Thursday, November 19, 2009

After all these years...

When I was little, I decided I'd be an actress when I grew up. I even thought my first car was going to be a limousine. My mom obviously saw some potential in me so she enrolled me in acting classes at the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble in Hollywood. From there, I went on to do some print work, featured extra work on shows like Webster and Punky Brewster, and even starred in an educational t.v. show called Fraction Subtraction. My career was short-lived though, as my love for sports, particularly swimming, took over. In college, I supplemented my studies at UCLA with some "modeling" work (let's be real - I became a resident video rat) but my focus was on school.

Oddly enough, when we were in Buffalo a couple of years ago, I found an awesome acting teacher (Frank Rossi) who reignited my desire to act. Just when I got settled with agents in both Rochester and Pittsburgh, I got pregnant and shortly thereafter we returned home to Dallas. Once home, I happened upon the Craigslist listing for my host position at The Bite and I haven't looked back since. There is a pretty decent commercial market here and I've managed to pick up some work.

Unfortunately, it's been a little slow the past couple of months. So imagine my surprise when my agent called this week with some big news! I was being cast as a news reporter in a big budget SAG motion picture that I had auditioned for months ago. After all these years - my first speaking role in a SAG film. Even more exciting was that I had to be on a plane that evening because the production is shooting in New Orleans. So after getting the okay from the awesome folks at the Bite (I had to ask for the day off - the first time I've done that in over a year of shooting) and getting the kids squared away, I was off!

I had three lines - but they were MY three lines. My big moment. And I messed up a couple of times, which was drama because about 100 extras needed to be reset every time I screwed up. But overall, I think I did a good job.

Now let's hope I don't end up on the cutting room floor and actually make it into the movie!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The host of D210tv works the red carpet at Dallas Rocks...

(With D210 creator, and my boss, Vernon, and the fabulous Bonnie who did my makeup)

Sounds like an official press headline, right? Well, it could be - last night I had my first official assignment as host for D210 (www.d210.tv) - I interviewed celebrities and VIPs at Russell Simmons' Dallas Rocks event. It was my first time ever working a red carpet and I was extremely nervous, but things went well!
(With my co-host from the Bite, Rance Adams, who was also working the red carpet)

(With my good friends Ray and April Crockett)

(With event emcee and Law & Order star Anthony Anderson)

(With rap mogul Russell Simmons)

(Stylin' on the red carpet)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brynie vs. the sidewalk...

And the sidewalk won...


I'll get Bryn in this week to see a pediatric dentist - gotta check and make sure that she didn't do any real damage to her mouth. She's missing a HUGE chunk of her front tooth...

Family...

Let me explain a little bit about my family. My memories of growing up include Sundays at granny's after church hanging out in the backyard or on the front porch in Los Angeles until the sun went down with the "family" - sisters, cousins, aunts, etc. Sometimes, there could be upwards of 30 people just kickin' it on a Sunday afternoon. My extended family isn't that big really - we just "adopt" people. Cousins' friends become "cousins," my mom's friends become "aunties." You get the idea. But everyone is a part of the fam-bam as we like to call it.

And we're close. I often joke that if someone breaks a pinky toe, all of us rally and head to whatever emergency room the family member is being treated for that broken pinky toe. No matter how big or how small the celebration, trial, etc., our family is always there.

So imagine my sadness when I heard the news this morning that our beloved aunt Adrian passed away after suffering a stroke this weekend. Adrian was a light - always the life of the party who could bring a smile to your face no matter what. She was much too young and taken way too soon. She is going to be missed terribly.

The fam-bam is mourning right now - no doubt getting together today at granny's, trying to comprehend the unfathomable loss of one of our own. It is a sad day - a day in which I wish I was much closer to home so I could be close to the ones I love. We'll miss you aunt Adrian...


4th of July, 2004 - Aunt Adrian is standing behind my nephew Corey

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

I know these are a little late, but here are a few pics from Halloween - enjoy our little Bruin cheerleader and SWAT officer.