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This week past, I worked as an “Environmental Protestor” holding a sign against a emmyhairpesticide law in California for a TV show, and I play- here’s a stretch- (on another show, this one for AppleTV)- a NY pedestrian. Background performer on both, no lines, or legit screen time, but both pretty days in their own league.  I often am cast as the “crunchy” “granola” “hippie”.  It’s my look, it is, apparently, my niche.  From the Hulu show ‘The Path’ to this week’s ‘PROTECTOR of BEES!’ role,  I guess it’s clear, I am a treehugger.

Prius-driving, recycling, composting, cloth napkins, buying Mother Earth friendly (and, it turns out, the friend to our own largest organ: our skin!) soaps … and, choosing recycled paper products, all these individual choices add up.  Each IS a choice to complete the cycle through the purchase of paper products; recycle the cardboard = step 1, buy the 100% recycled paper product = step 2 (it feels like there should be a step 3 somewhere since it IS a recycling TRIangle, help me out here).  I, personally, buy ’em all: paper towels, toilet paper, tissues.  Some people cannot go for a recycled paper product to wipe the arse post-poopage.  I can.  One day, soon perhaps, I will make the switch to cloth handkerchiefs, too.  Need to research how to clean them well enough; is it possible without bleach?  Baby diaper: you GOTTA use bleach, right??

Let us/me mostly get back on topic: The NYC pedestrian gig was what is referred to as a “RUSH CALL”. Basically, usually, someone else has canceled and the casting person needs to replace her NOW to show-up on-set on-time/ASAP. My husband was set to work a specific “OVERNIGHT” and a RUSH CALL for a female was posted via email approximately a half hour before he was suppose to leave. I replied to it (usually i do not because i feel they should have booked ME in the first place, because I would Not have canceled on them… I show up… anyway) and I said I could be to the location at the exact time I knew he was suppose to report there, his call-time. Casting called, and I booked the gig.  Long story short, it ended up being a beautiful location by the water with NYC skyline view, I didn’t even end up working because they only wanted special ability dancers, AND production paid for a crepes truck to show up: “Thanks for a Crepe Week!”  I basically got paid to get some exercise by riding my bicycle with my husband, to have someone who just won an Emmy for personal hair dresser to Michelle Williams on the Fx miniseries ‘Fosse/Verdon’ make my hair look even better, to eat a delicious catered dinner, to enjoy a Friday night out with my husband eating a savory crepe . . . and getting paid.  Oh, and the “overnight” turned out to be we were riding our bicycles home before midnight.

Um, I am grateful, for many, many … many moments.  What have you, to be grateful?

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The past two years have proven … full of Love/excitement (some scary, some fun)/exhausting/infinitely hopeful.

Auditions have increased, and I have joined the stage union Actors Equity.  004-20Originally, I had solely focused on television and film, but acting in the British farce ‘Miranda’ as Lady Claire Martin, and a friend who worked on Broadway, brought me to the the realization that limiting myself to these two filmed mediums only was cutting out a whole opportunity to act.  The goal is : to act, to sustain myself financially through acting.  Stage acting can be lucrative, and certainly fulfilling, the characters robust and standing the test of Time, satisfying beyond being a background extra.

Limiting ourselves; placing restrictions on our Life’s satisfaction, ugh.  We, each of us, are deserving of happiness.  Whether we restrain possibilities of Love in a miserable relationship where we make too many unreasonable compromises to the benefit of another who consistently takes from us our energy, or in a job that depletes our creativity and passion in order to pay the bills.  Paying the bills is important.  Currently I am investing in my financial freedom by reading a digestible book called ‘InvestED’ by Danielle Town.  The stress of financial worry can wreck havoc on our health, and while I am reading a great deal more, in part thanks to a wonderful man in my life who also enjoys the delights and benefits of the exercise, if feels empowering to grow this knowledge.

Another area I have been in pursuit of more devotion: My own health.  Specifically, more dependable Yoga and Meditation practices.  Usually, I suppose, I have discovered, I can have a tendency to be an “all or nothing” mentality, a perfectionist unhappiness that accomplishes zero when five Sun Salutations or five meditative minutes is, in fact, better than none.  The Peace washes me of displeasure, fault-finding and “not enoughtist” mentality, leaving me happier, healthier, and good enough.

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This was the first week I was paid to work full-time on-set. Hugh Jackman is starring and producing a biopic of P.T. Barnum, a passion project long in the works, titled “The Greatest Showman”.  By far the best production I have ever been a part of, both because of the entertainment level of the movie and the kindness of the crew. The songs are incredible, one better than the next, written by two of the composers from award winning “LaLa Land” (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) with splendid dance numbers (I only know the choreographer as Ashley, he is amazing!).

From the fitting a month ago, where the wardrobe department dressed me three different options, to the first day of filming this past Monday, even with a 3:30 am wake-up to begin filming at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, I have been completely enthralled. This energized and colorful movie set in the 1860’s feels like it is going to be the Christmas blockbuster of 2017. I have never encountered such a kind and truly generous leading man as Hugh Jackman. He handed out lotto scratch off cards to the crew Friday morning, upon introduction – hugged their friends and family visiting the setup, and hired an Italian sausage food truck for the final late night of the week, too. No wonder the production feels so happy and work proceeds with ease, even on perpetual 14 hour days.

The inspiration from the beautiful, uplifting, strong songs, seeing the unrelenting happiness and work ethic of the main man, and the collaboration of many talented artists to create this masterpiece goes without compare. What a powerful way to begin this new year. Two weeks in and it is a blessing I am grateful to have experienced this motivating force of art that emboldens one to continue recent endeavors, to push for more achievements, and to dream even bigger with the belief that enough hard work, perseverance, and patience, can, and will make all dreams true. Everyone starts somewhere; everyone is inspired by someone. I am a very thankful woman; may I grow ever more so throughout the year.

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Today, casting inquired my availability to audition: today. “Yes!”was the natural response. One always enthusiastically replies affirmative. At least, this is the habit we cultivate when desiring positive reverberation from Universal Energy to all our own hopes and dreams answered. This audition was specific to redheads … and could I be there by 2:00 pm. Again: “Yes!”.

Quick like a bunny, I hopped in the shower and blow-dried my hair, found my last remaining prepared headshot and resumé [they pleasantly remarked how I was the only one who had come prepared] and off I went into the magic that is Manhattan. Arriving, after discovering the entrance, though listed on Broadway, was truly on 40th … being photographed by security in order to have a barcode printed with my photo so I can to scan my way through the gates to ride the elevator, I land on the 23rd floor to a standing-room-only waiting room full of glorious redheads!

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Pleasantly chatting up the male receptionist for approximately half an hour … it was my turn. They were looking to fill five positions for a live event to include: the cowgirl from Toy Story, Lucille Ball, Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman, Wendy from the fast food restaurant, and Poison Ivy. I think every woman instantly wants to be the tall, sexy Pretty Woman, but reality helped me consider the chances of me, at 5’3”, fitting that tall bill … upon re-evaluation, my excitement grew as I realized my long tendrils would be a perfect fit as Poison Ivy. The audition consisted of improvisation, which was immense fun. Sexy, seductive, deadly Poison Ivy. Needless to say, [I forgot to mention, a bird made a tiny poo landing right on me surfacing from the subway] … the audition went splendid! They confirmed my availability both the 16th and the 18th … I am completely available ALL the 18th, however, I am already booked for the 16th … because … I said “Yes!” to another casting director for a show I work on all the time! “Friday is a rehearsal, it is an hour, everyone has to be there, we’ll be making our decision tomorrow” … oh well! It would have been immensely fun to dress up in an amazing Poison Ivy costume. At least I got to practice auditioning!

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