Cranky is an award-winning, published playwright, a producer and also an actress.  Cranky writes about acting off the grid.  All the crazy truth about auditioning and working in indie no budget films and black box theaters in NYC. Cranky has won the Critic’s Choice Award for the Samuel French Short Play Festival and Honorable Mention in the McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition, and for a film: The Accolade Award and The Audience Choice Award at the Thurrock International Film Festival in the UK. The film is now on Indieflix.

Cranky’s plays have been published by Samuel French in “Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays -Thirtieth Series”,  and by Smith and Kraus in a “Best Stage Scenes” anthology, and most recently by Desert Road Publishing.  They’ve been produced in New York City, Chicago, Cleveland and Berea,KY, Florida and in Great Britain.

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33 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Film Romatis April 22, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Hello, I log on to your blogs like every week.
    Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

  2. 2 Nicole J October 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Do you have an email to contact you by?

  3. 4 Mischa April 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Cranky,

    There’s a new production company in town! Rainsworth Productions ( are a film and theater company and we’re looking to meet actors to work with in the future!

    We also are holding course with some of the top casting directors in town if you’re interested.

    Keep an eye out for us on the audition noticeboards.

    Mischa at
    Rainsworth Productions

  4. 5 Toronto March 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    hi cranky actress,

    i just stumbled upon your blog and i must say, even though i am years late hopping on the bandwagon, i am thoroughly enjoying your entries. i, myself, am an actress from toronto (canada) and it’s refreshing (?!) to see that i’m not alone in the “hustle” that is acting.

    i recently started a blog documenting my frustrations:

    continued success in the acting world 🙂


  5. 6 danielbeylerian March 18, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Hi Cranky,
    I’m learning so much about the biz from reading your blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

    I think you have a wonderful sense of humour (Canadian spelling).

    Cheers from Canada


  6. 8 Anonymous Actress October 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Cranky – Your blog is one of the greats! Looking forward to all that is to come.

    Please take a moment to check out mine as well. Just started one on my crazy hustle as another LA based actress so it may interest you and your readers.

    Thank you!

  7. 9 Stars in the Eyes June 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Ha! I just found your blog, so funny! I’ve been looking for other actresses with blogs forever! I think you’re voicing what all actresses are thinking, but can’t really say out loud because, you know, we’re so desperate and dependent on them holy filmmakers.

    I myself am a European actress, currently working on (or struggling with) my career and my move to Los Angeles this summer, and having been keeping a blog on that as well:

    My blog is completely the opposite though, I can get cranky enough as it is, so I try to keep it as positive as possible. But sometimes I do very carefully slip in some complaints about production values in as well, haha 😉 See:

    Anyway, I’m subscribing to this one! All the best!

  8. 10 Mickey Mills December 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Great blog. Adding you to my blogroll. Thanks for the chuckles.

  9. 12 dyingbraincells September 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Funny stuff. Glad I found your blog. I majored in Speech and Drama many centuries ago, so I can live vicariously through your blogs since I am now a school teacher. But, I guess I do act on a daily basis…I do a lot of mime putting a pretend gun to my head, strangling a child, you know, regular teacher stuff. Will enjoy reading your blog. Take care, Vickie

  10. 14 michellebloom September 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

    just discovered your blog, i love reading it! it is so refreshing compared to my own mind/blogs/thoughts.

  11. 16 laralev June 18, 2010 at 6:32 am

    first 1. normal and 2. awesome blog that I’ve stumbled across on blog surfer. i share your crankiness, and ownership of an incorrigible terrier (whose behavior is much like his namesake Anderson Cooper).


  12. 18 Nicole April 2, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Hey Cranky,
    I’m a young actor from Australia and I have been reading your blog for some time now. I find your posts extremely entertaining and I have found myself laughing while sitting at the computer on numerous occasions (making me look slightly crazy).

    Keep writing, I love your work.


    • 19 Cranky April 2, 2010 at 4:12 am

      Nicole – I am so impressed that Cranky has made it to Australia-the crazy of laughing out loud when alone is the best kind – thanks for your nice words – kick butt in your auditions girlfriend – Cranky

      • 20 Nicole April 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

        Yes, you have made it to Australia (:…It’s a wonderful place you should come here some day.
        Indeed it is..
        Thank-you, same to you.

  13. 21 The Actor Begins March 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Cranky,

    Just stumbled onto your blog. What a find! Loving your truth-telling account of the industry.

    I keep a blog myself called The Actor Begins at

    It’s interesting to see the differences and similarities between the industries in NYC and here in London, UK.

    Keep blogging, I’ll be reading,

    The Actor Begins

  14. 23 Jerry January 30, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Hello Cranky, (which I never you to be!)

    Jerry from Second City writing days checking your fabulously written blog. I see you’re doing well and keeping your public laughing.

    I’m still back in Chicago (suburbs actually). The dark part of your life, I know. Cow-town and all that. I get to NYC usually once a year, sometimes more, on business. Kills me when I have meetings in 30 Rock Center and know I should be there for comedy and not working with the accountants of wealthy people.

    I’ve been writing stand-up for about 18 months and still write sketches and such. I work my comedy into speeches and get a kick out of making audiences laugh.

    Hey, you can click on my name above and see what I try to pass as comedy on my stage name Twitter account.

    Keep writing and making me laugh.

  15. 24 theanonymousactress December 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Cranky,

    I was inspired by your blog. Of all the blogs I have been checking out by actresses, yours alone made me laugh and smile with the truth and humor of it’s entries.

    I started a blog today. Check it out if you wish. I mentioned you.

    Warm Regards,

    The Anonymous Actress

  16. 27 Kat November 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Cranky! We met at an Impossible Casting audition some time ago. Love your blog! I also was at that Penny Dreadful audition and yes, it was Dreadful! He was very dispectful of our time-what a waste that was! Break a leg out there and thanks for making me laugh!! Kat 🙂

  17. 29 John 6F May 2, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Thank you for the laughter. Will revisit.

  18. 30 OldLadyActress April 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Hey Cranky,

    Was just turned on to your blog via the Backstage message board and am happy as hell to find someone like you….great writing style and the ability to find humor amidst chaos – keep going!

  19. 31 tiredsecy April 15, 2009 at 1:48 am

    We must have been sisters in another life. You cranky, me tired. Nice to meet you. Also a fellow actor working ‘off the grid’.

    Congratulations on your snarky site. It’s an inspiration to all.

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