Ah, working is good. The other day I got to see a commercial for the first time that I worked on a while back. It’s an internet commercial for a new Panasonic product called On4Today. It’s actually a pretty cool product – almost like an iPad for the elderly! This was another great video by Sean Duran Studios (the same guys who brought you Crushpath). I’m amazed at how resourceful this team is. They created several different worlds out of one space and were pretty rockin’ problem-solvers. I’m also still amazed at how the screen is blank when I’m holding the device and then magically filled with programs after the edit. (I’m sure to all my super-savvy tech friends that’s an easy fix, but I’m still excited about it!) Anyway, I’ve posted the video below for your viewing pleasure!
Hello friends! So when I originally started putting together this list, things were on the up-and-up and I wanted to share those positive vibes. On this particularly day, though, things feel more like they’re in the crapper. However, I find that when I’m doing my best to look on the bright side and be optimistic, life begins to fall into place. Either that or I just begin to accept and be happy with the way things are. Whatevs.
The following is a list of songs that I play to really pump myself up and get over those yucky negative days. They all speak to me in some way and help me see that it’s never as bad as I think it is. I play these tunes while cruising with the windows down to remind myself to take advantage of every day and not waste a single one.
I’ve posted the song titles and YouTube vids so you can check them out yourself. These jams may not be for everyone, but they’re all part of my “Such is Life” playlist to get me through all the suck. “Such is life” is a phrase I picked up that I have now adopted as a response to almost every bad situation I get into. Basically it means yeah, that might be a really sucky whatever that just happened, but dem’s the breaks, kid and it happens to everyone at some point. So anyway, here ya go…
(Obviously I have no rights to these songs – just sharing 🙂 )
“Not There Yet” – Eric Hutchinson
It’s okay if you haven’t figured it all out yet! You’ll get there!
“I Lived” – One Republic
No matter what, take advantage of every day. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift and blah blah blah.
“The Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
Make every day the best day ever!
“Little Wonders” – Rob Thomas
Take a breath, let it go and remember to savor every moment you’re given. Remember all those happy little wonders that are gone too fast.
“Happiness is Calling” – Mophonics
Hello? This is Happiness speaking. Please stop being negative and join me in the sunshine.
“Ants Marching” – Dave Matthews Band
I really can’t say much here except that I have loved this song for like 10 years and it always makes me happy.
“One Day” – Matisyahu
I was actually introduced to this artist years ago by one of my best friends. This song is so hopeful and has such a great message.
“Every Good Thing” – The Afters
Sometimes I need a reminder that there’s more to life than this rat race I’m in. Every single second I’m given and every happiness I’m granted is because of Him. Life is good.
“You and Me” – Dave Matthews Band
I know, I know. More Dave. This one is probably just a happy song to me, but with the right person in mind, it’s pretty fantastic!
“Everything is Awesome” – Tegan & Sara ft. The Lonely Island
Okay, if you haven’t seen the Lego Movie, just stop reading and go see it. This is the big song from the movie and while it is incredibly cheesy, it’s pretty much saying that literally everything is awesome, which some days you just need to hear.
Also included would be all Disney songs because if Disney can’t fix it then it probably can’t be fixed.
So who else has a “get happy” playlist? Care to share??
Let’s hear it for my first web commercial! Woohoo! A couple of months back, I was cast in an explainer video for a company called Crushpath. I spent the afternoon playing a model and got to have my makeup done by two hilarious gals who also helped out with the shoot. I even got to meet the CEO of Crushpath and bond over dog costumes. I discovered the video was posted by the studio that filmed it and thought I would share the link!
Sean Duran Studios did the casting and filming (and cupcake making) for this project. After working with them once I can tell they are a team of hardworking individuals willing to go the extra mile to make a project successful. The CD even jumped in as an extra just to fill a scene! It was a great time had by all and I love the finished project.
Thanks for watching!
A couple of months ago, one of my super-talented friends, Shelley Regner, asked me to help her make a short music video. It was for a dance off contest to a new Beyonce song and only had to be a few seconds. I was eager to help make some magic and get the chance to do some editing, so I got on board with the project.
Shelley is one of those gals that can really do it all. She’s an incredible singer, a very experienced dancer and she’s a wonderful actor. She’s also been called the white Beyonce so doing this video was a no-brainer.
We were able to use a studio at Shelley’s gym to film at and I recorded everything with the boyfriend’s fantastic HD camera. I edited the video with Avid, dubbed in the new song and threw in a couple of cool effects. I really loved the result and the whole thing was done in a day.
This is a project I have been wanting to take on for a while, but I never really knew how or where to start. I took some time to browse the websites of a few actor friends and even looked at random ones I found through Google. Most of the sites have the same key components: an about me or biography section, photos and headshots, resume, reel and contact info. I decided to use the same basic setup for my own website and began looking around to find the best hosting site I could find. I searched for reviews on different hosting sites and checked out a few online site builders.
Eventually, I settled on using Weebly. It’s actually a site I had never heard of before. I found it on a list of top site builders for 2013 and was able to watch a tutorial video from a reviewer (which you can find here). It has some quirks that might be a bit disconcerting for a well-versed tech gal, but for a dabbler like me, it’s worked out quite well.
I was able to pick a theme I love and personalize the heck out of it. There are tons of options to add in videos, polls, forms, slideshows and more. So far I’ve just signed up for the free version while I work out the kinks, but I plan to purchase my full domain name at the start of the year.
Check out what I have so far at www.missylaplace.weebly.com and click here to find out more and try it out for yourself! Oh, and in case you were wondering, no one from Weebly asked me to write this – I just honestly like what they have going on.
One of the very first projects I worked on when I came out to L.A. was a spec PSA for a friend’s director’s reel. Her idea was to produce a short piece about a dancer who had it all and whose life was ruined by using meth. I had never been in something that dealt with such serious subject matter, but I decided to dive in anyway.
First of all, let me just say that the director/writer is wonderful. Jessica is also a graduate of the LSU theatre department and is an actor as well. This was one of the first projects she wrote and directed that she didn’t act in, so it was a different experience for her, too.
Our schedules were a bit weird that week so we ended up shooting the whole thing in one day with a bit of help from some great camera op volunteers. I’ve made some videos and directed some scenes of my own in the past, but nothing had been like this. I know it wasn’t for a professional gig and the PSA wasn’t actually going to air or necessarily be used, but the whole experience was an eye-opener. We made a very professional-looking video on our own without a huge team or crew. The director did make up, edited the footage and wrote the script – that’s one person doing a whole crew’s job, people! So what I’m saying is if you’re super lucky like me and have some seriously multi-talented friends, anything is possible!
I encourage everyone out there trying to make it in this ridiculous business to stay active by doing these kinds of projects. You’ll go on a hundred auditions before you book a role, but opportunities are out there beyond the breakdowns. Get some people together and make some magic! There are tons of resources online to connect with other creative people just dying to use their skills. Take advantage of what’s around you and you’ll always be working!
Anyway, I’ve posted the video below so everyone can see what’s possible when you’re motivated to work hard and be creative. Check out Jessica’s IMDB here and be sure to stay tuned for more great things from this gal!