How lucky am I? I get to talk with the women of Fringe Fest.
What makes you a LA woman?
I’m into all of the things I think scream LA … yoga, spin, trying to eat healthy, acting, animals, & driving a cool car. It’s a Camaro SS & I love it. It helps that LA grew on me and now I can fully appreciate all that it is. There’s so much to try. Surfing, knitting, food trucks, cupcakes, dog parks, brunch, sushi. It’s all stuff I never did or had in AZ.
When did you first discover you were a cat lady?
I’ve been a cat lady my whole life practically! I remember walking home from school in 1st grade scouting bushes for cats to take home because if I “found” a cat, my mom would more likely let me keep it. You can bet I was that kid always begging to take every animal home.
I finally was able to bring a kitten home in 5th grade when a girl in my class had a cat that had kittens. I marched down to her house in my overalls, picked one out and put it in my bib pocket and ran all the way home! Kayla! My mom pretty much stopped it at Kayla and our dog Max.
Upon moving out on my own, I was restricted to getting any animals of my own due to lame landlord rules. So once my husband and I purchased our first home, the cats starting finding me. All rescues. I even found a mama cat and she had kittens, the hardest thing ever was letting the kittens go to new homes. I wanted to keep all of them!
A woman needs a man like a cat needs a _______
bath! He he is that mean? No cat really needs a bath, they can bathe themselves!
When did you move to LA?
Summer 2004 gosh how time flies.
So many cars, too much traffic, not knowing anyone, smog, oh boy the smog. The first 2 years in LA were the hardest. It was a major adjustment. For some reason every time I saw a Home Depot commercial I got homesick, I still don’t get why, and every holiday I missed my family and friends. They were always eating food. A rarity when you are on your own in the beginning.
Differences from Phoenix besides the whole ocean thing?
Well, after adjusting to LA, I totally like it now and can appreciate the differences, one of which is I think there seems to always be something new to try or see. There’s so much culture, food, and entertainment. I still haven’t explored everything. I think there’s a huge animal community here that I love too. I don’t remember Phoenix having dog bakeries & specialty boutiques for animals. And the shopping especially down Ventura Blvd is my favorite. So unique and cute!
What’s the “nagging flaw” you have that you mention on your website?
My nagging flaw is jealousy. I am getting more control over it, and acknowledge it more rather than letting it ruin great moments. It started as sibling rivalry, then branched out into being possessive over friends, and then that girlfriend jealousy.
Looking back I could be kind of a spaz about it. Now I still get jealous of things, but at least I can step back and say….Why do I feel that way and what can I do to change it? But I still need to practice that! ARGH!
Seems you have the country mouse vs. city mouse struggle too. Tell me more about this fantasy farm you’re going to have.
For reals. I love the city! I like the convenience of everything. Going to the store anytime, restaurants, shopping, nightlife. But then I really enjoy being at home with my animals, and oh yeah, my husband. I want lush rolling hills with tall trees and animals of every kind. I have a dog, cats, & bunnies right now.
But, I want ducks, chickens, maybe a goat. Definitely otters for my small lake and turtles, a finger monkey….have you seen those? So cute! A lamb would be a must and a mini piggy! Horses for sure. I want to ride a horse again.
Can I have a baby tiger maybe? I want one of those DIY shows to come redo a big farmhouse in country chic style. I’m not sure what a mudroom is but they look adorable. I want that in my awesome farmhouse with a very colorful kitchen and super cute appliances. Pinterest is my new fave addiction. I just acquired an abandoned rake so I could make a Pinterest craft. It’s perfect for the farmhouse!
What is your preferred hood in LA and how come?
TOLUCA LAKE! In all caps cuz I’m shouting with excitement. I love Toluca Lake. It has unique cottage houses and ranch houses. They have land on some properties, perfect for a farm in the city I’m thinking. Mind explosion happening. It also has a great sense of community and cute restaurants. Like Sweetsalt. WTF…talk about country chic cuteness. That place is my fave. Just a few doors down is my favorite pub with the best mac & cheese ever, Timmy Nolans.
And my favorite part is you can walk to all of it! The best. Everytime I go to Toluca Lake I get tingles. They do it up for Halloween and Christmas big time. Can I live there already? I’m sure Garry Marshall would love that. I used to vlog to him every week on “Conversations with Garry Marshall” because it’s my mission to be the next Laverne & Shirley. I call him G-man. But he doesn’t know that. It’s cool though.
Best and worst auditions in LA?
Best audition was for Mark Teschner. It was for a pretty big director of comedy in the room with other execs and the room was rolling at every thing I did. I’ve never had such an engaging audience in an audition. I got asked to wait and read for another role too. But Mark is truly one of the nicest.
Worst audition….hmmmm but oddly the best too…simply for overcoming fears. I had to wear a bikini in an audition. Talk about holy shit moments. Thankfully I had just gotten back from Hawaii so I was tan, waxed, and not feeling terribly terrible about my body. But having to take off your cover up among other super model looking girls is pretty mortifying. But I did it and that makes it a winner. Plus I booked it! Go figure…I book the one I almost wanted to skip and didn’t get the one that was the best. Isn’t that just the way?
Best and worst dates in LA?
Best date- Going to Disneyland and having a romantic dinner in the Blue Bayou in the Pirates ride. I love Disney! You can’t do that in Phoenix!
Worst date? not having one? hahahaha If my husband wants to take me out, it’s most likely gonna be good. :)
Which one woman embodies LA to you and why?
For some reason Jennifer Aniston popped into my head. She’s so L.A. because she’s tan, has an amazing body, good hair, does yoga, likes Mexican food or so I’ve heard. Jen & I aren’t friends…yet.
So I guess being tan, healthy, having awesome hair and doing yoga are L.A. to me. Even though Pilates seems to be every woman’s reply to my question…”How did you get arms like that? and abs and legs?” Always Pilates.
And the other woman would be Marilyn Monroe. She’s the epitome of Hollywood for me.
Where will you be taking “Cat Lady” after Fringe Fest?
More Fringe Festivals. I’ve got my eye on Edinburgh for next year. And I’d love to take it up the West Coast, hit Portland, Seattle, & Northern Cali.
I’m also working on doing the college circuit and getting me that HBO or Comedy Central Special. I’m thinking about turning it into a screenplay too. Do it Nia Vardalos style…I need the Rita Wilson of cat ladies to pop into the show. Ha ha. But seriously, is she a cat lady?
Next interview is going to be from inside Tiffany’s Camaro after her screenplay becomes a movie, k?
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