How are artists like yourself coping with this COVID-19 crisis?
Fortunately, I moved my teaching and coaching business online in the last year (I coach actors worldwide), but unfortunately as an actor and director myself, most of my upcoming projects were canceled.
The upside is, with all of this social distancing, I have a lot of free time to educate myself and watch A LOT of performances that I missed. I’m currently watching the Office (US version, I’m sorry!) which I have never seen. I also think it’s cool that a lot of people are finding my work online too (I have an LGBTQ series on Amazon called “DykeCentral and I think my film, “D-Railed” with Lance Henriksen is on there as well)
How do you think the industry will respond?
Honestly, I don’t know. Obviously, I want people to be safe first and foremost. Voiceover/animation seems to be doing ok since a lot of performers have home recording booths. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and writing more these days.
Actress and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award Nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress at MethodFest for the Mynah Films feature film Fiona’s Script. Her primetime credits include PERFECT HARMONY (NBC), a recurring role on ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Gilmore Girls (ABC), and Trauma (NBC). She can be seen as the lead in the Amazon series, “D*Central,” which was featured in After Ellen, BuzzFeed, Bust Magazine and Curve Magazine as a top LGBTQ series to watch. As a filmmaker, she was featured in Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaHa Media for her parody song, “An Introvert’s World,” and her storytelling has been featured in Ms. Magazine. A three-time Outfest Fusion Filmmaker, her short film, “Ultra-Feminist,” was awarded Honorable Mention. Her film, “Ally3000,” just won Best Screenplay at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival in Los Angeles.
She coaches kids/teens online worldwide through HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com and was just named as one of the top 40 Audition Coaches in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Winners Circle founded by Wendy Alane Wright, a top talent manager. Her students are represented by the top agencies in Los Angeles and notable student alumni include William Lipton (Daytime Emmy Nominee, Cameron on General Hospital) and the Espina Sisters (Hosts of Dreamworks’ “Life Hacks for Kids on the Road”).
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