May Offering (quickie)

Pics from 2 recent projects: a short film, where I play a conflicted single mom, and a tv pilot, where I play a concerned Orange County neighbor:

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April Consciousness

in the wings the shadows are waiting

Hello, friends!

Last month was the premiere of “Premenstrual Margot” at Chapman’s Folio Theater. It was a great night, reconnecting with cast and crew, watching the other splendid films of the evening, and making new friends. Enjoy some behind the scenes shots in this post!

In other news, it’s been a time of recovery for my DH who had knee surgery nearly two months ago. Neither of us anticipated what this process would take, but finally things seem to be stabilizing. And of course, it’s like the universe knows I’ve been in caretaker mode these last number of weeks, so things have been rather gentle acting-wise. 😉

All of this, and I mean all of this has been fueling a fresh consciousness awakening, a cellular homecoming that feels like everything.

So here’s to divine timing. The waiting in the wings that you are savoring because somewhere inside, you know it means everything. This moment. That moment. The shadows that give way to the light. The bubbling that gives way to stillness. And it’s all a dance. All one big surrender.

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march or stroll

For me, early March is one of those liminal times — not quite winter anymore, yet not quite spring yet either. I’ve been loving  dressing for these in between times — thoughtfully choosing the items that, together, signal this threshold time.

Speaking of cusps, In February I filmed a short that had the craziest coincidences of cusps that I’ve ever been a part of (to my knowledge anyhow). I was born on the Libra – Scorpio cusp, my screen son on the Scorpio – Saggitarius cusp, and my screen husband on the Sagittarius – Capricorn cusp! And not only that, our director was born on the Aires – Taurus cusp!! I love these synchronicities. And, of course, we all got along splendidly.

Enjoys the scenery as it changes!

XO

Dalit

squirts, gushes & the occassional whiff

 

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Hiya, mates!

During these last few weeks in Los Angeles, it’s been alternatingly raining hard and shining brightly. Literally, and quite possibly figuratively. But there’s a lot of beauty in those natural displays most of the time.

On the acting front, I had my first commercial avail of the year – that’s like a big juicy almost. Par for the course, for sure. On the sunnier side, I also got my first film booking, which I shoot later this week. Ups, downs, all arounds. This is the world we’re in. As I learned in my religious studies 3000 years ago, the sour allows us to really taste the sweet. Full disclosure, I’ve always been more of a devotee of the pungent (turmeric, cardamom, thyme…), but that’s another story for another month.

Wishing you a great February, filled with love, nourishing waters and all kinds of flavors.

Peace,

Dalit

 

just of sip
turmeric latte with crystals on the side Xo

 

Hey 19

Happy New Year!

I had some sweet holiday times with close family and powerful theater back east. And now it’s back to LA and all that that entails.

Some performance highlights were seeing the off-broadway play “Daniel’s Husband” (sadly in its final days) and the musical “The Band’s Visit” (I loved it so much), not to mention some great jazz at Smoke and finally getting to see the film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

It was great to see its accolades at the Golden Globes last night, as well as Glenn Close’s recognition for her beautiful work in “The Wife.” Funny thing, I watched that on the plane to Michigan in November, and I remember thinking, I really hope other people get to see this…It’s a very particular story with great nuance. I just might need to see it again on a larger screen. Happily, more people will get to see it now too!

(True story: I got to see Ms. Close in the original “The Real Thing” with Jeremy Irons eons ago. I went with a dear friend who quite adored her and brought a single red rose to give her after the performance – I was obsessed with Mr. Irons, but that is another tale. Anyway, she was incredibly gracious and even introduced us to her partner at the time. What a class act.)

But here were are now! It’s been raining in LA, and January here has a kind of silence that feels both cleansing and piercing. Things are happening already, projects are underway, and there is a need to lean into the activity (at least I feel it) to keep going, keep growing, and be ready for what’s around the corner.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank you for reading and supporting my journey over this past year. It was a very productive one, and of course none of that can happen alone. I have enjoyed connecting with you on a monthly basis, and I aim to continue this practice over 2019.

May you have a healthy and happy new year. May all your dreams come true.

Peace,

Dalit

Late November Check in

Well, hello! Here are some recent set stills from a wild short I just completed called “The Rats.” Call me Krystal.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you a day of contentment and peace.

with Lauren Sullivan, who created my rat face!
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rat headshot 😉

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Removing the Polish

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As actors, it can sometimes be hard to say goodbye to the characters we play. Especially when they land in a sweet spot of our psyches.  Such was the case with Janine. Janine, the fun, cool mom to the titular “Premenstrual Margot” played by the marvelous Giselle Torres.

One of the visual details of the role was red accents: in wardrobe, accessories and fingernails. I never wear red nails. But Janine did. Always.

So when I was done with my filming, and a day later I had an audition for a decidedly non-red-polish-working-class-single-mom in the Middle East, the red needed to go.

Initially, it felt brutal – like prying off Janine in such a heartless, dismissive manner. Wiping her away, just like that.

How can I make this kinder, I thought? Or is it the same as removing the discreet clear tape that holds that tiny microphone to one’s bare skin while filming? Often it’s better to pull it off fast….like a band-aid. Heavy sigh.

What to do?

After some hand-wringing and stomach churning journaling, finally I came up with this:

I love you Janine. Thank you, Janine. 

But now I must remove the polish.

Wishing us all grace and ease as we let go into this new season.

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Insta – huh?

Ooooh, this is a late entry for September, but here goes. I had a little fender bender at the start of the month; thank goodness it was no big deal, but it’s been taking a while to sort out completely. It’s part of the cost of living in a driving culture like LA….quality problems, as they say.

My next acting project is a smart and bittersweet comedy about a late bloomer’s trials and tribulations. No, I’m not the late bloomer (though maybe I could be, haha). I play her wise and loving mom, Janine. There is so much delicious stuff about this project, which begins filming shortly. I’ll be sharing more fully prontissimo!

Lastly, I finally started Instagram. It’s been on my mind for a while, but I’ve been resistant for one reason or another. But yesterday I was chatting to my youngest brother Jon, and something in our conversation put me over the top. We’ve always been big supporters of each other, and there was something about his encouraging me to “embrace social media” that somehow registered. He’s never said that to me before, and even if he had, I don’t know how ready I would have been to take it in. I’ve had a thousand good reasons for keeping some distance from it, but I now realize that there might be 1001 to lean into it just a little more. At least for now.

So that’s what’s up. And I’m sharing my first post below, which has some more juicy details about the project I mentioned earlier. View at your own peril, and do follow if that’s something you’re into.

Have a great rest of September!

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Heat.

There’s a 12 Step slogan to HALT or be mindful and tread carefully when you’re feeling either Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

I’m offering a second H….for Heat.

I’ve had a couple of experiences recently where the excessive heat nearly made my brain turn to mush. The opposite of freeze, but a similar feeling. Who knew??? Well, now I do. Heat. It’s a thing. *

There are so many “occupational hazards” that come with acting. There is a lot to endure. When I lived in NY, there were certainly actual freezing working conditions that arose from time to time, but since living in Los Angeles, I can add severely hot ones to those.  These steaming days can especially affect wardrobe (note to self: that bold red silk audition blouse I wore last week is a no no!! – natural fiber, but NOT good for heat), hair and makeup (’nuff said), mechanical things of all sizes, (smart phone, I’m talking to you), and of course, our precious human faculties. Not a small deal.

It makes me think the heat wave in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  That heat  had the power to bring out the madness in all.

And it still does.

So now, and especially with this recent Mercury Retrograde in effect, tread carefully my friends. Respect your triggers; heck, at least they are evident. Or if they’re not, they’ll likely be sooner or later – it’s just a matter of time.

It’s all information. It’s all experience. And it really is all a gift, though it might not feel it at the time.

So bless the sun, and savor the cool.

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* It has not escaped me that some of this heat sensitivity could also be hormonally related. Ah…….life! But that, my friends, is a subject for another blog post. ^_^ Or not, lol…

Sweet Home (#tiredandgrateful)

It’s catch up time after a month of intense work. The commercial shoot was incredibly fun, and the film had its out of town challenges with long days and outdoor scenes in sweltering temps. But we all got through it, thanks to everyone’s dedication and commitment. The crew was so helpful protecting the cast from the blazing elements and supporting us all beautifully. Pics on that to come!

For now, it’s all about laundry, cleaning, (still sandy somehow), and settling back into life.

It’s also about gathering energy for what’s coming. I discovered a new yoga studio in my hood a couple of weeks ago, so that will be a great way to recharge and let go some more.

It’s good to be back home, but I’m excited for the next adventure…

Stay hydrated, friends! 😉

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double fun

Happy June, Y’all!

There have been two buds a budding. One is a feature film booking, in which I’ll be playing a major supporting role filming this July. It’s a pychological thriller with a wonderful group of artists…can’t wait to play with them all.

The second is a commercial booking shooting soon. Good times! More on that to come.

Wishing you a great month of sweet surprises.

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