For most actors, the Summertime is the slowest and most discouraging season for auditions. I was feeling the lull in action these past few days when I was blessed to read a blog that Jenna Fischer from, “The Office” wrote about acting. She is from my hometown (it’s always encouraging to see fellow St. Louisans succeeding) and she reminded me that pursuing your career is more like a marathon than a sprint. It takes patience, determination and consistent pacing/readiness in order to see results. They may not be results like fame or celebrity-status, but if you love acting, it’s the joy in the work ( no matter what kind) that will keep you in the race. Don’t lose hope! Check out the article here:
Advice for Actors

Run or Dye!!!


This past weekend I had the great pleasure of running in the Run or Dye fun run!

The run was near USC, so we decided the metro would be cheaper and quicker.
When we got on the metro, we saw a group of people wearing an awful lot of white (only people desiring to dye their white T’s would adorn). I decided to merge our two groups, and we navigated through the metro together as friends.
When we reached the event, the line to register was wrapped around the Coliseum…no bueno.
Good thing our new friends were meeting up with the rest of their group. It was a wonderful bunch of people that were totally stoked to get dyed together!
They were also celebrating a birthday, which made it that much more fun; very sociable.


When we FINALLY got our free packs of powder, we went crazy….before the run, of course.
It was a colorful/friendly fire attack on the group. Colors everywhere! Plumes of pink, purple, green, orange and blue filled the air and stuck to every possible exposed part of our bodies. So epic.


The line to start the race was as long as the registration line; they were releasing people in heats. Instead of going to the back of the line, our group decided to wait for a heat to pass, run under the tape and start before the next heat came. It was hilarious, and oddly enough, no one cared. It wasn’t timed and no one should run a fun run for time anyway.
We ran together the whole time (the ones that ran) and made jokes with everyone we passed and with one another. We would pass color stations and get showered with new colors. It felt therapeutic and euphoric to find new colors adorned on our shirts..and skin, glasses and nostrils.
We finished the race pretty fast. with every inch covered in color, we decided to spread the love and celebrate at Big Wangs downtown. It was a glorious way to end a great fun run.

I would recommend everyone try a fun run of some kind this year. It’s a great way to meet new people, enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Now, go, be free and full of color!!!


Camp Gladiator

For a few months now I have been attending an outdoor bootcamp called, Camp Gladiator.
This intense workout changes everyday to keep your muscles from getting bored, and gets you to work out as hard as you can.
Ally Davidson ( winner of NBC’s American Gladiator) began Camp Gladiator in Austin,Texas.
It has spread to LA and is a fast spreading contagion that should inspire us all to live adventurously.

Their mission statement:

To positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.

It definitely is working for me. And hundreds of others in LA
I love going to camp. There are dozens in the LA area to choose from; each trainer has a unique way of teaching, but all are passionate about meeting your best potential in fitness ( without hurting or stretching you past your limits).
I love it so much, I made a quick video with the help of my cg friends, Brad Thompson, and Chuck Kovalik. Maybe this will give you a boost to come out and play!
Why I Love CG
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Live adventurously!

Juicing review

After my three day juice fast I have come to three conclusions:

*I love chewing my food

*I don’t NEED to chew to be full and energized and rejuvenated

*I will juice again

I enjoyed the quick intro to juicing, and I know my taste buds better for next time. I would definitely recommend it for everyone to at least try.
It is expensive if you need to juice more than three a day, but worth it for your body.

OR check out some vegan restaurants in your area, or places that juice such as Robeks or Jamba. Sun Cafe has great drinks too. Try one. See what you think.

Anyway, I am stepping off the soapbox on health. I’m going hiking tomorrow…so I shall feast in preparation! Goodnight!


I began a three day juice fast yesterday to see what it would feel like. I had seen the documentaries on the benefits of juicing and thought it would be a nice kick start to the year ( I mean, the holidays are a great excuse to pig out and enjoy tasty treats, but it doesn’t make my body like me too much afterwards).
Day one wasn’t as bad as I had thought. I juiced four times. My favorite juice so far is made of mostly veggies:
Green apple

I also tried a new juice from Sun Cafe called the kale shake which ( only yesterday) tasted like amaretto liqueur. It did NOT taste that way when I had sipped it from a friends on Sunday. I am giving them another go tomorrow 🙂
Btw: Sun Cafe has GREAT shakes and treats for people juicing, eating vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free. A little expensive, but if you go…try the mint shamrock!!! Epic shake. Delightful.

I went to bed NOT hungry and woke up also, NOT hungry. It was wonderful and shocking.

I am on my third juice today, and I decided to branch out and try a new one. This juice contains:

Green apples

I blended it all and hoped more juice would come out of the spout, but alas this recipe resulted in this:


All that produce, and 10 ounces of “dinner”. Oh well. It tastes of tart lemonade. I have new recipes for tomorrow.

I shall sip and enjoy my green lemonade while watching some reruns of 30 Rock. Goodnight!


Dangerous Corner



The play I have been in rehearsals for, Dangerous Corner, opened last night! It was a success, and I wanted to send out an invite for everyone to come see the show! I have posted a few pictures and links to reviews and how to get tickets!

The play was written by J.B Priestly, and is Directed by Gary Lamb as a Mad Men meets Agatha Christie type show.

Get tickets!
Crown City Theatre

Or here:

Read our reviews:

Review 2



Echo!! (Mountain)


This past weekend my friend and I went hiking to the hotel ruins in Echo Mountain! This hike is easy with many switchbacks, but if you make a slight left instead of following the signs ( like I did last time I went to Echo) you will be going straight uphill in the blistering sun until you reach the top only to realize the hotel ruins are on the other side. Watch out for that.

THIS time I actually made it to the ruins. I recommend starting your hike early, or nearing sunset. It gets hot out there, folks!

Here are some quick pics of what’s left of the once glorious hotel in the late 1800s.





The view, as usual, is beautiful in Pasadena, CA-so bring lots of water( maybe a picnic) and enjoy the sights and History at Echo Mountain!




Wise words from an old book


I am reading a wonderful book by Dale Carnegie that I suggest everyone should read. If you have not read this delightful and helpful 283 page book, please do!

The title says it all. It’s a book on how to understand and grow in relationships with other people besides yourself. While reading, I came across a very helpful section regarding arguments. People today don’t listen. I think now, more than ever, we need to listen to what the other person is trying to say. In acting, listening is imperative, but it is not used as often once the Director yells, “cut.”
Here is a lovely tid bit.

In an article in Bits and Pieces, some suggestions are made on how to keep a disagreement from becoming an argument.
Welcome the disagreement. Remember the slogan, “When two partners always agreed one of them is not necessary.” If there is some point you haven’t thought about, be thankful if it is brought to your attention, perhaps this disagreement is your opportunity to be corrected before you make a serious mistake.
Distrust your first instinctive impression. Our first natural reaction in a disagreeable situation is to be defensive. Be careful. Keep Calm and watch out for your first reaction. It may be you at your worst not your best.
Control your temper Remember, you can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry.
Listen first. Give your opponents a chance to talk. Let them finish. Do not resist, defend or debate. This only raises barriers. Try to build bridges or understanding. Don’t build higher barriers of misunderstanding.
Look for areas of agreement. When you have head your opponents out, dwell first on the points and areas on which you agree.
Be honest. Look for areas where you can admit error and say so. Apologize for your mistakes. It will help disarm your opponents and reduce defensiveness.
Promise to think over your opponents’ ideas and study them carefully. And mean it. Your opponents may be right. It is a lot easier at this stage to agree to think about their points than move rapidly ahead and find yourself in a position where your opponents say: “We tried to tell you, but you wouldn’t listen.”
Thank your opponents sincerely for their interest.Anyone who takes the time to disagree with you is interested in the same things you are. Think of them as people who really want to help you, and you may turn your opponents into friends.
Postpone action to give both sides time to think through the problem.Suggest that a new meeting be held later that day or the next day, when all the facts may be brought to bear. In preparation for this meeting, ask yourself some hard questions: Could my opponents be right? Partly right? Is there truth or merit in their argument? Is my reaction one that will relieve the problem or will it just relieve any frustration? Will my reaction drive my opponents further away or draw them closer? What price will I have to pay if I win?

There are many wonderful tips and life lessons to living in harmony with others. When you understand that our inherit desire to be important is universal, we can make life a lot easier for others as well as ourselves. This book was written in 1937 but still holds true today. Read it and see.

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About a boy…

This is a story about a boy…many boys in fact. Most wear grown up clothes too!

Disclaimer:This is not a bash of men nor is it victimizing women. We all need discernment, understanding, integrity and most of all, honest COMMUNICATION when dealing with people. This is about how miscommunication and not growing from past mistakes lead to a vicious and detrimental cycle.

It has come to my attention that some women in my life have been consistently flabbergasted by some of the actions fellow men have deemed permissible which is in fact false. I will tell a story that is not uncommon.

For my man friends reading this that are gentlemen, you should know this is not about you. For those men whom are reading this because a girl sent it to you….this is for you. Sorry.

Let’s start with the story which I have paired with a soundtrack:
It’s about a boy named, well let’s say Patrick Bateman. He’s new in town. He decides to go on a dating website to meet women. He meets a woman, (not on a dating website) let’s say her name is, Buttercup. She is looking for her husband while just recently discovering religion/ spiritualism ( what have you). They meet, they try to be friends but it’s all swept out the window the moment they introduce themselves.
Call Me Maybe
They hang out for a while. Mr. Bateman is respectable and a gentleman. Buttercup swoons and falls for him in less than a week. IT MUST BE LOVE-cuz love hits you before you know each others birthdays and is real even when there have been no disputes. Perfect right?
Super Bass-Nicki Minaj
Then the trouble starts. Buttercup tosses some warning signs aside and chalks it up to his recent stress or her “menstrual cramps”. After a few weeks of these warning signs she tries to bring up the issues she has. One issue is that she is not ready to give her virginity away. Kissing is ok, but THAT gift must be given to a worthy man. Well Mr. Bateman (unbeknownst to Buttercup) is a passive aggressor who walks away from issues. He does just that. That breaks Buttercups heart. She takes it personally and cries to her girl friends,Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. They know Buttercup well. They tell her to relax and if Patrick continues to be that way during arguments that they are not good for one another. Buttercup cries and hopes he is able to open his heart.
Chasing Pavements
Weeks of on and off again moods from him get Buttercup tense and more reluctant to give him affections in turn making the relationship more difficult. She asks questions to understand him and help him. He sulks, whines and pushes away.
Between the Lines
Patrick persists about his sexual desires while Buttercup becomes more morally aware of her obligations and worth as a young woman. Then the kicker; Buttercups friend, Merryweather finds her precious Mr. Bateman is STILL on the dating website! What a travesty. Buttercup tries to talk to her once charming Prince and is met with his front door slammed in her face. She thought he loved her! This is a surprise to her. She must do what any woman does. She must break up with him.
The Swell Season When your Mind’s Made Up
Weeks go by where they don’t speak. Buttercup grows in her individuality and self confidence. Surprisingly, she desires joy in her old friend, Batey. He, however, wants to brood until he seeks another woman. He will continue this cycle of sudden happiness for a while before falling back into depression. Buttercup foresees this (as do her friends,Flora, Fauna and Merryweather). Like a silly schoolgirl she tries to befriend him. He assumes ( which makes us what, children…an a$$) that she still wants romance from him.
Hang with Me-Robyn
This is devastating for Buttercup. She wants to understand why he isn’t learning from mistakes and growing into a wonderful Prince that he can be. Then buttercup realizes, it’s not her problem. She can’t be worried for others who won’t help themselves. No matter how much she wanted to help as a friend, it would always be shadowed by their past. This was a bittersweet revelation.
Wide Awake
Poor Buttercup jumped too deep into a relationship that she was not ready nor right for. If they hadn’t jumped into a relationship, Mr. Bateman may have been a good friend. Like all stories, except the Titanic, there is always hope.
Second Chance
Let me reiterate. This was not a man-bash nor relationship bash. It was a warning to all who are desiring a relationship. Please, women, unless the man has a reference sheet pages long of his qualities (good and bad). DON’T Jump into “love” so quickly. As Snow Patrol said, “Those three words are said too much, then not enough”. People throw the word around when they don’t know the weight of that commitment while those in love are continually waiting to hear the other person say it first. How about this; tell your family and friends you love them. Show them your appreciation. I bet Flora, Fauna and Merryweather didn’t hear it enough from Buttercup because of her blind admiration for a man not right for her. Bateman/ all men need to do the same. Tell your bros you love them! Don’t be afraid!
Men, communicate your intentions from the beginning. Don’t let the woman wear the pants. Be the gentleman and respectable leader you were qualified to be. Talk about your emotions; it’s so much hotter than you think.

As some viewers know, I am a Christian. If any other Christians are reading then pray before accepting dates. It’s a relief to know that If you allow God to lead the first date, He will open your eyes to what kind of Godly man your heart has been patiently waiting for. If you have been hurt by a guy, pray for them. Don’t worry after that. Prayer is sometimes the best you can do without hurting your heart even more.
Strip Me
I wish everyone the best. If anyone has a similar story please comment, email or retweet. If you want any book recommendations for relationships, let me know! I’d be happy to help.
Washed by the Water
God Bless!
Something Beautiful

Who needs a gym in LA?


Living in LA definitely has its advantages when you are on a tight budget.

For one thing, this city LOVES being fit, but more so LA LOVES showing off their fit bodies.

This being said, despite the perpetual Summer and beautiful outdoor exercise arena, most people belong to a gym.
In my opinion, people at the gym are working out their eyes more than their bodies. When I belonged to a fitness club, there were wandering eyes and more half naked women standing around then focusing on why they are there to begin with; but that’s a whole other blog post.

I quit my gym last year and started taking advantage of running outside. It’s a wonderfully freeing experience!

I was on my morning run this morning when it hit me how easy it is to stay healthy without paying $40 to even $150 to go to a designated workout club. I thought more people were aware, but just in case:

There are countless trails for hiking, running, walking and biking; there are hundreds of free workout regimes online and you can easily find 30 minutes to do in your tiny studio. There is free yoga at Runyon Canyon and Lululemons and other places that want to promote a healthy lifestyle.

There is no excuse to spend so much for what you can get in your own backyard, literally. Hit the trails with a buddy, your dog or by your self ( let someone know before venturing into the wilderness. I don’t want anyone Making 127 Hours part two).

If you belong to a gym and are offended by my post, I apologize. I am posting this for people who use the gym for cardio and light circuit. Take advantage of what is outside and given freely to the community! If anything, its just a change of environment when you’re tired of staring at the blank wall or TV at the gym.
Now, hit the trail!

Runyon Canyon: http://runyoncanyon-losangeles.com/?page_id=14

Lululemons: http://www.lululemon.com/giftofyoga/

Hiking in Los Angeles: http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/activities-and-recreation/outdoors-and-sports/hiking-in-los-angeles-la-s-best-hiking-trails.html

Bike Paths: http://www.labikepaths.com/bike-paths/

Circuit Training at-home: http://www.livestrong.com/article/115989-circuit-training-exercises-equipment/

Map My Run: http://www.mapmyrun.com/

Map My Ride: http://www.mapmyride.com/