Friday, January 3, 2014

The crazy last months of the year. Goodbye 2013.

Happy New Year!!!!  We've made it through another year with stories to share and more to make.
Speaking of stories, I owe you all an ending to my 2013.
June- at the end of the first week of June my friend Cheryl and I drove to L.A. for the premiere of a movie I am in called 'Salvation' starring Ryan Donowho, Angel McCord, Brett Donowho and Giovanna Zacarias.
I decided to rock a Guess BODYSUIT 
 The Q&A after the screening
Myself and Ryan Donowho
After the premiere, Cheryl and I stayed an extra day, went to a thrift shop in Beverly Hills -- and then it was back to Arizona. I had 3 days to get ready and then it was on to the Amazing Las Vegas Comic con with artists Mike DeBalfo, and some artists from Spiral Ink Comics; Rob Hicks and Derrick Tipton.  The convention was fantastic, I got some art, some signed comics and made new friends-- that's the important part, right?
After the convention I dropped the men off in Arizona, bought a new dress and headed back to L.A. to attend 'The Conjuring' premiere at the LA Film Fest with my friend and the talented director of the movie, James Wan.
James and I and some of the staff of Fangoria Magazine at the preparty
The night was a blast. We stayed through both screenings of the film and then rushed to the afterparty.  The night ended quickly and then it was off to see my love and fellow cosplayer Toni Darling. Before heading back to AZ I did a spur of the moment shoot with Larry Alan-

July- I got to breathe a bit at the end of June which was a necessary because July was going to be another busy month.  At the beginning of the month I finally joined and got my SAG/Aftra card-- YAY!!!  This means that now I can work on even bigger films.  This is a very good thing :)
I spent a good amount of time over at Amanda's because we were making a custom Hit-Girl together with the creator/writer of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, Mr. Mark Millar.  Before the debut of the costume, I was off to LA again with Amanda.  This time I was invited to the red carpet premiere of 'The Conjuring.'
  The big one, THE premiere-- along with the entire cast.  Tara Hutchinson did my hair and makeup and then I met up with director James Wan to go walk the carpet, to his first ever red carpet premiere.  
No bodysuit for this one- I went with a classy black dress by BCBG
 After the premiere was the most incredible after party.  I wish I could describe it for you, but I just don't think that I can recreate the magic in words.  It was a giant party with the entire cast, delicious food, free flowing drinks and the most attentive staff I've ever encountered.  
The very next day I left for Arizona to finish packing for SDCC where I would debut Grown Up Hit-Girl. 
If you haven't ever been to the San Diego Comic Con, to make a very long story short- it's Wednesday through Sunday and non-stop walking, partying, networking, cosplaying and walking ridiculous amounts.  I dressed up every day, hung out with Justin Chung who had a new pin-up piece of me
(It's the one on the right)
 and also had just become a Google glass explorer! The weekend was absolutely FULL of epicness.  During the convention, 'The Conjuring' opened at #1 (and is now  in the top 5 of the highest grossing horror films of ALL TIME!---- Good freaking job, James.)  I got to see my good friend JD Smith, who now works for Fangoria-- bad assery.  I hung out with friends and....I debuted my Hit-Girl.  
August- I got to relax in August.  Amanda and I worked on Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and Princess Mononoke, both of which I debuted at the Saboten Con where I was a guest and the MC for the cosplay costume contest.  The convention started on Aug.31st and while I was attending, I got 2 jobs in LA-- so as SOON as the convention was over 
September 2nd, to be exact- I left AGAIN for LA.  This time I was a body double for a dvd cover, I did some background in a film with Ted McGinley and Grant Goodeve

and then I worked as script supervisor on a film, Ad Lucem, starring the metal band 'Queensryche!'.
set pic!
After the first 2 weeks of the month, I was back in AZ and making a new costume for the Las Vegas Comic Expo which was at the end of the month.  Here is what I came up with...Wednesday Addams! I got a photo shoot done and then hung out in Las Vegas for the end of the month. 
This brings us to--- October!
If you've hung in this far you're almost through-- I only have 3 more months to go! 
The Las Vegas con took me into October, I came BACK to AZ, did a mermaid photo shoot with Grant Brummet and Toni Darling
and then was a guest at the Rapture Horror con.  I LOVE horror conventions! I got to meet some other great guests and meet new people that came in from around Arizona.
oy...I need to dye my hair 
After the convention I was cast and filmed for not one but TWO commercials.  I filmed spots/commercials that will be playing in Home Depot's in 17 different states.  Those should be out in the spring of 2014.  I had 2 movies release, Camp 139 and Death by VHS and I started work on a new costume with Kip from Kipsworld.

November started with the Tucson Comic con.  I went hiking and busted up my knee, shot for Larry Alan's new book called The Fun Book
did a photo shoot for Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, did a shoot with cosplayer Leah Rose and ended with the Long beach Comic con 

 Artist Scott Harben

 Bishop!! - I mean- Lance Henriksen was time for Thanksgiving and family!
December-- This was my rest month :)  At the beginning of the month I worked, again, with ModifiedMinds on 2 new dresses.  I was hosting the first night of films, along with an AZ local actor, Shane Dean at the Filmstock Film festival  There was a red carpet and media the entire weekend so we whipped up some red carpet dresses.
 with organizer James Lee and co-host Shane Dean

myself and co-host Shane Dean
That brings us to the end of December.  I did a tutorial video with Amanda and Tara and then enjoyed the rest of December.  
Happy 2013 and an even happier 2014!!  I already have a full January...  which I'll let you all in on soon!  I can't believe I packed so much in to the year-- now I challenge myself to do even MORE this year.  hehehehehe
What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Monday, December 30, 2013

So Long 2013, You Were a Blast and a Half

This year, like most, flew by.  I was very fortunate this year.  I got to work and travel a ton and, when I was lucky, I got to spend some quality time with friends. So, lets get started with 2013-
January:  The year started off immediately busy and exciting.  A shoot I took part in for Java magazine was published. (YAY!)

Then  I did a crazy little photo shoot for Splitarillos with Cheryl Roden and some other models.
Next up, was the Albuquerque Comic Con! I was invited to go with the owner/organizer of the Saboten Con anime convention along with Armand Villavert Jr., best known for his work on Gladstone's School for World Conquerors. 
I got to meet and get beautiful and soulful art from James O'barr, creator of 'The Crow'

Me and my lady Nei Ruffino
The convention was pretty incredible.  Although it was a smaller convention, the guests were great and the attendees were extremely welcoming and excited to have a convention in their town.  I loved seeing all of the smiling faces.  
After the convention I had meetings and started rehearsal on a film called 'Draw' in which I play the lead character.  I missed the Amazing AZ con because of rehearsals but it was completely worth it.  The film is a drama and with me being the lead, and pretty much the ONLY female in the film, I had my work cut out for me.  There was a lot of prep, including a brand new do'

Not to mention I had an absolute blast and made some beautiful new friendships.
In February, it was more trips to make sure my hair was  good, rehearsals, and filming.

 Hanging out on set between takes
 I took a trip to Venice beach for an audition and spent the rest of the day on the beach and eating the most delicious, fresh sea food.  I attended an event called 'Geeks Night Out' where I was a guest and got to see some local fans and friends and was invited by cosplay goddess Toni Darling  to be a part of a calendar with a group of 16 other cosplayers.  I worked on some new and finishing touches to my X23 outfit, because, if I was going to be hanging out with the wonderful ladies of the calendar and signing the entire weekend of the Phoenix Comicon (where we would be debuting),. I had to make sure I had some great outfits. 
March!  I worked and filmed, filmed and filmed more for 'Draw.'  On the last day of the month I took a break and went to my first ever Renaissance festival! How had I never been to one before!!! (In 2014 I will go AND have a custom outfit.  I already have a skirt....hehehe)
April was fun and not so crazy! I got Worbla and got to play and create for the first time.

 I was going to be working with London as Maleficient so I had to make something EPIC!!  I worked hard and made the headpiece, got all of the materials and headed over to Amanda's, at ModifiedMinds, who made, and taught me how to make the gorgeous cape.  By the end of the month I was ready for my shoot.  I filmed in a short film for a friend of mine where I played a puppet, and then..... headed into
MAY ALREADY!!!!~ I started the month off (the FIRST of the month) with a photoshoot for Dorothy Gale from Big Dog Ink's. "Legend of Oz' series. 

Next up was the Maleficient Photoshoot--
and then I did a life drawing class with some of the very talented artists that happen to live in the area.  April Grady-Reyna (whom I ADORE!) did a pretty cool sketch of me....
Next up, I was headed to the Phoenix Comicon! The Cosplay Calendar was out!

Big Chris designed the entire calendar and there were 17 girls in total involved! The ever so famous and cutiehead Jessica Nigri, Ivy doomkitty, Freddie Nova, and many more were involved.  We signed and partied all weekend!

On Sunday, I got painted by artist Mark Greenawalt as a character from The Villikon Chronicles and was on the cover of the comic so helped to promote that as well :)
That brings us to JUNE!! 
Now- since this post is WAYYYY longer than I expected- I'll leave you all with my first 6 months.  I still have  more to go through-- more cons, red carpet appearances, like my movie premiere 'Salvation' 

and director James Wan's 'The Conjuring' premieres which I got to attend, (one was actually a BLACK carpet because....horror--- duuuh)
Director James Wan and myself at the official premiere of his film, 'The Conjuring'

photo shoots, more filming and traveling and of course- more cosplay!
 Stay tuned my lovlies because there are 6 more months ahead to be recapped.  I have to admit, I had no idea that I got so much accomplished this year.  
Have YOU made a 2013 recap? Were you surprised at how much you actually did or will you strive for more next year? 
As for me, I will always work towards more.  ALWAYS!!!  Mwahahahaaaa!  
I'll be posting the rest of my recap soon- 

Until Then- Stay sexy <3 br="">