Ever since the blog turned a year old, it’s been quite a struggle to keep up, and here’s why. At around that same time, I committed to a new career path that I’d always dreamed of pursuing but held back for some strange reason. Matter of fact, as happy as I am with my new acting endeavors, the blog got lost in the midst of it all.
And I’m sure this hasn’t gone unnoticed (thank you for sticking around aside from all the craziness). Lifestyle and behind the scenes slowly began taking over, no more OOTD posts and to be quite honest, I’ve enjoyed the change quite a bit. And although it’s been fun I can’t help but feel a little uncertain. Where do I go from here? Where did the fashion/beauty/interior decorating go? What kind of blog is this now anyways? Right now there’s absolutely no way I can accurately answer that to myself let alone come up with a definition of what Lulu Abroad stands for these days.
That’s when I decided to take a break and re-evaluate everything without the pressure of ” omg, I gotta come up with the next post while I think.” I don’t know what direction the blog will take from here but I’ll promise one thing: NEW! It’ll be Lulu Abroad like you’ve never seen before. Thank you so much for your patience while I figure things out and I’ll see you soon.
Music has been part of my life ever since I can remember. It began with me begging my father to sing “A casa” by famous bossa nova composer Vinícius de Moraes over and over again. Those tunes would stick with me and trigger what later became a real appreciation for music. In this video I open up about the impact of music in my childhood, and how this passion evolved into a talent and my dreams.
ps: watch until the end. And by that I mean the very end, after credits and all.
I’ve been working with photographer Francisco Rojas in building our portfolios. So every now and then we get together and put on a photoshoot. This was one of the looks and definitely my favorite. There’s just something about pairing black lace and red lips that never fails.
forever 21 dress (old), MAC ruby woo lipstick
Photographer: Francisco Rojas
MUA: Gabriela Aldana
When I first learned I’d get to be a zombie in Goodnight My Love my first reaction was: YES! Second reaction following immediately after, I rushed to the remote control to watch an episode oh Walking Dead and start making zombie noises. You know, to perfect my growling skills.
I knew I’d have to rely on the makeup department for a lot of the characterization and they were nothing short of amazing. Catherine Woods is a hell of a makeup artist. Everything looked so real (and disgusting) I had a hard time looking directly in the mirror and at other zombies after the transformation.
A zombie can’t listen to her iPad anymore? There was a lot of waiting around and I tried to kill that time by watching more Walking Dead in preparation for my scenes.
What makes a project like this successful is a conjunction of all departments working together to make a good film. And the art department just blew my mind. It was crazy attention to detail that made this zombie apocalypse look real.
There’s Tyler Bailey, our director of photography working his magic. To me, it was fascinating watching him and his team work together. Wish I could split myself in half so one half could watch and the other half do a little thing called acting.
Getting one of the coolest shots of the whole film: under the car.
Now you can see why I had so much fun shooting this film. I really can’t wait to see final cut.
Who would have thought I could go from bride to zombie in one day? Not long ago I didn’t even watch Walking Dead and soon after becoming addicted to the show I was cast in a zombie flick.
So can you imagine my excitement in being part of this? I think you can try but no amount of guessing will describe my enthusiasm. “Goodnight My Love” was shot in two days. Flashbacks, dream sequences and zombie chases. Pretty cool, huh?
But underneath it all lays a story about human relationships. A homosexual couple lost everything they know in a zombie apocalypse. No matter the circumstances, “people need human contact” as once said Tennessee Williams through one of his characters dialogues and that’s what keep people fighting for survival.
I’m extremely proud of this project for many many reasons, a few of them being my talented director and screenwriter Kellee Terrell (thank you so much for giving me the gift to play Aimee) Kristin Anderson for being such an amazing actor and challenging me to raise my bar, Elizabeth Brouillette and Conor O’Farrell for producing a kick ass short.
But wait! There’s that part when I become a zombie! I’ll leave that for another post coming up.
As we anxiously wait for the arrival of my first nephew, husband and I paid a visit to my sister-in-law in Indianapolis and guess what? Pictures! She looks so radiant I couldn’t resist but share some of my favorite shots here.
I promised I’d keep you updated on new projects I’ve been involved in, so here you go. Currently I’m in the process of filming Picture Perfect (that I’ve mentioned here) , an independent short by SWJC productions.
I get to play an ambitious model with twisted values who’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach her goals, even if it means hurting a few hearts along the way, including her own.
Here, my character Cristal (who’s anything but fragil), is receiving final retouches by Rachel, the assistant photographer. When they’re interrupted by a strong reaction coming from a disconcerting photographer (Tiffany) as she doesn’t seem very happy with what she sees.
And that’s about all I can share for now. Would hate to spoil the whole thing for you. All I can say is I’m having a lot of fun with playing Cristal. There are several qualities we have in common: being strong, ambitious, vulnerable, stubborn. Although she takes things a bit further than I’d ever attempt myself.
credits: Francisco Rojas
We still got a few more days of filming ahead and I can’t wait to see how the project turns out.