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April 24, 2013
A friend of mine, who works as an actress, recently told me that I should start auditioning for the many movie and TV projects that come through our area. Maureen Mountcastle (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1574019) said many of the shows need a newscaster. And who better to play a news reporter than a news reporter, right? So, I've been working with a local agent and trying to land a few side gigs. Getting rejected for the job you do every day is quite odd. But another local actor, David Andrews (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0028625/) (World War Z/Fair Game), told me not to let it get me down, that you will only land 1 out of 100 of these jobs. So, I kept plugging away! I'm thrilled that tonight I will make my on air debut as an actress! I landed a gig, surprisingly, not as a news ...
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Hooray for Hollywood!

April 24, 2013
We had no idea what to expect in covering the premiere of Safe Haven. The movie was filmed in Southport and Wilmington, which is why my boss wanted us to cover its red carpet, Hollywood premiere. Ben and I flew out to LA the night before the event. We shot some spots for Carolina in the Morning. Upon the sudden realization that we hadn't really eaten all day, we enjoyed a midnight trip to In N Out Burger before heading back to the hotel for some rest before the big day. We lucked out in that Johnny Griffin from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission and Mayor Bill Saffo just so happened to be in LA for meetings with film execs and a special North Carolina reception. We caught up with them early in the day for interviews. Ben said he's never seen Mayor Saffo so happy to see ...
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April 24, 2013
Yesterday, my husband sold his restaurant. It's still sinking in that we no longer own Cameo 19 Hundred. It's been a wild ride - that started on 8/8/08. We moved to Wilmington from Charlotte to open the restaurant, with Brian working 24/7 to build the business. Meantime, I landed a job at a local PR firm before jumping over to WECT/FOX Wilmington. Over the past 4+ years, we have met so many wonderful people and built many great friendships through the restaurant. I think about all the laughs we had over bottles of wine and cucumber gimlets. We celebrated our wedding at Cameo 19 Hundred, with our family from Ohio to Ireland feasting on the fabulous spread Chef Kirsten prepared, howling at the video Brian's best man brought (showing my husband, at age 8, doing his very best Michael ...
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April 23, 2013
I recently did a story that had a lot of people talking. I took a closer look at predatory towing in our community. That's when your car is towed without your consent. It usually happens when a HOA, apartment complex or private parking lot enters into a contract with a towing company. The wrecker cruises the lot, late at night, scouting for cars to tow. My story on this issue came out of a personal experience. Our car was towed out of our driveway last year. The HOA rules prohibit parking on the grass and parking on the streets after 1:00 a.m. We were doing some work on our house and we had a trailer attached to our second car to haul away some items. The driveway was packed, so, when my husband came home, he parked with the back tire on the grass. Imagine our surprise when our car ...
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April 23, 2013
WECT is going to Hollywood next week! My amazing colleague, Ben Powell, and I are traveling to LA for the premiere of Safe Haven, which was filmed last summer in beautiful Southport. The movie is an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book by the same name. Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough play the main characters, with David Lyons (Revolution) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) in supporting roles...not to mention the entire community of Southport appearing as extras in the flick. We had a chance to go behind the scenes, as the movie filmed a crucial scene, involving a fire (I don't want to say to much for those who haven't read the book). You can see the interview with Nicholas Sparks in the video clip above. Two things really blew me away about visiting the set - ...
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