Tonight I had fun filming a public service announcement (PSA) for my friend Ashla Soter. I met her at Nancy Chartier’s acting class about three years ago, and she played my big sister in a movie a couple of years ago. She’s started a campaign called Be the Change to encourage everyone to do something positive for the world instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
I think that’s a great idea. I don’t have a lot of money to donate, but I have time and some talent. So I am always glad to perform at fundraisers or events that benefit kids or anyone who needs a smile. I think that’s what Ashla’s campaign is about — to encourage everyone (me, you, all of us) to do what we can whether it’s picking up trash in the park, volunteering our time and talent for a cause we believe in, or just taking time to listen to a friend who is having problems.
I can’t wait to see the finished PSA — every actor in town loves Ashla and the director Marco Bottiglieri, and there are a lot of fabulous people in the video. They’re planning to release it on New Year’s Day (1/1/2016). I’ll share it when it’s out.
It’s Christmastime, so there are a lot of things we can all do to help others. So far I was able to donate a brand new bicycle for a kid whose family is living in a shelter, and I’ve made a small donation to a charity that buys gifts for teenagers in foster care or shelters. I’m going to look for some other things I can do — hope you will, too!
Here are some photos that my grandma and Ashla took during the filming. I love being on a set — any set. It’s so much fun.