Sharing is caring, mostly

Hey everybody – and just like that, it’s summer! How are you? Are you reading this while on vacation abroad or during your staycation? No vacation for me this summer, but crossing my fingers for the end of the year.

So, I did start my newsletter ‘Pia Shares Her Dark Half like I announced in my last post and so far it’s going great! What is it about? Basically, I’m trying to get you to let out your shadow side in a creative way. You know…to release all that tension and stress and pent-up anger that seems to have this whole planet in its grip these days. If you haven’t already, subscribe and check your email tomorrow, when my next edition comes out. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder!

Speaking of writing…I’ve also been working on some screenplays off and on, between the other gigs, to keep those muscles warm! Sometimes I wish I could clone myself.

I’m also in the midst of getting art and paperwork together for the San Diego Comic-Con Art Show. I can’t believe SDCC is in just under a month already. Yikes!

On the acting front, not too much news. I’ve been offered a small role by my director friend David Ruiz for his next dramedy “Sinderella“, which I happily accepted. By now, it’s become his tradition to cast me as his good luck charm for every new project. I don’t mind at all! Plus he’s fun to work with and well….we go waaay back.

I also did some background work, cause, well, I could use the money and I’d rather be on a film set than at my survival job in the grocery store any day, even if it is at Trader Joe’s, lol! I can’t really say much about the film, except that the crew and the production itself was super nice and professional. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a production treat their extras as well as they have, especially under very difficult film shoot circumstances, like extreme heat, smoke, dust and live animals. Kudos! The movie will be on the History Channel in December (as far as I know). Stay tuned!

Not ‘Dune’…(I wish, hehe)

Since I’ve ramped up my creative projects in a big way again, I created a ‘Buy me a Coffee‘ account (well, in my case, buy me a beer) which is similar to Patreon, but without the monthly commitment. I decided to do this in conjunction with my newsletter, which is free for everybody to (hopefully) enjoy and share. ‘Buy me a Beer’ is basically a tip jar and you can drop some change for me or set up a monthly contribution to support my artistic endeavors. Art materials are not cheap and I thank you in advance for the love!

That’s all for today – have a great summer and stay frosty!



Spring Update

Hi all! I just realized I haven’t written a blog on this site for the last 5 months! Holy crap, time flies! That’s probably the longest gap in between posts since I started it. I think it’s high time I write an update on my latest doings and such. So, this is what’s new..

…on the Acting front:

• I worked on the upcoming horror movie ‘Penance‘ (dir. Dante Moran, Inferno Productionz), actually for its Kickstarter campaign. I’ve been cast as a man-eating, pant suit-wearing, tough bitch detective; and I can’t remember last time I had so much fun playing a character. We rehearsed one of our scenes (it included two more actors) on two different days and then filmed it in one late evening. Oh, I SO want to do more of that type of character! I loved it and can’t wait to return to being ‘Helena Gruber’! Didn’t know I had it in me, haha! This is one of those times that rehearsal really brought that out.

Just last week we did a photoshoot in support of the Kickstarter campaign and the movie’s (upcoming) website. Bonus: I got to pose in all these ‘action’ positions, making me feel like a badass!


Get ready to hear more about this project and I’ll post about it again once the campaign starts. This is a fun one with lots of great talent and loads of enthusiasm!

Other Acting-Related News:

• ‘Zero‘ (dir. William Wall, Halo Cinematic), a short film for which I recently did some voice-over work, has been entered into several film festivals and has already started winning awards! It swept the San Diego Film Awards and will be screened at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival on April 27th.

• ‘Ghostline‘, a feature film in which I play ghosthunter Marina Hoffman, is still in post production. Last I heard was that “picture is locked and they have moved on to music and sound”. It is still expected to premiere this year, as far as I know. Again, stay tuned! In the meantime, you can view trailer, cast info and such on the movie website here.

• In between, during the last few weeks, my awesome agent also got me some local TV commercial gigs that are now airing.


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..on the Writing front:

• Still working on my novel and finished chapter three. This one’s gonna take a while. At this rate, it’ll take another year at least…but at least I’m making progress again after a lengthy pause to focus on film projects.

• Wrote an outline for a horror short. Gonna be a gory one, yay! Next up: actually writing the script for it.

• Polishing up my script for a short film (genre: dark humor), starring yours truly and my acting buddy Mike Burnell. My goal is to produce and direct it by the fall of this year. I will be looking for crew and supporting actors soon.

• I finally registered with – a great social networking website for readers and writers alike! My profile is here. Are you registered? Let’s be friends and  compare booknotes!


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…on the Painting front:

• I started a ‘self-imposed’ challenge that I call ‘daily doodle in 30 minutes or less’. The commitment is for 66 days and I have to create something on paper every day. Be it charcoal, watercolor, pencil, ink, mixed media – whatever hits the spot. There’s a longer story behind it and it has to do with creating a new habit, but that might become another post, possibly after the 66 days have passed. I’m also still debating if I want to post the art pieces on Etsy or some other public domain, since they have garnered some interest on my private Facebook page, where I post the painting/drawing result every day. (Also on Instagram, btw.)


Some of my ‘daily doodles’

• I’m almost finished with my paintings for this year’s Art Show at San Diego Comic Con in July. Those pieces will be mostly acrylics.


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…and last but not least, on the Photography front:

I’ve never mentioned it here before, but I think it’s time…I have a secret…

I run a whole other blog, about my photography, which I have gotten more serious about lately. Well, you know me – I love the visual arts…I can’t help myself. I’d love it if you gave it a click and maybe even ‘follow’ my posts there! ;)



So, you see – I haven’t exactly been sitting around and twiddling my thumbs. Three cheers to productivity, yay! Thanks for reading and thanks for your interest! Have a fantastic day!