Sync Up Cinema 2016 During Jazz Fest

by Gretchen Erickson on April 21, 2016

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Louisiana’s film industry conference during Jazz Fest!
FREE & open to the public At 1225 N. Rampart Street

Schedule:

THURSDAY APRIL 21, 8-10PM: BYO

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. We’re teaming up with BYO on Thursday, April 21st at the Jazz and Heritage Center for our 3rd Thursday to kick off 2016 Sync Up Cinema with stories based on the theme:

“(Not) For The Money”

….things you did just for the money, or what you did knowing there was no paper at all; rent parties, Japanese commercials, egg selling? You tell us.

7:30pm- BYO happy hours- drinks from rozzie+leggy, grub from Goodman’s BBQ, tunes from Lost in the Holler. 8pm- stories. Oh yes, and we’ll be outside! To learn more or sign up to tell a story, email bringyourownstories@gmail.com

MONDAY APRIL 25, 2016

1:30pm – The Master: best practices in film and video preservation. Panel featuring Toby Armstrong (preserving a film via NOJHFF grant), Ben Solovey (local film print preservationist), and more.

3pm – Best of the Fests & Local Works. Top Louisiana produced short films from NOFF 2015, 48HRFF, the Louisiana Film Prize 2015, and other local works, including The Boatman and Shotgun Boogie.

5pm – Louisiana Film Prize Social. Meet the crew behind the LA Film Prize and have some drinks to the jams of DJ Loira Limbal!

6:30pm – Queen Sugar Panel.  Meet the team that’s producing Oprah and Ava’s QUEEN SUGAR, a Louisiana Story being produced in Louisiana.  Discussion of Duvernay’s drive for #inclusivecrew and developing voice and vision in white male dominated Hollywood.  Producer Paul Garnes in attendance. More to come as we approach the date.

8pm – The Glamour and The Squalor, presented by Shotgun Cinema. As a rock DJ in late-’80s Seattle, Marco Collins achieved something virtually impossible: he became a star, and in the process helped make the city synonymous with grunge music. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains – Collins championed them and countless other bands, was the first to play their breakout albums, and became the go-to source for the newest and greatest in rock. But although he became one of music’s most influential tastemakers, Collins is more than his on-air personality – music is just one of his complex, unquenchable, and uncompromising passions. Director Marq Evans in attendance.

TUESDAY APRIL 26, 2016

3:30pm – Music Licensing for Film. With Rob Filomena and more.

4:30 pm – Documentary development and diversity panel with N’Jeri Eaton (ITVS) and Loira Limbal (Firelight Media). MacArthur Foundation, which funds normally 20-25 docs a year, just announced that it won’t be funding individual films any more, but will be funding 5 regrantors.  Two of them are ITVS and Firelight, and both have expressed concrete interest in highlighting voices from the South.  This is a direct opportunity for local filmmaker to hear about the types of projects and applications that two of the largest documentary funders in the country are interested in.

5:30pm – A Woman, A Shark, A Robot with Misty Talley. Misty is Louisiana filmmaker who started with a dream, a very cheesing dream that involved comic books and cheesy genre movies. Today, she is the first woman ever to have directed a feature for the Sci Fi channel and she is busy producing in Louisiana a slate of films that play on her eye for detail and sense of fun. In a keynote presentation, Misty will talk about how she built a career in film and TV, her Baton Rouge robotic shark builders and what it’s like to be a woman in a very bullshark world.

6:30pm – Springbreak Shark Attack Happy Hour with WIFT. Then join us in the courtyard for a reception hosted by WIFT and some delicious shark attack cocktails!

8pm – I AM THE BLUES (SXSW). This film takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. Director Daniel Cross in attendance and a performance by Little Freddie King.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2016

1pm – First Friday. Oakland made it onto two “top” lists: Top Five travel destinations in the U.S., and Top Five most dangerous cities. Once a month, those two realities meet at First Friday. What started as simple art crawl on the first Friday of every month has grown into a cross-cultural and intergenerational event drawing thousands of people to downtown Oakland for food, entertainment and every kind of art imaginable. The event’s popularity has fueled the city’s larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager was murdered during one of the events, the future of First Fridays is uncertain. Directed by N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni.

4:30pm – Made in Japan (SXSW). Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first Japanese country music superstar. It is a funny yet poignant multicultural journey through music, marriage and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman. In partnership with the New Orleans Japan Society. The Diamond Brothers, directors of the film, in attendance. Preceded by Garrett Bradley’sLIKE, a 6 minute short about clickfarms, produced with Field Of Vision.

7pm – Belizaire The Cajun 30th Anniversary. In 1859 Louisiana, a wily root doctor must save his friend’s life, win a woman’s heart, outfox a crooked sheriff, stop marauding vigilantes, expose an evil villain, heal the sick, play music for the dance, keep himself off the gallows, and, of course, rescue the inheritance of three orphaned children in a picture that helped launch both the 1980s all-things-Cajun craze and the independent film movement. The film screened in the Official Selections of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Munich, Torino. Produced by Sandra Schulberg, Allan Durand, & Glen Pitre. Written & directed by Glen Pitre. With Glen Pitre in attendance. Preceded by Atchafalaya, The Construct Films Southern Gothic Thriller.

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Sync Up 2016 at Jazz Fest Connects Music, Film, & Digital

by Gretchen Erickson on April 21, 2016

The 9th annual Sync Up conference  brings together leaders in music, film, and digital media for educational and networking sessions during Jazz Fest.  With panel discussions and interviews in the mornings before Jazz Fest, Sync Up explores various aspects of a career in music: recording, touring, distribution, crowdfunding and more – all from the perspective of an independent artist.

All events take place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (map).

Admission is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required. Register online here.

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SYNC UP MUSIC 2016 SCHEDULE
Discussion Topics and Speakers

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
How To Launch A Career In Jazz
So, you just graduated from Berklee, Juilliard, UNO or another fine jazz conservatory. Now what? How do you get your career off the ground? Do you apply for the Monk Competition? Do you hope that whoever plays your instrument in Wynton Marsalis’ band gets a better gig (whatever that could be) and makes room for you? Do you hit the road like a punk rock band? All of the above? We talk to two rising young stars of the jazz world – who took very different paths to their current success – to get their perspectives on how best to approach launching a career as a jazz musician.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, trumpeter and bandleader
Jamison Ross, drummer, singer and bandleader

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
The Art of a Career in Jazz: Geri Allen
How do you start a career in jazz? By talking to one of the most respected pianists, composers and educators around. Far from being a traditionalist, Geri Allen – who headlines the Jazz Fest’s Jazz Tent – started her touring career with Mary Wilson and the Supremes. After that, she worked with the genre-busting Black Rock Coalition and Brooklyn’s M-Base Collective. Whether working with Ornette Coleman or recording jazz versions of Beatles and Motown classics, she’s a restless artist who breaks all manner of boundaries. Now, as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, she mentors young musicians as they take their own places on the global stage.
Geri Allen, musician; Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
Moderator: Geoffrey Himes, Jazz Times/Paste Magazine

12:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Take Me To the Next Level: Artist Managers On What It Takes to Make It
You’ve got talent. You’ve got smarts. You’ve got a great work ethic and 50,000 likes on your SoundCloud. But you still don’t have a manager. Could it be that there’s something essential that you just don’t understand? Our panel, of some of the most experienced artist managers in New Orleans, sounds off on the biggest misconceptions about what managers can – and can’t – do for your career.
Alex Bowen, Able Partners Group (manager of Earphunk, Flow Tribe, George Porter, Jr.)
Howie Kaplan, Howlin’ Wolf Management (manager of Rebirth Brass Band)
Jon Phillips, Silverback Artist Management (manager of Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk)
Tavia Osbey, Simple Play Presents (manager of Tank & the Bangas)

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
The Business of Gospel Music
Gigging, recording, social media and… God? Gospel has lots in common with its secular cousin – and a lot that makes it different. Still, it can be a lucrative path for artists who feel the call. We reveal the mystery of how to pursue opportunities in gospel.
Alfred Caston, Jamalar Entertainment and Rampart Street Music
Reginald Nicholas, Jr., gospel and secular artist/producer
Jeremiah Stewart, booking agent
Jai Reed, gospel artist
Charles Driebe, Manager of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Grammy-winning gospel group

11:00 a.m. – Presentation
$treaming, Spotify and You. Or, Where the Money Goes from Online Streaming Services
What do Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke know that you don’t? Is there a good financial reason to keep your music off of streaming services? Or are you the one who is missing out? Our man from New York, who handles Bruce Springsteen’s online publishing, breaks down the revenue streams from streaming.
Jedd Katrancha, Executive Vice President, Downtown Music Publishing

12:00  p.m. – Keynote Interview
Newport Revived: Jay Sweet
A few short years ago, the Newport Folk Festival was known more for its history than for breaking new acts. Now, after consistently providing the crucial gig that has helped to push dozens of indie bands into the media spotlight, we talk to the talent booker who gave the spark back to the event where Dylan famously went electric.
Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival and executive producer of the Newport Festivals Foundation
Moderator: Dave Margulies, co-producer, High Sierra Music Festival

SUNDAY, APRIL 24
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
Busting A Move: S-8ighty On His Trip to a Major Label
Singer/songwriter/producer S-8ighty (Dave Welcome, Jr.) is a New Orleans native who has been working in the hip-hop trenches for years – most notably contributing tracks to albums by Juvenile in 2009 and 2010. After some independent output of his own, he’s signed to a major label and making noise with his song “Halfway,” with a remix that features Li’l Wayne and Mannie Fresh. New Orleans’ favorite hip-hop DJ, Wild Wayne, talks to S-8ighty about his ride so far.
S-8ighty, artist
Moderator: Wild Wayne

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
Managing a Platinum Rap Artist: Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad
Three albums, three Number Ones, more than a million copies sold, headlining arenas – J. Cole has had quite a ride. Along for the entire trip has been Cole’s wingman, Ib Hamad, who has provided the steady hand and calm support that a rising megastar needs. New Orleans’ own rising rap star, Dee-1, talks to Ib about the thrills and challenges of managing a platinum-selling artist.
Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad
Moderator: Dee-1, rap artist

SYNC UP CINEMA
Thursday, April 21: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sync Up Cinema + NOVAC’s 3rd Thursday + BYO Storytelling presents:
(Not) For The Money
The things we’re ashamed to say we did for that paper, and/or what we do knowing there’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Like shooting a Fruity Pebbles commercial in between making your own doc, even though you didn’t know they still made Fruity Pebbles…or selling your own fruity pebbles… The theme is inspired by this month’s partner, Sync Up Cinema, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s conference that focuses on how to make it in the industry as an indie.

Sync Up Cinema Screenings and Panels:
Monday, April 25, 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 2:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Our showcase for the Louisiana independent film community features screenings and panel discussions. It’s produced in partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Film Society. For details, see here.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
GRAMMY PRO STUDIO SUMMIT

Esplanade Studios, 2540 Esplanade Ave.
Featuring a keynote by Geoff Emerick, recording engineer for the Beatles. Also featuring panels on demystifying mastering and the studio magic of Allen Toussaint. Free admission for Sync Up registrants and Recording Academy members. Detailshere.
SYNC UP CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
Running a Grammy-winning Independent Jazz Record Label: Jana Herzen, founder and CEO, Motema Music
Gregory Porter, Arturo O’Farrill, Geri Allen, Monty Alexander and dozens of other jazz artists entrust their recordings to Jana Herzen, founder of the indie label that gets more Grammy nominations that just about any other. What’s the secret to selling records – and supporting creative artists – in the digital age? Danny Melnick, Producer of the Newport Jazz Festival and other events, interviews Jana to find out.
Jana Herzen, founder and CEO, Motema Music
Moderator: Danny Melnick, President, Absolutely Live Entertainment, and Producer, Newport Jazz Festival

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
Crowdfunding Originator: Brian Camelio, Founder & CEO, ArtistShare
Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Pledge Music, GoFundMe – all of them are well-known crowdfunding sites for music and other creative projects. And they all followed – by a long shot – in the footsteps of ArtistShare, which is not only the oldest crowdfunding platform but also the one with (by far) the most Grammy nominations and wins. Founder and CEO Brian Camelio has dedicated his life to helping off-the-beaten-path jazz and classical ventures, providing the kind of support that leads to not just awards but sustainable careers outside of the label system. Now he has a new project up his sleeve – one that he hopes will do for the masses what ArtistShare has done for a select few.

12:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Hitting It Big the Old Fashioned Way: The Suffers
A soul band in the age of EDM? A 10-piece that tours even when the money can barely support a trio? How does that happen? The old-fashioned way: By rising to the top of a local scene, hitting key showcases and getting national exposure (thank you, NPR). Still indie (that is, with no record label but their own), the Suffers has management, booking and a publicist – and is playing major festivals around the world. We bring the band and their team together for an inside look at how an unlikely combo – one that started as a reggae jam band – now has the tiger by the tail.
Kam Franklin, lead singer, the Suffers
Adam Casteneda, bass player, the Suffers
Marc C. Austin, The Convoy Group (Suffers’ manager)
Gregg Little, New Frontier Touring

SATURDAY, APRIL 30
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
Social Music Platforms: Turning Content into $$
Alex Ebert – best known as the leader of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes – says he releases one album every three years, but in that time may write and record 300 songs. He didn’t want the songs to go unheard, or to deny his fans the chance to pay for the privilege of hearing them. So he built an app for that, Skrapps. Tim Quirk, a veteran of Rhapsody and Google Play, has started a new company, Freeform Development, to help musicians make money the same way game developers do. 
Tim Quirk, Founder & CEO, Freeform
Alex Ebert, Skrapps

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
How to Build a Rap Artist’s Career: The Story of PELL
Born in New Orleans, evacuated after Katrina, the rapper Pell has steadily built the kind of career most indie artists dream about: More than 15 million spins on Spotify, a tour schedule packed with more than 200 gigs a year, and he owns the rights to all of his music. No wonder his web site rhymes with “hell, yeah.” With Pell since the beginning has been Chris Cajoleas, whose own success as a manager has mirrored that of his fast-rising client. We talk to Chris for a peek at what it takes to build a rap artist’s career. 
Chris Cajoleas, Founder & CEO, SWMMNG, manager of PELL

12:00 p.m. – Keynote Interview
Making Money From Artist-Owned Records – Ghazi Shami, Founder & CEO, EMPIRE
You want to put out your own records? You want to keep ownership of your master recordings and publishing? And sell lots of copies and make it onto the Billboard charts? If you’re in hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop, gospel or Latin, you want to talk to Ghazi Shami, founder and CEO of the indie distributor EMPIRE, the San Francisco-based company that launched the career of Kendrick Lamar.

 

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New Orleans Film Society Gala Photos

by Gretchen Erickson on April 20, 2016

Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, and producer Joseph Zolfo.  Photo By: Adrienne Battistella

 

 Clint Bowie, Jolene Pinder, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, and producer Joseph Zolfo  Photo By: Adrienne Battistella

 

Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, and producer Joseph Zolfo Photo By: Adrienne Battistella

 

 Shalita Grant and DJ Mannie Fresh Photo By: Adrienne Battistella Shalita Grant and DJ Mannie Fresh
Photo By: Adrienne Battistella

 

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12465823_771921552914440_4345741959449490596_oThe 4th Annual Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) announced the audience award-winners for LIFF 2016 on Sunday night at the Closing Night Gala Reception for the 5-day film festival that premiered over 70 films from around the world and included guest appearances by Christy Turlington Burns, Kelsey Grammer and over 30 filmmakers representing films screened at LIFF.

 

LIFF 2016’s Audience Award Winners are:

Best Feature – THE INNOCENTS

Audience Award – PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW

Best of Louisiana – MY FATHER, DIE

Best Documentary – NO GREATER LOVE

Best Louisiana Live-Action Short Film – WITH MY SOUL

Best International Live-Action Short Film – HOTEL BLEU

Best International Animated Short Film – tie – CUERDAS and A PRANK TIME

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‘Star-Crossed’ Star Johnathon Schaech

by Gretchen Erickson on April 13, 2016

johnathon-schaechJohnathon Schaech is a veteran actor and writer from Baltimore, Maryland. His films include That Thing You Do!, How to Make an American Quilt, Quarantine, Takers, 5 Days of War, The Legend of Hercules, and Phantom. His television series include Time of Your Life, The Client List, Ray Donovan, Star-Crossed, Texas Rising, and Blue Bloods. He can next be seen in the DC Comics series Legends of Tomorrow as Jonah Hex, and the independent film Marauders

What made you want to become an actor?
I took one acting class in college at the University of Maryland and I just realized I could do it. I’m from Baltimore and they were shooting a movie there. It just put it all into perspective for me. I thought, “That’s real. I could really do that.” That’s what catapulted me to go to California.

I told Jason Patric once, “You are the guy that inspires me to be an actor.” That was after I’d started acting. But before that, the guy that inspired me to be an actor was Tom Cruise. He was in Top Gun and Risky Business. I thought, “That guy…that’s who I want to be! I could do that.” Tom Cruise really motivated me. Really inspired me. He’s a hardworking man.

What was your biggest fear?
Not being taken seriously because of the way I look. Because I’m a pretty boy. People kept wanting to take pictures of me but I wanted to really explore more of who I was on the inside, not the outside. They kept putting me in commercials, so I saved my money and paid for just acting classes and rent. I studied with Roy London. He was a great coach and I was very blessed to be in that class for over three years.

What was your lowest point?
For my very first job, I got the lead in a Franco Zeffirelli movie. He’s a big Italian director who did Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet with Mel Gibson, and he hired me as the lead in this movie, The Sparrow. There were all of these Shakespearean actors. He put me up at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to study for dialect. And at the end of that movie, before I even made it home, he had phone calls made to tell me that they were going to dub my voice. In other words, they were going to use another actor to speak my lines. As I landed back in the United States, I found that not only was that going to happen after I just spent almost a year doing this movie, I found out that Roy London had passed away. I didn’t realize it at the time, but as I was calling him from the set of Zeffirelli’s movie, he was on his deathbed. Then, I was lost. My acting teacher was gone. I didn’t really have anyone. It looked like the end of my career.

What kept you from walking away?
I had incredible faith in God. And it always felt like I was destined to do something. I just pulled on that. My father had moments of depression when I was younger, and that happened to me during that time. I could feel it. I was a very physical young man, so I started to physicalize it. And I found that — of all things — skydiving helps. I kept saying to myself, “If you want to end all this, and you want to basically end your dream, then challenge yourself. Jump out of a plane!” I’d be free-falling and would freak out and then ask myself, “Do you want to let this man ruin your life?” I talked to Roy as I went up there in the plane. I used to skydive outside of Santa Barbara where he was buried. And each time, I had to pull the cord or not pull the cord. It was a choice. There was an emergency cord that would deploy, but you really had to get the cord pulled at a certain altitude or you were in serious trouble! And every time I pulled the cord. I jumped thirty-two times.

I worked really aggressively to get other roles to make that movie not the end. I was turned down a million times. And then this is what has always happened in my career. I get a call to star in this movie called Lily, which I thought was this artistic film. And at the end of it, I found out it was Poison Ivy 2! I didn’t get that! I thought I’d found an independent film I could really put my chops into. But it was Poison Ivy 2. I got little parts like that, and then I won a role in How to Make an American Quilt.

That has crossed my mind every year for the last twenty-five years. Every year. I was going to go back to school one year. I actually applied to Yale because I had done enough work. Probably should have done that one! That would have been great! But I didn’t.

Now with a kid, it’s different. It’s constantly working out and constantly working on ourselves. Trying to find out about projects that agents aren’t necessarily talking about. And when you are working, you are working so many hours! It’s crazy.

Who has been your closest ally?
My parents. They’ve been there through everything. They’re still with us. I’ve never had the career where there’s one thing that defines me. I’ve done a lot of different work. That Thing You Do! is a good movie—everyone loves that movie—but it wasn’t a big success at the box office. So it wasn’t something I could lean on for a long period of time. They weren’t offering me a lot of films because of it, even though it was Tom Hanks! I had to go out there and get these jobs. Maybe some of them I shouldn’t have taken. No one ever told me not to take a job. Being from Baltimore, when they offer you money to act, it’s hard to say no. But really, what I should have done is just stayed home.

Acting has cost me two relationships. Two marriages. They both were due to the fact that I was on some set, somewhere I shouldn’t have been, trying to make something that wasn’t going to be anything more than it was.

What was the audition that changed your life?
It was the day I met Tom Hanks. There was this confidence as an actor that I was going to be with another actor. And one of my favorites! It was so competitive, but I just had this take on it that I knew was going to be special. I was so scared but so excited, and he was just such a welcoming soul. As soon as I walked through the door I thought, “I’m going to be able to perform today. I’m really going to get to do what I was trained to do.” And I did! There’s lines in the movie That Thing You Do! where the lead singer quits. I didn’t listen to any other auditions, but I’m sure everyone just quit and walked out. But I decided I was going to sing it: “I quit, I quit, I quit.” And of all the things I’ve ever done – that’s the famous line! People always talk on social media about how they are going to quit like Jimmy from That Thing You Do!.

That day when I auditioned, I tapped that microphone (which wasn’t there), and I sang it. And when I left, he came out and got me. Right there, I knew my life had changed for the better. Even though Zeffirelli took my voice away, I was going to get my due.

What were the words that kept you going?
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It’s called the serenity prayer. It’s used by people in Alcoholics Anonymous, but my parents gave me a plaque when I first came out that I always kept by my side.

How do you think you have changed?
As soon as I had a child, I changed more than ever. I’m more professional. I’m just better at what I do. All that chaos that was inside my head about not being enough, all from the day that Zeffirelli did that to me. Why he did it. The other reasons behind it. I trained so hard before it, and even harder after it. But like Roy told me, this is such a competitive field. And I don’t take it so personally anymore. I don’t blame myself anymore. I just move forward. I take action on the things I can change. I just take action. As soon as I know I can change something, I go for it in a positive way. In as kind and humble a way as I possibly can.

What words do you have to inspire others?
The thing you are auditioning for is never the thing you are auditioning for. In everything that you do…it’s not about getting the job. It’s about growing as a person and as an artist. You can never quit on that.

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‘Better Call Saul’s’ Rhea Seehorn

by Micah Haley

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Free Film Festival at French Quarter Fest at Le Petit!

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PRESS RELEASE: Kelsey Grammer To Appear at Louisiana International Film Festival 2016

by Gretchen Erickson

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