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Spring 2016 Update

It’s always busy here in NYC. Lots of projects and lots of fun!

So let’s do a nice re-cap.

It’s Spring!!! And I am definitely looking forward to filming in warmer weather, because no one likes filming in the cold.

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Since I got back from the holiday season, I worked on a short film titled “Cataclysm” directed by an NBCUniversal intern, Erian Mathis, at the end of January. I played a principle role of the Psychologist.

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Last weekend I filmed some intense finale scenes for indie film 1970’s thriller, Thorns for Flowers, as lead, Gretchen. It will be ready in time to screen at the International Soho Festival May 2016! Woo!

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Then I have a reading (and filming in April) for the third episode of nerdy web-series, Three Days of Glory, as principle role, cosplayer Nina Collins.

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The other week I got a few callbacks for a National Commercial in which all information is confidential, but I had a really great time working with the commercial director and House Casting, NYC.

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I was also involved in a workshop of a new musical by Greg Bonsignore (up and coming lyricist and director of recent Off Broadway show, Atomic) in conjunction with BMI Musical Theater Workshop. The music was catchy and hilarious. Can’t wait to see their production come together!

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And finally, I performed in Love Creek’s Off Broadway One Act of “The Power and The Glory” as lead, nervous wreck Wanda. Plenty of physical comedy with great laughs! Well written script.

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           So Spring is off to a great start with all my weekends through May filled with film shoots (Three Days of Glory and Thorns for Flowers), and hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some little projects in-between.

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Thorns for Flowers: Day 2

Day two of filming with Thorns for Flowers was filled with scenes that were intense and emotional. I normally perform this style on stage or in song, so this was a great exercise bringing it to film. It was exhausting but amazing!

I got a chance to film with beautiful scenery like some spooky woods and a sun-dappled lakeside which was so perfect for the mood of the scenes. I’m so happy to be working on this project! And, as always, it’s a blast working with my fellow cast and stellar director!

 

Looking forward to shooting more scenes in the New Year!!

Summer Audition Reel

I was asked to submit for a project online and recorded a reel to send in. I feel pretty good about this recording and wanted to post it online!

This is a scene from the series Cowboy Bebop, the character is Faye Valentine.

The character called for this hairstyle. Yes it’s a wig! lol

 

Enjoy!

Three Days of Glory: Indiegogo!

So it’s official!

The webseries I was cast in last fall has started their Indiegogo campaign! We have 33 days left to raise money for high quality equipment, travel, costumes, and maybe some food for the actors. (Please sir, may I have some more? #starving artists)

I’ve seen the script and can imagine big things happening for this series. The attention to detail for character development and storyline has blown me away and I can’t wait to start filming in May! Let the insanity begin!

This series focuses on the real lives Cosplayers have in and out of costume. This isn’t about cosplay competitions or how to make costumes or a documentary, this series is a story about real people going against the odds. Full of ups and downs, passion and struggle, you’ll be surprised how attached you’ll get to these characters!

Alissa Simmons and Justin Schilling backstage for Three Days of Glory shoot!

 

I play one of the principals, Nina, and she is going to be so much fun to play. Donate and you might see it all in high def!