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Happy 50th!

Wanted to give a special shout out on the blog today to my parents. Today is their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They’ve raised two daughters and now have 4 granddaughters. It’s pretty incredible that they have made it so many years together. Not surprising as they are extremely devoted to one another and still very much in love. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, I love you.

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Happily Ever After!

Recently, I went to Disney World.One of my favorite moments from my trip was watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Fireworks at Disney are always amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for my heart to be so moved by this show. As I watched, it made me feel like a kid all over again. I loved this show so much because it brought a flood a memories back to me.

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The show is called Happily Ever After. It was truly something I will forever remember.

I loved the opening song so much that I bought it on I Tunes. Here is the video of the two singers recording the song.

If you go to Disney World while this show is running, you must see it. It is so worth the crowd. It found a special spot in my heart. If you like Disney music, you need to go on over to I Tunes and buy this song.

 

How to Act and Get Paid?

Recently, A few people have asked me about getting paid as an actor or filmmaker. Please know that I am an indy filmmaker, who has only done a  handful of films. You can find my profile on IMDB Profile.  I can only speak from My own experience. which mostly is extra work or featured extra roles. I’m not the star of a set generally.

When I have worked on a film set, I’ve been asked to sign a release of photograph saying it’s ok to use  my image, I have filled out a  voucher showing me the rate which has been a flat rate for so many hours, or  hourly rate.  I have provided my Driver’s licence and Social Security card for identification. I’ve signed a non disclosure agreement as well. Once I was done filming,

I was compensated a couple different ways.

  1. From an agent. If you have an agent, sometimes your payment will go straight through their office. Then they will cut you a check after they take 10-20% which is fair. Generally when I had an agent, if I got work on my own, I would compensate my agent still just as a courtesy.
  2. Straight from the accounting office. I’ve worked on several films where you sign an agreement and then when you finish your two days of work, you get paid right from accounting personnel.
  3. Through a secondary company. Most films will pay through a voucher system. You get a voucher and then you could receive money within a couple of weeks after your last day of shooting. Now I have waited an unreasonable amount of time before on a project. Just be aware with vouchers, it works out most of the time eventually. Just know you most likely will not get paid the week you work. I learned this the hard way.

Just always take care of yourself. When I am on set,

  1. I always get a point of contact before I leave regarding payment.
  2. I always double check that I have a copy of my vouchers in order.
  3. I always call the company after a week of completing the film and continue to do so every week until the can verify that they have received my vouchers and they are mailing my check.
  4. In the US, know the number the film office in the state you are working in. This is just in case you need to contact them for not getting paid. Films depend on money they get from the state they film in, to cover some of the expenses of the process. If they shouldn’t get paid that money unless they are paying you.

Making money doing film work is fun, just know that getting payment isn’t always timely, and you may have to get legal help sometimes.

 

You have a podcast?

Why yes I do have a podcast. It’s called the WeMo Podcast. We made it on Anchor. Capture

I say we because it is an adventure that I am currently embarking on with my husband.

 

 

Are you wondering why it is called The WeMo Podcast?

This was a nickname given to me by the first improv troupe that I was in. It’s the first two letters of my first name and the last two letters of my Husband’s last name. We felt that it was appropriate to name it such.

What are we going to talk about?

We have a set number of topics that we want to discuss like art, negativity, relationships, minimalism, family, spirituality and so much more.

Is this a high end production?

Right now we are being minimal with the production, but as we go along, it will hopefully sound better and be a little more layered. We decided to go with recording on Anchor, and we love it so far. They make it pretty simple so that anyone can have a podcast.

When do you drop episodes?

We are dropping a new podcast every week on Friday nights. It may be Saturday before you can listen on some platforms.

If you want to join our listening audience, you can do so here,  The WeMo Podcast.

Improv 101 Lesson 2: Listening

If you missed lesson 1 of my improv 101 you can click below.

Lesson 1

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Lesson 2: Listening

When you are on stage, listening is vital because your scene partner is giving you all sorts of good information, and if you are hearing them, your scenes will be great. Using all your senses on stage is important. Watching every twitch of a scene partners eye to a smirk on their face. What they are offering you is a gift. If we learn to listen and watch them, we take the focus of of us. We don’t worry about what we are going to do or say. Our job as an improviser is clear. No pressure. Here are some examples that might occur that would hinder your scene.

Not Listening Example. 

Player 1 “Harriet, here are the Wilson files. ”

Player 2 “I love these flowers”

Player 2 totally disregarded what player one was giving them. Player 1 said the object was files. Player two said the object was flowers. This will cause confusion on the stage.

Not Listening Example 2

Player 1 ” Honey the babies are coming, and I need to go to the hospital”

Player 2 ” I wished we could have a baby.

Player 1 ” I’m pregnant right now.”

Player 2 ” We should get pregnant.”

Player 2 is obviously not listening to what Player 1 said.

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Correct Listening response 1.

Player 1 “Harriet, here are the Wilson files. ”

Player 2 “Mrs Parker, I will put these court files back in the cabinet, and we will keep them just in case the come back with more false claims against Barbecue Grill.”

Player 2 just made it clear that these files were court documents, and the Wilson family had caused some trouble at the Barbecue Grill. Not only did she listen to her scene partner, she added information. Because Player 2 had Listened to what her scene partner was saying, they began creating a beautiful scene together.

Correct Listening response 2

Player 1 ” Honey the babies are coming, and I need to go to the hospital”

Player 2 ” The bag, the bag. I need to Breathe. hee hee, i mean you need ot breathe”

Player 2 has listened affirmed player 1 and pushed this scene forward by becoming panicked.

 

Incorrect Listening response 2

Player 2  enter the scene. Player 1 is already on stage slamming cabinets and stomping around the stage. Player 1 has a scrunched up face. Player 2  enter the scene.

Incorrect response by Player 2 directed toward player 1.

Player 2: I am glad that we decided to spend my birthday here at the zoo today, and I love these animals.

Player 1 has already established that he is inside in a room with a kitchen, and Player one is not looking at animals. Player 2 is not listening to Player 1. Player 2 is saying no by not taking what Player 1 has already established. It confuses the audience, and leads Player 1 to have to make a choice.

 

 Player 1 may not choose to drop anything and say.

“WE are not at the zoo, we are at home, it’s not your birthday and I’m mad.”

If Player 2 comes back with

“Yes we are at the zoo”

This just creates an argument. It creates a lot of negation.

This is how the scene could be less confusing. 

How could Player 1 respond correctly

Player 1 could say to  Player 2

“You are not authorized to be behind the lion cages, where we store medicine and food”

This could fix the confusion, and get yes and started up again.

Correct Listening Example 

But to eliminate all confusion, it could go something like this.

Player 2  enter the scene. Player 1 is already on stage slamming cabinets and stomping around the stage. Player 1 has a scrunched up face. Player 2  enter the scene.

Player 2  Samantha, If you are looking for your Frosted Flakes, I ate them and they were sooooo good.

Player 1: You. I’m telling mom.

By listening now we have a relationship and a scene that can push forward and build into something great.

Improvising is about building great scenes that develop relationship through yes and and listening.

Improv 101 Lesson 1: Yes and…

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I have often mentioned improv on my blog here, but It has been awhile since I have went over the basics of improv. So I’ve decided over the next few weeks that I would write a short blog about some basics that  I would cover in my workshop normally. The first one is by far may be the most important for any beginning improviser, and it’s always good as a seasoned performer to revisit exercise that keep this in your tool belt.

YES AND

When you say no in your scene, it will only lead to nothing. Saying yes will keep your scene moving.

An example of saying no would go like this. 

Player 1:  “Bob, It is our duty as fire fighters to put out this fire on 8th Street. ”

Player 2:   “I’m a police officer. I have never been a fire fighter. ”

An example of saying yes would go like this

Player 1: “Bob, It is our duty as fire fighters to put out this fire on 8th Street. ”

Player 2: ” Yes Pete, I’ve got the truck ready, and I will drive.”

By saying yes and adding direction, this gives us more information and something to work with.

Say yes and

Not only say yes, but give something else to your scene partner by saying yes and

Ex. If your scene partner says 

Player 1: “We are going to the store.”

Player 2:  “Yes we are going to the store.”

Even though you yes to what your scene partner said, you didn’t add anything to help push the scene forward. By doing this, you put all the pressure on them to come up with everything in the scene.

An example of a correct response =

Player 1: Terry, we are going to the store.

Player 2: “Yes Mary,  we are going to the store, and since it is our 25th wedding anniversary, I am going to buy you a new Tiffany Diamond Ring.

This would lead to a fuller scene. It has affirmed and added more information. Now the two players are building a scene together, rather than, one of them doing it alone.

Playing scenes with Yes and is truly the easiest way to build a scene. You might think that it would keep conflict away, but it truly works and make interesting scenes. Starting out keep it simple. Say Yes And.

 

Redbox Must Rent!

I am excited to announce that the movie I’ve talked about before on the blog, The Atoning is going to be going to Redbox. I  am over the moon as this is the very first movie  I worked on to be on Redbox. It’s no easy task to get an Indy film on Redbox these days, but when you have an awesome director like Michael Williams, incredible producers like Michael Williams, Daniel Wood, Michael LaCour, Joni Seitz, Sabrita Gordon, and David Roberson and an amazing cast and crew it happens. As Halloween approaches, if you need to get ready now is your time to watch this suspense thriller.

For your convenience, it will be on other platforms as well. Take a look at the graphic below. Thanks for reading my blog, and thanks in advance for supporting the Atoning.

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Rocket City Bloggers!

If you have ever seen my blog, you may have noticed the icon to the side. Look over there to the right. The Rocket City Bloggers is the one I am referring to. You can learn about this group Right here.

The Rocket City Bloggers

I joined this group awhile back. I have got to attend a couple events. The cool part is that well, they highlight your blog and connect you with other bloggers in the Rocket City. If you are someone you know blogs, or vlogs, hit the admin up and get connected today. You can also find us on Facebook.

Thanks for doing this group. It’s just one more reason that I love the Rocket City.

Be Alive!

 

I’ve been working a lot lately, and I really do love my job.

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I love the people I work with, and I love watching people learn about the

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and future of space travel.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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No Small Job!

 

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Hard Worker- You need to be constantly working on something. Until the director yells that’s a wrap.
  3. 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.
  4. Be on time- The production will not wait on you. If you are late, someone else might be taking over your job.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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