Jes & Lora goes round the world


Jes And Lora is an official selection of Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival showing Friday Feb. 19th at 11am on the BIG screen at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in downtown LA!

2/13: Auditioned for a previous director of a Town Street Theatre production on an exciting multi-media piece addressing racism from the 1800s to present day. After my read, the artistic director invited me to audition for another piece she's directing, and would see me at the callbacks for this one!

 2/3: Callback for a tour member of an environmental awareness elementary school assembly program for the LA region!

January 2016:

1/31: Shoot day 2 on the educational web series as a project manager at a tech firm

1/30: Volunteered at the monthly LA Casting/Casting Networks seminar at SAG-AFTRA with special guest, commercial CD Emma Nelson who booked me on my first SAG job where I became a full-fledged member!
- Followed by day 1 of 2 shooting an educational web series as an entitled young mom

Pictured with lovely actress Brie Eley  (Photo by Kat Vondy)

1/29: Auditioned for a tour member of an environmental elementary school assembly program
- Submitted my votes for the SAG Awards! Thanks SAG Awards for the screeners of The Big Short, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton, Trumbo, The Danish Girl, Brooklyn, Room, The Revenant, Steve Jobs and others. January is my favorite time for movies!

1/26: Workshop at the SAG Foundation for the kind, veteran CD and producer Craig Campobasso.

1/11: Auditioned for a new high-concept play at The Boston Court in Pasadena.

December 2015:

12/29: My first radio drama I was cast in, Rusted Magic--like a supernatural NPR story--is released!

12/28: Production meeting sharing various concepts and ideas for a friend's new production company benefiting local animal rights organizations

12/23: Shot a few great sketches and Vines with Hari Williams and his team:

Left to right: Lamar Stewart, et moi, Parnia Nyx, Lu Louis, Hari Williams

12/21: Auditioned for the role of a teaching artist in an acting program for at-risk youth in LA

12/14: Shot a leading role in a very cool short film as a young woman just trying to cancel her cable.

12/13: Performed my team's new production at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. I played Michelle, a young woman, disillusioned by real life relationships and detached from anyone around her until a customer comes to her work to disturb her reality.

12/11: Met with my writer, director and co-star for One Axe Plays' challenge where after introductions, we improv'd ideas and worked them out for just a couple hours until we developed a relevant and poignant one act.

12/6: Auditioned for a powerful dramatic short film based on a true story, as the wife of an American soldier, separated for too long


11/20: Auditioned for the lead in a feature as a young woman suffering from paranoid schizophrenia

11/19: Auditioned for a lead in a comedy pilot as a girl currently in a psych ward attending group therapy

11/17: Read at a table read for a pilot as a comedy club hostess

11/15: Filmed the lead, a young woman who's being emotionally taken advantage of, in a dramedy short with an awesome all-female team


11/14: Producers table read as the lead in an exciting short

11/12: Auditioned for the lead in an improv-heavy web sketch -- and booked it!

11/11: Read the shy and traumatized Kailey in a dramatic staged reading at We Make Movies

11/8: Jes And Lora is a Golden Key Award winner for drama in the Open Door Showcase!

11/4: Read the coked up and vengeful ex, Natasha in a dramatic staged reading at We Make Movies


10/28: Offered the lead in an AFI film!
Went to the callback for a Tostitos national!
Performed as Melikah, an emotionally abused wife, afraid to leave, in  In Spite of It All by Jay Levy at We Make Movies.

10/27: Got a callback for Tostitos for the  next day. Time to completely change my schedule!

10/25: Shot a cameo in a parody commercial with the talented Jacob Gillman and Matt Diebler!

10/23: Callback for the lead in an AFI film!
- Auditioned for a national Tostitos spot!

10/20: Audition for lead in AFI film as a doctorate student, gripped with the death of her beloved grandfather, has become seriously distraught by noise and light while under a deadline to finish her dissertation.

10/18: Screening of No Return and other Apple Film Challenge shorts at We Make Movies' monthly screening series.

10/17: Shooting as the lead in a LGBT-themed short, No Return, about broken relationships in a 48-hr like Apple iPhone Film Challenge with We Make Movies!

10/16: Jes And Lora is an official selection of Vancouver's Golden Panda North American International Shorts Film Festival! It's available to watch online now until 11/19.

10/15: Cast as a lead role in another One Axe Plays, female-driven, production!!
- AND cast as the lead in a dramatic LGBT short film! Lots of lady love today ;)

10/7: Jes And Lora screens again in England as part of IndieFlicks!

10/6: Attended a SAG Conservatory panel with illustrious film CD Pam Dixon (Zorro, The Craft, GoldenEye, Angels in the Outfield, City Slickers, Tremors) and TV CD Cami Patton (3rd Rock From the Sun, Pushing Daisies, Parenthood, Hannibal, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

10/3: Jes And Lora wins BEST SHORT FILM at Louisville Int'l Film Festival!!

10/2: Jes And Lora screens at Louisville International Film Festival (board members include Lily Tomlin and Doris Roberts!)


9/23: Auditioned for a musical Toyota holiday spot!

9/21: Got the good news, I'm now managed by AFTM!

9/15: Met with potential new manager, Marla Davis of AFTM.
- Jes And Lora is an official selection of IndieFlicks in the UK!

9/7: Taped one good and one painfully bad example of self-tape auditions for Actors Access seminar presentations to actors.

9/6: Put myself on tape for a fun project as the quirky lead in search of love in a sea of weirdos.

Jes And Lora featured in Benicia Magazine!

9/5: Jes And Lora screens in the Bay Area at the Benicia Film Festival!

9/2: Jes And Lora screened at NewFilmmakers NY! It was such a treat to fly out for this experience and run around Manhattan in my down time.


8/29: Volunteered at Casting Network's LA Casting seminar with lovely guest and commercial CD Arlene Schuster-Goss of ASG Casting.

8/20: Auditioned for a nurse in an improv-based project with an Emmy award-winning director.

8/18: Met up with stellar comedic actor and Stupid Fights co-star, Mike Murphy, to hash out ideas on a new web series.

8/15: Hired as a model for a figure drawing group:

Sketch by the mad-talented Nikolai Drjuchin

8/14: Jes And Lora debuts internationally at the Isle of Wight Film Festival in England!

8/13: Sent a voice-over audition for various school-age boy roles in a new animated series.

8/8: Jes And Lora is an official selection of the Benicia Film Festival in northern California!

8/5: Auditioned for the lead in a short as a woman who has endured depression since a traumatic event as a teenager and struggles with her failing marriage and unfaithful husband.


7/22: Performed as an Eastern European woman who had been kidnapped and caged in a staged reading workshop at We Make Movies.

7/20: Auditioned for a supporting role in a feature as a bookish and meek assistant bullied by her overbearing misogynist boss.

7/16-18: Lived a dream when I was hired to PA and do crafty for Jim Henson Co.'s Turkey Hollow at their studio and offsite and got to watch the greats: Kevin Klash (Elmo, Bad Polly, Spa'Am, Dinosaur's "Not the Mama" Baby Sinclair & Grandma, Labyrinth muppets), director Kirk Thatcher (Muppet Treasure Island screenwriter, Muppets Tonight, Dinosaurs), Ludacris and more!!!

7/15: Performed in We Make Movies' improv night as the daughter of a the town patriarch.

7/13: Jes And Lora is an official selection of England's Isle of Wight Film Festival! Cheers!!

7/11: Met one of my sheroes, Lucy Lawless, along with Bruce Campbell at SD Comic-Con!

7/2: Recorded walla and looping for indie feature The Outfield and Shane Dawson's I Hate MySelfie Pt II. (fun fact, I did the voice for the girl getting banged by a teacher in the opening :))


6/30: Submitted a self-tape to actor enthusiast CD Carmen Aiello.

6/27: Volunteered at Casting Networks' LA Casting monthly seminar with special guest commercial casting director Chadrian McKnight of House Casting.
- Jes And Lora played closing night of WMMFest at the Hollywood Fringe Fest to another full house!

6/26: Went on a go-see for a VW print ad.

6/23: Auditioned for the lead in a feature as a witty, rebellious, a gorgeous young lesbian.

6/22: Attended my first Ms. In the Biz mixer meeting some fabulous and talented and fabulously talented industry women, and saw the highly anticipated coming-of-age indie I Believe in Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff which was so haunting and touching.

6/21:  Cameo'd in a parody video starring actor/singer Adrian Anchondo, taking Maroon 5's "Sugar" and turning it into a vote for Hillary video featuring the talented Pandora Boxx in Hillary drag!

6/20: Filmed as Ginny Weasley in a Harry Potter twerktastic video by the awesome Adrian Anchondo on Rihanna's "B* Better Have My Money" spoofed into "Snitch That's My Hermoine" (I appear halfway in on both videos)

- Submitted a voice-over audition for Hulu's series East Los High

- AND (busy day!) I auditioned for a short in the AFI Women's Directing Workshop

6/13: Reconnected with CDs Billy DaMota and Michelle Metzner at Argentum's free seminar series, plus a few friends.

At Jes And Lora's Hollywood premiere with 
director/writer Patrick Duncan (left) and co-star Brendan Weinhold (right)

6/11: Jes And Lora screens for the Hollywood Fringe Festival with We Make Movies' official Fringe shorts program WMMFest.

6/10: Auditioned for the lead in a web series as an overworked lawyer who used to be quirky and fun, but smitten by her new masseur.

6/5: Photo shoot for a short film, Streets of Antioch, as a graffiti crew member.

 On set of Streets of Antioch by Zack Ramsey

6/2: Attended my first Women & Hollywood mixer event. Such a fabulous organization! It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many kind, driven, supportive and creative people at one time.

Non-stop insanity! (I like it)


5/27: Read as the comedic oddball yet confident best friend in a staged reading of Jackless Jill at We Make Movies.

5/26: Workshopped at SAG-AFTRA for indie casting director Ricki G. Maslar, one of the most uplifting actor advocates, as part of the union's Casting Access Project.

5/23: Auditioned for the lead in a web series for an endlessly optimistic, likable, driven overachieving student who is discovered to be deeply depressed.

5/13: Performed as varsity cheerleader captain, Chelsea, in a workshop reading of 4H at We Make Movies

5/12 & 13: Worked an awesome event where I played a disaster victim in a triage training program at Raleigh Studios

With a leg wound that gushed at the click of a button!

5/8: Self-taped for the lead in a feature as Ellie, a happy girl who suffers from narcolepsy, and later becomes a spirit channel to the other side.

5/6: Performed in We Make Movies' improv night!

5/5: Callback for the pilot and I had to improvise in character as a doctor and afterwards the director said, "I feel like I wanna ask you about my personal conditions now." Hooray for excelling at biology in school! He also gave me the nicest compliment that I was "capable of being aggressive without getting loud and angry, which not many can do."
-  Attended the SAG Conservatory panel with CDs Liz Dean (The Kids Are All Right), Alyssa Weisberg (new Star Trek-s, Carrie Diaries, Mission Impossible-s), and Bruce H. Newberg (Bad Teacher, The Closer).

With Jes and Lora filmmaker, Patrick Duncan

5/3: Jes and Lora premieres at the Walnut Creek International Short Film Fest to a sold-out audience!
- Jes and Lora was accepted into LA Cinefest's online contest!


4/28: Jes and Lora was announced to premiere at the Walnut Creek International Short Film Fest in northern CA the following week!!!

4/27: Auditioned for a pilot as a medical doctor.

4/21: Shot a scene for the crowdfunding campaign for In A Town Called Silverton

4/18: volunteered at the monthly seminar with special guest theatrical CD Amey René Morris who was wonderfully honest and giving.

4/17: Day 2 shooting the Las Vegas-centered sizzle and got to be arrested by the best actor officer in town, Al Burke!
- Auditioned for the AFI thesis The Widow as the media-harassed widow of the Boston marathon bomber. One of the most challenging roles I've been asked to play.

4/15: Auditioned for a lead in a film as Val, a scrappy, rough and tumble girl, graffiti artist and blogger.
- Read But I Know What I Like at We Make Movies staged reading workshop as Julia Mendez, a curator of European and Hispanic Art, though still feels like a novice in her industry.

4/12: Screening of a fine cut of Jes and Lora for We Make Movies' monthly screening series at Three Clubs in Hollywood.

4/11: Shot a sizzle for an adventure show and learned how to drive stick!

4/10: Auditioned for a high profile music video that called upon some deep feels.
- Shot scenes for the insane Las Vegas story sizzle. I played a newlywed with stability issues.

4/7: Production meeting with the director of a comedic show sizzle I was cast in


3/28: Final rehearsal and the big performance for One Axe Plays' Smart by Melanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra Decas, directed by the illustrious Tamar Halpern, with fabulous showcase organizer April Wolfe.
 - volunteered at the monthly seminar with special guest commercial CD Terry Berland!

3/26: Second rehearsal for Smart. This was the craziest week/month of memorization between two showcases and a one hour tour (essentially, monologue) for Universal!

3/25: After two weeks of hardcore training and tons of memorization, I passed my test at Universal and officially became a staffed Tour Guide!
- Performed in We Make Movies' acting showcase!

At Theatre Asylum for We Make Movies Member Showcase

3/24: Rehearsal for One Axe Plays' Smart with wonderful director Tamar Halpern.

3/23: Final rehearsal for We Make Movies' acting showcase

3/22: Table read for Fiona And Her Expanding Vertical Spectrum

3/15: Second rehearsal for the We Make Movies acting showcase

3/14: Chemistry reads for Smart to find the perfect actress to play the BFF counterpart.

3/11: Rehearsal for We Make Movies acting showcase with my scene partner, the hilarious and talented Tony Mouleart.
- Performed in We Make Movies improv night as a girl pretending to be much older and more sophisticated than she really is.

3/8: Callback for Smart as Alex, slightly more together girl than her roommate and BFF but insufferably judgmental.

3/4: Participated in a MediocreFilms prank video
- Read Jackie And Jill by Jacqueline Steiger at We Make Movies as Jackie, a short, fiery, nerdy, passionate, prone to overthinking and using too many words, adorable and awkward young woman who romantically and nerdily proposes to her girlfriend.


2/28: Auditioned  for One Axe Plays' Smart
- volunteered at the monthly seminar with special guest commercial CD Renita!

2/27: Self-taped for the improv-friendly short February as the scorned ex-BFF. 

2/23: Attended the LA Actors Tweetup with guest Jeremy "Flash" Gordon.
- Auditioned for One Axe Plays' Potty Mouth.
2/20: Did a shoot interacting with an iPad app for a trade show video
- Booked the Converse print ad!

2/19: Staged reading of America, USA

2/13: Print audition for Converse

2/8: Did looping/ADR for the fun dance film High Strung

2/6: Shot a print ad for The Violet Vixen's gorgeous corsets with handsome and funny CollegeHumor talent Zac Oyama:

2/4: Read Bianca And Rosa at We Make Movies as Evelina, a Russian immigrant with aristocratic manners yet a kind demeanor. 

New Year, New Beginnings


1/30: Played Batgirl for one of my day jobs helping scavenger hunt teams complete various missions! :)

1/29: Self-tape for an AFI thesis as a the frontwoman of an up and coming indie rock group dealing with the emotional aftermath of her abortion.

1/28: Jes And Lora test screened at We Make Movies' What's Next workshop and the audience loved so hard on it!
- Shot a funny Kickstarter video for Stupid Fights!

 (still from opening of Stupid Fights)

1/27: At Paramount, auditioned for One Axe Plays' The Day After The Day You Were Born.

1/24: Attended the first Spec Reads Live reading of Dick Grunert's feature Community Service of the Damned at JumpCut Cafe, featuring hilarious We Make Movies member Aubrey Mozino, the inimitable Tom Kenny, stellar Jill Talley, fellow Travis Richey Sketch Show alum Curtiss Frisele among many other talents!

1/23: Finished watching my screeners of Wild and St. Vincent's (both terrific!!) and voted in the SAG Awards!
- CB for the USC short!
- Workshopped some commercial copy and helped direct my friend for his upcoming audition at my weekly actors group.

1/19: Shot new headshots with the fantastic Melissa of Catching Light Photography!

1/16: Auditioned for a USC short as an Adderall-addicted over-achieving baton-twirler looking to score a perfect 2400 on her SATs.

1/14: Filmed a Kickstarter pitch video for the film I'm cast in, In a Town Called Silverton, with many great friends from the film collective We Make Movies.
- Reunited at We Make Movies improv night and performed in a hilarious bit that's currently in pre-production.

1/10: Volunteered to be a reader for my CD friend M'saada Nia casting a cool short about family and hope.

1/9: Auditioned for the lead in an AFI short.
- Worked on more characters in my improv group

1/5: Put myself on tape for a feature shooting in Northern CA.

1/4: Attended a panel at SAG-AFTRA for a career retrospective with Steve Carell!

1/2: Got together with my improv buddies and worked on new material