2018… and the gloves are off!

Hi everybody, it’s been a while! Whoa, time sure flies! I was gonna post something before the end of 2017 but…alas..didn’t get around to it.

So, Goodbye 2017, it’s been a very up and down year…

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….but it ended on a great note for me, doing some ADR for a feature film ‘The Samuel Project‘ (dir. Marc Fusco).  I got to see it at a private screening and promise you’re gonna love it!

 

Helloooo 2018!

I hope you started the new year with bells on and are ready to kick ass in 2018! I sure am and the gloves are off!

I saw this art by Sarah Andersen the other day and it really speaks from my heart:

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Thank you Sarah, you nailed it!

 

So, I’ve been practicing a little:

(BTS clip from director Dante Moran for his feature film ‘Penance’)

 

I got a feeling this year’s gonna be a bumpy ride on this planet (on so many levels) and I’m already aware of some personal challenges ahead this year, but I have a plan. It’s good to have a plan…

Ok, off to hit the ground running. Toodles!

xoxo,

Pia

 

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Her Dark Half at SDCC 2017 Art Show

I’m doing it again! Last year was such a success that I decided to continue with my ‘Warrior’ series of original paintings and again dedicate it to Anxiety and Depression Awareness!

The Art Show at San Diego Comic Con 2017 has moved to a new location, which means, this year you don’t even need a badge to get into the Art Show!!!

Come to the Art Show Thursday 7/20 thru Sunday 7/23 and buy/bid on original art by #HerDarkHalf! No SDCC badge needed this year! Her Dark Half's #WarriorSeries original art again available at SDCC - continuing her pledge to support mental health awareness by donating 10% of final sale to non-profit charity TWLOHA. More info here last (year's blog, but same deal continues this year) https://pianuts.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/art-for-healing

How did this all come about?

Last year, I found out about a non-profit organization called “To Write Love On Her Arms” aka TWLOHA, thanks to the wonderful #AKF (or #AlwaysKeepFighting) campaign started by “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki. The TWLOHA website states: “To Write Love on Her Arms is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

So, I decided to donate 10% of each original painting’s final bid/sale at the SDCC Art Show’s silent auction to TWLOHA. :)

Why? Because I’ve lost family and friends to suicide and I have personally experienced the devastating effects anxiety and depression can have on you. This is my way of reaching out and paying it forward. If there’s any way I can help and contribute, even just a little, then why not through my art?

Come to the Art Show Thursday 7/20 thru Sunday 7/23 and buy/bid on original art by #HerDarkHalf! No SDCC badge needed this year!  Her Dark Half's #WarriorSeries original art again available at SDCC - continuing her pledge to support mental health awareness by donating 10% of final sale to non-profit charity TWLOHA. More info here last (year's blog, but same deal continues this year) https://pianuts.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/art-for-healing

I created a Facebook Event Page with all the dates/times and new location to make it easier for everybody to attend and share. Go wild, bid on my paintings, GO BIG, buy the original art and help fight anxiety & depression at the same time! Great Karma awaits! :)

Come to the Art Show Thursday 7/20 thru Sunday 7/23 and buy/bid on original art by #HerDarkHalf! No SDCC badge needed this year! Her Dark Half's #WarriorSeries original art again available at SDCC - continuing her pledge to support mental health awareness by donating 10% of final sale to non-profit charity TWLOHA. More info here last (year's blog, but same deal continues this year) https://pianuts.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/art-for-healing

 

Also: There will be a catered Opening Night Mixer on Thursday from 7pm – 9pm to welcome the public! Hope to see you there!

LOCATION:
This year the art show will be located in the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Grand Hall C & D (on the first floor, right behind the hotel registration desk, where the Blood Drive was last year).

SHOW HOURS*
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm
(*These are the official hours as of now, but there’s a possibility that they’ll try to open the show 2 hours early. I’ll update if/when that becomes official.)

NOTE AGAIN: This year you do NOT need a Comic Con badge to attend the art show.

If you’re not interested in buying a painting and would like to simply donate directly to TWLOHA, please click on the link here.

Ok, I think I covered it all …

Have a great day, hug somebody, hope to see you at San Diego Comic-Con, and feel free to share this post with your fellow Con-goers!

xoxo,

Pia Thrasher (aka Her Dark Half)

 

 

 

Nose to the grindstone

Coming up for air for a sec to update ya’ll on the latest happenings!

Nothing major happening on the acting front, but there are always ways for an actor to keep busy and stay ‘in the game’. There’s the usual ‘actor-life‘ every day, behind the scenes stuff: Working on memorizing techniques, fine-tuning monologues to have them ready any time, and other exercises. Then there’s the endless pursuit of auditions by submitting to acting gigs. Seems like self-taped auditions are becoming more and more popular and I’m finally getting better with the technical side of it.

I also just finished a great and inspiring 4 week Episodic/Film Audition workshop with D. Candis Paule, CSA and Sandi Buehner and I highly recommend it! See more info about it on their website ActorsForReel.com.  I’ve taken classes there before, a few years ago, and thought I could use a refresher. So worth it!

class.jpgSuch a fun and talented gang! Thank you, Candis (in the middle), for all you do for us actors!

Also, I decided it’s time to go looking for an agent in LA. (in addition to my current representation in San Diego, Elegance Talent). Any recommendations or input?

Then I realized I didn’t have any German language samples, so I recorded voice demos, one in German and one in ‘Fränkisch’ (a Bavarian dialect), which was really fun to do. I can’t believe I hadn’t done that sooner!

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I DID work on a feature film….not as an actor, but as a language consultant! I translated some German dialogue and later helped the actors with the pronunciation on the set during the shoot. It was an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with veteran actors Hal Linden (most remember him from ‘Barney Miller’) and Trina Kaplan. The entire cast and crew were a blast to work with and I’m super grateful for the opportunity. It was so much fun, I’d love to do that kind of work again! I can’t wait to see the movie when it’s completed. It’s called ‘The Samuel Project‘ (directed and co-written by Marc Fusco) and you can read more about it here or follow it on FB here.

consultingBTS (photo credit: David Jester) from the set of ‘The Samuel Project’: I’m kneeling next to actress Trina Kaplan, running German dialogue lines with her during set-ups.

hallindenBTS with Director Marc Fusco inspecting Hal Linden’s beard for the next scene.

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Hmm…what else?

Of course, the behind the scenes pre-pre-production for my next short film, a horror comedy called Things We Dig, continues! Slowly, but surely…

lucikuniselfiescollSome ‘in character’ snapshots of ‘Lucy’ (Jenn Larson) and ‘Kuni’ (yours truly) while working on more character development last weekend…

If you’re not following the Instagram account of Things We Dig’s character Brynn…you’re missing out! Go and check it out now…go! :)

 

That’s all for now – in the meantime, have a relaxing and safe Memorial Day Weekend!