NBC Universal Summer Press day announcement!

I recently got a chance to come out and cover for PressPassLA.com at the NBC Universal Press day announcement of upcoming summer network and cable shows. It was held at the beautiful Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. We were able to get the inside scoop from such talent as TV Legend William Shatner and Christian Slater. We also spoke to Peter Facincelli, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Soap actress Deidre Hall and comedian Craig Robinson, and the oh so fabulous Rupaul, just to name a few! Check out the photo’s and interviews from the event!

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When is enough, enough???

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First let me say this, I’m NO Debbie downer.  I am the first person to encourage someone on their journey and tell them to” keep on keeping on” and to “keep it moving.”  Recently something occurred to me. When is enough, enough??? I mean when do you say to yourself, I have done all I can do and know how to do and surrendered to what is?  And is that enough? For example, I currently have the best Agent and Talent Management team I’ve ever had since being in showbizness. I am currently auditioning for TV guest star and recurring guest star level roles, as well as auditioning for Feature and Independent Films. I am also having Network level meetings for my hosting work. My jewelry collection is slowly getting out there and selling.  I get tons of compliments on my jewelry when I show at trunkshows, festivals and fairs. It has been the little engine that could. It all sounds great, and I’m not saying all of this to say “yay me”, but is it enough to sustain us until something bigger happens to go to the next level?

Yes I know I “chose” a career that is one of the hardest jobs in the world, heck all 3 of them are hard lol! Yes I voluntarily participated in the creation of all of this, and I take full responsibility in it. I really love what I do, and I feel all of these things “chose me.”  It was indeed a calling from the spirit to do these things, and I have to do them to feel a sense of connection to the world. I also stand firmly in gratitude for everything that has come my way, good and bad.

I guess I was wondering this because recently I had a recurring TV guest star audition. There were several ladies there who are or were on TV shows as series regulars. One of them whose comedic work I was a big fan of. My personal opinion is that all of these ladies should be at “offer only level” and NOT have to actually audition for a scale (basic pay), but hey the powers that be see it differently.  I also knew that no matter how awesome I was, I wasn’t getting that job.  Think about it, why would you hire a “no name” person when you can get a “name or known person” for the same price? It just makes sense, and I should be okay with having an audition period ( I was ;-D) . Now sadly this is a common practice these days, auditioning along side known actors. The way the business has been going, it’s been pushing the unknown actor out of the picture, and now we have to work three times harder to book jobs.

Is it enough for me to having just “been in the room”? Also I thought about what happens when and If I get to that ‘known Level”. Will I have to settle for that too? Probably and I’ll be happy to just be working regularly just like I’m sure they are. Is it all enough to sustain us in the struggle, the fight? Will our ego survive “the enough” in the midst of the struggle knowing that it may never happen? I guess it’s going to have to be for now. For the time being I’m still in the game going full speed ahead but is enough, enough for you??

The Pan African Film Festival!

I was recently lucky enough to cover the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival held at the DGA theater in Hollywood! The goal of the festival is to showcase black and african films, arts, crafts and creative expression. Nearly 150 plus films from around the world were shown as well as prolific fine artists, poets and talented musicians. I was able to interview several celebrities such as Actor Tim Holmes for the film OZ, along with Actresses Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Ella Joyce to name a few. I was also able to chat with filmmaker Antwone Fisher and several other filmmakers who had works showcased at the festival. There was also a wonderful reception held in the lobby at the DGA theater on opening night at the festival! Here are some photos and interviews from the event, check it out!

Me with Tim Holmes Pan African Film Fest

 

 

Me with Antwone Fischer at the Pan African Film fest

Full play list can be seen here!

3 sold out shows!

Well I’m finally coming down from the high of performing in front of 3 sold out crowds at Stage 52 playhouse for the play “It Always Rains on Sunday” written by Scherrie Payne. That was my first experience performing in front of star names such as Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bill Cobbs, Kenny Lattimore (whom I have interviewed on the red carpet at events), just to name a few! We also had industry talent agents and managers attend, theatre producers as well as music producers, family and friends. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had working in the theatre. I had forgotten how much hard work goes in to doing a play. I was able to work with an amazing director/producer Don B. Welch and a hugely talented cast, I definitely had to step up my game with this project lol! All my years of training and study prepared me to play the role of “Louise Patterson” in “It Always Rains on Sunday”. I was challenged and pushed to my limit, and I loved it! I am so deeply grateful for this experience and I can honestly say that I have grown tremendously as an actor and as a person and I can’t wait to tackle my next project!

Here are a few pictures from the show,  you can see more over at Actress-Host Stephanie Garrett on Facebook!

“It Always Rains on a Sunday”

It Always Rains on a Sunday is a staged play written by Scherrie Payne a former member of the The Supremes and sister of 70’s singing star Freda Payne. It opens September 14th at 8pm and runs thru the 16th at 6pm, 3 night’s only! It will be held at Stage 52 playhouse 5299 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90019. It will be directed and produced by Don B. Welch. I play a lead role and her name is Louise Patterson a wife, and mother caught up in the family drama of  lies, pain, betrayal and heartache. “Will the forgiveness of God be enough to mend this broken family?” For tickets call Inglewood tickets 310-671-6400 general admission is $25.00 get them asap as they are selling out! See you there!

Meet the talented cast!

 

Project Angel Food Awards!

Recently I was asked to host the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 17th annual Angel Awards for Project Angel food. The project angel food program prepares and delivers meals to people who are afflicted with Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other  life threatening illnesses. It is supported by volunteers and donations and if you’d like to help out, check out their website.  The awards honored Pauley Perrette of NCIS and Chris Salgardo the President of Kiehl’s for their contributions. I was able to chat with Pauley and Chris also Kristen Vangsness of CBS’s Criminal Minds along with Gilles Marini  of “Dancing with the All Stars” and many others, check out the interviews from the event! To see full play list from the event go here!

The 27th Annual Imagen Awards!

I was to asked come out and host the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at The 27th annual Imagen Awards, which was held at the fabulous Beverly Hills Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. The Awards honors and recognizes the positive portrayal of Latinos in all media forms as well as in the entertainment industry. I was able to chat with veteran actor Hector Elizondo, also Lou Diamond Phillip, Constance Marie, Judy Reyes, Jon Huertas and Ian Gomez to name a few!  Here are some interviews and photos from the event!