Reflection + Reinvention

I never wanted to be one of those people to dwell in my past,  reliving my "glory days" or resurrecting mistakes I made...but, I've gained a newfound appreciation for the things I've experienced in my life and career lately...

I was recently invited to conduct a workshop at Regis College to speak with the Glee and Theater clubs.  This wasn't the first workshop like this that I've done, but this one made something click... The Glee Club was working on the choral medley of RENT, so I had the opportunity to speak with them about the music from the show and my experience in it. 

Afterwards, I spoke with members of the Theater club, and other students and attendees, and had the opportunity to tell my story. I talked about my path - how I got to New York after High School, when I decided to make the switch to study music instead of theater, how I booked my first professional jobs, how I made my move to Los Angeles, about landing and missing roles, and about making the decision to start a family and how I allowed my priorities to shift... 

In the Q & A portion of the workshop I got to answer questions about so many different topics, and as I reflected on all the different experiences I've had, I realized that "reliving your past" doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if sharing your stories, mistakes and triumphs helps to provide some insight and inspiration for other people. 

Now THAT I'm into. 

So I decided sharing my experiences is kinda cool, and I decided I'll do a little more of it. (cue: #TipsofTheTrade, more about that soon!) 

I'm proud of what I've done in my life and in my career, and as I continue to perform and sing and act and do all the things I do, while balancing mommy life and other goals I have, there is still a lot I'm learning about what my future holds.... and that's cool, too. 

So, Thanks Regis College.. Thanks for letting me share my story with you guys, for asking questions and letting me answer honestly, and for reminding me that the things I've been through have value, and may even help people! 

...and this concludes this heartfelt message about reflection and reinvention by your truly, 

Ava. 

Video shot and edited by Ben Klenk 

Busy, Busy, Bizzy

This summer has turned out to be pretty darn bizzy for me...and here is me NOT complaining one bit. 

Yesterday, I wrapped production on the film "The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop". It was a great shoot and I can't WAIT until it's finished so you guys can check it out! There are some cool stills posted on the facebook page, you can check them out HERE

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You may have also seen me make a few extra appearances on #GoLocalLIVE lately, hosting a few extra segments throughout July for www.golocalprov.com - Got to talk to this guy, and this lady, and on July 25th I'll be interviewing my favorite internet sensation, Randy Rainbow! Seriously love him. Check it out at 3pm 7/25!

I've also been in rehearsal for QUEEN BOUDICCA: A METAL OPERA, reprising my role as Boudicca for the Fringe PVD Festival. The show is THURSDAY July 27th & SATURDAY July 29th in Providence, RI - The show is awesome, YOU SHOULD GO! Info HERE

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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.  

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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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