Two Moms

A girl has two Moms.

First Mom drew her bath,
and wrote her path,
and taught her place in life,
so that she shall be a good wife…

Second Mom heard her dreams,
and listened as tears streamed,
and taught her how to fly,
so that she can be a wild butterfly…

Her First Mom’s words are still there.
Her Second Mom’s aura remains there.
Every year she becomes wiser in this world.
But in her heart, is still that little girl.

~ JW

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Piano Practice: Heart Asks Pleasure First by Michael Nyman

As filmmakers, we need to take good care of ourselves to avoid drama in our lives. Simply put, drama is great for in front of the camera only, but best avoided in all other situations, especially on the film set.

Of course, over the course of one’s day that involves a lot of “happenings”, stress builds up, and therefore it is essential to release that stress somehow. Some of the things I like to do to release stress include: going for a quick jog outside, drawing, meditating or watching a movie by myself.

However, hands down my FAVORITE thing to do to release stress is playing the piano.

Here is a session of my piano practice: me playing “Heart Asks Pleasure First” by Michael Nyman. This is still my favorite piano piece of all time.

With Love, Jessie

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A Silent Song

Such circles we walk in, day in, day out…
How many smiles can she fake in a mile?
So many unspoken words, silence wants to shout…
How many turns before the wheel finally burns?
Such sufferings in this world, scattered about…
How many tears will she cry before asking why?
So little candlelight, all so dim now…
How can tomorrow ever know her sorrow?

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My latest film “Chance” is premiering on Friday June 30th, 2017

I am excited to announce that the latest film that I’m a part of is complete and will be premiering on Friday, June 30th, 2017 at 7pm at the Alaska Experience Theatre. Here’s the trailer that was just released today:

CHANCE Trailer

BIZZAY is proud to announce the press screening of CHANCE, an indie-Alaskan feature film about homelessness. The premiere will take place on June 30th, 7PM at the Alaska Experience Theatre.Individuals can purchase tickets at bizzaymedia.com/product/chance/, and press can reserve a seat by contacting BIZZAY on Facebook or at info@BIZZAYmedia.com.

Posted by BIZZAY on Friday, June 2, 2017

 

I still remember the day I auditioned for this film.

It was late last year 2016: I showed up to the venue and met Norberto De Jesús Jr. (Director) and Sebastian Baquero (Actor & Casting Director) for the first time. I auditioned using sides that were not from the screenplay, but during the audition process, I immediately recognized dedication from these filmmakers. I firmly believe that casting the right actors for the roles is crucial to the film’s success, and the fact that these guys took such care into holding a well-organized audition process, indicated to me that they were serious about making a good film. However, when they said that they planned to film this whole feature film in less than two weeks, I was shocked. I did not know how in the world they were going to pull it off – but I chose to believe in them because I believed in miracles.

I was delighted when they offered me the role of “Rachel”, a role which really challenged my emotional range as an actor, and I accepted it without hesitation. I was even more delighted when I finally got to read the actual screenplay (which had a good story and was beautifully written), because instantly I knew in my heart of hearts that this was going to be a great film… and so I decided to be one of the Executive Producers on this project also.

We followed the filming schedule closely, conducted table-reads and very soon, the actual filming began. Remember how I said they conveyed to me that they “planned” to shoot this film in two weeks? Well, they did. Yes, they ended up shooting the whole feature film in less than two weeks.

Fast forward to now – the film is ready to premiere at the end of this month – Friday June 30th, 2017.

The thing I love about the film industry in general, is that I never know who I might meet or get to work with. However, one thing I do know, and have experienced time and time again, is that every once in a while, I meet truly talented artists who make miracles happen. The guys who made this film happen started their film company BIZZAY LLC –  Zayn Roohi, Sebastian Baquero, Norberto De Jesús Jr., and Traejen Scott – and I could not sing higher praise (from my first-hand experience from working with them) for just how talented they are as filmmakers and more importantly, how wonderful they were to work with. Despite being such young filmmakers, they were true professionals who made the process so easy for all of us, and as an actor, that made it easier for me to focus on my craft so that I could deliver my best performance when the cameras rolled.

It was truly a pleasure to get to work with these guys, and I know I will be seeing even greater things from them in the very near future.

I wish them every success and I look forward to working with Bizzay on more film projects in the future.

With Love and Admiration,
Jessie Wei

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Thank you Fireweed Film Challenge 2017 for Best Actress Award!

Last night I attended the 2nd Annual Fireweed Film Challenge 2017 Film Premiere, organized by the Seawolf Student Filmmaking Group at University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). It is so inspiring to see our young filmmakers taking an active role in stimulating our local film industry here in Alaska.

The film competition was open to everyone in the community – students and professionals alike. A Producer/Director friend of mine, Charles Baird, registered for the competition and was kind enough to ask me to act in his film “The Ouroboros”. He told me a bit about the story and the character he wanted me to play – a psychotic woman on a destructive path chasing after her cheating husband – and I was hooked. It sounded exactly like the type of out-of-the-ordinary roles I love to play in films. So I said “yes”!

And am I glad I did! Last night at the screening, I was honored with the Best Actor award. This is the first time I have ever won an award for acting, and needless to say, I will cherish this forever. Acting is such a significant part of my life, my soul, and to even be in the presence of our talented filmmakers is an honor.

My first ever Best Actress Award (Fireweed Film Challenge 2017). Thank you Seawolf Student Filmmaking Group @ UAA!

So, I want to say:

Thank you Seawolf Student Filmmaking Group for this pleasant surprise!

Thank you to the organizers and presenters of this event Yoshina Okamoto, Dikeos Foudeas, Darrian Traw and Gabriela Riquelme for making this night happen and for continuing doing what you do!

Thank you Charles “Chuck” Baird for Writing, Directing and Producing this film and letting me be a part of it!

Thank you Levi Nilsson for the awesome cinematography work!

Thank you Sabrina Willis for being an awesome Assistant Director and Script Supervisor, and being there for me when I couldn’t remember my lines!

Thank you to my talented Co-Stars April Beardslee and Stephen Waalkes for being such awesome people to work with.

I dedicate this award to all the artists out there who never stop working for their dreams.
Our Art is everything. Never forget that. Don’t stop. NEVER STOP. IMPROVE EVERYDAY.

I’m so blessed to know all of you!

With Love,
Jessie Wei

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