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Last week I had the pleasure to audition and book a new episodic, comedic television show for the Oxygen Network called "MY CRAZY LOVE" It's a re-enactment show that will make you laugh out loud with all of the CRAZY and downright embarrassing things men and women have done in the name of love. My episode is #2, titled "Betsy and Mike". I'm very excited about this comedic role which relied heavily on my improvisation skills in both Spanish and English. I can't give anything away, and besides, I don't want to spoil the fun. We thoroughly enjoyed shooting our episode and oh my goodness, let me tell you, there is SO MUCH detail behind what keeps a show visually stimulating for the viewer. Our first airdate is set for Tuesday, November 4th at 10PM ET/ 9 CT. I hope you truly enjoy it.
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Last week was the first time I did a shoot at the NYU-TISCH film and television program. The student revamped a scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air where Will spends some time with his father who had abandoned him as a child. In our adaptation, the mother abandons the family, and guess who gets to play the mean mom...ME!!!
I truly loved working with my cast-mates, Ron Denson and Jacques Point Du Jour and our director, Brandon Daniels. Hopefully we'll have a chance to work together again in the near future.
The award for the most unsupportive mom goes to...ME! In a student short by Chelsea Santana, up and coming filmmaker, I play...you guessed it, a mom! We shot our scenes last night at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC. The synopsis: Johnny and Julianna are friends of Frankie and they convince him to go on a dance audition to work on a cruise ship. Frankie shares this news with his mother who strongly feels that he should focus on his academic career and not make poor decisions like his father. But, of course, Frankie pays her no mind and instead follows his heart.
Before we wrapped we took the time to take a few selfies...
The lovely Chelsea Santana...
Don't adjust your screen, it was shot in black and white...
Last night there was a staged reading of SHE HATES COFFEE by playwright A.R. Garcia, aka radio personality, Dominican Soul at Teatro LaTea. To my delight I wasn't cast as a mom and instead I played the protagonist's former girlfriend. Mr. Garcia's work is still in development and the purpose of the reading was to bring his characters to life in order to make necessary edits.
From Mr Garcia: "She Hates Coffee” is a male introspective on relationships. The story is about a young Latino male who is unlucky in love and has a bad habit of choosing the wrong woman. It’s an emotionally engaging piece that allows people to see how men really feel and think about their love life. It also depicts how men really share with each other whats happening in their love life, disproving the misconception that we keep everything inside. This story begins with the protagonist who is left at the alter and driven into the arms of yet another bad choice in a love partner. All the while the right woman was right in front of him. Will he realize who his real love should be or will he miss out just as many of us have?
I love participating in staged readings because it allows the actors to hone their craft in front of an audience without the obligation of memorizing lines. Another great perk is the opportunity to meet and work with other talented actors.
Q& A time for the playwright
The cast with writer A.R. Garcia, "The Bearded One"
Freestyle Queen, Judy Torres
It was my first nighttime shoot for a commercial and as I checked the roster I noticed that they cast various ethnicity's, looks, and ages. I immediately knew this was going to be a great time because diversity makes me VERY happy!
Here is a small sampling of the fellas I was working with...
Tell me what's your flavor?
Lately I've been keeping busy shooting a short film titled SAY GOODBYE. I'm enthusiastic about this project for a few reasons. For one, it is based on a true story, written and directed by a young lady, Maria Palacios. Supporting aspiring female filmmakers is very rewarding. Girl Power!!!! Actress Nora Becker, who plays my daughter, is not only beautiful, but an absolute joy to work with. The three of us have a really great vibe together, and I'm looking forward to seeing how our chemistry translates on the screen.
Reviewing my lines and staying hydrated; the message on this glass is pretty accurate!
Strategic placement of cheat sheets throughout the scene in case I forgot my lines.
This is what they call "ACTING THE FOOL" I definitely practice method acting when it comes to this.
aaaaaannnnnd its a wrap!?!?! Well...sort of...at least for now. It looks like we'll be revisiting this script. Maria is going to add some fresh ideas, make some changes and we'll re-shoot later this year. I'll keep you posted!
Saying Goodbye (for now) Maria Palacios, Suzette and Nora!
Last month I was cast to play the mom in a twenty minute short titled "BLINK" which was one of the entries in the MADE IN NY FILM FESTIVAL. It was pretty exciting to head over to Brooklyn for the screening and share the debut with a few co-stars.
This cutie pie's name is Jean Carlos. He's a highly motivated actor and I'm looking forward to seeing his career take off.
I cried my heart out as the mom who's son is accidentally shot in a senseless act of violence. I can't play the whole movie for you, but here's snippit...
I have viewed my share of episodes of The Young and the Restless, Bold and the Beautiful and a few other soap operas. But when you grow up latina, you have also been exposed to the world of Telenovela's. Spanish soap operas don't last for twenty five years or more like American ones do. Novelas usually have a limited run of approximately six months, but they sure cram in the drama!
Telenovelas continue to thrive during a time when soap operas like All My Children and As the World Turns have lost their appeal and have met their fate. A month ago I responded to a casting for a Latina mom and shortly realized that the best part about acting is that I get to be a mom without ever changing a diaper or having to worry about financing my child's education. Purrrrrrrfect!
I arrived on set at 7:30 AM for hair and makeup, then met my "husband" and "son". We took our Cuban family portrait just as we wrapped up shooting our scene for the Colombian telenovela ...."Alla Te Espero"