A little over a month ago, I had the privilege of photographing a fun event for Lisa Loeb’s new eyewear line at Visualeyes Optometry in Sherman Oaks, California. Fans came in and out trying on all different shapes, sizes, and colors of Lisa Loeb Eyewear as she helped them select the cutest frames.
Lisa signed autographs and shared laughs with her devotees and even raffled off a pair of free frames and an ipod. As there are over ten different styles to choose from, some people gave up trying to decide and left with more than one! Needless to say, no one went away empty-handed.
Most of the attendees were young women, although not all fell under this category. Lisa befriended a new fan, little Ethan, who couldn’t get enough of the new frames!
The event was a sight to see, and I’m happy to have been a part of it! If you’d like to order your own pair of Lisa Loeb frames, visit her site: http://www.lisaloebeyewear.com/
Visualeyes Optometry is a wonderful little place with a warm staff made up of loving people who are eager to help out in any way they can. Dr. Lee Dodge, the managing optometrist, is extremely friendly and welcoming. If you need your eyes checked out, I highly recommend it! Visit: www.drdodgeod.com
Daniel Hepner is a unique individual. Unique in the finest sense of the word. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he has lived in Los Angeles since 2000 and has experience with commercial, television, film, and theatrical work. He has appeared on shows such as Days of Our Lives, The Office, and Ghost Whisperer, movies that include Alice in Wonderland and A Thousand Words, and commercials for companies such as Burger King. For his photoshoot, we went for a few specific character looks: the cold-hearted, elitist snob (think Ryan Phillipe in Cruel Intentions), a hideous, poorly-dressed foreign dude (who just immigrated from Germany and can also pass as a high school teacher), and a bored yet witty office worker in his mid-30’s. Sometimes we nailed the exact look we wanted, and other times we were graced with interesting variations. Needless to say, we had fun throughout the process. Daniel was kind enough to answer some questions I had for him following the shoot. . .
What led you to acting?
In the beginning, like when I was about 8 or 9 (and maybe for a lot longer after,) acting was was an escape from reality for me. I often felt really shy around people, so it was a chance to be the center of attention and express something in front of an audience.
Howdy! Here is the advertisement for the Julia Dean Photo Workshops’ Grand Opening Event as they’re relocating from Venice to Hollywood. The event is Saturday, March 26th from 7-10pm at the new location: 755 Seward St., Los Angeles, CA 90038. They selected an image I took of actress and model Felicia Fairley several months ago for the flier which was pretty neat. I have learned so much by taking various classes that JDPW has to offer, so if you’re looking for a way to step up your game and gain knowledge, fun and inspiration, I highly recommend taking a class there (or two or three…) 🙂
Meet Cheryl: a fun-loving, creative, endearing Los Angeles writer and New Jersey native. I took Cheryl’s headshots last week and was lucky enough to see many beautiful sides to this Madonna-loving, free-spirited Italian girl. Curious about her journey as a writer, I asked Cheryl a few questions about it.
A: How long have you been a writer and what led you to this creative field?
Q: There was something that I witnessed that gave me an idea for a movie. And up until that point I was pretty bored with the jobs I had. I wasn’t passionate about any of them. Then I had this idea…. and I started writing. It was a New Year’s Eve when I first sat down at my computer to write and I was so damn happy… I realized this is what I want to do.
Q: What sorts of genres do you tend to write?
A: I’ve written in all genres. I love dramas, even though they are the most difficult screenplays to get sold and made. But movies like THE TOWN – I really enjoyed that movie. Essentially – it was a drama, masked in action.
Q: Any pieces you’re especially proud of?
A: I’m proud of every script I have given birth to… they are all my “babies.” Although if I have to pick the script I’m most proud of it would be the last screenplay I wrote….. But don’t tell the others!
Q: What do you enjoy most about being a writer? Least?
A: When I write a scene or dialogue for my characters and I know I hit it out of the park. And when others read my work and have enjoyed what I wrote. Least – not being able to make a decision.
~A giant thank you to Cheryl for giving me the opportunity to photograph her and also to makeup artist Katy Holland for helping out with the shoot!!!~
INDIA: a place of stimulation…the scent of fire burning and steady hum of chanting, cows walk among yogis as monkeys mingle with tourists. The hair on my skin stands tall as I visualize myself back there, amidst a world of perfect chaos, a place of presence and fluidity, a country where humility is written in the palms of beggars’ hands. Through the eyes of its natives, India is where I discovered grace.
Not knowing who was going or what propelled me to do it, I took a leap of faith when I signed up for the spiritual journey led by teachers Candace Silvers and Anand Mehrotra in the fall of 2008. Three weeks was all it took to change my life forever.
I spent the bulk of both trips in Rishikesh, located in the foothills of the Himalaya and spread along the right banks of the Ganges. I felt its sacred pulse upon arrival, even before discovering that consumption of meat and alcohol is illegal and that it is the birthplace of yoga. Needless to say, it was a rather sobering experience.
Besides Rishikesh, during my first trip I also spent time in Kerala, a stunning southwestern state known for its backwaters and Ayurvedic treatments. Here I bathed in the warm and salty Arabian Sea and learned the art of meditation. For the majority of the second trip, we stayed in Rishikesh while traveling to nearby villages in the hills and mountains. Due to India’s insane driving conditions where rules of the road simply do not exist, each road trip was an experience in and of itself. While in Rishikesh, we stayed at Anand’s family-owned hotel, Hotel Jaipur Inn.
I had thankfully just purchased my first “real” camera only weeks before my second trip in 2009, a Canon Rebel XSi, so all of these photographs are a product of that using the kit lens it came with.
Because I have such a plethora of images that have been just resting in my computer, I’ve decided to break up my blogs into separate categories with corresponding tales and photos from my journeys. As India represents such a profound turning point of my life, the least I can do is share it with those who are interested. Please enjoy, and thank you for viewing a piece of my heart.
*All of my India photos are available for purchase. If interested, please visit: http://francesiacuzzi.smugmug.com/Other/India-Photos/15916710_xNW8z
Introducing ‘IT’S ON’ – A Musical Produced by Janet Billig Rich, Stan Zimmerman and Kathleen Marshall, Executive Produced by Garry Marshall
On January 11th and 12th, the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA hosted the very first reading of IT’S ON, a musical in development that celebrates TV show theme songs. IT’S ON was conceived by Stan Zimmerman (“The Golden Girls”, “Roseanne”) and written by Stan and Christian McLaughlin (“Married With Children”). The musical’s co-producers are Stan Zimmerman, Janet Billig Rich, Kathleen Marshall, and executive producer Garry Marshall.
It stars: James Carpinello (“Rock of Ages”), Nolan Funk (“Bye Bye Birdie”), Megan Hilty (“9 to 5”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Dreamgirls”) and Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”).
The plot: IT’S ON! is about about Charlie and Lucy, two longtime song writing partners, who come to a North Hollywood recording studio to record the theme song for a new TV series.
Helping them in the studio are two session singers: Whitney Thomas-Harris (a diva who’s bitter Whitney Houston stole her career) and P.J. (a former Disney Channel star now trying to roughen up his image). Also part of the show are Babs, (P.J.’s “Mom-ager”) and Mort (the recording studio engineer.)
Along the way, this amazing cast sings over 40 TV show theme songs – everything from “I Love Lucy” to “True Blood”.
I was lucky enough to watch most of the reading and meet many of the amazing cast members, writers and producers. The group was energetic and optimistic, and it was clear how much hard work they have already put into it. Though still in early development, I have a feeling it’s going to be a big hit. IT’S ON!