Dec 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review

"LOVE: A Mixed Media Cabaret Unlocking the Science of Love"
I got to co create this beautiful piece (along with some of my very favorite artists in the theatre community) which meant using my own writing and selecting my songs.
Performed with PopUp at The Leonardo click here for footage 
"The Twelve Dates of Christmas"
The closest thing I've done to a one woman show! However I couldn't have done it without the wonderful women in the cast, and at the helm of the production.
Performed with Pygmalion at Rose Wagner
"The Persian Quarter"
After appearing in the reading, I was in the world premiere of this stunning play at Salt Lake Acting Company in 2011.  Later that summer I found myself at a callback in NYC for another production of the show.  My journey with this one was long, and deeply personal.  The play was published early this year and I was sent my copy.  There I was on the cover, and within the first few pages there was my name listed under the original production.  What a moment.
"Earth Jam"
I organized a reunion of sorts for our cast of HAIR from 2010.  Most of the tribe was able to get together for a couple of rehearsals and perform a concert version in the park this spring for Earth Jam.

Social Media
The Ford Fiesta Movement
I did this in 2009 and they reached out to me for 2013.  After nearly a year away from YouTube, I remembered how much fun it is to film and upload adventures! I was busy with Ford from April to December with not only a monthly assignment and adventure, but with mega missions (more in the travel section), print ads, commercials, and more.  Not to mention gas was covered this entire time.  My favorite month was travel month.  I got a day of flying lessons followed by a day of aerobatics.  By far the coolest thing I've ever done.  

I counted going out of town eight times this year.  For me, that's quite a bit.  Some trips were for fun, but most of the time it was thanks to Ford.  I started by traveling to LA where they sent me to interview the final six contestants of American Idol for my first mega mission.  The next month it was back to LA for training and to pick up the car.  I was able to see one of my best friends and have her help driving back home where she could see SLC on this trip, and we stopped for a night in Vegas on the way.  Soon after it was off to Chicago to interview band Pacific Air at the Entertainment Weekly Music Lounge to kick off Lollapalooza.  I was able to take another of my dearest friends on this amazing adventure.  Just when I was beginning to get antsy for my yearly NYC getaway, I found out I'd be going to NYC Comic Con, again with Ford.  The last Ford trip was back to LA for the wrap party where I stayed in one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed in.  As far as just for fun, I was lucky enough to get two trips to Vegas and another to LA to spend time on the beach.

The car
But the most noticeable part of the Ford Fiesta Movement was of course, the car itself.  My car had a custom wrap with a unicorn, a cartoon of my face and my name on it.  It was a dream come true to drive this around town and I loved watching the reactions of people on the road, at the drive through, or on social media when I'd be sent pictures of my car after someone had spotted it around town.  It was a hit!

In Print & Press
The Salt Lake Tribune did a big feature on me.  I was on the cover and in The Mix.  It was so exciting for me and my family.  Although I've worked for years to build exactly this, I'm always surprised and humbled when people are still interested and still want to give me exposure and opportunity.  Almost exactly five years after my first Trib feature, I'm still going strong! Click to read.  
I was in a print ad for the Ford Fiesta Movement than ran in Mens Health, Mental Floss, ESPN the Magazine and more!
A shoot I did for Ford ended up as a commercial for Gawker
I was a guest on the Paul Duane Show, it was his second show at The Metro.
My agency TMG used me as an example at a big panel for the agency, I'm so bummed I wasn't able to attend in person! But hearing about this from others in the industry meant so much to me.
Click here for my actor page 
Click here for my model page
I did a shoot for Awkward Years Project and it ended up in the December issue of O Magazine!
I got to be a guest for Bill Allred's podcast, The Let's Go Eat Show! Click to listen 

Modeling & Hosting 
I got to be in a spring spread for the Salt Lake Tribune.  Posing with vespas, bicycles, bags, etc.
I was on the cover of Pets in the City Magazine, with my chihuahua baby Noodles
I appeared on The Daily Dish for Persona Swimwear
I modeled in the Urban Arts Gallery Runway event this summer
I was made up as The Bride of Frankenstein for the Taylor Andrews Next Dimension Hair Show
I had photo shoots with Kate Johnson Photography, Keith Bryce and Cat Palmer.
I modeled designs this year by McKell Maddox, Mary Rino, Keith Bryce, Nathan Adair, Pretty Macabre, and Bettie Page Clothing
I Emceed the Cameron the Public concert at The State Room
I Emceed the SLC Tedx after party, After Glow

What's Next
I'm playing Hedda in "Hedda Gabler" with The Sting & Honey Company
I'm going to be involved in yet another huge social media project this year.  Brace yourselves.
Here's your first sneak peek!!! 

Dec 2, 2013

Thank goodness for poets.

I've posted this before.  It's been in my head again the last few days.

This is why I love to read, why I love poetry, and words.  Bits and pieces stick with me and pop up when I need them, reminding me I'm never alone, never the first (nor the last) person to feel a certain way.  I can't think of anything more comforting.

Thank goodness for poets.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” - Rainer Maria Rilke  

I've also recently been reminded,

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't" - Bill Nye

And maybe more importantly, I've been reminded that every person we ever encounter has something to teach us.  Every one of them.

Thanks for reading.