New Jersey WEb Fest Nominations!!
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!
Casting News | Commercial
Award-winner in the house!
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.
I am fully thrilled and can't thank Queen Palm enough for recognizing my work! Check them out at their website here, and don't forget to check out the website for REPRESENT!
Comedy Sketch | Venmo
Guys! My friends at the Crude Mechanicals invited me back to do more comedy with them!
Recently I was asked to perform in a comedy sketch with my friend Chase Kiefiuk! Chase and his collaborators wrote the sketch, Venmo. It's about a girl who finds herself in a tough position, and a little behind the times! I would love it if you could take two minutes and watch it here! Comedy is my favorite, and I'm so excited I get to work on it consistently with my friends!
New market, new headshots! My old headshots (by the amazing Mikki Schaffner of Cincinnati) were absolutely beautiful, but they were getting a little - well, old! They didn't quite look like me anymore, and they didn't quite fit the actress I've become, either. So I decided that after I moved to LA, before episodic season (AKA the time of the year when I'm gonna be hustling for those glorious two-line waitress/cashier/barista roles on network sitcoms!), I would be investing in some really great new headshots. And BOY, did I!
Lucky for me, I found the incredible Joanna DeGeneres, who, in addition to being an amazing photographer, is an actual miracle worker, apparently. Joanna helped me use my three looks to get the most variety out of them, and I ended up with super on-brand headshots that I love! So here, everybody - meet your new favorite adorable best friend/indie quirk master! [Spoiler alert, it's me.]
Check out just a few of my new headshots here and in the photos section! And be sure to check out Joanna's website - she's an unmitigated delight and SUPER good at her job, obviously!
The Shelbyville News Feature
I recently had an interview with The Shelbyville News! Shelbyville is my hometown, so I was thrilled to speak with Ross Flint about my web series REPRESENT, hoping that they might see fit to include me somewhere in the back of the Arts & Culture section. But it turns out that they found me worthy of the front page! I was so excited that they wrote such an awesome article about me and my work, and that everyone back home was so supportive about it!
I love talking about my "humble beginnings" in a small town, because I never expected that a life in the arts would be possible for someone like me, who lived far away from Hollywood and couldn't even fathom how to make my way towards that. But I'm writing this from my new Hollywood apartment and making progress every day! Hopefully this piece in my hometown newspaper will light a path for someone who might be in the same boat as I was.
You can read the article on the Shelbyville News website! Thank you so much to Ross, the journalist who profiled me, and everyone at the paper!
P.S., I also love that they went with my former valedictorian status as the headline! Nerds get stuff done, y'all!
K-Y Docuseries Trailer!
Recently I was cast in a sex-positive docuseries from K-Y, and the trailer just dropped! The Pleasure Is Mine features a bunch of women from all walks of life empowering themselves and each other by having vital conversations about women's pleasure and sex! I had so much fun working with K-Y, Girl Culture Films, Dr. Holly Richardson, and Oscar-nominated director Amy J. Berg on this super important, female-driven piece.
The workshops that we had were fun, inspiring, challenging, and deeply necessary. I'm really proud of having worked on this project. Women's pleasure, and women's sex lives in general, is such a neglected conversation - still, in 2019, we're expected to skirt around the topic and ignore what we really want. I'm so thrilled to have been a small part of helping K-Y bring this subject to the foreground and shed light on a conversation that is way overdue. Not to mention the fact that now I have eight truly incredible lady friends who went on the journey with me! ♥ Keep an eye out for when the docuseries drops in April!
Commercial casting news
Hey all! Just dropping in to let you know that I shot my very first commercial this week!