For all the non actors who read my blog, an MIP is a Member Initiated Project. It’s what they call it when an ACTRA member creates their own work, getting special permission from ACTRA to be able to be in it, as well as to hire other ACTRA members. They can be fully paid, not paid, you can get a percentage of the profits (and ownership)…basically it is like an independent movie, but for ACTRA members.

Now, I have already been on the set of an MIP, as an extra, and I had an awesome time. And I have to admit that I was expecting last night to be sort of the same thing. As in, I thought I would pretty much be an extra, only this time with a title. And honestly, I would have been okay with that. But instead, I actually got to be a part of the main cast 🙂

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Since the script was pretty vague with its descriptions, mostly just stating that the character got a girlfriend and did stuff with her (I play the girlfriend), I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew it would be a house party, but that was pretty much it.

Luckily, as soon as I got there and was introduced to everybody, Alberto, one of the directors, gave me a rundown of all the scenes we were going to be doing. I don’t want to ruin anything, but I can say that it was a lot more fun, and more interesting than most of the house parties I have been to.

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I met a bunch of really nice people, got all dolled up by a very sweet and talented makeup artist, got to know some friends a lot better, and discovered a new talent. That I don’t actually have. But was asked to do and kind of succeeded, but only when the camera wasn’t filming. So actually, I really don’t have a new talent. But I tried really hard. And now you have to watch Memoirs of a Slasher if you want to have any kind idea of what I’m talking about 😉

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Also, as a side note, I think I want lights like this is my room. It makes the space feel warm and magical and…maybe a little Christmas-y, but in a good, whimsical way.

“If you want to be a homebody, we can have a little house party.”

-Sam Hunt (not an inspirational or insightful quote, I admit, but you can’t talk about house parties without this song getting into your head 🙂 )

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