I hope this finds you healthy and managing as well as can be expected in these complicated times. I heard something recently from creatrix and muse, Beth Lapides: “Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s bad.”
I love this very much and I offer it to you. These are perilous, confounding times. Everyone I know is being forced to dig deeper, to listen more closely, to consider what really matters, both personally and collectively. It’s not comfortable. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s bad. This gives me some solace and I hope it does for you too.
In acting news, “Premenstrual Margot” will be at the Newport Film Festival in August as part of the collegiate showcase as well as the Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont (in its 29th year!) in September, and the Skyline Indie Film Festival, also in September. More on that to come.
Finally, here are some new headshots I got earlier in the year before the great unraveling. It feels like a lifetime ago, but it was just a few months. Enjoy!
Well, yesterday I submitted my nominations for the upcoming SAG Awards. So many remarkable shows and films to watch and reflect on….what a treat it’s been to be on the nominating committee this year!
It’s been an intense few months, between screenings, acting, teaching and helping my husband with a nourishing new venture. More on that to come! I gave my final exam this morning, so I’m ever so gently starting to recalibrate. Hallelujah, for reals.
Here are some images from some of that, in no particular order.
As we come to the end of this year and decade (!), I feel extra aware of this precious life. Everything is so tender, so fleeting. We must be kind: to ourselves and each other…it feels so imperative now.
So here’s to life – to learning and celebrating all of it.
It’s a been a busy one so far, between acting, teaching, and helping my DH with his knee recovery. It’s also been uncharacteristically chilly here in Los Angeles. It hasn’t felt like spring, or at least the spring of my memory…But it’s this year’s spring, so spring it is.
In acting news, the feature I worked on last summer is in its final stages of post-production. Exciting! And the Chapman thesis from last fall had it premiere and hopefully will have an impactful festival run. I also filmed another USC short (second of the year) which should be completed soon. It’s always interesting to do one’s part and let go. There’s not much to be done about these things now. That’s one of the unique things about any collaborative creative process: we do our part, pass the baton, and hope for the best. And no matter what, there are lessons and unexpected surprises that emerge.
The really exciting news is getting a new mattress! Ha ha. But seriously, when it was raining a lot last month the current one (a years-old futon one) was getting so painful to sleep on. Something about the moisture. After years of no issues, my back was starting to revolt. So finally, we took the plunge and ordered an eco-friendly, sustainable, hard “legit mattress” that just arrived. Setting up that bad boy today!
Here’s to a great June. May you up-level what is needed, celebrate your successes (there’s always something, right? ;-), and sleep well when you do.
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.
ok, now i’m fine
these aren’t my glasses, but now they are and they’re amazing! with Giselle Torres
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!
Make the Call
my cuspy family ~ led by Eris Zhao w/ Stephen R. Peluso & Matthew Odette!
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.
Hello and yikes! I can’t believe we’re on the verge of June. So far this year feels like one of those picture flip books that you thumb through and the moving images pass by so quickly, it leaves you with a sweet ache. Ah……
In acting news, a film I worked on is making the festival rounds with great success. Congrats, Happy Hunting! And of course, it’s so great that Colony was renewed for a third season. Well-deserved and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the story unfolds.
Otherwise, earlier in the year I acted in a couple of short films with some wonderful actors and promising young AFI directors. I also made a representation change and now have a new commercial agent, which has been super cool. It’s been so fun going out on those auditions.
And finally, most recently, I’ve been singing again. It feels good, and I hope to post more about that in the near future.
I hope this finds you well. I truly appreciate your interest and support and I hope your May has been flowering the most dazzling blooms…
It’s nearly fall, and I haven’t posted in quite a while. Here we go!
April was a big month for me; my husband and I were in Japan having our long-awaited Shinto marriage ceremony. We’d wanted to have one back in 2010, but the Tsunami and earthquake intercepted. And so, during spring break we jetted there, and my dear brother even joined us from New York. After the ceremony, we spent an unforgetable time hiking the famous “Nakasendo Trail” — the old trading path merchants used from Kyoto to Tokyo long ago. It was mind-blowing: the land, our lodgings, the food, the history. All of it. And of course the cherry blossoms! (I was lucky to have cherry blossom tea among the other delectable mountain vegetable and sashimi dishes I got to have…).
In other news, the festival journey of “Waiting for You” is nearing it’s end. It recently screened at the Action on Film Festival and will again at Film Fest International – Berlin in October. I’ve always wanted to travel internationally with a project (actually I did in grad school with a co-ed contemporary and traditional Jewish music a cappella group I sang with~ true story…), but to do so with a film holds such an allure to me. I suppose in both cases it is about sharing human feelings and stories through the universal languages of music and film. Pure magic. I think it’s highly unlikely I’ll be able to attend the Berlin screening, but I’m so happy to even ponder the whole thing.
There’s much more to catch you up on (and I will soon), but for now, enjoy the pics below.
I want to add that “Waiting for You” is a distinctly moving and powerful film, best viewed on a big screen if possible. I realize the next screening is overseas and it is unlikely it will be back in the U.S. on a big screen, but hopefully there will be chances for you to view it somehow if you haven’t already. Particulary if you have any experience caring for an elderly parent or relative….you will be moved. I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the changing of the seasons!