Silent Self-Tape

This morning I had some acting fun doing this audition self-tape, playing a very unhappy, self-entitled individual. I removed the audio from the scene itself for project confidentiality. Also, the angle isn’t the best (I’m still refining my tech skills – a lifelong process I do believe, lol), but I think it works for the role.

Enjoy!

Silent Scene from Dalit Berkowitz on Vimeo.

And I like them.

I stopped trying to “cover my silvers” a couple of years ago. #Grayhairdontcare, as the hashtag goes.

But there really wasn’t so much gray….until….I recently made a discovery.

There’s apparently a bevy of silver strands nestled within my hair, particularly in the side sections.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

Somehow the middle-parted bang style I was wearing was covering them up a bit more.

It wasn’t intentional. It’s just what happened.

These strands are unpredictable. A bit wild.

Thoroughly unapologetic.

They thrive on the edges. In the underneath.

Outcasts like I can be.

And I like them.

And I’m curious to see how I might let them out more. In all their wiry abandon.

(Well, maybe with a little product, but hey, why not?)

Please notice something to appreciate about your one precious body in this one precious life.

Or be interested in. Or amused by.

Inside. Outside. It doesn’t matter.

It’s all part of the rare puzzle that is you.

Feel free to comment on what that might be!

Either way, keep shining and keep noticing.

Kinks and all.

XOXO

Dalit

Making Marks

I just edited a new acting reel. The last few years, there’s been a trend towards 30 second clips and 1 minute “speedreels.” The common refrains have been shorter is better, industry doesn’t have time, and casting decides in the first five seconds. That may be true to a certain extent, but I thought it could be nice to edit something a little longer (only 3 minutes but still) that showcases some of the breadth of my work and that has a little breathing room.

It’s funny (not really funny though) how easy it can be to follow the crowd – do the supposedly popular thing.

But it can hurt after a while too. Especially when you realize that you’re somewhat blindly doing what X says is *right* and then you realize that they don’t have “the answer” anymore than Y or Z does. And that perhaps that no answer at all.

Making our own marks can feel clumsy and painful at times. But at at least then we can learn from actual experience – instead of being disappointed in others (or ourselves) that we are buying into or someone else’s version of the truth.

So make some marks. You don’t have to share them if you don’t want to or you’re not ready yet, but make them. No one can make your marks but you.

XD

Heart Mind Love

Hi, friends!

Like for so many of us, it’s been a year of sorting, honing, tossing, and making. Here is something I made. Press play and take a listen!

there is a stain
it can’t be seen
and there are rocks
they keep moving

you spin around
making new shapes
the air is hot
you trace your brain

but there is heart
and there is mind
and there is love
some of the time

there was a place
you knew yourself
you recognized
your winking eye

and then they came
the had their rules
you fought but still
they got you schooled

the shook your heart
they hooked your mind
a twisted love
built upon lies

do buh do buh do...

I know for sure 
not much again
except the sand
it keeps falling

you’re hoping still
there’s something new
could it be hidden 
in your plain view

a little heart
a little mind
a little love

some of the time
some of the time
some of the time


November 2020

shakily steadily

returned from N.Y.
I gather strength
to share some pics

food especially

to let you know 
I am warm and
alive and even
eager to move forward
shakily steadily

shakily steadily
we begin again

shakily steadily
appetite awakens

the corner we turned is still near

but the call
though indistinct
is clear

xD 

Chaos and Gifts

I’m ending this bizarre year with acting work: a commercial and a short film. Both were so much fun – albeit quite surreal, given all of the COVID precautions. I took four tests last week to ensure my health for both projects. I’m extremely happy to be working with safe and kind humans. And I’m so grateful to be healthy and creatively engaged with others. Here’s to more of it – ideally without the need for masks, eventually.

Stay safe, my friends. And do what is necessary to be close to what you love, whatever that may be.

Dalit

facing ourselves

Deep summer greetings to you all!

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 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!

Love,

Dalit

Taste + Vision

Did I mention they love me in Japan? LOL. The above is a clip from an article in a Japanese lifestyle blog about Amazake Co., my husband’s start up business which launched last summer. I am the chief advisor (we made that up, but of course I am) and it’s been quite an adventure to say the least. The taste-testing has been beyond fun (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it), and it’s pretty cool to see others learn about and enjoy this traditional fermented Japanese sweet drink. Unlike other Amazakes you might find, this one is hand-crafted and non-pasteurized, so it has all those probiotic benefits, too!

In acting news, “Premenstrual Margot” is having its premiere this March at the Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. This festival is in its 29th year and features films “by and about women for everyone.” I spent some time in Putney and Brattleboro years ago, so I’m stoked the film will debut there. It’s a uniquely beautiful part of the United States, and the festival itself has a fantastic lineup this year, as you can see here. If you’re in the area, do check it out!

Quartet. The making of PM.

That’s it for the moment. Wishing you a great, nourishing year.

XD

All of It

Happy December, friends!

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.

XO

DB

June. Bam.

student blooms
student blooms xo

Here we are mid-year kind of!

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.

XO

Dalit

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film fam ~  “When the Sunshine Comes”

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cinematic interlude

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famous new mattress…

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.

XD