Two things…

January 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

1. The drummer:

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2. Both of the poems in the Feb 3, 2014 New Yorker (Putin ice skating whilst being judged by a panel of Putins) were really lovely. Please read them if/when you have the opportunity.

Have a great weekend!!

Friends In The Arts

January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Some weeks, there’s a lot to talk about: great auditions, cool classes, breakthroughs, celebrity encounters. Other weeks are busy and productive and satisfying but not so scintillating in a blog. C’est la vie. Lucky for us all during less dramatic weeks such as this, I have a ton of talented and wonderful friends doing neat things out in the world:

In NYC:
The Fire This Time Festival, co-produced by my pal Kevin opened this week. My fabulous husband, Carl Riehl, did sound design for the 10-minute plays and for the festival’s full-length production, Lord’s Resistance.

In other parts of the U.S.:
My awesome friend, Rob Neill, is on tour with Peter and the Starcatcher. They’re in Michigan right now but they’ll be visiting Washington, DC, Hartford, CT, and Providence, RI soon (and then more cities into June).

The Welcome to Nightvale crew, headed up by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink (with numerous wonderful others in close proximity) have live shows in California, Nevada and Arizona through the end of the month (and are, of course, available where the most popular podcasts can be found).

On The Internet:
Miranda‘s wonderful web project, Friend Stories launched recently.

This weekend we’ll be brunching with friends, attending our neighbor’s 2nd birthday party, and having dinner guests with whom we will play Cards Against Humanity for the first time. What fun are you up to?

Louie broke TV

January 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Chances are that you’re aware of Louie C.K’s TV show, Louie.  I think it’s great. I came to the show late via Netflix and had, slowly but surely, with pleasure but not in a hurry, worked my way through all of the available episodes. So I was excited to start watching season three when it became available.

My TV watching habits are this: I generally watch half an hour of television at 9:30 each week-day night with my husband (if we’re both home) and maybe we watch an hour of TV (or a movie if we have time) on the weekend. We have a 22 month old child; watching TV is quasi-luxurious along the lines of eating a box of fancy chocolate (which we also do, but which is another post).

Anyway, in this context, we began watching season three and sometime about a week ago we got to Season 3, Episode 6: Barney/Never. Oh. My. God. Amazing. The only reason I can’t go all the way and say that this is the best single episode of TV I’ve ever seen, is that it’s tied with the Harry Belafonte episode of the Muppet Show. But I truly don’t think any episode of TV is better – tied, maybe, but not better. I don’t want to give all the good stuff away but: Robin Williams, strip club, bowls of meat, Louie doing an interview on drive-time radio, excessively “progressive” parenting and so much more. I can not stop thinking about the Barney/Never episode and the more I think about it, the more genius things I discover in it. This episode totally raises the TV-bar – like, now because I know how good TV can be, I’ll enjoy all of the other TV 20% less.

Do us all a favor and watch it next time you have half an hour available for TV. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Here it is on Amazon but I’m sure you can find it on your favorite online-tv-viewing platform.

P.S. How about Louie in American Hustle?! I thought he rocked it. And have you seen him on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? I feel like he and Seinfeld have a weird rapport, but it’s still a great one to watch.

Mailing list

January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Recently, I got a really great and inspiring e-mail from my college friend Miranda.  Miranda is generally pretty great and inspiring.  She’s a writer with two novels already published and a third about to come out.  Entertainment Weekly recently named her one of their 14 Rising Stars to Watch in 2014 (it’s about time, I say!) and she’s got a very cool and exciting web project about to launch as well.  Anyway, about a week ago, I got this e-mail from her that basically said “hello friend who used to be on my mailing list. I’m going to send out a mailing list again. Would you like to be on it?” And it was so gentile and genuine and of course I wanted to be on it! (You should too! Go here and sign up!)

Then, a day or two later, I got a great e-mail update from my friend Kevin (who really needs to keep up the updates because he always has so much great stuff going on) and THAT was so great because of course I want to know what Kevin is up to!

And that was the one-two punch – Miranda! Kevin! Bam! – that inspired me to dust off my own mailing list (which has not seen action in at least a couple of years).  Last year, in spite of some pretty significant obstacles, I had a GREAT year and, in retrospect, I wish I’d been letting people know what I was up to and where they could see me or how they could cheer me on.

Several years ago, not too long after Miranda’s first book had come out, she and I and a few others were gathered at the apartment of a mutual friend.  Miranda was talking about how a number of her peers had treated her shabbily – clearly jealous of her early success.  On the one hand, Miranda understood because she’s smart and we all know that feeling – that “I want that!” bitterness – but on the other hand she was a bit baffled.  She said “if it’s good for one of us, it’s good for all of us.”  She was talking about how the success of one in the group contributes towards the success of the group as a whole, and I’ve thought of her words often since.

Anyway, if you’d like to be on MY mailing list you can sign up by clicking here.  If all goes really well for me, you can expect an e-mail every 4-6 weeks, so I promise it won’t be overwhelming.  Have your own mailing list?  Post a link in the comments.  We can all follow along and celebrate each others successes!

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Oh hello, 2014! Delighted to see you.

2013 was the best of times and the worst of times. It was equal parts laughter and tears, overcoming and being overwhelmed, success and . . . not success. Most of the negatives stemmed from a major challenge in my personal life that had me dropping everything short of basic survival (and parenting) for May, June, July and August. So, although when I look back at the list of goals I made for myself at the start of 2013, there are plenty I didn’t achieve, I still feel really good about what happened in my career in 2013. Here are the highlights:

  • I got paid for acting things a LOT more than I had in a long time which was AWESOME!
  • I recorded my first audio book which was a long-time dream I thought was too far off to even aspire to. It was such a great experience and I’m hoping to do many more in the coming year.
  • I had a great run with the New York Neo-Futurists. After more than two years away from the company, it was great to be back and feel simultaneously new and fresh and established and comfortable. You kind of wish you could go back to EVERY job (at least every job you liked or cared about) and try again for a few weeks with hindsight.
  • I got great new headshots.
  • I got my reel together and up on my website.
  • I did selective-but-effective professional development that taught me a lot.
  • Voice overs and industrial videos and short films . . . I’ve set my goals in the more parent-friendly non-theater realm for the moment and it was great to find work there (and feel I did it well!)

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, except for my annual “drink more water” (some year I’ll actually do it), but I do have some plans and goals for 2014.

In the personal housekeeping department, I’m very exited to return to regular exercise for the first time since before my (21 month old) son was born. I’m similarly pumped to clean out my closet – clean it WAY out – and then refill it only slightly with clothes that serve my goals as they are now. Finally, maybe because I didn’t really get a break over the holidays, I’m excited to be a little less up-tight and give myself a little more time for things that I enjoy. Just a little.

Professionally, the plan is to continue to pursue my VO and on-camera goals: representation, more auditions, more bookings (more fun and more money!) and MORE AUDIO BOOKS! The silver lining of needing to cease and desist career-related activities this past Spring/Summer is that there’s plenty of work to do, already itemized in last year’s “goals/actionable items” document. So . . . here I go!

Hope your year is off to a great start. Leave a comment with one of YOUR goals for the coming year.

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