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I’ve been working a lot lately, and I really do love my job.
I love the people I work with, and I love watching people learn about the
and future of space travel.
I love meeting people from all over the world, and I love hearing stories of people that worked on getting man to the moon.
As much as I do love my job, I haven’t been doing a lot of creative work. I haven’t been feeding my inner artist. I haven’t been writing, improvising, and I really miss it.
Today, I headed out to the library, and I bought some used plays,
and I’m going to try to find some new monologues to begin to work on. I have dusted off my most recent screenplay and I’m going to get back to working on it. I’m trying to remind myself on a daily basis to feed the artist that lives inside of me. I don’t want to loose the skills that I’ve developed over the last twelve years.
Also, I am happier when I create.
As an artist, when you create, you feel more alive. So, I hope that soon, I will be back on stage, behind a camera, or in front of the camera giving the performance of my life. I hope that I can keep the creative candle burning. I hope I can always remember that whether I am working at my day job, or creating art that I effect people. I hope that I approach life not just barely existing, but alive.
The picture above is me with second city’s traveling improv team birthing two players. I went for the fence that night. It is something I will never forget. I was so afraid to mess up, but the guy under me and for the life of me I don’t even know his name. I owe so much to him for my success in improv.
I remember in improv rehearsal when I heard the statement Fail Big for the first time. I was glad it was explained to me soon after I heard it. It was foreign to me because I had grown up playing sports my whole life, and I often heard about winning. Losing was looked on as a bad thing in that environment. I was above average in playing sports, but my determination made up for my lack of talent. However, I hated losing, until one day I was in an environment where failing was no longer negative.
What does Fail Big mean?
It means to push the limit as far as you can till it breaks. It means that you are able to have freedom in whatever you do because if you do fail you learn something. You have pushed the limits and boundaries and landed in a place that is not familiar to you. It’s uncomfortable, but in that moment of discomfort comes the beauty of your true nature.
So don’t be afraid Fail Big! Do Great Things!
Being a mom is the biggest honor that I’ve ever received.
I don’t talk about this a lot because I try to be sensitive to those women that are friends of mine that have had difficulties having babies. I hope today that you can forgive me if this finds you in a bad place about motherhood.
Back 22 years ago today, I was given a beautiful gift that weighed six pound three ounces. This was the first time that I would become mom.
After coming home from the hospital, I remember the day that everybody left me alone for the first time with this bundle of joy. I just sat and looked at her confused on what I was supposed to do with her.
The moment that I will never forget is the moment that I realized that she was my daughter and that if I wanted to wake her from a nap, or feed her early, or give her a bath that I could. I remember that day that I tried on every outfit that she had hanging in her closet that would fit her.
I realized that with that freedom also came a great responsibility.
With every stage of development of a child comes different joys, and struggles. I didn’t understand that very well at the beginning of motherhood. You think oh we learned to walk, but then reality sets in she’s mobile and can go anywhere.
As a mom I’ve learned that you have to accept whatever comes your way, and you have to navigate through the waters that flow. Sometimes it’s the land of butterflies, and ponies, and mermaids on a rock,
and other times, it’s rain and thunder from the tears they cry.
Regardless of the season, You have to know when to listen, and when to speak. You have to know when to encourage, and when to correct. You have to continually be supportive, and the hardest is when things don’t go as planned,
and when your kids don’t listen to you, you have to be humble and console. Your human nature wants to say I told so, but that will not help the relationship you want so badly.
I still sometimes struggle with making the right decision as a mom even though my kids are grown, but that is just part of the journey.
The flip side of the whole situation is through your victories, and your mistakes, they learn how to navigate the world and deal with people. They learn things like how to be friends with people, how to have discussion without having to be right all the time, that you can love people and not always agree with them, you can trust people, and you can put your heart out there. They also learn thing like people will let you down, people aren’t perfect, and regardless of good or bad, you can get through anything. Through learning all of that they can be assured that whenever one else isn’t there, and they feel alone that mom is only a phone call away. They learn at some point that you are not the enemy, but their biggest cheerleader.
I’ve learned so much about myself, and I wouldn’t have learned these things the way I did had I not become a mom. There are people that don’t have children that have learned things that I will never know. We all have our own path. My path included becoming a mom twice.
Today, I celebrate the birth of my first born who was a gift that I constantly thank God for. She is sassy and strong willed.
She walks to the beat of her own drum.
She is stubborn as they come, but still a blessing beyond measure. I am so thankful to know her. She inspires me daily, and I love her so much.
Happy Birthday baby girl, even thought your far away tonight, you are in heart always. Know that I love watching you chase your dream with dedication and hard work.
I don’t know very many people that work as hard as you do. Thanks for making me a mom.
Michael is an amazing writer, director and filmmaker.
He made my job somewhat simple because he communicated the vision of the film so well, and he had a hands on approach to making sure that the set design, wardrobe, and props were exactly what he wanted. I had worked in the art department for several films, but this was my first as a production designer. I learned so much, and met so many new friends.
The production team was amazing as well. We just melted together. I would work with that crew a million times over.
This film was shot in West Point, Mississippi. I fell in love with the people of this town. They were so supportive of their local filmmaker, and so welcoming to those of us who were just visiting. I’ve never seen a community rally around, donate, volunteer, or support a filmmaker in this way. It was amazing to witness.
The Atoning will be screening right here in Huntsville on April 14th, 2017. You can get the info and tickets at this website.
Some people leave their hearts in San Francisco, I left part of my heart in West Point, Mississippi.
Working on a movie set can be fun, but it is also a lot of work. So many people that start out wanting to be in that environment don’t understand how things work. Here are a list of things you need to be if you are going to work on a movie set.
- Team Player- You must be able to work well with others and not just promote yourself. Don’t be dramatic- No one wants to work with someone who is always causing drama. Don’t be full of yourself.
- Hard Worker- You need to be constantly working on something. Until the director yells that’s a wrap.
- Flexible- Movie work is spread out over a period of time. So to do this as a job, you have to be available when you are needed.
- Be on time- The production will not wait on you. If you are late, someone else might be taking over your job.
- Don’t be a complainer- Be happy you get the opportunity to do the job you have been ask to do. Whether you are the star of the project, or a Production Assistant, count yourself fortunate to be involved. Don’t walk around talking about how tired you are. Everyone will be tired.
- If you are going to be over a department, be organized, and take pictures of everything.
Following these rules will help you keep getting work. There are no small jobs. Everyone is very important.
While doing improv one night several years ago, I came up with this sketch about a disappointing birthday. I ended up filming it in 2013. It became known as
The Birthday Party!
I had so much fun working on this project from start to finish. The beauty about this fun shoot was the ending changed on set. It was a beautiful process with a great cast, and crew. It was shot at a local studio in Huntsville called Hollywood Huntsville. Here are some More screen shots.
We are having a contest in our neighborhood for best door decoration. I decided to devour the internet and make a craft. I made a turkey countdown calendar out of felt. Here is how I did it.
I’m very excited to announce that starting tonight and through the weekend my oldest daughter will be playing Rose in UAB’s Dancing at Lughnasa. I know she along with her cast mates have worked extremely hard on this. I wished that I could be close enough to attend every performance.You can find ticket info at the link below.
Break a leg Holly!!!!
Today, I will start today’s post off by saying. I need this post more than anyone else that is reading it. I feel horrible as I think about how this subject and how due to it that I may have impacted people in a derogatory manner.
Yesterday’s lunch with my family is a perfect example.
We all sat in a restaurant waiting on our food looking at our phones. Not speaking. We weren’t mad at one another just not engaged. We did put our technology away once our food arrived. So it wasn’t a totally bust.
But, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I treat others or view them. Also, I’ve thought about how others treat me and view me. Many times, I find that when others are speaking to me that I’m bored, not engaged, and selfishly thinking of other things. I’m finding that I would rather sit quietly with my computer, or iPhone, I know that I”m not alone. I often feel like other people do this to me when I speak to them. I deserve it most likely. Let’s be honest, I ramble. Ramblers today don’t survive in conversations because everyone is so used to getting information quickly, and in my case, by the time I finish a story, it’s old news.
I’ve learned so much from acting/improvisation.Being in the moment,
Yes and-ing and Listening
These three skills have forever changed my life, but I’m afraid sometimes that just isn’t enough. I need a good talking to. I need to get over my social media, technology, mentality, unplug and spend time with people. Engaged, unselfishly, exhilarated that someone feels the need to share their life with me. Technology is a great thing. I love my phone, my social media outlets, but I hope I never love those things as much as I love the people I get to share life with.
So if I am ignoring you during conversation, I give you permission to say PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!