Thursday, February 28, 2008

On Set...right now.



This is my breakfast on set today....taking me back to the college days. And I wondered why I gained weight? hmmmm,,,,oh that's right I ALSO put whipped cream on my waffles back in college.

I just finished the first two shots of the day. I heard the girl who played mom yesterday waited around until 5:30 for her second shot of the day. I am currently in wait mode. This would be far less difficult to swallow if it wasn't for my 2nd callback for another commercial that is happening at 1:40 today. They won't let me out of their sight...which I totally get, but I always love when audition karma works out. Oh well, maybe the girls that come to their callback today won't work out and they will see me tomorrow....let's hope! It would be nice to go to Florida next week.

This is my hair and makeup. I like it. It's meant to be westernish...I think it is sufficiently curly and soft. I didn't realize my hair could do this.


I love the jeans they have me in. They fit like a glove but are comfortable, also something I didn't know was possible. Well, thanks for checking in...I need to go get a drink of water, I just ate a piece of spicy turkey.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Beat

I am truly beat.

It takes a lot of will power for me to get through my days these days. I have to just take a deep breath and push through until 7 PM bed time when I can say goodbye to the chilly willies. I think part of it is the fact that I am still relatively under the weather but trying to live my regularly-paced life. Another part is that I have not returned to exercise yet, which in my getting-older age really affects my energy level.

The best part of my day today was the potty-training moments. We took away the pull-ups on Friday afternoon and have been doing cold-turkey potty training since. This morning Lil Sis was hilarious...she yelled:

Lil Sis: "Emergency! Emergency!"
I replied: "What?" (even though I already suspected)
Lil Sis: "Lil Sis pee-peed on the ground!" I loved that she called herself her own name and took a page out of Big Sis' book by yelling EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY!

Later that day she RUNS past me into the bathroom as fast as she can. I said: "What?" She said: "I'm going big-giants" (big giants=poop). So onto the toilet she went! Yes!

Later in the afternoon I was at my fitting for the Pull-ups commercial and I stepped into my holding room's bathroom. When I finished she ran in: "I have to go bathroom too!" Eureka!

And finally tonight as she was trying to confiscate one of her potty prizes, I explained to her that she couldn't have a prize unless she went to the bathroom in the potty. She said: "OK!" and I heard the pee. When I went in to check on her she was sitting on the toilet peeing THROUGH her panties.

Oh my.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Crazy Callbacks



It's been a little crazy with callbacks and last minute auditions and STILL battling a terrible terrible virus and yadda yadda yadda.

When I shot the Visine commercial this past weekend I was told the reason I booked it was my nice eyes and the way my brow furrowed. I KNEW there was a reason I shouldn't start botox yet! I took a picture of my brow so that all of you aspiring eye-drops actors out there could take a lesson in superior brow-furrowing.

My first and second auditions for Pull-ups involved me waving and nodding stoicly (is that a word?), and in the words of the director: "Wave Like Cate Blanchett in a fantasy film giving your little one permission to take a step and become a hobbit girl." (all in a British accent). The second callback (3rd time seen for this job) was this morning. I arrived to a room full of little girls that looked and acted just like Lil Sis (I was feeling a little bad that she wasn't up for the commercial with me, even though she was never called to audition....which why would she be since she has no commercial agent?), and I watched as little ones were ushered in and out of the room with a promise to go blow some bubbles.

Finally I was escorted in a room full of people all scrunched together behind a desk with a camera rolling inconspicuously to one side. I walked in and the baby wrangler gestured to the 2-year-old-of-the-moment and said: "This is Gabriella." And that was it.

I knelt down and looked at her and the second baby wrangler looked at me and said: "Do you want to play with some bubbles?" I went with it....little Gabriella and I played bubbles for about 90 seconds and then they abruptly said: THANK YOU and my second callback was over.

Playing bubbles with a random toddler was a far cry from being Cate Blanchett in a forest with a ring and long beautiful locks...I left having no clue if I even had a chance. Later that afternoon, after I had returned home from my second callback of the day (for Coppertone...I know....self-tanning does wonders people...even for the pasty pasties), I got a call for a last minute audition for Pizza Hut. Lil Sis was excited about that because she got to finish off the pepperoni pizza slice that I had to anticipate, delight and be surprised about for the audition.

Seriously?

Ok....so I booked Huggies...can you believe it?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Itchy Scratchy Eyes

Visine anyone?

So, I booked it! I have had just about enough of itching my eyes this weekend. I am excited, because unlike my last nat'l spot, I am pretty positive this one will run....so look out for it around March 15th! Of course I will remind you.

Callbacks for Huggies Pull-ups tomorrow....cross fingers.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday

I'm sitting here trying to come up with ways to delay trudging out in the dirty nasty NYC snow to take Lil Sis to school.

I don't really want to right at this moment because I am still in my jammmies and my kids are playing well together. It also means officially starting my day which includes cleaning, thinking about cooking, violin-practicing and other accomplishments that I am still not ready to face.

I had an interesting day yesterday. Two callbacks for two different commercials: Visine and Huggies Pull-Ups. While I was at Visine, I saw the studio next door was having auditions for Nuvaring.

I stopped.

Could it be that my reign as the queen of Nuvaring is over? I think perhaps it is...I guess I will dust off my crown and sash and hand it over. Maybe I will be the new Huggies Pull-ups Queen instead...that does have a ring to it!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Third Person Thursday or Niki Taylor Cooties

She remembers her first photoshoot ever was back when she was 14. She had won a beauty contest and was flown to Minneapolis to be on the cover of a magazine for a Midwestern Department Store Chain (Remember Marshall Fields?).

The makeup artist told her that she had just recently done Niki Taylor's makeup. She was so excited about that. She thought to herself: "These brushes were used on Niki Taylor the most famousist Super Model in the whole world!"

Cut to 14 years later and she is sitting in the chair at her Walmart Print job. The makeup artist started talking about the girl's makeup she was doing the day before and how her client had been in the hospital with the flu at 2 AM and had to be ready to be on set at 2 PM. Her client even had IV punctures in her neck to prove her ordeal. She wondered why they couldn't make other arrangments for the client if she was that ill, and the makeup artist explained that it was for a tv show, and the client was Niki Taylor.

When she heard this she thought it was ironic that this was happening again...makeup artist, Niki Taylor, etc....and then she made a silent wish that she would be spared the illness.

The next day at precisely 8 AM something hit her with full force. She had the mother of all viruses, and was so hot and having such a hard time breathing, that if she had been Niki Taylor, she might've gone to the hospital too. For the next several days she struggled to find health as she was on and off with the fever, trying not to pee every five seconds for the havoc-wreaking coughs leaping out of her body, and trying to be un-miserable. The doctor said it was a virus and to rest and drink.

Needless to say, she did not experience the same warm and fuzzy feelings that she had as a young model just starting out. Sharing brushes in this instance, did not mean caring.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

IMPROV EVERYWHERE

Oh how I wish I had been there for this:


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wrangling for MTV

Today at 1:08 I got a phone call, where are you? you were supposed to be here at 1:00.

I hopped in a cab, so grateful that they all now have debit card machines because I usually have no cash. I was there just a few minutes later, but still late. I was told more than twice that my call time was 1:30.

As if the set wasn't chaotic enough (a pattern of white skulls on baby blue with 6 feet tall faux speakers, keyboards, dj station, drumset, guitars, microphones, headphones, teddybears, a cradle and an equipment case all painted the same baby blue...also blocks, bottles and binkies scattered around on top of everything), there were about 20 adults on the set all trying to help one baby play the drums.

Arriving late to the set, when shooting has already begun, it is extremely difficult to gain control of the situation. Someone else has already become the proxy baby wrangler, and proper introductions have not been made. The proxy handed me this little red ribbon and told me the baby likes red...thanks but I got it covered. It took me about 30 or 40 minutes to gain the respect of the photographer and staff...since I was late to the scene. Those first several moments were quite excruciating. It was loud MTV music, loud, MTV personalities, loud, MTV set, naked babies (except for a diaper), overly helpful parents, and my virus following close behind. At the end of the day, when I took off my kneepads, my knees were soaking wet, that's how feverish I still was.

After the initial misery and after the excitement had died down and those 20 adults got bored (MTV has a short attention span? no....), I really felt my stride begin. And then the photographer showed his respect by looking me in the eye and then I found that he actually started trusting and depending on me. Relief. After we had balanced babies on stools (almost lost one, I have a good catch reflex), balancing babies high on top of those speakers, torturing them by forcing them to wear headphones they did not want to wear, and tricking them into throwing blocks, kissing microphones and clapping their hands over and over and over again, it was all over.

I wonder if the show is going to be as chaotic as the photoshoot!

Back to Barack

The video from the rally:

Blink and you'll miss us!



Monday, February 18, 2008

The View


This hand is the one that Laurie Berkner slapped five during the rehearsal of I'm Gonna Catch You at The View today.


We got front row seats, so during the actual performance, when it came for the high five, she slapped five with lil sis...so they each got a high five from Ms. Berkner.

I of course LOVED Ms. B's outfit. And her new bass player can really rock that yellow bass guitar. They sounded really good today, and it is I think the 4th time we have seen them live.

Both Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselback have very skinny legs. Joy and Whoopi were hiding backstage. We caught a quick peek, but pretty much we were just herded in and out just for the Laurie stuff. Upon exiting we got almost the entire collection of Laurie stuff available...x 2! It was a great President's Day Surprise.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

She's reading now



Love the new discovery of reading. In her violin lesson the other day her teacher presented her with a new song called "Gay and Happy." She asked what was the title and he said: "Happy Song!" She took a look and said, "but what does this word say, Guh...?" And he replied, "that is another word that means Happy. It's the Happy and Happy Song."

She said: "Oh."


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Set your Tivo

I have been sick sick sick since Thursday. I am still completely wiped out today. I HAVE to get better for my President's Day surprise for the girls!

My agent emailed me several weeks ago on behalf of her friend who coordinates the audiences for The View. There is a kids-themed show on the 18th and we have seats! I have been getting emails from them about how we are to proceed on Monday morning. We don't have to wait in the audience line, we just go straight through security and go upstairs to eat breakfast. I think that we are getting special seats for the Laurie Berkner portion of the show. Now, I could be totally wrong about this, because up until a week ago I thought we were going to the Martha Stewart Show, but no, it's The View.

So, please set your tivo for The View on the 18th in case you get some sneak peaks at us in the audience, you never know. Check out the rest of the show details for the 18th here.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Weekend Report: Part 5

The final Report on our weekend is actually a condo adventure!

While we were away the main living area of our condo was painted in the color REJUVENATE. In certain lights it reminds me of the color of a very large, hard, dry piece of poop I once had to extract from my baby daughter with my bare fingers. This is unfortunate, but avoidable if I just don't sit in there around 2 pm with the blinds up. For the most part, I like it.



Thursday, February 14, 2008

Weekend Report: Part 4

The Plane! The Plane! My F-I-L bought a prop plane a few years ago and we finally got a chance to go up in it for the first time this past weekend. He is such an amazing pilot, which I already knew, but had not personally experienced. I also discovered that he has this great hidden talent that I call Pilot Voice. I requested that he use his pilot voice for the rest of the night and during all dinner conversation, but apparently it is a voice that only comes out when calling in landing requests and such.










Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Weekend Report: Part 3

In honor of our first official snowfall that is officially sticking here in NYC, I will post our snow pictures from the weekend. My DH's parents had almost 4 feet of snow in their yard. I tried to get a good pick to show just how high it was. It had warmed up a little recently so a nice icy coating was on top that made it a bit easier to navigate. It was our first snow day, and we only had to travel thousands of miles to experience it.









After church we cleaned up and had a little family picture. I think it turned out really well.

Today I am at work. It's a miracle. I didn't think it was possible for my business to be feeling the recession, but compared to last year I DEF am. After a few hours of work this morning I will be seen on posters in Walmart. It's all about the big time peops.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Weekend Report: Part 2

Everyone from the West talks about Cafe Rio. I had to see what all the fuss was about!

I polled my peops and they all told me something different to order. So, I ordered my favorite item at a mexican restaurant, the chicken burrito. It was good. Especially the chicken part. Lately I have been getting the chicken taken out of my chicken burrito, but I liked the chicken here. My girls loved the quesadillas too. My DH says he agrees with my friend who texted me back with her order: Order nothing! It's disgusting! Nothing beats lunch with my sisters though, that was the best part!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Weekend Report: Part 1



This past weekend almost my entire family gathered to honor our Patriarch. The funeral was such a nice tribute to his 87 years. I sang Goin Home, taken from Dvorak's New World Symphony. I also sang it in February 4 years earlier at his wife, my Grandma's funeral. I also sang it for my Mother-in-laws funeral, February 1999. I also sang it the Sunday after Sept. 11th during a church service honoring the victims of 9/11. Singing that song is one of the most difficult performances I have had to do.

As an actor, I always want to have an emotional connection to the song I am performing. When I sing at a funeral I have to do the opposite. I have to completely pull myself out of the emotional experience so that I don't choke up. I cannot sing when I am crying. I am not sure if anyone can. After I sang a handful of people commented on "the zone" that I was in while singing. It's the only way I can actually sing it. This time I also tried something new. I tried smiling. I smiled for almost the whole song. That helped to remind my body not to cry.

The burial service was probably my favorite moment. My Grandpa had organized a band that played in his basement every Tuesday night. Byron's Basement Band always ended their jam sessions with the same closing song. That is the song that they played after my cousin dedicated the grave. It was perfection. I have been to a lot of funerals and burials in my relatively short life. Whenever I walk away from the casket in the graveyard, I always feel so sad that it is just left there alone in the cold. I also feel humbled that I get to walk away from that and live better for another day and another and another.






















I inherited one of my Grandpa's instruments. It is a Weber Mandolin that looks almost identical to this one:

I am really excited about learning to play it. I hope that I follow through. I want his legacy to live on.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Friday, February 08, 2008

4 hours and 45 minutes



We made the trip for the funeral festivities. Is that an oxymoron or what? We are feeling relatively rested this morning, now let's cross fingers that we can all stay regular today.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Third Person Thursday

She had a casting in the early afternoon as a young mom for Apple. She was told to wear very natural makeup and very little product in her hair. She basically just dressed like she normally does and wore very light makeup.

Before she went she had a quick lunch with her friend who offered on the spot to watch Lil Sis for the afternoon. She took her up on it with a promise of watching her son some time in the future.

She went to the casting and then headed to pick up Big Sis from school. Right as school was letting out she got a call from her manager that she had an audition for a popular soap opera in a half hour. She was just a few blocks away from the casting office, so she headed straight there despite the fact that she had no headshot and resume and was not wearing what she might have normally worn for a general soap opera audition. She was so relieved that Lil Sis was with her friend.

When she got there, she noticed the other girls auditioning for the part had on very heavy makeup and really short skirts and boots. One of them had a copy of the script for her to look at. She read it over and realized it was a hooker scene. She was about to leave, but she kept reading and saw that the hooker redeemed herself by really being an actress playing a hooker, and she further talked herself into staying because she hadn't auditioned for this particular soap in about 5 years.

It was time to go in, and in she marched with her snowboots, jeans and scrapbook thermal (kind of like this one), followed by three hookers actors. In a last ditch effort to get her hooker on, she put on some red lipstick that she had in her bag.

She did the best she could (as always), with very little time with the script and her mommy clothes on. Her daughter was very good sitting out in the waiting room, as she wasn't about to let her come in for THAT audition.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Revlon Run/Walk UPDATE

I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for this year's Revlon Run/Walk. In the first week I have raised $1010.00 in online and offline donations.

I have also recruited 15 others to walk with me...so far. As a whole our team has raised close to $2500- for the cause in the first week. One team member who joined just yesterday made over 1000 dollars in 12 hours. Incredible.

I still need $990- worth of donations by May 3rd...so if you can fit it in your budget, please consider donating to this worthy cause.

A Walk to Beautiful


The peops over at Runway Moms have a new project that I would like to tell you about:


Opens in New York on February 8, 2008
Opens in Los Angeles on February 29, 2008


Description: A WALK TO BEAUTIFUL tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who endure devastating injuries arising from obstructed labor during
childbirth and journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to reclaim their
lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their
communities, these young women are abandoned to lives of loneliness and
shame. The trials they endure‹and their attempts to rebuild their lives‹tell
a universal story of hope, courage, and transformation. Through the women¹s
own eyes, and in their own voices, a larger story is revealed, that of the
seemingly intractable problems facing women in the developing world,
including under-nutrition, child marriage, and lack of obstetric care.






Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Quote of the Week Year

LIL SIS! : "Mom, I have to go to the bathroom."

I almost wept. We have been working on those words and the action following it since April.

SUPER TUESDAY

If your primaries are today, go vote. If you are not registered to vote, go register! I found some more links to the NYC Rally we went to on Saturday.

Lil Sis is here.

All of us here.

On a green note, Saturday morning's activity was to take some paper and cardboard and recycle them into signs. I gave the girls some red and blue markers and crayons and glue and we made a sign. I used some painter's tape that I had left over from our painting endeavors last spring and taped it all up. For the badges we cut out circles from FedEx Boxes and decorated them with sharpies and taped them with the tape. It was really fun.





And this:

Monday, February 04, 2008

Today

In lieu of a post today, please click here.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Saturday's Adventure: Obama Rally


We ventured out to the WOMEN FOR OBAMA rally on Saturday. We arrived right when it was starting, and played the kid card to weasle our way to the very front row. There we listened to a variety of women all in support of Obama.

My Littlest Sis would have been excited to hear Kerry Butler sing God Bless America while holding her sleeping toddler. I was most inspired by one of Obama's foreign policy advisors, Samantha Power.





We got a lot of attention for our homemade sign (the back of the OBAMA sign will make it's debut on the blog on Tuesday), and badges. I am still hoping that Lil Sis makes it on the Daily News website...she was photographed by them a lot.

Our favorite chants were OBAMA 08! NEW YORK STATE! Though, Lil sis often said CITY instead of STATE...she doesn't quite get ryhming I guess. We also yelled a lot of FIRED UP! and READY TO GO!

We even made it on aNew York Times blog. The pic is Big Sis with my friend Joy-Joy.

Super Tuesday here we come!

Friday, February 01, 2008

National Wear Red Day!

How will you wear red today?

I'm so happy I had the chance to get my cholesterol down in 2007! I hope I am never in that situation again. Here's to a healthy heart!


My Loves January

My Loves...

Lil Sis
"I can't take a nap" song in the middle of our "sing the months" song....random and so passionate.

While I was trying to take a 35-minute, timed nap, you lunged at my sleeping face with a lollipop in your mouth, and the stick stuck in my eye. A few minutes later you were trying to pry my eyes open and asking: "What color are were eyes?" Darling, I just wanted 35 minutes, and you know what color my eyes are!!!

In the middle of the night Daddy and I checked on you and while tucking you in you stirred and I joked, "Time to wake up! Time for school!" You then said without even opening your eyes: "Just Kidding"

When we all went to the dermatologist for our skin cancer screenings, I explained that the doctor was just going to look at our dots. When we got there: "I can't want the doctor to look at my polka dots!"

"There I was on the highest mountain in all the universe..." I sang as I practiced for an upcoming audition, and you responded: "I don't Like that song. We're not on a mountain!"

While watching Hairspray, seeing John Travolta come on as the mom and she immediately insisted it was the FATHER, NOT the mother.

At the casting: Is it my turn? Holding the number and smiling on command for the first time...and your smile transformed you by about 10 years.....I was so proud.

Big Sis
Asking me if Bear could wear my "morning glasses" I thought it was so cute that you called my hot pink, cat-eye vintage frames my morning glasses...I guess I do only wear them in the morning.

On the way home from school: "Mom, the bathroom flooded today." Me: "Oh, what happened, was it the toilet or the sink or what?" You: "I think it was my diarrhea."

Being so thrilled at being invited to play in your teacher's recital in June.

Telling me all the gory details of the 2nd grader who bit his tongue open and ended up leaving in an ambulence.

Being the only one in the concert to wear a hot pink shirt while all the other kids were wearing white, and being totally ok with that.

Being so excited about Family Home Evening, ever since we got our new assignment chart.

DH
Getting up in the morning and making the lunches
Calling me to tell me about the Wall Street Journal, bragging about us around the office
Getting the donuts, even though you were denied a second dozen.
Promotion...good job....nice parking news!