Looking back, the things I am most proud of are:
Find Love, NYC – Sure, we filmed in it 2013 but most of the post-production, and especially its release, happened in 2014. One of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on, with some of the best people I’ve ever collaborated with. Truly special, and I’m so proud of what we made. Plus, Samantha Medici ranks on my list of Top Characters I’ve Played.
Festivals – From representing films to just exploring, I checked out so many film festivals over the year. Jersey Shore Shorts Festival, SoHo International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Chain NYC Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, and another 48 Hour Film Festival. More than I’ve ever gone to in a season before! From averaging just one a year to jumping up to 6, I look forward to increasing that number exponentially each year.
No Exit – Getting to understudy again for The Pearl Theatre Company was a dream. Thrown in the middle of it all, covering two major roles, it was a hell of a challenge (pun intended), and I’m really proud of my work. I only got to tread the boards during understudy runs, but I still feel very accomplished. It felt great to delve again theatrically into something.
Gunzenhauser No. 7 – A film for the 48 Hour Film Project, I got to play a complex character in a genre called Film de Femme– “specifically designed by the 48HFP to encourage strong roles for females in 48HFP films." I felt like I was part of something bigger than just the festival: Progress.
Myself – Sounds narcissistic I know, but I feel like I became even more aware of myself and my desires this year. Although it was a messy journey, I’m a better, stronger person. I learned new tools to advance me toward my goals, and I solidified my commitment. And through tragedy of loved ones, I’ve been jolted with the extreme awareness of the fragility of life – and the resulting vital importance of pursuing one’s dreams and purpose while one can. Do what makes you happy. Throw out the useless stuff. Keep your eye on the prize, and never stop.
Thanks, 2014, it's been a year. 2015, let's rock it out!