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August 22, 2011 Jessica Perlman

Jessica is hilarious, smart, compassionate, and down to earth. She’s a SoCal girl through and through; grew up in Palos Verdes, spent high school years in Newport Beach and went to USC for college. Naturally, I interviewed her.

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Why did you move to LA specifically?  “After I graduated from the School of Theatre at USC, I moved to Hollywood to pursue my dreams. I love LA and I love acting and doing improv and sketch comedy… even though it’s taken me a few years to start making money doing it.”

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What drew you to acting? “Well, in retrospect (and after years of therapy) I’ve realized that I needed a vessel in which to shine. You see my older sister is deaf and required a lot of attention from my parents growing up, so when I got cast as the lead Oompa Loompa in a Palos Verdes community theatre production of Charlie in the Chocolate Factory I thought, ‘This. Is. It!’ But in all seriousness, I love making people laugh, I love live theatre and connecting with an audience and I love that telling beautiful stories can inspire other people to look at their lives and create change.”

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What’s your favorite type of performance? “I perform regularly at The Second City with my troupe Trust Fall. I’m blessed to be able to perform improv and sketch comedy with my best friends. I get to laugh all day long. I also dig Cirque du Soleil.”

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Which actor/comedian do you most admire?  “Catherine O’Hara is brilliant. She’s beautiful and makes me laugh like no other. I grew up watching Molly Shannon on SNL and she quickly became a hero of mine. She’s so committed and the reason she is so funny to me is because she’s so honest and believable. I mean…Mary Katherine Gallagher? I walked around with my hands under my armpits for a year or two after Superstar came out. And then there’s my all time favorite. Will Ferrell. Nuff said. Oh god, and Mike Myers. Franny, how can you ask me to pick one?! Oh and for serious actors? I’d say Charlie Sheen.”

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What are your goals/aspirations? “Keep doing what I love doing and hopefully make a consistent living doing it. I’d love to do some more traveling soon. I love checking out the world. Hmm… what else. Oh I’d really like to get a Disney annual pass and it’d be sweet if all my friends had one too. Then we could live there. Last but not least, someday I’ll master this Nicki Minaj impression I’m working on.”

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Hidden talents not too many people know about? “Most of my friends know I can burp on command. If you piss me off or blow my mind, I might sing about it with guitar in hand.  I make mean green smoothies and one time I played Ultimate Frisbee. I killed.”

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Jessica…what can I say….you just rock.

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I recently had the honor of documenting Gillian Sheldon’s beautiful baby shower in Beverly Hills. The shower was hosted in the lovely home of her good friends, Leslie and Rich. Gillian is such a warm and loving mommy-to-be, expecting her first baby in mid-September. Her nurturing nature was reflected by all the guests at her shower, who showered her with not only presents but with hugs, good wishes and congratulatory tears as well. Gillian has a diverse background in digital media, television, marketing and PR, and played a major part in the creation and development of TMZ.com – a highly successful site and subsequent television show. Currently she serves as the VP of Programming for BUZZMEDIA, overseeing several celebrity and pop culture sites, as well as the personal websites of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Whitney Port, Kendra Wilkinson and Kimora Lee Simmons. When I asked her what her most and least favorite part about pregnancy is, she replied, “Best part about being pregnant is truly having an excuse to get all of my favorite people and those who love and support my little growing family in one room. The feeling that day was so overwhelming – everyone was there with all sorts of love for us and the baby! The worst is the constant tired feeling, and not being able to operate at 100 miles an hour like I am used to doing!” I have no doubt she’ll get back to full speed, excelling in the world of motherhood as well.
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On a beautiful Saturday in early July, I had the pleasure of photographing the bridal shower of the lovely Amy, a not only talented actress but beautiful person inside and out. Amy is a New York City theatre performer who often stars in lead roles. She also does some film work and has made several appearances on popular television shows. Her fiance, Shane, hired me to take pictures as a surprise gift to Amy. Since he had to stay back in New York for business, he wanted to be sure it was extra special for her. The shower was held at Il Cielo, a charming little Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills, with an exceptional staff might I add. Amy was showered with gifts, hugs and kisses, and her genuinely warm-hearted personality touched all who were present (myself included). To Amy and Shane, congratulations on the engagement. I can only imagine how exquisite your wedding will be. Thank you for inviting me to be part of the journey. icon smile Amys Bridal Shower,            Il Cielo

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