this indecisive little Libra strives for more balance and Thankfully there is a Yoga studio a mere two minute walk, a guaranteed cure to better breathing! OH! And next week!!! The farm season begins again! Being out in nature on an organic * farm * with amazingly good people growing food always brings me Peace and Harmony AND BLISS! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, local food: who does not derive immense pleasure from eating FRESH food?! I taste the love, and the veggies truly are more full of flavor. #Spoiled thanks to * Biophilia *. Now, back to work! Close to a finished product . . . then, assembling the paperclipped note/headshot/resume, printing address labels, a walk to the post office, and stamps. Let the mailing begin!

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Katrina PerkinsOvernight (noun) work”day” begins near sunset, filming through the darkness of night, usually exteriors, ending the next morning with the changing of the morning sky a half hour before sunrise.

Fraturday (noun)  an overnight on a Friday, ending Saturday morning.

Last week I worked a three “day” overnight booking filming a movie with Dave Franco.  I was a masked character in a group of hundreds, but the location was amazing and should look really great for the onscreen finale. Let it be known: One overnight throws your sleep schedule off for at least a day, or even two.  By the time you get home, the sun is up and most everyone else is rising and shining.  Trying to sleep for more than a few hours is an effort, waking only a couple hours later, then trying to function on half the sleep normally necessary- the day drags as much as you do.  I cannot wait to take a shower and call it an early night and go to bed at a [once dreaded] child’s bedtime of 8 pm.

Back-to-backs can be a challenge, even when they are not overnights, especially when the project booked is different from one day to the next.  Inevitably, the first show will work 14-15 hours, wrapping really late.  By the time you get home, pack the requested wardrobe for the next day’s movie with the Murphy’s Law call-time of 5:30 am, three hours of sleep is usual.  Thus, back-to-back bookings eventually wear you down, requiring time to recoup, in the hopes of preventing a fall to illness, which can take you away from work opportunities even longer.

I owe myself eight hours of sleep; between the three consecutive overnights and one Fraturday just past- this is when being a napping pro would come in useful.  If it is a rainy day, I can nap, or a hot day when nothing is really scheduled… otherwise, the mind will not shut-up long enough to fall asleep in the middle of the day. Today, I napped!  Tomorrow, I go to a softball game to cheer on the SAG-AFTRA team in Central Park!  Hard work deserves some fun in the sun!!

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Katrina Perkins‘Wordpress Wednesdays’: clearly, a mere brief success, a couple o’cameos at best. [From this I shall learn, change, try an alternative.] Despite having Tuesdays “off”, normally (aside from taking the 90 pound pup to the vet for chiropractic and cold laser treatments, and cleaning laundry, etc.) – quite naturally, I then, Thankfully, proceeded to have the BUSIEST March [bleeding into April [truly it was more average actually of the on-set variety, and I logged more days in the MD’s office than ever before] on record. The documented history of Katrina Perkins, actress: since beginning this acting journey by taking the chance and creating the full-time availability required to say “YES!” every time Casting calls, texts, or emails. Wait for it . . .THREE TIMES AS BUSY, I was IN FACT!

Again, Grateful, so full of Gratitude, well, it is my pleasure to say I am still smiling, and only just recently recovered (ever so slightly) from the exhausting lack of sleep from repetitive 3 a.m. alarms to report to set by 5:30 in the morning. I chose this… And I keep choosing it. AND I hope to be even twice as busy as all that in March 2016!  Which might just happen (here’s hoping, hoping, hoping, fingers crossed, and touch wood) if, neigh, WHEN a certain Jimmy Fallon produced television pilot is picked up for a whole season by NBC.

‘May BE Mondays’ will prove sustainable if I listen to the results (or lack there of) and respond, just as in the best and most authentic acting, and real life.  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Simple Brilliance of Einstein! It is indeed time for a change!  Write it during the week; type it up, add a photo, and schedule the post to be published on the weekend. That is an idea, anyway. I am stronger than this; I can be as consistent with WordPress as I am with showing up early to pursue the passion that is being on-set and creating entertainment!!

P.S.  I wrote this about two, almost three, weeks ago… May may IT BE the month of Mondays manuscripts :)

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Thomas J Bellezza
• Head up, looking outward

This morning I was awoken by my puppy, again. This nine month old Rottweiler is an alarm all himself. Every morning 6:30 AM; or Pee-O’clock to him. It means; feed him, take him out for bathroom time and then on a walk if he so demands it. He demanded it. I was very tired at this point and kind of wobbled along with him with my head down at the ground. Tired on more than one front. Emotionally, stressed, business, and life in general. That’s true for a lot of people. We get warn down. And I am a workaholic, so stopping to breathe is difficult. But I kept my head down, between the cold, and the lack of care to look up.

At one point I decided to look up, stretch my back, and stand tall. Why lean over with this feeling!? What I…

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The time is now 23:59 18 Wednesday 2015 NYC Eastern Standard Time

Wah wah wah.  I was in the running for a threee day gig on T.V. show “The Good Wife” to play a ‘Think Tanker’.  It’s a fun character title, and according to casting I made it pretty far along, even so far as the Director was hand selecting this specific group of background and my name was still on the short list.  When all was said and done, I was not picked.

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I did not think I had much of a chance from the get.  I submitted anyway.  If the description was: artsy, hippie, or nurse, my confidence in the possibility would have been elevated. Nonetheless, the Director of the episode saw this picture —>       as ‘Think Tank’ material. Casting called me to say I had made it to round two, and the Director was looking over the photos again.  The ever-professional (and punctual) Arthur, at Comer Casting, rang me and left a voicemail [I was walking the pup] and when I had yet to respond to his message, he rang again.  I got excited; the far from possible seemed to be getting close, practically a sure thing!  

Then, within the half hour, a text, then an additional e-mail in the negative, nope, I was not chosen.  Smiling about it now, I immediately felt like a loser, that I had somehow failed.  Silly chica, there’s bigger and better to come!  Comer Casting has been marvelous to me.  The great opportunity I had to work with Al Pacino, yeah that is correct, was, an albeit less dramatic, similar situation.  I do not recall that said tale has been spun here as of YET, but therein lies fodder for another future blog.  Long story short there, I was passed over for one day as one of several nurses- only to be blessed with the gift of getting a high-five from The Man Al Pacino himself, a mere three days before my birthday.

Life is good, in spite of my momentary moody swings.  Thankfully they are temporary, and I am grateful for so much, so often.  Such as for you; thank you for reading!

UPDATE: now I’m ON for one day of the shoot because the Second 2nd A.D. told casting she likes my look and they are adding on additional ‘Think Tankers’!

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Thomas J. Bellezza
• A Bit Part

“But you were background.” Yeah, it was a bit of a bit part. And you know what? That’s the point. I was doing one more thing greater than a person who wished they could be in this business. Being an entertainer is bit part after bit part. Because we are never truly satisfied with just enough. Anyone action is more than zero effort with working background on a TV show, movie, playing guitar on a small stage in front of ten people, or even telling jokes to less than a few laughing future fans. These are all successful moments in an entertainer’s life. Doing what they love, and living within the field of their interest. A bit part, but a big part forward. But what is the point of doing little things?

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New York is a cold place to be these last two Winters.  Television and movies shoot on sound stages where they build sets: a precinct for ‘Gotham’, dressing room for ‘Smash’, an airplane for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.  These are “interiors” and [relatively] comfortably climate controlled.  Scenes can also an “exterior”: a scene in a park, a walk and talk exiting the door of a bar/IMG_0378restaurant, or someone getting out of a car.  In the Winter, exteriors are a cold proposition.

To start 2015 I worked an episode of the third season of “Elementary” with my car.  The temperature was in the 20’s and the wind was blistering. When you are standing on snow and ice covered sidewalks for a couple hours, your feet feel even colder than they might when simply walking from one destination to another.  This is why cold Winters of recent have been a bit of a slow time of year for me.  I have gotten into the good habit [most of the time] to check the weather.com forecast of the days/week to come, and save myself from volunteering to work doing exteriors on days that will likely lead my body beyond breaking, thus rendering me unavailable for any other juicy work, because who wants to re-coup enough strength because you went to work and got sick.

Savvy casting called before the holiday hiatus asking if I would work after the first of the year.  No way to protect myself.  Yet, I lucked out on “Elementary” this January as the only ‘pedestrian with car’ who actually go to be IN the car, where it was considerably warmer. I sat in my heated seats with hot air blowing on my tootsies and waited for the signal to drive through at the top of the shot, just before the cop cars raced in to nab the bad guy.  A couple of other extras were invited to keep warm in my car between set-ups, and I counted my blessings and continued to thank my lucky stars at not having to get out and pound the pavement, take after take after take.

For those of you unable to watch the video from last week’s post, here’s hoping this Hulu link does the trick [i had to hit deny three times for the little box in the way to disappear though :)]  IMDbSNLHulu  see me at #14 :D

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