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:
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(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 3/2/2015)
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.
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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.
(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 2/9/2015)
“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 »
I’m featured in the February 2015 issue of Bear World Magazine. We chat about my new record, TV work, mental health advocacy, overcoming trauma, escaping oppressive church systems and more.
Read my interview on the BWM site by clicking on the image below, or keep reading for the full transcript.
From Bear World Magazine: (Feb 2015 Issue)
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I was interviewed for the current issue of Loud and Proud Entertainment Magazine. Click on the cover below to check it out on the Loud and Proud website, or just keep reading below for the transcript.
From Loud and Proud Entertainment: (December 2014/January 2015 issue)
I’ll admit, I was new to the artist Logan Lynn. I had only heard a few of his songs before I was doing research and e-mailing interview questions. I began learning new things about him throughout the process and soon found out he is not like most artists. He is also a champion in the never ending fight for equality.
Logan is willing to ask himself those hard questions and look at important topics that we should all be aware of. His efforts to build up the LGBTQ community are astounding. Logan founded the Q Center’s Qblog. As stated on the website, Qblog serves as a resource and online platform “…to broaden the positive perception of LGBTQ people.” Logan has even donated an entire year of earnings from his album I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday to benefit the Q Center in Portland, Oregon.
What started as a simple music interview turned into something inspiring—an open and honest conversation that hits on several important topics that are too often pushed under the rug and affect more than just our own community. For example, we delve into mental health issues—a topic that is riddled with Read the rest of this entry »