Shitty Gifts

As we get closer, and closer, AND closer to the holidaze, don't let the last minute scramble turn you into a shitty gift giver.

Filmed with a few of my Chicago pals, we hope this video helps lessen the likelihood of gifting garbage that will inevitably end up re-gifted or in le dumpster.

(That's French for "dumpster.")

Enjoi! (And, if you like it PLEASE share it! Ali REEEALLY wants to be famous.)

Thunder Valley Casino Commercial

Sometimes you have to dress up in a suit and hold a 1lb diamond on a purple velvet pillow for a lady who just struck it rich at the slot machines.

That's seriously how I spent my morning.  I was in some secret, underground lair in Wicker Park that the production team transformed into a vault filled with all the jewelry.  I only got to try on a couple pieces (I'm in a secret love affair with costume jewelry) and I have a feeling you won't really see me in the commercial BUT I was there and when it airs, I'll be happy to point out which blurry beard is mine :)

Blair Holmes... Tuna Can Shoot?

Welp... here's one for the books.  You ever been on a first date and sat on a picnic blanket with your potential sweetie, eating sardines and... Vienna Sausages?

Me either but I got to pretend like I did for a product shoot.  I guess the client makes ALLL kinds of cans; tuna cans, beer cans, soup cans, etc.

Pretty decent day but I'd be lying if I said I expect her to call me again. #fishbreath

Thanks. Seriously...

I'm back to work after celebrating who I am/WE are with 4 of my best friends (Antonio, Nelis, Daniel, Fred) in my home state for Columbus Pride.  

It's been an emotional few weeks but I'm getting my first paycheck tomorrow post-dayjob promotion, I'm replacing 2 roommates I met on Craigslist–during an extremely stressful and emotionally challenging time–with ONE of my best friends, I bought a car, I submitted paperwork to be paid for one of the most fun shoots I've done (written by Sean McConnell who wrote the second sketch show I did in Chicago, "History Meat,") and I'm starting the Blackbox Studio acting program, 2 web series, and pre-production on another spooky treat with my favorite creeps with Into the Void Films.  I don't say this to brag... I say this because I needed to be reminded of successes today as I started my 3rd cup of coffee, and hope you all can take a 15 minute break to remind yourself of everything you've done/are doing/will do.

I'm single, I'm stressed, I'm sunburned, and I'm doing what I need to do so I can do what I love to do.  I think this is what "happy" feels like. And I'm grateful.

I could thank like 100 people that I'm happy to call a friend, colleague, inspiration, and/or a family member but I should be working right now... So...

"Thank you for being a friend,
Traveled down the road and back again,
Your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant.

And if you threw a party,
Invited everyone you ever knew,
You would see the biggest gift would be from me,
And the card attached would say, "thank you for being a friend."

Never give up.  Always be strong.  You're all the breast. <3

Real Talk w/RLB - "Online Dating"

In a world of dick-pics, tit-pics, and apps created by slapping an "r" to the ass of a sexually suggestive adjective, I asked myself and my pals a very important question; are you hung?

Dating ain't what she used to be and a pond of horny hopefuls is at whichever hand is lube-free on a Friday night.  Is it satisfying our desire to make meaningful, lasting connections or are we simply filling a void - or multiple voids - and perpetuating our lengthy (and girthy) search for our fantasy Mr. & Mrs.?

I don't know, but I certainly had a good time researching it.

Real Talk w/RLB - "Things That Drive Me Crazy"

Do you ever stop and think about the gamut of situations the world presents you with, daily?  From the time you wake up until you go to bed... if you leave your apartment there's no way of knowing the crazy and confusing circumstances that may present themselves.  Some are positive but some things just don't make sense.

These are some of the things that confuse me.  I've kept them in for way too long.