As many of you know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, in my role as Chief Communications Officer of Trillium Family Services — Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families — I have had the pleasure of creating and launching a Mental Health Heroes Awards program, a comedic video campaign designed to lampoon stigma, and a community storytelling and advocacy blog for the organization.
I have always been lucky to have tons of talented, awesome people out there who listen to my music. This is not lost on me for a second…and I especially love it when those people do cool things with my songs in return.
A few months back when I was Lena Dunham and Carrie Brownstein’s guest at their Portland gig for Lena’s book release, I had the pleasure of experiencing the genius of Portland Actress and Comedian JoAnn Schinderle, who opened the show with a short set of stand-up.
I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this talented woman on something, so when it was time to cast the new web series I was developing to help combat stigma and change narratives around mental and behavioral health with Trillium Family Services, JoAnn was the first and only person who came to mind.
In the months since, I have worked closely with Portland’s Hippodrome Media (who also created my “Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks” video in 2013) to develop the web series, and we just finished shooting the first 4 episodes this past week. It has been such a pleasure to bring this dream to life with such a talented cast and crew, and I can’t wait for you all to see it when it premieres in May for Mental Health Awareness Month!
In the meantime, check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot days below:
My undying love for Austin’s drag-punk-terror powerhouse Christeene is no secret. It takes a lot to shock me, but every time I find myself in the presence of this magical creature, she manages to take me there (and, more often than not, way beyond there).
This past year she also won the heart of Boy George, who, after watching her tear up the stage across the pond, tweeted, “What a fucking awesome hip hop, Beyonce, Evil Dead, queercore, unapologetic, sick show…KILL FOR A TICKET!”
The brainchild of performance artist and musician Paul Soileau, Christeene Vale is a self-described “human pissoire of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank” — which pretty well sums it up. Read the rest of this entry »
It was announced today that, as of next month (March 15th), I am going to be stepping into the role of CCO (Chief Communications Officer) at Trillium, Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
Really amazing work is happening out of this organization, and I am thrilled to be joining the Executive Team leading the way.
If you haven’t already, please nominate your picks for the 2015 “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Awards HERE, or by clicking the image below.
“Sweet Ophelia: An Interview with Musician Zella Day”
If you aren’t already listening to Zella Day, now is the moment to do yourself a favor and make things right in your world by putting on headphones and diving in. You can thank me later.
Zella’s debut self-titled EP has just been released, and she is receiving all kinds of love from critics and listeners alike — and it’s no wonder. Her EP is nothing short of magical, and in addition to being one of Spotify’s Top 10 Rising Stars to Watch, her new single, Hypnotic, just spent time as the iTunes Single of the Week.
Zella is heading out on tour this month, and I caught up with her this week to chat about her music, this whirlwind year she’s been having, and what the west coast has in store with her live performances just around the corner. If you have the chance to Read the rest of this entry »