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Its not who you know or is it???

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   How many times have we heard “its not what you know, its who you know”.  What if that is all bulls$$%, and “It’s who know’s you?”   A very dear friend just put this question to me and I think its all true.  Its like which came first, the chicken or the egg?  I still can’t answer that one! Haha


Let’s take my son for instance. He is in Dark Fields and was killed like most cute kids in horror films.  But Colin was a good little boy, played well with others, didn’t complain and did a darn good job, if I might say so.  Guess what? A few months down the road the director (Douglas Schulze) gives another director Colin’s info and he was booked in a commercial with his tremendously talented mother!  See how that goes?


Here’s another “for instance”.  Let’s call this one Dave (Rumble),  David was working as a UPS driver. making good money, but decided he really really wanted to be in the movie business.  This was about 6 yrs ago, waaaaay before the wagon train of people from the west came knock…

MARTINI SHOT ANYONE??? Detroit 187 wrap party....

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If you've ever been on set, its hurry up and wait. That is how the beginning to our evening started. I rushed, he waited, the roads were messy but we made it. To The Whitney where the wrap party was being held, to find a line of twenty cars or more waiting for the valet. The wind was biting and neither one of us really wanted to get out and walk the block or so to the entrance. So we waited, and waited. I really wanted one of THE GHOST BAR's famous martini's.


  One of the doors opened on the white stretch limo basically "parked" in front of us and who walked out to get to the ATM? Shaun Majumdar. As he picked his way through the snow, we just hoped we weren't going to have to jump out and save him from getting mugged. 




      As he yelled to his buddies in the car," Hey girls, lets just walk." I rolled down my window and asked if I could walk with them. Out walks two gorgeous girls and John Michael! I don't think I could have made a better entranc…

Thank you..I love Michigan's film Production...

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 I need to thank everyone at I love Michigan's film production for highlighting me on their page. It is so important for us to help each other out. If we don't, we die. Michigan will die.  I will help anyone I can get their business noticed. Pass it forward. I've had a hard few months and the generosity of my fellow Michigander's is amazing. I love you guys..... 






         "Today ILMFP is going to highlight Hope Cobb Crenshaw. Her blog we found very informative. She has the task of writing about the wonderful highlights of the Michigan film community so in this regards we have highlighted her. Hope, you have done a very good job with Michigan Movie Magazine and the people that are working so hard to live their dreams, get work and keep the film industry right here in Michigan. Nice!"                        Quote by - I love michigan's film production..


On Set.... Detroit 187-How I got invited to the Wrap party.....

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                   I have to tell you, I am dying to tell you all the juicy details of the wrap party for Detroit 187. First I have to give you alittle background on how I even was invited. For the last year or so I've been a doing a little "acting". I don't think I can call myself an actress, but I have been paid for lines in a movie so maybe I am. Semantics. Anyway.  My significant other is on the show, since the first episode and he kept bugging me to become a uniform police woman, which is a recurring role (and pays more). Finally with only 6 episodes to film I said yes. Of course, everytime we got a availablity check from RealStyle (our extras casting agency), we put in for the same days. It seemed like we were never going to work together.

              My first gig on set was hilarious and totally embarrassing (at least to me). First thing I had to do was check in, then go see wardrobe where you need to tell them your size. I have gained some pounds this year…

Acting 102- Always more acting info..

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There are a few acting schools in the Metro Detroit area, The Michigan Actors Studio, The Actors Loft, The Dramatic Arts Studio, and a few more.Make sure you check them out and, if you can, sit in on a class before you sign up. Most long time actors will continue training through classes, workshops, and private coaching. The first thing casting directors look at is experience, then they look at what training you have.Another tip is to tape your self doing scenes and monologues. You should also be doing this in your acting class.Beg, borrow or steal a camcorder and rehearse in front of the camera.It is nerve racking the first time you see yourself on film, but it is invaluable in learning how your body moves and maybe how you don’t want it to!
Next you need a headshot and representation. There are three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) registered agencies in Michigan and it is competitive. If they are SAG, this means they will be able to send you on auditions for SAG movies, etc. You want your…

Acting 101--First steps on how to get into the biz, so you can quit bugging me!

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           As thousands of people employed by the burgeoning movie industry in Michigan. We are all praying that our Governor Elect, Dick, I mean, Rick Snyder doesn’t pull the plug on Michigan’s hopes and dreams. Just as the infrastructure is coming together, this would be a travesty. You can still get in on the action. Of course, I would do this before the movie industry leaves and follows the highest bidder.  Since most first timers looking to the movie industry to put food on their table wouldn’t know how to achieve this, I decided to interview acting coach Matt Lockwood (Michigan Actors Studio) for some pointers.

                 Matt ‘s roots in theatre as Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre of Mass Destruction in NYC. While performing locally with The Magenta Giraffe Theatre Co. and teaching at The Michigan Actors Studio, he has recently co-starred in “War Flowers” with Christina Ricci and Tom Berenger (filmed here at Unity Studio), “Answer This!” with local heavy hit…