March 30, 2005
Workin' My Arse Off
I'm here. I'm alive. I'm working my arse off on the book.
Remind me, when I go, "Whee!" over checks arriving in six months (and say stupid things like, "Look! I'm getting money for just having written something!") that I actually busted total ass in order to make that happen.
PS--Got hired Monday to cast another film. I can't even think about that yet. But it's SAG and it's way campy. Woo!
Posted by bonnie at 6:43 PM
March 28, 2005
Ah. So *that* is what's wrong with me. I'm sick. Ugh.
And Dayquil is my friend. Keith says I did this same icky sicky thing during this stage of work on books one and two. I don't recall. And I have to appear as a casting director at an LMU acting class this afternoon. Dayquil, save me!
Posted by bonnie at 10:35 AM
March 27, 2005
There is almost nothing better than spending quality time at Def Jam Becca MC's blog.
You MUST read this entry on her daughter's Purim parade costume.
DJBMC is funny.
PS--That's a name I gave her freshman year of college. Isn't it sweet that she still lets me call her that?
Posted by bonnie at 5:46 PM
I'm in the throes of what feels like the longest run of taking it personally ever.
What is it from that MadTV sketch? STOP IT! Yeah. I need to stop it.
Posted by bonnie at 8:41 AM
March 25, 2005
What a Fun Idea!
Got a random email request from some chick named Bonnie on Friendster...
...that she's starting a Bonnies of CA chapter. Tee hee.
What the hell, right?
Posted by bonnie at 12:16 AM
March 23, 2005
Hm. That's an Interesting One
Did a little blog-reading prior to starting this all-nighter of rockstar actor-interview transcription (BTW, early feedback is AH. MAY. ZING.) and came across this quickie...
...from the greatness of Jodi (congrats on the last day of the job, cutie).
Oh, and is it insulting to offer a one-line role to an actor who was up for the lead in the film you just cast? This one-liner would be in the same film and the actor would have to act with the one who got the role that actor was up for. Too much? Need to go with a non-contender? Or is this like, "It's just an honor to be nominated," territory?
Posted by bonnie at 11:37 PM
Goodness, I've been working hard! Visit the pretty new excerpts from interviews at the book's site and ooh and ahh.
Keith bought me some of these. Aww.
And we had another one of these.
Looks like this quake was a 3.4 just a few miles south of us. Cooooool.
HUGE thank you to the many volunteers for proofing--and DANG, some of you folks are FAST!!! What an amazing turnaround!
Okay, gotta go. Must give Tom Fontana some details about the content he's providing for our foreword.
PS--Keith went to producers on the new Tom Hanks pilot today. Rockstar.
Posted by bonnie at 11:55 AM
March 22, 2005
If you at some point in time volunteered to help proof some of Acting Qs (or if you didn't in the past but now wish to volunteer)...
...please remind me so that I can send you some content this week. Guidelines: be detail-oriented and hush-hush about the whole thing. Payment: free book. I know... big city editing gig, eh? ;) TIA!
Posted by bonnie at 5:31 AM
March 21, 2005
To dream of a foreign place or country suggests that the realization of your heart's desire is closer than you imagine. Persevere and have patience! The general image of "mother" in a dream may symbolize a variety of feelings and ideas: caring, nurturing, love, acceptance, hard work, sacrifice, etc. The mother in your dream could also represent that force, or current, inside of you that nudges you on and inspires you. It is your intuition and the knowledge that lives deep within your soul. To dream that you are standing in line indicates your need for patience. You should be prepared to wait for something and not have it right away. If you spoke with someone who is dead, you will soon hear very good news.
Posted by bonnie at 4:37 PM
So, I've pulled a buttload of all-nighters lately and when I got glutened again last night, I knew a productive all-nighter would NOT happen. So, I drank some cider, took a Tylenol Sinus Night-time (knockout) pill, and...
...pulled an all-nighter anyway.
I am now so totally wonked out that I feel like Thwok must when she does her 10 o'clock Crazies, runs from one end of the apartment to the other, and doesn't hit the brakes in time. My brain seriously just went THUD. Guess I'll try some sleep now. :\
Posted by bonnie at 6:18 AM
March 20, 2005
Blast from the Past
Mmmmmmm. Put on my Homer suit. I seriously feel a craving from childhood. How odd!
I want fried shrimp with tartar sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a huge side of green beans (served in a separate bowl so as not to bleed over into the breading on the shrimp and water it all down) from Morrison's Cafeteria.
Ahh... there's the ALMOST perfect picture from my youth. Damn... I guess Morrison's is no more? It's Piccadilly now? So sad.
Now... why am I craving this over a decade since I last had it (and even then it wasn't as good as I remember it being say 30 years ago)?
Damn you, gluten free living! (Just kidding. I love living gluten free. No migraines since November! Life is lovely.)
Posted by bonnie at 2:38 AM
March 19, 2005
Excited Casting Director
The film is now cast. Yay! And check out the indie film cred brewing in Cactus Cove.
Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) as BILLIE.
Alex Frost (Elephant) as ACHAK.
Yeah. That's pretty dang cool. I'll update the film's casting page shortly, but I wanted to get the word out. Also, got word last week that two of the films I cast last year are in post (almost finished) and another of the films I cast last year has been accepted into the Seattle Film Fest. I need to update all of the films' casting pages to reflect this awesome activity.
I'm just one blissed out casting director! Yay!
Re: writing the book--the transcription machine came today, so I'm going to be pulling some much more efficient all-nighters now. Yippee!
Posted by bonnie at 8:03 PM
March 17, 2005
Work Smart, Not Hard
...after having spent HOURS doing ONE interview transcription today. Ugh. Looked into hiring out transcription services, but I don't have an extra three grand to drop on this project. This will be better.
Posted by bonnie at 11:16 PM
Guilty by Association?
Do the actions of one half of a partnership (relationship, collaboration, whatever) automatically impact the perception of the other half?
As hard as I try to believe that we are seen as individuals, I'm finding that there are people who will condemn me for the choices of another with whom I am closely associated.
So, do I expect more from those who choose to perceive us jointly or do I remove the source of the negative associations? Words of wisdom, anyone?
Posted by bonnie at 6:11 PM
March 16, 2005
A Very Important Question
When does inaction become intention?
I propose that the choice to NOT fix something that you KNOW is broken eventually becomes your INTENTION to keep something from working.
Posted by bonnie at 10:52 PM
I have booked a Perscentology upon arrival (includes scen tao total body treatment, shiatsu and hot stone massage, scen tao body splash and massage oil, and life's direction toe (!) reading).
The following day, I have a Stone Symposium (includes eurostone anti stress facial, desert hot stone massage, and hot stone pedicure). I added on a paraffin dip for good measure.
Awesome. And the guy on the phone at the spa was great about guiding me through the gratuity guidelines. THANK YOU to all of you who emailed and commented about the types of services I should go for. I think I'm ready to go to heaven now.
Keith asked, "How am I supposed to pick you up from the airport after such a weekend? With a spatula?"
Posted by bonnie at 5:09 PM
Narrowing It Down
Copperwynd's Scen Tao, Desert Duet, Perscentology, Copperwynd's Signature Cloud Nine, Copperwynd's Detox Seaweed Body Mask, Dead Sea Mud Mask, Hydraquench Body Glow, and (a big favorite) Stone Symposium. These lead the pack (with various massages, facials, peels, pedicures, cellulite treatments, and Chamerinage coming in close behind).
*sigh* I need to build a spreadsheet, ala Tracy. It really is the only way to plan correctly. Oh... and are gratuities included in spa treatments? There's this whole thing on Spa Etiquette at the site, but nothing about tips. Is my lower-middle-class slip showing?
Oh... and how happy am I that this spa event takes place just as the book is due in at the printer? VERY. I'm earning this decadence daily, here.
Posted by bonnie at 12:04 AM
March 15, 2005
It would seem that I am not the first person to learn about The Mashup.
As I was driving home from the chiropractor this morning, listening to the greatness that is Indie 103.1, I heard a mashup by Big Bad Baz of Oasis and The Jackson 5. It rocked. I'm now pondering every possible fun combination of music I've ever heard. DJs are cool.
Posted by bonnie at 1:27 PM
Am I Blogging Every Day?
I think I am.
You scored as atari 2600.
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I won't share my results from the What religion are you? quiz, but I will share that I scored 50% or above in Paganism, Judaism, Buddhism, Satanism, and Islam. Yeah. That seems about right.
Oh! Scheduled another speaking engagement. Dang, I'm a busy bee. 3/28: LMU, 4/1: AFTRA, 4/2: CAA, and of course 4/5 is HHH. Very cool! And... *beaming* Keith went to producers AGAIN with L/P (this time for Medium). I'm so dang proud of my actor baby!
Also proud of my Ladies of the Gimlet who have done very brave and wonderful, grownup things. Isn't it fun how the universe pretty much INSTANTLY rewards such courage? Yes!
Posted by bonnie at 1:39 AM
March 14, 2005
Hollywood Happy Hour, 4/5/05
Please join us on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 for our next Hollywood Happy Hour with special guests, industry news and reviews, networking, loads of great prizes, yummy food, and adult beverages!
What: Hollywood Happy Hour filled with more fun than you could fathom! It's news, reviews, schmooze, and interviews!
Who: Nelson Aspen will chat with Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie, Bonnie Gillespie will speak with talent manager Abby Casey, and Kris Burtt will charm us all with her inimitable Couch Potato Corner!
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 6pm SHARP!
Where: The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 209, Hollywood 90028
How Much: $5 at the door and two drinks.
What Else: Goodie bags from our sponsors and lots of freebies (see below for complete list of awesome goodies).
RSVP: with your name, number in your party, and any questions you have for our guests to email@example.com ASAP.
Feeling nostalgic? Everyone's uncle, Uncle Bob, has put our past shows on "tape" for our audio archives... Yay!
Free! Goodie Bags loaded with fun California Poultry Federation stuff, cosmetics and aromatherapy treatments from Pampered People Spa, memo boards from Showfax, and fun AquaHooks custom-made for HHH!
Free! Entry into the Hollywood Happy Hour raffle for all--just bring a business card to drop in the fishbowl!
You could win:
Tickets to shows at The Ark Theatre
Card Packs from Acting Outside the Box
Tickets to the legendary 15 Minutes of FEM shows
Acting class discounts from legendary James Hong
Passes to shows and private instruction from Theatre District at the Cast
Acting Is Everything by Judy Kerr and Acting Out by Stuart Stone
Let's Dish by Nelson Aspen
Casting Qs and Self-Management for Actors by Bonnie Gillespie
Headshot session with RadStar Photography
Full demo reel packages from SpeedReels
ActorTrack software demos--and one grand-prize FULL-version--from Holdon Log
Agent and Casting Director mailing labels and guide books from Breakdown Services
Subscription to Showfax.com sides and Actors Access services
Annual membership on ActorsBone.com
and so much more!
You must be present to win, natch.
Posted by bonnie at 4:52 PM
March 13, 2005
Spa Treatment Selection
Back when I lived in Athens, I got a 60 or 90 minute massage at least once every six weeks. I decided there would be no war if world leaders were required to do exactly this. I sincerely think that massage kept me balanced. I miss those days. (Of course, when a massage is $35/hr., you can afford to spoil yourself. Dang, I miss those little-city prices.)
That said, I'm going to have a blissful spa weekend here in a few weeks. Yay! Happy celebration time!
Sooo... what should I get? Copperwynd's Scen Tao? Parafango Cellulite Treatment? Paraffin Dip? Hydraquench Body Glow? Dare I splurge with a Desert Duet? Ooooh... so excited!
Posted by bonnie at 10:46 PM
I freed up the restrictions on commenting here a couple of weeks ago and the spammers have overrun my blog to the point of wearing me down.
Sorry, gang. I just can't take the constant metaphorical emailed pink meat. I tried.
Posted by bonnie at 5:31 PM
March 12, 2005
1. Gimlet Night rocks. We should do it more often. We planned this one at our last one and at this one we talked about another gathering coming up here soon... this could become a rich tradition. (BTW, all boys think we have Gimlet Night in sexy, girlie, pillow-fight attire. I can neither confirm nor deny.)
2. Cousin is wearing this in three months:
Yes, she is a goddess. Yes, she will rock this dress. Turns out, she is on someone's 50 Most Gorgeous People list. Indeed.
4. Michelle had work drama happening. Bless her bones. I do believe that this week will launch her into greatness. It's just gonna take some deep breathing 'til then.
5. I've misquoted the above-mentioned Michelle in my random signature file thingy in Entourage. She's going to correct the quote about non-denominational services in the DWF airport soon. Yay!
6. We have successfully trained Thwok not to eat flowers. Oh, but she was totally antisocial tonight. Brat.
8. It seems there is a perception that my home is clean. That makes me very happy. I like to have a clean home. Of course, when Faith asked, "What are all those NOTES over there?" we laughed. Those "notes" are headshots. Bins and bins of headshots. Yeah. We get those sometimes.
9. Everyone enjoyed the "What Were You THINKING" folder. That's all I can say about that. Watch for some random anonymous blog on the subject at some later date. Enough said.
10. Taxes are done. We came out of there spending less than a grand (thank goodness) and this year we didn't file extensions. It's fun to be done.
Posted by bonnie at 1:43 AM
March 11, 2005
New Favorite Blog To Watch
I had visited before and was enchanted by the excellent writing, snarky comments, and life-cannot-be-taken-seriously take on all things relating to the culture pop, but now I'm hooked.
Click away, readers. A serious hoot! Believe it.
*Anyone else notice how they're no longer called "seasons," but instead are "cycles" now? :\
Posted by bonnie at 12:01 AM
March 10, 2005
It Takes a Village
For those with more energy than I seem to have...
...Chip is renovating his kitchen. Go read the entry linked to the image above (and at least the two more recent entries) and weigh in.
I personally voted for a 90210 theme, wherein each cabinet door is a different Bev-Niner's portrait, but I think I'm being voted down in favor of some pretty solids from the Martha Stewart Collection.
Posted by bonnie at 5:27 PM
I'm sooooooo wiped out. It's good though. I need a nap.
Like that. Yeah. Archie's got the right idea. What a day!
Posted by bonnie at 5:09 PM
March 9, 2005
Test of Words, the Answer Key
Okay! Now we're talkin'.
So, I missed ONE point on the Intermediate Section (I chose "hard" instead of "difficult," which is a synonym... but the context thing. Okay, I get it. One point for me instead of two on number 14.
On the Expert Section, I missed a point b/c I chose ONE in 36 and 38 instead of choosing BOTH (damn that quote in Animal House from Dean Wormer's wife in the produce section... she steered me wrong). And on 40, I went with both. I understand channel/canal stumped quite a few folks.
Anyway... thrilled to see the answers. Thanks, Red, for putting them up.
Posted by bonnie at 8:35 PM
Okay, I'm seriously zoned out now.
I've just spent eight hours straight doing taxes. That's a lot of paper. I still have much to do. But sleep... that's the deduction I'm taking right now.
Posted by bonnie at 4:00 AM
March 8, 2005
Doctor, Heal Thyself
So, I wrote a column on actor funk, basically telling actors that all they have to do is throw themselves into the emotional whatnot and wallow in it, learn from it, then move on. If I can tell others that the best way to endure (and even benefit from) a funk is to throw themselves into it, why is it that I will spend my energy fighting my own funk?
I don't need stroking or encouragement or praise of any kind right now (in fact, I've gotten more sweet, wonderful, amazing, random "fan mail" in the past week than ever before). I know I really miss Keith (and his schedule just got even crazier yesterday). I'm getting a lot accomplished (book, taxes, casting--hell, we even got a VERY positive response from the "name" actor we approached for one of the roles). Just watched the awesome RW/RR Challenge (Inferno II) which rocks. I'm just ugh. Case-in-point, it took me 40 minutes to write this (I got distracted at the RW/RR Blog).
Posted by bonnie at 7:17 PM
March 7, 2005
I'm in Love
I was hooked right away, but only now am I truly in love. Real Simple rocks. The greatness of Jodi got us a free gift subscription to it (and Wired, which we also love) a few months ago and I truly adore this damn magazine.
And I think this iPod My Photo thingy is way cool. Very diggable.
Turns out the Showtime free weekend ended before the last ten minutes of Clerks. Bastids.
Posted by bonnie at 5:18 AM
Based on this free weekend, if I actually subscribed to Showtime, I would overdose on decent-to-so-so movies and behind-the-scenes yummies.
Anyway... second thing... my head HOITS. Ow. Stop that!
Posted by bonnie at 1:54 AM
March 6, 2005
Test of Words
Finally broke down and took one of the kazillion quizzes Jodes inflicted upon me.
(I will always break down and take a grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation quiz.)
English GeniusYou scored 100% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 77% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!
Take the Commonly Confused Words Test!
Now, what the EFF did I mess up?
Posted by bonnie at 3:09 PM
Next week, I'm going over to this guy's house.
Tee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee.
Posted by bonnie at 12:31 AM
March 5, 2005
It would seem that, when I'm inadvertently "glutened," I get lockjaw.
I've been generally very good about eating foods that are only on the "good" list of gluten-free foods, but there are a couple of things that seem to creep into preparations of other foods that I'm simply not going to be able to tolerate.
Namely, "natural flavoring" (which we already knew to watch out for) and "xanthum gum" (which is one of those things that bothers some people but not others). Most likely, the "natural flavoring" is 90%-100% to blame, but I've seen "xanthum gum" in the past two things that have made me sick so I'm watching it just the same.
I can't open my mouth.
This, of course, helps me not yell while doing taxes. :|
Legend has it, you become more sensitive to stuff once you've cut out gluten. Like what you're sensitive to becomes much more obvious the "cleaner" your diet. Does that sound right?
Posted by bonnie at 6:03 PM
March 4, 2005
This and That
"Look at this. Look at that. Now it's time to sit and chat. About this. About that. It's This and That with Rusty!"
So, I still haven't taken Jodi's quizzes. Maybe when I've run out of ways to stall doing taxes. Did you know that corporate taxes are due a WHOLE MONTH earlier than normal-people taxes? Ugh. Much to do this weekend (and it all involves a calculator). Can I party or what?
Keith's birthday was delightful. He baked his yearly cake and frosted it with stuff that I'm allowed to stick my finger in [Gosh, that reads so dirty!!] (as it's the only gluten-free part of the cake). Took him out to dinner. Sang quietly. His presents should arrive tomorrow. :\ Dang "business days" for shipping counts online.
Just saw a commercial for Ice Princess. I bet Kris is in heaven! LOL Oh, safe travels, Kris! Hurry home safe.
Speaking of Kris, we just announced the lineup for the April 5th Hollywood Happy Hour. Visit the site, RSVP for the event, the usual. Yay!
I got soooooo much work done on the book today (all of the bios). Sheesh! It was amazing. I knew, once I hit a stride, I'd impress even myself with the amount I accomplished. Last night, I tackled site updates for the book, so that we can start presales. Woo hoo! Huge shout out to helper-types who received content today. Thank you in advance to ALL book helpers for rocking my world (I won't out you unless you want me to do so--you'll just get a non-specific major thank you in the credits of the book itself until I hear you prefer public praise)!
Keith has jury duty in the ayem. Hope he has at least as much fun as I did, back when I went a couple of years ago.
Had to cut my nails short tonight. :( So sad. They had grown so long and pretty. Well, 20 hours of typing 80 WPM will get you clear on priorities, that's all I've got to say.
I think I feel some sleepies coming on. Cool. We'll try that. It's always fun to crash a bit after so many hours of "this and that." Tee hee.
Posted by bonnie at 2:26 AM
March 3, 2005
There are people who only care about me to the extent that I can give them something. Once I have run out of what I've been giving them, I am no longer cared for and am, in fact, worthy of ridicule.
Learning this (and yes, I've learned it before, with different people) is a lovely "friendship clearinghouse" of sorts. There is something incredibly liberating about giving people the room to show me who they truly are.
...and then letting them go.
It is fascinating to me how the universe works. The INSTANT I let go of someone like this, I am contacted by someone "a tier above" (someone whose peer I aspire to be), inviting me further into that world.
There is something delicious about instant validation from the universe. It's a spiritual, "Right on, sister!" like no other.
Posted by bonnie at 10:35 AM
March 2, 2005
Re: "I hope you're happy, Bonnie..." YES
1. I am told I am an enabler.
2. I dictate delicious Jodi's day.
4. Jodi gives me a good one...
You scored as Drama nerd.
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I'm seriously shocked at how many of our quiz results were the same! Oh, and yes. You and John Cusack can have my baby. Oh... was that not the question?
So... you say you have quizzes in YOUR archives, eh? Heh heh heh.
Posted by bonnie at 3:18 PM
March 1, 2005
Amazing, that darn RACE
I love this damn show.
The Amazing Race 7 kicked off tonight.
If I'm going to cry every time Uchena & Joyce talk about their aching need to have a baby and every time Ron talks about his experiences as a POW, this is going to be a long season for good ol' emotional me.
I'm also fascinated by the fluent-in-Portuguese-country-boy. Wow! Most folks I know who speak English like he does don't speak much of anything else. Completamente impressive, senhor!
Posted by bonnie at 11:38 PM
Bragging on the Birthday Boy
Keith has had a stellar year. His birthday is Thursday (he is very old). We started the year off with a little affirmation about his life as a working actor and before the first week of 2005 had ended, Keith had signed with his rockstar new manager.
Now, before he signed, he had already been called to go on tape for producers on the new show Head to Toe at Nickelodeon.
Within a week, his manager called with a tape-to-producers audition for The Shield.
Then came another audition. This one was for Crossing Jordan.
(Here's where it gets really good.)
In the past few weeks, Keith has had a preread (which led to a same-day producer callback) for CSI, a meeting with legendary casting director Mike Fenton for a feature film currently titled The Hunt, and a preread for a pilot called Invasion. That last one led to a producer session today with the pilot's executive producer... Shaun Cassidy.
It has been a good year.
Baby, I hope you get a big bowl of BOOKED for your birthday! I am very proud of you, excited for you, and thrilled to experience this journey with you.
Posted by bonnie at 7:11 PM
So, I'm catching up on a few blogs before I go to bed (yes, I'm going to go to bed... I have an early phone date regarding the book) and I come across an entry titled "37" by the greatness that is Jodi and know, before I even begin reading, that she loves 37 for the same reason I do (but that no one ever asks about... except for Ali, who immediately got the reference.
Now you will too, thanks to the quiz I nabbed from the above-referenced Jodes.
You scored as Sadistic Humour. Congratulations, you scored Sadistic Humour. You find the little things in life to be funny, and have a great sense of humour, whether it's stupid or dark. You're probably young, and older people don't understand why it's all so fucking hillarious. Either way, check out: Clerks, Mallrats, Napoleon Dynamite, Wayne's World.
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And Empire DID have the better ending! Duh!
Posted by bonnie at 3:55 AM
Ever know for sure you made a GREAT decision the instant you (finally) made it?
There is nothing so gratifying as that feeling.
Posted by bonnie at 1:00 AM