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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New headshots, new reels and a nomination!

Hello everybody! I hope you’re all doing well and that this year has been treating you better than the last one so far!

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So, what’s new?

In January, I had new headshots taken and updated my demo reels again. I noticed that a bunch of new imdb credits have popped up too – please check them out and give my IMDb page a ‘like’ when you have a second!

In February, the dark comedy I wrote, co-directed and acted in, “The Appointment’ was screened during San Diego Filmweek 2017 at MOPA in beautiful Balboa Park. It was a lot of fun to see it on the big screen one more time, hear the laughter in all the right places and take part in the filmmaker Q/A afterwards.
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Don’t worry if you missed it – You can still watch my short film for free right here: The Appointment on Vimeo

Then I found out I was nominated for Best Writing in the Narrative Short Film category for the 2017 San Diego Film Awards in April!

bestwritingI feel honored to be included in such a talented group!

Then at the start of March, I had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Spread the Word to End The Word’ PSA. Watch the short video clip below:

Make a pledge today not to use the word “retard(ed)” and substitute it with more positive language. Commit now to create a loving environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Pledge respect now at http://www.r-word.org

That’s it for now – Be excellent to each other . . . and ROCK ON!

Rockondude

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More Appointment Love at San Diego Film Week 2017!

I am happy to announce that my first short film “The Appointment“, which I wrote, produced, acted in, and co-directed with my filmmaker friend Jared Jacobsen, will be screened during San Diego Film Week 2017 in February!!! Congrats again to my cast and crew – so proud!!!  

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It will be screened as the opener of the film block ‘A Woman’s Place‘ at 8pm on February 13th at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego, California. I feel very honored to be in the company of such a great lineup of short films, including ‘Holy‘, a music video by singers and LGBT activists Alicia Champion and Danielle LoPresti, directed by San Diego filmmaker Michael Brueggemeyer, in which I helped out as a production assistant. Click on this link to buy tickets for the whole block!

Come check it all out and support local filmmakers! Here’s the film block FB event and here is the whole film fest schedule – something for everybody!

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