San Jose

I’ve been in San Jose for about three weeks now performing Double Indemnity at the San Jose Rep. Regional jobs are always fun and challenging. Not only are you discovering your character and the play, you are discovering a whole new place! My first professional acting job was a regional gig, so they have a special place in my heart. Of course you get homesick, but soon enough you realize that you consider this new place as “home”. Ah, the life of a gypsy.

It is always interesting to return to a character after a long time off. Of course you will have changed during that time, but the character also changes. Getting back into Lola here, I realized she is a different person. She’s more grounded, organic, and dare I say, sexual. Of course these have always been aspects of her character, but for whatever reason they weren’t as apparent during our run in Seattle. I was actually kind of surprised by it, but that’s how she wants to roll, so that’s how I’m going to play it. It still amazes me how characters are real people and you just get to be in their company for a while.

I already knew the show coming here but I had never been to San Jose before and I wasn’t sure what to expect of it as a city. I was pleasantly surprised by it and all it has to offer. Granted I have been spending most of my time in the theater, I’m excited to get out and explore more. I always try to go the the art museum in every city in which I work. You can tell a lot about a city by the museums. But I digress… here are some pictures I took on a walk through town before rehearsal:

The Theater! The San Jose Rep. Where the magic happens.

Original Joe’s. A local hot spot. I need to go get some lasagna here.

An awesome mural wall. I love his expression. I wanna give him a hug.

Beautiful roses from the flower seller across from the theater. My favorites.

What?! Koalas in the trees!! Ridiculously awesome street art.

More street art. This one is on one of the doors at the theater. It is so evocative to me, it breaks my heart every time I pass by.

There is so much to take in and inevitably you kick yourself for not having experienced everything. Sometimes it’s just nice to go to the theater and come back to the apartment without having to worry about everything else at home. That and going out for quesadillas. This place around the corner is amazing. I may never leave.

xoxo,

Jess

Breakfast Meeting

Sometimes (okay, most of the time), we get caught up in all the thinks we need to do. Have to do. Haven’t done. Want to do. All the lists and things we haven’t accomplished. Here it is the middle of January, and I already feel like I am behind for the year.

Then, I had a breakfast meeting. With myself. That’s right, I shamelessly went to the diner next to my San Jose apartment and had a party of one. The place was alive with the 49ers v. Saints game viewers and there was a great energy. The waiter was really nice. So I ordered my french toast and got down to business. I wrote down everything I had accomplished already this year. There was no list making of things I need/must/want/should/have to do. Just the things I have done. It was a time to applaud myself, not criticize. And here is what my list looks like (with a few additions after my meeting):

Books I’ve read: The Hunger Games, A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart, The Tao of Show Business by Dallas Travers, Endgame by Samuel Beckett

Movies I’ve seen: Beginners, Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, The Iron Lady, The Artist, A Better Life, The Descendants, and the fourth season of BattleStar Galactica

I’ve committed to a new media project with an incredibly inspiring friend.

Applied with the union for my own web series.

Created and committed to this blog (!)

Reached out to start a collaboration on yet another new media project.

Had a great phone call with my agent about my New Year’s goals and how we can work together to make them happen.

Scheduled a head shot session with the great John Ulman.

Toured the Winchester Mystery House (something I have always wanted to do and it is SCARY)

and am opening Double Indemnity at the San Jose Rep today.

Oh, and I auditioned for a play!

All this and it isn’t even the 20th of January. It was so nice to see (I’m a ridiculously visual person) everything I HAVE done on paper and realize that I’ve actually accomplished a lot. I don’t need to beat myself up about what I haven’t done- I have a whole eleven and a half months of opportunity ahead.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, take yourself to coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks, whatever you want and have a meeting with yourself. Check in with yourself. Write all of your accomplishments down. You’ll be amazed how far you’ve come.

xoxox,

Jess

Hello and Welcome!

This is it. The beginning of a weekly commitment (I use that word a lot because I am focusing on committing more this year).

Here is my blog and here I will add new posts every Wednesday, all year.

What are you going to post about? you say. Well, friends this is my place where I can talk more in detail about the projects I’m working on and share pictures from behind the scenes. I will post all my videos here first. I will discuss things that are striking my fancy about acting, inspiration, and life.

This is where my voice can be heard.

Thank you and see you Wednesday!

xoxo,

Jess