On The Cusp Magazine wanted to talk about what inspires me. Here is part of the interview.
What/Who inspires you as an artist in the following categories:
Photography: Cindy Sherman is an extraordinary artistic influence on me. I find her work thought provoking and exciting.
Film: I just watched A Woman Under the Influence again and it's as gut wrenching now as it was the first time I watched it. The performances are so real they are painful to witness. It makes me want to work harder at my craft.
Literature: I am reading 2 books now, Jon Krakauer’s Under The Banner of Heaven and Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.
Music: I’m very partial to my man’s music. He’s a super talent and has the voice of an angel. My favorite is when he is practicing around the house. Check him out Chris Pierce Music on itunes.
Stage: The last play I performed in was Paula Vogel’s “How I learned to Drive”. It is wonderfully honest piece of writing and working on the character of Lil ‘Bit challenged me to stretch way beyond my comfort zone.
Television: I’m obsessed with everything HBO. True Blood of course and I never miss an episode of Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire.
Culinary: Chef Eric Greenspan and his grilled cheese, Baco Mercot, Dalia Lounge, Malo in Silver Lake.
Fashion: My current obsession, long white dresses.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do:
I think I wanted to be a ballerina first then I decided a circus performer was more my calling. I started creating and performing skits for anyone who would watch and I had a dress up box that brought hours of fantastical entertainment to my childhood.
What are you trying to communicate with your art:
That every person has a story and a voice worth listening to.
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Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Los Angeles premiere of SUFFRAGETTE starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. I really enjoyed the film and I loved the subject matter. I'm so grateful for all the strong women who came before us who fought for equality. The fight is not over. Equality matters. VOTE.
The Best Driver in The County will be screening at the Palm Springs International ShortFest June 20th, 2015 at 1:30pm. Camelot Theaters, Palm Springs.
The Best Driver in The County is a short film based on Jack Richie's 1940's short story of the same title. While tending his garden one morning, Joe's simple tranquil world is randomly ambushed at gunpoint by Vivian and Jane, a bi-polar pair of escaped convicts looking to steal his car to enable their getaway. When Joe calmly claims that he lives alone out in the middle of nowhere without a car, Vivian, the menacing leader is immediately suspicious and a delicate game of cat and mouse ignites. Vivian seeks to unveil the secret Joe protects, while Joe carefully learns the backstory of these contrasting criminals and steers a plan by nurturing a conversation with the slower, simpler Jane. Violence is imminent. Directed by Marcus McCollum and written by Neal Foard. The cast includes Chris Mulkey, Tara Buck, Jenica Bergere and Pam Cook.