My third host is Bettina Goolsby. A graduate of the University of Virginia, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and magazine marketing veteran (Vibe, Glamour, Marie Claire, Teen People etc.)- she traded corporate structure for life as a striving actor. This visit marks a departure from my previous hosts in regard to the general feeling of our activities. In this case I am more of a shadow, tagging along as Bettina goes about her very full days. After a requisite yogic intro at The Om Factory, the first event on the roster was her weekly (screen)writing class*.
There, we discussed "pattern" (the negative aspect of a character that keeps him/her away from their goal), how "raising the stakes" creates the drama that we crave in good moviemaking, and the importance of working through a 'bad' draft. After class we chowed at La Esquina, an upgraded taco stand that truly delivered some bomb-ass Mexican food. With a frigid wind whipping outside, it was nice to grub with an LA state of mind... SEXICO!
Wednesday I got a chance to play with actors, which to the uninitiated is like being on permanent vacation at summer camp. ZIP-ZAP-ZOOP, REPETITION, and TOUNGE TWISTERS were my faves. I even got a chance to improv as a drunk pregnant woman talking with her stuttering (and apparently philandering) husband. (Thanks Dave and Cindy)
I do have a few chores one of which is to help organize her apartment space (which I LOOOOVE) and deliver the give-a-ways to GoodWill- that, and cooking for a full day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner- which I also LOOOOVE). I am inspired by the opportunity to be helpful to my hosts, and even as I continue to tweak the perimeters of The Inflatable Mattress performance, I am glad that I included this element of service.
BIM. All up in your face.