As anyone who dabbles in theatrical effects knows, cheap stage blood is very unforgiving and will stain your skin and clothes if you look at it the wrong way, whereas most commercially available bottles of “washable fabric-safe fake blood” come in tiny bottles that are prohibitively expensive. So, how do we keep the cleaning budget from ballooning out of control? By making it ourselves using my tried and true, super-sexy, fabric-safe, no-stain washable stage blood recipe, that’s how!
Actor • Playwright • Designer • Producer • Director • Game Master
This week, I want to introduce you to the incredibly talented LaDarrion Williams. I met LaDarrion years ago through mutual connections within the LA theatre community, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since. Through the tangled web that is social media, I’ve seen him struggle and strive and build a name for himself as an author and playwright, and through pure tenacity and determination, he’s demonstrated that he is someone to watch.
Back on the M3 podcast this week! We were supposed to talk about the new SAG-AFTRA Agreement, but we got sidetracked. Instead, Harris and I spent a lovely ninety minutes geeking out about the James Gunn DCCU, how The Marvels was a hell of a lot of fun, how good the new What If? trailer looks, the concept of Superhero Fatigue, and much, much more.
This past month’s been pretty intense. Between designing lights for two productions back-to-back (plus doing electrical work on a third), lining up multiple new partnerships for The StageCrafts for 2024, plus a hosting a group of writers on long weekend up in the mountains, I’ve been going pretty hard. In fact, things are getting so complicated and changing so rapidly, I’ve had to figure out a new organization system to keep track of everything.
Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure to be a guest on the M³ Podcast’s Wednesday Cinema Scoop, talking about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike and a bunch of other interesting topics!
My friend Brandie is a talented author, playwright, and librettist (and a burgeoning theatre producer). So, when I saw her post that she was doing a signing at Comic Con this weekend, I wasn’t surprised. What caught me off guard was that this signing wasn’t for her YA Fantasy duology, Gold Spun. Instead it was for a project I hadn’t heard about: a trio of graphic novel anthologies titled “Cthulhu is Hard to Spell.”
Alright! It’s 2pm on Wednesday. I’m sitting in the bar at the Marriott Downtown. Preview Night begins in just a few hours. I drove down to San Diego from Los Angeles this morning and arrived a little while ago. My jacket is pressed, my go bag is loaded, my knee is taped up (after spraining it two and a half weeks ago), and I’m ready to mix and mingle with my fellow industry folks.
Let me start this off by stating that I am not a member of the WGA. I’m an actor and a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, and the Dramatists Guild. I’ve seen a lot of posts about What Actors Should Do During the #WGAstrike. Erica S. Bream and The Casting Directors Cut both put out great guides back in May. And I love them! But there was one thing that bothered me about those guides.
If you haven’t been following my Instagram, or checked out Dime Store Detective Stories at the Hollywood Fringe Festival website, you may not have seen some of these gorgeous photos of our first episode, taken by Matt Kamimura!
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is almost upon us! From June 8th to June 25th, over two hundred and fifty individual productions will be going up at venues across Hollywood.
Nothing like a monthly check-in to keep me accountable and on task! Here’s what I accomplished in March and April, and what I’m planning on doing between now and next month!
- Creative Multi-Hyphenate
- Theatre Maker
- Coffee lover
- Cat Dad
- Professional Dungeon Master (yeah, that's a thing!)
- Emerson Mafioso
- Gonna be on your favorite TV show one day
- Let's Go Red Sox!