On Set

Yesterday I had a commercial booking for Restaurant.com out in Schaumburg at West Wood Tavern. The job was cast and shot with Alter. There was a lot of diversity on set; actors, models, and employees of Restaurant.com.

Above is a shot of the bar from the second level. Westwood Tavern provided food. (Is it bad for a model to eat a mini pulled pork sandwich on set?)

Here is the look they gave me; non seasonal, fun makeup, print dress by Ann Taylor. The Alter team was patient and professional as usual. This past Spring I also did a shoot for Courvoisier Rose with Alter.

Watching the creative team turn the location into a shoot; setting up lighting, equipment and managing talent is always exciting.There is a lot of foresight that goes into a shoot and

Alter specializes in high impact digital images and CGI.  Check out their blog for sample work and more info! Special thanks to Gray Talent Group for the booking.

Get out your Hairspray…

The Drury Lane Hairspray call yesterday in Chicago was crazy! It can be easy to forget how competitive the Chicago market really is,  specifically the musical theatre market, as many equity calls have small to medium size turnouts. But you wouldn’t know that from yesterday’s dance call.

Both the waiting and dance room were jam packed. But everyone was very positive and eager; singing songs from the show, catching up, stretching and chatting. You got the feeling that this was a favorite for many.    Hairspray is one of those musicals that really resonates with perfomers of all shapes, colors and sizes and remains relevant.

While there Whitney bumped into a lot of familiar faces including Steven Perkins and Sharisse Hamilton (shown here) whom she worked with in Passing Strange.

The dance routine was a lot of fun but everyone is going to be a little sore today!

Fingers Crossed!

Countdown: 4 Days

“Chicago, Chicago, that toddelin’ town…”

We are only four days away from the premier of NBC’s The Playboy Club! The show will air this Monday Sept 19th at 9pm. The entire process has been a great and we can only wait to see how it is all going to come together. The show is blasting us into the early 60’s when American culture was rapidly changing, from developing women’s rights and the civil rights movement, to music, and fashion. On the show Whitney plays a club singer. Check out a promo shot below:

Go to the official site to meet all the bunnies, read interviews and more.

See the Trailer

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The Shakesperian View

This week Whitney had a great audition at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The theater is located on Navy Pier and is a huge tourist attraction. Going out for auditions never hurts when it is as sunny as it was that day.

While there she bumped into two lovely ladies she has had the pleasure of working with: Tiffany  (blue skirt, understudied Whitney in The Hundred Dresses) and Victoria (white dress, Mimi in Night Blue’s production of RENT).  The ladies all aggreed that it was a pleasant experience.

CST always picks great pieces and material and never hesitates to diverse cast roles.  Fingers crossed!



Three Little Dresses

     Had another great rehearsal for episode four of The Playboy Club this week. Fatima Robinson and Jay Anthony did the choreography again and it was a work out as usual. After rehearsal the costume department showed some options, all were charming vintage dresses in a variety of colors.

One can’t help but notice how in vogue vintage styling and culture is right now. In the spirit of the 60’s here are some great tunes to get you in the mood…

1. “Baby It’s You” The Shirelles

2. “River Deep and Mountain High”– Ike and Tina Turner

3. “Foolish Little Girl”– The Shirelles

4. “You Really Got a Hold on Me”– Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

5. “Your Baby’s Back”– Downbeats

Photo Shoot Fresh

On Tuesday Whitney shot with Janna Giacoppo at the Strawdog Theatre space.  Getting professional photos done is always a bit nerve wrecking, but the weather was beautiful and armed with some killer tunes and a great stylist, Nicole Ventura, the shoot went off without a hitch.

Whitney and Nicole on set

Nicole is 100% pro and used an airbrush for foundation which went on very light and did not require being retouched for 6 hours. She used a combination of products mostly Senna, Bobbi Brown, and Mario Badescu skin care.  Badescu’s facial spray and primer rock!

The Strawdog Theatre space was a great place to shoot as it is colorful and abundant in textures and surfaces.

Favorite shots will be posted soon so stay tuned!

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