Holy cow it's been a long time! How are you? How are the kids? What's new???
We have been so busy that blogging has fallen by the wayside. So let's recap because this crazy adventure never stops (which is an awesome thing by the way).
Since the beginning of the year, we have been involved in:
Things coming up in the very near future:
So that's about as nutshell as you can get! Be sure to like our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information!
See you soon!
Last Friday my friends and I over at 222 Footlight had the privilege of attending "The Rel/Event Series Part 1!". This event featured a variety of panels filled with industry professionals giving advice and talking about their latest projects. There were agents, casting directors, producers, actors, and writers! It was such a fun event! There were not only panels, but a bar, and a dance performance! Every speaker gave really insightful advice on the industry and getting your foot in the door. I'm very thankful that we were able to go...
Full story and video at Chelsea's Blog
After a lifetime of loving films, a lifetime of wanting to pursue dreams and a lifetime of excuses not to, I decided to go for it just last year.
There are many rough patches in life and sometimes it causes someone to be complacent - to be comfortable in a job or place because of fear of failure to go after what you truly want. Sometimes it takes a kick in the ass to wake you up.
It wasn't until I was laid off from my marketing job and unemployed. It wasn't until my son asked if he could be a fireman when he grew up and me telling him that he could be anything he wanted to be to make me feel like a hypocrite.
The next day I enrolled in a local acting studio (JDS Actors Studio) and 5 months later I decided to start auditioning. The distance from home to LA alone got me a little down but instead of being sad about the parts I was not getting, I picked up a laptop, a camera and some great friends and started making things happen for myself - for ourselves. Today we have completed 2 short films, are currently writing a web series and in pre-production for another short film with more on the way.
Do I get paid? Not yet. Is it getting me industry connections? Not yet. Am I happy doing what I love and balancing my family and passion? Absolutely.
Hey everyone! My name is Chelsea Gray, and I am an artist/writer for 222 Footlight Productions! I’m so happy you found us. There is A LOT you can expect from us from following our web site. Comedy, drama, dramedy, and just plain stupid funny. Our goal is to bring you entertaining material.
We will be working on a number of short films and web series so stay tuned!
A little about me: I’m 19 years old, and Southern California based. I met Vanessa, Ashten, and Heather through our acting studio JDS Actors Studio, and Ainsley in middle school. We lost touch, and JDS brought us back together. I started acting seriously my sophomore year in high school, where I was an ensemble member in The Wiz. Since then, my love for acting grew. I always knew I had some interest in it, but after the show, I was addicted.
I had my first supporting role the following year where I played Serena in Legally Blonde: The Musical. My love was then solidified. I knew my life would never be normal. While the other kids in my drama class wanted to go to school for communications (what even is that major?), I wanted to get started on my acting career right away. I enrolled in a community college after high school, and am a part time student. I am also a part time burrito roller at Chipotle (fabulous life, I know). I had worked at Disneyland, but despite popular belief, was not the happiest place on earth for its employees. But thats another post for another day.
I am happy to say that as the years have gone by, my love for acting continues to grow. All of us at Footlight are just a group of friends, who were constantly talking about wanting to be involved in something that had to do with acting. So we thought, "HEY we are all talented and hilarious, lets do this ourselves!" And this website was born. We are not the kind to sit around and wait for miracles to happen. We make our own miracles happen, and in this day in age of youtube and social media, it is more possible than ever. There is now not an excuse to not create all the time. So get ready for some kick ass shorts and web series. We have some great ideas rolling in. Stay tuned, subscribe, check back regularly, share with everyone!
I leave you with a video featuring my fave girl right now, Mindy Kaling. This video is of her and her college roommate, Brenda, who decided to write roles for themselves to play. Those roles just so happened to be portraying Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. This short play was what put Mindy on the map. If she hadn’t taken matters into her own hands and made material herself, she would most definitely not have the career she had today. Check it out!
Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa and I'm an artist with 222 Footlight Entertainment. First, thanks for visiting and we are super excited that you're here. This blog will be about anything and everything including (but definitely not limited to) experiences at auditions, tips for writer's block, diy film equipment and headshot advice.
All artists will be contributing to the blog so we will have views and opinions on multiple subjects from various viewpoints. And while I can't leave you emptyhanded on our first blog post, the video below is not mine :( I know you're sad, but cheer up. It's still awesome.
Mark Duplass (if you don't know who he is... you should!) is what a lot of people would call an overnight success. Of course, this is not the case. In fact it is quite the opposite. "I was living in Austin in shitty apartments around town," he said. "I was sitting there thinking, 'I'm inspired, I'm excited, I want to be a filmmaker. I have no connections. Everyone says pick up a camera and do it, but how am I going to get there? What can you do when you're absolutely nowhere?' "
So he did exactly what we are doing. He grabbed his brother Jay and group of "smart friends" and started making $3 movies. "Vanessa, what ARE $3 movies?" you ask. Well, I'll let Mark tell you. Check out his SXSW keynote speech below where he shares eight pieces of advice for those who want to start a career in filmmaking.
Again welcome and see you soon!