I know, I know. You've heard enough about this project. Well, no. You have not. Not until you've heard it from the mouth of 15-year-old writer/director Gabe Sheets.
He is just as poised and passionate and calm while being interviewed as he was in every rehearsal and each day on set. I am truly lucky to have worked on this project, and you'll be seeing many more updates as the journey continues!
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I have never had a "look". I spent a brief period of time wearing 50s-inspired garb, but I soon realized I wasn't carrying it off in an adorable Zooey Deschanel way. It was more--red lipstick on the teeth sort of venture.
I was okay with it for the most part. No one really cared. I live in the Midwest where anything other than jeans and a t-shirt is considered dressy.
Truthfully, I thought my lack of style was an asset in my acting career. I can step in and be anything that the director and crew wanted me to be. I brought my interpretation to the voice, mannerisms and motivations of the character, but the actually look didn't matter to me a single bit.
Still, running a business and showing up for auditions, I wanted there to be something that was me. That felt like me.
It took some terrifying soul-searching, but I realized I never delved into my look because I was thoroughly and completely convinced that no one would like what I felt most comfortable in. At the heart of it all, I was sure no one would like me.
Here's something great, I found it. I found my style.
It feels ridiculous to be so excited and maybe no one else cares, but it feels pretty great. I feel better than I ever have, my closet actually looks like only one person keep their clothes there.
And I realized something else--
It takes courage to perform. There's honesty and vulnerability that needs to pour out when acting. Now I just have to carry that honesty, that vulnerability over into my off-stage life.
Be brave. Be yourself, and break legs!
When I began acting, I never thought in a million years that I would be able to be on a set like Fugue. I never thought I would work with talent that challenged me and a director and crew that pushed me to my physical and performance limits while being loving, supportive, and encouraging the whole way.
When we wrapped on Wednesday, I thought
"Well, that's it. That will never happen again."
Beautiful locations, stunningly talented cast and crew members...it was the most I could ever hope for.
Instead of making me terribly, desperately sad, it made me hungry. I want to work with people like this every day for the rest of my life. I want to be surrounded with drive and passion and creativity every single day.
I was expecting a little post-production depression to hit the next day, but I didn't really have time for it since I went directly into filming a dark comedy--Popcorn Landfill. It was an overnight shoot in a part of St. Louis that had me a little on-edge. I hadn't gone to a single rehearsal with the cast or crew and had no idea what to expect.
But then it was wonderful. The cast was dynamic and the director/writer Joel and his right hand Maranda were getting beautiful shots and great performances. It was incredible!
I am still riding the high of the last ten days.
Pickup shots from my first feature length Tuesday Night and Wednesday Morning, Fugue, and Popcorn Landfill. Ahhhh.
What a life.
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Thanks for tuning in and as always, break legs!
My life has taken me to incredible places, working on amazing projects with really talented people. Fugue, the independent film I have been filming since Saturday, is one of the most talent-rich, challenging sets I have ever been on.
Every single person is giving every single ounce of blood and sweat imaginable. I feel challenged physically and acting-wise, I'm being pushed to a whole new level that I didn't know was possible.
Check out just two of the beautiful locations we filmed at around St. Louis.
More details to come on story line and my experience on set and behind the scenes!
Last night I headed out the door at 7:30 for a last minute pick-up shot. The feature-length that earned me my first-ever IMDb credit is nearly done, and I was happy to be back onset for a project I've loved since I read the script many months ago. (Cue ridiculously-happy, behind-the-scenes gif).
In a weird twist, being back in front of the camera wasn't the best part of the night.
A friend from college messaged me to ask if I was maybe in an SSM commercial. Alarm bells, trumpets, and a few happy squeals ran through my head. Finally, finally the ad that we filmed in February(?) has been released!
I'm officially in a television commercial!
I didn't think I would ever care if people recognized me or the work I did. I make movies, collect a check, and go on about my way thrilled to be a working actress.
But if I'm being honest, it was one of the coolest moments of my professional career.
Recognition is not my goal, but man...it was cool.