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November 30, 2004

We Won!

Keith just cleaned out his car.

On August 21st, we won $2 in the lottery.

Woo hoo!

Posted by bonnie at 12:53 PM

November 29, 2004


Not a lot to say, it would seem from the lack of recent entries, eh?

I've been sick, which is a bummer. I guess it's good it's not the SICK-sick kind of sick that people get where they have to stay in bed all day and blah blah blah. I'm just the very silly, low-grade kind of sick where my nose is red from all of the blowing of it and my throat is sore from sleeping with my mouth open in order to breathe. Annoying little cold. That's all. Just bleh. Not fun.

Got lots of family phone calls in yesterday, which was good. It was good to catch up and get some lovin', southern-accent style. ;)

We've actually had the heat on in the living room on for only about two hours a day every day since the 24th. Today... it's been on alllll day. Brr.

Thursday is happy new sofa day. I'm seriously giddy over it. I can't wait!

Tomorrow night is the casting director panel at LMU. I'm looking forward to seeing my CD friends and getting to share all sorts of good info with actors. Should be a packed house. Gonna rock.

Oh, man... I get emails every day from the actors who read my weekly column over at Showfax.com. Today I got the most YOU JUST DON'T FREEEEEKIN' GET IT email I've ever received. I wrote a whole piece on how proactive and self-reliant actors need to be. I gave examples of things actors could do to take charge of their careers and not wait for agents to get them auditions. Augh. I won't say what the email said exactly... but it was... well... "help me be self-sufficient." Jesus! Isn't that what I've done EVERY WEEK and in my books?

Oh, hey... as I'm typing this I just realized what I'm going to do. I'm not going to roll my eyes at this kid and make fun of the situation. I'm going to invite this actor to the LMU panel. Maybe the actor will learn THERE (both in content and from attending the panel itself) what being proactive is about.

I love it when writing helps me figure out something. LOVE it!

Our time with David was great. Loved having him here for four days. And it was such a blast to get to share so much of the holiday weekend with friends. David, Etta, Gabe, Suesie and family, Tracy, Dick, Aleta... just a great long weekend, start-to-finish.

Sniffles excluded, of course.

Okay, back to work. We have callbacks on Saturday. Very excited!!

Posted by bonnie at 2:25 PM

November 26, 2004

Did We Do It Wrong?

In honor of Buy Nothing Day, we bought this:



And yay!

Posted by bonnie at 2:06 PM

November 24, 2004

It's a Boy!

No... I'm not knocked up. ;)

We're helping a friend who sorely needed a romantic getaway with her hubby, who's been working in NoCal for several weeks at a time. The wonderful couple's awesomely cool son is staying with us for the long weekend. So fun!

David and Keith are currently at the market. They were going to roller blade there, but decided to table that plan for tomorrow. Roller blade to the beach to Boogie Board. Man, I forget how cool it is that we live that close to the Pacific Ocean. Way cool.

And David has written a script--Keith is the bad guy--so they'll probably do a little shooting this weekend too. David brought his camera gear. The official shoot won't start for a couple of weeks.

Anyway, it's fun. We'll have Etta and Gabe over for our first Santa Monica Thanksgiving, and then Friday we're headed to Suesie's for family-away-from-home family time. Saturday, there's dinner with the newly-engaged Tracy and Dick. That should round up the weekend, methinks.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted by bonnie at 5:12 PM

November 23, 2004


Y'know what's wonderful? Feeling blue for no good reason (or no good reason you can figure out) and having a kitty come up and purr at you... also for no good reason.

Sweet kitty. I'm so lucky.


Posted by bonnie at 8:36 PM


Tired. Sleepy. Mopey. Kind of sicky feeling. Ugh. I don't like any of that. I'm just all sorts of worn out and I wish I could get a boost of energy like never before so that I could manage to get through everything I need to do. I'm just sooooo out of it. That's totally unlike me and it's starting to get more than annoying.

Am I just BORED?

Ugh. Is THAT what this is? What, besides WORK, is a cure for boredom? Because I've already worked my ass off and that doesn't seem to help much. Is this why people shop?


Posted by bonnie at 8:31 PM

November 22, 2004

And now... the callbacks

Just like that, we have whittled down the list of actors to our 16 called-back candidates for casting in Trees Grow Tall and Then They Fall.

For those of you who like numbers (like I do), here's how the weekend shaped up.

Actors Scheduled for 11/20: 81
Actors Seen 11/20: 71
Actors Called Back: 8
No-Shows with Call: 2
No-Show/No-Call: 8

Actors Scheduled for 11/21: 79
Actors Seen 11/21: 61
Actors Called Back: 5
No-Shows with Call: 9
No-Show/No-Call: 9

Actors Coming to Callbacks WITHOUT a Pre-read: 3
Actors Offered a Role WITHOUT a Callback: 1

Total Scheduled for Callbacks: 16

Yes, next week's column at Showfax.com will be about actor no-shows. Grrrrrrr.

This week's, however, is about gratitude. Truly... I love my job!

Posted by bonnie at 11:23 AM

November 21, 2004

Here's Why I Love Gimlet Night

We talk about boys and sex and makeup and home-ownership and work and feminism and politics and fashion and music and movies and pro sports idiots and travel and color schemes and relationships and religion and cars and literature and animals and family and and and... it's just wonderful. I LOVE Gimlet Night!!

This time around, Dawn brought (for Show and Tell) a Seventeen Magazine. She'd picked it up while in Mammoth, as she likes to keep tabs on the messages young women are getting from the media about how they should be. Well, she reminded us of the huge "moment" in our lives (in the '80s) when "Sex and Your Body" (a monthly column in the magazine) premiered. This was pre-AIDS "How To Avoid Getting a VD" type stuff, but it introduced us to an era of being comfortable talking frankly about sex and our bodies.

She opened the magazine to find this section.

But couldn't find it.

Where had it gone?

What's this...? A new section. It's not a subsection of some other heading. It's not alongside more "body-oriented" pieces. It's a few pages devoted to the section heading: FAITH. [A Detroit News article on this recent happening is here.]

The American Family Association runs an article in which the EIC of the magazine (with a year on the job, at this point) says, "I don't know that it is very sexually-oriented," [Atoosa] Rubenstein said of the magazine, in general. "We have, in the health section, a sex-health page. We don't necessarily do it every month..."

WHAT? Sex-health is no longer worth addressing MONTHLY in the ever-changing, hormonally-charged, emotionally-intense days of teenaged lives... but let's roll out a few pages for FAITH?

Believe me, I'm a big fan of FAITH (I'd love the section all the more if its interviews with young women included those of Pagan and Wiccan faith alongside all the blurbs from those of mainstream religions), but I'm also a fan of sexual health--especially among teenagers. I remember being a teenager. I doubt praying would've prevented me from contracting an STD. Luckily, I knew what actions WOULD prevent such a thing (oh, and they're now calling it an STI, rather than an STD). I worry for kids who today may not get a health tip that could save their lives until three months too late, since sex-health isn't "necessarily" done monthly anymore in Seventeen.


Shifting Gears

Auditions were great. Wonderful actors. Amazing prereads. Lots of improv and some really creative actors doing genuinely fantastic stuff. Some no-shows, as always, and these with some really grand excuses (oy... see next week's Showfax.com column to see how that plays out in print), but that's the holidays for ya!

Thrilled to have Tim and Verna say, as we wrapped today, "I would LOVE to be an actor auditioning for you. You are so GOOD to these actors. You make them feel so strong," and, "I'll write any testimonial you need. You are a terrific casting director and you showed us so much more talent than we anticipated seeing. We have a VERY tough job ahead of us. THANK you for making this weekend so great."

That rocked! Love hearing that! They absolutely adored Keith and thanked him (and Shauna, Saturday) for being such a great support system to the casting process. The lead actor (already cast) sat in on auditions and expressed today that he'd never seen any other actor audition before; that this experience had changed him deeply as an actor. [Note: This is why I always recommend that actors find a way to see auditions happening. It's SO educational!]

Callbacks will be announced soon. It is going to be tough, but as always, with casting... what a happy problem to have (so much talent from which to choose). Awesome weekend.


Except that Keith's bike was stolen. Actually, our whole street got hit. Neighbors' bikes, Keith's bike... not mine, though (weird). The worst part is... it seems I may have heard the theif at work around 1:30am Friday. I was headed to bed and heard clicking and footsteps below our bedroom window. Thinking it might be a homeless person finding a warm cubby in which to sleep for the night, I didn't even think to look out the window. Of course, I don't know what I would've done (here, alone) had I looked and seen someone walking a bike out of the locked area (oh, yes, AREA locked and the bike was locked up too... all things cut and such--you know, pros have tools). Anyway, I'm having a hard time forgiving myself for not having done something about it. Once I put together the timeline (when Keith learned yesterday about the neighborhood hit), I just sank. I feel really bad. Of course, yesterday's Daily Word was "Forgiveness." *sigh* I'm working on it. Just hate getting hit in our new home. But it's a reminder that nowhere is a place where shit like this DOESN'T happen. That's just modern life, I guess.

Oh... speaking of modern life...

Is all of the sports-related violence going on this weekend somehow post-election anger? I just have no idea how it is that this stuff keeps happening. Testosterone is an ugly beast!

Okay... that's a lot of catching up for one post. Time to pull electronic photos of our top-picks from casting so that I can email the producers a Zip file of "reminders" to consult while they review the tapes.

Brr. It's cold. Like... 53 degrees! Brrrrrrrrrr. Winter!

One last thing... I keep forgetting to share this image here (it's been here awhile, but I didn't post it b/c I haven't bothered to edit it down smaller and the stylesheet for this blog will squeeze all weird if I don't edit it... and blah blah blah). Anyway, click here to see a map of the Blue/Red States vs. Free/Slave States pre-Civil War. *shudder*

Okay... am I shuddering so much due to how cold it is or is the world just a little extra "shuddery" this weekend? Don't answer that. I'm getting a blanket.

Posted by bonnie at 8:50 PM

November 19, 2004

Headed To Hollywood

First, yesterday's showcase ROCKED. Seriously rocked. Can't wait to blog about it in Shows I've Seen. Seriously good stuff!

Second, I cannot believe how little time it has taken for me to get "Santa Monica settled" about having to *ugh* drive all the way to Hollywood. Seriously... it's like I'm making a day trip or something! HOWL!

So, I'm headed to Hollywood for Gimlet Night with the lovely Ladies of the Gimlet (tee hee) at a fireplace-happy home, then two days of prereads for Trees Grow Tall and Then They Fall. Seriously, I may not come back to Santa Monica until late Sunday. That's how much I dislike the trek. Of course, I also dislike packing... so I'm making a "lesser of two evils" choice here in the next little bit. I'll either NOT pack and have to drive back to the beach after prereads tomorrow or I'll pack and stay "over there" in the 323.

Man, I'm twisted.

Okay, I sincerely hope prereads go fabulously well tomorrow. Thankfully, I have wonderful Dalt's Gang helpers which will make things go smoothly. It's just such a NEW genre for me! I love learning all of this.

And is Thanksgiving like a few days away? Wow. Where the hell did this year go? I'm so loving 2004. Rockstar year, as predicted. Can't wait for more delightfulness in 2005. Heck, with a trip to Scotland already on the books, it's looking pretty dang cool.

Oh, yeah! I won't take my laptop to Hollywood. I'll take a couple of scripts I've received (potential casting gigs). THAT's a great idea! Oh, goodie. See... the longer you type the more you CAN think of things to put in the PROS column of the Hollywood Haul List. Heeeeeeeee.

Gimlets, away!

Posted by bonnie at 4:50 PM

November 17, 2004

Three Things

Keith and I went to a great screening tonight. Cast and crew and supporters at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood (GREAT location). Very well done. Congrats, Chuck! And very cool to see Moira in such a meaty role, plus the joy of getting to hang out with Jennifer both before and after the screening... CONGRATS on signing with ICM, you frickin' rockstar! Wow! Awesome!

Spied an amazing actress who stole the show in every frame she occupied. I will DEFINITELY be calling Ms. O'Brien in. Definitely! Phew! That's talent, baby!

[Yes, I'm intentionally not name-dropping. Yet.]

On the drive home, Keith and I talked about a zillion things, one of the most entertaining was a discussion of our favorite types of exam questions in advanced high school math classes. Seriously. Loves me a good proof!

Finally, Tony Dungy, shut the fuck up. Seriously. If you are worried that your kid is being damaged by having to see the suggestive ad for Desparate Housewives prior to watching your players crush into each other on Monday Night Football, then please have the camera-operators stop squeezing in for tight shots on the cheerleaders' racks between plays. Sheesh! Hypocrite. *grumble grumble*

Oh, one more... it looks like we may try to take Quinn with us to Scotland for Faith's wedding. Can you imagine father and son in MacTaggart kilts?!? Oh, I'm hopeful we can work that all out.

I so love my life. Wow. It just rocks. Seriously.

Posted by bonnie at 11:37 PM

Again, with the tired.

What IS this? It's like I need my mid-day nap to get through. Ugh.

I did, however, go back and look at my journal (the old-fashioned pen and paper version) from this time last year and I was doing this same thing: tired, tired, tired. But also depressed. Not feeling that just yet. Instead, just tired. And achy. My head is about to pop.

Screening tonight for a friend's new film. Very much looking forward to that... if I can get a nap first.

Agency-sponsored actors' showcase tomorrow night.

Gimlet Night Friday night.

Auditions all weekend for the film. No wonder I'm in need of a nap. Yeeesh!

Posted by bonnie at 3:40 PM


No idea where this originated, but Norm over at Somesuch-Whatnot posted it and I love it!



The Association of Southern Schools has decided to pursue some of the seemingly endless taxpayer dollar pipeline through Washington designating Southern slang, or Y'allbonics, as a language to be taught in all Southern schools. The following are excerpts from the Y'allbonics/English Dictionary.

1.) HEIDI - (noun) -Greeting.

2.) HIRE YEW - Complete sentence. Remainder of greeting.
Usage: "Heidi, Hire yew?"

3.) BARD - (verb) - Past tense of the infinitive "to borrow."
Usage: "My brother bard my pickup truck."

4.) JAWJUH - (noun) - The state north of Florida. Capitol is Lanner.
Usage: "My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck and took it to Lanner."

5.) BAMMER - (noun) - The state west of Jawjuh. Capitol is Berminhayam.
Usage: "A tornader jes went through Bammer an' left $20,000,000 in improvements."

6.) MUNTS - (noun) - A calendar division.
Usage: "My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck, and I ain't herd from him in munts."

7.) THANK - (verb) - Cognitive process.
Usage: "Ah thank ah'll have a bare."

8.) BARE - (noun) - An alcoholic beverage made of barley, hops, and yeast.
Usage: "Ah thank ah'll have a bare."

9.) IGNERT - (adjective) - Not smart. See "Arkansas native."
Usage: "Them bammer boys sure are ignert!"

10.) RANCH - (noun)- tool used for tight'nin' bolts.
Usage: "I thank I left my ranch in the back of that pickup truck my brother from Jawjuh bard a few munts ago."

11.) ALL - (noun) - A petroleum-based lubricant.
Usage: "I sure hope my brother from Jawjuh puts all in my pickup truck."

12.) FAR - (noun) - A conflagration.
Usage: "If my brother from Jawjuh don't change the all in my pickup truck, that thing's gonna catch far."

13.) TAR - (noun) - A rubber wheel.
Usage: "Gee, I hope that brother of mine from Jawjuh don't git a flat tar in my pickup truck."

14.) TIRE - (noun) - A tall monument.
Usage: "Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, I sure do hope to see that Eiffel Tire in Paris sometime."

15.) RETARD - (verb) - To stop working.
Usage: "My grampaw retard at age 65."

16.) FAT - (noun), (verb) - a battle or combat; to engage in battle or combat.
Usage: "You younguns keep fat'n, n' ah'm gonna whup y'uh."

17.) RATS - (noun) - Entitled power or privilege.
Usage: "We Southerners are willin' to fat for are rats."

18.) CHEER - (adverb) In this place.
Usage: "Just set that bare rat cheer".

19.) FARN - (adjective) - Not domestic.
Usage: "I cuddint unnerstand a wurd he sed must be from some farn country."

20.) DID - (adjective) - Not alive.
Usage: "He's did, Jim."

21.) ARE - (noun) - A colorless, odorless gas containing oxygen.
Usage: "He cain't breathe ... give 'im some ARE!"

22.) BOB WAR - (noun) - A sharp, twisted cable.
Usage: "Boy, stay away from that bob war fence."

23.) JEW HERE - (noun) and (verb) contraction.
Usage: "Jew here that my brother from Jawjuh got a job with that bob war fence cump'ny?"

24.) HAZE - a contraction.
Usage: "Is Bubba smart?" "Nah ... haze ignert. He ain't thanked but a minnit'n 'is laf."

25.) GUBMINT - (noun) - A bureaucratic institution.
Usage: "Them gubmint boys shore is ignert."

Posted by bonnie at 1:14 PM

Happy Birthday, Chip!

Happy Birthday, dear Chip!

I love you! XXOO

Posted by bonnie at 12:08 AM

November 16, 2004

Sooo Sleepy

I can't decide. Am I tired because it's dark so early and I'm working so hard and I still haven't really taken any downtime since returning from the road gig and the Santa Anas are drying me out...


...am I just getting old?

Ugh. I don't EVEN want to know.

The Amazing Race is TONIGHT! YAY! Maybe I'll get a nap right now and then be up to watch it live, rather than on TiVo later. I'm too tired to figure that out.

Man, I'm tired. What is UP, Gillespie?!?

Posted by bonnie at 4:51 PM

November 15, 2004

So Cool

I just spent the last few hours participating in a fun online chat for actors with ten other CDs over at Canadian Actor Online. What fun!!

Oh, and I'm super excited to learn that The Amazing Race is coming back WAY sooner than usual for a new season. Like... next week! Yay! I don't have to wait 'til summer to watch that awesome show! Go Emmies, go!

Casting is still kicking my ass. It's good... but man, I'm exhausted!

Posted by bonnie at 8:35 PM

Oy, this film!

I am seriously working harder on this film than any I've cast so far. It's just got so many elements to it that aren't typical in casting that I'm pushing harder than ever to find the right people. It's good... prereads will be more interesting than anything I've ever seen, what with all of the Method play and whatnot, but man... screening candidates is big time work. NO HOLLYWOOD TYPES... that's the biggie, here. In the morning, the offers go out to the NAMES. GREAT list. Very excited to hear the reaction to the offers.

Oh, and tonight, Keith and I walked to the beach to watch the sun set, then expanded our walk beyond... oh... I so love living here. Really amazing. Just wonderful!

Posted by bonnie at 12:39 AM

November 14, 2004


Scratch the below. I downloaded Firefox then dumped it quickly for Camino. Rock on, Geeks.

Posted by bonnie at 12:59 PM


Just read that Firefox 1.0 will make satisfied Safari users happy. So, I'm caving. Wish me luck. I hope I remember all of my passwords and settings for autofill.

Posted by bonnie at 12:30 PM

November 13, 2004

Casting My Ass Off

Wow. Had a meeting this morning with the principals of this new film and I've been casting my ass off ever since. Man. Lots and LOTS of work. Wow. Seriously, I love this job. It is a LOT of work... but it is sooooooo gratifying. Awesome.

Posted by bonnie at 5:35 PM

November 12, 2004

Catching Up

Here's some stuff that's been on my list.

1. I needed a backpack/laptop case for the trip I recently took (that cool casting gig for E! and Wayne Newton). Keith wanted me to buy some Apple-endorsed pack, but they were all way clunky and ugly and ick. I did a search to find the LOOK of one I was aiming for, just to show Keith the style, and actually found some way cool OGIO bags at not horrible prices. Thing is, all were only available for purchase online and I was leaving in like a day... no time for that. So, Keith finds the OGIO corporate website. Utah-based company. He calls them up and says he wants to buy locally in SoCal. The guy on the other end of the phone says, "Well, I can give you the number of our SoCal sales rep and you can call him to ask where you can buy a pack nearby." "Okay," Keith says, and he calls the guy. The number is his cell. Hey... he's coming to LA the next day and has a sample bag ("Hey, if you don't mind BROWN, I have the METRO bag here handy.") in his trunk and will bring it TO OUR HOME for $20 cash. Um... yeah. This bag retails at $99.99 and is really way cool. GO, KEITH!!! I sooo would've stopped at, "Oh... online only. Bummer." Not him! He got me a $100 bag for $20... delivered! Awesome.

2. Jonathan (my associate CD for the E! show) is also known as The Hertz Guy. If you visit his website here, you'll see the clip and realize you know him as that guy. Well, we needed a rental car for a few weeks while on the road and the production company was only going to cover a certain dollar amount. That's b/c they were hiring Jonathan as a local hire in ATL and that should've meant he came with a car for half of the trip. Anyway, since that wasn't the case, we needed a good deal. Enter Jonathan. He calls Hertz and says, "I'm that guy in the commercial." Hm. How can this POSSIBLY work out? Well... he does "the voice" for the guy on the phone and he cuts him like the biggest, fattest, serious employee-level discount there is... and upgrades us to a mid-size from mega-economy. Rock on!

3. There is no three.

4. Joni, my cousin who works at Delta, reviews my flight plan before I make my trip to NASH and ATL and back to LA. She says someone clearly doesn't like me, as I've been given seat 43E (last row, middle of the center section, lavatory-adjacent) on my four-hour flight home. Happy day... bump bump bump... I'm in 17B. Aisle. Close-up-front. And that handy-skinny-seat-partner... that was a bonus! Thanks, Joan!

5. While Jonathan and I were in Nashville, we happened upon a nightclub to scout music and found a really great band playing live. We wrote up a little note about where/when the lead singer should show up for an audition, if he were interested in the show, and we were just going to hand it off to the doorman who was so kind to let us in without the cover charge "to scout" and then the band's manager was pointed out to us. She was clearly not interested in being interrupted. On her cell phone out on the sidewalk... and I said to Jonathan, "Let me handle it." ;) Walked over, made eye contact... got her interested in a conversation and told her what our agenda was. Quickly, the cell phone call was over, we were all back in the nightclub, Jonathan and I each had a copy of the band's latest CD, and we each had a free drink in hand. Cooooooool.

6. What's the deal with the WB and its "FRESH" shows? Why aren't they "new episodes" on the WB? Why are they FRESH instead? Are we back in time or something. I'm so cornfused. Yes, the R was intentional.

7. Finally, and this is the good one... I've realized that 80% of all miscommunication is due to incorrect perception of intention. Think about it. I think you've wronged me. I'm upset. Turns out you wronged me only in as much as I perceived your intention to be dishonorable. If I reconsider your intention and realize you only meant something positive, even if I don't GET your intention (I don't buy it, I don't believe in it, I don't otherwise connect with you for what you've done), I at least have not miscommunicated with you. I GET you. I honor your intention. And that means, even if I don't agree with your intention, I at least GET you and we've communicated effectively. 80% of miscommunication comes from the lack of willingness to examine the true intention.

I think.


Hee hee.


Posted by bonnie at 1:00 AM

November 11, 2004

Cheap Flights to the UK

Anyone got any tips on getting cheap round trip tickets for two from LAX to Glasgow? We're going to a wedding next year.

I am soooo intimidated by the many many many travel websites out there. I'd love to get a package deal that rocks: flights, hotel, rental car for the both of us for a week in Scotland for like $100. That's do-able, right?


Oh well. At least Keith has to wear a kilt to the wedding. Heeeeeeeeee.

Posted by bonnie at 2:54 PM

Thank a Vet

Thank you, Keith. I love you.


You did things as a Marine that I can't even fathom SEEING. And you came back home and became a truly good man, an amazing father, and a loving, supportive partner. You are my best friend and I am grateful to know you. Thank you for taking care of the freedom we tend to take for granted, 'round here.

Posted by bonnie at 11:42 AM

November 10, 2004

Manipulating the Google Ads

Okay, let's see if this stuff will shift the types of Google ads popping up over ----> there.

(Of course, I know it'll take a LOT of "other" posts to counter-balance all of the Hollywood whatnot in my blog, but I'll try.)

1. We're (Bon + Blake) doing two more interviews for the book today. Did three on Monday. Very cool.

2. We're (Bon + Keith) considering a holiday trip to Catalina. Never been. This was inspired by an industry friend's invitation to Mammoth. Don't ask. ;)

3. There is no three.

4. Kitties are good. Evil. The usual. Thwok still fetches. It's really cool to experience.

5. I've been craving cheese. You know me, right? I DO NOT LIKE CHEESE. What is THAT?!?

6. Casting this current project is really fascinating. Dogma is such a bizarre little genre, from the casting perspective.

7. My favorite pen is the Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen.

8. Yes, I am pimping for Google ads. Again.

9. I'm hoping it's like the kind of thing where when you star on a talk show and say you love a certain product on the air, the company sends you free swag as a thank you. Could that happen? Tee hee. No. I know.

All right! Let's see what that does!

Posted by bonnie at 12:14 PM

November 9, 2004

"Trees Grow Tall and Then They Fall"

Trees Grow Tall and Then They Fall
SAG Limited Exhibition feature film

Casting Director: Bonnie Gillespie
Producers: Tim Everitt of Flash Film Works and Verna Everritt
Director: Tim Everitt
Writer: Verna Everitt
Prereads: Late November
Callbacks: Early December
Shoots: Mid-December in Los Angeles
Pay: Deferred Scale

Headshots and Resumés to:
Cricket Feet Casting
P.O. Box 1417
Hollywood, CA 90028

This is a dramatic feature film inthe dogma genre of filmmaking (reference Dogma 95 for more information). There will be no audition sides. Please download the PDF of the short story on which the featue film will be based and be prepared to embody the character in Method play at the audition. Storyline: A young girl rescues a brain-damaged lumberjack from a nursing home.

Character Breakdown:

Hilly: female, 30s, tan, weathered, skinny, a beautiful schlub, Debra Winger type, LEAD; name actor preferred
Mitch: male, 30-40, taciturn and pathetic, oily sidekick, Steve Buscemi type, LEAD; name actor preferred
Ellen: female, 18 to play 15, kind but tough, uncomplicated but independent, a young Jena Malone type; LEAD
Dave: male, 18 to play 16, cute and serious, hardworking and sincere, a young Benjamin McKenzie type; LEAD
Flo: female, 80s, sincere but comic nurse

Posted by bonnie at 11:42 AM

November 5, 2004

Two New Films

Casting two new films before year-end. Rock-n-roll! Both came from referral.

While in Atlanta, I was asked to partner up with the owner of an acting studio who wanted exclusive rights to any casting gigs that would bring me to Atlanta again in the future. He said, "And you know, when you bid for a casting job, you can mention that you have space to cast in Atlanta." I said, "I've only been casting about two years, but I've never bid for a job before."

I think it's cool to get work through recommendations from those with whom I've already worked. That's the way Mom always got work. I like it just fine.

Anyway, more info on the two new films to come (both dramas, both feature films, both SAG contracts) as soon as we're GO.

Meanwhile, you must now REGISTER in order to post a comment to the BonBlogs. That's something you should only have to do once, and then you're good. THANKS, CHIP, for taking such good care of all of these words.

Posted by bonnie at 3:45 PM

November 4, 2004

Fetch Kitty

We have successfully trained Thwok to fetch.

That's pretty dang cool cat-action if you ask me.

And now, for the SpyNotebook.org update:

the 411 on the spynotebook
November 4, 2004 09:40 AM
It's Moving Time
No, this is not an announcement that I am moving to Canada or Scotland or Boulevard but rather an announcement that I am going to be moving the Spynotebook blogs pretty soon. I am moving from Lunarpages to Dreamhost because Lunarpages will no longer allow Movable Type on their servers.
I don't want to move. In fact, the thought of having to deal with the DNS and email issues is all rather annoying. But, yeah, that's what is going to happening over the next few days.
So, if you wake up one day and can't blog or find the blogs then know that they will be back soon.

Posted by bonnie at 8:43 AM

November 3, 2004

No Comments

From the amazingly patient and loving admin of the SpyNotebook, Chip, we have no comments on the blogs for now.

the 411 on the spynotebook
November 2, 2004 05:11 PM
Lunarpages has decided that the mt-comments script is no longer allowed on their server. This means, there will be no more comments for now on the blogs. I am going to move to a new provider but this will be a more leasurely
[sic] move than the other moves I have made in the past.

Bummer. Comment via email or just hold up. ;) Of course, this is very good news, re: spammer-commenters. It'll be nice not getting asked ten times a day if I'd like to have longer, stronger erections.

Hee hee.

Posted by bonnie at 1:02 PM

Free CD Panel at LMU 11/30

And in the interest of moving forward, onward, upward... I shall promote this cool new thing I'm so thrilled to be a part of. More info as available.

Free Casting Director Panel at Loyola Marymount University, Tuesday 30 November 2004, 7pm, St. Roberts Hall. Brought to you by Diane Benedict and the Department of Theatre Arts.

Panelists: Chemin Sylvia Bernard, CSA; Michael Donovan, CSA; Michelle Morris Gertz, CSA
Moderator: author and casting director Bonnie Gillespie

Chemin Sylvia Bernard, CSA, has worked in casting for more than 20 years. Currently, she is casting a new Nickelodeon series called Head to Toe (about a girls' soccer league). In April, she completed casting the feature film Fat Albert for 20th Century Fox Features. Other recent feature films include Biker Boyz and Chasing Papi. Past films cast were Cool Runnings, Deep Cover, and The Inkwell. Her previous television credits include several hit UPN series: Moesha, The Parkers, In the House, Martin, and Homeboys in Outer Space. In addition, she cast Where I Live and Tall Hopes. She cast Jamie Foxx on In Living Color. She is the owner of Chemin Bernard Casting, a company whose signature of excellence, integrity, quality, and vision is stamping a lasting impression on the entertainment scene.

Michael Donovan, CSA, has cast 40 films, nine television series, over 1000 commercials, and numerous critically-acclaimed productions for the theatre. Michael is proud to have cast the most recent Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle winner for Best Production, Raisin, at ICT in Long Beach. A double nominee for the Artios Award (given by the Casting Society of America for Outstanding Casting), Michael has cast for the Falcon Theatre, the Colony Theatre, Arkansas Rep, the Theatre at Boston Court, Shakespeare Festival/LA, and many others. Michael is currently casting two independent films and several theatre projects, including an upcoming tour of the musical Aida.

Michelle Morris Gertz, CSA, has over 30 movie credits to her name, in a career spanning comedy, drama, action, and children's genre. Some of Michelle's film credits include The Bourne Identity, American Pie, American Pie 2, Legally Blonde, Big Fat Liar, and Donnie Darko. She was also part of the first season of HBO/Live Planet's Project Greenlight movie, Stolen Summer, and she recently worked on the third season of the show for Bravo with Project Greenlight 3, and cast the film Feast, a Dimension horror flick. She has won a variety of casting awards and nominations for her projects. She previously served as Director and VP of Feature Casting for Universal Studios. She most recently completed casting Mr. & Mrs. Smith starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Bonnie Gillespie is an author and casting director. Her books include Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews, Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, and the forthcoming Actor Qs: Inspiration from Working Actors. She has cast the SAG indie films A Dull House, Consider As True, Perfect, The Moor, and Each To Each. Bonnie recently wrapped Nashville and Atlanta casting for The Entertainer starring Wayne Newton for E! Entertainment Television. She provides career consulting services to actors and is a frequent guest-speaker at universities across the country. Bonnie is co-founder and co-host of Hollywood Happy Hour and co-founder of the Flickering Image Short Film Festival.

Posted by bonnie at 8:47 AM

Well, Hell.

Keith said, as we got up this morning, before Kerry had conceded, that even if Satan stays in office, these, our first three and a third years together, all occurred while a criminal ran the country and we've had some of the happiest, most amazing times in our lives. So, he said, even if Satan stays in office, we can still have some of the happiest, most amazing times in our lives here in the next four years.

And then, said I, we can enjoy a full 16 years of Democratic presidencies: Clinton/Obama 2008 and 2012, then Obama for another eight years after that.

My dyed-in-the-wool Republican fiancé even got into it with a RNC telemarketer who called to confirm Keith's vote Monday. He said, "I am a Republican. I am a lifetime member of the NRA. As a Marine, I worked at the white house for Ronald Reagan in the '80s. I know the number of criminal acts that a president must engage in over the course of a presidency. Still, the level of 'criminal' was redefined by Dubya and there's a special place in Hell for him."

I don't like to get political, so that's just me sharing a little story from my lovely fiancé. I hope you enjoyed it.


(Nabbed from Nini whose friend made it.)


Posted by bonnie at 8:29 AM

November 2, 2004

Covered in Kitties and Keith

Everyone is glad I'm home. Especially me.

Posted by bonnie at 9:49 AM