A. E. Chewning

Author, Actress and Adventurer

Well…I finally made it back on set. It was volunteer and I was background, but that doesn’t really matter to me. What matters is that I got the courage up to get myself back out there and find a set to be on. I enjoy being on set and learning about the process of making movies. I’m not even sure what the movie is about exactly, but what I do know is that it is a horror comedy set in the 1970’s. Which sounds very intriguing to me. It was fun dressing up in that era in a vintage dress that belonged to my great-grandmother and wearing her shoulder wrap as part of the vintage ensemble. It’s not the first time that I’ve been able to take a little piece of an ancestor with me on set (that sounded creepier than what I meant for it to). What I mean is that the first set that I was ever on I played dress up in 1940’s attire and my mom let me borrow my other great-grandmother’s hat. You can sorta see it in the courtroom scene in USS Indianapolis starring Nicolas Cage, just don’t blink because you’ll definitely miss it. Well, that’s if you can even see it. The courtroom spectators are blurred, but hey I know that I’m there and that’s what matters, right?

My dream would be to write a script and be apart of being behind the camera. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being in front of the camera, but to be able to cast the characters that have lived inside of your head and see your vision come to life, now that would be an amazing experience. When I write, I do think about who would play these characters that I’m writing. What they would look like or how they would sound. I can see them clearly in my mind’s eye as I put their words on the pages in my books.

I always go back and forth with the acting thing. It’s hard being someone that just happened to fall into that world. I had no training, no experience and really no idea that I would ever start on that journey. I mean every little kid dreams of being up on the movie screen or being on stage in a play and becoming some big well known movie star. Don’t they? The reality is that I never thought about that after growing up. Never dreamed that I would ever be an actor. I’m an introvert naturally. I don’t go looking to be out in front of people. It’s funny though, I don’t mind being on stage or having a camera crew in my face. It feels natural. Not that I don’t ever get nervous performing, because trust me, I do. My hands shake when I’m trying to perform hula, which as you can imagine is not a good thing.

Acting is different though.

I can become someone else and then the nerves aren’t as prevalent. It’s not me on stage, it’s the character.

We always try to create dream boards at the beginning of the year. This year, I didn’t make a physical dream board, but in my head I thought how cool it would be to become a character actor. I’ll never be a leading lady and I really don’t want to be. I’d rather be in full alien make up, barely recognizable or some Day of the Dead zombie. The dream board for me this year included being in a Marvel movie. Being background or that character that comes on scene for a just one line would be an awesome experience in one of those huge productions.

Well, enough ramblings.

I wanted to let y’all know that the third book of the Devecheaux series is out and you can order now in paperback and ebook! The reviews are coming in and people are saying that this one is the best yet!

You can order here.

Until next time,

A. E.

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