Thursday, December 16, 2010

The NEW is Here!

Written by Tim Bannock

We recently announced that a new official website for Laurie was dropping, and now it has!  Even this blog will be moving over to the new site (under the "Latest News" section on the right-hand side, which you can see in the screenshot conveniently located below), so you'll want to make sure you update all your bookmarks and your RSS feeds and all that stuff.  Don't worry, though, we'll help make it even easier by putting 'em right here:

Here's the address for the new feeds:

And the official website itself is located at:

And here's that handy screenshot we mentioned:

Stop on by when you get the chance and check it out.  We'll be posting tons of new stuff very soon!

Don't forget!  Update your bookmarks and head on over there.  All of our old posts here have been ported over and are in the process of being "beautified" to fit the new site's design.  So you won't be missing anything, and in fact, you might see some cool new additions to some of your old favorites ;-)

See you soon!

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Website Coming Soon!

Written by Tim Bannock (publicist/social media strategist)

I don't know if you noticed, but Laurie's website went down yesterday.

As the Hitchhiker's Guide says: "DON'T PANIC!" will be back again shortly, with a spiffy new design, more photos, and more news.  We'll be replacing this blog as well, but there's no need to shed tears: we'll port over all the stuff on this blog to that new site, and we'll let you know where to go to get the most current news and appearances that Laurie is up to.  The plain fact of the matter is that everything will looker cleaner, cooler, and more sexy...kinda like Laurie, herself ;-)

If you have any questions or comments, post 'em here!

And if you're looking for Laurie's resume, it's RIGHT HERE @ Actors Access.

See you soon!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Me, on the set of: GLEE Season 2 Episode 8 "FURT"

Air date: November 23rd 2010

I'm guessing most of you "Glee" fans out there have a crush on one of the students in the show.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a little Puck eye candy as well, but who do I love watching the most?  Will Schuester (AKA Mr. Schue - The Glee club coach).  What's his real name?  Matthew Morrison.  Check out this photo:

While working on "Glee" a few weeks back, I was pretty excited to learn that I'd be spending the entire day (12 hours) chatting it up with Matt Morrison.  I was seated next to him at the wedding.  He said I was his date.  He's a very down to earth guy and while in between cuts, when he wasn't chatting with me :)  he was texting on his iPhone like the rest of the world.  He told me a lot about himself, like where he is from and where he has lived etc...  He had been living in NYC for the past 12 years working on Broadway and such.  One of his first big shows was the musical "Footloose".  I mentioned that I saw that musical when it traveled to Hartford, CT about 10 years back.  Come to find out, he was in the show.  Weird.  Matt moved to Los Angeles specifically for "Glee".  I'm not sure even he knew just how big it would be.
What else did we talk about?  Well, while filming an episode, he slid under a couch and broke his finger.  He had to keep taking off his splint while they were rolling.  His birthday is the day before Halloween and although he was having a huge Halloween party at his house near the Hollywood Bowl, he said it wasn't for his birthday.  He dressed up as Richard Simmons.
Matt was awesome to talk to.  In between takes, he went over to Krafty and brought me back some sour patch kids.  How did he know I loved those?  We shared and chatted some more.  He told me some other stuff but I"m not at liberty to say.  As a fellow actor, I can respect one's privacy.

Speaking of Privacy- There were paparazzi everywhere on this set.  They just camped around along the outskirts just waiting to get the perfect picture of the cast.  A fellow actor and I thought it'd be funny to snap a photo of the them.

So, all that was day one.  Day two, we were at the reception.  Matt was seated across the room from me so I did not get to talk to him although, when he walked by me to go to his seat, he rubbed my back to say hello.  He was very nice and I wish I got to say goodbye.

Although I did not see Jane Lynch, those two days on set were pretty fun.  I made some friends, danced, chatted with a hottie and was entertained by the cast singing and dancing.   Matt did a solo on stage that me turn to jell-o.  I hope you all enjoy his performance on the small screen as much as I enjoyed it live.  Still tingling just thinking about it.  One of the best performers in that show is Heather Morris (Brittany).  She just looks like she loves what she does and she's amazing at it.  From what I hear, she used to be a backup dancer for Beyonce.  Apparently Beyonce had a ton of backup dancers because one of my photographers used to dance for her too.  Strange, small world.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Big Bang Theory Season 4 Episode 3 - October 7, 2010

Season 4 Episode 3 "The Zazzy Substitution"
Air Date scheduled for October 7, 2010

When you don't have cable or time, you become so out of the loop. I had never even heard of this show let alone the fact that it's in the fourth season already. I feel kind of bad when I work on a show that I've never seen, even worse, never heard of. I did however get excited when I saw "Blossom" (Mayim Bialik) because it took me back to my childhood a bit. Man, I loved Blossom's floppy hats with the huge, bright flowers. Oh, and who didn't love her brother (Joey Lawrence)?

I played a graduate student in the physics cafeteria of MIT.
Ah Boston, how I miss you...
We filmed with a live audience at Warner Brothers Studios. It's almost like Theater except I didn't have any lines.
Ah Theater, how I've missed you...

I've never filmed a sitcom before. I liked that it was a smaller call, faster paced and a live audience. If only I was out here in Hollywood while "Friends" was filming.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Premiere

"With You I'm Born Again"
Airs: September 23rd 2010

For some spoilers, updates, info and more check out these sites below.

I worked for about only a half hour in a plane scene and I sat in the back so I highly doubt you'll see me. I thought I'd post a blog anyway.

It was an easy day. I was there for only a few hours but got paid for the whole 8 hours. That NEVER happens!
I also got to wear my own clothes and I got to sit on a 'plane' the whole time. It was pretty awesome!

If you are trying to look for me, I'm wearing a burgundy shirt with white polka dots.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Weeds Season 6 Episode 7 Air Date: 10/4/10

Weeds: Season 6 Episode 7 "Pinwheels and Whirligigs"
Air Date: Monday, October 4th 2010

How many times can one be told they should be the stand in/photo double for the main actress? I wasn't sure if I should have been flattered or annoyed. If only I got the job, then it would have been worth it.

I wish people were thinking of this picture when they were saying that. :0)

We shot outside all day in the hot, hot sun. Constantly applying sunscreen but many still got burnt. It was to take place at the Montana State Fair but we filmed at the Hansen Dam. I guess that's why so much is filmed here in CA - You can film outside all year round and make CA look like any other state. It's pretty remarkable actually.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Unleashed: Celebrities to the Rescue

I attended this wonderful event along with many other celebrities to support two amazing charities. Not only did the money go to a good cause, but we met so many celebrities who believe in these charities, and so many entertainers who performed and made it an exciting evening. Pink-E-Swear were an amazingly talented group of young singers and dancers, and Bad Fathers played some really loud punk rock.

In this photo: Brett Stimley, Titan, Laurie Landry and Greg Travis

Ed Begely Jr. (Gary Unmarried, Six Feet Under), Dave Shelton (Award Winning Writer), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean), Wendy Schaal (voice of Francine on American Dad), Richard Schaal (Trapper John, M.D.), Ken Davitian (Get Smart, Borat, Meet he Spartans), Ben Morrison (Punk'd, CSI), Pascal Mouawad (Celebrity Jewelry Designer), Lex Larson and Louie Rubio (Dr. Hollywood: We Run La), Tracy Costello (The Westwing, Charmed, ER), Jenny Mollen (aka Jenny Biggs, Crash), Rick 'Smalls" Strickland (Immortal Cycle, Blades of Glory), Tionne Williams (Grammy Nominated, Universal Music Recording Artist/Actor), Kristy & Lindsey Landers (Official Hot Mess), Mason Reese (The Howard Stern Show), Rodney Allen Rippy (Blazing Saddles, The Odd Couple), Arlene Golonka (A Family Affair, King Of Queens), Greg Travis (Halloween II, Watchmen), Alana Curry (Terminator 3), Anna Wilding (Carpe Diem Films), Nigel Gibbs (Breaking Bad on AMC), Brooke Scher (Singer, Actress), Chane't Johnson (Life, Monk), Kelli Maroney (Fast Times at Ridgement High), Kathy Garver (Family Affair, Ten Commandments), Ernest Thomas (Everybody Hates Chris, What's Happening?), Saige Ryan Campbell (Pink E. Swear, House M.D.), Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters), Wedil David (Valentines Day), Danielle Spencer (What's Happening), Irwin Keyes (CSI, Black Dynamite, The Flintstones), Laurie Landry (Criminal Minds, Bad Teacher), Judy Tenuta (American Comedy Award winner), Krista Allen (The Final Destination), Mams Taylor (Brittish Rapper, Music Producer, MMA Fighter), Laura Freas (KUSC DJ), David Sutcliffe (Private Practice, Gilmore Girls), Marc McClure (Back To The Future, Superman, That Thing You Do), Sarah Carter (Skinwalkers, Shark), Courtney Hope (CSI Miami, Grey's Anatomy), Kallie Flynn Childress (Cougar Town), Zach Cumer (Smokin Aces, iCarly), Cherrelle Noyd (The Shield, Everyone Hates Chris), Quinton Lopez (The Closer), Scotty Noyd (House MD, Hanna Montana), Sara Fletcher (My Secret Girlfriend), and many more.

In this photo: Laurie Landry and Debra Wilson (Mad TV)

Laurie would like to thank Alex Munoz and Insider5 for hosting this wonderful event at The Highlands Hollywood.


Monday, June 21, 2010

I'm Recording You: commercial for Record My Calls video project

I was just involved in a shoot for a commercial project called RECORD MY CALLS. It's a service that allows you to record your phone calls for later playback (a really cool thing: Bannock has used Google Voice's ability to do something similar to record interviews with musicians, like this one with Jeff Loomis of the heavy metal band NEVERMORE).

My good friend Tim Swaan contacted me to do the commercial, and it was a very small cast and crew. What was weird was how much footage we shot and how little of that gets used. As Tim said: "30 seconds is surprisingly short!"

Here's the video! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Written by: Elan Bentov and Amanda Jean Nowak
Production/Post Production by: Timothy Swaan and Elan Bentov


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 4 "The Rejected"

Mad Men
Season 4, Episode 4 "The Rejected"
Air Date: August 18th

Went for a fitting the week before - They wanted to cut my hair but I was only working one day for minimum wage, it was just not worth it. I talked them into not cutting my hair. They said as long as I put it in tight, small hot rollers for set. Can do!

I show up for set in my hot rollers that took and hour and a half to put in and the hairstylist brushed out my curls and complained that my hair was too long! The girl next to me had much longer hair and she got a cool updo (as did most of the other girls on set). Nope not me, I got a frizzy comb-over

Some of the dresses the girls wore were so awesome! I looked like a 50 year old!

Needless to say, they really didn't use me much in the scenes and the hair lady complained every time I went near her that she wanted to cut my hair.

For the second scene, someone said "Get that thing up" - referring to my bush of hair. I got a half assed updo that made me look even more terrible. I think I was the only girl that didn't get to wear a hat. I was really hoping for some good photos from this but...

I had a hard time chatting with people on set and there was a lot of fake cigarette smoke that was making me choke. The shoes didn't fit and I looked ugly but it was still neat to see how they film a period piece.

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Entourage - Season 7 Ep. 3 : Dramedy - airdate July 18th

Entourage: Season 7 Episode 3 "Dramedy" to Air on July 18, 2010

First off - I'm pretty sure I won't be seen in this episode of Entourage. Me and this other girl were directed to go up the ramp and into the cafe and the waiter was supposed to bring us out to sit outside on the deck (where all the action was) but instead these other girls just took our seats. So, we just walked quickly by the camera and went inside and stayed there for the rest of the time. It was nice to sit down and chat with someone though. It was also great because it was a really short day - well, short for background work anyway.

I got to touch elbows with Adrian Grenier. Adrien got a haircut that I'm not all that impressed with. Check out some photos of Adrian here. In the scene we shot, Adrian was to ride a motorcycle up on the curb in front of the cafe. he stalled it a few times which was funny. I think he felt silly though. I enjoyed it. I think I saw all of the main actors except for Jeremy Piven. Kevin Dillon was awesome, he joked around and chatted us up inside the cafe during his quick break. Very nice guy, would love to work with him again.

The Entourage Girls were... um... well, let's just say, they were a bit older than me and weren't wearing much clothing and they all looked alike. Fake breasts, bleach blond hair, fake tans, tons of makeup. But I guess that's the look they were going for.

There was a family there (mom, dad and daughter) that won a day on set. They flew in from New York on their own dime just to be on set. They were nice and were asking me a lot of questions about what they should know and do on set etc...


Red carpet premier at Grauman's Chinese Theater and then Jane's House


May 27th was a busy night: two red carpets and a whole lot of walking!!
Dinner in between where I had a terrible margarita.
Didn't think to bring a change of clothes for the second red carpet so I improvised and stole Tim's vest. Thanks Tim.

Cielito Lindo premier @ Grauman's Chinese Theater
Official Website of "Cielito Lindo"
Red carpet event held at the prestigious Grauman's Chinese Theater, which happens to be very beautiful!

Official Trailer for "Cielito Lindo" -

Vendicatore - A Sicilian Tragedy red carpet event @ Jane's House in Hollywood
Official Website for "Vendicatore"
Facebook Fan Page for "Vendicatore"
Red carpet event held at Jane's House in Hollywood...which really does look like a house. A house with a lot of doors.

Photo by Nelson Shen


Series of short films premier for the Summer at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

On June 7th, Diegodiego, Blanca Blanco and I headed to the Egyptian Theater for the premier of four short films (actually a trailer and 3 short films).

They were:
All of them were great, but Skip Listening in particular had a very powerful message that they got through with lots of comedy and lots of emotion, all in one very short package. The character Thor Ramsey plays at the beginning -- a distracted, self-important radio personality -- was really awesome. Gave me some ideas for a future project...

Interview with MingleMedia TV Network

Met actor Courtney Gains (@ IMDB) who is going to be appearing in the upcoming movies "Faster" and "Go Straight to Hell." He was super-nice, and spoke with Tim about publicists, current projects, and other stuff, which was great.

Q&A with the actors and production teams, including Miro Gladovic (former FIFA agent, creator "American Footy Star"), Amit Handa (producer "American Footy Star"), Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl (writer and star "Conversations with Lucifer"), Gary Klavans (writer and star "Diamond Confidential"), Thor Ramsey and Lexi Marman (stars "Skip Listening")

Missed the after party at the Pig N Whistle Pub next door because it was getting late and we needed to get back home for Ollie!


"Diamond Confidential" (

The film brings back the remembrance of the film-noir style with visionary luminosity and a classic 21th Century touch. The contents are a mystery. The reward is high. The risk is death. Winner of 2010 Honolulu Film Festival 'The Silver Lei Award'.
Directed and Produced by Graeme Finlayson.

Starring and Written by Gary Klavans.
Also Starring - Danielle De Luca, Maggie Vandenberghe, Damon Standifer,
P.J. Marshall, with Michael Dempsey and David St. James


"Conversation with Lucifer" (

Darby Quinn is a 23-year old recovering drug addict navigating her way through early sobriety. Though resolved to stay clean in a twelve step program, she is incapable of being fundamentally honest with herself and others about the root of her addiction. This is a very real cinematic portrait of one woman's struggle to overcome her demons and rebuild. Told with all of the irony and acerbic wit so true of life, Conversations With Lucifer reminds us that hope finds us in the most unexpected of places and the most unlikely of ways.
Produced by Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl ,Kerry Finlayson, Daemon Hillin, Gordon Vasquez
Written by Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl.

Director – Cody Boesen

Principal Cast – Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl, Spencer Garrett, Dikla Marshall, Brandon Karrer, Kim Kendall

"Skip Listening" (

"Skip Listening" is an 11-minute comedy short film that was shot and edited in 7 days (a 168 Hour Film Project), was runner Up for best film at the 168 International Film Festival, and is about obnoxious and narcissistic radio DJ Skip Stonewall (Thor Ramsey), who is so self-involved that he doesn't even notice one of his co-workers (Lexi Marman) is Deaf. What is the difference between Skip Stonewall and a room full of deaf people? The deaf people can hear better! However, a providential mishap forces him to hear like never before.

Directed by Christopher Shawn Shaw.
Produced by Christopher Shawn Shaw, Josh B. Jacobs, and Colleen Bennett.
Starring Thor Ramsey, Lexi Marman, Robert G. Lee, Josh B. Jacobs and Kristen McCoy.

American Footy Star "Trailer" (

American Footy Star Reality TV Show - Upcoming TV Show trailer for a U.S. based athletic talent competition in search of the next Australian Football League (AFL) star. One lucky American athlete will be selected from the American Footy Combines (to take place summer 2010), and will win a trip to Australia and have the opportunity to be mentored by the AFL celebrity judges and be invited to the AFL “2010 Rookie Draft Camp. Celebrity judges include retired Australian Football League superstar players Jason McCartney and Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico. Mentors will include Jimmy Bartel (Brownlow Medalist) and AFL Champ’s Geelong Cats Assistant Coach Brenton Sanderson.

Created, Produced and Starring Miro Gladovic.
Produced by Amit Handa.


Photography: Nelson Shen
Press/Media: Yvette Morales for YM & Associates

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Criminal Minds: The Internet is Forever airs 5/19/2010

Season 5, Episode 22 – Airs: 5/19/2010

Episode Summary: The BAU travels to Boise, Idaho, to profile a serial killer who is using the internet to find his victims on social networking sites.

I was chatting with a few people on a pilot I worked on and this girl who had been working background for some time now mentioned how awful it was to play a cop because the uniforms were uncomfortable, hot and sometimes itchy, the belt was heavy, the boots never fit right and it took forever to remove everything to use the bathroom.

So, when I got cast as a Boise Police Officer for Criminal Minds I was a little nervous.

First, I realized how great it was not to have to lug a ton of wardrobe with me. Next, I found out how funny I looked and felt wearing a police uniform until I got the belt with all the "weapons" and then I felt powerful :)

Now, she wasn't completely wrong, the uniform wasn't the most comfortable thing to wear. The waist band was so high it couldn't flatter a super model. The belts, buckles, boots, badge and weaponry were all so heavy. It took a while to get all of our gear and get suited up. Walking was interesting at first. They don't carry every size in shoes on sets so you have to hope you get a pair that's close to your size or at least bigger rather than smaller. I was able to wear my insoles in the boots which made standing and walking MUCH more tolerable than wearing heels all day. Going to the bathroom was a little tricky at first but after a few times you kind of got the hang of it. The only thing was, you had to really plan your bathroom trips because you tripled your time in there and if they needed you on set you had to be ready. Needless to say, I didn't drink a whole lot of coffee during these three days of shooting.

I'll take wearing a police uniform any day over wearing a mini skirt and heels for 12 hours.

I got to work with a few people that I worked with on the movie Bad Teacher which was nice and I made some new friends on set. I really liked all the other actors and the crew was nice as well. The food was also good so that's always something to look forward to.

I worked pretty closely to the main actors and got to make some major eye contact with Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore (pictured above; unfortunately Shemar didn't take his shirt off) during the first scene I worked on in the police station. The main actors didn't really talk to the background at all and most of the time they seemed pretty serious and focused.

Matthew Gray Gubler who plays Dr. Spencer Reid (my favorite character) got a haircut that I think looks fantastic but I overheard some people talking about how they miss his long hair.

The second day of filming, there were a ton of extras playing family and friends of the victims and I was sort of in charge of a few groups of people bringing them to different spots of the station, consoling them, directing them, improvising and pantomiming of course. One guy was so 'into' his character that I was really impressed yet wanted to crack up because I'm pretty sure you won't see us at all in the scene and if you do, we'll be so far away you probably won't be able to make out our faces.

During our off time in holding, a few of us got together and filmed a ridiculous little movie using just an iphone and an editing application. I'll post the film here (just click on the link) but I just want you all to know that this is a joke and in no way do I consider this good acting, it's just being "Bored on Set."

My question remains, What does UnSub stand for and/or what does it mean? If you watch the show, you know what I'm talking about and if you know the answer, feel free to post it in my comments section. I'm very curious.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Doctors "Caught On Tape" May 7th, 2010

This week on The Doctors: "Caught On Tape" (airing Fri May 7th), they mount "a health sting to uncover the shortcuts people take when they don’t think anyone is looking! And, learn which beauty treatments may do more harm than good and what food to never buy from a vending machine!" All this according to the page about the episode I filmed for.

I found this on Craigslist. The listing read something along the lines of: "Looking for women interested in getting a free facial to participate in a focus group for a known network TV show -- will compensate $20.00 for your time." It wasn't until I received a phone call from them that I found out it's for The Doctors - a show that I love! I had to take an over-the-phone survey about facial care and cosmetics, and then I'm off!

I arrive and I go to a waiting area at the studio for almost two hours before they take me in. I find out that they weren't supposed to tell us (the "facial victims") that it was for The Doctors. Right then I know something is weird.

They take me in and put this white goop on my face while I'm sitting up. They say that it's a "rare fruit extract" from India or something like; I just go along with it. The girl next to me goes in the back room to wash her goop off and starts screaming that it's burning!

Now I know there's hidden cameras in the room and they want a reaction to all this nonsense, so I try to play along and give them what they want. In the end, they think they fooled me like on Candid Camera and say they will set us up for an actual facial somewhere nice. They hand me $20.00, have me sign a release, and I'm on my way.

Here's the link to my clip. Check it out now because I'm not sure how long it will be up there.

...Two+ months later and still no free facial. We'll see if they kept my reaction shots in the show this week. Stay tuned on May 7th @ 4PM and see if you can spot me! Let me know if you do in the comments below.

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Parks and Recreation "Telethon" May 6th, 2010

The upcoming episode for Parks and Recreation -- "Telethon" -- will be airing Thursday May 6th, 2010.

The scene I worked in was a night club scene. They had us park at CBS Studios right near where I live, so it was great only having to drive 10 minutes to work! Then we took a shuttle into Hollywood to start the filming.

I had to wear my tall black books and got stuck standing the whole time, of course! Ugh...

As an extra, you can't speak on set, or even whisper; you have to pantomime everything you're doing in the background. So I'm trying to dance to no music and hold a conversation without words. Harder than one would think... They gave us these "drinks" -- water or juice w/ coloring and sugar -- and it's surprisingly more disgusting than it sounds.

While we're on break, what usually happens is that several people huddle around and call the casting agency to find out what's available for work the next day. Then we all try to get through to the lines (since it's always busy) and when one of us gets through and gets booked, we pass the phone on to the next person (as long as the Casting Director allows it) so they can get themselves booked as well. . I was able to book work for the following Monday while on set, and passed the phone to two other actors and got them booked also.

Team work, people! That's what the biz is all about when you're working your way up.

Watch the episode Thursday May 6th and see if you can spot me! I'm in the club scene. Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

CSI: New York "Unusual Suspects" May 12, 2010

That's a great picture of the cast. Here's a picture of me during the filming of CSI: New York, season 6, episode 20, "Unusual Suspects" due to air May 12, 2010 (whew! say that 10 times fast):

I was so sick going into work this day, and it looks REALLY bad if you call out, so I just had to suck it up. So I pull up to the lot and throw up in my car. Good start to the day!

After loading onto the shuttle and worrying that I'm going to be in painful heels all day, what does wardrobe pick for me? Heels, of course! I do one scene, then I absolutely have to change my shoes. My feet were killing me. Did anyone notice or get mad? No, thank God. But I was worried that they would the whole time.

The theater we were shooting at was exactly 100 years old, and was freezing. I'm feeling awful. Even Gary Sinise is feeling awful (or he's just all business, but it's hard to tell). He's taller than I thought he'd be...

They were filming during lunch hour on the busiest street in downtown without blocking the road. We're waiting for red lights in order to shoot, people are walking through the shots, people are taking pictures, they're trying to get on camera, they're asking questions...! Most of the time, the background actors weren't even CLOSE to being in the shot, but they still made us stand around for hours till they could get their shit together. Needless to say, I most likely won't be seen in this episode but ya never know...

I'm sure I was just grumpy because I was sick, but this wasn't very fun at all!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

NCIS: Los Angeles

I loved working my first day on set: filming "Hand-to-Hand," episode 16 of NCIS: Los Angeles at Paramount Studios. The PA's and crew were great at giving direction and were all really nice. Working background gave me a chance to meet some awesome people over the course of what turned out to be a fairly long day. I wore flats, but they stretched on me and started giving me blisters as the day wore on. Whoever said acting was easy!

During our hour of lunch, I got to walk around the studio and check out the lot and while breaking for a small moment LL Cool J kept smiling at me, but because it's not cool to talk to the "Famous" on set, all I could do was smile back at him. Awkward much? Well, he finally came up to me and asked how my day was going. I couldn't just ignore him, that would have been rude right? ;-P Unfortunately for me, Chris O'Donnell kept mostly to himself, so I didn't get a shot at interacting with him (Fun Fact: both LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell are even hotter in real life! I don't even know how that's possible).

Oh, and Linda Hunt is SOOOOOOO tiny. It took all my strength to fight the urge to just pick her up! Kinda like a cute puppy or small child. I hope that's not offensive.

Watch NCIS: Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 6th...and maybe you'll spot me in the good guys' headquarters!

Picture is from NCIS: Los Angeles Fan's website.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Red Carpet Events: Some fun facts

Red Carpet Events are quite a bit of fun, and there's always new faces and crazy personalities. But there are some interesting facts that I've discovered, stuff that might change both an outsider's view of them as well as prepare new actors, musicians, and artists for these events...which are mandatory if you want to get a foot in the door. Best to be prepared, right? So here are some of those interesting facts:
  • There are lines...often long lines, but sometimes very short lines that DO NOT MOVE. Either way, there's something long about it, and not in a good way. (Is there a such thing as a long line that's good? If you think of one, let me know and write it down in the comments!)
  • The other people in line know about as much as you do. Which is to say, nothing at all. That's a good thing, if you're willing to talk to them about that fact ;-)
  • The people immediately surrounding you in line are one of two types of people: (1) the people you talk to most and make friends with early on while you're waiting in line, and thus the people that you will remember (and will remember you) the most; (2) the people who are about to cut you if you don't throw some elbows or pull out the "trippy foot" maneuver. You know what maneuver I'm talking about!
  • If cops show up, it's not because of the potential underage stars drinking alcohol at the club, the potential drug abuse in the bathrooms, or the shady extortions going on in the back rooms. As far as I've seen, that stuff doesn't happen nearly as much in Hollywood (well not at the red carpet events) as the news would make you believe. No, if cops show up, it's because some real celebrity was trying to walk down the sidewalk to get into a better club, and couldn't get around all the not-so-big stars waiting in line at the club featuring the Red Carpet Event. Stupid big time celebrities!
  • The people controlling the lines are one of two people: (1) Guys like Alex Munoz, who knows everybody's face and runs things like a well-oiled machine; (2) Guys like Bill the Bouncer, who looks tough and is probably packing heat, but is probably more scared of the line than the people in the line are scared of how their hair looks before they hit the cameras.
  • If you're 20 feet from the door, and someone official-looking says, "We're going to stop the line for a minute or two as people get through the Red Carpet," then that really means, "We're going to announce this party is closed permanently in about 45 seconds."
I think Red Carpet Events -- the ones you don't see on national TV -- are some of the best places to get to meet people. They are also scary for newcomers, and a lot of people still follow the mentality of being out for themselves, which only makes it harder on the new crowd. But if you just put yourself out there and start talking, you'll never expect the personalities you'll meet! I've met some great ones so far, and I'm looking forward to meeting many more!

Pictures include Diegodiego, Blanca Blanco, Alex Munoz.

Photography by Tim Bannock (top two pix), Khater's Photos (bottom left), and Nelson Shen photography (bottom right).

Did I miss anything particularly important to know about Red Carpets? Want to know anything more? Just tell/ask below in the comments!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

That Special Day update: Junebug Media now has a Facebook Group with Pix

Way back in September of 2009, I was cast in a short little multimedia event known as "That Special Day," a Junebug Media production that consisted of a wedding gone wrong meets a zombie apocalypse. Now, Brandie June Chernow and her talented team of set designers, photographers, videographers, and makeup artists -- including the talented David Mendez -- have created a Facebook Group for updates, photos, and more information on the upcoming final product.

I played one of the bridesmaids, and I can't wait to see the final product, which should include some funny bits where I try very hard to keep the wedding together, as well as me post-zombification ;-) Here are a couple of my shots before the zombies attack:

So join up, keep an eye on them, and watch out for the final product on the Downtown Art Walk and other venues coming soon! Read more about it at the L.A. Zombie Examiner article.


Monday, February 15, 2010

King King on Hollywood BLVD

Looking for a little house music in Hollywood? Spent Saturday @ King-King on Hollywood Blvd and it was great!

A "slow" night happens to be pretty packed, and the music gets louder and louder as the night goes on, pumping some very serious dance rhythms and getting the whole crowd moving. A visit to their website at King King Hollywood proves how popular they are: there are shows almost every night, featuring dozens of DJs, rock bands, art shows (including aerial art!) and even movie screenings. King King appeals to almost any crowd; just hit their site, choose a night, and you'll be feelin' alright! (Okay, that was bad: Tim wrote that.)

If you go on Saturday nights, maybe I'll see you there!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Divine Intervention Society's "Moonwalk My Adidas" final cut is up!

Divine Intervention Society has posted their video single for "Moonwalk My Adidas" -- an awesome smash-up of old and new school hip-hop. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can see me in several of the "back to the 80's" style scenes...probably most obvious when O Brown is sporting his giant fro ;-) The final product is so good, and the shoot was a ton of fun thanks to all the behind the scenes dancing and antics!

You can also catch this video along with some pix and other stuff at all sorts of other venues online, too: