London International Film Festival

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London International Film Festival

Calling all dog lovers and anglophiles: Dog Park, the short film that I wrote and acted in, has just been accepted to the 2017 London International Film Festival! I'm proud to announce that the film is also nominated for Best Comedy Short and Best Actor. Here are the official laurels as proof so you know I'm not making this up:

This is exciting news for many reasons, obviously, but especially because this project marked the directorial debut of my dear friend and partner in crime, Katie Enright. Congrats, Katie!

Check out some fun stills from the film below. And yes, that's a pig actress.

The festival runs from February 11th to the 18th, so if you happen to be in London, come watch and support us!

Cheerio,

Gilli

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ABC Discovers Talent Showcase...Year 2!

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ABC Discovers Talent Showcase...Year 2!

Earlier this week was the 15th Annual ABC Discovers Talent Showcase, which I was lucky enough to participate in as a writer for my second consecutive year! A scene that I wrote was featured in the New York showcase at New World Stages in 2015, and this year I got to experience the same showcase on my home turf here in LA at the El Portal Theatre. Don't believe me? See the selfie evidence below (featuring the lovely and talented Jessica Caesar):

Still aren't sure what to think? Check out the official press release HERE!

Thanks for the support!

xoxo,

Gilli

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GoodGame's Back!

GoodGame, the hilarious web series I work on, is back from hiatus with new episodes! Check out the latest below, and be sure subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch episodes 1 - 3 if you haven't yet. It's like Friday Night Lights - okay, it's nothing like FNL - but it IS like FNL in that you can watch this whether or not you play video games and still enjoy it (the way I love me some Tim Riggins even though I know nothing about football). 

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SPOONFUL

If you're like me, and you love a romantic utensil story, then this short film's for you! Watch, like, share...eat it up with a spoon! 

Please, please... like and share if you are tickled by this film. We thank ye kindly! Cast - Greg Tamura Emily Killian Gilli Messer Cinematography - Bobby Hewitt Score - Tristan Schuler Sound design/sound mixing - Alejandro Jaramillo Special thanks - Annette Villarreal and Fab Fernandez Writer/Director - Jason O. Silva

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The DLWBC LIVE @Web Series Unplugged!

Are you in LA?! Are you free on Wednesday, June 15th? Do you want to support The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club, other upcoming filmmakers, and have a drink with me? If you answered "yes" to some or all of these questions, then I cordially invite you to come celebrate as we screen episode 3 of The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club LIVE at Web Series Unplugged! 

***1960s vintage attire strongly suggested/encouraged!***

FAQ:

WHO: The DLWBC!
WHAT: Web Series Unplugged
WHERE: El Cid (Silverlake)
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90029
WHEN: Wednesday June 15th:
8pm Pre-Show Cocktail mixer/Dinner party
9pm Screening
$10 cover at the door – 21+

Click on the image to RSVP on Facebook!

Click on the image to RSVP on Facebook!


See you there?

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Book Club's Almost In Session!

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Book Club's Almost In Session!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club, a web series that I created, wrote, produced, and acted in, is having its official release next Friday, May 13th. By my side were three amazing actress-producers and partners in this endeavor, Katie Enright, Malerie Grady, and Ali Bayless. Directed by Emmy-winner Mary Lou Belli, I'm particularly proud that we had so many women both in front of and behind the camera on this project! Of course, we also had a fantastic group of men who made this project happen too! I'm talking about Jimmy Gadd, Charlie Dougherty, Paul Cristo...I could go on and on! The point is, click on the photo below to watch our trailer, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you don't miss a beat once we release our episodes next week! And while you're at it, fan us on Facebook too. Please?

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Emojiland the Musical at Rockwell!

A wise millennial once said, "An emoji is worth a thousand words." That millennial was me! I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be performing in an in-concert version of Emojiland, a new musical about your favorite smartphone icons, at Rockwell on May 9th. I'll be playing one half of the "Woman with Bunny Ears" emoji, aka this:

Meet the rest of the amazing cast below, and read about us on Playbill and Broadway World!

Tickets are going fast, so make sure you book them asap: TICKETS

See you there!

 

 

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New Article on PYPO!

Happy New Year! I'm excited to share The Actrish Phrasebook, a lil' article I wrote for PYPO, an amazing new platform for all things female-driven-comedy related. If you don't believe me, just read what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about it! Trust me...it's the next big thing, and you heard it here, on my website, first. Remember that!

Click to read the article!

Click to read the article!

If you like what you see/read, be sure to PYPEin!

xoxo,

Gilli

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ABC Discovers Showcase

 I'm so proud to announce that last week, I participated in the ABC Discovers Talent Showcase in New York as a writer. My scene, Dog Park, was chosen from a blind submission I made at the beginning of the summer. Once I got the news that my scene had been chosen by the network, I collaborated with the executives, director, and actors through the rehearsal and revision process. Everything culminated in an amazing performance on Tuesday, October 6th, at New World Stages in Manhattan. My scene was chosen to open the showcase as the very first scene! 

It was amazing experience, to say the least. I was thrilled with how everything turned out, and it was very cool to see the actors onstage performing words I had written, and hearing the audience laugh and respond! Here's a link to the press release! Check out some photos below as well.

Dog Park Logline: Sick of looking for love in all of the wrong places, two romantic hopefuls share a connection at a less-typical location; the dog park.

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HEY JESSIE!

Tonight's the night! I'll be guest starring on tonight's episode of JESSIE on the Disney Channel at 8 pm! I hope you (and/or any kids/tweens in your life, haha!) will tune in. I play a wild and overly hip fashion reporter named "Pepper"...so basically, a heightened version of myself in funky clothes. I had such an amazing time on set all week, and got to do a live taping. Working on multicam sets is my favorite because of my background in theatre!

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5 Ways You Know You...Keep Reading to Find Out

Oh hello, blogosphere! It seems I've become one of those actors guilty of only updating their blog every few months. Tisk tisk. Well, without further adieu, here is an update, presented in obnoxious listy/buzzfeed style!

5 Ways You Know You Want to Shoot New Headshots with Dana Patrick
 

  1. All of your actor friends have shot with her and work, like, all the time
  2. You miss the days of shooting on film (and the way it masks imperfections)
  3. You want your eyes to "pop" in your picture, even in a small thumbnail version
  4. You want to have a difficult time choosing pictures, because there are too many good options
  5. You want to look at a lot of pictures of your own face 

I was definitely feeling four out of five of these items for a very long time (note: I didn't want to look at a lot of pictures of my own face). I had been wanting to shoot with the amazing photographer, Dana Patrick, for years! She still shoots on film and is truly an artist. I promised myself that if I booked a certain amount of commercials, I'd shoot new pictures with Dana. Well, once that happened, I booked a session with Dana...over three months in advance! The woman is in high demand, and so I had to wait patiently for our photo shoot. I think it was quite worth the wait!


Speaking of things being worth the wait, I'm waiting on the final versions of several different projects to come out so that I can share them with the world. My high school English teacher once told us that in a certain Native American language (I cannot recall which tribe; apologies for my ignorance), there was no word for "wait." They were just content with "being" rather than "waiting" for the next thing to happen, so there was no need to even have a word for waiting in their language.

As an actor, I find myself waiting all the time...waiting for an audition to roll in, waiting for my big break, waiting for my turn at an audition, waiting to watch footage from a project, waiting to hear feedback from an audition or meeting, and when I'm on set, I'm often "hurrying up and waiting" for my scene to come up on the schedule. This is all part of the job. But what if I could just eliminate this word from my vocabulary, too? As in, I'm just working towards my big break, actively...not waiting for it passively. Or I just am, living my life, and an audition opportunity pops up. I wasn't waiting for it. You know? That got too deep, too fast. Sorry guys.

Until next time...I won't keep you waiting this time, I promise!

Gilli

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Watching TV with Me is...

...annoying, to say the least. Not because I chew loudly or hog the remote, but because when I watch TV, I feel like I KNOW everyone. And I feel the need to share that information with whomever is watching with me. That car commercial? That girl in it is my friend from acting class. I also worked with the dude playing her husband on another commercial earlier this year! Small world! Oh, that phone commercial? I was on avail for it...wait...THAT'S who they cast? Interesting they went that way - I understand why I didn't book it now. Hold up: there's a commercial with a short haired girl in it that I DIDN'T audition for? How? Why? What? On whatever episodic we might be watching, I'll exclaim that the guest star is my friend from acting class' roommate! And I'll probably say it right at a dramatic moment and really ruin your viewing experience. Oh, and I did a showcase two years ago with the costar with one line! Good for him! And so forth. You get the picture. On occasion, I get to say that the person I'm watching is yours truly. And that's the coolest. But seriously, watching TV has become like watching all of my friends and acquaintances interact with each other.

What I find significant about this, beyond it interrupting your viewing pleasure, is that it creates a feeling of camaraderie and that somehow, I've finally arrived, as dramatic as that may sound. I've now been working professionally long enough to have made progress alongside other actors and creatives on their own journeys in the business. And it's exciting to watch and be a part of others' success. It also dispels the myth that the people creating and acting in stories onscreen are somehow larger than life. It's kind of like when as a kid, I realized that doctors were not, in fact, superhuman wizards with magical healing powers (a terrifying realization for a young hypochondriac), or when I came to the conclusion, also as a kid, that my parents were actually human beings who had lives and feelings of their own that had nothing to do with me (what a concept).

I used to sit in audition waiting rooms quietly as a lot of the other actors greeted each other. I'd wonder how the eff all of these people knew each other, and if I missed some kind of memo or Facebook event invitation to meet up today (because who even pays attention to Facebook events? It could have been an honest mistake on my part). Now, I'm the one bumping into old friends at every casting, callback, or set I'm on. It's reassuring - I find comfort in seeing people that I know. Maybe it means that I'm supposed to be there, right where I am. A familiar face at an audition doesn't need to imply competition - it should be a means of support. Because if I don't book the role, it'd be awesome if my friend does! Just a thought...

In any case, there's a slight chance that maybe some of you have seen ME on TV lately and been annoying to whomever you were watching with when you saw this Dunkin' Donuts spot...

...or not. Side note: I'm still waiting for the lines outside the Santa Monica Dunkies to calm down that I can get a sip of that New England charm. 


And I mean, while you're indulging me, I'll just plug myself shamelessly and say that maybe you should follow me on twitter (@gillishir). I used to be really bad at fitting my witty into so few characters, but slowly I'm getting better. I just can't seem to understand Snapchat...

In any case, follow me/hang out with me on whatever social media outlets you choose, so that we can continue to participate in each others' careers and celebrate one another's success. I'll be blogging again soon with an exciting treat (pun intended) for Halloween.

Talk soon!

- Gilli

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2014

Wow, we're already nearly two months into the New Year, and I haven't updated my blog. I've been waiting for a "theme" to inspire me so that I have some framework within which I can sneak in my laundry list of what I've been up to. I usually do this to distract you into thinking this is some regular blog, although that's probably useless. I would not recommend "acting career" as a "lifestyle," so this is most certainly not one of those lifestyle blogs.

But I can't wait any longer! I try and bombard you with my happenings once a month, and I've already failed. Theme?? What theme? Valentine's Day? I did that last year. President's Day? Tax Season? Believe it or not, I did write about that last year. I guess the theme of this post is the Un-Theme. Which is very "February" if you ask me. "Un-Theme's" a much better theme than the flu, which I have right now…so, you're welcome!

This year's been kind to me so far! I made it to the top 20 contestants of ABC's "Make Me A Star" competition, which was unexpected and cool. Would've been cooler to win (I know, I know), but still cool to be acknowledged and know that my tapes were watched and appreciated. It was an open contest with submissions from all over the country, and it was definitely exciting to chat with ABC's lawyers and shoot another scene within a tight timeframe for the next round! In similar news, a short film script that I wrote and am hoping to produce (and act in, obviously!) made it to the top 10% of submissions to an (actually legit/reputable) screenplay competition. They haven't announced the next round yet, but like the other contest, it's just nice to know that my script was read and acknowledged. Again, it would be cool to win. A gal can dream...

I've booked and shot two different commercials, which should be airing soon (fingers crossed)! I actually auditioned for both spots on the same day. Something good was going on that day for me, that's for sure. Here are some snaps from the shoots:
 


Other than that, I'm proud to report that I'm back ON the wagon. The acting class wagon, that is. I fell off quite a few months ago, and I'm oh-so-glad to be back. Just makes me feel like an actor…you know? That's important.

Wow, not having a theme makes this kind of sound braggy and weird. I'm sorry. Wait - my New Year's Resolution was to apologize less. So…better luck next month? Maybe a St. Patrick's Day theme?

Maybe my mom will leave a comment with a suggestion for next month's theme!!

Themeless,
Gilli

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