The ‘All New Mickey Mouse Club’
Celebrates 25 Years: Why It’s Important

By Amber Topping

The All New Mickey Mouse Club just celebrated its 25th Anniversary. For all the fans of the show, it’s hard to believe that that many years have actually gone by. It seems like yesterday my sister and friend giggled over a young Ryan Gosling singing “I Will Be Faithful,” as they watched it on repeat.


That said, when people hear the mention of said Mickey Mouse Club, different things come to mind for different people. Some think of the ‘50s Mouseketeers and Annette Funicello, others remember watching The All New Mickey Mouse Club but ‘hey that was a long time ago,’ while others automatically think of the former Mouseketeers who became superstars such as Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake.


And then there are those who hear the phrase “Mickey Mouse Club,” and it’s something much more powerful. Maybe your mind fills with nostalgic memories of watching song and dance numbers over and over again at a slumber party till you learned all the dance moves, or maybe it reminds you of your clothing style in the ‘90s trying to dress like whichever Mouseketeer you looked up to at the moment, perhaps it inspired you to pursue a career in the arts, or perhaps watching The Mickey Mouse Club helped you get through difficult times. Whatever the case may be, The Mickey Mouse Club (or MMC as many of the fans liked to call it) meant something.


The show premiered on April 24, 1989 only a week before Disney’s MGM studios (which also just commemorated 25 years) opened its doors to the world on May 1st. In a recent conversation with Mouseketeer Jennifer McGill, she revealed that “The Mickey Mouse Club and MGM Studios went hand and hand in the beginning making their debut on the world stage side by side.” Before the opening the Mouseketeers and family members were allowed to explore the studios. “Everything was still yet to be unwrapped. It was like the world had this gift coming to them and we were in it before it was unwrapped,” Jennifer explained.


But it wasn’t just MGM Studios that was a gift soon coming to the world, the MMC itself was also this amazing gift coming that many of us soon opened and loved with the adoration of a child opening presents on Christmas morning. What made the MMC special and even important was that it didn’t feel exclusive; you could easily imagine yourself on the show singing and dancing and putting on goofy skits. It just looked fun. And if you were into performing, or had a dream you wanted to pursue, this was the perfect show to watch. The All New Mickey Mouse Club created a platform that allowed kids to reach for their dreams. It wasn’t just the Mouseketeers who were members of the club, the fans were too.


From music videos, to big dance numbers, funny skits, and even an original album from the cast self-titled MMC, The All New Mickey Mouse Club had it all. In the earlier seasons each day of the week represented a different theme. Mondays were “Music Day,” Tuesdays “Guest Day,” Wednesdays “Anything Can Happen Day,” Thursdays “Party Day,” and Fridays “Hall of Fame Day.” The themes provided an opportunity for special guest stars like New Kids on the Block, Brian McKnight or Boyz II Men to make an appearance. But it also provided a way to celebrate normal kids doing good things out in the world. (Plus the MMC was a great show to watch if you needed to be uplifted when going through hard times.) Arguably one of the most fun parts of the MMC was that it had its own Saved by the Bell  like soap, Emerald Cove that aired in short segments over the course of a few seasons.

When The Mickey Mouse Club ended, all of the Mouseketeers went in different directions. Some went on to pursue entertainment projects, while others went back to school or started college. Of course, a few even became superstars. Some notable MMC members include Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, JC Chasez, Tony Lucca and Keri Russell. But it wasn’t just the household names that left a legacy. They all did.


With a “heartfelt happy anniversary to 25 years,” Jennifer said it well:

“That was the most important chapter in my life because that set the standard and the dreams and emotion for the rest of my life. So, I will never have a more special time than that time and I'm really happy to still be standing today entertaining the world as a grownup. And using what I learned everyday in my life and my career and I love that that people still want to know about the memories, it keeps it alive for me to talk about them. So I'm just appreciative that people care, that people remember and that they care because as much as it was an important time in my life and a formative time in my life, I know that it was so much for so many fans. And I never have to wonder if I've left a legacy.” (Make sure to read my full, exclusive interview with Jennifer HERE.)

A couple years ago, former Mouseketeer Dale Godboldo launched the popular Facebook Page “Always in the Club,” a place for both former Mouseketeers and fans of the show to come together. Dale explains the purpose of the page in a statement:

“In looking for ways to better bridge fans of The "All New" Mickey Mouse Club with their favorite MMC-ers, we finally decided to design and launch a Facebook page and website for YOU to stay engaged with US. Once in the club, always in the club, and we look forward to continuing our truly unique and deeply appreciated connection. Enjoy!!”

With news about what various Mouseketeers are up to now with fond reminiscing from both Mouseketeers and fans, it’s a great place to keep the show alive and celebrate (thus far) 25 years of memories. Some current news include the recent April release of Jennifer’s new EP self-titled Jennifer McGill, the upcoming Tony Lucca tour dates in July and the recent live theatre event in L.A. with Lindsey Alley titled “BLOOD, SWEAT & MOUSEKETEARS” (to name a few). For other news and updates, make sure to check out Always in the Club on Facebook.

To close out, I thought it would be fun to end just like the MMC always did after each episode. Here’s “Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye” season 6 style:


What are some of your favorite memories from The All New Mickey Mouse Club? Share below in the comments!

To read the full, exclusive REAP interview with Mouseketeer Jennifer McGill (where she talks the 25th anniversary, recalls memories from the set, her new EP & More go here.

Head on over to like the Always in the Club on Facebook.

Make sure to check out and buy Jennifer’s new EP 'Jennifer McGill' on itunes available now.

To learn more about the author Amber Topping, check out her vintage inspired media blogzine:

Photo Credits: The Walt Disney Company, Jennifer McGill

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A + B = Artistic Brilliance
Ali Kenner Brodsky And Betsey Miller

By Brittany Lombardi

Nothing is more dynamic than the collaboration of creative individuals. The possibilities are endless, and the defiance against the norm becomes more likely, resulting in an exciting performance. Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller gave their audience more than one would expect from an evening of modern dance; they provided insight on the dramatic, sometimes comedic occurrences that happen in everyday life. Whether it was female empowerment, personal losses, or outrageous confusion, Ali and Betsy created works that were relatable to anyone that walked into the black box at AS220 in Providence.
As audience members walked into the quaint black box theater and took their seats, two dancers sat at a table in the corner of the space with glasses of wine in front of them, casually conversing.  When it was time for the show to begin, the male dancer blew a silver gym teacher whistle to get the audience’s attention. Upon the conclusion of his small speech regarding the location of the exits and prohibition of flash photography and video, the stage darkened while a spotlight focused on the two dancers at the table. 
Staring at each other, occasionally smirking and sipping their wine coyly, a knock at the door emerged from the silence. Once again, the male dancer’s piercing whistle blew - however, this time it was not used to gain someone’s attention; it was used to command the female dancer to answer the door. Fists placed on her hips, torso twisting sharply and walking heel-to-toe angrily, the woman did as she was told.  
Returning to the stage with three other female dancers, the four women sat at the table with the whistle blowing male commander. Throughout Ali’s first featured piece, Untitled #5, the women played a ‘cat and mouse’ game, taking turns courting the male and dancing as a strong unity. Combining flirtatious partnering with floor work that continuously changed in speed, levels and direction, the eye was never fixated on one part of the stage. Utilizing a constant total body connection throughout their phrasing, the dancers’ transitions from partnering to descending and ascending to the floor appeared unforced. In the end, after being teased by each of the three women, the original female dancer ended the piece by blowing his whistle, making him understand that she was going to have control and no longer obey his commands. Kudos to girl power! 
It takes a unique presence to ‘stop an audience in its tracks.’ Two, choreographed by Betsy Miller in collaboration with its performers, Ali Kenner Brodsky and Katie McNamara featured a connection of two strong female forces that caused the theater to lose itself in the moment. In the piece, Ali and Katie utilized release techniques such as fall and recovery with sudden bound phrases that took each of their bodies from being separate beings into one. Each direction in their partnering enabled their bodies to evenly distribute each other’s body weight in order to support each transition into a lift or close-knitted floor work.  Aside from being mesmerized by the artistry through Ali and Katie’s dancing, the connection between them in their eye contact and sounds of their breath captured the bond they shared as they portrayed times of hardship. Every time one or both of the women fell, they were sure to raise each other up, share their struggle and move forward. 
Originally derived from the Latin word colorare, meaning ‘to color,’ specifically referred to elaborate melody, particularly in operatic music, Coloratura caused uproar of laughter, applause and a little confusion. Combining an edited mix of Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Jean Philippe Rameau and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this quartet colored the stage with elaborate choreography, unusual slight gestures, and tender solo moments. Betsy Miller’s mix of traditional and contemporary vocabularies, demonstrated that although life can be funny sometimes, it could also be wonderfully messy and random. After performing series of athletic sequences, transferring from one corner of the stage to the next, the dancers would stick their tongues out or rub their backsides then pose. Although these casual moments added to the detailed chaos, this piece celebrated a journey through light and dark times, blending wit and distress, like a painting.  
Following intermission, it was time to witness the brilliant choreographers of the evening take the stage.  Opening in total silent darkness, Betsy’s solo Not a Tear, but a Petal (Five Epitaphs for a Hard Year), similar to Two and Coloratura, expressed the difficulty of experiencing set backs that make us stronger individuals. While the music slowly progressed, Betsy would turn on one of five light bulbs as she progressed down the line of light. Easing into lunges and sliding across the space, Betsy counter twisted her upper body as she stretched from her limbs through her each personal obstacle, signifying the struggles that seem impossible to recuperate from. 
In modern dance, gestures are one of the main components that make this genre limitless. Our bodies are paintbrushes waiting to draw patterns around us. Ali’s solo, Between and final group piece, Dot, embraced the idea of not worrying about choreographing with standard techniques as a base for phrasing, Instead, she used gestures that were pedestrian and had a ‘story’ behind them to fill in gaps of time.  Between moments of stillness, Ali would sustain a motion with a loud exhale, slowly transition into another direction as her hands lead the way. Succeeding from subtle airy waves to sporadic uncontrollable actions, her focus never left her hands, making the intent of the piece clearer. Similarly, Dot involved a series of punctuated hip thrusts, winks and scribbles. Though this quartet of women moved in a confined space with colorful origami birds hanging above them, their intricate repetitive ‘dotted’ gestures and constant movement made the small stage appear bigger. It is amazing what one’s hands can do when making art!
Photo Credits: Nikki Carrera
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Actress Rebekah Miskin
Talks First Feature ‘Records for Magnolia,’ Producing Independent Films and More

By Amber Topping


At just 18-years old (Actress, Writer, Producer, Dancer and DJ), Rebekah Miskin made “Anya,” one of the only short films in history to actually make a profit. She was only 17 when she wrote the film and soon after filmed it as a collaboration with friends. “It was just one of those funny things. I guess the ultimate thing with that project was that it got bought by a television network [Moviola TV Network].” But what began as a “passion project” for Rebekah turned into something more.

According to Rebekah, “Anya” helped her grow as an artist. Inspired by Ira Glass and his ideas on the gap between the space when you're an artist and the space between your taste and your ability, she explains, “when you first start out you kind of have to make crap and it's really frustrating ‘cause you don't understand why what you're making isn't as good as what you want it to be…and you know where you want it to be but you don't know how to get it there. And the more and more that you create stuff, the easier it is to close that gap and you just have to hang in there. I think that [Anya] was one of those awesome projects that really helped me hopefully do that. Hopefully I'm almost there closing the gap between what I like and what I'm making.”

“There was no dialogue in the short and we did it all through Voice Over. So it was really about the internal thoughts of the paradox between what you might be outwardly presenting and what you're thinking in your head and the space between those two things. And when I look back on it, it was actually a pretty cool concept.”

While she thinks she can do better than that now, it’s what got her “into the idea of making my own movies.” From there, the sincere, talented and funny Rebekah Miskin has gone on to do many more projects developing her talents as a storyteller.

Background and Storytelling

Raised in Toronto by supportive hippie parents, Rebekah started out as a dancer in primary ballet when she was only three years old. “I loved dance, and danced pretty seriously for a long time professionally until when I was 19 I injured my knee really bad, so that was sort of the end of my professional dance career.” But dance wasn’t her only passion. In high school, Rebekah went to an art school in Toronto called Rosedale Heights which helped broaden her artistic interests. “We didn't have to pick a particular art that we majored in, so I took dance and drama. And that was sort of the moment that I realized that this was something I could do for the rest of my life.”

It was this broad interest in the arts (she ultimately also earned a BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies from Ryerson University) that developed her interest in various avenues of storytelling. “For me there's really no difference between doing film or theater or TV—the medium isn't really a factor for me; it's just about telling great stories. And I think that's really the root of [where] the passions come from, and then also performing because it's such an amazing rush. There's nothing like that feeling when you see a smile brought to someone's face or you make them think or you make them laugh. It's awesome.”

“I really just love finding great stories,” Rebekah clarifies.


A Quintuple Threat

From dancing to acting, writing, producing and even working as a DJ, Miskin is a ‘jack of all trades.’ In fact, she “loves all sorts of factions of all of the things that [she’s] passionate about.”

“I would say that DJing is sort of like a hobby for me. I just started collecting records when I was in high school, and that's sort of where DJing started…It's just fun. It's not something that I expected to be a career move. But then I started getting gigs and people started offering me money to DJ…It was kind of like an incidental happening.”

However, Rebekah explains that acting and film remains her “number one passion” (with acting luckily being the profession that’s come together the most for her and has given her the most experience), and that it goes back to wanting to connect with people. “I think that there's nothing like that feeling when you walk out of a great movie or you see a great play or an amazing performance. And that's the feeling I want to give people. That's what I want to dedicate my life to.”

"Murdoch Mysteries" and "Reviving Ophelia"

511bsW7Y2ML._SL500_AA300_.jpgAs an up and coming actress, Rebekah has had the opportunity to work on some popular projects. She did a guest spot on the Canadian series “Murdoch Mysteries,” which she illustrates as a positive experience. “Everyone that I worked with on that show was amazing. The director was a guy named Harvey Crossland who's just one of the coolest, most inspiring people. And that was really welcoming. I think that's always the thing when you're doing a guest spot, or you come on to a show for a few days, you don't know how the regular cast is gonna be...if they're gonna be welcoming, or if you're like the odd man out, and so that was a really validating experience. And it was a lot of fun.”

But “Murdoch Mysteries” wasn’t her only great experience. She co-starred in “Reviving Ophelia,” a Lifetime movie that turned into an “unexpected hit.”

“I think it was the most popular movie for Lifetime in that year in 2011. And we didn't really think that at all obviously. You have no idea what's gonna happen—if the project's gonna be well received or not. But the cast and crew on that was unbelievable. I'm still in touch with Bobby Roth, the director to this day. He does a multitude of things. He's working on a documentary right now, but he directs a lot of television. He just finished a few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the new Marvel show. But yeah, he's such an inspiring person. I just feel like everyone, every experience that I've had acting, I just see such incredible people. I've been very lucky on sets. I hear other actors tell stories about being on sets that are unfriendly. But I've just lucked out. I've never had those things.”

She clarifies: “When you just go into something honest rather than with your ego and be humble about things then people find it easier to relate to you…it is important to be nice and to treat people with respect. And you know, it's entertainment, it's not brain surgery.”

First Feature “Records for Magnolia.”

“Records for Magnolia,” is an independent feature starring Rebekah Miskin which she also co-wrote. According to Rebekah, the film is about Maggie (short for Magnolia), “whose life is falling apart at the seams. She's in the same boat as a lot of people in their early 20s in 2014. She graduated from university with this random arts degree and doesn't really know what to do with it…And then her Dad, who's this really special guy, he owns a record store that's world renowned for selling rare and collectible records, dies really, really suddenly; and her life sort of goes from bad to worse. She has to find a way to move forward with her life and figure out what she wants to do in the face of not only the challenge of being in your early 20s in this day and age, ‘cause it's a rough time and the economy's really bad, but also in the face of her father's death. And so she finds this creative record that he indirectly left for her. She finds this box of records with her initial on the top of the box and it sets her off on this journey to discover the mystery behind the records and the legacy behind her Dad, which ultimately inspires her to figure out how she's gonna move forward and find out what she's gonna do with her life.”


Not only is it a great story, but it is also an amalgamation of a lot of Rebekah’s passions: her passion for music and for film. “I can't even tell you how stoked I am for this project,” she says excitedly. She’s also proud to point out that the film is a multigenerational story as well. “So it's a story of her as the protagonist but then also her Dad and her grandmother and how she sort of goes back in order to go forward…I feel like in our culture we don't really appreciate how much wisdom our elderly folks have. And my Grandma in real life is such an inspiring and amazing person. And I think it's really cool that this story kind of focuses on that a little bit.”

The Future of Women Filmmakers

Inspired by other women filmmakers like Lake Bell and Lena Dunham, Miskin has a positive outlook on the future of women in the industry and of female characters. “I just think it's so cool that there's a lot of women filmmakers and actresses and stories that are being told that are just really real and give an honest portrayal of female protagonists that we haven't really seen yet.” While she doesn’t think we’re there yet, she sees a trend in the right direction. “I think there's more interesting stories being told and I think that women are being portrayed more frequently as multi-dimensional characters on the screen.”


Producing Independent Films

As for producing her own independent films (she looks to actors who also produce their films like Brad Pitt and Drew Barrymore as encouragement), Rebekah in a word describes the experience as “hard.” She started off with “Anya,” and then moved on teaming up with fellow actress Katie Boland (“The Zack Files,” “Reign”) who she hopes to work with again in the future. Together, they produced the short “A Subsequent Life,” which went on to many film festivals worldwide.

As far as producing, “it's a really stressful experience,” she says. “I think that in the film industry there's not a lot of vertical integration, meaning if you're involved in pre-production and let's say you do casting, you probably don't know much about post-production or it would be rare that you would. Or if you're an editor, you might not know anything about casting or directing. The producer is really this through line, the one constant thing all the way from development to post, or really to screens. And so I think that's the difficult [thing] about it, is that you are the continuity of the film production as a whole. And that's really intimidating, but also really amazing and probably the most rewarding thing that you can do.”

Story and Music Inspiration

As an artist, Rebekah Miskin has many things that inspire her from books to movies and even music. Right now she’s reading “50 Great Short Stories,” which she describes as having “epic writers” in it. “I want to turn this one into a short film, and this one into a short film, and if I combined these two short stories they could totally be an awesome feature,” she says excitedly. She also loves Sarah Silverman’s book “The Bed Wetter,” which she claims turned her into a “diehard Sarah Silverman fan,” and Camryn Manheim’s “Wake Up I’m Fat.” But it’s not just the biographies she loves; she’s also really into the classics. “I've been reading a lot of Steinbeck which is weird I guess, it's like old American classic. But I really love John Steinbeck. What an amazing writer. And I feel I've sort of missed out on some major classics and I'm kind of trying to catch up, so yeah, I've been reading some James Joyce and some Steinbeck. I think it's really important to read.”

As far as movies she loves everything David O. Russell does. “I thought “Silver Linings Playbook” was one of the best movies I've seen in possibly years, and “American Hustle” as well. He's sort of my dream director to work with.”

Being a lover of music she points out she has “really broad taste that goes from house music to ‘90s rock and roll.” Right now she loves Drake’s most recent album, which she thinks is “awesome.” She’s “also been listening a lot to a band called Tame and Power, they're from Australia. And [she’s] always listening to Jeff Buckley who's just a classic.”

Causes Close to the Heart

Telling stories isn’t the only important thing to Rebekah. “I also tutor kids with special needs and learning disabilities” which she finds to be “super, super inspiring.” She continues, “For kids who regularly get underestimated a lot, man they blow me away constantly…I have this one kid, who I won't mention by name, but who has a severe learning disability. And then sometimes on the flipside he'll just say these amazing things that are so inspiring and so wise and insightful. And it's really, really cool to be able to feel like I have maybe a tiny bit of influence on his life and the lives of the kids that I tutor.”

On top of the tutoring, Rebekah is also trying to get involved with the DAREarts foundation for children. “I think that's a really cool leadership program…it's basically just about using arts and education to empower youth and to unlock their potential to be leaders.”

What’s Next

While there’s a bunch of projects Rebekah can’t yet talk about (including news about her first feature “Records for Magnolia”), she’s excited for what’s next. Recently, season one of “Long Story Short,” about three friends on the path to adulthood (starring friend Katie Boland) premiered on February 15th on Hulu. Rebekah appears in a couple episodes and at this point is uncertain about a season 2. However, she thinks “it might be in the works which is exciting.”

“I'm working on a short right now on editing another short film that will hopefully get submitted to this year's round of film festivals. I've also just written a television show which I can't talk about yet, but look out for that as well!

Rebekah Miskin is an artist who continues to close the gap between what she likes and what she creates. “I would hardly say that I'm where I wanna be, or anywhere close, but I'm fighting real hard to be there.”

To learn more about Rebekah Miskin head on over to her website:

You can also follow Rebekah on Twitter @rebekahmiskin

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Hot in Tech:
Wearable is Officially In!

By Kia Dargahi

Anyone remember CES 2014? It almost seems like eons ago, but that’s getting off the real reason I brought it up. The big theme of this year’s biggest electronics convention was indeed wearable technology (and I suppose 4K resolution). Before then, there only existed a handful of wearables, ranging from the pebble smart watch to the revered Google Glass. This being said, one would be committing a fashion “faux-pas” by wearing such devices (see Gla**holes). But now, with the design, availability, and practicality of such devices increasing, it appears as if wearable technology may finally see a wider spectrum of usage.
Let’s open with such devices as the pebble steel and more importantly the Moto 360. The devices themselves appear to be your run of the mill smart watch; but as the transformers have taught us, there’s more to them than meets the eye. The pebble steel combines pebble’s intuitive interface with a timeless stainless steel design and offers excellent battery life for a wearable. The Moto 360 is even more amazing than the former; finally we have a round smart watch! But that’s not all, I would go so far as saying that the Moto 360 has the most practical and best looking interface of any smart watch currently on the market by using Google’s iconic card interface with voice commands on that beautiful round display. 
The most important element of these watches has to be that they’re unobtrusive, look great, and look like ACTUAL watches! From a purely design standpoint, they are aesthetically pleasing watches and have a functional element to them as well. Their interfaces are among the best in the field, but it’s the amalgamation of these two factors that make them complete as packages (the Moto 360 more so than the pebble steel). Furthermore, what makes them finally socially acceptable is the presence of many big name companies in the field (LG, Samsung, Google, Motorola just to name a few). It appears thus as if the wearable cake is rising and coming together. 
Galaxy-Gear-Concept.jpgThere is, however, a small detail that is being omitted. For example, yes the Glass project finally went public but are you going to purchase one? Unless you’re a massive techie, the answer will most likely be no as the price point is rather shocking: $1499. That could serve as a down payment on a car! The main reason this price point is unjustifiable is that it is 3 times the average price of an off contract smartphone and more than 7 times the price of a subsidized smartphone! It is important to note that the Glass does not have any more functionality than does your smartphone and in fact has a very small niche to penetrate at this price point. Don’t you see why you’d look like a Gla**hole with one of these now?
This argument can apply to all wearable technology to some extent. There isn’t enough of a need for such a device in order to justify its smartphone like price point. However, this doesn’t stop people from purchasing such devices as the size and usability differs obviously from person to person. The active jogger will not want to pull out his phone in order to read his/her text; a simple glance at his/her wearable will suffice. And with specific tasked wearables such as the fitness inspired fitbit, there are tons of reasons to justify a purchase of such a wearable, just not enough for the general population. You won’t be looked at twice for having one though; the novel invention isn’t quite as rare as it was before.
Are you planning on purchasing a wearable? Are you convinced that the niche is too small for these at the moment? Do you think that wearables are in? Chime in down below! 
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Breann Johnson
Working With Hollywood's Finest

By Mende Smith


In 2013’s Red Wing, a film adaptation of George Sand’s epic novella,The Country Waif (Francois Le Champi), we find an up and coming actress who is not holding back. Washington-born actress Breann Johnson gets to shine in her supporting role as the mother the boy never had—Maddie Blanton—a young farmer’s wife. Johnson talked with Reap about her exciting career and the opportunity to work with a handful of Hollywood’s finest. “It was something working with Francis Fisher and Bill Paxton,” Johnson says. “It was really fun. They were both really, really nice and welcoming towards me. Frances Fisher was super nice. She would always compliment me after we’d do a scene and stuff like that. There was this one scene where I literally had one line in a scene between her and Luke Perry and she was like, ‘Oh, I can sense your strength in your acting’ and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, thanks.’ [Laugh] Yeah, she was really nice and Bill was very into his work and that he wanted the character to be very realistic. So that was good. It was interesting watching the pros work.”

red wing xlgJohnson attended a class with the actor/filmmaker Will Wallace about two years prior and said that "he kept her in mind for the role. When the money came in for the script, he auditioned me and cast me.” Red Wing came out last year on a limited release but still come on DVD. Johnson landed a Best Actress Award for her performance at the Idyllwild Festival of Cinema. "They gave an award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Feature to someone else and so I thought, 'Okay, great' and then they said there’s another person and I was like, 'What?!' Because they normally don’t give out two for one category. What they said was that so many people decided to vote for, because the director, Will Wallace, is also a co-founder of the festival, that they kind of felt like they needed to disqualify me. But, because so many people ended up voting for me anyway they gave out too awards. It was definitely a big surprise,” Johnson says.

In support of the film, Johnson and her cast members have been doing a lot of promotional work on the film festival circuit: Laughlin International, Idyllwild, Sundance and related events. Recently, Johnson wrapped another Wallace film called The Appearing. Of the horror genre, Johnson says she has always liked scary movies and was thrilled to portray a cop searching for missing girls in the film. Theatre acting since the tender age of eight, Johnson says she has always loved being on the stage or in front of the camera. “I always wanted to be an actor, ever since I can remember basically. Yeah, for some reason I never thought to come out to L.A. to be a film and television actor until recently. It’s going really well. I’m actually surprised at how lucky I've been so far, with many people it takes years before they get anything.”

When she is promoting her career, she relies on another one of her passions, cosmetology, to get her own hair and makeup ready. Johnson is also passionate about her vegan diet and the study of martial arts to stay fit inside and out. “I don’t take exercising too seriously, but I’m a very active person naturally,” Johnson says. “I love going on walks, hiking, jogging, swimming. I love basically any physical activity. I love doing it, which is a little unusual but I’m just naturally active. I pretty much find at least a little exercise every day.”

Johnson is happily married, doing the work that she adores and has happy endings all around her. The traits she most prides herself in, she says, is her ability to meet the right people, learn from her mentors, and multi-task. Her high level of energy is also paramount in this business.

“I get to know new people, whether it’s through workshops or classes or table reads or events, auditions, whatever it is, just get to know new people because everybody has something to give and hopefully you have something to give them too and that’s when it’s best,” Johnson says. One of Johnson’s goals is to play in a musical. She loves to sing and says it is a dream of hers to do a musical film in the future. “Oh man, I would do musical theatre but if I did a musical movie, that would be a dream come true. That would be just so much fun. I think, I don’t know, I just think, I feel like I have more to offer in acting. I feel like I could sing and be good at it. Acting is a way of life for me and singing is fun,” Johnson says.

Of her fortune in the business and the study of acting, Johnson asserts that luck "definitely has a lot to play in it." It may be that ‘luck’ was that she just happened to be taking Wallace’s class for two years, and inevitably happened to land a role in one of his films. She laughs at how many ways she has stayed active in the community of Hollywood, and ultimately how it pays off. 

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