Been using some of my quarantine time in between existential spirals to get cathartic and put some of my favorite characters on tape. I’ve been working on a lot of plays (my fave type of material to work on). Comment down below if you want me to post more self tapes! I’m just kidding. The only comments I get on these posts are from Russian bots. So… комментарий внизу? I guess? I’m sure I just made the bot problem worse.
Anyway! Here’s a monologue I wrote playing a strong, competent woman… who is also pretty neurotic and trying desperately but failing to hold on to what little facade of control she has left.
Welp, we’re in lockdown, baby. It ain’t been easy, and how I feel about it is not only a minute by minute rollercoaster, but also I’m sure the subject of another post. In the meantime, please enjoy this short I wrote with Rachel Callman and shot with Richard DiLorenzo and Sydney Walsh. It was made in 48 hours with very little resources, but hey. We did a thing in a tough time, ate plenty of pancakes and had a laugh or two while doing it. Special thanks to Richard 🧡.
I wrote a new short! Excited to keep workshopping it and hope to shoot it this summer.
Speaking of workshopping, I got the opportunity to perform with an amazing organization called Club B.Y.O.S.S. They want to bring writers and filmmakers together to celebrate short scripts with the belief that scripts shouldn’t have to be produced in order for the story to be shared. The written piece alone is worth an audience!
See below some pics from the event and info about the short!
Imagine Entertainment, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, the people behind Friday Night Lights, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Restless… heard of ’em? Imagine has an incubator program called Imagine Impact where the o.g.s mentioned above take new(ish) writers and creators under their wings and impart all their decades of storytelling knowledge onto the spongey brains of the noobs.
I get to take all my hopes and fears and thoughts and dreams and curiosity and empathy and imagination and love for my little pilot The Cropper Sisters and the characters in it and spin a yard or two to producers I’ve followed for years. Click below to read a small excerpt of the pilot.
My web series On the Market made it to the 2nd round of the Sundance New Voices Lab! To me, Sundance is the holy grail, and being one step closer to the Sundance fam is GOALS. See below my submission vid if you wanna get a little bit more about why I think this series is so cool.
Happy Wednesday!! Guys. It’s July 20th. The 20th day. Of the 7th month. Of 2016. WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?! (More on that next week). Welp, I had my Soken Word all written out to share with you today. Here’s an excerpt:
Your word is your bond. You do what you say you’re going to do. You treat people with dignity and respect. Because I want all the children in this nation to know that the only limit to their achievement is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.
But apparently, that speech was already taken. Who knew?! So, instead, you get this one. It’s called Watch for the Storm. It’s about love. And visualizing yourself on a beach. #wishfulthinkingwednesday
Wanna hear a piece about something specific? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I don’t know about you, but Wednesdays are my favorite days for existential crises.
Bet you didn’t think I was going there, did ya? Of course, I’m kidding! Existential crises can happen at any time, any day. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and have never had an existential crisis… are you alive? But alas, that’s the question, isn’t it?!?!
Oh no. I need more booze. This week, I am adding to The Soken Word a weekly wine tip. This week: drink orange. (click HERE to see what I’m drinking)
This week on The Soken Word I discuss the pros and cons of being an adult vs. being 5.
BEING 5 – PROS
The ability to entertain yourself in the pool for HOURS
Snack time (lookin’ at you, Ants on a Log)
Pajama sets with footies
You don’t yet know about social media
BEING 5 – CONS
Only liking cartoons
Not having the ability to use your words
You don’t yet know about social media
BEING AN ADULT – PROS
Drinking champagne in the middle of the day
(there’s probably more, but none seem quite as important as this one)
“The time has come!
the walrus said to talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and ceiling wax, of cabbage and kings! Of why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.”
Pop Quiz! (Bet you didn’t see that coming) Can anyone tell me what that’s from?! It’s really such a relief to be given permission to talk about ceiling wax and cabbage… it’s ALL I THINK ABOUT! OK breathe, I’ll tell you. It’s from Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter (go ahead, click on the link to see it in all its glory). I grew up performing several of Lewis Carroll’s pieces (this one and the even weirder Jabberwocky). By “performing,” I clearly mean gesticulating wildly and speaking loudly and forcing anyone around me to stop and watch. Come to think of it, maybe Lewis Carroll is where I first fell in love with poetry. An epiphany! What a beautiful weirdo, that one.
Anyway, I digress.
This week on The Soken Word, I give you a little pillow talk and switch out my normal wine for… coffee.
If you like what you see, leave a comment below! Or share to all your friends. Sharing is caring!
I’ll show you how this whole “sharing” thing is done: Take a listen to my friends’ podcast Same, But Different (click link). My friends (and identical twins) Whitney and Lauren Rosenthal host a weekly podcast that is super fun and enlightening and a PERFECT way to get you through traffic. They have special guests every week. And, this week, it’s ME! They’re awesome. You should get to know them.
Wasn’t that easy?
I’d like to take you back to 2002 for a moment. It was a simpler time then. A time of Britney and Justin and those Nokia BRICK phones. In 2002, I was really into borrowing my friend Nicole’s clothes, silencing my dial up internet so my parents didn’t hear me late-night AIMing, and a boy with the last name Waggenspack. Yep. He could drive. I was also into Nelly. Apparently, 2002 was so simple for Nelly, that when he got hot, he just took off all his clothes.
Which brings me to my point (kind of). It is HOT in LA right now. And I’m from Texas, so I know hot. Here are some fool proof ways not to die of a heat stroke this summer:
Which brings me to my real point. Click below for this week’s THE SOKEN WORD! #girlpower