Figawi Weekend 2015

27 May

After all of 25 years growing up on Cape Cod, you’d have thought at some point that I’d have made it over to Nantucket for Figawi. Honestly, I’d never really paid too much attention to the Hyannis-based sailing race (despite the fact that it’s been going on since 1972 and anyone who’s ANYONE goes to this thing), but this year I decided was the year. Let me tell you, for a small island, Nantucket sure knows how to throw a PARTY!

From the minute I stepped off the Loose Cannon with my fellow reporters and set foot on the dock, it was a party. The boats tied up next to ours were already pre-gaming and the streets a cobblestone maze of party-goers looking for a bar with a perfect combo of both a good scene and the highest probability of catching a bartender’s attention for a drink. Luckily, we found such a gem at Nautilus and kept the bar hop going so you can learn all the best places to be for next year- including VIP access to the tent party (even if you didn’t score a coveted blue bracelet or a whale hat).

Red Sox Dirty Water Special!

15 May

Miss me at Baseball Tavern with Dirty Water Water TV for the Red Sox special last week? No biggie. Catch highlights in this teaser, and don’t forget to tune in to Dirty Water TV weekends at 11:30PM to see it all unfold.

 

Jack Daniels Heats Up Kings Boston With Launch Party!

21 Apr

It was cold. It was dreary. It was miserable. I hated everyone and everything that got in my way, and just like the rest of Boston I couldn’t wait for the first day where I could step outside and call myself warm. I couldn’t take one more minute. 

Lucky for me, Dirty Water TV sent me on a hot mission: to test out Jack Daniels Fire Cinnamon Whisky at Kings Boston in Back Bay. From ice luges to bowling and some (#noshame) Taylor Swift dancing, check out what videographer John Field captured of the night when Boston met Jack Fire.

Sunday River: Best Place To Ski (Ever)?

17 Apr

Personally, when I hit the slopes it’s definitely something worth grabbing a camera for. No, not because I’m about to host a segment-because I am absolutely terrible at skiing and there is a 99.9% chance that you will catch a YouTube-worthy fall. Thankfully, the guys and gals over at Dirty Water TV spared me such humiliation and let me stick to talking to people who actually know what they’re doing. In honor of #FlashbackFriday, watch me catch up with some longtime Sunday River skiers who gave me the scoop on the best things to do.

Bobbi Kristina Tragedy

6 Feb
Credit People Magazine

Credit People Magazine

It was a very heart-wrenching 46th birthday for Bobby Brown, sitting in his daughter’s hospital room bedside as she lay in a medically induced coma following a traumatic incident.

Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina ( 21) was found unconscious lying face down in the bathtub of her suburban Georgia home she shares with husband Nick Gordon on January 31. According to reports, a friend of the couple Maxwell Lomas was visiting and had gone to find Bobbi when an Xfinity cable man at the had questions that Lomas was unsure on how to answer. Upon looking for Bobbi Kristina, he found her in her bathtub unconscious and called 911.

Currently, Bobbi Kristina remains in a coma at the Emory University Hospital while investigators try to sort out the facts-down to even if Bobbi Kristina and her husband Nick were legally married and how long she was unconscious. Police had been at her home just days before on January 23rd, however it is currently being regarded as unrelated.

Bobby Brown has spoken out regarding the tragedy, issuing a brief statement:”We continue to request privacy in this matter. Please allow for our family to deal with this matter and give Bobbi Kristina the love and support she needs at this time,” Brown says. On the matter of reports that it was foul play by the husband: “If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that’s all we would be doing 24 hours a day. This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.”

Why Boston Had A Crazier Wednesday Than You

5 Feb
Credit Boston Duck Tours

Credit Boston Duck Tours

After the New England Patriots took home the trophy on Sunday, we all knew it was coming: Mayor Marty Walsh was, despite the massive amounts of snow, going to give us a parade. While he warned us with caution to stay off the snowbanks and try to take the T, Mayor Walsh must have known that Bostonians really weren’t that concerned with anything more than a glimpse of our champions.

Naturally, Gronk delivered nothing short of a fiesta as he shotgunned beers leaning out the window of his duck boat as a pre-game for twerking atop the glorious chariot in a minion hat. Hard to top? Not really. For once the party boy had competition with Julian Edelman, who was caught by Boston Duck Tours taking a bottle to the face before even hitting the rally route. Edelman even stripped off his handsome sweater and stole Gronk’s move to spike it, ignoring the snow altogether. You would think with all of this going on that Brady might join in the festivities and join the team, but fortunately for Gisele he was far too busy cuddling the best looking baby in all of Boston: his own. (Check out this adorable photo!)

Following the parade, us Bostonians managed to get a few hours off to eat, sleep and recover before we started to head out to Royale to party with Lil’ Jon (who almost seemed like he had no idea what to make of us). Can we blame him? There we were, plowing through snowbanks blaring “Turn Down For What” in the middle of the day. By night, girls were rocking skirts and stilettos with weather in the mid-twenties trying to grasp one last victory party via one of Boston’s hottest nightclubs-with, of course, a Patriots pin on somewhere (hey, Pats gear meant $10 entry). We impressed Lil’ Jon. That says something.

So, how was your casual Wednesday?

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Latest Win: Emmalyn Cast As Lara in “Buying Boquets”!

24 Jan

The Emerson film, directed by Evan Yee is best described as the story of a “disillusioned ‘romantic’ trying to win back his ex-girlfriend by performing clichéd grand gestures of love”.  To help support this film, you can visit their Kickstarter campaign here: 

What’s New For 2015!

22 Jan
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Emmalyn as “Jess” (Lost In Love: Quest For Silver Linings)

As some of you may know from my newsletter, 2015 for me started off with several fantastic accomplishments! The first was the wrapping of my most recently completed film, Lost In Love (Dir. Arsen Bortnik/Alex Pires). The dramedy, currently in post-production, features myself in the role of “Jess” and can be found on IMDB here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4311062/?ref_=nm_ov_bio_lk1.

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Emmalyn as “May” (Point Society)

In addition, I patiently await the release of Point Society (Dir. Jack Skyyler/Beth Konrad Brown) in which I played the role of “May”. This comic transformed to film is a dark, twisted thriller just bursting with talent and ready to hit the screens. This project is currently in post-production, and can be found on IMDB here: http://http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3524810/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1.

More recently, I’ve been thrilled to work with Chris Teebo Productions to shoot a commercial for Gracie Fitness. Located in Hyannis, MA, it was such a pleasure for me to be able to film right at home on Cape Cod-it’s not often I can call Mom and grab a coffee after a shoot!

Yet perhaps the most exciting recent event is the addition of my new talent manager Robert Capron to the team! Bob has been a fantastic mentor and guide for me in this short time we’ve known each other, and I look forward to investing in the growth of our partnership as I put effort forth to advance my acting career in 2015. One of my first steps was to enroll in Boston’s Improv Asylum classes under the instruction of Christine Cuddy, and let me tell you my Tuesday nights just got a whole lot funnier!

Of course, if you receive my newsletters, you already know all of this. To be included, please fill out the contact form under my CONTACT page and you will be submitted to the list (Newsletters are sent on a quarterly basis, and are a great way to stay up to date with what’s new in my world).

 

Who is Louie Bello?

12 Jan

louie1When I first came across Louie Bello on Facebook, I had no idea who this guy was. Sure, his name had a great ring to it and his profile picture looked like a pop star, but who really IS Louie Bello? In scouting for my next interview for my blog, I decided to find out. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made.

To get a feel for Bello’s musical talent, I would suggest that any newcomer to Louie Bello’s sound start by watching his latest music video, “Shotgun” (dir. by Ken Schmidt). Not only is it extremely well done in offering a carefree, Sunday-afternoon with the top down theme song, the track was also nominated for the 2013 Hollywood Music Media Award. When asked how that felt for him to be nominated for such a prestigious award, the handsome singer/songwriter was nothing if not humble. “They really made you feel nominated,” he explained, describing the feel of the red carpet and appreciation for his work all around.

Naturally, you’d think from watching the video that the song might be a love ballad about a past romance; a distant memory Bello was trying to recreate. Yet it goes to show just how talented Bello is when he casually described his whole inspiration for the song-the mere idea of someone calling “Shotgun”. “I remembered that from when we were kids,” he chuckled, thinking of the mere idea that has since become a masterpiece.

Small ideas sparking brilliant creative pieces is nothing new to the songwriter, however. Bello thought he struck gold when he signed a deal with Sony Records, writing for Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) and Aubrey Oday (Dannity Kane) several years ago. A friend was working with Kevin of the Backstreet Boys when he helped Louie in making the connection with Sony- one Bello now realizes was not necessary for his success. “I really thought I was going to have more things handed to me just by being signed,” he confessed, reflecting on what he’s learned over the years as a songwriter. “Then I realized, that wasn’t the case.” Despite his lesson, Bello insists the deal with Sony did not end with any bitter feelings, and the two have simply drifted apart over time.

Credit Dawn Kingston

Credit Dawn Kingston

For the moment, Bello explains he’s not exactly looking to jump into a new record deal after Sony. “At this point in my life, I’m in what I like to call the fan acquisition stage,” he explains. “Getting a record deal isn’t as important to me as my fan base.” The fan base that Bello has built is quite substantial-with nearly 2,000 likes on Facebook and 98,000 views on his “Chasing Rainbows” video, the singer/songwriter doesn’t let them ever leave his mind and knows that a strong fan base could be useful to him when the day comes for him to sign with the right label.

Despite the heartthrob image and killer talent, Louie also takes time out to offer his talents back to the community as Music Director for Sumner Elementary School in Boston. “I watched my father giving back to the community coaching youth hockey when I was a kid, and it made me want to do the same thing,” said Bello. He even decided to take his classes one step further by getting involved in Ernie Boch’s Music Drives Us program, assisting the Sumner Elementary School in becoming a two time recipient of awards resulting in a keyboard lab.

Yet the most important child in Louie Bello’s life would have to be his very own daughter. Seemingly on queue as I switched gears into asking how difficult it was to balance his personal and professional lives in such a demanding industry, a little girl’s voice was heard in the background. It became evident that Louie leads a busy life when I realized that throughout the duration of our phone interview, he had also been making mac and cheese with vegetables for his daughter. “It’s always about my two biggest passions,” he explains, of family and music. “It’s about balancing which meetings are important, and which ones you can kind of put off,” he says, with second phone ringing in the background. “Your family has to be very supportive of you-and I’m lucky, mine is. I wanted to support them by doing what I love.”

Bello says one thing he loves the most about being an artist is performing, and his connection with his fans. This might explain why, despite having a full-time job and a family to raise, the singer has miraculously found time to perform across the nation in California, New York, Florida, and all over New England this coming month (and that’s not even considered a tour). ” We tested different markets to see where we get the most bang for our buck to build off a fan base. The East Coast is my core fan base, so I may do a show in Philly or Washington D.C.. I love live shows more than anything.”

I didn’t know if I dare asked with so much already on his plate, but just to give fans something to look forward to I thought I’d find out what’s in the works currently for the singer. Not only is Louie Bello scheduled to perform in the South By Southwest concert in March, but fans can keep an eye out for not one, but two more music videos for “Talk About It” and “Take The Money”.

Which Bride Did It Better: Kaley Cuoco vs. Lacey Chabert

3 Jan

Okay- I know what you’re thinking.  “Wait..Lacey Chabert is married? Like, Gretchen Weiners?”

Yes, it is the girl you think I’m talking about, and you probably heard nothing about it because she didn’t tell anyone unless they made the guest list. Smart move on her part for a quiet, intimate wedding-the complete opposite of the one her pal Kaley Cuoco just put on. Not only are there no photos of a wedding cake, location or star-studded guest list(minus Kaley Cuoco, perhaps returning the favor)..she hasn’t even told us who she married! The only hint came under a caption of a photo with her and her maid of honor, her sister Crissy. “I’m starting 2014 as a Mrs! Over the holidays, my best friend & love of my life…we became husband & wife!” At first, one might think the quiet, post-holidays marriage was planned to avoid stealing shine from Cuoco’s obviously lavish event-but to not even mention who the lucky man is certainly is raising some eyebrows.

Regardless, Chabert sure did seem to have a good time at Kaley Cuoco & Ryan Sweeting’s New Year’s Eve nuptials, posting pictures on Twitter about the event. “Congratulations dear @kaleycuoco 💗 last night was magical!!!!” Also in attendance at the Big Bang Theory star’s wedding were Ali Fedotowsky and her boyfriend Kevin Manno, who recently gushed details to Guliana Rancic. The ball, held at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in California, was a fire and ice theme (Revenge, anyone?) mixed with a princess fairytale. When asked about the cake, Ali lit up to Guiliana. “It was a chandelier—a chandelier hanging, just imagine,” she says of the upside-down cake hanging from the ceiling.

Now, on to the dress debate: the one photo we have from Chabert’s wedding is one of her in a white, sparkly strapless number. Cuoco? Bending the trend of a bride wearing white, the new Mrs. Sweeting wore a light pink gown to her wedding accented with a simple string of pearls. The groom donned an all black number, adding a flash of color with a bright red watch.

More details are likely to come flowing out within the next few weeks-personally, I’m really looking forward to finding out who that groom is!140102093526-kaley-cuoco-wedding-dance-story-top chabert