My shoes that is! Bid on an autographed pair of my heels to benefit the Arts in Education program at the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center, as well as awareness and research of the neurological disorder Chiari Malformation. It's part of the Kick Up Your Heels fundraiser going on now through March.
My shoes are also in excellent company. Be sure to check the entire auction to see if there are others you'd like to bid on. Gillian Anderson, Cathy Rigby, Robin Roberts, Kathy Ireland ....
This week marks one year since I started narrating audiobooks at DuArt, and I am so happy and grateful to be part of that fabulous community!! I've narrated fiction and non-fiction, YA and romance, thrillers and mysteries. I most recently completed Our Lady of the Ice, my 22nd book with them, Cassandra Rose Clark's delicious scifi novel with a compellingly human storyline.
My second spot for Clarins Double Serum!
On camera AND vo for these lovely people:
With the insanity of the next U.S. presidential election in full swing, it seems like a good time to revisit the simpler, kinder elections of the past. Like that time I ran for president ...
The turning of the year is an obvious time for reflection, and this year, more than usual, my reflection turned to how grateful I am for the many, many people in my life who helped me in my work throughout 2015. Are we all so lifted up by others, so supported, sustained, and nurtured? I sincerely hope so, because as I'm being reminded, we can't do much on our own. But together? We are limitless.
The comedy short Seek, written by and starring the wickedly funny Cara Loften and with a totally fun role for me -- as an amorous, new age love counselor -- screened last night at the Big Apple Film Festival. In lieu of a link to the film, which is still making festival rounds, here's the very cool BAFF trailer:
Looking forward to diving into this bombshell of a book on Monday! I'll be at Duart narrating Dietland for the Library of Congress' National Library Service. It's been great getting familiar with Sarai Walker's first novel, a delicious surprise of a book that challenges everything we take for granted about beauty, health, and women's place in society. Just like the cover image, it's a cupcake hand grenade!
Coming This Fall ...
I am so privileged to be a student of this man, Wynn Handman: founder of The American Place Theater, creator of Literature to Life, and director, coach, trainer, and mentor to some of the finest actors we will ever be lucky enough to see. As anyone who studies with Wynn will tell you, stepping into his studio means stepping into a world where commitment, integrity, and devotion to the work are the very ground you walk on, and egos or anyone searching for a quit hit to their resume find no air to breathe. Truthfully I've learned about so much more than acting in Wynn's class, but how can you fail to learn from a man who guides his entire life by the question, "What is needed here?"
A year ago I worked on what felt at the time like a charming little film. Good script, delightful people. I was going into it a little stressed and exhausted, since there had been a fire in our apartment literally the night before our first rehearsal. No one was hurt, animals were safe, so I felt fortunate but still had to deal with massive destruction and clean up. And I showed up on the set smelling like a smokehouse, literally! We prepped a lot and worked long days, and I celebrated every minute, enjoying the shoot even more as I got to escape, for a while, all the stuff to be dealt with in the wake of a fire.
Well that film, UPSIDE DOWN, has gone on to great reception at masses of festivals, and the topic -- dealing with a transgender woman -- has become the hot topic of the hour! I've lost track of how many festivals it's been accepted to, but the latest good news is that UPSIDE DOWN has won the audience choice award at the Springfield LGBT film festival. And if you want to see the film, it'll be screening tomorrow night in Brooklyn at the Northside Film Festival, tickets here.
Now an official selection of the Cayman Islands International Film Festival. Seriously, does anyone sell a plane ticket that works like a Eurail Pass?!?!
I just learned a wonderful short film I worked on last year -- Upside Down -- will be shown at the 6th annual KASHISH, MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL in India and has been shortlisted for a festival in Germany! Congratulations to writer/director Shira Levin! Now if I could just swing some plane tickets ...
So happy to say I'm now freelancing with the lovely Jenevieve Brewer of Brewer Management! After much success as an agent and a manager with the teams at About Face and Terrific Talent, Jenevieve has decided to establish her own firm, a smart, gutsy, and exciting move that fills me with admiration. I'm very excited to be one of her newest clients!