Karen Ragan-George


Actor

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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!


END OF SUMMER ALREADY?

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It is now mid-September and SO much has happened since March! Once you read the bullet points below, you'll understand why I haven't posted since the Spring. Here are the highlights...

  • March 1st: our landlord tells us she will not be renewing our lease and we are free to leave before our lease expires in October. Immediately start looking for a new place.

  • March 3rd: auditioned for UNSEEN, an indie tv pilot. Cast as the suffering mother a few days later, and shoot scene two weeks later.

  • March 5th: performed with an ensemble of women in "IN THE SHADOW OF NONE" at THEATRE WEST. It was an evening of monologues written by TW writers for each cast member. We followed up with three more performances, including an afternoon at THE MOTION PICTURE HOME in Calabasas. My monologue centered on womens' rights and independence and closed the show.

  • March: Cast in and shot CHRISTINE LOZANO's very funny comedy short, "THE BOOK CLUB," with super-talents JULIA SILVERMAN, IVY JONES, and JACQUE LYNN COLTON.

  • April 1st: After looking for comparable condo rentals in the area - and getting sticker shock - David and I decide to leave Los Angeles. Several places were considered before we chose ATLANTA - Hollywood of the South! There was more production there than LA in 2016 and (hopefully!) less competition for me.

  • April 8th: Helped produce a rock-n-roll fundraiser for (and at) THEATRE WEST. Big success!

  • May 3rd: Fly to Albany for STAR TREK Novel Writers event for David. Visit his alma mater SUNY Plattsburg, Fort Ticonderoga, and have a private tour of the Original Series Replica Sets housed in a museum in Ticonderoga.

  • May 8th: Fly to AUSTIN for a week-long reunion with my three sisters. Drive to SAN ANTONIO and tour THE ALAMO.

  • May 13th: Fly back to LA to pack, sell furniture, donate, and store what's left of our things.

  • June 15th: Fly to Tampa to help with and visit Dad. On April 26th, he fell in his home, broke his hip, and lay on the floor for 9 hours before he was found. He was admitted to the hospital for surgery and spent four months in rehab.

  • June 22nd: Fly from Tampa to Richmond for sisters-in-law JENNIFER GEORGE and ANITA SMITH's 25th Anniversary.


  • June 27th: Fly back to LA
  • June 28th: Final cleaning and completely empty townhouse rental
  • June 29th: Pack up the cars and David and I LEAVE L.A. The drive took five-days staying overnight in WINSLOW, AZ, SANTA ROSA, NM, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK and MEMPHIS (Did NOT get to Graceland....)
  • JULY 3rd: ARRIVE ATLANTA and move into our furnished condo rental at THE MAYFAIR TOWER in Midtown. 

  • July: Settle into our new life in Atlanta. See some plays, THE MOODY BLUES in concert, take a tour of the city, and even attend a protest against repealing ACA. Oh, and transition my hair from red to BLONDE.

  • August 9th: Fly to Tampa to visit Dad and help with his care. He's now in a nursing home with a very bad wound from the fall. We flew home almost a month later on September 2, 2017. Since we've been back, I'm nursing a broken pinky toe (happened in Florida) and dealing with being caught up in the EQUIFAX data breach. But on the brighter side, narrowing down headshot photographers and getting ready to start looking for acting work again!

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MARCH 2017 - SPRING & NEW THINGS!

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The first week of March was full - I auditioned for an Indie Television Pilot called UNSEEN and booked it. It is a juicy supporting role where I play a mother whose son has passed away - or has he? The production team are delightful and we shoot in the beginning of April. UNSEEN will screen at the WRITERS GUILD in May. Excited!

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I was also cast in THE BOOK CLUB, written, directed, and produced by CHRISTINE LOZANO. Christine is a very talented actress/writer that has created a wildly funny short film about a group of old girls who still have some fire in their furnace! The cast includes JULIA SILVERMAN (AMERICAN PASTORAL), JACKIE LYN COLTON (GREMLINS 2) and IVY JONES (BASKETS). We shoot the beginning of April.


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Producers LINDA RAND & JILL JONES presented several performances of IN THE SHADOW OF NONE, a collection of monologues performed by females actors from THEATRE WEST and written by writer members (including a couple of men). ITSON is a celebration of women that was originally created for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. We proudly performed at THEATRE WEST on Sunday, March 5th and the audience loved it.

Our second performance was at THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER and yesterday, March 22nd, our third performance was for the residents of the MOTION PICTURE HOME in Woodland Hills. For that show, we were joined by the wonderful actress and timeless beauty LEE MERIWETHER, who had us all choking back tears with her powerful, heartfelt monologue. In attendance was BRIDGET HANLEY, star of HERE COMES THE BRIDES (and a list-as-long-as-your-arm of television shows from the 60's through the 90's), and the irrepressible CONNIE SAWYER, who at 104(!) is STILL acting. That's right, she's still acting! Such an inspiration!


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I continue to happily direct AMY JAN SIMON in scenes from her fantastic one-woman show, SHE'S HISTORY. Amy has been performing her play for seven years now, but wanted some fresh eyes on it. We work so well together and we're both finding it so gratifying discovering new things. We just need to find more time in our busy schedules to work on more scenes from the play!

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AAAND We're Off! 2017 So Far...

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Today is Thursday, February 23, 2017, two months into the new year and I've been busy.

In non-acting-career-related news --- I proudly participated in the historic WOMEN'S MARCH in Washington, DC on January 21st. It was a profound experience on many levels and ignited a fire in me that burns to this day. Who would have thought that, at this point in my life, I would become an Activist, but there you have it. I say it LOUD and I say it PROUD!

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I've participated in three readings of plays in development at THEATRE WEST, and was cast in one of them, IN A YELLOW WOOD. It's a lovely play about a young man who has lost his wife in a car accident and then struggles to get on with his life. I get to play his less-than-doting mother who has her own issues. It has heart and humor and so in keeping with the amazing talents of GARRY KLUGER.

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I decided to end my affiliation with my theatrical agent who wasn't able to open doors as we had hoped. I'm currently working with a new manager - my long-time friend KAT McENTEE who introduced me to a big casting director for TV movies that is now interested in me. 

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I FINISHED MY FIRST FULL LENGTH PLAY! It's called SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP and it is a one-woman show. I am in the middle of a re-write of Act One and then will do a reading for my husband, The Writer, and see what notes he has to improve it. It's very convenient having an in-house editor! The next steps will be to begin workshopping it at THEATRE WEST. 

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My friend and fellow THEATRE WESTER, AMY SIMON has asked me to direct her one-woman show, SHE'S HISTORY. I am honored to do this with her. It is a terrific piece that's entertaining and enlightening. I can't wait!

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Last week I had the privilege of being a camera model for cinematographer CREIG FRASER (Star Wars: Rogue One, Lion, Zero Dark Thirty etc.) at AFI. He was demonstrating brand new lenses and computer-controlled lights for the CAMERIMAGE Festival taking place all weekend. Demos were slated so who knows where I might turn up next! :-)

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And on MARCH 5th & 8th, in honor of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY I will be participating in IN THE SHADOW OF NONE, a series of Staged Readings of Original Monologues written and performed by members of THEATRE WEST. We will also be taking the show on the road, up to the MOTION PICTURE HOME in Calabasas, CA.

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