Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"The Final Frontier......"

.......her on going boldly go, where no one has gone before."  Star Trek

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Showdown - 2016

Counting down the last few days of this year like the showdown in Kill Bill Vol 1. LOL

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Gift Wrap......

"Tis but the work of a moment.......all we need now is a sprig of holly."  Love Actually

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Surviving Christmas Pt 4: "I Can't Believe This Family!"

"...This family is nothing like my family......The two are like oil and water."  Alvy

The "Family Dinner" is coming.  Theme: Surviving Christmas - LOL

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Welcome the Winter Solstice.....

....... with ice scraping like Jerry from Fargo! Well, at least each day will have more sunlight after today.   Happy Winter!   LOL

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Surviving Christmas Theme: Pt 3 - "You Better Check Yourself..."

"Before I wreck myself?!  I need to chickety check myself before I wrigedty wreck myself?!!!" Isaac/The Night Before

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"Hateful Respect" - Surviving Christmas Theme: Pt 2

"It was very brave and honest - I respect you for that but the content of what you said has made me hate you......there is a layer of respect of your truthfulness, peppered with hate - Hateful Respect."   Aldous Snow/Get Him To The Greek

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Surviving Christmas"

"Mr. Lathom agrees to pay the sum of $250,000.00 to the aid in recapturing those childhood Christmas memories, including but not limited to all due festiveness, celebrations, various subject merriness, and yuletide glee," Levine the Lawyer/Surviving Christmas

Friday, December 16, 2016

"National Ugly Sweater Day"

"Everyone's going to be wearing one of these."  Al and Jenny Myer/Better Off Dead

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"Carpe Diem"

"Seize the day, Boys!  Make your lives extraordinary."  John Keating (Robin Williams)/Dead Poets Society

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"The Thing About The Future...."

"Every time you look at it changes, because you looked at it, and that changes everything else."  Frank Cadillac (Nic Cage)/Next

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

"It's A Wonderful Life!"

"Dear George, Remember no man is a failure who has friends.  Thanks for the wings~! Love, Clarence"

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"You Sit On A Throne of Lies!"

"Don't tell him what you want, kid.  He's a liar....a fake!.......He's not Santa!"  Elf  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Angry Santa Chase..........Fred Claus

Street Santa:  "You need a permit to work in the street" 

Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn):  "I don't answer to you, Buddy.  I answer to the people. Mind your own business, please."

Street Santa: "The Salvation Army is my business."

Fred Claus (2007)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

How I Handle Rejection.....

"Say it slower ~ 'Goosfraba!'  Ahh, better!  How do you feel?"   Dr. Buddy Rydell/Anger Management

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"We Are Powerful Beyond Measure" Coach Carter

"It's our light, not our darkness that that most frightens us.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlighted about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone......"   Timo Cruz/Coach Carter

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Today's Theme: Speak Truth With Flare!

"I don't think I want to know a 6 yr old that isn't a 'dreamer or silly heart'.  And I sure don't want to know one that will take their 'student career' seriously. I know a good kid when I see one,  They're all good kids.....until some brain-dead skag like you drags them down and tells them they're no good. "  Uncle Buck

Monday, December 5, 2016

Clearing Monday Like.......

......the Dukes driving in the General Lee!  "Bo, I think, we're going to have to shoot the moon."  The Dukes of Hazzard

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Being An Extra For A Day - Atlanta's Booming Film Industry

Being An Extra For A Day In Atlanta's Booming Film Industry

Welcome to "Y'allywood" (mini-Hollywood)!  Georgia has become one of the biggest film industry locations in the USA and still growing.  With this, comes the posts for open casting calls for "extras" - these are people that are needed to fill in the background, to complete a filmed scene.  

There are several casting agencies, here in Atlanta, that will post open casting calls for extra actors, needed for any given project.  I came across a post for people with bar/restaurant experience or comedians to work for a locally filmed production.  I just so happened to qualify for all of these requests and decided to submit my picture and stats - age, height, weight, hair color, etc. 

One week later, I was selected and booked, as an extra, for this TV show - filming here, in the Atlanta area. I've never done anything like this before!  I just love TV shows, movies, and the entertainment industry, in general, and wanted to see what it is like to be a part of it.  What I learned from this experience:  This business is lot of hard work and it takes a whole lot of people to make the "magic" of TV/Film that entertains everyone!

It was a very humbling experience.  As an "extra" you are the lowest form on the set.  There is a class system, which is especially shown during the cast meal line....but hey, I totally get it.  You got to "pay your dues" - right?!

What really stood out though was the process - from getting a meal, to wardrobe/costume changes, to hurry up and wait, and then, "go" directions.  Most importantly, if you are in the industry, you expect changes and delays.  My "role" that I was booked for changed two times before I got to the set and three times, once on set.

The first thing you need to know is this is going to be a long day!  Upon signing up during the booking, you have to agree to be available for up to 12 hours. These people work seriously long hours!  So while it looks really glamorous from us, fans looking in; it's long hours, lots of waiting, lots of retakes, lots of patience, and lots of work.

It was very confusing, walking into the filming site - a warehouse that housed multiple set stages; really dark in some areas, then opening up into bright fluorescent offices and back into the dark recesses of set construction, to a dimly lit tables and catering area.  I was directed, with another extra, to see the set Production Assistant (PA), that was running the extras - where we were told to sit and wait for the other extras to arrive for "our call time."

While waiting for wardrobe to go over what I would wear, I noticed all that is going on around me. Lots of people walking around, doing construction jobs, designing scene sets.  There were others with walkie-talkies, walking quickly, in and out and around the maze of this place.  Someone came in walking a dog that moved passed us pretty quickly....that was sort of random but hey, it's show business.  All these nuisances that make the scenes - "the scene."

I discovered quickly that when they are filming/taping and you hear, "Quiet on set - rolling."  That means, seriously shut the ef up, don't squeak that chair that you're sitting in....time is money, sounds are money.  You had to be quick and adept to what the Production team is telling you to do.

The move to wardrobe:  Here I discovered - I looked pretty good in that little dress, the wardrobe designer brought to me to wear, for the "club scene."  All of my CrossFit workouts have been paying off! LOL  This gown was definitely wayyy shorter and had crazy cleavage.....still, I looked on point!  I have to give her snaps for that dress choice... Only, she came back out, gave me another dress - took that dress I was wearing and gave to another 'younger, prettier' background actress that had a bigger scene.  Oh well, and so it goes.....

Another lesson learned: "Don't take it personal."  If the set people say you look "too old or not pretty enough" - it's a creative process.  There is a vision involved and you have to develop thick skin (just let that roll off.)  Why?  Because when they are getting ready for the next scene, all of sudden you are the "it" girl and perfect."  Go figure! LOL  It really is about telling - no filming, a visual story.

Somehow, I got chosen to play with a few other extra actors in a major scene.  We just rolled with it - listened to the cues, did several takes, and filmed the scene.  Can you believe it??   First time as an extra in the film industry and I get placed from background actor to an actual actor in a scene! **Yeah, me and thank you, God!

Meanwhile, during the waits, between "takes"(another word for filming), you get to meet all of the people and other extras there.  I actually made a few new friends! Everyone had such amazing backgrounds, as we learned a little about each other.  I discovered, just as in everyday life, everyone has a story - a "why" they are there and the biggest common denominator is that we all love the movies and the entertainment industry; wanting to be a part of that process.  *At least, that is why I was there. :)

Before I left for the evening, I had a divine opportunity to thank the director for this experience.  It was a random moment!  This person had no idea who I was or that it was my first time, ever, being on a set.   That didn't matter to me.  I was just grateful and prayerful for this opportunity; thankful that I had the chance to say so and even thanking the PAs, that were processing our paperwork to get paid, for their hard work.  I had an amazing time that will forever change the way I look at the shows and movies that I love! I drove home that evening reflecting on everything - bringing me to writing this review of the event. :)

****For anyone interested in being an extra or the film industry, here in Atlanta, click on this site to begin your own journey:

To everyone in the film industry, thank you for all of your hard work and what you do!!  Please keep the TV shows, movies, and entertainment coming.  I'm one of your biggest fans!!  xoxoxxo

"And that's a wrap."   Hope I get to do it, again!!

Cass - LOL :)

"Find Your -'Ness'"

"Life will knock you down, kick you in the gut, throw you to the curb but don't let it rob you of your -ness."  Dupree/You, Me and Dupree

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016


"Give him the flash, Big D......We're going to be so rich!"   Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black)/Envy