Well, folks, it's finally here: Bread and Butter is officially being released out into the world. It's coming for you!
Nearly two and a half years ago, I read a moving article on Indiewire about the lack of real women in Hollywood. The article really resonated with me and I decided to take a leap of faith and email the writer directly. That writer happened to be the immensely talented, passionate, and just plain amazing Liz Manashil, who was gearing up to direct her first feature film --you guessed it-- Bread and Butter. I convinced Liz to let me audition, and here we are.
I am filled with so much excitement, joy, and humility... I'm afraid I might burst at the seams. (Don't worry, dear reader, thanks to a healthy diet of chocolate and coffee I'm keeping it together)
I am so grateful for all the people who made this movie a reality: First and foremost, to Liz, who believed I could be her Amelia and who I'm forever indebted to for taking that chance on me... Our wonderful team of kick-ass collaborators, whose passion, talents and commitment brought the film to life... The lovely people who donated to the film's Kickstarter before I was ever involved... The incredible festivals, who have been championing our film and greeting us with warm and enthusiastic audiences... To The Orchard for having faith in our film and bringing it out into the world... And hey, if you're reading this blog, I have a feeling that you have been an important key to our success, too. So, at the risk of getting gushy, thank you for being a part of this special film.
Happy BREAD AND BUTTER day, everyone!! Let's all celebrate! HOORAY!!!!
Oh, and if you're wondering where to find it, here's a cheat sheet:
iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Vudu
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, RCN, Independent Systems (ie. Midcontinent, Metrocast, Clearleap), Verizon, Charter, Suddenlink, Mediacom, WOW!, Bell Canada
It's been a few days since my episode of Mad Men aired --and nearly a year since my audition-- but I still can't believe it all happened...
For years I had yearned to a part of this show. I had already auditioned for it a few times, been on hold once, and since I knew the show was ending I was trying to make my peace that the time might not come... Of course, that's when I got an audition.
Each time that I went in for a callback, the creator of the show (Matthew Weiner) was present for the session. He was always incredibly warm and collaborative, giving notes and really wanting to get to know each actor who walked through that door. Even though auditioning can be intimidating, this office has continually been one of the most welcoming. The lovely casting directors (Laura Schiff, Carrie Audino & Kendra Shay Clark) create an environment that feels safe. Each time, I felt grateful for the opportunity alone. On my final audition for the show, Matt immediately recognized me and said how we had to get me on the show. I joked that he only had two episodes left, so he better hurry. Well, I'm glad he took my advice!
Once I was cast, I was immediately welcomed to the family. I attended the table read, which was seriously electric. Everyone was grateful to be a part of the project and it was especially interesting to be there as the show was coming to a close. It was an emotional episode for many reasons.
A few days after the table read I had a fitting as well as a hair and makeup test. When doing a period television show, this is obviously an important part of the process. And, frankly, it's also a lot of fun! We got to try on a variety of nurses uniforms, and I believe I hold the distinct honor of being the only nurse on the show to wear pants (the times are a changin', after all!). Each option was then sent to Matt to approve from everything down to what shade of lipstick I'd be wearing. Of course, this level of detail and precision is one of the many things that makes Mad Men such a phenomenal show.
The day of the shoot is a bit of a blur... I arrived on a Friday afternoon and we shot a few hours after that. It was quick and efficient, the crew moving like a well-oiled machine. It was wonderful to run into a few friends who worked on the show, as well as meet some new ones. And before I knew it, the whirlwind of excitement was coming to end. The silver lining of having to keep my role secret (because of the nature of the show) was that it's made the journey last longer. And even though the episode has finally aired, I think I'll still be pinching myself for awhile...
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