Sometimes I Press the “Random” Button

Sometimes not everything is peachy in Kristin-land.  I have my ups and downs.  There’s that catchphrase, “The struggle is real.”  Well, the stupid is real too and some days are full of very real and very consequential stupid.

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I have had to learn how to manage a few roller coaster situations  in the last few months.   I’ve had to work on checking in with myself and I’ve found a surprising source of happy-my Tumblr.  My Tumblr has been godsend the past few months.

My Tumblr consists of mostly things I find fun, interesting and make me happy.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pressed the “Random” button, seen a photo I’ve long forgotten and broken into a smile.  It’s my happy bank.

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There’s a lot of rancor on social media.  It’s the zeitgeist.  However, I think we all need a little digital happy place, one that we don’t feel the need to impress too much or grow following, just a space to let those memories that make us happy “be”.  If I were craftier, I’d scrapbook, but then I’d have to carry it around everywhere.   Considering my penchant for mislaying things, it’s probably best that my happy bank is digitized.

My point is, sometimes life hits hard.  It may be difficult to see the blessings.  You may be barraged by stupid.  When those times come, it’s important to remember the good times.  Fill your happy bank and your heart will always be full of gratitude when you need it most.  For me, it’s a small space on Tumblr.  Explore what works for you.

 

Who Wore It Best? The Litch or the Bitch?

Who Wore It Best?  The Litch or the Bitch?

The Litch was the first film I’ve ever needed a stunt double.  It’s really funny to see someone in the same outfit as you, playing your role.  I sort of have the Patty Duke Show jingle ringing in my head each time I see a picture of my double, Alan Maxson.

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What I love about my stunt double’s look is the overall doughy look of the molding on his face.  It matches my skin tone well.  And those pouty lips…hilarious.  My lips are ample, but those lips are ghoulishly puffy like the Botox nightmares we sometimes see in La-la-land.  I must admit that Alan is better at wielding that humongous knife than me, but I bet we could go head-to-head in rolling pin assault skills. Be sure to catch The Litch when it comes out later this year.

Congratulations to Thomas Schlamme

Congratulations to fellow UT-Austin alum Thomas Schlamme on being elected president of the DGA yesterday evening.  I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Schlamme a few years back when he was directing Studio 60.  It was very inspiring to hear his story of success and he was also kind enough to introduce us to Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford that evening.  Hook Em Horns!

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Behind the Scenes of The Litch

Behind the Scenes of The Litch

This week, I got to have a fun part in The Litch, directed by James Balsalmo of Acid Bath Productions.  It was a high-spirited, improvisational shoot.  Coming out later this year, the film also stars Tom Sizemore, the legendary  Lloyd Kaufman and fellow scream queen Genoveva Rossi.  James is creative, collaborative and fun and I told our manager Matt Chassin that he was like the “Christopher Guest of horror”.  This is sure to be a fun horror comedy.

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Armin Nasseri of Seeking Valentina fame was also on-hand helping with our scene. It was great to have his positive energy there.  I can’t wait to see it debut on the big screen later this year!

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Former TODAY Show Anchor Still Gets Nervous

Such a wonderful interview with Jane. We all need to sharpen our communication skills and Jane shows us the way.

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It’s typical…you’re going out to speak in front of a crowd or even make a toast at a family dinner and here come the hand shakes…the perspiration…maybe even a dry mouth, and as you draw your attention to it, it gets worse!

Well, former TODAY Show anchor Jane Hanson said she has experienced this, no matter how many times she has appeared in front of the masses and hearing her say this somehow makes me feel BETTER. Not because she has suffered through it also but because that I know that if she gets it, then all of us should know that it’s more common than we think. It’s how to deal with it and plow through it – perhaps even USE it! – to communicate your message the most effective way with your audience, whether you are on TV, in front of a live audience or simply putting yourself…

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The Concours d’Elegance, A Beverly Hills Tradition

The Concours d’Elegance, A Beverly Hills Tradition

Dubbed one of the “300 Unmissable Events” of the world, the Concours d’Elegance is a car show–Beverly Hills Style.  Staged on famed Rodeo Drive on Father’s Day, hundreds of car aficionados come out to celebrate some of the worlds most sought after cars and have been doing so for 20 years.  The event is free and open to the public and the public did come out in droves!  The Concours d’Elegance is the largest public event held annually in Beverly Hills.  A unique mix of guests, including car collectors, families and international visitors and residents from Beverly Hills and the Westside came out to celebrate Father’s Day in ambiance only Beverly Hills can provide.

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From the hottest cars on the market today to the most rare vehicles of yesteryear, these cars are beauties.  I was especially enchanted by the McLaren 720s from Auto Gallery of Beverly Hills.

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The amazing cars on display included the 2015 Ford Mustang, a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom and a McLaren 12C. The coveted automobiles are displayed along iconic Rodeo Drive for auto-enthusiasts of all kinds to admire up close.  Here’s a few of my pics!