Beginnings of a B-Movie Girl
My journey into modeling, and then into film, began a bit later than some. I was already in my mid-20's when I discovered this thing called "the internet". This is where, via an email/pen-pal type thing, I met screenwriter/musician Mark Baranowski around late Fall of 1998. After getting to know each other through months of emails, we finally met face-to-face in January of 1999. Things moved quickly - when you know, you know. Mark proposed that March, and we married the following year.
During this time, Mark had begun focusing his efforts on becoming a screenwriter. He had a manager in Los Angeles, who submitted his work wherever appropriate, but no progress was being made. "The wheels turn slowly out here," he was told. Eventually, I suggested that we make our own film short, with the thought that even a short film could showcase both his talent as a writer and also show what he was capable of as a filmmaker (with the limited tools on hand). Perhaps the right person would take notice. Mark had also heard a similar suggestion from actor Bruce Campbell, who stated "Don't look to anyone else to fulfill your dreams. Become a producer and shoot the films yourself."
Within days, Mark had written the script - in a total of 8 hours had filmed the entire thing - and over the course of a weekend, we had completed our first movie, DESPAIR. The short was released on October 7, 2001, received glowing reviews, and E. I. Cinema included our short as a Bonus Feature on their DVD release of Roxanna.
After the film's release, it came to the attention of Joe Bob Briggs, of Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (TMC) and MonsterVision (TNT) fame. This led to a great review of the short, along with my being included on his own website's page of "webchicks" - online models and B-movie actresses who weren't afraid to show a little skin... or a lot. I was honored to be included alongside legendary Scream Queens Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer. Also, to be "noticed" and befriended by a genre celebrity right out of the gate certainly bolstered my confidence.
With the release of DESPAIR, Mark began the On Mark Productions creative company, following up Despair with Runaway Terror and Expendable. Through these productions, I quickly became the subject of feature articles in such publications as DRACULINA, MOVIE MYSTIQUE and SIRENS OF CINEMA. I was chosen as the first “Revolver Girl” for Revolver Magazine, and became Troma Entertainment‘s July 2002 “Tromette of the Month.” We were quickly adopted by the indie horror family, though our content wasn't what would usually be considered horror. We were invited as guests to sign autographs and sell copies of our work at horror film conventions all over the country.
It's evident that we caught the filmmaking bug in a big way - we went on to make 8 films in as many years, as well as music videos for Mark's music albums. One movie, however, managed to escape completion, due to circumstances beyond our control. As it was the only true horror film, as well as the only story out of the bunch that I came up with on my own, I'm still determined to see it through, in some form or another. Stay tuned... I always have irons in the fire.