Friday, November 7, 2008

Directors and Producers

A few weeks ago my director Matt Craig (above) and my producer Nate DuFort (below) came onboard for a week.

I love these guys!

We just had an awesome time together.

Funny Story....

Matt's wife the talented Rebecca Sage Allen is the reason I got into improv in the first place.

Baby Wants Candy visited UVA during my junior year and did a week of workshops with us ending in a mini performance.

Then they did a show for us and I was blown away!

I had never seen improv before and I immediately became obsessed.

Rebecca kept in touch with me and my best friend Nate and encouraged us to visit Chicago the summer of '04 and do i.o. theatre's summer intensive program.

She even found me an apartment and picked us up from the airport!

It was the best summer ever!

Looking back I can't believe I did 8 hours of improv everyday for like 3 months!

Anyway after Rebecca dropped us off from the airport she told us her then boyfriend Matt Craig has free tickets waiting for us at the Second City e.t.c. stage!

So Nate and I went and saw the show and Matt even hung out with us afterwards and talked to us about "the biz".

When Matt came onboard I was wondering if he would remember me and he was like "Jeannie! I've met you before. Rebecca says hi!"

I mean how nice is that!

Isn't that crazy that 4 years ago I met Rebecca and last year I started performing with Baby Wants Candy and now I work for Second City???

I mean I have Rebecca to thank for everything!

She is seriously the funniest lady.

So thank you Rebecca!

And Matt is going to be on the "Office" this season so watch out for him in the Christmas episode.

And Nate always casual but sophisticated...I loved seeing you on your black jack at Horshoe Bay.

I also want to give a shout out to my first SC director Matt Hovde who I also love and Al Samuels who I also met 4 years ago at UVA and have been friends with ever since.

Barbies...Childhood and early Teen Obsession

This is a picture of me in front of the Barbie section of Toys R Us in NYC.

My best friend Anne and I often talk about how much we played with Barbies.

My Mother kept my Barbies in a huge Rubber Maid bin.

I played with them everyday and it was always the same scenario: I put all my Barbies in my Barbie Ferrari and I drove them to Hawaii for a vacation. Same scenario every time without fail.

On occasion I filled up my sink with water and sat all my Barbies around it and let them have a pool party.

I only did that when I was going to wash their hair afterward.

That was my favorite part of having Barbies was doing their hair!!!

I had a good amount of clothes and shoes for my Barbies but I never had the dream house or any other sort of scenic backdrops.

It is so crazy how much stuff they have for Barbie now!

I could have had the whole gang get summer jobs at McDonald's!
Look at the detail in this bathroom set! The little trash can and the tiny handle on the toilet!
And forget my sink...look at this pool! Slide and all.

Looking back I am so happy they didn't have any of this stuff because it allowed me to use my imagination!

I also want to thank my Mom for keeping my Barbies safe for me all these years!

I know they are in the laundry room I saw them the last time I was home!