Karen Ragan-George


Actor

Agent: SUSAN TOLAR WALTERS                             Manager: KAT McENTEE 
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NEWS & UPDATES!


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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 received word from 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 accompanying 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 (0)

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 (0)

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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HOMICIDE HUNTER EPISODE AIRED

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Very pleased to share that my episode of HOMICIDE HUNTER aired October 17th. I played a crazy, ANGRY, old bat! HH doesn't usually have comic relief, so this was a little different for the show. CARL MARINO is the actor who plays the young JOE KENDA and we had a lot of fun doing the scene. The director had me do a few takes and they chose the most over-the-top version - and my favorite!


You can view it on the REELS & CLIPS section (see above). 


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3 MONTHS LATER...

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends,


The Summer of 2018 was rough - my 10 year-old grandnephew Connor passed away after a short illness. It was a shocking and terrible time for our family, especially for Connor's parents, siblings, and grandparents (he was my youngest sister Audrey's grandson). Connor was a generous, kind-hearted boy who was always helping others. In his memory, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS FOR CONNOR was started by Connor's mother. In your travels, you may come across this postcard. Please attach $1, $5, or whatever you can afford, and leave it somewhere for another less fortunate. Thank you. 

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With Respect to Acting:

In June, I shot an episode of HOMICIDE HUNTER, another recreation murder show. I play a crazy neighbor who is incensed about a car being parked thisclose to her driveway. It was unlike anything I've ever done before and I look horrendous! Don't know when that airs, but I believe it is the 8th episode of this current season.


The Summer came and went with only a few auditions - but I did get a callback for a feature directed by MICHAEL LEMBECK. I was hoping to book that one - it was a comedy and after a long day of hearing the same material over and over, Michael, the CD's, and producers all laughed at my audition. Even though I didn't get cast, it was a very gratifying experience.


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And In Other News....


September.... So long and thanks for all the fish... (Hitchhiker's Guide... ;-)


As if there wasn't enough to get our knickers in a knot politically, we found a townhouse in Marietta that we love, but every single day of buying it was a battle.


Our lease at the Midtown Atlanta condo was ending, and by mid-month (after being told we were approved), we still didn't know for sure if we had a loan. It took countless hours and a few well-placed phone calls to the Pres/CEO's of two different companies to finally make it happen. As many of you know, I am like a dog with a bone with this kind of thing - there was NO WAY we were not buying the townhouse!


When we moved to Atlanta a year and a half ago (hard to believe!), we gave away or sold virtually all of our furniture and many of our possessions. But, we still had a 10x10 storage unit in Van Nuys PACKED solid with things that didn't fit in our cars. David flew to LA at the beginning of Sept. to oversee the loading of the cross-country move to bring our stuff -- to where? At that point, we didn't even know if we had a place to live!


Finally, a week after the original closing date, all was settled and we bought the townhouse. We are now in the process of settling our new home.


October, please be gentle. I'm tired. 

JUNE 1ST - LOOKING BACK AT MAY...

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Overall, I'd say May was a very good month! I had several fun auditions and ...


I booked and shot an episode of DEAD SILENT, a murder re-enactment show that's in it's 7th season. The scenes required strong emotion and the director liked my work enough to actually expanded my scenes a bit. I don't have the air date yet, but when I do, I will post it here.


I was also cast in and shot two lovely scenes in ONLY EASY DAY, a beautiful film directed by my dear friend TIM REISCHAUER and starring BRETT JONES, an extremely talented man who also wrote the project. It is shooting in Alabama and it was one of the best and most-gratifying experiences I've had as an actor so far. The film shines a light on homeless veterans with PTSD and Brett has created something very, very special. I can't wait for it's release in November.   


And finally, I booked a featured bit in a music video, but on the day of the shoot, there was confusion between casting and production as to my role. I was not on the call sheet for the part promised and I could have stayed to do featured b.g., but opted not to. Disappointing, but that's show biz!


IN OTHER NEWS: 


My husband DAVID R. GEORGE III was a Guest of Honor at TREKLANTA, a fan-run STAR TREK Mini-Con. It was intimate compared to the big conventions, but several hundred people attended and David had a great time. He spoke on a panel, had his own Q&A, and conducted a Writing Seminar. I'm so proud of him. He is great with his fans and it was nice to see them so excited to meet him.


David and I have decided to stay in Atlanta for the foreseeable future and are now looking for a condo to buy. Our lease is up in September, so we are hoping to have something locked in by August. David will be taking a trip to LA soon to make arrangements for our possessions to be picked up from storage and brought across country. I never would have thought that we'd be living in the deep south, but Atlanta is a very welcoming and progressive city and we love it.


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MAY (BE NOT!)

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

When it rains, it pours! But, April showers bring May flowers....


As much as I wanted to go forward with the play SELECTED WINNER, I had to bow out. I booked a Supporting Role on a tv reenactment show called DEAD SILENT and also got my schedule for the movie in Alabama. Trying to do all three at the same time meant something had to give. Fortunately, the play hadn't even begun rehearsals yet and won't go up until the end of July, so the producers have time to recast me.

Lesson learned - now is not the time to do a play.


I'm happy to say that I've been auditioning quite a lot these days. Fingers crossed for more film and tv bookings - the whole reason David and I moved to Atlanta!



MARCHING INTO SPRING!

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

March has been a good month for me. I've been auditioning quite a bit and am happy to report that I was cast in a play. It's called SELECTED WINNER and will be presented this July at THE RED CLAY THEATRE in Decatur, GA. It only just happened so I don't have all the details yet, but I will post them when I do. 


A director/producer I know from LA has been in pre-production for an indie film in Alabama. He reached out to ask me if I would like to do a part he has in mind for me. I said, YES (of course)! It shoots this Spring/Summer. I'll have more details soon.


HAPPY SPRING!

2018 Is Here!

Posted on January 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

So much has happened since moving to Atlanta. Unfortunately, family illnesses kept me away from my beautiful new hometown for almost the same amount of time as I've been here. But, after the first of the year, life settled down a bit and it was time to focus on acting.

I booked an Industrial that shoots mid-January. I play a Corporate Executive and it is my first paying gig in a while, so I'm happy.

I'm excited to share that I have a new agent! Her name is SUSAN TOLAR WALTERS with the STW TALENT AGENCY, INC. She is a terrific person and a hard-working, successful agent. There's LOTS going on here, so we are hopeful for many auditions and bookings!

HAPPY 2018 and may you all have a year of good health and dreams that come true!



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