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Karen Ragan-George


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NARCAN COMMERCIALS

Posted on August 27, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)


Happy to report that the online spots for NARCAN have become tv commercials. The print materials and billboard campaigns haven't started yet, but the commercials are on my REELS & CLIPS page. Take a look!


WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES...

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


 

I received an email this morning from my agent saying a fairly sizable check is on the way to me. Huh?


No, this can't be right. I haven’t worked since March, when I shot a Narcan PSA for the State of So. Carolina. The email notes have initials for a project I don’t recognize.

 

I write back to the agency accountant and tell her that I think this must be a mistake. She writes back and tells me that it is not a mistake - the State of South Carolina decided to exercise their option to use my likeness in print and on billboards for the next two years! That’s what the money is for. I completely forgot that a photographer was on set shooting the whole day, and also forgot about that clause in the contract.


WOO-HOO! Road trip to So. Carolina after Covid to see my billboards!

 


AUGUST 24, 2020 - The Virus Rages On

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Here we are, four months later, and tragically the pandemic rages with almost 6 millions cases in the US alone. Too many Americans still refuse to accept reality, and yesterday a poll showed 57% of Republicans find 176,000 dead Americans acceptable. Today, the number is 178,000 dead. I wonder what number will finally be unacceptable.


Although some production has returned in Atlanta, the majority of tv shows, films, and theater productions remain shut down. I have turned down a few auditions because until this virus is genuinely under control, and/or there is a reliable and safe vaccine, David and I will continue to shelter at home. We know a few people who have had the virus and fortunately survived. But it was brutal with terrible lingering symptoms.


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We did have something positive and exciting happen recently. I am about to be a published writer for the first time in my life! David had been approached to write three short stories for a series of books entitled, OUTSIDE IN. They are books for fans of various tv shows, old and new. Essentially, they are out-of-the-box reviews disguised as short stories.


The publisher/editor ROBERT SMITH assigned David an episode of the 90's LANCE HENRIKSEN show MILLENIUM, and then asked if he knew any other writers that might be interested in doing one. David recommended a few media tie-in writers and then suggested me. Although I've written quite a bit over the years, I've never been published. Robert agreed to give me a shot.


I wrote my MILLENIUM piece, turned it in, and Robert liked it so much, he offered me two more! David and I then each wrote short story 'critiques' for episodes of the shows TWIN PEAKS and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. I'm especially happy about my DS9 short story because it is on the BADDA-BING BADDA-BANG episode starring JAMES DARREN, and is one of my all-time favorites.


So, the first time I am being published will be alongside my husband in the same three books. We are thrilled!


David and I hope you are also able to find some joy during these stressful times.


Please be careful out there. Stay safe and healthy!


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THESE TRYING TIMES....

Posted on April 19, 2020 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Life in the time of COVID-19...


Today is April 19, 2020 and the entire world is in the midst of being ravaged by this terrible virus. In the US alone, there are almost 40,000 confirmed dead since February and almost half a million infected. Life as we knew it has virtually stopped.  We are on hold, and will continue to be on hold until a treatment or vaccine becomes available. The majority of Americans are behaving responsibly - staying at home and wearing masks when out in public, and keeping our distance. Unfortunately, there are those who believe that medical professionals worldwide are lying and governors are over-reacting. Yesterday, these fools decided to take their rebellion to the streets, irresponsibly gathering in large groups, most without masks, many with assault weapons, and some with children in tow. This reckless ignorance, this defiance in the name of liberty, will result in more unnecessary deaths and expose our medical professionals and other necessary workers to even greater risk. And their behavior was encouraged by the current occupant of the White House, who contradicted the very guidelines he issued the day before. I suppose we will find out how many more Americans will pay the ultimate price for this extraordinary stupidity and selfishness.


David and I stay home, read, play Scrabble, watch movies, and take long walks in secluded places. I've even had several self-tape auditions to help distract me from the incredible sadness that most of us are experiencing daily. One day, this pandemic will be over and I hope that the majority of us will have learned that real leadership matters and that we truly are all connected.


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2020 IS HERE!

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

*****UPDATE: JANUARY 22, 2020*****

Found out I have been cast in the indie short film GERRY AND RUTH (see below).
We shoot in Savannah in April. I AM OVER THE MOON!


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Traditionally, December is a quiet month for actors and I was no exception. So, this post is going to be more personal than business.


Sadly, on Christmas morning we lost our treasured friend PATRICIA ALICE ALBRECHT to the cancer she had been fighting for decades. Patrish and I go way back - to 1987, when we were both members of The Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. Patricia was always a loving, sweet, funny, kind, gentle, beautiful pixie of a woman who was an extraordinarly talented writer, poet, and actress. To audiences, Patricia is best remembered as the voice of PIZZAZZ in the 1980's Saturday morning cartoon JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS. Patricia was one in a billion and to know her literally was to love her. She will be tremendously missed by her son, musician FOREST MILLER, her family, friends, and her multitude of fans.

(Copy and paste to read a nice article in Rolling Stone Magazine about the show's impact and legacy: www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jem-holograms-cartoon-legacy-jemcon-80s-toys-754429)

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David and I caught up on a lot of movies in December. We especially loved JO JO RABBIT. For those who may not know, my husband is writer DAVID R. GEORGE III and in addition to being a terrific novelist, he has a movie blog called MOVIE REVIEWS BY GEORGE. David is a great reviewer, so copy and paste this URL to read thoughtful and well-written reviews of films, newly released and classic:  www.moviereviewsbygeorge.com/home  

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January is off to a good start acting-wise. Last week, I had my very first Facetime audition. It was a little weird and slightly disorienting, but I guess I did okay because I got a callback. It's for an independent short film that will shoot in Savannah. The callback (chemistry read) was this past Sunday in-person in Savannah. That's a 4+ hour drive from Marietta (plus overnight stay in an AirBnb), but the script was so good I had to do it - and I'm so glad I did! The callback was one of the most artistically gratifying acting experiences I have had in a very, very long time. Of course, I'd LOVE to land the part, but the experience Sunday is why I do what I do. That kind of connection to the material and other actors doesn't happen often and I savor it when it does.

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I actually had to step away from this update because yesterday I got a fast-turnaround audition for a Guest Starring role on DOOM PATROL. In less than two days, I had to memorize 5 1/2 pages of dialog, self-tape 2 scenes, and get it uploaded to the casting director. I think this is my 5th or 6th audition for this show, so I guess they like what I'm doing - now if only they'll actually book me!

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Thanks for reading my blog.
Here's to a GREAT 2020 to all of you! 




BIZZY FALL

Posted on November 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)


In September, I shot my first medical training video. It was for the CDC and I played a doctor counseling several people about infectious diseases. We shot at EMORY UNIVERSITY's Nurses Training Wing, so we were in an authentic environment and it was one of the hardest jobs I've had as an actor. Dialog changed frequently in the middle of a scene and I now have enormous respect for those actors who can memorize and spit out the words minutes later!


Auditions picked up mid-Sept., but I had enough free time that I started volunteering for THE ACLU GEORGIA. They are a great group of people doing very important work.


October and November brought auditions for the tv shows COUNCIL OF DADS and DOOM PATROL. I've read for both shows several times and hopefully I'm coming closer to actually booking one of them!


Also at the beginning of November, the casting folks at SNAPPED reached out and offered me the lead in the episode they were getting ready to shoot. (This time my character didn't actually commit the murder, but was responsible for bringing about her husband's premature demise.) The show shoots in Knoxville, TN and they put me up in a very nice hotel for three nights, which always feels like a mini-vacation to me. I especially liked director CHAD CUNNINGHAM and hope I get the chance to work with him again.


Since SNAPPED blurs faces, you won't see me clearly, but the first episode I did airs either DECEMBER 1st or the 8th. Look for the title where the lead's first name is HOPE. Not sure when the episode I just shot airs, but it will probably be in Spring. I'll post here once I find out. 


Thanks for reading and I wish you and yours a very

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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AUGUST SURPRISES!

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After a fairly quiet June, between late-July and mid-August, I suddenly found myself with 12 auditions in 15 days! I have never had that many auditions in so short a time and it truly was like Audition Bootcamp! Ten of the auditions were self-tape and two were in person. What an unexpected surprise. I think, in large part, the volume of auditions is due to my new headshots. They really capture me and are the best headshots I've ever had. They were taken by the multi-talented actor/director/writer/photographer DEANNA RASCHELL here in Atlanta. There literally is nothing she can't do!


And talk about unexpected surprises, on Thursday, August 15th at 9am, I was contacted by the casting director for the tv show SNAPPED. It shoots in Knoxville, TN, and the actress booked to do the episode they were working on had suddenly dropped out. They were desperate and needed to replace her ASAP. (Since I had worked for the CD last year on a different series, she knew my work.) 45 minutes later, I was on my way. Three hours after that, I was on set. It was such a fun day with a great cast and crew. I loved working with director DEBORAH MITCHELL and hope I get the chance again down the road. She knew exactly what she needed, and we not only got everything they wanted to shoot that day, we wrapped a little early. So nice to have the 2nd AD tell me they were sure they were going to lose the day, and so grateful that I made it. They put me up in a nice hotel and the next day was equally successful and fun. The series is shot MOS (without sound), so it is much easier to get what they need visually and move on. 


We wrapped early the second day too, and since the room was mine until Saturday a.m., I decided to stay overnight and drive home in the morning. I was in the hotel for less than five minutes, when I got word from my agent that one of the in-person auditions resulted in a booking! I was cast in a commercial for BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ALABAMA that would shoot four days later in a small town north of Philadephia. As I write this, I am awaiting word from production about the details, but they are flying me out on Wednesday, August 21st, arranging a rental car and hotel, and flying me home on Friday, the 23rd. 


The life of the actor - you can have absolutely NOTHING going on for months and then book two jobs in two days! Crazy, but I LOVE it!


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JUNE 2019

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been remiss.... it's been way too long since I did an update.


RECAP SINCE MARCH:


Acting has slowed down a bit for me. In March, I booked and shot a Principal role in a FLOOR & DECOR video package. That included an Industrial (training video), a Commercial, Online Clips, and Print Work. I had seven pages of dialog and the day went so well, we wrapped early.


In APRIL and MAY, I had several auditions for commercials and tv shows, but alas, no bookings.


I was very proud to accompany my husband, DAVID R. GEORGE III to TREKLANTA, an annual 3-day, fan-run STAR TREK CONVENTION that has been going strong in Atlanta for more than a dozen years. David participated in several panel discussions, as well as conducting two Q&A Events where he spoke about writing for Star Trek and writing as a career. Other guests included ARON EISENBERG, who played the Ferengi Nog on DEEP SPACE NINE.


              


IN OTHER NEWS - we're still reeling from a roof leak that happened Easter Weekend. It severely damaged our master bedroom and garage and has taken weeks of water and mold remediation, tearing down walls, ceilings, and tearing up carpet. But, we are finally in the backstretch and about to rebuild. Since our bedroom and closet needed to be completely emptied, the rest of our townhouse looks more like a storage unit than a home! But, we are hopeful that within two weeks, all will be restored.


HAPPY SPRING & BEST WISHES FOR A LOVELY SUMMER!




FEB-BRRR-UARY 2019!

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (1)

It's been a couple of months since I updated here.


2019 has been off to a good start! At the beginning of January, I booked and shot a NASCAR CAR HALL OF FAME Commercial that premieres during the INDIE 500. It's regional, so if you're not in the Richmond, VA or Nashville, TN area, you won't see it. I'm hoping it will pop up on YouTube and will share it here if it does.


I've also had a few commercial auditions, and auditions for tv shows shooting in SAVANNAH. Gotten close a couple of times and I'm determined to book something soon!


And speaking of Savannah, at the beginning of February, I had the great good fortune to shoot a SCAD short film called JANE B - with yours truly as Jane - and the incredibly gifted young actor/comedian NATE ALLEN as my partner in crime. It is a beautiful script written by the talented SAM LOWE, who also directed, and hopefully will be ready to submit to film festivals by summer. 


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WINTER IS HERE

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (1)

It is mid-December and David and I are very happy in our new townhome in Georgia. We loved our first year+ in midtown Atlanta, but we are even happier being a little further out of all the action. Our tree is up and we are ready for the Holidays. And we moved just at the right time because over the last month or so, I have been very busy auditioning for various tv shows, commercials, and features. Busier than I've ever been. Having more space, including a separate room dedicated to self-taping, has made life much easier.


My episode of DEAD SILENT, "OUT IN THE STICKS," will air on the INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY CHANNEL this coming Thursday, December 20th at 9pm. If you want to see it sooner - and without commercials - you can watch it right now On Demand. My scenes appear later in the episode (28:15 & 41:20 On Demand; 37:15 & 52:10 broadcast with commercials). It was a very difficult part - I played the mother of a young woman who was brutally murdered. Given that it is a true story and happened only two short years ago, it was very important to me to give as honest and respectful a portrayal as I could manage. I cannot truly begin to know what Heather's mother and her family went through, and what they still go through. It is heartbreaking and I am so sorry for their terrible loss.

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