Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yes, MARCH has been pure MADNESS for me!...:)...

Okay, so I've been working through a lot of "gunk" lately, but the most important issue at hand has been the health of my "lil mama's." Thank the Lord, they are much better now! Everyone is back in school, and feeling great. I'm so thankful to those of you who kept us in your thoughts and prayers, I was getting scared there for a while.

So, now that the kids have gone back to their daily routines, I have a few minutes to sit down and blog...:)...As I'm sure you saw, Taya-Morgan had an audition for STATE FARM at the end of last week. Please don't ask me how it went though, because I have NO IDEA! Apparently, as the kids get older, the CD's take them in the room without us "stage mothers"...:)...so we only know what our children "tell us" about how things went. Drats! She hasn't gotten a callback yet, so I'm going to assume her "shy side" must have kicked in. It's all good though. On to the next!...:)...

At the last minute, I had to cancel a marketing lunch date I had scheduled for today, BUT I was able to hit the gym this morning (yes, I'm still going regularly!) AND I might be headed out to an event this evening. I'm trying to keep plugging away at things! We'll see though, because "in the real world" I have tons of homework to do (gotta keep rocking my 4.0 gpa!), and I also have a "real job" interview tomorrow morning....:)...

Oh yeah, we're still coordinating schedules regarding the reality show I mentioned earlier this month. More details to follow.

Okay, so last but not least, a longtime friend of mine is starting a new acting workshop, that I really wish I could take!...:)...I told him that although I wouldn't be able to take the class, I'd definitely post the information up for you guys to check out. So, if you've been shopping around for a class lately, keep reading because Robin's class just might be what you've been looking for. But hurry, the class starts tonight!

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MESSAGE FROM ROBIN G BROWN:

Beginning Thursday March 19, and over the next ten weeks, I will be doing an eight week workshop at the Niche in downtown Los Angeles. The dates are, March 19, 26, April 2, (skip the 9th) 16, 23, 30, May 7 and then 21.

It is a nice little theater/art gallery at 453 South Spring Street, near the subway, so easy to get to from Hollywood and the valley.

I intend to get back to the arcing scenes work we were doing in Hollywood. That is, focusing on playing something. What do I want from the other character before the scene ends?

I have seen a lot of acting without intention (not playing anything) in the last few months. Please review Scene Breakdown on my website http://www.robingbrown.com/.

When you structure your intention so that you need something before the scene ends, you naturally arc the scene when we see if you get it, or not. That way you are always forced into listening. Remember you can’t know who wins until the scene ends.

Remember, “If the audience can not see your struggle to achieve something they can not root for you to achieve it.”

ROBIN G BROWN BIO

Robin G Brown has a masters degree in acting from the University of Southern California under W. Duncan Ross, and before that was a student at the Second City Training Center, and later the Improv Olympic in Chicago, where he performed in “The Harold” under the direction of Del Close.

While at USC he began study at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting with Joanne Linville. After graduating from USC he work-shopped with Stella Adler in her master class and later taught Improvisation for the Theater at the conservatory.

He then spent time with Viola Spolin in Los Angeles working on her exercises for the actor and founded his own theater school focusing on using Viola Spolin’s work in its intended purpose-- teaching acting principles. An extension of the school, Theatre Extempore, has had extended runs in Los Angeles and Chicago.

During that time Robin was a fixture on Theatre Row in Hollywood running for over a year and a half as the original Vincent in Jack Heifner’s premiere performance of “Heartbreak” in addition to productions of Vaclav Havel’s plays, and many locally written plays and one acts.

Robin is currently doing what he always wanted, helping actors get work. His Scene Breakdown course at AFTRA has become one of the most popular workshops the union provides. He is also an instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and list of private clients now numbers in the eighties.

He is an accomplished filmmaker/screenwriter whose independent film “Submission” was recently completed and had it’s premier at the market at The Cannes Film festival May 2006.

A second feature “The Death Stone” begins shooting in New Orleans in January.

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Talk to you guys soon, and hey drop me a comment (or email) if you get a chance!

Shenita Moore
www.shenitamoore.com/
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009

So, it was a choice between...

...attending the L.A. Comedy Shorts '09 Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony last night, and writing the final paper for my Strategies class. Well, of course I opted for the latter, I gotta keep rocking my 4.0!...:)...

Hopefully I can go to the festival next year. It seems as if it was a huge success.

Over the weekend, I restructed one of the pages on my website: www.shenitamoore.com/video&sound.htm. Check it out and let me know what you think. I posted some of my VO Commercials, including one's that have never been aired. (Hopefully I won't get in trouble for that...:)...) I'm back on the prowl for a new Commercial Agent and a new VO Agent here in California. So, if you know of anyone who's looking, let a sista know!...:)...

Oh yeah, in talks about helping out with a reality show. Still in early discussions. And, no, it's not my own show...:)...

I'll keep you posted.

Well, that's all for now.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Fellow Actors...

...do you think you could have had an audition like this at just 11 years old? I can say with all honesty that I could not have!...:)...




By the way, in case you didn't know, Keisha Castle-Hughes had never acted before this, AND she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in this movie [Whale Rider].

So, speaking of the Oscars, the Runway Magazine Oscar Gifting Suites was the only thing I was able to do the other weekend. We got there too late on Friday (2/20) night, so we returned on Saturday (2/21) afternoon. I was really amazed at how much there is to learn about the "machine" that is Gifting Suites. The upside is that you can meet plenty of cool people, make great connections, take lots of photos, do some interviews, and hopefully get free "gifts". The down side is that if you're not recognizable, and you don't have someone on hand to introduce you to folks (i.e. your publicist), you really have to work your butt off to get any results.

That being said, I didn't get much by way of "gifts," but I think part of the reason behind that was because some people who did get stuff were being kind of, ahhh what's the word: GREEDY!...:)...(I over heard more than a few people talking about how they'd stocked up the day before.) Anywho, the one thing I did bring home was this really cool reusable dry cleaning garment bag called The Globo Bag. If you do a lot of dry cleaning, and want to do your share to help clean up our planet, get your own at http://www.agreenday.org/!

I'm still waiting for pics and interviews to be sent to me from this event, but in the meantime, here's a photo that was taken with my camera.