Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tripping Out on These Trailers

Some pretty exciting Trailers have been coming out recently. I have to say, I have always loved watching trailers when I go to the theater. And I've been known to while away some time over at the Apple Trailers page or IMDB's preview page. When I go into a theater, I squee with excitement when it's a really awesome movie coming. I always comment after each one, so whomever I'm with has to put up with my dorkiness.

In order of Squeeness, I give you my 5 currently favorite Trailers.

1. The Hobbit

I hate waiting.... But I'm SO excited!!

2. The Expendables 2

Fuck yeah. That's all I have to say. Fuck yeah.

3. The Dark Knight Rises

"When Gotham is ashes - you have my permission to die."

4. G.I. Joe Retaliation

This looks way better than the first one. WAY. BETTER. Maybe it's because Dwayne Johnson's in it, and I pretty much love watching that man on the big screen.

5. Men in Black 3

I might get a lot of flak for this, but hey, so far it looks as fun as the original two.  I'm in.

Some of you may be wondering, "what about The Avengers? What about Snow White and the Huntsman? What about...?" And yeah, I'm excited about those as well. But, these are the current beauties, so we'll leave it with that. This was fun. I might just do this again.

It's Snowing Muppets!

My friends over at Pop Culture Monster, got a treat from The Muppets! As they sadly have to wait for The Muppets to hit UK & Irish theaters in February, they were given an activity pack to help them get through the wait.

Visit their post here, and you can download a whole bunch of Muppets! You'll be able to print out pages to color, mazes, and stencils to make your own Muppet Snowflakes, as well as rings to go around your Christmas Tree or your Hanukkah Mantle. (Forgive the ignorant goy. I'm pretty sure you don't want to hang them around the menorah, right?).

So the above picture is my attempt at the snowflakes. I know it's not the best lighting, but it looks like Muppets snowing in the backyard. Yay! Animal turned out the best, Fozzie and Kermit weren't as good. My only regret is that I can't spent the whole day making more.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Dad Was on TV! He's so famous.

Back in September,  my dad made an appearance on a public access show called, "Living Longer, Living Better." They were taping a Veteran's Day episode and were fortunate it enough to have two Tuskegee Airmen join them, as well as my dad, (served on the USS Bon Homme Richard and another man who served aboard the USS Hornet.

Dad, aka Stephen T. Robinson, to all you folk, served his country from 1968 to 1971. He's very proud of his contribution. He was a boiler tender - he endured quite a lot of heat, to say the least. I'm very proud of him as well. I love hearing his stories about his experiences on board. Sometimes it's hard for me to process it all, so I take it in smaller chunks. (Kinda like if my mom wanted to tell me more about working in insurance. Or if Rocky wanted to tell me what it's like working in a TV studio as an Engineer, (he knows and does SO much!) I like hearing the experiences, but the technicalities sometimes just float on by). *kind pat of understanding*

Aww, isn't he handsome? 

 Dad's Caption: "I'm the one with his elbow hanging over, just above the K in deck. We're watching the Miss USA ladies wave at other ships."

As far as the show goes, I feel like the host didn't know what she was getting into, when she interviewed the Tuskegee Airmen. Boy, did I want to hear all that they had to say. I want at least a whole hour with them. From what Dad said, LeRoy is a firecracker. Dad was able to get their autographs and talked with them a bit. He was tickled, to say the least. Dad's in the second half of the interview, and he and his mustache do a fine job on screen. Ha! I'm also proud of him, in that he was himself. Truly, that's the hardest thing for me to be on camera! He wasn't frozen, he was calm, and came across really nicely. He's a natural at being natural. 

To note, Rocky did the voiceover for the show, and I'm pretty sure he did the editing. He probably even did some camera work. I don't know, he's all over the place with his talents and technical abilities. Let me tell you this, if you want someone to help out in any production for TV or film - you best want Rocky Robinson on your team. Okay, back to Dad and the show....

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Things I Learned At Comikaze Expo

 I admit that I started to write this the day after I went to Comikaze Expo. I also admit that I then became distracted by lots of shiny objects, a pursuit of employment, Thanksgiving and many other things. Don't judge. I finally did it, and I am pleased. 

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend Comikaze Expo's debut. The cast & crew of Awkward Embraces was asked to be on a panel, and we accepted! That meant I was extended a pass to attend the whole event. Wooo! All in all, a good time was had. Aside from a few inconveniences, (floor plan a little wonky, announcements that sounded like Charlie Brown's teacher), I would consider it a success. I look forward to the next year.

So here's what I learned. If I were you, I'd remember this for your next Con.

-Take Pictures
Lady Steam and Her Beau
Whether you use your phone or a nifty digital camera, take pictures. Even if you don't think you'll post the picture later, take it anyway. Half the fun is walking around and snapping pics with your favorite cosplayers. No, I didn't know them all of the costumes/characters, but it was still fun. My biggest regret? I never snapped a picture of a wee little Ghostbuster, complete with wee little proton pack. There were also several wee Captain Americas. Come to think of it, I believe the toddler cosplayers were my favorite.

He's Got a Towel, Now Jessica has try to Not Panic
-Budget Accordingly
Cool Stuff Here
Luckily, Comikaze believes in an inexpensive ticket price. ($12) But then there's the parking at the Convention Center ($12), the over-priced food, and most importantly - THE STUFF! So if you're on a limited budget like I currently am, bring your lunch, carpool, walk, take public transportation, so you can your monies for important things - LIKE COOL STUFF!

-Find Your Twitter Friends/A Con is Like a Big Party
Both days I came by the con all by myself, as I was staying in Manhattan Beach. When I walked in to the convention center, I was lost in a sea of people. And even though I had a map and Jessica texted me where she was, I couldn't find her! I couldn't enjoy the spirit of wandering around when I didn't have anybody to wander around with. But then, I found her:

And then, I found these lovely people:

That's right, I found the interchangeable Sarah Kuhn and Jenn from JustJenn Designs at the table for the League of Extraordinary Women. It was like coming home.

Once that all fell into place, it was like walking around a giant party all weekend. You find someone, you chit chat, you move on to the next panel and mingle some more.

And you know what else is great?
The panels I attended were always filled with friends.

It must have due to the fact that Jessica was on 5 panels, (and she even got pulled onto a 6th!), good people attract more good people, ya know. That's a fact.

Here are some pics from the Star Trek Q& A Jessica got to moderate. Garrett Wang was the first to join her.

The audience was packed just to hear the stories from Garrett, as well as Celeste Yarnell and Bobby Clark

-Being on a Panel is FUN!

 I admit to being nervous, but really, I was sitting a great group of friends. We're all goofballs and dorks. I think the Awkward Embraces fans were pleased.

A Friendly Audience!

Jessica & Our Lovely Moderator Stephanie Thorpe

Steven, Lyndsey, and I Try Really Hard to be Sexy. 

Candis Only Looks Nervous
 I wish our panel had been longer, it went by way too fast. Somebody else get us on a panel so we can regale you all with our hilarious hijinks. Please?

I also got a chance to find Twitter friends I had never yet seen in person. Bonnie Burton, Andre the Black Nerd, David Nett, and Taryn O'Neil. That's a thrill let me tell you. Silly me, I didn't get pictures with everyone. (See? Take Pictures!) But I did take a pic or two of Andre:

Two days of walking around with friends is just plain fun. It's why I like a good party, I'm a social butterfly, what can I say?

@chrissypedia, @TheBDAG, @Spytap, @ladimcbeth, @TheStephThorpe, @JenniferLanda, @SizzlerKistler

-Don't Take Yourself Seriously
I think a Con is just supposed to be fun, whether you're a fan, a Super Star, or a Co-Producer for a webseries. I think Comikaze Expo really allowed people to have fun on every level. Allow yourself to geek out whether you're on a panel, you're in the audience, or you're having lunch with your troupe of friends.
Barrett is Hotter Than Ever

My Dad Envies This Mustache

Beth and Her Sexy Polar Bear 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Workshop With Christine Lahti

Tuesday night I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with Christine Lahti. Actor Nerves were all a fright, as I haven't done any scene workshops in awhile. It appears that it went smoothly. I have to remember to write down the nice comments I receive when I act. It's always a nice reminder that I am good at it.

Anywhoo, please read what my friend Lynette wrote about that night. She took pics of the event, and there I am! Oooh.

Privatsky Insight: Director Christine Lahti: Working with Actors: Last night the Alliance of Women Directors held another super informative event. The featured presenter/ speaker was Christine Lahti. She di...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Photoshoot with Lemmywinks the Cat

Lemmywinks is a faithful sun worshiper. He follows its sunbeams around the house, making sure to fully bask at all times. The other day, I couldn't help but take a few pics of him soaking it all up. I think the best one was what I posted the other day.  I'm going to share the other pics from that impromptu shoot. Enjoy!

Pics were all taken with my Droid 2 R2D2 Phone. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sunshine Is Good For You

Lemmywinks never fails to get his required amount of Vitamin D. He faithfully keeps to his daily appointments at my room's Sun Spa.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Put It In The Bag, Bump Bump

In this current journey of mine, (which is to get back on track with my life - O, Woe), I was reminded today that clearing your space of clutter is a big step in the right direction. So yeah, it's time to clear out the old toiletries, the clothes and random crap that I've held on to and forgotten about.

In a metaphysical sense, I'm clearing out what's been stuck, so I can get all that clogged energy moving again. This makes sense, as I have been feeling stuck. Also, in an IRL sense, an open space just feels better than a cluttered one. To speak from experience, don't you feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders when you clean house?

So if you're like me, and you currently need to fight off some funk, do a little cleaning. Even 5 minutes a day of cleaning is better than nothing.

To that end, I leave you with one of my favorite Disney cartoons. I haven't thought about it in a long time and it just popped in my head about 20 minutes ago.


Friday, October 21, 2011


Greetings, Sports Fans.

Or, Pattyverse Fans.

Since my last entry, life has become, well, simply complicated.

This past year I started making changes in my life. I decided to leave a job that I was at for 5 years.  I decided that I wanted more in my life. I wanted lots of big dreams to manifest themselves. I also thought quitting the dependable, soul-killing commute, nicest-woman-to-work-for job was a step in the right direction. I figured life would get a little bumpy, but I could make it work.

I was kinda right.

I had expected that the bumps in the road would get smoother, and that really, my transitional road was pretty short. Oh, I was wrong, Dear Readers. This road is a lot longer than I expected and has curves, bumps, pot holes that will kill you, and evil creatures hiding in the woods. I actually fell into a bad pot hole for a couple of weeks. Oh, that was miserable.

So to get out of the metaphor before it's too late...

Being unemployed sucks. It sent me into this spiral where I was trying to figure out what to do with my life, and then into all kinds of existential questions, and gah. Felt like I was going to implode for a moment. It felt like a very bad melodrama was living in my head.

I've decided that while I'm unemployed and there's a depression to fight off, I gotta get back to the basics. What are the basics?


  • Say "Thank You." - To every dog, cat, person, deity, tree, rock, squirrel, (SQUIRREL!!!), friend and family member I know. 
  • Treat myself well.   - While my budgets won't let me spend a week at a spa or yoga retreat, I can still go for walks, stretch, take naps, read lots of books, and occasionally visit the Super Saver movie theater.  Staying motionless in my room and shutting out the world, eating crappy food is not the way to go. Trust me on this. 
  • Find the joy in all things I can, then share it. (Why, hello there, Blog).
  • Practical things to be taken care of too. 
  • Have faith
  • Laugh often
  • Expect Good Things
  • Rely on my family and friends for support, because I would do the same for them. 
 I feel like I'm beginning all over again. It almost feels like I've just moved to Los Angeles all over again, and this time, I have even less money. But... starting over again is never a bad thing. It just means new challenges that will lead me into bigger and better Everything.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recommending A Voice Over Class

Not only is my friend Richard Tatum, loveable, hilarious, brilliant, talented, goofy, and married to my friend Tracy, but he's also a talented voiceover teacher. Richard has worked in voiceover a goodly time now and has been teaching lessons for about 10 years now.

I took a class from Richard in the basics of voiceover and I loved the atmosphere that he set up. First of all, it's just darn fun. If you're a teacher and you're about the fun and not the fear, you're all right with me. Second, every one had a chance at the mic in every class. We explored different types of voiceovers, (animation, commercials, video games, etc.), and we had feedback at the end of each session. I learned quite a bit!

Richard has another round of classes coming up, starting October 6th. It runs for 6 weeks and will cover animation! Topics will include character creation, parsing scripts, making characters dynamic, and creating and maintaining a character repertoire, as well as broadening your range, audition preparation, and styles.  All students get on the microphone repeatedly every class!

So if you're interested, check out his company, Absolute Voiceover , to see what other classes he has coming up, check here. You may also find Absolute Voiceover on Facebook and Twitter.

Richard is also a wonderfully smart actor and director. If you saw Group the Musical and The Insidious Impact of Anton this year, then you've seen his directing work.

If you're an Awkward Embraces fan, than you know him as The IT Guy. Below is my favorite episode of his.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Latest Jeff the Cat: Merchant of Darkness Episode

Awhile ago I introduced you to Jeff the Cat.

In the first episode we saw how poorly Jeff treated my dear friend Jim. In this episode, we'll get to meet Stacy, who broke Jim's heart.


This is a foul, foul, and highly inappropriate episode. If you offend easily, you really shouldn't watch this. It you have a deep, dark, twisted sense of humor, this is for you.

Click here to know more about Tricia Pierce, and here for Jim Hanna. Hire them. They are some funny, talented people.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Vote For Stephaine!

My friend Stephaine Boltjes is a fantastic stage manager. She's also a fantastic photographer. She's entered a contest for the magazine Popular Photography, and she needs your help!

It takes but a minute to register and vote for her photograph. You only have to do it once. Here's the link for Steph's picture: http://www.popphoto.com/photo-contest/2011ReadersContest/photos/cities-and-architecture/180803
It's a beautiful black & white of and old bridge. Here it is:

2011 Popular Photography Readers Photo

I came across this closed bridge on a back road off of Highway 126 near Piru, CA. A wider bridge had been built and is the background. I love the idea of old bridge and the new bridge side-by-side. I also thought the lines were incredible in this shot.
Just so you see some of her other work, I'm gonna share a couple of pics she took when we went to the San Diego Zoo last Wednesday. She really got some AMAZING pictures. She's ridiculously talented. 

Great shots, right? So go click the link above for Steph's photo in the Popular Photograpy Magazine's contest! She'll win some cash, and most importantly, her photo would be the cover for their 2012 January issue! Do it, do it! Vote for Steph!