I am so freaking excited to announce that SIMULATED THEORY, a political Sci-Fi I co-wrote, Acted in and Directed has just gotten into the Oasis Film Festival! I'm thrilled that this short film, the cast and crew are able to be seen by another audience and showcase not only their talents but the message and story that we are trying to tell!
Thank you for being apart of this journey!
Here is the link! The film should be up in a week or so!
A little known fact: I have been in childcare most of my life. Growing up the oldest of 6 kids, it was pretty much all I ever did until I got into paid childcare when I graduated from high school. I took a job at the YMCA as an Instructor for the Arts, then a full time staff member at one of their school sites. I told myself, "I'll leave this job when I graduate college and get a job in the arts somewhere." But the longer I stayed at my jobs, the harder it was for me to get out. The perks were too good: it paid much better than most jobs, and I got weekends off to film, hang with my friends, perform and evenings. So I stayed. From there it was an endless cycle of private babysitting, gymnastics for kids, mommy and me classes, being a nanny and a parent companion to the mom's with Post mortem depression.
As of Thursday, April 19th, 2018...I no longer am apart of this 20+ year career.
And now A full-time student to the career I always wanted.
To be an Actor. To Be a Storyteller.
I've spent the better part of a decade being apart of other families lives, cleaning up their homes and being a regular Cinderella. I had several great experiences with families and it was a great way to be outside, get exercise and keep up to date on the latest children novels and local library puppet shows... lol... But with this relatively easy (to me) & fruitful job, came a great deal of other issues that I don't think most people, even the parents, are fully well aware of, I wasn't.
This will lead into one of the reasons I decided to move on.
About a month ago, in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, two children, a 1 year old and a 4 year old lost their lives. A woman at a busy intersection, claims to have had a seizure, while stopped at red light. The mother, pregnant pushing one child, and a nanny pushing another, were struck but didn't die.
I found out about all the detail later that day but before I knew... I walked by the death scene. I saw the ambulance covering the bodies and the police directing traffic and pedestrians away from the scene as the roles of "Crime Scene" tape came out.
I walked by thinking, " I hope everything's okay".
But it clearly was not.
When I found out... I was shocked. My heart dropped and I broke out into tears over the loss of life, and as the thought of loosing the child I watched sunk in, it took me back to almost a month prior when I was hit.
Winter in New York means that nightfall is much sooner and I was going to work, practically when the sun went down. One night, no later than 6 O'Clock, I was walking though an intersection, talking and laughing with the kid I watched. There were parents in front of me, kids swinging from their arms, and the cars, still going through the crosswalk seemed to be aware of the little & big lives in front of them. So we kept going, and going, and going, but this one black car didn't look like it was going to stop. I remember thinking, "They saw all the people in the crosswalk, they have to see us."...But they didn't. Next thing I knew, I was feeling the hot front of the car, and watching as I pushed the kid as close to the sidewalk as I could, to get him FAR away from the death machine. The car hit me on my knee, and I thought "You've been hit before, just try and get the Kid out of the way, and jump up onto the car, then hold on for dear life until they stop."
I was very lucky that day.
Instead of having to get the Kid away, the woman with two children who had been crossing in front of me took hold of the Kid as his stroller toppled over to the ground, and before I could jump another woman grabbed my coat arm and pulled me with all her might out of the way. I'll give New York this... that NEVER happened to me in California.
My immediate impulse was to go to the Kid and see if he was alright. They were fine. The single woman who grabbed me asked if I was okay. At the time I was in shock and more concerned with the Kid, so I said yes. I turned to see where the car that had hit us was.... It was 5 store fronts down by this point.
As the single woman was standing there asking about my knee, the black car stopped. An older woman got out of the passenger side and when the single woman asked me "Do you want to get their information?" All I could do was yell at the elderly woman "What Happened?" The elderly woman looked panicked and ran back into the car and drove away. No one got the plates.
My knee was sore for 2 weeks. I couldn't go up the stairs without some pain for a week, couldn't go to the gym and I had a bruise the size of my fist. But I wasn't concerned about me, I was more worried about the Kid. Fortunately, he was just fine.
But what if he hadn't?
What if he and I were on the news like the 1 & 4 year olds in my neighborhood?
I hadn't thought much of my innocent until walking by the flowers and teddybears at each corner near my house. I broke down again with my family and that was when I knew.... This was the end of this journey for me. I couldn't go outside, see a car run a red light, see someone almost hit or hit, in either neighborhood and not think of the family that lost their kids, or the car that hit & run me.
I guess I'm writing this as a way to bring awareness to those not in this industry, to those in this industry who think "It'll never happen to me" and to the drivers of New York.
I know cliche' but running that light isn't worth ruining someones life.
I needed to move on from childcare, and become a full time pursuer of the arts, I know that. I want to say "It gave me the push I needed" and it did, but the cost wasn't worth that push.
Thank you for listening, to whomever reads this.
Just got finished with a Political Sci-Fi Short Film, which was apart of the Actors Green Room, Filmmakers Challenge. I got to act, direct and co-write this epic short film, with some really cool performers and crew! Looking forward to seeing the full product at the screening on March 5th at the John Sullivans. More details to come!
Dev (Elizabeth Owens) lives a quiet, normal life but when her families bar is burnt down, she is aided by Zoey (Molly Gazay), a wild Assassin, to help find Helmsley (Jay Storey), the villainous man responsible. As they gear up to go bring Helmsley down, an unexpected accident occurs with their upstairs neighbor Warren (Steve Lichtenstein). Zoey calls on her friend K 'The Cleaner' (Mary Agnes Shearon) to help, while they are snooped on by Dev's Superintendent Mrs. Evelyn(Pamela Osowski), who's been searching for her cat Rodarte (Lady Wigglesworth)
As apart of the AGR Filmmakers Challenge, I got to write, direct, co-produce and Act in this off the wall Dark Comedy.
Check out the trailer below!
And if you missed the first viewing at John Sullivans NYC, they'll be another opportunity on December 13th!
Tis the Season for Horror and Scifi. In GPS the Short Horror Film, I get to do both! I never thought I would be that girl who is going to the party and magically gets into a car accident then thrust into the woods but its happened!
I am so excited for this piece to come out!
For now, feel free to check out a little trailer of some scenes I am in.
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I had the pleasure to write and act in "A-Lexi" A Horror Comedy that premiered at The John Sullivan's Upper room, for the AGR's Filmmakers Challenge.
This is such a wonderful mind F*ck! Its been almost 3 years since moving to New York. My first year, I told myself I would get a manager.Done! My 2nd year I told myself I wanted to book a paid gig and get an Agent. DONE! Now almost 2 months away from my 3 year mark and I told myself I wanted to be on T.V. DONE! I will have been on television 4 times by the end of this year. I have to especially thank the ID Channel for the opportunities they gave me. Kaufman Films and the amazing slew of Directors and Producers that have cast me on various shows, have given me a great gift! And here is the the gift, the gift to do the craft I've always wanted to do.
Above is my first Principal role on "Six Degree's of Murder". What's even better, I get to play a bad guy. This is the way I have always wanted to go. They bad-guys, the weirdo's, the disenfranchised, evil, and just plain weird, types. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are what I want to do and Crime Drama's are a great gateway!
Here is to more adventures in Acting and bringing goals to reality
Thank you for sharing my journey with you
I have been working on a new series with a really talented group of people behind and in front of the camera called Trap Door. The story came about because of a scene I was doing for my reel. I wrote the scene and after releasing I got swarmed with messages asking if I was going to continue the story.
It was a good feeling to say the least. The original video is a bit different and I'm not sure if it will be featured in the show, but it sparked something and from there the series has taken off.
The original scene was one that I felt strongly in. The content (WATCH HERE) was something that I had experienced in my earlier years (with the exception of one thing, you'll know what it is). As an actor, I had always been drawn to characters that were different from myself, stories that I found unique, that's what we do but in this show, its been a struggle for me to live in a storyline that hits home and also lives in a different universe. This show blurs those lines for sure, going into a sci-fi crime thriller with a psychological twist, that I hope will be enjoyable for those watching, but at its core, it shows a part of my personal self that I rarely talk about.
As a creator, this is my 3rd web series I've written and produced, but its the first show I have written and have myself as the primary lead. It is also the first Dramatic Series I've written. I have dabbled in dramatic shorts but I mostly stuck to comedy. Especially when I moved to New York. I think writing and being in comedies when moving here was easier. It was a light weigh of getting to know people and I have loved meeting and mingling with those people.
I also thing a big part of it too was that I was a lot heavier when I first moved to NYC, (About 50lbs) and that created a "type", that Comedy, I felt, was more accepting. (As Shitty as that is)
It really becomes a whole new perspective when doing something so serious. As an actor, I am learning that what I have done on comedy sets don't always work when doing drama's like this. Of course this is more of a Dramedy, incorporating some humor but the heavy scenes like the one in the picture you see above feel different. There is a heaviness that you need to mentally prepare yourself for. For me, it becomes a healthy addition. I have wanted more of this and I think the process has made me a stronger actor. It also helps when you have great people to work off of (The crew is pretty cool too).
So, the emotional, spiritual and artistic journey will continue with this series. I am looking forward to updating the trailer, but for now, if you want to check out more you can go to our site:
TRAP DOOR SERIES
Today was the last of a 2 day filming sprint.
We got most of Episode 2 done and will be finishing up the rest of the series at the end of August.
Thanks for reading and as always,
Look to the stars
Happy 4th Everyone! Hope you have a safe and fun holiday! I know I will be floating in a pool for the next 72 hours and no one will be able to remove me...lol... Except to get watermelon, maybe
I got booked for another gig in July at the ID Channel. So yeah, I am pretty much with ya all month! Very Excited that this is my 4th role on this series.
I'm a woman of all trades. Love what I do and I do what I love.