#PitchforkIsComing - Pitchfork Film Preview

Many of you heard of my adventure as a "movie star" or read my post from about a year ago talking about the filming of Pitchfork. If you want to read more on that click here.  What an amazing experience that was. And, about a month ago, we were invited to go watch the full film in Clare!!

On Monday, June 27th I was finally able to watch the first film I had ever been in. I'm not usually a fan of scary movies and, even though I was in the movie, I had no idea how the plot would unfold or who made it out alive. Although a little nervous, I was so excited to see myself on the big screen (as arrogant as that is, it's true, and you can't tell me you wouldn't feel the same way ;) ).

 

The whole night was really a great experience. I was able to reconnect with some of the cast members that I had worked with and meet others that weren't on set the night we were filming. And, I finally found out who Pitchfork was!

I am so thankful for Glenn Packard (creator, writer, and directer of the film) including me in this opportunity. I look forward to working with him in the future, who knows, Pitchfork 2?!

Be on the lookout for more information on the film coming within the next few months. For now, here is the link to the teaser trailer and the IMDb page to learn more. 

Also, thank you to Mikaela for being my photographer/date for the evening :)

St. Patrick's Day 5k and I Love Dance Competition March 20, 2016

 

Good morning, and happy Monday. Hope your week is starting out great!

Today I wanted to share my experience of my first BARC (Bay Area Runner’s Club) St. Patrick’s Day 5k which just so happened to also be the day of the second dance competition of the year for the studio I teach at. The competition happened to be in the same city, how convenient!

So for those of you that don’t know, I’m a bit competitive. When I was invited to run in the event with Matt’s family, my first thought was, “Oh it’s on, I’m gonna beat Matt.” Then, I saw everyone’s times from previous years, took a step back, and had second thoughts like, “Oh, I’m going to have to work for this one.” With paces around 8 – 8 ½ minutes I about gave up hope., pretty sure my last few races had me at a pace of 9 minutes or so. At this point, I had about 3 months or so to train, and that’s exactly what I was going to do, train really hard and work on my times. Well, training started out great with running 7:46 miles (which this year still wouldn’t have been enough to beat Matthew) but ran into a speed bump. A knee injury speed bump. (Pun Intended). I tried for WEEKS to run, even just once a week to see if I could get in more that just a mile or so, nope wasn’t happening. Usually when I hit mile one, or shortly after, I got an intense pain in my left knee and it forced me to stop running. Bummer. And trust me, I didn’t take this well. How was I going to run, let alone beat anyone if I had a bum knee and couldn’t train at all?! Well, let’s just say I wasn’t happy at all, even going into race day.

So, the day of, I woke up and started out my day with a yummy avocado. Coffee didn’t sound too great before running, so we stopped and picked up the next best thing, Hydrive Energy Water (if you haven’t tried these yet, I highly suggest you do).

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With the race starting at 11:30 we arrived around 11. Parking in the area was crazy, SO many people. I'm pretty sure we made our own parking spot... The 8k that took place earlier that day had about 1,000 entries, the 5k run had just under 3,300 entries (many who ran the 8k also ran the 5k), and just under 1,200 for the 5k walk... What I'm try to say here is that there were A LOT of people in the area, haha.

We arrived and met up with everyone with just enough time to get ready, take a few pictures, and get ready to run!

So remember that whole competitive thing I was talking about? And being all upset because I was injured and would most likely be walking 2/3 of the race... yeah, well... not only did I finish the race running the whole time, I hit a PR for my 5k time. Imagine that. I finished 12th in my age group with a time of 25:40; only 10 seconds slower than Matt's little brother, Evan, and 1 minute and 43 seconds slower than Matt. So close, and with a bad knee! (Still recovering from that and haven't run since... :/ )

Post Race Pictures!

Matt and I both reppin' the Adidas Rocket Boost!  Yeah, we're that couple that has matching shoes...

Matt and I both reppin' the Adidas Rocket Boost!

Yeah, we're that couple that has matching shoes...

I couldn't stay to hang out or go out for lunch because I had a few dancers to go take care of!

Shout out to Matt's step mom, Robin, for most of the pictures so far!!!

I headed over to the hotel where the competition was taking place in order to get changed and find out how things were going.

I had planned to take more pictures of the day, take pictures of awards, have lots to talk about, but honestly, once things got rolling, the day was so fast paced!

Check out some of the photos I was able to take, stole from others on social media, and found on my phone after my students got a hold of it!

The kids did amazing and I was proud of how hard they worked no matter how long of a day they had or what illnesses they had or were coming down with. We have a group of GREAT kids that's for sure!

This was the competition that finished out my first season as an instructor for competitive numbers. I am so proud of what my students accomplished and I am happy to have taken the opportunity to teach them, I learned so much! I hope in the future I am able to create more pieces to have beautiful dancers perform. Until then, we look forward to our recital in June!!

 

That's all for today! Enjoy your week and stay happy! :D

 

#PitchforkMovie

This past weekend I was lucky enough to film a few scenes for an independent horror film being shot in Clare, MI. Before going into any details, I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences of my life. The Audition:

I went to a class a few weeks ago that was also a movie audition. I should have had more confidence going into the class, but I didn't. I was going simply for the class (absolutely love Glenn's warm-up and stretch, would have went just for that) and the audition portion, for me, was just an extra. I thought that when auditioning I was just going to get blown away by the other dancers in the area. I hadn't danced in a while being that the Piston's season has been over for a few months and before Piston's I hadn't danced regularly, other than teaching, in 4 years. These other dancers were dancing regularly and are so talented. That didn't stop me from working as hard as I could, but I had my doubts. And this is where I have to learn to have faith in myself, because a week later I was getting a phone call saying that I was booked for the job. Out of the 6 locations the classes were held, I was one of the 10 dancers chosen for the part.

This was a reminder I needed...

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...I have done great things and have the ability to do even more, that's been proven to me time and time again.

So, there I was in awe of the fact that I was getting another chance to live my dream as a professional dancer. And realizing that there are so many people out there dreaming of doing big things, but I'm actually living mine. I couldn't be more thankful.

Rehearsal:

Saturday was our rehearsal, scheduled from 2-8. Before this we had received an e-mail containing the choreography we had already learned in class. After we went through the choreography we already knew, we worked on new sections we had to learn for other parts of the dance scene.

I'm so thankful that I learned to pick up choreography quickly working with the Piston's Dance Team, because we powered through the choreography and kept moving throughout the whole day.

Everyone worked really well together and we ended up getting out of rehearsal 2.5 hours early! I was able to head home and spend some unexpected time with my family. :)

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The amazing dancers I was able to work with.

Filming:

Our call time for filming was 7 p.m. Sunday night. To prepare for what I knew was going to be a long night, I tried to sleep most of the day Sunday, I got a little extra sleep, but not the amount I really wanted. But, I had to make the best of it! (By that I mean coffee and Hydrive energy waters ready if I needed).

We started out by rehearsing on set. We went through all of the dances a few times, which took about an hour, and then we got a break.

  

Next, we were called back to do all of our scenes as extras. Not only were we dancing, but we were extras for the barn party scene. The amount of work that goes into even just one scene is amazing. The number of takes there has to be just to get all the different angles is incredible. I never knew so much had to go into making one scene, but that's what makes a great film!

We took a few hours to do that, then it was time for food! Yum. Pizza, pasta, and salad; can't beat that. We ate, downed our energy drinks and practiced our dances.

When the "lunch" break was over we headed back to the set for a few more scenes as extras. Finally, around 3 a.m., it was time to dance!! We did a few takes of each dance and did a few finishing scenes. By the time we were finished it was about 5 a.m. 10 hours on set and it was finally time to go home!

It was crazy how much bonding and how close all of us became over the course of two days and just a few hours. The dancers, actors, and crew were all so fabulous and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with for my first movie. I can't wait for the release. I'll be posting more information to keep you all updated, so be on the lookout for what is bound to be an awesome film.

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The eight Michigan girls with the director, Glenn Packard.

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The whole cast and crew on set. Truly amazing people.

As I said before, I couldn't have asked for a better experience and I'm looking forward to more opportunities in the future.