Sunday, August 21, 2016

Imperium!

Hello!

Alex and I had a great time in DC this weekend! We rode the train there on Friday afternoon and we went to the Angelika Pop Up movie theater to see the 5:30pm showing of Imperium!


We had never been to Union Market. It's so cool! It's a huge place filled with all different kinds of food and drinks. We got tacos from Takorean and they were delish!


There are a few walls outside covered in rainbow hearts, so of course we had to take a pic!




The theater we were in held between 50 and 60 people and it was just about full.

The movie was great!! We really loved it and it was so exciting to see a movie that I got to work on in the theater! We saw me twice! In one scene I'm sitting at a desk behind Daniel Radcliffe's character Nate's desk (you can see the back of me) and in another scene you can see my face!

My mom took this picture when my parents watched the movie on On Demand! Thanks, Mama! I'm on the far left :)


That was so exciting! I'm so happy that the movie was playing at a theater near us.

Here are the U.S. cities where Imperium is showing in theaters:
Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Eugene, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland OR, Richmond, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

You can also watch it On Demand. Links to do that are on this website: Imperium 

After the movie I took a picture with Roger Yawson, who plays the character Usman in the movie! We weren't on set together for Imperium, but several months later we worked together on an episode of Deadly Demands.


I am so happy that I got to be part of such a great movie! It was interesting, disturbing, and really well-done and I'm glad Alex and I got to see it in theaters!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oops! I took a break!

Hi!

I took an unintentional 11ish month break from my blog! Oops!! I'm going to try to write more regularly again. In the past year I have gotten to do so many fun new things!

One of the most exciting things is that I've started acting! From last July to this July I have gotten to be in about eight different TV shows (multiple episodes of some), two web commercials, two movies (one feature film and one documentary-drama), and many other film projects!! Most of my roles have been background actor/extra roles, but I have had some featured and speaking roles, too! I've had so much fun learning about this field, being on all different types of sets, seeing and meeting stars, traveling to many towns, cities, and states, and making a ton of new friends!

When you are cast in a role, you usually have to sign a non-disclosure agreement and you can't talk about the role or the project until it airs. It was hard not to talk about all of the things I've done, especially when I first started doing it! Now that many things have aired, I've been able to talk about it and take screen shots when I can see myself on screen :)

The feature film that I was an extra in is called Imperium, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette and directed by Daniel Ragussis. It is being released tomorrow, Friday, August 19th, on limited release and through On Demand! I am so excited to see it! It is not playing many places so far, but Alex found out that it's showing at a theater in Washington DC, so we're going to try to see it there! I've read a lot of really good reviews so far. I'm excited to see if I made it into the movie!

There was a premiere in Hopwell, VA, where the movie was filmed, last night. I wish we had been able to go! It was just a little too far for us to drive there yesterday evening.

Image from Wikipedia 


Imperium was shot mostly in Hopewell. The day I worked was in October of last year and was one of the last days they were shooting the film. The other actors and the crew were great to work with! I got to meet Daniel, and he is just so nice and friendly! He spoke in an "American" accent throughout filming, so I never heard him speak in his regular accent. He introduced himself to me between shots in a scene I was in with him and we talked just a little bit after that while we finished the scene.

I wish I had pictures from being on set, but on most sets, photography isn't allowed. Some people I know who had bigger roles and filmed more days on set were able to take some pics, which is really cool! There have been a few sets I have been on where we were allowed to take and post pics, and of course I went picture crazy then! I'll share those on here soon!

Here is a link to the Imperium trailer: Click Here 

Once we see the movie I'll let you know what we think of it and whether or not I could see myself at all!

I'll write more soon about everything else we've been up to, too!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Modeling on the News

Hi!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Thea (Styled by Thea) asked me to be one of her models for a fashion segment on FOX45 news in Baltimore!


There were two other models, Arissa and Alex, and we did two segments.  One was about how to wear white after Labor Day and the other was about bringing fall colors into your wardrobe.  It was so much fun!

We met at the news station around 7am and Thea had outfits for us to try on.



We wore clothing from a local boutique, Colour me Chic, and from Fly Nerd, a fashion line by local designer Mimidre.  Our jewelry was by JaNee Bartley ViVi Jewelry.  All three of them have been vendors at #theexchangebmore!

Jezmin Bowling did our hair and she did such a great job!  I got so many compliments on my hair the days after she did it (I made it last a long time!!).



For my first outfit I wore a white dress with black details, black tights, and black heels.  During the first segment, the news anchor asked Thea questions and Thea talked about what we were wearing and ways that people can break the "No White After Labor Day" rule.



Arissa wore a cute black and white dress with a really cool denim vest over it and Alex wore a plain white button up with jeans.



Then we changed into new outfits for the next segment and I wore a long plaid shirt dress unbuttoned with a belt, a tank top, jeans, and boots.  Thea talked about incorporating fall colors into your wardrobe during this segment.





Arissa wore a cute dark red zip up sweater with a leopard print skirt and Alex wore a Fly Nerd sweatshirt with jeans.



It was so fun to get to see behind the scenes on the news and to get to model some cute clothes!!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Volunteering at Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Hi!

Today is #PinkOut day so I thought it was a perfect time to write about volunteering at Planned Parenthood of Maryland (and to write in my blog after an accidental over-two-month-long break!).



This mural is on the side of the PPM building, and all over Baltimore, thanks to the Baltimore Love Project.

I started volunteering at Planned Parenthood in April and I love it!  I started out as a Patient Greeter, which meant that I sat at the entrance, let patients in, and told them where to go if they hadn't been there before.  I would set up the table next to me with coffee and tea for people to have while they waited and was around in case people needed help finding anything!  I really liked doing that because I got to interact with people coming and going.  I also got a lot of reading done!

Within the last month or two I've started doing administrative work behind the desk and I really love doing that, too!  I help with whatever they need - copying, pulling files, etc.  Everyone that works at Planned Parenthood, in the clinic area and upstairs, is so friendly!  I've met so many nice people while working there.

There have been several events that I've participated in or helped prepare for since I've become a volunteer there.  The first was the Baltimore Women's Classic, which I did with Nell!



It's the largest Mid-Atlantic all-women's 5k, and Nell and I got to be on the PP team!  Here's a group pic taken by a PP faculty member before the run!














Visit their Facebook Page for more pics! This was so much fun and I'm so glad Nell asked me to do it with her!  The weather was perfect and the route went through some really cute neighborhoods that I hadn't seen before!

I also helped make posters and safety kits for Baltimore Pride (which we were out of town for) in July.  That was a lot of fun!





I met some of the other volunteers, both from the Baltimore location and other locations in Maryland.



I saw pictures from the event and I loved seeing people holding my poster!

A couple of weeks ago, Alex and I were able to go to a screening of the new movie Grandma at The Charles, a movie theater on our street.

PPM had a meet and greet in the lobby before the movie and afterwards there was a Q&A in the theater with Dr. Amina Chaudhry, the interim president and CEO of PPM.



It is such a great movie and the talk afterwards was very interesting.

I have really enjoyed getting to volunteering for this wonderful and important organization!  Here is my #PinkOut selfie for today!


If you're interested in volunteering at a Planned Parenthood clinic near you, visit their volunteer page for more information!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tucson and San Diego

Hello!

I'm finally writing about our trip to Tucson and San Diego last month!  Alex's dad turned 60 this summer and the whole fam went to San Diego for a few days to celebrate!  We had so much fun!!

There were eight of us total and we rode in a big van (that Alex's dad drove) to San Diego on the 4th of July!  The trip is only about six hours.
  

We stayed in a super cute Airbnb house!





It was in such a cute neighborhood with other fun houses, lots of places to walk, and it was so quiet.







After we figured out which rooms everyone was staying in, we went to dinner at Cafe Coyote.



It was really cool and the whole place was sort of indoor/outdoor.  The food was good!

We went to Seaport Village to walk around and then watch fireworks after that!  They do a few shows all at the same time all around that area and the fireworks were great!

We stayed in San Diego for four nights and almost every morning, at least a few of us would walk to a cute market called Grant's.





The first afternoon we went to the aquarium.  It was so nice outside and the aquarium is so cool!







We ate dinner at a place called Piacere Mio that was in walking-distance of the house.  It was some of the best pasta I've ever had!  We got dessert at a nearby ice cream shop called Daily Scoop on Juniper.  It was really cute.

The next day we went to Coronado Island to go to the beach!



It was really nice out but too cool to get into the water!



We had fun relaxing on the beach and walking around.





For lunch we went to this cool place called Tavern.

We went to dinner at a place near Seaport Village called Puesto and we all got really interesting and delish tacos!

We brought lots of games and cards so every night when we got home we played games!  

The next day we went to the zoo, which was right by the house.  There were so many animals out and about!





We got to see several baby animals in different exhibits and they were so cute!!

We stopped at a cute cookie store called The Cravory on the way home.  Yum!



For dinner we walked from the house to a restaurant called Buona Forchetta and we had some really yummy Italian food! We sat on their nice patio area and the weather was perfect.

When we got back to Tucson, we got to spend a few days there before flying back to Baltimore.  We spent lots of time with the sweet pupsters, relaxed, went on walks at night, and had more fun!





We got to see my aunt Chris one afternoon, which was so fun!


We had such a blast spending time with Alex's family!  It was such a fun, relaxing trip!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Company and a Trip!

Hi!

Last month my parents and Dude drove to Baltimore from Decatur, IL (where my grandparents live) to visit us!  We had so much fun while they were here!

First, we took my parents to the one-of-a-kind, Baltimore favorite...Target!  :)



My mom's birthday was the first full day that they were here!  We walked around our neighborhood to look at all of the cute old houses and buildings.






We went to the Walters Art Museum that evening and it was so cool!






I can't believe we hadn't been there yet!

Alex had to go to school during the day but when he got home we all went to eat!  We had dinner at Thai Landing, which is right across the street from our apartment.



Dude also has a June birthday!  Look how cute he is with this birthday cookie he got at the pet store across from our apartment!





My parents got to come to one of my improv shows while they were here!



We ate dinner at Cafe Hon before the show and looked in a cute shop on The Avenue.



On one of the days, my mom and I went through my whole closet and I got rid of so much stuff!!



That was so nice.  I really needed to do that!

Like I wrote about a couple of posts back, my family got to come to The Exchange, which was so much fun!



The next morning, I left with my parents and Dude to drive back to Decatur.



On the way, we stopped at the hotel where they stayed on the way there so I could see how cool it was.  It's called the Summit Inn Hotel and it's so pretty and really old!



We also stopped in Columbus to see Brent and meet his girlfriend Susan!



My parents had met Susan when she and Brent visited Tucson a couple of months ago.  It was so fun to see them!  We got coffee and tea at a cute coffee shop called Stauf's

We got to my grandparents' house pretty late and went to sleep when we got there.  We hung out, helped my grandma with her new iPad, and had lots of fun!  My grandma French braided my hair, which she is so good at!



We stayed there one more night and then drove to St. Louis.

I went to the St. Louis Zoo with Carl and Alicen the day we got there and it was so fun!  It's a great zoo, and it's free.  It was a nice cloudy day.





 

One day we went to a restaurant called Iron Barley which has been on the TV shows Man v. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!





Someone that had worked on a car for my dad told him that his parents owned it so we checked it out!  It was really yummy!!

Alex flew to St. Louis a day or two after we got there.  We went to see Inside Out with Carl and Alicen and it's such a sweet movie!

That night was our cousins' Alice and Marion's 21st birthday celebration!  It was at my aunt and uncle's house and it was so fun!  A lot of fam and friends were there.  We got to meet Izel's sweet baby boy!



My aunt and uncle made lots of yummy food; pasta, salad, dips, etc.  There were two types of cheesecake for dessert, too!  We played Catch Phrase and had a great time :)

The next day we went to Mt. Nebo, our cute little church in Greenville, IL.



The third Saturday of June every year is foot washing and a lot of my family is always there!  It was very fun.







Martha Sue, my great aunt's sister, uses her fan from Ginger and Marty's wedding (I made them!) all the time!!  How cute is she?!



We went to Decatur from there and spent one night with my grandparents.



It was fun to be with my dad and grandpa on Father's Day!  We had some yummy meals, as always!  

When we were back in St. Louis, we went to a new outlet mall there where Alice works in a cute cafe called Nadoz.



We got some great deals at the Gap, a book store, and J. Crew!  We visited Alice at work and she got to eat lunch with us!  The food was so good.

We also went to some fun antique shops, walked to stores near the my parents' condo, and ate at yummy places!

We celebrated Alicen's 21st birthday at a German restaurant called Schneithorst's on our last night there.  It was very yummy!



We flew home on Tuesday evening.  What a fun trip!!  We got to see so much family and we had a blast!

Thanks for reading!