It all started with a sleepover. It was 2013, and a group of Robots had gathered in Dave's old apartment in The Valley on a cool October-in-LA Friday night. The evening was to be spent reviewing performance tapes from our shows in the Cherry Crush at iO West, 13 minute snippets of chaos and magic and adrenaline Sierra had filmed for us, so we could hammer out more of our musical improv form. We also needed to prep for our very first photo shoot, which was to happen the following morning. We had two spankin' new robobabes in our ranks, and we were STOKED to finally be getting team photos.
We picked a loose theme of vintage sci-fi and made plans to pick up dry ice in the morning so we could stage an alien abduction shot. Nikki had stocked the fridge with craft brews and Dave was making some weird macaroni dish that only single guys in their 20s eat, and we were feeling good. It was pretty much what you'd expect from a bunch of singing comedians at a mandatory bonding event. Loud. Boisterous. A serious amount of fun.
At some point we all started trying on outfits to wear for the shoot, encouraging each other to come up with character names and back stories. Chris put on his hat and tweed jacket and was trying to pick out a tie to wear, but rather than selecting one tie, left all the options around his neck and became "Professor Allties." Bryan had a ridiculous purple jumpsuit that he paired with green alien eyes and a lunchbox for that authentic 'blue-collar alien' effect. I convinced Sam to wear some black studded leggings, and Molly started bouncing round the room in moon boots. Somehow, at some point, the idea of turning our looks into characters in a full-length written musical was floated and we "Yes, and'ed" that shit all the way to today - about a month before our time travel musical TIMEHEART premieres at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
A lot has happened since then. That very night, Sam fell asleep using my white faux fur jacket as a sleeping bag. We stopped performing at the Cherry Crush. At another sleepover, all the Robot ladies wore onesie animal pajamas. We road tripped to gigs in Lake Arrowhead and San Diego. Later still, we got t-shirts printed with our name and logo printed on them! I wear mine constantly (witness my #WLW above). The outfits have changed, our TIMEHEART costumes continue to evolve, but we've always been working on this wild idea we dreamt up, outlining then improvising then writing then re-writing and revising some more. In many ways, crafting a musical together has been just like that first sleepover - loud and boisterous and an incredible bonding experience... but we're not in Dave's living room anymore. We are about to go live, on Theatre Row in Hollywood, on a warm summer night in 2015, one and a half years later.
It is so good to look back at some photos from that shoot (thanks again Brendan Dekora for shooting + EastWest Studios for hosting), to see where we came from, and to dream of what the next year and a half may bring! I hope you get the same joy looking at them (below) as I do...and if you wanna see the finished product, our sci-fi musical baby, I hope you come to see TIMEHEART at the Hollywood Fringe!
Transforming into the TIMEHEART in a skort from Wasteland; vintage leotard I think from my mom's old clothing collection in the basement?; arm band from my brother in law; crescent moon earrings from Teresa Calabrese; gold and white sandals from Nikki Muller; clock purse from the second hand store in Boston!
Welcome to week 13 of my weekly photo series Weird Looks Wednesday! This super soft T is from my friend David Chung's store in Whittier - Local Fixture. They hosted a fundraising event for Laughter for a Change before the holidays last winter and I picked up a bunch of cute, one-of-a-kind items for presents that I just love. Check them out here!
These pants make me feel like I'm on The Sopranos and I've always wanted to be an Italian American so that's cool. Velour on Velour FOR LIFE!
My best friend (and sometimes stylist) Teresa Calabrese said that I should start a fashion blog about my unique personal fashion sense, so I did. Welcome to Weird Looks Weds #11, my weekly photo essay for 2015.
When Teresa dared me to start a fashion blog, I had no idea how many stories would emerge. Ten weeks in, I recognize that nearly every garment I own has a history, memories of a person or a time, and that when I 'compose' an outfit, I'm fusing the stories together to create an attitude or story for a new day. My clothing is an expression of where I've been as much as where I'm going, and it has been a pleasure to rediscover my subconscious narratives each week.
My best friend (and sometimes stylist) Teresa Calabrese said that I should start a fashion blog about my unique personal fashion sense, so I did. Welcome to Weird Looks Weds #9, my weekly photo essay for 2015.
This week I went with my warm fave comfy look - fashionable mime. My only 'official' mime role was in a production of "Stations of the Cross" playing the role of Jesus. They only let me do it at the evening and early morning shows, a boy had to play Jesus for the all school mass performance :P
Now I do plenty of miming as an improviser, and I am not bitter. Plus, I learned how to be really light so people could lift me and carry me when playing Jesus, which has been a very handy skill!!
Thanks for reading - the caption tells the story of the clothes! Love love love!
Went out for a serious night of theatre (There Is a Happiness That Morning Is @ Sacred Fools) and then a serious dance party (Funky Sole @ The Echo) and thus needed a seriously rad outfit to transition through the evening. My solution: cats-in-space leggings, a sequined Foley and Corinna frock, and my grandma's costume jewelry.
I'd like to give a special shout out to Amanda for donating the top to my blog at Circle last week! I couldn't wait to wear this garment, thank you!
Go see some beautiful theatre: http://www.sacredfools.org/onlineboxoffice/
Hit up LA's best dance party: http://www.theecho.com/event/446441-funky-sole-los-angeles/
...and let me know what you wear!
Two-tone glasses: Lost + Found; Faux Fur jacket: Hand-me-down from my amazing boss, Candace Stewart; Vintage crop top: my fave vintage shop in the world, Sweet Lorain, in the CLE; Suspender skirt: traded from ? at Molly Dworsky's clothing swap; Knee highs: Xmas gift from Chris Sousa; Velour Sandals: Jeffrey Campbell
My best friend (and sometimes stylist) Teresa Calabrese said that I should start a fashion blog about my unique personal fashion sense, so I did. Welcome to Weird Looks Weds #4, my weekly photo essay for 2015.
Spent the day yesterday playing a guitar player in my dear friend Mary Bonney's musical, Break: The Musical! so this week's look is a day late + a little bit rock n' roll.