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During the eclipse I was sitting in a small audition room amongst a glorious array of women. We sat just inches from each other. White, Asian, Indian, Latin, African American- all there for one TV role. This is what progress looks like! There was an energy of nerves masked by casual disinterest. Some were fighting to cram lines, while others were fighting to imagine they were the only one there. One lady was awkwardly standing to create separation. A friendly voice reached out to me,“Your shoes are fabulous!” “Thanks!” I replied. “I like your hair” “Thanks, it’s really big.“
We were parched. We drank water, wore headphones, fixed our faces, asked who was next, hid our work, and averted our eyes. The first actor was summoned into the adjacent audition room. She immediately flubbed her first line and broke down apologizing. It hurt to hear it. The casting director kindly told her it was ok. She encouraged her to start over with a stronger intention. Take 2: Flubs peppered with, “Oh my God I’m so sorry! Wow, I don’t know what is happening to me….” Take 3: More misspoken words, pauses, and apologies. Finally, it was over. They thanked her and she came out.
It was the girl who betrayed herself by telling me her hair was too big. My heart went out to her. She didn’t believe in herself. Her critical, fearful, inner voice eclipsed her desire to perform. We’ve all been there.
We can take acting classes, dress impeccably, work out, and have killer photos…but no one will ever see what we can really do if we don’t believe in ourselves. If we can’t take our moments knowing that what we have to offer is precious and unique… all of the training won’t matter. Loving and believing in yourself is some of the most important work you will do in your lifetime, no matter what your profession. You are a masterpiece.

New Year, New Blessings!

Happy 2013 everyone! I started off the year reflecting on all the people in my life who went out of their way to help, support, and stand up for me.  It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. I’m truly grateful to be surrounded by such generous spirits. I know not everyone is so fortunate.

In hopes of giving back, I fostered a rescue pup from Dogs Without Borders. Apparently I will not have a big future in fostering as I would probably end up with a house full of dogs I couldn’t take care of! I bonded with my foster pup Jamie  in 3 days and cried when I had to bring her to the adoption fair. It just made me sick with sadness.  If you are looking for a pet please visit shelters and rescues first! You could end up with a beautiful pure bred pet who will have otherwise been thrown in the gas chamber.  Jamie is a great dog and I hope she finds a deserving home soon.

Jamie from Dogs Without Borders

Jamie from Dogs Without Borders

Someone spotted me in the Hyatt Gold Passport Holiday video. Hyatt Gold Passport Holiday Video 2012










Last month I booked a modeling job for American Airlines. Had a great time!

American Airlines Shoot

American Airlines Shoot

Airplane built on the sound stage.

Airplane built on the sound stage.



Makeup room for American Airlines

Makeup room for American Airlines

I’ve been having a blast taping a new talk show!  I’m really honored to have been chosen.  Think “The View”…uncensored.  The ladies I’m hosting with are so funny, interesting, strong, and delightfully successful.  You will not experience a more real, raw, version of me than on this show. I’m used to playing a character, so being this exposed scares me to death… in a good way!  Will let you know where you can tune in. 🙂

Next week I’ll begin a recurring role on a new sitcom called Trophy Wife.  My character, Dr. Sharon Jae, is a funny, quirky, multi-tasking psychiatrist/obgyn/party planner with NO accent!  This sitcom is based on the hit web series, “Who…”  by the Emmy award winning Michael Ajakwe Jr.   Michael is also the brains behind the ground breaking LA Webfest.

My Jeanne Chinn Los Angeles pet bag and accessory line has been flourishing!!  Take a look at how much my business has expanded:  My bags were just named “Best In Show” for pet travel bag by Doggies N Stuff.  To get the latest updates please Like the JCLA Facebook page!

Ok loves, I’m off to rehearsal. Thanks for checking in. I always enjoy your comments and messages! Create a beautful day!


I’ve Totally Gone to the Dogs!

I just finished shooting Weiner Dog Nationals!

Shooting at Los Alamitos Racetrack

It’s a kid’s movie inspired by the famed weiner dog race sponsored by the fast food company Weinerschnitzel.  I play the WDN reporter and get to interview Morgan Fairchild who stars in the film.  Morgan was a pleasure to work with. It’s great to see a woman who owns her power and takes her craft seriously.  I sat in her trailer with the actress playing her daughter, Madison Mier, as the 3 of us rehearsed our scene. Morgan imparted her pearls of wisdom to Madison.  She explained beats in a scene, the importance of vocal projection, breathing from your diaphragm, an actor’s responsibilites on set, and the dangers of older actresses being shot in direct sunlight. ;P

On location at Lake Balboa with actress madison Mier

The child actors on set were like rays of sunshine.  They showed up with a zest, clarity, and sense of play that sucked me into the bliss of their care free world.  I thought about what shooting was like for them.  They woke in the morning, had their entourage (aka mom &/or dad) chauffeur them to set. They didn’t compare this job to any previous acting jobs.  They greeted me like I was the most important person who walked on set each day.  Their smiles and energy could light up the universe.

Soaking up the sparkle from Caitlin Carmichael! She is magical <3

The cherry on top of this acting sundae? My JCLA Rescue Me totes will be carried by Morgan Fairchild and Madison Mier thoughout the film.

Shooting at Lake Balboa


This pretty doxie plays “Princess” Morgan Fairchild’s dog.

What’s interesting about the dog above is that she is not a show dog. They had an animal communicator on set who asked her if she would like to ride in one of my bags during the scene. The dog told the animal communicator that she wasn’t sure because she’d never been inside of a bag…and then expressed an interest in chasing some pidgeons!  American Humane was supervising on set, and since the dog was unsure…she was not placed inside my bag.  She didn’t know what she was missing!

But wait, there’s more! ;P  I’ve  just started talks to act in another film this August!  I’ll let you know more as things firm up.

JCLA Inc. is growing fast with my most active distributors in Italy and the Netherlands.  Orders continue to grow from Beverly Hills, across the US and abroad!  I’m thrilled to be making a difference in the lives of so many dogs.

JCLA Bond Girl Smuggler Bag


Rescue Me totes in Italy

Well, that’s the latest! Thank you for all of the emails letting me know when you see me on TV.  I love hearing from all of you! Thanks also for the autograph requests.

With Gratitude,


Goodbye 2011


We are blushing.  Look what we found as a “saved draft” that never got published?! Well better late than never. Must have been a busy time… Ladies and gentleman the world’s first Dec 2011 blog posted in July 2012!


I’m back from a restful vacation and hope that you all had a wonderful holiday!

Oh Broccoli tree, oh broccoli tree…la, da, da, dah, dee, dah, dah.


Thank you for all of the notes about seeing me on HBO’s LUCK as well as my Nissan Commercial.  I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such great cheerleaders!


As always, Christmas eve brought up memories of Douglas.  Here is a great quote:

“O my dearest family, some things I’d like to say… but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight. Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.”

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)


My handbag line is going strong, making it’s one year anniversary and quadrupling sales from last Christmas. We were honored to be selected as an ultimate pet gift in HGTV’s holiday gift guide!

Front & center on HGTV’s website for best pet gifts!

Whether it be dog lovers overseas, across the US, or a surprise order from a dear childhood friend, many people stopped by  for some very thoughtful holiday gifts.

A personalized JCLA tote for Desi the dog!

This personalized ‘I Love New Yorkie” tote was ordered by Apprentice star and Network mogul, Nely Galan.

Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2012! My resolution is to be more balanced, ie. making more time for myself and my loved ones. 🙂

Blessings to you all!