I Suck At Blogging.

You know it's bad when you check on the last blog you posted on your website and think, "wow, since the last time I posted I was involved in at least 5 really cool projects, attended at least a few noteworthy events, went through an entire gestation period for a human baby inside my body, gave birth to said human, waited so long that human baby is now A YEAR AND A HALF OLD, and also made a major relocation and moved to the other side of the country..."

That's bad. And I think it's official; I suck at blogging. BUT I've made a promise to myself (listen up, Self!) that I'll be better at keeping my blog up-to-date from now on! I promise so hard that I'll try.

I'm going to be super lazy and not attempt a run-down of all the things I've missed, but if you're interested you can give a quick scroll through my Facebook Page and probably get the bullet points. ;)

Instead, I wanted to talk about a cool project I have coming up, the short film (feature version in the future) called The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop.  We start shooting in a few months and the crowdfunding campaign is going to get going soon as well. You can stay in the loop by signing up for the mailing list HERE or like the FACEBOOK PAGE.  

Cecily

I also did a cool interview with GoLocalProv.Com  for this project, we talked about my career, my move, and all about the plans for the fim. Check it out HERE! 

I guess that's it for now. I'll keep working at not sucking, and hopefully post again soon!! 

~ Ava 

Welcome to my new website!

I decided it was time for a change... it was time for a little spring cleaning for my website! Clear out all the clutter, go simpler, more streamlined.... I'm into this new version.  A lot. ;)

 

What do you think?? 

 

C.A.R.E. Rescue LA

Ever since I was a kid I've had a passion for helping animals. I was always looking for ways to feel like I was doing my part to help the cause. Now, I have an amazing outlet to help... Over the past year or so I have been working with a few of my friends & fellow animal lovers to establish our very own non-profit rescue group. We have worked hard to create C.A.R.E. Rescue LA, and we couldn't be more proud!!!

It all started for me when my good friend, and now founder & chairman of C.A.R.E., Kelle King, contacted me to see if I would be willing to foster a dog that was almost out of time at a local shelter. I decided to foster Brody, and I  just couldn't get over how cool he was... friendly, loving, ADOPTABLE... and the thought that he may not have had even 24 hours to live if we didn't step in was just heartbreaking. I knew I had to help as many animals like Brody as possible.

This is Brody, my first foster, and one of CARE's first success stories... He is now a spoiled pup in a loving home! 

Since we started rescuing a little over a year ago, we have saved the lives of over 30 dogs and cats, by pulling them out of high kill shelters or dangerous situations and placing them in safe, loving homes. It's hard work, but we feel compelled to help these poor animals who are running out of time.

Here in LA, the overpopulation of our high kill shelters is a HUGE problem. Uninformed owners, lack of spay & neuter, a big stray population.. all contribute to the high number of animals killed before they have a chance at life. As a new rescue group, this problem feels really overwhelming to us. We're helping one animal at a time, and though it seems like it's only scratching the surface, it means EVERYTHING to the animals we know we've given a second chance to!

The BEST part of this work? The success stories!!! And we've had so many... Check out some of our success stories HERE.

 Being able to see a dog who may have had only hours to live, now thriving in a loving home is probably the best feeling in the world (if you ask me :) ) and it is definitely what keeps us going!

The one thing we know for sure is that we can't do this alone. We're currently trying to expand our network of animal lovers who want to help! We are always looking for fosters (fostering SAVES LIVES!) volunteers, forever homes, and of course, donations.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE to learn more about C.A.R.E. Rescue LA

www.carerescuela.org

Learn more about US ~ Founder, Kelle, and the rest of our board of directors who make it all possible; Rebecca, Joey, Shane & Myslef

One of the most important things you can do to help this cause is to become a FOSTER. You are the safe haven for a pet escaping a deadly shelter before they find there forever home. You become the difference between life & death for these animals! Learn more about C.A.R.E.'s foster program HERE

Want to make a donation to C.A.R.E. Rescue LA?

Every little bit counts and the more money we raise the more lives we can save! You can make your donations through Paypal to

carerescuela@gmail.com

Want to keep up with us on Facebook?

FOLLOW US!!

ONE MIC STAND @ RG Club

I'm happy to announce that the open mic night I host, ONE MIC STAND, has found a NEW home at RG Club in Venice!!

Our First event at the new venue will be THURSDAY, APRIL 11th!!

 

We had a really successful run at Whiskey Blue LA, with a lot of our musicians telling us that ONE MIC STAND was their favorite open mic in LA! (sweet!!) So, I'm really happy that we can continue to support our amazing community of musicians with a positive, fun place to perform. RG Club is a great new venue, and a perfect spot for OMS. On most nights of the week it's a home for Jazz in the Venice area, and it's building itself up to be a well respected new venue with a great vibe and great music. We can't wait to move in!

I will jump off the night with my own set at 8pm sharp before leading into our amazing line-up of musicians. There's a little something for everyone on our roster, it's going to rock (literally AND figuratively) I have no doubt! As always, we will record video of our entire show to post great performances on our YouTube channel, AND will have a photographer snapping pro-quality pics of every magic moment.

If you're in the LA Area come check us out!! THURSDAY, APRIL 11th and then Every SECOND Thursday of the month!!

LIKE OMS on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/onemicstandopenmic

Check out past performers and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/onemicstandla

If you would like to perform at a future ONE MI STAND contact us at : onemicstandla@gmail.com

*RG Club is located at 2536 Lincoln Blvd, Venice  / $5 cover / Drink Specials all night! / 21+

Photo shoot : Alter Ego

Last night on Mike & Molly I got to play a tatted-up, pierced, bad-girl named "Raven". Since I don't have a single real tattoo, and the only thing I have pierced is my ears, this was really fun for me. In fact, I felt strangely comfortable like that, like somehow it suits me? So while I was all done-up in tats, I decided to take a photo shoot of my alter ego... Special thanks to Marie Westbrook and Shutter FX Photography for doing the shoot with me!

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR : 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!! Yea, I know I know... "It's January 9th, it's not 'New Year' anymore! Aren't you a little late!?" Well, considering there are 365 days in a year, and we're less than ten days in, It still feels NEW to me!! I'm also the kind of person who celebrates "Birthday Week", so why not stretch this happy-new-year thing out a bit? In fact, that might be one of my New Year's resolutions.... to always over-celebrate things for an extended, inappropriate amount of time. That sounds fun.

ANYWAY, It's needless to say that I'm very excited for what 2013 has in store!! There were a lot cool events and gigs in 2012 that I'm still reflecting on, and a lot of little seeds planted that I'm waiting to see bloom. Although I don't make a habit of trying to predict the future, there are at least a couple of things I know we can look forward to in 2013, things I'm super excited about!

One thing I know we can expect is to FINALLY get that look at the new A*VOYCE collection I've been working on! Within the next few months I'll be giving you the first peeks at what I've been sweating out in the sweat shop lately. Then, throughout the rest of the year, you can expect new ways to check out the entire new collection, an updated website, new lookbook, new ways of ordering, and info about some cool events that are in the works!

Another fun thing to look out for is my episode of MIKE & MOLLY which is set to air this coming Monday, January 14th! I shot the episode before the holidays and have been waiting patiently to get the official air date. Of course I will post again about that with all the info, but there was another fun element to shooting that episode... a little excursion into the life of my alter-ego... you'll be seeing more about that soon, too ;)

Well, here's hoping 2013 is great year for all of us! Keep Celebrating!!!

 

 

 

Private Practice

   

 

Hey There Everyone - Here's a little info for those of you who may have somehow missed all the excessive and shameless posting I (and my family & friends) did on Facebook last week regarding the episode of "Private Practice" that I was on. In case you didn't know, I had a small (and teary) guest star role on last week's episode called "Good Grief"...

If you want to check it out, you can watch the entire episode online HERE:

http://abc.go.com/watch/private-practice/SH559070/VD55237301/good-grief

Thanks, Loves!

 

 

 

 

BLAZE STUDIOS : Exclusive!!

Now you can finally watch BLAZE STUDIOS, the pilot I shot earlier this year, exclusively on YouTube!

WATCH NOW!!

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BLAZE STUDIOS is a scripted urban musical comedy set in a high-end recording studio. It stars Marcus Paulk (Moesha, Red Tails), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), and ME as Studio Manager, "Paige"!

This episode also features cameo appearances by Chili from TLC, rapper RiFF RaFF, and comedian Faizon Love...

Go Check out this first episode and if you like what you see, SPREAD THE WORD!!!

 

Guest Guitar Player Series : Session 6

 

Session 6 of my Guest Guitar Player Series was a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait ! This video features our good friend Kevin Crowley on guitar, who chose a totally bad-ass song that we were all super excited to work on!  Just so happens that Kevin's the busiest guy I've ever met. Like, for real... we definitely had a few scheduling issues getting this one going... BUT We were finally able to make it happen and I love it! I also love that a certain Rob Gaudet decided to join us on this one!

So here's us rocking out on Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know"

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Super special big 'ol THANKS to Kevin Crowley for kicking ass, and Rob Gaudet for working his booty off shooting, editing, and performing in this Vid!

Stay Tuned for the next session coming soon!!

SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel Here : www.youtube.com/AGVOYCE

NOIR Inspiration

The other day I did a really fun photo shoot with my amazingly talented friend, Mischa. For these photos we wanted to portray the moody, stylized drama of classic Film Noir, while still keeping a slightly modern edge. I love how he played with shadows and lighting, and LOVE how these look in Black & White....so nostalgic of old-hollywood! I had a blast doing this, Thanks Mischa!!

 

 

"The Exes"

Yesterday I wrapped filming a small role on the TV Land Comedy "The Exes" ~ It was my first time working on a multi-camera sitcom that films in front of a "live studio audience" and it was SO much fun! My episode is set to air Wednesday, July 25th ~ I hope you all tune in!! Really....This show is hilarious ;)

 

 

Want to catch up on the show? Watch FULL Episodes HERE http://www.tvland.com/shows/the-exes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Original

Hey There Everyone! I would like to introduce you to Ashley Bryant. She is a super talented graphic designer who recently created a branding guide for the website www.UrbanOG.com (which I just so happen to LoVe, and I shop at a little too often :p ) and she used MY pictures for her presentation!!!

I love this and I  think she did an awesome job... Go check out more of her work at www.AshleyBryantDesign.com

 

 

...when someone says "No"...

What do you do when someone says "No" to something that you really want? How do you react? Today I started thinking about this... as an actor and singer, rejection is so....typical. expected. par for the course. We performers deal with hearing "No" more often then not. Like, seriously, ALL the time! Sometimes it really hurts.... sometimes we just end up having a soy latte with our Besty at Starbucks and never think about it again.... but the fact is, we get said "No" to SO often that now I'm starting to wonder... is that weird? Are there other people out there who get rejected this much? Are there people out there that DON'T have to hear "No" 100 times before they hear "Yes"?

I'm guessing you can learn a lot about a person by how they react to hearing "No"  (although I hope no one is studying me, because I admit I've had at least a few seriously questionable reactions myself!! )  Do you get crushed? Do you feel defeated? Do you feel enraged? Defiant? Does it empower you to keep going? To pick yourself back up? To do better? To be the BEST?

As I was thinking about all of this... I saw this quote posted on Facebook:

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

That's the same guy who is quoted as saying this:

"Never, Never, NEVER Give Up."

That sounds like a guy who heard the word "No" a few times.

 

 

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Guest Guitar Player Series: Session 5

It's that time again... Time for another Guest Guitar Player video!!This one features Matt Skversky on guitar. I was really happy I was able to shoot this video with Matt... First of all... he picked a GREAT song!! (more about that in a second) Second of all, I was able to squeeze this in before Matt left L.A. for good, and I was really happy that we were able to make it happen!

Matt was only in LA for a short time, but he quickly got involved with our little circle of musicians and made his mark playing bass for The Cold Chills while he was here. We are *so* going to miss him!

The song he chose was Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" ... I love this song. This was the song that made me realize what a great songwriter she was... like, next-level...she stopped me in my tracks with lines like ...

"Life is like a pipe...and I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside..."

Really, Amy!? you're killing me... She had this way of getting you inside her head and somehow making you understand... She had a perfect balance of blunt realism and poeticism that I always loved... so sad that she's gone.

So, this is our take on a great tune... Thanks for shooting this with me, Matt!!! And as always, special thanks to Rob Gaudet for shooting and editing this video!!!

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Guest Guitar Player Series *Session 4*

This session of GGP is *EXTRA* special to me, because this guitar player also happens to be MY DAD!!!! He's the best guitar player I know, and I was SO happy we were able to make this video the last time I was in my home town.... This song means a lot to me too... As the story goes, my Dad, who has always been a working musician, was on his way to a gig the night my mom went into labor with me. He ditched the gig and rushed back to the hospital to be with her...

The next time he had a gig with the band he told them he had a little girl and they dedicated this song to me!

...I believe that event was also somehow responsible for my life-long Love/Obsession with Stevie Wonder. :)

Here is me and my Dad, Bob Schlink, doing "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder...

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Special thanks to Rob Gaudet for shooting and editing this video... and for traveling all the way to Providence, RI with two cameras, a tripod, and an entire light box in his suitcase to make this happen!