COFFEE SHOP GIRLS

January 15, 2010

Ryan always imagined himself with a coffee shop girl.

But when he married a former McDonald’s employee (that’s right – I worked drive-thru!), he thought he’d have to give up that dream.  However, once I got my green card, I needed a quick job before I began the Act One Executive Program.  So like a good little Hollywood-hyphenate, I got a job at a coffee shop.  One of the best coffee shops!  And I learned all I could from them.  Once I was done learning, I was also done working for them.  And I quit (gasp!).  Shortly after that I got a job at a small production company as an exective assistant to the producers and business manager.  I’m all about quintessential hollywood jobs, eh?

Anyway, coffee shop girls.  There’s something about them. What is it?  

Duncan Christopher has an idea.

I even have a cute little green t-shirt that we bought on our honeymoon.  It says “Love Street Coffee Shop” on it.  I know for a fact that Ryan gets romantical thoughts in his head when I wear it.  He can’t help it!

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CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

December 17, 2009

Who doesn’t love watching Christmas specials on TV at Christmas time!?  You?  You don’t? You can go sit over in the corner.  The rest of us are going to watch some nostalgia.

Make some steaming hot chocolate, grab a plate of warm Christmas cookies, gather the whole family around the laptop, and enjoy:

Good night and good Christmas!

P.S. I can’t find Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, or The Year Without Christmas.  If anybody knows where they’re hiding, please let me know.  Thanks!  We *could* buy them I suppose.  The old-fashioned way – on DVD!


DUNCAN CHRISTOPHER GETS SERIOUS

November 25, 2009

Check out this video from the cutting room floor of the film that Ryan and I (and some other really cool people) have been working on for the last two years.

The website for the film is here.

To become a facebook fan, click here!

To follow the film on Twitter, click here!


SETH GODIN IS A MEANINGFUL SPECIFIC

February 9, 2009

I’d like to be a meaningful specific too.  Except that I’ve always been kind of a Gill of all Trades.  And I’ve taken that identity very seriously.

In this recent video shot at TED (I think), Seth Godin (I read his blog daily) is interviewed about his statement that “everybody needs a tribe” – which is not exactly what he said, but they interviewed him about it nonetheless.  He’s basically pontificating in the delightful Seth Godin way about the 1000 true fans rule.

The interviewer goes on to ask him why he’s not on Twitter.  And since I’m not on twitter (and have recently been feeling like perhaps I should be, but then decided to let that wave pass), I was interested to hear Seth’s reasons.  Go to about 9:00 minutes in to hear what Seth has to say about Twitter from his lips.  But here’s my take…

Basically, he says that he’s becoming the best at being who he is: really good at writing/blogging about marketing.  And he emails.  He prefers personal private meaningful conversation as opposed to thousands of anonymous people yelling at him (aka Twitter).  At one point he says that if he tried to bake, and do photography, and all these things, he’d become a “wandering generality instead of meaningful specific.

This hit home.  I’ve been struggling with wanting to be a writer, producer, director, actor, voice actor, photographer, graphic designer and whatever else struck my fancy.  And consequently I’ve been concerned with becoming a wandering generality.  So, I’ve narrowed it down.

I’ve cut photography.

It’ll still be a hobby, but I’m not going to try and be a photographer.  I’m not going to try and earn money at it.

What then is my meaningful specific?  I’m a storyteller. That’s why I loved photography.  I loved telling a story though the pictures.  And I do love beautiful pictures!  But I’m a storyteller.  As a writer, as a director, as a performer, I’m a storyteller.  So while, it may seem like I’m still a wandering generality because I’m not narrowing my focus between writing and acting or producing and directing, I’ve convinced myself that I’m a meaningful specific, because I’m a storyteller and I use whatever path or medium I’m inspired to use to tell stories.  And that’s okay.

I’m a storyteller.  And I take that identity very seriously.


TED: EMPEROR OF ORANGES

October 17, 2008

I had to share this video.  As I listened, my jaw dropped at the relevant literary brilliance.


TRAILERS: FLOW, REAL TIME

August 29, 2008

FLOW – Ryan and I typically try not to contribute to the bottled water industry; use a filter on our tap water and we just get cups of water at cafes (not bottles); but this is still a scary prospect.

REAL TIME – I think we can see the punchline coming from a mile away; but that still doesn’t mean this little indie won’t pack a solid, er… punch!


TRAILER – UNIQUE

July 3, 2008

…to say the least.

KABLUEY – it may just be an excuse to put a man in a funny costume.  But if the set-up is believable, it may  work.  Not sure…