Well, it’s March.

It’s March and I have a bunch of other interesting, fun, exciting posts that I’m working on but I just wanted to go ahead a do a quick update.

Today is my third day in “quarantine.” It’s Monday, the 23rd & I think that most people are calling it Day 7 or 8. That’s when the restaurants switched to ‘take out only’ and all the bars closed. Now everything but ‘essential’ business are active. Of course, that’s not necessarily true but that’s the overall rule right now.

(Oh, one of my friends on instagram said she’s on day 10.)

I’m out of work for now as far as serving goes, but I applied for unemployment. Red Wing is technically open for ‘curbside service’ but they also offered to pay up to 120 hours for each employee, so I’m doing that. I wasn’t comfortable with the way the ‘curbside service’ was panning out. In my opinion, they should switch to online sales. Oh well, that’s on them I guess.

A lot of people are freaking out. I freaked out when I went to the grocery store. But that’s why I’ve decided to avoid that as much as possible. I have a decent amount of food & my friend Emily took off to FL (for like $30) so I stole all her food too. Lots of good produce. My Aunt Laurie sent me toilet paper (cuz I couldn’t find any) and a bunch of unnecessary expensive cold medicine ‘just in case’ which I do really appreciate. Also shout out to a nice lady named Tonya who gave me two rolls of TP to hold me over and restored my faith in humanity that day after I left the store.

John is still working. He was supposed to be home around mid-April, now I’m not sure. I’m hoping they’ll come home soon. They’ve been having trouble getting enough food on the boat, which is just ridiculous to me. They should all be home with their families at a time like this. Especially when their current work isn’t ‘essential’ right now.

Been trying to stay in contact with all my friends and family through all of this but I haven’t been able to get ahold of everyone. Just staying positive! My friend Hannah also flew back to FL too. I miss everyone but I’m really enjoying my alone time too. Instead of focusing on all the havoc, I’ve been really utilizing the time at home.

I’ve started a 4-week workout from my friend @workoutwithpernilla, a small potted garden, I’ve been running with both dogs, I turned my closet into the “Teacup Studio,” I’ve been cooking and eating lots of yummy plants, I’ve laid out (in the little bit of sun we’ve gotten here), I’ve been educating myself with online classes for Natural Holistic Remedies and Personal Finance, I took a bath, I’ve been doing a little yoga through the Yoga Collective online, I’ve worked on some wedding plans, I’ve been reading a book from Emily called “You Can Heal Your Life,” I’ve done a massive amount of laundry, I’ve caught up with a lot of friends and family on the phone, I’ve submitted for acting gigs, I’ve written a new monologue, I’ve researched some managers and I have so much more I’m excited to do on my to-do list!

Family has called me to make sure I’m not losing my mind bunkering down by myself, friends too, and John keeps saying “good, gives you something to do” after I tell him about something I’m working on. I love and appreciate everyone’s concerns but I am fortunate to say that I have not had a moment where I’ve been bored yet! I’m not sure that I will honestly. I’m really enjoying this time! Of course, I miss everyone-but so far I’ve just been catching up on some much-needed self-care and started some creative projects that have been boiling inside of me lately.

I hope that everyone takes this time to love themselves. We have to take this time off as a society and it’s allowed Mother Nature to restore itself a little-I hope that when we return to ‘life as normal’ we take continue to practice more localized, sustainable living.

We don’t really know how long this will take to blow over. Some people were saying mid-April, now end of April-who knows. I’m going to continue to meditate for the greatest good and the optimal health of everyone and our planet! I think maybe we should all mediate at the same time and that will help the situation as well. Maybe I’ll see if there’s something like that already organized, and if not, I’l organize it.

If you’re reading this, I hope you’re doing well & you’re loving yourself & washing your hands. I want to give a huge thank you to all the people that are still working and keeping our society as together as possible right now, everyone working in the medical field-directly with patients & on the research side of things as well. All the grocery store workers, mail people, truck drivers, neighbors, retail and restaurant workers, sanitation workers-everyone that’s still doing the damn thing. I thank you. And thank you to everyone that is staying home right now to prevent Covid-19 from spreading even more. Love you all!!! Stay safe and healthy & happy!!! We’ll get through this!!!

Bad girl’s club ;]

TLDR: DIY photoshoot night with one of the baddest babes I know ;] Thanks for all the hot pics beautiful @xxhannahwhitingxx <—follow her on insta

Super-overdue hang out sesh/slumber party with my girl @xxhannahwhitingxx <3 The day started with me driving up to her neck-of-the-woods & helping her record some slate videos (something that’s now on my to-do list)…naturally, this turned into us grabbing some deliciously unhealthy and completely satisfying food from the taco stand across the street from her apartment.

Then, she introduced me to a fabulous thrift store called “Out of the Closet” where I snagged some excellent pieces for a photoshoot I’ve got coming up & a nice light green JCREW button down for my bf! From there, we grabbed some Shock Top, picked up Jekyll, and headed down to my place.

And finally, to round out the night, we indulged in some of favorite our favorite bad-girl activities including…eating Domino’s & contributing to the cowspiracy...

[[S/o to my fans that watched me seductively eat pizza from the beginning in a @stepdadfla music video]]

… &drinking Coca-cola & slowly killing our bodies and the environment. (But it sure is delicious, especially if you splash it in whiskey!)

And the main event for the night…playing dress up & taking pictures!!! I’m so happy with how these turned out! & I can’t thank Hannah enough for these amazing shots that we took on our iPhones! She also introduced me to an app called Huji which has the filter we used when we took these pics!

Photo credits: @xxhannahwhitingxx

Wardrobe styling credits: @xxhannahwhitingxx

Make up artist credits: @xxhannahwhitingxx

We definitely got some super cute pics of each other but it would be nice if we could take some more together! Any photographer friends that want to collaborate on a fun shoot with us-hollerrrr!

Looking forward to seeing her again & (no doubt) shooting with her again! It’s always a good time with my Hannah girl, I’m so fortunate to have her in my life <3 What trouble shall we stir up next? Here’s a clue…bubbles will be involved! What kind? Not tellingggg!!! Better check back next time! =p xoxo, Kelly

The Reality of Self-taping!

TLDR: Self-tapes can be annoying or they can be fun-up to you. You’ll enjoy acting more & book more work if you have fun with it and make it professional!!!

  1. It’s a self-tape. At the end of the day, traditionally, you need some kind of device to film you, a tripod, some kind of lighting that makes you appear somewhat like yourself, a blank wall/backdrop, two copies of your sides, and another human being to act with. YOU NEED THESE THINGS. I’ve done self-tapes without all of those things as well multiple times, but if you actually want a decent self-tape, it requires these things. So figure it out. I have a cute little “creative space” nook that has two big windows and I’ve left the third wall completely blank. I have a stool and mutiple chairs and a stack of boxes where I place my tiny little tripod-attached to my old iphone (camera device)-directly on top (adjust number of boxes accordingly). The one major thing that I’m usually lacking is another human being. Eventually my nook is going to be upgraded with a real tripod, a fancy camera, a ring light/professional lights with those umbrella-thingies, a few different colored papers/backdrops, a sweet-ass microphone, soundproofing capabilities, and a desktop Mac with all the latest photo/video editing capabilities…oh, and a bomb-ass bean bag chair. (s/o to Emily and Conner for bean bag inspo!!! I’m on the hunt for a good one!)
  2. It’s an audition. You have to be prepared for an audition. That means, read your freaking sides, memorize your freaking sides, learn wtf is happening in the scene, what’s your relationship to the other character, blah blah blah. Do your homework. Your “reader” shouldn’t be doing all of your homework with you. If they are a good friend & willing to work with you through all of that-s/o to them. But no one should ever expect someone to do all that with them. I would definitely consider asking a friend/partner to help you “read” or “rehearse” as a separate favor from the “help me record an audition RQ” favor. This also means deciding what you’re going to wear and how you’re going to do your hair/make up beforehand, if that matters. Separate. Favor. All of these things can take some time.
  3. It an audition! Auditions are good things-things to be celebrated and appreciated! I have a tendency to dread auditions. It’s starting to grow on me, though. In this industry, especially if you’re new to film, I think you have to learn to love auditioning. Coming from a theatre background (where I worked with a lot of the same people) I didn’t have to audition very much & I was never really excited for my auditions…unless I actually took the time to prepare a fun bomb-ass monologue. Sometimes monologue auditions are just so much freaking fun. Anyway, the reality of this industry is that, as an actor, you’re going to have to audition a lot. In fact, that’s your job. Your JOB, as an actor, is to audition. And audition. And audition. Charles Howerton (s/o to Charles-what a talent & joy to work with!!! <3) told me that at a hysterical staged reading of (the hilarious and extraordinarily well-written) The Five Dollar Shakespeare Company By Matthew Leavitt (s/o to Matthew Leavitt for inviting me into your theatre family and trusting me with your art) at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood (also s/o to Jamie Zwick for thinking of me for that project & getting to work with you again!!) Learn to love auditioning because, whether its a theatrical monologue for your favorite show or a self-tape of sides for an unpaid-student film, it’s an opportunity to act! Which is great, cuz that’s what we love to do right?!
  4. Don’t be a lazy actor that just thinks about your performance and nothing else… Kelly. Get creative with your filming! This is your little movie, your little self-tape. Obviously, it has to be appropriate to what the script/audition calls for and the performance is what we’re trying to showcase here, but-you’re setting up the scene. You and your partner will work out focusing the camera and all that jazz…but you don’t have to just sit or stand and deliver lines. You can add some blocking & definitely you should figure out your eyelines if you’re looking at other shit in your scene. And editing! I mean, please do not go crazy with editing, but if the audition calls for slapping stuff together, slap it together with your flare. I had an audition I did by myself because all I had to do was repeat one word a bunch of different ways & the way in which I specifically put different deliveries of the word next to each other in post is what helped make it funny. Did it have to be funny? No, but I saw an opportunity there so I ran with it.
  5. Not-doing self-tapes means not-booking gigs. You actually have to do all of the above and submit on time in order to get the freaking gig. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say that to anyone, but unfortunately, I have to say it to myself, so it makes the list. I don’t know why I normally like in-person auditions way more, but that’s changing. I have let so many of my self-tapes just slide on by me without even attempting to tape them. What a dumb broad. Self-tapes are super popular nowadays-nobody cares if you don’t have a place to shoot it or if you suck with technology or you don’t have any friends-figure it out, truth is, none of that is probably true anyway. A lot of productions have (at least) their first round of auditions online through self-tape. In reality, that means no driving through traffic, no getting your shift covered, no spending money on gas and parking-so appreciate that, and just do the damn thing.

You don’t have to have the fanciest equipment or set up, but you do have to have some kind of set up & if the script calls for another character you need to have another person (none of that do-it-yourself-and-leave pauses/reaction-facial-expression-moment-to-add-lines-in-by-voice-over-in-imovie-later nonsense. Yes, I’m guilty of that.) If you actually prepare and get on board with another actor, it can be a really fun process! So if you’re like me & you’ve been being a total brat about self-tapes, get over yourself-call a friend, have some fun & book some work, bitch!