I'm not someone who goes 'gaga' for celebrities. Having been in this business since I was a kid, I know how how crucial luck and timing are to a career. Having said that, it is always fascinating to work with someone who has tons of experience. When it came time for our 'moment', Sandra arrived and said, "Athena! I always wished my name was Athena!".
I had to make our little crowd laugh in the moment before our scene, so I told stories about my baby having colic while I was alone in New York as a single mom. "Oh my god!" she said afterwards, "I thought you made that up!". Charming and empathetic, Sandra won me over immediately.
However, it's not just charm. It's also smart to quickly connect with your scene partner right before you shoot. That's just good acting.
Counter to that, I was recently at an audition where a fellow actor was listing off his accomplishments, and quizzing me for mine, in a passive aggressive manner.
It's such a clear example of how there is no need to be mean or demeaning in order to succeed. Friendliness, humor, and an open heart can get you even further.
Vegas Baby (formerly titled “haveababy”) has had an amazing run on the festival circuit and gained a ton of important press. It has a new trailer and is coming to a theater near you! Upcoming screenings include NYC (March 28), Cleveland, Las Vegas, Bay Area, LA — the list goes on, and they are adding cities every day!
If you don’t see your city listed here It’s easy to bring the film to a local movie theater or other venue in your town. If you are in the US, find out more at http://bit.ly/VBtugg. If you are in Canada, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a small community group, don't be intimidated! Please reach out as they are open to all types of screenings, big and small.
The mission of this grassroots screening campaign -- with the help of Executive Producer Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, CNN’s Inside Man) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association -- is to raise awareness about infertility by starting a national conversation around this often misunderstood issue through the powerful medium of film (with a dose of good humor injected by yours truly).
Email email@example.com with any questions about how you can be a part of this cinema-on-demand campaign!
Athena & Phoenix reflect on Turning 1.
I am thrilled to announce I have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the InFame Awards at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto! Please come! Click this link to buy tix and get a 40% discount. The awards show is Thurs. Sept 15th. Fingers crossed I win!
Looking forward to sharing the stage with my buddy Jeffery Straker on the Barbra Hall Stage behind the 519 Queer Community Center in Toronto. Jeffery is an awesome dynamic performer. We met when we were both up for awards in Vegas at the Outmusic Awards. See you then for this 90 min gig! We will be taking turns, each performing our own music.
So proud of this episode. Enjoy!!
Having faced infertility, Athena finally has the baby she fought so hard for. Explore motherhood with Athena in this comedic webseries tackling everything from colic, to baby's first injury, to international travel. Athena is an award winning actress, singer/songwriter and Lady Gaga impersonator. Click to watch!
4 episodes now live! Please comment and let us know what you think!!!
Upcoming Gaga gigs with dancers June 4 (Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza) & 25 (Southampton, NY) around NYC. They are private parties so unfortunately not open to the public but the bookings are coming in!
Athena will be performing her original music on Friday June 17 at 8pm sharp. Doors at 730pm. Come to 2 West 64th Street, 4th Floor, in the Ceremonial Hall. Show ends at 9pm. Come see this rare performance where Athena is being herself and not doing Gaga! Don't be late - just a 45 minute show!
What an incredible experience last night at the premiere of haveababy. From the pre-party, to the red carpet, to the talk back afterwards, it will be a night I will always remember. I feel so lucky to be able to get to share my journey through infertility in this film. I just know haveababy is going to help break the shame and silence around this issue. And I was really excited to see all the press we got even before we opened (Village Voice Best of the Fest, Upworthy and much more). Lots of journalists were there so I'm sure the media train will keep running. Connect with the haveababy Facebook page or Twitter to see all press. And I was thrilled to learn The William Morris Agency is repping us!
I will be at the Saturday 3pm screening for the talk back. Other screenings are Monday 430pm and Tuesday 945pm. Please come and spread the word. Click here for the schedule and to buy tix.
This morning as I write this with my sleeping baby on me, I feel immense gratitude and peace knowing that I have my baby. To those struggling.... Don't quit! Be flexible with your options and just go get your baby.