Monday, December 23, 2013
I am a #WOMENOFPOWER (4) REAL...
This week I got to see another idea / project of mine come to fruition! This past week I was able to Direct and Produce a promo for a documentary I will be directing with a great friend, called Face of Darkness. The aesthetics of the shoot were so beautiful! It was really thrilling to see the visual I had in my head come to life...I am thankful.
This was not with out declaring, affirming and praying over and over the very thing that I wanted to happen.
I declared continuously that I wanted God to grow my confidence in my creativity. HE HAS...
I AFFIRMED continuously that "I can do all things through Christ who is my strength!" I DID!
I prayed God do "exceedingly and abundantly over all I could ask or think".
This is motivation and a great way for me to end the year! WHAT ARE YOU DECLARING AND AFFIRMING? SHARE WITH US!
#MotivationMonday's is EVERYTHING. Especially when you look back over what you've been declaring and affirming...
So I say, look back...check in...give yourself some PRAISE...and GOD...PUSH forward INTO THE NEW YEAR!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I had very wavering thoughts on this blog...and decided to post it! What are your thoughts?
I waver with "don't be defined by it" meaning, don't be defined by our work as actors. It sounds great! But, I just keep thinking how closely related we are to our work! Sometimes it's hard to separate myself from it... I mean we are taught to bring us to the role right? So, I totally understand when we feel rejected after not getting a role. At any rate, he has many valid points, and his blog is certainly worth the read! Let me know your thoughts....
2 Mistakes Actors Make in Auditions and How To Overcome Them
By Anthony Meindl | Posted Oct. 2, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Go all in. That’s what filmmaker Steve McQueen says actors should be doing all the time. Always.
But we don’t.
This happens mostly because we have a number of defaults that keep us from really committing fully, 100 percent. In our lives. In our work. In our auditioning.
This is partly due to our self-worth being tied up and identified with our product: how we look, whether we get the job, what agency we’re with, how we’re being perceived, or how well someone likes us.
The problem with this kind of identification is that it leaves very little room for error. Or rather, it leaves very little room to simply be human. Being human is messy. It’s uncontrollable. It’s full of chaos and potential and failures and breakthroughs. Where, on our paths, did we learn that it wasn’t okay to simply not have all the answers and not be perfect and not have it all figured out?
Once you stop allowing yourself to be human, you’re in trouble.
Not just in acting—but in life.
When our own self-worth is identified with a finished product (our work, our successes, our bookings or jobs) two things happen.
1. You start to go into auditions becoming risk-averse. Because your worthiness is attached to “How do I look?” or “I have to get this job!” or “I can’t make a mistake,” you end up neutralizing yourself to such a degree that you basically turn off all the things that make you interesting and weird and vulnerable and cast-able—that is, your humanness.
You don’t give yourself the permission to fail courageously. You play it safe. And you become unmemorable. Bland. Boring. Cookie-cutter. Blah.
That’s bad enough, but when our self-worth is attached to our work, there’s another problem.
2). Your moods and happiness and productivity become intrinsically tied to whether or not you book a job. When you get jobs, it’s like the best day ever. You channel Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic,” “I’m the king of the world!” When you don’t, you spend the entire day watching reruns of “Duck Dynasty” and picking fights with your girlfriend.
It ain’t pretty. It takes manic-depressiveness to a whole new level.
Your inherent self is not tied up in the physical. You’re not just this actor. You’re not just your bookings or how well people like you. You’re not your call-back ratio or how many lines you get to say on a show.
Of course, it’s important to care about our work. Of course, we want to do things powerfully and creatively and have a career and do things that excite us.
Just don’t be defined by it.
Lean toward the risk. Toward the unknown. In the room. In the work. In relationships. Out there in the world. That’s really why you signed up for acting anyway. It wasn’t to do things perfectly, and be safe and do it like everyone else. It was to inherently take risks in ways that life sometimes doesn’t give us the permission to take them. Or rather, we don’t give ourselves the green light to do it.
And what ends up happening when we do? Well pretty much all the things you ever wanted. And that’s going all in.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it was about the "Progressive Lady" or the "Glorified Popeyes Chicken Lady", that made them book the job and become the face of those commercials?
It's because they brought their personalities. They brought themselves to the audition! It's true! Noone can do you better than you! The progressive lady, I'm sure brought her quirky, off beat personality to that room. It's probably not even an act! That is probably who she is in real life. And the Glorified Popeyes lady, is a true Sistagirl! And she brings it out in every commercial!
So, I ask...what is that little thing that you do or say that makes you unique? Think about it...
That thing is most likely the very thing you can use in each and every audition to make you standout.
I recall being in the audition room for a Lottery Commercial. I walked in the small room to a startling group of maybe 8-10 people (producing team). This totally through me off. It was the first audition! Usually I see those many people on a call back. But nope. They were all their cramped together in that small room. On my first take I completely flubbed the lines. They'd also chosen to light the room with all of the lights they could find in the city!!! So I was sweating puddles. This was going bad fast. It was my second take (they were nice enough, despite the sweat puddles underneath my arms and running make-up) to let me do another take. So I began reading the copy again, I was at the start of a new flub over one word that just wouldn't come out right, and out of nowhere, the real me comes out! I was trying to say the word, but "JESUS CHRIST!" came out in a very flabbergasted, sistagirl kinda way. A sista whose just given up! All 8-10 of the producing team and the casting director burst out laughing as I finished the line with the same attitude as I had when I'd called out God's son! I was so for sure I hadn't book that job.
BUT, I did. ME. THE REAL ME booked it!
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Saturday, September 7, 2013
These are words that come to mind… when describing Mildred “Squeaky Moore”. A Jack of all trades who possesses a true hunger for the art of acting. Hailing from Chicago Illinois Squeaky has been part of the theater world since a youth. Through the love of the arts Squeaky became a major player in the Chicago theater scene.
In addition to formerly being a part of American Menu, the Chicago Theater Company’s Jefferson Award nominated cast, she also holds experience in producing, writing, and directing. These skills were demonstrated in GUUD Timez, an improve show based on the 70’s sitcom Good Times. A woman with a heart for her community she created Act Like You Know, a one woman show addressing the issues of violence and peer pressure with preteens and teens. Under Squeaky Moore Productions it appeared throughout schools in the Chicago area.
Upon relocating to New York City her credits are considered The Masterpiece, a collection of works that cannot be denied or reckoned with. These credits include Off-Broadway, commercials, regional theater, and television. She is appearing in the upcoming movie Zoo, written by Ed Harris and featuring actors Tremaine Hopkins from Juice, Treach from Naughty by Nature, and JD from The Wire. In addition to at least three currently airing commercials, Squeaky is also filming a feature film titled Trakked. The film Father’s Day, which she portrayed the character professor Gills and executive produced along with her partner Ashley Shante’, was picked up by Magic Johnson’s new network Aspire. It debuted on the new TV series ABFF Independents hosted by Omari Hardwick. The world is truly her oyster and I feel honored to have interviewed her for this piece.
First of all I want to thank you for agreeing to this interview. There are several questions I wanted to ask regarding your craft.
What are three things you would like the audience to know about you?
What are three things you would like the audience to know about you?
“First, I am a short haired, hot wife and mother, who juggles the roles as actress and producer. A free spirit always searching for fun and positive energy. Second, I am a children’s book author. I am currently working on pushing the first of 5 books, the first is titled, Who Am I. Who Am I, tells the story of a multi-ethnic boy named Michai, who after spending time with animals in the tropical rain forest across the world, questions his heritage. Third, I am a strong believer in this phrase; “You will have what you say!”
What advice would you provide to those wanting to become an actor?
” I would say to those wanting to become an actor: Only the strong survive. So be strong, push, fall down, get back up and push harder. and most importantly, enjoy every single small success”
Where do you see yourself within the next five years?
“Ultimately, I hope to go mainstream in my acting career, which sounds typical of most actors’ dreams, but it is my wish. More specifically, to have a major recurring role as a Hot, kick A** lawyer, or a tough as nails detective. Lastly, have my books published, and every multi-ethnic person buying Who Am I, for their children.”
For more information regarding Squeaky Moore feel free to contact her directly via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/squeakymoore, Twitter https://twitter.com/SqueakyMoore or her website at http://www.squeakymoore.com.
The link to Father’s Day trailer can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woJKyOML8g8&feature=plcp
The client usually comes with a vision; the way they want their commercial and print to be or look. It's great to come with ideas, but don't keep throwing out your ideas, especially after you see they aren't interested or haven't used any of them! And especially, be able to take the direction that they are giving to you! Their vision. Don't talk about your ideas so much, you are barely listening to direction. Just do your job and let them do theirs.
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He talks about Michael Jackson's show, "This is it", that is basically taped rehearsals of what would have been for his next concert tour. He talks of how Mike was dressed any old way during his rehearsals because he was in fact just rehearsing and he needed to wear things that were comfortable. However, "What Michael didn't realize," he says, "was that the rehearsal was the show."
Additionally, I was watching Michael Jordan's interview with Ahmad Rashaad for his 50th birthday and MJ said something just as intriguing; that he treated every practice like it was the actual game, so nothing he did surprised him in his actual games! What was amazing to us, was no different that what took place in his practices.
This got me to thinking what an amazing practice and certainly the way we as actors should rehearse/practice!
Our rehearsals should be done as if it were the show! Our audition sides should be rehearsed as if it was the final take! That video you send in as a submission should be as if you were on set!
That's a wrap.
Friday, July 19, 2013
With that said, I thought this blog was interesting and worth a read. Certainly can help with research for your future auditions!
I hope that for all of you actors, this helps you get more prepared for the fall tv season!
tv-prep-time-For actors trying to do your research
Thursday, July 18, 2013
“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”
-Jessie B. Rittenhouse
So just stay tuned...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The film, INDELIBLE, that I play in has been chosen to participate in the feature film competition in the New York City International Film Festival!!!
I play Karla, a tough lesbian publisher who tries to get a girl who can't read to tell her story so that I can publish it.
Check out the TRAILER below:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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