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Oatmeal Pie Mug Cake

I’ve been making  mug cakes lately. Have you heard of them?  Every day for brunch I make a new one. Yes, I eat brunch everyday. Who says it’s just a Sunday thing? Anyways, I have been experimenting with different ingredients. I haven’t been getting enough protein lately, so I have been adding a nice dose of vegan protein. I’ve also been adding a nice, healthy dose of chia seeds everyday. I’ve been working on the ingredients so that I don’t add any empty calories. The picture below was one of the best ones I’ve created. It was more of an oatmeal pie mug cake. I used a ground up oatmeal packet, chia seeds, vegan protein, almond coconut milk, and a pear (not shown), instead of sugar. All in all it had about 250 calories, but all good for you calories. image1.JPG

I am still working on creating other kinds of mug cakes. As soon as I have enough money to go grocery shopping again, I’ll update with some better ones (and better pictures).

 

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Fantasy Cover Letter

Sorry, it’s been awhile. Not like anyone reads this though, so I don’t think it matters. I’ve been thinking lately about my quest of getting an agent. I can’t say I’ve tried THHHAAAAT hard. But I have submitted multiple times to agencies that I want. However, I haven’t been very successful. I went through a phase where I thought I’d fight the system and not have an agent. But honestly, I don’t think I’m enough of a “go getter” to do that. I do not work well on my own, and I am not self-motivated.

One of the problems I incur while trying to get an agent (besides never having enough money for those workshops) is the cover letter. I always feel so phony. And if I try to add in my personality I think it sounds ridiculous and like I’m trying too hard. I am not a very professional person. Never have been, don’t intend to start. And I don’t know how to write a cover letter to an agent that reflects me and my attributes. I like to go against the grain. But I think there are plenty of roles that also go against the grain. So, here is what I would love to say in a cover letter but probably never will because its completely and utterly unprofessional and “wrong”.

Dear Wannabe Agency,

Hi, my name is Brooke Spivey, and I am a local actor here in Atlanta. I’ve been trying to break into the Atlanta acting scene since I moved here, after college in 2011. I went to Auburn University for theatre where I received a BFA in performing arts.Since moving here, I have been involved with the ISP cast at Whole World Theatre. You can catch a show I’m in on the first Thursday of every month.

Since moving to Atlanta I’ve been involved with Whole World. I’ve also taken a few classes and workshops. But the main thing I’ve learned is the art of living. How to get by when you can’t get by. I’ve spent the majority of my time trying to get a “day job” that will be sustainable. I’ve learned a lot from this experience. Mainly that I hate day jobs. But also that I’m devoted to this whole acting career. You probably haven’t seen me at any workshops, and you’ve probably not heard my name from anyone (unless you secretly hang out at Whole World), but I’m a damn good asset to have on your register. I’m unique. And quirky. And weird. And you never know what you are gonna get. I guess you could say I’m a wild card.  I’m not in it for my career. I’m in it for my livelihood. And for that, I’d say I’m a pretty good candidate. I like people. I like connecting with people, and I like making people feel. And for the most part, I’d say I’m real and genuine.  I hope you’ll give me a chance.

Sincerely,

Brooke Spivey

PS.

Full disclosure: Sometimes I  do things just because they’re funny.

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Hello World

Hello! Welcome welcome. Nice to see you. How’s your mom and them? Excellent. I’m here to today to expose myself, emotionally and creatively, I mean. You see I am an artist. I’m an actor, writer, creator, and human (at least as far as I know). And I want to share my story.

I guess I should tell you the basics. I’m Brooke. I live in Atlanta. I’m pursuing a career in acting.

I wanted to start a blog to talk about my journey in the acting world. For a long time I’ve wanted to, but I didn’t think I qualified. I have no agent. I have no real film credits. I’m not on IMDB, and I still haven’t picked out my “perfect” headshot.

I moved to Atlanta three years ago after graduating from college to pursue my “dream” of acting. I studied acting for four years, but when I got here I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about the industry. Or how to survive on my own. Since then a lot has happened. I’ve had numerous jobs I hated. I’ve wrecked my car, lost my dog of 15 years, broken my wrist which left me jobless and penniless. But I’ve also been a maid of honor in my best friends wedding, become a god mother, and made incredible new connections. So, yeah I’ve experienced a lot. And all of this while wanting to pursue acting.

But back to why I want to share my story with acting. I read the articles on backstage all the time. I’ve literally stayed up all night reading articles from Secret Agent Man. He’s my favorite. But sometimes when I read these articles, I just get frustrated. The authors have all been in the business for 20 plus years. They know what they are doing. They know what they are talking about which is great, but sometimes I just want to hear from someone who is like me, someone who is still trying trying to scratch the surface. I want to hear from someone who is actually struggling to survive, not someone who is financially secure and stable. I thought about that for awhile. In fact at the time I got this idea to blog about my own journey into acting I thought,” I want to hear from someone who has $1.79 in their bank account and doesn’t know what’s coming next.” And then it hit me! That’s me. I had 1.79 in my bank account, and maybe the blog I want to be reading is the blog I should be writing. So here goes. This is going to be my personal story, my personal experience as an actor, and as a person. Hope to see you there.

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