As far-fetched as it may seem, I began my professional training at 12 years-old thinking I would become a law enforcement officer. As such, it made sense to prepare myself by taking martial arts. For the past 14 years, I told my clients that is how I became a Massage Therapist. My GrandMaster used to tell me, "If you know how to hurt someone, then you should know how to heal them". It was then that I discovered how my gift for staying calm under pressure could prove useful without risking the life of my mother's only child. Massage was always my balance, my service, and certainly my skill, but not my passion.
"But how is it you came to pursue film, then?", my clients would ask. Obviously, I allow questions during my massages, though my answers may come out unfiltered and with a Shatner-like cadence. In high school, I would explain, theatre was my other great love. Working along side a motley crew to accomplish tasks that amounted to a few days of exhilarating performances just for the fun of it was satisfying beyond belief. Not just the meeting or exceeding of expectations, but feeling like we had all simultaneously overcome our personal differences while also challenging each other to be our best possible selves. It was inspiring. I continue to have similarly encouraging encounters with like-minded professionals, eager to do great work.
And so, martial arts evolved into a career in massage, and my love of theatre has evolved into a career in film. From these two seemingly opposite industries, I believe I have established my greatest skills: my ability to listen and respond to clients' needs, my tendency to inspire trust and loyalty in those I work for and with, and my knack for ironing out struggling projects by taking an active problem solving and leadership role. Massage is a profession that requires active listening. Film & Video is a profession that requires thoughtful expression. Together, they make a helluva story. Interested? Drop me a line. I've got time.
Name: Karen E Ross
Lives in: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Occupation: Assistant Director, Casting Director, Filmmaker, Host/presenter, Line Producer, Location Manager, Narrator, Producer, Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Production Manager, Researcher, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Story Analyst and Voice Actor
Film (Short and Horror) Producer A man with a late night thirst for juice encounters a creature hatched in his basement and becomes something else. Director 'Monster' Midian Crosby, produced by and with special effects by Monster Makeup FX. Starring Cougar Littlefield, shot in Denver CO. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor A shy genius must defeat his millionaire rival at the district high school science fair in order to win the girl of his dreams and make his momma proud.
Dream Come True
Film (Short, Comedy and Horror) Producer A nerdy introvert tries to impress a girl while his friends prepare for the apocalypse.
Gods and Rats
Film (Short and Drama) Production manager On a fateful meeting with his mob boss, an undercover FBI agent gains more information than he bargained for, threatening not only his identity but his life.
Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Two women stop at a small town diner on a road trip to nowhere. Over lunch they discover more about themselves and soon realize the path they share will lead them to two different places.
Film (Short, Action, Comedy and Drama) Casting director Pepper, a young man begins to tell the story of how he ended up being placed in a juvenile detention center to another inmate. The story starts with him running away from home. Later another inmate asks him to finish this story. Pepper continues his his story in front of another group of boys. Soon his story starts to grow larger and more outlandish. soon He loses track of his of his story and reveals it all to be a lie. His new found friends turn on him once they realize he has been lying about the whole story they quickly turn on him. now he must try and back track to avoid ending up in the medical wing. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Comedy and Crime) Actor Two college friends, in need of money, accidentally rob a friend's house.
Film (Short, Drama, Family and Fantasy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Calvin, finds himself stuck in purgatory. Through his travels across this desolate land he comes across an elderly man, who Calvin will soon find out, is his only ticket out of this world.
Regis University (Denver, CO)
Colorado Film School