A Girl Named Jo

Today is our last day of shooting… it is also the first day they released video publicly about the project.

Can be one of the first to see it. Here it is on YouTube.

– Quiche Out

Link: https://youtu.be/LHXqkvXvUUA

Cat’s Out

https://youtu.be/sl4us7t8R4w

I worked on this song with David Stahl, the accompanist of the class I had been taking at LACC this past semester, but with all the other songs I put up in and out of class, we never got to do this one publicly. Anyway, I shared it on Facebook a few days ago, so I figured I’d share it with you all too, in case you didn’t see the link.

– Quiche Out

https://youtu.be/sl4us7t8R4w

On Tuesday, May 29th, 2018… I dropped into The Gardenia, Los Angeles CA, to hear these fabulous musicians… Josh Nelson (pianist), Dori Amarilio (guitarist), and Jon Stuart(drummer). On Wednesday, May 30th, at 1AM, Keri Kelsey (host of the evening), called me to the microphone. Big thanks to Craig Cochrane for video.

Dropped by…in Variety!!!

Less than 10 days ago my theatrical agents decided to drop me — 2 days later — out of basically nowhere — I was offered a role in a new series.

This morning we started filming… This afternoon my name was mentioned in Variety! Surprise!

How’s them apples?

Link: http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/brat-orders-new-series-a-girl-named-jo-annie-leblanc-1202818065/

– Quiche Out

Upcoming Summer Project

I was recently cast (as William Hanger) in a USC MFA film called Hanger’s Limb, a short historical drama about James Hanger, the man who changed prosthetics forever.

The crew & cast members I’ve already met are all super friendly and wonderfully talented, but the production needs a little help with reaching the finish line raising their budget. They only have a few days left to raise the remaining funds through Kickstarter… and some of you always want to know how you can see things I’m involved in… So, I figured I’d share this information, as, for a $25 donation, you’ll receive digital access to the finished project when it’s completed, a shout out, and special thanks.

Read about the project on Kickstarter (here), watch the introductory video, and meet some of the creative team… and see what donations are going toward.Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 1.34.46 PM

You can also like the project’s Facebook page and discover more about the project too.

KICKSTARTER LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/743255123/hangers-limb-a-usc-mfa-sloan-foundation-short-film

FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/uschangerslimb/

– Quiche Out

 

 

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/743255123/hangers-limb-a-usc-mfa-sloan-foundation-short-film/widget/card.html?v=2

Todays $80 Story

Today I found a twenty on the floor of a supermarket, then, several feet later, another three of them in a stack. I scooped them up, and while I quickly considered pocketing the first one, because there was no way to know who had dropped it, when I collected a total of $80.00 I walked straight to the manager office and dropped them off.

Stupid, saintly, or somewhere in the middle… I don’t know.

I don’t know if it was because the store was busy that I made that choice, or it was the fact that I had just came from volunteering with animals (feeling good), or that my parents raised me right…or I’m in a relatively fine financial position where eighty bucks either way isn’t going to make break me, or the fact that I have had a few lean years in my past where $80.00 would have made an enormous difference in my life.

Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter.

After dropping off the cash with the managers, I went to stand in the furthest line, ready to purchase my groceries, alternating between patting myself on the back and kicking myself, having all sorts of self-generated internal conversations with myself.

As luck, God, the universe, or coincidence would have it, suddenly I overheard a woman at the next register over who was about to pay for her groceries, but who had apparently lost $80.00. By the time I realized what I was hearing, and just after she said something like, “It’s gone. I’m sure someone picked it up…”

I said something to her and her cashier like… “I did. It’s in the manager’s office.”

She looked at me and smiled, perhaps thinking I was joking…and continued to fumble for the cash in her pockets. Then, in a way sometimes I wish I could soften, I actually said something like, “I’m not kidding. Go. Now, get your money.” It probably came out as warm as like a line from an action or zombie movie, “Go. Now. Reinforce the front gate.”

She hesitated, but then went… and claimed what was hers. When she returned to her cashier she was beaming, and said thank you.

I have found money before, and kept it (when there hasn’t been anyone around), I’ve pointed out to individuals who have dropped money (when I’ve witnessed it), and I’ve turned money in… I’ve also lost money from my pocket too. I wouldn’t tell you what the right thing to do, or what others should do, but I’m very happy I made the particular choice I made today of turning the cash in, and I’m INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL that AMAZINGLY I overheard a woman in line, and was able to witness her money returned…

For me, at least today, that was far more valuable than $80.00, and who knows, maybe reading about the story makes you smile too, which would be another bonus!

– Quiche Out

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Me… @ Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall (you’re invited)

“Congratulations! You have been selected to perform at the 2018 Spring Herb Alpert Music Center Showcase Concert on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00pm in the Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall.”

Very unexpectedly, I am announcing that I will be performing one song, as a solo vocalist, It All Fades Away – by Jason Robert Brown, from the Broadway show, The Bridges Of Madison County, Thursday, May 10th, after 7:00PM.

Mister David Stahl will be accompanying me on stage, playing a beautiful Steinway, concert grand piano.

*I do not know if the performance will be recorded, posted, or available for viewing.

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Questions: Herb Alpert Music Center  (323) 953-4000 ext. 2880
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

If you’ve been curious about checking out the new Herb Alpert Music Center, LACC, or just want to hear some music in a really beautiful recital hall, I’ll be joining a collection of others who also auditioned (and were invited to perform), from a variety of music classes at LACC.

I’ve been told the Showcase Concert is supposed to highlight some of the talent currently enrolled in classes at LACC, so while I’ve no idea who else will be singing or playing, or what instrument or song you’ll hear… it’s a good bet the night will be a potpourri of a variety of performances.

Last semester I attended as a viewer and saw about a 60+ minute program with classical guitarists, piano soloists, jazz ensembles, as well as operatic, and pop singers. The above video I found may have been from the semester before, and seems to only be musicians, scroll through if you’re interested.

I suppose there is ALWAYS the outside chance SOMETHING else comes in that makes me have to change my schedule again, but such is the life of a performer, if there is, I will post again on this blog.

“Want to make God laugh, make a plan.”

Honestly, I actually only auditioned for the audition experience, as I’m currently teaching a class on audition techniques, and accepting all sorts of auditions to put myself through the ringer as often as possible.

I will share the audition experience below, but when I found out that a few of my very talented friends at LACC were not invited to perform, for whatever reason, and that if I did not perform no one would be asked to fill the slot I’d be vacating, as the slot would just disappear…I felt I owed it to the people who didn’t get in, the professors who invited me to perform, LACC, my class I teach, my friends who continually support me, and even myself to say yes, even though saying “yes” required me to make changes to my schedule I really didn’t want to make.

This is a series of text I sent a friend after auditioning, and after emailing my professor thanking her for encouraging me to audition.

“I just had an audition at LACC for a concert I can’t do. But my teacher allowed and encouraged me to audition anyway.

This is the email I sent her afterward, thanking her.

‘What a gorgeous experience that was… Stepping on that stage felt like putting on a suit and shoes that fit perfectly, that made total sense, that I could walk for miles or even run in. I don’t know how the performance came across or sounded, but it felt like the theatre could handle anything I could throw at it.

It was inspiring to walk out there, to stand up there, to sing. No questions of why am I doing this. No questions of what is this about. No question about where do I fit.

The lights weren’t blinding in my face, or making me sweat because they were right on top of me. The speaker monitors weren’t behind my head. The piano felt rich and like an easy river. I wasn’t on top of audience members and wondering if I was going to be sued for ear damage. Or watching waiters walk by.  There wasn’t feedback issues.

I could have remained on that stage and sung a dozen more songs, and I’d still feel hungry to go back on that stage tomorrow, only the next time I’d bring a bunch of talented friends with me, and sing and sing.

Truly, thank you for encouraging me to go to the audition.  It was a glorious, gorgeous, delightful, and an inspiring experience (for me).'”

Oddly, even though I was 100% certain I wouldn’t be offered, and knew I couldn’t do the performance, here I am, telling a bunch of friends about it, and in a few days I’ll stand on that stage again and sing.

WHERE AND WHEN

2018 Spring Herb Alpert Music Center Showcase Concert on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00pm in the Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall. On the second floor, inside the Herb Alpert Music Center at Los Angeles City College.

COST TO PUBLIC

I believe it’s FREE. Sponsored by the music department. There was no charge when I attended the performance last semester.

QUESTIONS

Herb Alpert Music Center  (323) 953-4000 ext. 2880
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

LOCATION

The Herb Alpert Music Center (HAMC) building is located at the southeast corner of the campus, on Vermont Avenue, across from Jack In The Box and Normal Ave, catacorner from Monroe Street. Just north of the Braille Institute. The HAMC was formerly known as “Clausen Hall.”

The performance itself is in the Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall, located on the second floor.

Official Campus Map: https://www.lacitycollege.edu/About-LACC/Campus-Maps-Parking/Campus-Map

PARKING

I recommend paying $2 to use Lot 1 located between Monroe Street & Marathon Street on Vermont Ave. The entrance is on Marathon, and parking permits are available from two machines, in the lot, just inside the entrance, to your right (outside the parking structure). Easy to buy with a credit card. See website information below for more options. Street parking may be available, but READ ALL POSTED SIGNS.

Official Parking Info: https://www.lacitycollege.edu/About-LACC/Campus-Maps-Parking/Parking-Information

– Quiche Out