Amy’s aerial routine for 2020!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re staying healthy, safe and sane in your corner of the world.

I had made plans to do a new aerial routine in December of 2019. After a few swaps in tricks and music changes, I was able to film it with the help of some friends at the beginning of March of this year.

And now it’s finally ready to be seen! Many thanks to Womack and Bowman for being my training ground and means for self expression. Aerial training is a hobby for me, a way to challenge myself without comparison to anyone else.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Making a short! “There You Are”

Hey everybody!

Earlier this month we did a one night shoot for a six page thriller I wrote and directed called “There You Are.” Amazing actors Tracy Eliott, BJ Lange, and a fantastic crew.

Follow Tracy on Instagram here 

Follow BJ Lange on Twitter here

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I inadvertently dressed Tracy Eliott to look like me. Oops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking pictures with Tracy Eliott and BJ Lange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DP Kimberly Stratton and production designer/dead body Sara Parrott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My hardworking crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More updates to come!

A Star For Christmas in December 2018!

Hey everybody!

If it’s December, there MIGHT be a showing of the Christmas TV movie that I wrote A STAR FOR CHRISTMAS.

And there is! Yay!

Here’s your chance to start your holiday season off right and you have many chances to do so! Set your DVR for any of the following!

LIFETIME CHANNEL – https://www.mylifetime.com/movies/a-star-for-christmas

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 10:03pm

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 2:04am

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 8:00am

ION CHANNEL https://iontelevision.com/holiday-movie/a-star-for-christmas

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at 9:00am

Cute trailer alert below!

Hope you enjoy!

Go Buy Ash Parsons’ New Book!

So enough about me!

One of my secrets is to be friends with really talented people. And one of my all time faves is my bestie from childhood, YA Author Ash Parsons.

A few weeks ago, I went to Florida to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. We drove to the Florida coast and rented a condo on the beach. Where I spent a lovely few days reading Ash’s newest book THE FALLING BETWEEN US.

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Here’s the synopsis:

Just eight months ago, fifteen-year-old Roxanne Stewart was stuck in her tiny, middle-of-nowhere hometown with no prospects of leaving. But after her boyfriend, Joshua Blackbird, posts a performance of an original song on YouTube, he becomes an overnight sensation, catapulting to the dizzying heights of celebrity, and Rox joins him on the whirlwind ride of a massive national tour.

But it’s not long before the never-blinking eye of fame begins weighing them both down–the constant hunger of managers, diehard fans who call themselves “Birdies,” record execs, paparazzi, and even family, all leeching onto Joshua.

Then one day, Joshua Blackbird disappears. Was it a suicide? An accident? Rox will stop at nothing to find out the truth. The Falling Between Us is a haunting love story and a piercing look at the costs of fame.

It’s a fantastic read and well worth your time. And while you’re at it, check out her first book STILL WATERS, which is also amazing.

Among other things, Ash is a 2016 PEN Literary Award Winner AND a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. Check out her Circus Crush entries on her twitter feed, where she shines a well deserved spotlight on circus legends. (her Twitter feed is hilarious in general)

You can read more about Ash at these links.

http://ashparsonsbooks.com/ 

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/228467/ash-parsons

Pics from Say Goodbye Toto in Colon, Michigan!

Hey everyone!

It was a fantastic weekend of performances of SAY GOODBYE, TOTO at Colon Junior/Senior High School in Colon, MI. in March. Check out these uber talented kids from the Colon High School Drama Club:

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You can read all about the play SAY GOODBYE TOTO here and read a sample here,

If you’d like to perform the play at your high school, Please email me directly 

Say Goodbye, Toto in Colon, Michigan in March 2018!

Toto-new-finalv1Hey everyone!

If you happen to be in the Colon, Michigan area at the end of March, you can see SAY GOODBYE, TOTO as the Colon Junior/Senior High School is performing it for three performances in the high school gymnasium:

March 23, 2018 at 6:00PM

March 24, 2018 at 2:00PM and 6:00PM

Tickets: $5.00 at the door.

You can read all about the play here and read a sample here,

If you’d like to perform the play at your high school, Please email me directly 

 

thanks and break a leg, Colon Junior/Senior High School!

How Screenwriting Is Like Aerial Training – Part 2

Continuing last month’s theme with Part 2! – How Screenwriting Is Like Aerial Training (and probably other professions as well)

Surround yourself with people who are better than you

The aerial class I take is an advanced silks class. Usually I’m the worst one in class. It used to make me self conscious. But when I went down a level to an intermediate class, where I was one of the best in the class, I was still self-conscious and uncomfortable. I realized that I want to be the worst in the class, because I want to learn from people who are better than me. I don’t want to be the best in class. I don’t learn anything that way.

I once heard about screenwriting, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” So I follow a lot of writers on Twitter. I ask writers who are way better than me to read my work and give me their notes. Sometimes I have to wait awhile until their schedule clears up. And I always buy them lunch or dinner. And I always say thank you, even if they hate my script.

But! Don’t compare yourself to others

The surest way to implode in a spectacular Technicolor blast of writer goo is to read the Twitter feed of more successful writers as they announce their latest project or their standing in a writing competition while you trudge off to your soulless day job (bonus points if they’re actually people you know in real life.)

And if I wanted to, I could very easily implode in a spectacular Technicolor inflexible aspiring aerialist goo if I obsess over other aerialists. Look at their oversplits! Look at their graceful moves! Look at how effortless they make it!

(If I had any of my splits, I would just stay in them, all day long. I would watch TV in my middle splits. That’s how much I wish I had them. And maybe someday I’ll get there.)

But being jealous of what other people have, either their career progress or their flexibility, doesn’t do you any good. Get in front of that computer. Get on that silk. And work your own shit out.

Cheer for other people

At the same time, you need to cheer for your friends in real life who announce their latest writing project or contest standing while you trudge off to your soulless day job. You need to cheer for your classmates who finally nail that middle spit to ankle hang when they get it and you don’t. Celebrate any and all wins, even if (and especially if) they’re not yours. Be generous with your praise and congratulations. Only good things come from sending out love and positivity in the world. Yes, that seems all woo woo and foo foo, but I believe it.

Yeah, it’s tough. It’s gonna hurt. Keep going.

Nobody is perfect right out of the gate. People that go to the gym see the most beneficial effects when they consider it a life-long process, as opposed to a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

Training in aerial arts hurts. Especially at the beginning. You’re getting weird silk burns on weird places (armpit burns, anyone?) while you figure out where the silk is supposed to be. After your first aerial class, you feel like a Mac truck hit you.

But if you want it enough. You keep going. And you get better.

When you first start writing, you have no idea what you’re doing. You’re just banging stuff out on a keyboard and stringing sentences together and debating the merits of outlining. The first time you get a bad critique, it hurts. You will likely call the critiquer an idiot who just didn’t get it. And then later on, you realize that they may have had some good points.

But if you want it enough. You keep going. And you get better.

If this is something you want more than anything else in the world, you will pursue it with everything you have. And it will be worth it. Says me 🙂