My stories have been told for eons;
Je suis un jeune papillon…
I feed on nectar gifted to me;
Ça me montre de la beauté…
I desire to deliver;
Nourriture pour votre âme…
So I choose to gift to you,
Mon art, mon tout…
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.
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.
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.