Where can you outrun a weretiger? Only in Midnight, Texas. Playing Sheila Barone has been hands down one of the most memorable experiences on set. Escaping danger, busting into a church, and delivering a weretiger all by myself were just some of the highlights. A very welcoming cast and crew, the entire experience was so professional and fun: Rob J. Greenlea, our director kept us motivated and was great to collaborate with, the special effects make-up by Susan Laprelle was spot on and excellence, and to top it off it was also my birthday over the couple weeks we shot and my dear friend on crew, Ashley, had flowers for me in my trailer - a gracious and unforgettable gesture. Watch my episode on NBC Friday November 16th @ 9/8c.
Working on a Vince Gilligan show has been a goal I have held high since 2010. Getting close to being cast a handful of times on Better Call Saul and auditioning for the show into the double digits numbers - it feels like a relief to have been cast. I got to play a Junior Staffer in the D.A.'s office. The team I worked with was excellent! Which of course is expected, right? Working on a Gilligan show means that all details are painted with a fine brush, no broad strokes. So even if my "Nada" didn't make the cut, I have completion. Like the final exhale for finishing the marathon. All experiences provide growth and knowledge. On to the next one!
¡Ya Basta! ¡No mas! Enough is enough. No more.
What does breaking the cycle of domestic violence look like? CHANGE SOCIAL NORMS + Gender Equality + Self-Esteem + Healthy Relating + Consent + Male Allies + Social Justice
Last month I learned all of this from my new friends and fellow creative partners at Albuquerque's Enlace Comunitario. A nationally recognized organization, Elance Comunitario, provides intervention and prevention services for those who have experienced domestic violence in the Latina immigrant community.
Each year New Mexico Women in Film selects a non-profit to produce a public service announcement (PSA) video, as a way of giving back to the community. I was chosen to produce and direct this year's PSA. Honored and humbled by the task, I knew this experience would force me to grow. Navigating the myriad of excellent choices, I was drawn to Enlace. Their mission, staff and welcoming space were immediate winners, though what sealed the partnership is their primary goal of transforming communities through empowerment, leadership, and gender equality.
The story of the PSA focuses on the prevention work of the Promotora Program at Enlace. The program works with women who have experienced domestic violence and teaches them personal development, communication and leadership. They take these skills back into their communities and work on raising awareness of changing social norms, preventing teen dating violence and much more.
A very unique addition to this year's PSA was that for the first time we partnered with New Mexico Girls Make Movies to have about 12 girls on set as production assistants that would be mentored by our crew, which consisted of IATSE local 480 members and students from Central New Mexico Community College. We assembled from different professional backgrounds, ages, nationalities, genders, languages, and experience levels to create story.
I am grateful to have shared the space with the Promotoras, Enlace staff, the wonderful teachers and students at CNM, our compassionate crew, and the truly amazing girls at NM Girls Makes Movies. I want to give a personal shout out to Jules Salinas and Ana Lopez at Enlace, my Co-Producer Barb Odell, UPM Amber LaRae Earls, Christine McHugh at NMWIF, and Jocelyn Jansons at NMGMM.
It was my first bi-lingual script and set. A bucket list moment that I didn't know I had until it was happening. An unforgettable experience that I will always cherish deeply.
The most important lesson Enlace taught me is that to truly prevent domestic violence we have to start with gender equality.
Stand with us - if you want to share in our mission to change social norms and promote gender equality, please share this post, donate to Enlace, attend a Women in Film event and vote for leaders who believe in social justice and basic rights for all humans.
Stay tuned for the PSA to come out in December.
Bringing a little more Xanadu into the world.