Happy New Year, everyone!
I am so beyond excited about 2020 for so many reasons. Every year, I try to choose a word to focus on and use as a guiding light throughout the year. This year, I chose "receive". I have had a lot of trouble with this word in my life. First of all, it's the only word in my vocabulary that I still have difficulty spelling occasionally. But mostly, as a lifelong over-achiever, I rarely feel like I'm doing enough. I tend to focus on pushing myself to produce, on waving away compliments, opportunities, and accomplishments.
But this year is going to be different. It's my first full year in LA, and I'm ready to receive opportunities, inspiration, money, love, happiness, and all other good things that come my way! I'm keeping the channels open, and that's part of why I'm so excited to finally announce: REPRESENT IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR!
My web series REPRESENT, which I wrote, produced, co-directed, and co-starred in, has finished its film festival run and is finally coming to your screens in 2020! Specifically, the first three episodes will be available March 27 - the last #FemaleFilmmakerFriday of Women's History Month! I'm so excited to finally release something that so many of my best friends worked so hard on. To keep track of all the updates, visit www.representwebseries.com, or follow @representwebseries on Instagram!
My year of receiving has officially begun! Thanks for keeping up with me and my career, and I hope you receive everything you deserve in 2020!
Hi, all! It's been a little while since I posted, but thank you for being patient with me as I acclimate more to my new city surroundings in LA! I've missed out on telling you about some news, so I wanted to do a quick update to keep you informed!
This is all to say, I've been amazing - thank you so much for asking! I'm about to travel back to the Midwest to visit family for the holidays, so I'll be taking a tiny break to enjoy that time! But I'm really, really looking forward to all the doubtlessly incredible things 2020 has in store for me. #prayerhandemoji #2blessed2bestressed
So happy to announce that I've been hard at work on the recently announced Lizzie McGuire reboot! Thought I'd show y'all a sneak peek! :P
Okay, in all seriousness - I'm not working on this show, obviously. But in middle school I watched every episode and copied every one of Lizzie's hairstyles, so when the reboot was announced this week, I did find myself wondering what a grown-up Lizzie would be like. This is the very silly, slightly profane result...
I had so many awesome improviser friends in college, and I loved going to their shows, but I distinctly remember watching them, thinking to myself "I could never do that."
Which, honestly, LOL. Because all my life, the second I start thinking that is the second my brain starts going, "You know what?...No. No. Well...HA!" like the woman in that meme when she tries kombucha for the first time.
This is all to say, basically, eff all that. Because I'm in improv classes at freakin' UCB now. Yep. That UCB. Which, I know paying to take a 101-level improv class at such an institution is not prestigious or anything, but man. That kinda feels big in itself! And I guess if you're in LA, you can come see me do bad improv in October! But in the meantime, I'm enjoying healing bad patterns and being ridiculous while doing it, which is good enough for me!
Y'all, we have some new award nominations! My web series REPRESENT has been nominated for three different awards at the upcoming New Jersey Web Fest, including Best Series Premise! I was nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy, which I am high-key thrilled about. But my favorite nomination is the last one!
My co-star Jackie Dallas and I were nominated jointly for Best On-Screen Chemistry in our roles as Ellie and Tess in the series. This one in particular means so much to me, because one of my favorite things about making REPRESENT was having Jackie as my scene partner and developing a real friendship and partnership with her. To be nominated together in this category makes so much sense - because it couldn't have happened without her!
If you're in the NY/NJ area, the New Jersey Web Fest is happening September 20-22! If not, trust that I will keep you updated on how it all goes! Thanks, NJ Web Fest!
Here we are again, friends! Back at it again with REPRESENT news! This time, I am thrilled to announce three major awesome things that our little web series gets to do!
First, we will, for the first time EVER, be screening internationally! That's right, Seoul Web Fest selected REPRESENT and will be screening episode 9, "Spilling the Tea." Around here (aka my apartment/friend circle), it's widely known as the Percy episode, because it features Connor Tracy as Percy -- arguably the funniest part of the whole series and definitely a fan favorite (see below for the fierceness)! We can't be in Korea for it, but we are so, so pumped that we will be there in spirit!
Secondly, we've been nominated for another award!! The amazing folks at Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival will be screening our sixth episode, affectionately titled "The Patriarchy F*cks Up Everything", on Saturday, August 10. But not only that - they have also nominated our cast for Best Ensemble! For a mama bear who is endlessly proud of her cast no matter what, this is still huge. Thank you, OCAFF!
Being recognized in any way is incredible, because every collaborator on REPRESENT worked their tushies off every single day, for the sheer love of the project and belief in its message. To be able to share with my team that people are resonating with what we made - that's the freakin' dream right there.
Wow, guys. Wow. Um, I have some news, and it's that I've been nominated for an award. Actually, TWO.
My super-feminist, super-funny web series REPRESENT has been making its rounds at festivals and getting selected and recognized by quite a few! Which is humbling in itself. One of our official selections came from the amazing Queen Palm International Film Festival! Earlier this year, my pilot script The Character won the silver for Best Dialogue at this festival, so I was pumped.