This week my music life and my acting life collided when I was invited to be a musician extra on the new show produced by Amazon, "Mozart in the Jungle". I read the original book by Blair Tindall years ago, so it was really cool to be a small part of this project. I had a fun surprise the next day when I was looking through the photos I took, and saw that I had inadvertently taken a photo of Jason Schwartzman while he was standing behind me while I was taking a selfie. I can'
Imma let Lumpy Space Princess introduce this post. That’s right, guys. DRAMA BOMB. Well, not really. Well, sorta. Today I'm gonna talk a little bit about bullying. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few decades, you know that bullying is a really serious problem amongst humans, especially younger ones. We are so afraid of people that are different than us or threaten us in some way. Our brains, unfortunately, are wired that way, and it’s hard to avoid being the t
Some days you step up to the plate and Life just chucks the ball right at your head to get you to wake the hell up. Today was that kind of day for me. My day job is a pretty great day job. They let me make my own schedule, they let me take four weeks off over the summer to go play horn in Missouri and California, they let me have red, blonde, and black locs without batting an eye. And it’s a production job, helping put on great community and education shows together around th
Today I embarked upon a journey to a place I'd long feared and dreaded: the Open Casting Call *cue lightning and thunder. this blog has a lightning-and-thunder intern, right?* As many of you know, this past year I've been putting myself back into the theatre game; sporadic singing lessons, experimental theatre, improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade (thanks in part to their incredible Diversity Program). This summer I started taking real auditions, and so far it's gon
Hello. I have a blog now. This is a blog. See label below. *~*Blog*~* If it has a label this fancy it must be true. So what should the blog of an ambitious young French hornist-slash-comedian-slash-gadabout be about? A smug listing of all my fantastic accomplishments as a freelance musician? Updates about my new indie improv team and how we’re really starting to click and how our coach thinks we’re the funniest when we’re talking about dicks and the clitoris? Cupcake recipes?