Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Acting Again!!!!

I'm so excited to have gotten a part in this world premiere play by Lary Bloom. I'd been tossing around the idea to try some acting again and I had heard about this great Theater group just down the street. A few of my friends were involved, so I decided to go check it out and see what type of classes they offered and if it might be a good fit for me.

It just so happened that Margreta Stage was in the process of producing this new play. They were having auditions and I figured I'd try out.... just as a practice on auditioning to get myself out there again. Auditioning is so incredibly frightening!!! You can imagine how shocked I was when I landed a role! I haven't done theater acting in about eight years or so and I never thought I'd be so lucky to have the opportunity to work on such a fabulous project right off the bat.

Everyone invloved is just so wonderful to work with. I am so honored to be on stage with such skilled talent and to be supported off stage by such a loving crew. It's quite exciting to be the first play to be presented at the new Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. We look forward to a great run!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A simple quilt for simple summer days....

My latest creation. I have all these fabric samples and figured I'd try making a quilt. It was quite fun and relaxing.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Stained Glass Kaleidoscope

I've always loved kaleidoscopes and was so impressed the first time I saw a stained glass one.  I was recently inspired by Jean at Vijon Studios in Old Saybrook Ct. to try to design my own.  This is the result.  It was lots of fun and I look forward to making my next one! .

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dirt Floor Studios in Chester

I'm still shining from the recording session at Dirt Floor Studios in Chester.  I've been dying to record with my friend Chris Brown who plays upright bass and ukulele.  Eric Lichter co-owner and operator of Dirt Floor is an amazing musical artist.  His wife Sandra, a beautiful artist as well, is his partner.  

The process was organic; totally old school and totally pro!  This is the only way to record at Dirt Floor.  Be a true artist and the truth be told!  I'll be posting my recordings on my websites soon!  Yeah!  

If you want beautiful sound, way comfortable surroundings and artistic inspiration - go to Dirt Floor.  There are so many wonderful things about the studio and Eric to know so check out some sounds and more information at the websites below.  

Friday, February 20, 2009

A trip to Orange County Choppers

What a coincidence.  The day after I post a picture of me and my bike on Facebook, I get a call to go work at Orange County Choppers in New York.  This was a CNBC shoot highlighting American Entrepreneurs.  What a pleasure to go see the new headquarters, check out some of the one-of-a kind bikes and meet some of the OCC guys.  Yup, I met Mikey!  Paul Sr. is just as you would imagine.  Authentic and driven.  He was nice to me even though I was there to put make-up on him.  He wasn't so keen on the idea, but as usual I used a light hand to cover any obvious problem spots for HD and all went well.  No, he doesn't use make-up on the regular show!  See their website at www.orangecountychoppers.com  Paul Sr. just published a book called "The Ride of A Lifetime".  It's going on my to read list.  Another good day in the life of a CT make-up artist!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rick Itzkowich and Productive Learning

I can't say enough good things about Rick Itzkowich!  All the information he shares about social networking and his daily quotes are just the thing to keep me motivated to learn more about building relationships on and offline!  I just finished listening to his mp3 download  "Cultivating a Prosperity Mindset".  I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already started practicing the plan!  Ricks generosity and keen knowledge are just the thing for anyone wanting to improve their personal and professional lives on a daily basis.  To learn more visit any one of his websites.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Powder Puffs!

As a professional make-up artist for over 20 years, I’m always searching for the right tools.  I used to buy my powder puffs from a local beauty supply chain, but they stopped carrying them and I can’t find a replacement.  I decided to make my own with a new twist on the design and sell them on my Etsy store - http://joelljacob.etsy.com.  I thought that having some patterns and colors for my kit could be fun too.  

While on set I usually take care of more than just one actor or “talent for the day”.  I ALWAYS use a separate powder puff on each face for sanitary reasons.  I’ve traditionally written the talent’s name on the back of the puff with an old lip or eye pencil.  The people are always so appreciative to know they have their own puff!  With my new design, you can write their name on the tag!  After use, throw the puffs in a lingerie bag and wash regularly or hand wash.  Air dry for best results and longer life.  I like to use 1 cup of vinegar  during the last rinse cycle to kill any bacteria, keep the colors bright and to prevent lint.

For home use, write the date on your puff as a reminder and wash once a week!  Your face will appreciate it!

This set of three powder puffs is made with 100% cotton – inside and out!  The organic cotton batting inside is sewn on three sides to prevent slippage after washing.  The soft corduroy is just as soft as the velour ones I’ve always used.  I’ll be making more with new patterns as I find them.