happy new year! by Shannon Berkeley

Happy 2017, everyone!  I'm not big on new year's resolutions, but I love to set goals or tasks for myself in order to set myself up for a good start to the year.  They might be things that I put on the back-burner during the crazy holiday season, or they might be new projects that I think will help me pursue my passions, but either way, it feels refreshing to be able to check them all off the list.  Here's just a few of them, in no particular order, and some of which are already checked off (woot woot!):

  1. Update my website (with new pics, a new blog post, and a video section).
  2. Register for my next acting class and improv class.
  3. Choose new books to read in January and download to Kindle (any recommendations for a voracious reader?!).
  4. Order and print new headshots.
  5. Book a trip to see my twin brother (and his fluffy four-legged companion) in Ohio!

While I get working on all that jazz (and lots more, you should see my full list...), here are a few projects that I finished up in 2016.

In October, I filmed a brand video and several product videos for Sabon NYC.  A Brooklyn brownstone, several clay masks, and a dreary day in Central Park later, they're finally available to view!  Below is the brand video, but you can see the rest of the videos on their Youtube channel.

In November, I starred in a short film written and directed by Tom Ishizuka, a student at NYU.  A dog (or two) was involved in the project, so it's no surprise that I was thrilled to work with Tom and his crew.  Can't wait to share the final piece, and shoutout to Tom and Dan for the #bts photo credits!

Several more photo sets shot by Zeno Gill have been published at online magazines B-Authentique and JUNNNKTANK since I last posted.  Click on a thumbnail below and go check them out if you haven't seen them already!  Friends & fam - I already warned these could be a little racy/PG 13, so there.

a quick summer catch-up by Shannon Berkeley

So, like I said, not much for writing... Sorry!  But summer is winding down, so I wanted to check in with some of my shenanigans.  

I shot a short film with Nathan Lunsford, who wrote, directed, and produced, and a great cast and crew.  We unfortunately have hardly any pictures from set to share, but I'll be sure to keep you posted as the film finishes in post.  I also finished up Level 1: Intro to Improve at The PIT, and will hopefully head back for Level 2 in the fall! Lots of auditions and castings as well, and you never know what's going to stick - my catch phrase for getting through it all? "Now on to the next."  

I recently shot the first episode of a new web series created by Giovanni Naarendorp.  Fun fact: we are friends in real life, and he is awesome - check out his work here! Also, yes, that is the adorable Emma you see on set - she dreams of stardom.  She even had her own puppy PA - thanks, Kiley! It was a fun day on set, and I can't wait to show you the final project.  

A few small commercial projects, including a live event with Living Proof, where I got to try out their new styling product Full Dry Volume Blast - the best!  I swear by it now when I blow dry or curl my hair - it creates lots of volume and texture, but my hair stays soft to the touch.  Cannot recommend enough!  See hair below for proof of ridiculous volume...

Lots of photoshoots, including this amazing lifestyle shoot with photographer Alisha Siegel.  She's a wedding photographer from Brooklyn, but she also does great lifestyle and fitness photography, and was such a pleasure to work with on this!  Check out my gallery to see more photos from our shoot together - I definitely hope to work with her again soon!  Maybe to show you some of my Pilates skills?!

photo credit: Alisha Siegel

I frequently shoot with Zeno Gill since he was one of the first to help me get started building my portfolio, and we've created a great working relationship.  Also helps that he lives one town over from me... Woo!  Anyway, one of our more recent sets got featured on B-Authentique Online Magazine - you can check it out here.  Family and friends - fair warning - it's a little racy, perhaps PG-13, but it was super fun to shoot, and I loved how they turned out. #wethairdontcare

photo credit | Zeno Gill

I'm sure I've left out a few things, but I'll leave it at that.  I'm heading to Israel next week (Yay!), so I suppose I'll be catching up again with you all in September.

welcome! by Shannon Berkeley

Actress Rosalind Russell once said, "Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly." Consider this blog the beginning of my turn - it's been a long time coming, so I'm glad (and a little nervous) that I finally get to share what I've been up to with everyone. Eee!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by my tiny slice of the internet. I spent exactly one sleepless night putting it all together - still working on some odds and ends - but woo! I can't promise to be posting on the regular (I'm not much for writing), but I do promise that when anything exciting happens, you can find out all the juicy details here. Acting jobs that I book, behind-the-scenes extras, modeling shoots, new video clips, you name it - all here.  

I'll leave you with two short films that I starred in to give you a taste of what I've done so far - more to come soon! Keep you posted... x

Chin Up Derek, a comedic short directed by Marc Mayer, a graduate student at Columbia University.

Moving Forward, a silent short directed by Jamie Lee, a student at New York University.