Acting

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!!!

 

"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

 

 

 

 

 

 

...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.

 

 

;)

Shattered Pitch - Kickstarter

I am so excited to be a part of the upcoming short film

Shattered Pitch 

starring Chad Coleman (The Wire, I Hate My Teenage Daughter), Lyndsay Haldorsan, Dawn Noel, and myself...

Help support the producers of this film by contributing to their kickstarter account! ANY contribution will help the cause...

Watch their video and read more about this project here:

www.facebook.com/ShatteredPitch

the TWIST experience...so far

Ok, first of all... it has been SO LONG since I have blogged! Wowzers! I guess I have just been so hyper-focused on my work in TWIST that I've been ignoring this, leaving countless stupid videos unshared, a multitude of adorable outfits undocumented, and some truly incredible experiences unexpressed! This must stop TODAY! There is so much to talk about, here's the abbreviated version.... I have been happily dedicated to TWIST for these past couple of months...trying to enjoy each moment before its over, and it will be over SOON! Just 5 more performances to go before our run at The Pasadena Playhouse is over! (there's still time to get tickets - GO HERE)

TWIST went into previews on June 14th, at which point we made some major changes to the show (all for the better) and in the end it all came together in such an incredible way! By the time opening weekend came around we were all SO excited and proud of what we had accomplished, and we just wanted to share it with the world!

Opening Night Gala (for more pictures of opening weekend go to HERE)

We've had a great responce from our community, Click here to hear what people are saying about the show:

Here are a few V.I.P's that came to check us out:

Kristin Chenoweth

Louis Farrakhan (really!?)

Adam Lambert (with my fellow TWIST cast mate, Holly Hyman)

And....just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I met my idol, my favorite artist of all time and my musical inspiration,

the one and ONLY

STEVIE WONDER!!

aaaaaaahhhhh!

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I'm so grateful for this experience... to have had the chance to work with the amazing Miss Debbie Allen, and to have met, worked with, and become *friends* with this incredible cast, crew, and creative team!!

I'm looking forward to this last week of shows, and hoping for a long future for

TWIST!

TWIST!

TWEEUUUUSSSSST!

GO TO www.twistanamericanmusical.com for more info

TWIST on NBC LA

We are getting close to the opening of TWIST at the Pasadena Playhouse and word is being spread about our amazing show!

Check out this segment from last night's KNBC-TV's 5:00 News profiling TWIST:

We begin previews next Tuesday, June 14th and run through July 17th

FOR TICKETS, GO TO:

www.TwistanAmericanMusical.com

Use one of these DISCOUNT CODES to SAVE on Tickets!

For any PREVIEW performance (June 14 - June 24th) Get $25 tickets by using the code: FAF25

For ANY PERFORMANCE during the run of the show, get 4 tickets for $99 by using the code: FAMPAC4

For ANY PERFORMANCE during the run of the show, get 20% off by using the code: TWI20

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!~

TWIST: An American Musical

I just finished my first week of rehearsals for TWIST: An American Musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, and I couldn't be more excited!

I'm so happy to be a part of such a talented cast and to have the honor of working with such an amazing creative team, including our Director/Choreographer, the one and only Miss Debbie Allen.

Check out the show website for more info, and stay tuned! I'll be giving more updates as we get closer to opening night!!

FOLLOW TWIST ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER(@TwistTheMusical) FOR UP TO DATE INFO!

Thanks For Tuning In!

I just want to say THANK YOU to all of my friends, family, and fans who tuned in to watch me on N.C.I.S last night! I can't believe how many sweet texts, facebook comments, messages & tweets I got after the show aired! Thank you, you guys are awesome. :)

(Look! It's the back of my head!)

Photo: Patrick Wymore/CBS

I've been really busy the past few days;  rehearsing for the Rock &Roll Freedom Show tonight (more on that later), table read #2 for a new musical I've been a part of, preparing for auditions, all while doing a massive spring cleaning around the house... I've been running around like crazy!! In fact, as of the time of this post I still haven't had a second to watch the episode myself!

I came across this clip posted by a fan of the show, and it just so happens to be my scene! Sweet.  So, in case you missed it.... NOW, on to TONIGHT!! Tonight I have the privilege of performing with a very talented artist name Shaley Tuin at The Key Club on the Sunset Strip. It's part of the Rock & Roll Freedom Show, and it should be a really good time! Her back up band consists of The Cold Chills stars: Rob Gaudet on drums and Ferrari Watts slappin' da bass, as well as Kris Moser on guitar and lil 'ol me sanging some background vox. Come on out tonight, LA folks! I want to see you there! Click Here info:

N.C.I.S

Today I worked on an upcoming episode of CBS's N.C.I.S.  It was a really fun guest star role, and I had a BLAST on-set with the super cool cast and crew! These people are really awesome....so fun and laid back, they operate like a well-oiled machine (as you could imagine they would after 8 seasons!) and were so welcoming to me!!! (as I'm sure they are to all the guest star actors coming and going on their set) It was totally fun, and I loved it...

I'm not sure when the episode will air, but to be SURE I will let you all know when I know :) stay tuned.... ...as a side note, I came across the REAL N.C.I.S. website (as in, NOT the TV show) and it's pretty interesting... check it out

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