Here’s hoping for and praying to manifest even better and bigger things than I did in 2018 (and that was a very good year!)  Here I am with my friend Angela Ray at her annual New Year’s Day dinner party, starting the year right.


Good friends to celebrate, commiserate, talk showbiz, exchange advice with, support – these are the icing on the cake of achievements and life.I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas holiday season.  I saw the holiday joy and happiness permeating everything despite the country’s shenanigans.  [facepalm emoji]

     I don’t have Facebook anymore, and so if I’m going to be on tv or in a movie I go on Instagram and twitter.  My page is not replete with selfies though there are plenty of them (too many for my taste). Such is the age of social media promotion.  In 2019 I should be appearing (depending on release date) in excellent supporting roles in three movies, as well as in season 2 of COBRA KAI (a youtube series starring Ralph Macchio and Billy Zabka) (it’s about the Karate Kid – the real one (Daniel-san) who is now 50-ish and resumed his feud with his blond surfy nemesis from the original movie [Billy]) The show is on all the 10 best lists this year! 
     1) GODZILLA: KING OF MONSTERS – opening in May.  I worked on this movie over a week and should be quite visible.
     2) FONZO – this is about syphillitic Al Capone.  It stars Tom Hardy.  Doing this movie was nothing but pure joy.  No release date as of yet!
     3) UNTITLED HENRY & REL SCI FI PROJECT:  This is a Jamie Foxx/Joseph Gordon Levitt movie that is a Netflix production.  I think it will come out in the movies first but not sure, what with the newfangled entertainment avenues these days.  I worked for a week in NOLA and my scene was with Rodrigo Santoro (he did almost all the talking) and he was utterly charming.
I also worked on three television projects: New Amsterdam, Scorned (Lifetime movie), and Bull.  Here’s hoping 2019 proves to be as great if not better than last year, professionally speaking, and I have no doubt it will (shout out to my representation @CrackerjackSE and @bysbtalent for being so dogged and, well, representing!
Another thing I frequently promote is my son Morgan’s youtube show, Co-optimistic– he’s got a series of shows and podcasts that go through Youtube wherein he and friends, and guest stars,review and comment on games, board games, and movies.  I myself enjoy the movie reviews actually – that’s my favorite.  Here he is with his friend John going over each of their year’s top 5 movies:
Here is the top 5 Disappointing Movies:
I enjoy listening to these guys; particularly with the “most disappointing movies” show, they were so open and unfiltered. I met John (the critic with Morgan) when he organized a 48-hr film last year. Morgan was the producer and I helped them find a location (my office) so I was there the whole day long and the office was FILLED WITH KIDS and they were the MOST RESPECTFUL, NICE AND CLEAN KIDS EVER!!!!   Even though I’ve been periodically depressed about the imminent end of the world (yeah), listening to Morgan’s friends, and my own daughter and her friends, gives me such hope for tomorrow.  No Nihilism Here.
Please go there and like, subscribe, and share and watch some of the Pop Culture and Movie reviews!  (@BluePumaStudios on twitter; @cooptimistic on IG).  I have a hard time watching the game reviews; but if you’re a diehard video gamer or VR person, you would probably enjoy those!  ūüôā
So I was writing a note to the director of the last theater play I participated in – Joanie McElroy directed “The Rainmaker” and I stage managed.  I love working with Joanie.  She has VISION and she is talented.  I met her at a Halloween party at Liz Bigler’s house a few years ago.  I mentioned I’d done costumes for a few shows and she immediately asked if I’d be interested in costuming ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’  I said OF COURSE!  And thus a happy theater relationship began.
    I costumed Joanie’s productions of Raisin, “God of Carnage,” and “Clybourne Park”; then stage managed Rainmaker.  I believe in Joanie and so agreed to be on her Board of Directors when she decided to make her production company, “Merely Players Productions,” a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Joanie began looking for a venue and found one in Chamblee – at least for the interim.  She will be the house company for the Atlanta Cuban Club, located on New Peachtree Street.
She has begun this endeavor with a maximum of balls and gumption.  Daniel Guyton is heading up a new WRITER’S GROUP, chimerically called Merely Writers.  (Thus begins what I foresee being a plethora of “Merely” wordplay.)  (Are these good sentences?)
    Joanie is interested in producing, at some point, “Anna In The Tropics,” which would be great for me because there’s a great role I’d like to audition for.  Also mentioned, “True West,” and we have a great potential duo for that.  I am looking forward to great things from Merely Players.  Here is a link to the theater’s GO-FUND-ME page, and note that I’ll be conducting a different fundraiser of sorts for the theater soon (thanks in advance, Erin!)
I’d like to do a one-person show (separate from Merely Players).  That’s something I’d like to work on.  I’m working on it.
Aside from all that, I live a boring life and watch a lot of tv accompanied by my dear husband.  I will have to force him to accompany me to the SAG Awards Viewing hosted by the SAG union local.  What I would like to do though is go to trivia more often.  I enjoy that. (pretty much the only time I can hang out with Sarah, Craig, and Jon…)
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#TheAngelaRay at @TheAngelaRay  – #Cooptimistic   #MerelyPlayersPresents @merelypp2

I auditioned for this film via Actor’s Access, which is a sort of open marketplace casting site.¬† Booking any kind of legitimate, union job through AA is not very common. In many years of submitting I’ve only booked two things. This is one. ¬†I come in at about 10:00…

It is a fine short film and I¬†have best wishes for the director Darren McInerney, and hope¬†that it will do wonderfully well.¬† In a nutshell, Marc Blucas, the star, plays an American who decides to go across the Mexican border to check out a bullfight.¬† Instead he becomes involved in a local cab driver’s (Justin Huen)¬†unfortunate situation.¬† I play the cab driver’s mother-in-law.¬† The scene that starts with the cab driver arriving at his home, in which his wife (Evelyn Lorena) and his MIL (me) play out a scene straight out of a Tennessee Williams play (if he were Mexican), is intense and captivating.¬† Callan Farris plays the cab driver’s son.¬† He was So Awesome! Wow.¬† He was the producer Asha Kurian’s son.¬† What a natural.

I am so glad I did this film.¬† It’s a departure for me, and I hope I get more projects like this one.¬† Yes!¬† Best of luck to Darren McInerney, and I’m so glad he took a chance on me, an out of towner.

It’s interesting that I just watched Dog Years, about an aged movie star facing mortality and belatedly examining his life. ¬†My mom’s been in Florida for a few months and my sister has brought her back. ¬†Mom’s second childishness and mere oblivion¬†is coming fast and furious upon her. And my sister and her husband are experts at embracing life while they still can.

It’s fun when my older sister comes to town. She’s really a tough cookie. ¬†Here she is, with her husband she recently married- finally after two unfortunate marriages she has found a decent guy- ¬†pat and marco april 30 2017He’s from Venezuela and the stories he can tell! ¬†(Have you checked out the Venezuela situation? ¬†Dire.) ¬†Anyway, he does have this life motto – you only live once, so Live! ¬†(paraphrased). ¬†(Mame anyone?) ¬†When you see someone actually living by the credo it’s a wakeup call.

We’ve finally been called for an apartment in a senior residence near my house- where Mom will stay during the week when I’m working. ¬†But now I fear she is even dottier than before. Can she live alone? I’ve got personal care¬†living situations investigated and lined up just in case. ¬†We can’t place mom in a nursing home. ¬†At least not until the day that she has completely lost her memory and what with the breathing treatments, congestive heart failure, etc…. We don’t have the dough for a regular assisted living facility (have you priced those places? Are there that many well to do people?). ¬†But between me and my sisters, we’ll manage for the time being.

I’m going to Nashville! ¬†I worked on #DogYearsFilm and had a little but LOVELY role which I adore. ¬†I’ll post a picture soon (as soon as I get clearance) – but, my character looks super cute —¬†Thanks @Mrs_Nashville (Meg Boers – makeup artist extraordinaire). ¬†DogYears-Burt and Ariel

I knew it would be a great film and was soooooo HAPPY to be cast! Thanks @AdamRifkin !!! ¬†‚̧ ¬†p.s. word from the reviewers who saw the film at the Tribeca Film Festival is high praise indeed.

Today I’m reading “Educating Esme” by Esme Raji Codell. ¬†It’s great! ¬†I want to send her a message, if nothing else, at least to let her know yet one other being finds her work inspiring and entertaining.

I’ve been cast in a show at Out of Box Theatre —¬†Other Desert Cities¬†by Jon Robin Baitz. ¬†It is a great part (sister Silda) and I’ll be working with a great director and cast. ¬†I’m happy.

And also I’ve been promoted to office manager at my job, which doesn’t suck.

I will be traveling to Ormond Beach for my niece’s wedding this summer.

I have not booked a film job in a couple of months. That’s the only downer, but it could be worse! All things being equal, this is a very good summer in my life. ¬†:0)