Here’s Johnny!

I’m back folks!  Ok, so I didn’t actually go anywhere, but I haven’t been spending much time on my site, and for good reason! For starters, I’ve been hanging out over at Sassy Mama in LA and loving it.  But mainly, I’ve been focusing on me, myself and I – which roughly translates to my career.  Last summer I was really inspired by someone in my life.  You know, one of those things that by virtue of being around them and seeing them do their thing makes you want to step it up a notch. Yeah, that sort of thing.  So I started writing creatively again and thus developed a concept for a TV show, and after consulting with and soft pitching it to my team, made it my sole focus over the past few months.  That concept went from fledgeling idea, to scripted and shot … and is now going into editing.  So yeah, I kinda sorta became an executive producer.  The next steps (post editing) are still up in the air as we’re in the process of scheduling a few meetings with networks, so we’ll see exactly where my baby ends up!  I can tell you that it’s a comedy, and I’ll leave you with that…and this:

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Dare you to guess what we were up to ;-)



Red Carpet Ready, Every Day #DivinaLatina

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Glamour, lights, excitement . . . not exactly! The truth is, as much as I enjoy my job and all that it entails, I thrive on doing work but not so much on those things that are required of me when the camera’s not rolling – I’m talking red carpets and photoshoots; sure that’s all well and fun, but those things can be rather nerve racking. Edit that: VERY nerve racking. What do I wear? How should I do my hair? WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?!

Vianessa Castanos B&W

Photographer: John Mokhtarei
Stylist: Izumi Marie Rosas
Makeup: Vianessa Castanos

Seriously, what am I supposed to do with my hands?

I’ve started working with a stylist, but when it comes to my hair and makeup I tend to do it myself unless I’m going for something highly stylized that I may not have experience with. That being said, I now have a full on professional makeup case full of goodies and I regularly buy new color palettes and tools of the trade to experiment with. Those experiments can add up to a lot of money. Fortunately for me, my favorite foundation is inexpensive and is carried at CVS, so it’s always easy to find and doesn’t hurt my budget. Same with my hair stuff. You may recall that I like to style my hair using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth (another awesome find).


Well you too can look ‘Red Carpet Ready Every Day’ while saving when you become a Divina Latina.  Divina Latina beauty products are available at CVS/pharmacy and are eligible for special ExtraBucks Rewards. Every $50 you spend on beauty products at CVS/pharmacy gets you $5 ExtraBucks.   So you can stock up on all your beauty  needs and save!

Which is what I’m about to run off and do . . . again!


Model Behavior

‘Modeling’ is not really my thing.  It was when I was a kid, I’ll admit it. I was a bit of a camera whore and I got a few paid gigs out of it, but I as I grew into my tomboyish and dorky ways, I found that performing for moving film (or on a stage) was my true passion.  So when I was approached about doing a photoshoot for a magazine, I deferred to my talented friend The Art Muse to help me take some test shots so as to work on my awkwardness in front of the photography lens.  I happen to think that the images that we created aren’t too shabby at all!  Let’s see how this translates down the line when I have to do a photoshoot for real :-/

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I got new headshots guys! I’m really excited that there seems to be quite a few photos with potential – and that’s saying a lot because often times you’re lucky to get one or two really ‘good’ shots from a shoot.  My manager is going to make his selection(s) out of the 348 photos, a job better suited for him than me as I find nothing to be more frustrating than looking at your own photos all day and noticing every annoying detail in each one.

Vianessa Headshots

Just a small sampling :-)  Hair and make-up by yours truly, photos by Failsafe Photography.