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Mannequin Dreams Accepted Into the London Short Film Festival

A smorgasbord style selection of musical landscapes and resonances. This selection of short films mixes experimental work and animation, and takes us from the boxing ring to urban & forest areas, alongside choreographed moves in TECHNOSHAMAN, .TICK, UDSTØDT, and WILLIAM.

It's official!  Mannequin Dreams is a selection of the London Short Film Festival in 2015!  You can see the listing here.

Mannequin Dreams began as a simple fashion project between Darwin Carlisle and Linda Privè at First Class Reels, then grew into something far beyond that when the film's concept inspired them to collaborate on something above and beyond their initial intentions.  Viewers will be able to watch the film in London on January 11th, 2015

Dance-tress Acting Up: Focus On Your Strengths


Well ladies and gentlemen, it finally hit me. I’ve always known it, but it has never been so clear to me until now. In order to be successful, one must focus on your strengths! Find your type! I finally know what that means. Some people catch on to this quickly, but when you’re attention is spread out all over the place, its hard to see what is right in front of you. It feels like the golden moment has arrived and my path has been paved so clearly I can see it. Now, all I have to do is follow the steps.

I was filming a monologue today for Darwin as a new template for one of his reel packages. It was a semi dramatic scene, but it took me a while to get where I really needed to be. I call this my running start. I’ll do 3 or 4 mediocre takes that I know are just not there yet. It doesn’t feel right to me and I haven't settled into the role. Or, I can’t remember my lines. This is probably the reason why I struggle with auditions- you only get one shot!

The drive home was quick, but I was replaying the whole morning in my head. It suddenly became so clear to me, I’m a really good comedic actor. It’s easier for me and I have more fun with it. That’s the route I need to really focus on. I will be great on a sitcom, and let’s be real, every time I write a scene for one of my own projects it always ends up comedic. So, instead of trying to be a Kate Winslet right now, why don't I just focus on becoming fantastic at comedy. I could be your go to girl, your Zoey Deschanel. Your adorkable new girl. I believe the work will come when your GOOD. Really good. 


That will be my new focus. I will be getting my butt into an improv class. My new pictures will be bright and cheery,  maybe even some quirky looks. The casting director workshops I attend will be geared towards people who cast sitcoms. Now that I had this wonderful moment of clarity, I know which direction I want to go. This is not to say I won't be doing all kinds of acting, just a more clear focus. 

*Pictures are screen shots from some of my sketches. It's always a good day when you can make yourself laugh :) *

Source: Caslin_Silly