Author Archives: Flavia

POPCORN : THE GODDESS

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It’s been days since I’ve wanted to extend a very special invitation to my Midwest folks. Last month I’ve made my Chicago theatre debut in a first-time adaptation based on oscar-nominated screenplay The Goddess by Paddy Chayefsky at The Artistic Home. Set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, the play shines a white-hot spotlight on the making of a Hollywood star, Rita Shawn and her quest for fame and love.

A little insider’s secret, the story is rumored to be based off Marilyn Monroe’s life, besides Chayefsky denial. The brilliancy of it all comes with the realization that even though the story takes place over six decades ago, the topic has never been so current. I’ve been directed by the superb, John Mossman and it has truly been an honor. We were welcomed with a Jeff Recommendation, exciting press and fantastic reviews following opening while I get to play Hollywood dress-up four nights a week.

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PEN AND PAPER : BACK TO REALITY

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Hi there! It’s been long enough. After doing a lot of thinking about the blog and the direction it had taken, I decided it was a good time to take a break. Taking the time to reflect on what was important to me, and the role the blog assumed in my life was extremely necessary and re-energizing. When I began putting things in perspective I also made a few discoveries about myself. They ranged from my writing style to how I felt about the way I self-portrayed here. And I came to the conclusion that certain things were falling out of place.

Lulu Abroad was born soon after I graduated from college. My husband and I had just moved to Chicago and although we were very excited I was also terrified with the possibility of not finding a job right away. A blog just made sense. It gave me something to do and served as a great creative outlet. And let’s be honest, that’s what everyone else was doing so I figured I should have one too. And although it was all for fun at the beginning, it slowly began taking over my life. I realized early on that the field was oversaturated and that there were a ton of girls doing exactly the same thing. My chances of standing out and succeeding in a crowd of a million were slim. But if I was doing it for the pleasure, why should it matter? Well, it did.

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Taking A Break

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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 and I

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.

Black and Red

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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.

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Backstage : Goodnight My Love Take 2

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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.

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BACKSTAGE : Goodnight My Love TAKE 1

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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 give it a shot 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 survivalI’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.

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