August 29, 2005
The Moor: Los Angeles Premiere
I'm so very excited! I hope you'll all be able to join me in celebrating the Los Angeles premiere screening of The Moor at 8pm on Sunday, 11 September 2005 at the Arclight as a part of the LA International Short Film Festival.
Woo hoo! This is only the second public film screening of the 15 films I've cast thus far in my career. I'm very proud of this one and I hope everyone enjoys the beautiful story as much as I do. Russell Banks wrote the story and his daughter Caerthan adapted it and directed the 35mm film with an amazing cast and crew!
You can view the trailer here: The Moor (QuickTime 1.9mb).
As usual, with film festivals, there are no free passes, so I'll understand if you can't make it to this one. Still, wanted to get the word out. Also, on that same day, Gary Marsh of Breakdown Services and I will be doing a panel ("Producing Your Film from A to Z") with a few other wonderful people who help steer filmmakers through the indie production process.
Since I'm in an updatey mood, here are some other things coming up in the next few months:
- Sunday, September 18th, 1:45pm, guest-speaker at Actorsite
- Wednesday, September 21st, 7pm, FREE Self-Management for Actors seminar at Brentano's in Century City
- Thursday, September 29th, 6:30pm, prepared scene showcase at AFTRA
- Saturday, October 15th, 8pm, opening night of Shrinks at the Hudson Backstage (purchase tickets here)
- Thursday, November 3rd, 7pm, guest-speaker at Emerson College LA Center with Brad Lemack
- Sunday, November 20th, 4pm, Youth Actors Expo panel moderator ("Insight from Casting Directors in TV, Film, and Commercials")
- Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30pm, guest-speaker at the SAG Conservatory at AFI
Fun stuff, fun stuff, fun stuff! Yippee!
Posted by bonnie at 7:04 PM
August 27, 2005
Be careful when you say something bold out loud, okay?
Case in point:
Tuesday night at Dan Tana's, I boldly said to Brody that I would NOT be casting a film in September, since I must use the month to write the next book, due out November 15th.
Arrived via messenger today:
Feature film script with SEVENTY ROLES TO CAST.
See? Saying things out loud just never works out right! How am I supposed to say no to getting to cast 70 roles?!?
Good thing I don't sleep. Maybe I can do both.
Posted by bonnie at 3:09 AM
August 26, 2005
I Love You, Joseph Montana!
Oh, Joseph, you are so good to me!
Honestly, there is nothing so fun as opening the door to a care package filled with gluten-free meal kits, Hello Kitty goodies, and loads of love from my favorite good puppy dog!
Thank your momma Liz for doing all of the running around. LOVE this care package!! Yippee!
Oh, and in other news... it's effin' hot, yo.
Posted by bonnie at 4:00 PM
August 25, 2005
Going public was a hard decision for Lylith and family, but I'm sure they're glad they did it.
Within 24 hours of issuing a statement, they were given the gift of Scout Taylor-Compton's SAFE return HOME!
And really, that's all anyone wanted! Blessings galore!
As one friend said:
They will still need our prayers and support as they put this behind them and move forward.
Thank you, EVERYONE, for your support and legwork in helping get Scout home safe! May we live in a world where all news stories about missing children end so very happily!
Posted by bonnie at 1:29 PM
For the latest on Scout Taylor-Compton, click the banner below.
In other news...
Something Keith is really good at is forgiveness. He's also an expert at the practice of unconditional love.
Me? I suck at both. I am very bad at forgiving (especially myself) and my love is almost always conditional. I demand perfection from myself and those around me, I am not a tolerant person, and I always feel as though I must punish myself for extended periods of time when I behave in any less-than-perfect way toward others.
I am pledging to learn from Keith (as he so frequently learns from me, with grace and gratitude) that the BEST gift for someone you've hurt is total forgiveness and that NO ONE is served by extended periods of self-loathing. He loves to say that what makes us BEAUTIFUL, as humans, is our imperfections. I say that we are sometimes beautiful DESPITE our imperfections.
I have a lot to learn. Hm. I guess that makes me one really beautiful human being then, eh?
I remain... a work in progress.
Posted by bonnie at 5:06 AM
August 24, 2005
Media Coverage: Scout Taylor-Compton
Stressful day. But the word is out and that will help.
I'll keep updating. I have footage of Scout from her taped audition for Teenage Dirtbag as well as her demo reel, but I want to speak with Lylith about that material before sharing it. Check back.
Meanwhile, a thanks from Lylith for everyone's willingness to post flyers and spread the word while letting her (and Scout's excellent publicist, Laura Marks--with whom I did a panel discussion for Showfax's Actors 101 series two years ago) deal with the media.
Posted by bonnie at 8:35 PM
August 23, 2005
"What can I do?"
The most asked question of late is, "What can I do to help bring Scout Taylor-Compton home?" The answer is: "Put up flyers (wherever you are). Link to the flyers. Use passive spread-the-word techniques like including a link to the flyers in your everyday emails and posts. Put a flyer in the window of your car."
And in the spirit of "if a picture paints a thousand words, a video must paint a million," clicking on the above screen capture of Scout will launch a 2.4 MB QuickTime video file (scout.mov) of an outstanding PSA Scout did last year.
Posted by bonnie at 4:38 PM
Scout Taylor-Compton: Still Missing
"Other stuff" below. But first, this update on Scout Taylor-Compton.
In my email exchanges with Scout's mom in the wee hours of Monday morning, I have been reminded what strength and grace exists. Everyone, please know that your prayers, your vibes, your willingness to hit the streets with the flyers (wherever you live) help. Truly.
I wanted to share this photo of Scout as a blonde, in case her hair has been changed since she was last seen on the 12th.
Please, if you have seen Scout, call 1-800-THE-LOST immediately.
Final callbacks were bittersweet (since Scout was not there), but fantastic. Teenage Dirtbag casting information will come out soon. I am such a fan of so many amazing actors in this town. What a blessing their creative energy and passion is to us all! Brilliant work!
My big brother Bill loves me so much! He recommended a chiropractor IN MY 'HOOD (which rocks, since my chiropractor of six years retired last month) after reading my last blog entry. Awesome. Thanks, bro. I'm calling in the ayem.
I am questioning my sanity at enduring Inside 9/11 on the National Geographic Channel. Keith told me that he would NOT be watching, as it angers him to "kill" levels. Marines with combat experience get like that, so I don't question it. But I have to watch. So, last night (while emailing with Chairman at E! and Lylith about Scout) I watched the first half of the documentary. I'm watching the last half tonight. I'm shaking and quaking with pain, grief, disgust... Thank God they've edited this documentary to include tales of righteous heroism between steady doses of tragedy or I wouldn't be able to take it. I'll report more about this at Monitoring the Culture momentarily.
I simply keep trying to understand the world we live in. Isn't that all any of us can do? I have to constantly remember the millions upon millions of miracles I witness every day to try and balance the sadness I feel right now. It takes my breath away.
Get Scout home NOW. NOW. NOW.
Posted by bonnie at 1:30 AM
August 22, 2005
So, I've been sick (in bed sick) since Wednesday night. Finally started feeling better Saturday evening, but then my lower back started aching as though I'd pulled, pinched, or otherwise wrenched something.
How, when I've been in bed for days, I do not know.
I tried to "get a good night's sleep" by getting in bed before midnight, knowing I've a big, bad casting day ahead of me for Teenage Dirtbag with producers. Can't sleep. Up and down to the bathroom. Flip-flopping with back pain. Fever in my back. Am I having kidney issues? Am I so stressed out about Scout and casting and a zillion other things that I'm psychosomatizing stuff?
Whatever it is... I'm up. God help me get through seven hours of casting and meetings that follow. Seems so silly a wish compared to, "get Scout home safe."
Posted by bonnie at 3:44 AM
August 21, 2005
I will continue to blog my silly-little-life stuff when time permits, but I wanted to get this update to you, regarding my last post on Scout Taylor-Compton.
What follows has come from Scout's family:
Scout Taylor Compton, a good friend to many kids in the biz, is MISSING, and the family is requesting help. They are asking everyone not to speculate on why she is missing, but to concentrate on helping to find her.The flyer, in PDF format, is available here. Most copy service companies will print missing children flyers for free (B&W) and reduced cost (color).
Please print out the attached poster and hang it up anywhere and everywhere. Banks, grocery stores, retail stores, malls, library, etc. Print extra copies and have them in your car, available to hang up if you are visiting somewhere, or in a town other than yours. Please HELP!
Prayers continue here, Lylith and family. We know and trust Scout will make it home safely very soon.
Posted by bonnie at 9:15 PM
August 19, 2005
A Little Freaked Out
So, after sleeping for 30 hours (with a total of three hours up; one to cancel my day's plans and take some medicine, two to watch bad TV, take more medicine, and blog), I finally dragged my arse out of bed to get the callbacks for Teenage Dirtbag scheduled for Monday.
First check of the email brings this from a manager friend about Scout Taylor-Compton:
It's a poster from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for an actor we have been looking at for the lead in this film (heck, I've looked at Scout for the lead in four films so far this year).
Usually, links in emails about missing kids turn out to be hoaxes, so I'm conflicted even putting this up here, but I'm so very concerned that it's true--see, Scout had to put her audition for me on tape from out of town because she was on location for a film, staying with the director's family. She was scheduled to be back in LA within days of the "MISSING SINCE" date on the poster.
I'm just really freaked out here. Please, if you're into prayer, pray that Scout makes her way home safely. If you'd prefer sending good vibes, that's cool too. I'll be sure to post an update as soon as I get one.
9:14pm edit: a message from Scout's mom.
First of all, let us just say that we are overwhelmed with the response from the acting community concerning Scout's disappearance. So many people have offered to help in any way that they can, and it's truly appreciated.
At this time all we can say is that the authorities are investigating the issue. The classification of Endangered Runaway was given to get her into the system immediately. As soon as they have all of the information needed, the classification will be upgraded.
Those of you who know Scout, who know our family, know deep in your hearts what to believe. It saddens us that such horrible rumors could be generated and spread at a time like this.
I can tell you, that this is the hardest thing we have ever been through. As a friend stated to me this morning... the worst thing in the entire world must be not having your child around. Unfortunately we can tell you first hand that this is true. Hug your children.
If anyone has any information regarding Scout, please call the National Center for Missing Children at 1-800-THE-LOST, or the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at 760-245-4211.
Please email Scout's family with information you may have at Scout_Taylor_Compton@yahoo.com.
Posted by bonnie at 3:21 AM
August 18, 2005
Hold up, hold up!
I think I've found my non-workout cure to feeling better (if not healthy).
It's Battle of the Network Reality Stars. Thank you, Bravo, for always going there.
Posted by bonnie at 5:23 PM
Here's What Sucks
Get obessed with working out.
Find that working out pretty much fixes every other stress in life.
Begin relying on workouts to balance stress.
Wonder if working out while sick is a good idea.
Learn it's probably not.
Have loads of stress and no energy to face the stress, no outlet for the stress, and loads of restlessness over this situation.
Back to bed. Ugh.
Posted by bonnie at 4:55 PM
August 17, 2005
Why why why why why can't the ad agency create a commercial in which proper grammar is used?
The line in the new Staples back-to-school ad is: "Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easy button for school?"
COME! ON! SUBJUNCTIVE, anyone?!?
Oh, the irony that it's a back-to-school ad! Auuuuugh!!!!
Posted by bonnie at 4:47 AM
August 16, 2005
Power Is Sexy
This is true. I find power so effin' sexy. Many women do. *melt*
There is something so gorgeous about the pompous, arrogant, articulate, brilliant posts Keith is making over at the SAG Actor board lately that I just want to throw myself at him.
Oh wait... I can do that! *giggle*
Posted by bonnie at 4:54 PM
August 15, 2005
Upset Tummy :(
I remember my mom saying that I was never as miserable as when I had an upset tummy, as a little girl. I'm definitely in Whiny Bunn* mode right now.
So I took a quiz.
That was brought to you by Ali, who took it from Jodes, whose blog I don't visit nearly enough because I feel like a failure since I can't knit. (Kidding, Jodes. I think it's really cool and I'm just jealous.)
I think I have to go to the store now to buy something with bubbles in it. I'm crabby when my tummy is owie. I also apparently type in baby-talk then too.
* When I was a little girl and I would get particularly whiny, my parents would say, "Who are you? You can't be Bonnie Athene! She's a sweet little girl. You must belong to the Bunn family next door. You must be their little girl, Whiny Bunn."
Of course, this was very funny to them until I went over to Mr. and Mrs. Bunn's house one day and asked if I could play with their daughter, Whiny Bunn. That ended that.
Posted by bonnie at 10:59 PM
Did I share this with y'all yet?
And, it seems that my friend Brad sees this in my future:
Still editing tape for Teenage Dirtbag producers to watch online in Idaho. Callbacks next week. I'm exhausted. Very busy week, here.
Posted by bonnie at 7:31 PM
August 13, 2005
Me in 100 Things
Grabbed from Nini (and it really reminds me of the Go-Go's Girl of a Hundred Lists, which was always a favorite song even before I realized it was pretty much an ode to my OCD).
01 First grade teacher's name: N/A (never went to K, 1st, or 2nd grade--fun fact).
02 Last word you said: "G'nite."
03 Last song you sang: Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine.
04 Last person you hugged: Keith Johnson, of course!
05 Last thing you laughed at: Something on Will & Grace (a Jack line, I'm sure).
06 Last time you said "I don't remember:" Sheesh! I don't remember.
07 Last time you cried watching TV: Tonight at the gym, during the reairing of the World Trade Center towers falling as they did a news story on the release of the 9/11 tapes.
08 What color socks are you wearing? None.
09 What's under your bed? Nothing (it's bad feng shui).
10 What time did you wake up today? Hmm... something like 7am when the phone started ringing.
11 Current taste: Grapefruit juice.
12 Current hair: Red, long, in need of a rinse and trim, wet and piled on top of my head right now, post-shower.
13 Current annoyance: Lack of free time available to do stuff like purge old headshots, organize scripts, return demo reels, and begin work on my next book.
14 Current longing: Hm. Can't come up with anything.
15 Current desktop background: Cool red/yellow swirl thingy from the Mac OS abstract image files.
16 Current worry: That Thwok is not 100% healthy.
17 Current hate: No hate. Ever.
18 Current favorite article of clothing: The Gap shorts I've worn out (and the Tweeds sandals I've broken).
19 Favorite physical feature of the preferred sex: Eyes.
20 Last CD that you listened to: Mix CD from Mike at Roxbury (it's called "La Bonita's 31st Birthday Mix," I think).
21 Favorite place to be: Home.
22 Least favorite place: In traffic.
23 Time you wake up in the morning: Never the same time.
24 If you could play an instrument, what would it be? I'd love to be really good at piano.
25 Favorite color: Silver.
26 Do you believe in an afterlife? Absolutely! That question James Lipton asks about what you want God to say to you when you get to heaven... my answer is: "Welcome back! Ready to go again?"
27 How tall are you? 5'7" (but I'm often accused of being 5'9"--it's the boobs).
28 Current favorite word/saying: "My pleasure!" (I've been hearing myself say this on the phone to agents and managers all week long.)
29 Favorite book: Lovingly, Georgia (although Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting is right up there too.
30 Favorite season: Fall (and, really, it's October in Boston).
31 One person from your past you wish you could go back and talk to: Probably Mom.
32 Where do you want to go for university? Been... several times. If I go back to finish my PhD, it'll probably be at UCLA.
33 What is your career going to be like? Already is... flexible, creative, intense, social, and very fun.
34 How many kids do you want? Maybe one.
35 Said "I love you" and meant it? Every time.
36 Gotten in a fight with your dog/cat/bird/fish? No.
37 Been to New York? Of course!
38 Been to Florida? Of course!
39 Been to California? Present day!
40 Been to Hawaii? God, yes. LOVED it. Can't wait to go back.
41 Been to Mexico? Never.
42 Been to China? Nope.
43 Dreamed something really crazy and then it happened the next day? Of course!
44 Do you have a crush on someone? Of course!
45 What book are you reading now? Self-Management for Actors (for revision purposes... BTW... that's a REALLY good book).
46 Worst feeling in the world? Being misunderstood.
47 What is the last thing you think about when you go to bed at night? What all I have to do starting when I'm next awake.
48 What is the first thing you think about when you wake in the morning? Kisses.
49 How many rings before you answer? When I'm working and expecting calls, I'll pick up on the first ring. When I'm not in the "expecting calls" stage, I *never* pick up. Ever. Hate, hate, hate the phone (oh, so I guess there *is* something I hate, for that one above).
50 Future daughter's name: Grace.
51 Future son's name: Walker.
52 Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Does Archie count?
53 If you could have any job you wanted what would it be? This is it! Except maybe I'd also be exec producing a show (still, that plan is in the works... takes time to build up to that).
54 Wish you were somewhere else? Nope.
55 College plans: Who knows if I'll go back to finish the PhD. Eh, I love school, so I probably will.
56 Piercings: Two.
57 Do you do drugs? Nope.
58 Do you drink? Yep.
59 What kind of Shampoo and Conditioner do you use? Three different kinds: Pantene, Finesse, and Be Long.
60 What are you most scared of? Heights (like on a ropes course--but NOT like rappelling down a mountain. Odd, isn't it?).
61 What clothes do you sleep in? Panties and a tank top.
62 Who is the last person that called you? An agent, making sure I got the tape of his clients he messengered over today.
63 Where do you want to get married? On the beach at sunset.
64 If you could change anything about yourself what would that be? I'd be forever a size 12. That's where my body is happy and that's a good healthy size for me to feel like the goddess I am. (Isn't it weird that, if I could change ANYTHING about myself, it would be my weight? Why not change that I'm obsessed with my body? Yeah... that would be a nice shift too.)
65 Who do you really hate? Oh, all right! If I must... how about high-maintenance people? But really, that's not hate. It's annoyance.
66 Been In Love? Constantly.
67 Are you timely or always late? Perpetually prompt.
68 Do you have a job? Yes. Several. Always.
69 Do you like being around people? I like being around myself the most (Mom taught me early in life to get comfortable with my own company, for which I'm grateful), but when I'm in a social place, I LOVE being a party girl. I'm very good in groups. I work a mean room.
70 Best feeling in the world? Satisfaction over a job well done. Any type of job.
71 Are you for world peace? Sure! In theory. It's just that it exists outside the theoretical that makes it hinky.
72 Are you a health freak? Yep.
73 Do you have a "type" of person you always go after? I used to. It was the artist, creative, tortured intellectual with passion and drive. Brilliant and funny and a bit cynical. Actually, y'know what? I think I still go for that type in all of my friendships and business dealings. Hm.
74 Do you want someone you don't have? Not really. I'm generally pretty satisfied in life.
75 Are you lonely right now? Nope.
76 Ever afraid you'll never get married? Nope. Keith says there are four types of marriage (spiritual, emotional, religious, and civil). Technically, we've been "married" for four years now, just not in all of the various ways recognized by society.
77 Do you want to get married? Not again! ;)
78 Do you want kids? Love having Quinn in my life. Hope to have a child when/if it's meant to be. Not really attached to it either way.
79 Cried today? Yes.
80 Bought something today? Dinner at Baja Fresh.
81 Gotten sick today? Nope.
82 Sang today? Yes.
83 Said I love you today? Of course!
84 Wanted to tell someone you loved them today? If I wanted to, I told them. I never hold back an "I love you."
85 Met someone today? No.
86 Moved on today? Oh, yes. I'm very proud of the way I've handled some issues with grace today.
87 Talked to someone today? Goodness, yes. Many someones, coordinating all of this casting stuff.
88 Had a serious talk today? Yes. Several.
89 Missed someone today? Yes.
90 Hugged someone today? Of course! Hugs are like oxygen!
91 Yelled at someone today? Only in a mock-yell, playing with Keith about his silliness.
92 Dreamed about someone you can't be with today? No.
93 Danced today? No.
94 I.M.ed someone today? Nope.
95 Watched TV today? Yes. And about a hundred demo reels and taped auditions on the computer's screen while editing for uploading.
96 Played dress up today? Only if you count wearing a sarong as "playing dress-up" (which Keith would, since I'm usually in shorts).
97 Left someone a comment today? Of course! I'm a very comment-y blog friend.
98 Sent someone more than five text messages today? I don't think I've sent someone more than five text messages *ever*.
99 Gone to the movies today? Nope. Just worked on casting one.
100 Completed another survey today? Just did, thanks. ;)
Okay... who's next? Ali? Kris? Deb? C'mon... y'know you want to!
Posted by bonnie at 12:08 AM
August 12, 2005
...I can't find the "card" for the Spork Crab (which is brilliantly displayed in this month's Sea Scape), but just the same...
...I am inspired to heal the bay. Rock it!
Posted by bonnie at 4:10 AM
Remember that wine from Sissa's wedding?
I finally opened it tonight!
It's one of those things where she told me to have it right away (like at the reception--where I had a migraine) but I honored it for three solid years, moved it to several different homes, etc.
And then finally, tonight, I had it. Which is fun b/c I'm both enjoying the hooch and honoring my Sissa, wherever she may be.
Oh, my Larry, life is good.
Posted by bonnie at 3:43 AM
August 11, 2005
Another Friend To Brag About
Yay! Amy Harber did one of those "hometown press" interviews I so love, and lookee here:
I'm so pleased to have been mentioned as an author whose book had a positive impact on Amy's acting career (alongside my book-mentor Judy Kerr) and to have been mentioned as a "friend" who shared some words of wisdom with this talented actor!
Hee hee! You GO girl! Way to work it! And THANK YOU!
PS--Happy birthday Dawn, Mitchell, and the mighty TicTac.
Posted by bonnie at 3:08 PM
August 10, 2005
Letter from the Cosmos
I'm sorry I've been such a ginormous pain in the arse for these past couple of weeks.
I know you've tried to remain calm (and keep others calm) in the face of my diva-demands and, usually, you are quite grace-filled when I come by (since you plan for the chaos I cause and always take extra time with everything, showing marvelous levels of patience), but I've just had to toy with you this time around.
Seeing you try to keep your cool when everything is going wrong at once, watching technology fail you, and noticing that communication simply never lands the way it was navigated has been a monkey-filled barrel of shits and giggles. Thanks for the laughs!
PS: At one point last week, you said this was the worst of me you could recall and Keith said he'd experienced worse. I must say I truly enjoyed the moment today when he finally said, "Yeah. I'm just hoping to live through this one. It's really bad." That was fun for me. Thank him, wouldja?
Posted by bonnie at 5:26 AM
August 9, 2005
Because I'm having a grrrrrrrrr day (and Keith won't let me spray his ankles with compressed air), this is how I'm venting.
Meme snarked from Ames (and more of it below)...
LAYER ONE: ON THE OUTSIDE
Birthdate: 07.11.70 (so cool and reflexive)
Current Location: Hollywood (in spirit)
Hair Color: red, but in major need of a touch-up.
Righty or Lefty: lefty, except with scissors. It's weird.
LAYER TWO: ON THE INSIDE
Your heritage: Scotch-Irish, Cherokee, Dutch, and about a dozen other whatnots.
Shoes you wore today: the shoes I bought to replace the ones I really love, from Tweeds (RIP).
Your fears: rope courses, closed-off spaces, cotton balls (see standup comedy routine from Comedy Store 2000 for details).
Your perfect pizza: gluten-free (sadly, none exist).
Goal you'd like to achieve: absolute, unconditional self-love (same goal since Corey Allen's acting class at Margie Haber Studios, 1999).
Since there is never a three, the rest of the meme is in the extended entry, should you be interested. ;)
LAYER FOUR: YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW
Your most overused phrase on IM: I don't IM. But when I chat at PARF on Fridays, it's probably LOL.
Your thoughts first waking up: Spoken: "Honey? Come be close!"
Your best physical feature: the rack. Always the rack.
Your bedtime: Huh?
Your most missed memory: plopping my head in my mom's lap, having her stroke my hair and baby-talk me, even at age 29.
LAYER FIVE: YOUR PICK
Pepsi or Coke: as a shareholder, it must be Coke, even though I'll have none of either.
McDonald's or Burger King: neither has good gluten-free choices, so... um... yeah, whatever.
Single or group dates: what's a DATE? Just kidding. Usually Dan Tana's and usually with whatever group of people has gathered. That means, sometimes group dates and sometimes it's just us and heavy-handed drink-pouring Mike.
Adidas or Nike: in honor of the great Mitchell Fink, it must be Adidas (swag is good).
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: rarely, so no opinion.
Chocolate or vanilla: chocolate.
Cappuccino or coffee: neither. I don't do the coffee.
LAYER SIX: DO YOU? or ARE YOU?
Smoke: not anymore.
Cuss: yup. Way too much.
Have a crush: constantly.
Think you've been in love: perpetually.
Like high school: only sometimes.
Want to get married: in denial. ;)
Believe in yourself: absolutely.
Get motion sickness: yes. Especially in the back seat of a Towncar or in a plane with a hangover.
Think you're attractive: sometimes. Sometimes I'm a goddess like none other. Other times I'm slothzilla. It's part of having a childstar/teen-anorexic brain. Hard to fix.
Think you're a health freak: anytime I'm pegged to one extreme or another, I'm either alcoholic or obsessed with fitness. Depends on the day you catch me. Right now, I'm working out like a maniac and wish I could hit the gym several hours a day. *shrug*
Get along with your parents: who?
Like thunderstorms: miss 'em like crazy!
Play an instrument: probably can plunk out a few notes on just about anything and can read sheet music enough to get by.
LAYER SEVEN: IN THE PAST MONTH
Drank alcohol: yup.
Gone on a date: sure.
been on stage: constantly.
eaten an entire box of Oreos: never!
Eaten sushi: not since going gluten-free. :( Bummer, since I love/miss sushi.
Been dumped: only by the CSA.
Gone skating: no, but I read about it, at Chip's blog, plus others.
Gone skinny dipping: oh, man... it was a year ago, but we did that nightly while house-sitting and LOVED it. We sooooooo need a pool.
Stolen anything: no. I've gotten much better. ;)
LAYER EIGHT: HAVE YOU EVER
Played a game that required removal of clothing: of course.
Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: sure.
Been caught "doing something:" like... sex? Sure. I'm old. It happens. ;)
Been called a tease: just the other day by MCJ!!
Gotten beaten up: yeah, but I usually beat as well as I got beaten. Ask Scott Freeman or Jared Herbst, the boys I beat up back in my school days. ;)
LAYER NINE: GETTING OLDER
Age you hope to be married: 34.
Number of Children: well, there's Quinn, which counts. I'd like to have a girl, but I don't know... we have to be in a really secure financial situation before we bring more kids into the world. Quinn-support and OUR OWN support is plenty, right now.
Describe your dream wedding: I love that this is in "getting older." LOL
How do you want to die: in my sleep, without pain, like Mom did.
What do you want to be when you grow up: always living my dream, whatever that should become.
Where would you most like to visit: there's a major list there, really. Changes regularly. Almost always involves a passport.
LAYER TEN: IN A GAL/GUY
Best eye color: brown
Best hair color: dark brown
Short or long hair: longish
Best first date location: very public.
Best first kiss location: lips.
LAYER ELEVEN: IN THE NUMBERS
Number of people I could trust with my life: hm. A few. Hard to quantify. A few, certainly.
Number of CDs I own: ha! In the world of "CD as Casting Director," I'd say only me. ;) In the world of that musical disc... I'd say 300-400, maybe.
Number of piercings: two.
Number of tattoos: two.
Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper: oh, goodness, too many. My RSiCopyright services indicate my name is in print pretty effin' regularly, which is kinda cool. Most of the time, it's actually me, and not the Red Cross admin or the Board of Regents member (much less the stripper).
Number of scars on my body: more than a few. I count tattooed-over scars as scars, moles I wish were gone as scars, and being a keloid kid, I'd say I have a goodly number of scars to count. I try not to count. Why quantify pain? I'd rather count the number of happy places.
Well, that was fun. Definitely improved my mood, even for a moment. Now the bed! ;)
Posted by bonnie at 4:01 AM
August 8, 2005
Is anyone else *really* disturbed that Target has started running back to school ads...
using altered lyrics to Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back...
in which little kids are doing the rump-shaking because, "Baby's got back(packs)" and locker mirrors on sale?
Posted by bonnie at 3:07 AM
August 7, 2005
Just gotta keep braggin' about my friends!
And, as I get this news via email, I catch two of the fine actors we interviewed in Acting Qs on tonight's Cold Case. Danny Pino (of course, since he's a series regular) and the amazing Baadja-Lyne Odums.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't praise the sexy and wonderful Keith Johnson, as he has his first ever callback for a national network commercial tomorrow. Rockstar! Break a leg, baby. Kick some ass.
Posted by bonnie at 8:41 PM
August 6, 2005
Weddings Are Fun
Today, Keith and I spent some wonderful time with old friends at the celebration of marriage between Tracy Eliott (AKA Tracy Hernandez) and Dick Tatum (AKA Richard Rosenblatt). We got lots of laughs out of the various combinations of names, plus enjoyed a brilliant toast from... who was that oh-so-funny guy? Richard? Robert? Augh... didn't catch it.
Barry Carver performed a beautiful wedding (that's him above, holding JA, for Tracy and Dick, several years ago--click for larger). Children played like children do. We made new friends. It was delightful.
I was worried about wearing jeans, but then I said, "LOOK. They want you there. They don't care what you're wearing." I'm so glad I talked myself into going despite my lack of suitable wardrobe options. That's just a constant battle for me, so it's nice to just get over it for a moment and go have fun with dear friends.
And, since this post is about wedded bliss (and yes, Dawn, it does seem that this wedding thing is in the air lately), I thought I'd share this gorgeous photo of Cousin Faith Salie and my new cousin-in-law Nick Holly. Again, click for a larger version of this princess photo. What lovely bliss! Cool tie-in: Faith's former castmate Brian Palermo went to college with Tracy, so he was at the wedding today, among all of the ARK friends, Wolfesden folks, and years of Orphans Christmas Dinners-buddies.
What's beautiful about celebrating unions like this is that we all benefit from the reminder that we do need one another. Keith and I talked on the way to the wedding about my upbringing (wherein survival and independence was championed above partnership and investment in others--since others can go away) and how every day that he is in my life is a triumph of human connection over going it alone.
Posted by bonnie at 7:35 PM
August 5, 2005
He's just so dang funny!
Cliff (AKA "London," but not by his own choosing) is often brilliantly funny.
But this post on Politically Correct Kids Toys is just about my favorite thing I've read today.
Hangman: New features include a governor's phone that can stop proceedings at any time and an Urgent Action campaign by Amnesty International.
Sort of ties in, no?
Posted by bonnie at 9:41 PM
August 4, 2005
Okay, so, in a world where I have cast 15 films, but only TWO have held public screenings thus far, it's pretty cool when one has its premiere within a couple of weeks.
Hey, not bad for a day's work in casting!
See y'all at Hollywood Happy Hour tonight!
Posted by bonnie at 5:01 PM
August 3, 2005
Calm Down, Everybody!
All right everybody, seriously. Calm the eff down.
It's *just* Mercury Retrograde. Seriously. Breathe.
Posted by bonnie at 11:10 PM
So Long, Rob!
Our loss is NY's gain. We'll miss you, Rob. Stay in touch.
I leave Los Angeles with profoundly mixed feelings; it is a city that, no matter how much talent or money or gravitas or history accumulates in it and around it, is perennially underrated, not least by itself.
Amen to that, my friend.
Posted by bonnie at 4:52 PM
August 2, 2005
Support My Friends
I think I'm actually going to start a regular post category of "Support My Friends," where I'll try to get the word out about my friends' gigs and how everyone can help us ALL get to the Hollywood A-List faster.
As most of you probably know by now, I directed my first film last October, which will be released on DVD a week from today.
I would really appreciate it if you would rent the film when it comes out and tell everyone on your mailing list to do the same (even if you've already seen it).
The details are as follows:
Title: Legion of the Dead (It's a mummy movie...)
Release Date: August 9, 2005
Where: Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video (Nationwide), various independent video stores, Netflix, the Internet
The distributor tells me that, like theatrical box office, the prospects for the film are usually determined in the first week of release... so please try to rent the film as early as possible.
Thank you so much for your support. I hope you like the movie.
By the way, there was another horror film with the same title released a few years ago... so if you watch the movie and everyone is speaking German you picked up the wrong one...
Good luck, Paul! Hope it's a great first week for you.
Posted by bonnie at 1:28 PM
August 1, 2005
So, a cool actor friend of mine came by today to drop off his taped audition for Teenage Dirtbag (he's in rehearsal tomorrow night and can't make it to the preread) and brought me a bag of organically grown goodies!
I hadn't planned on posting about it, but the tomato I had with dinner was so yummy that I had to brag about my friend's garden (especially after I saw Jocelyn's post about gifts of fruit.
So in developing this post, I realized I had a very important question, because I have no idea how to even approach the figs John brought over. How does one eat a fig? Cut into it and then spoon out the inside? Peel and eat? Simmer with butter? What? I think I've only ever had dried figs or newtoned figs, so I don't know how to begin here.
Posted by bonnie at 9:15 PM