The Whimsical World of Angela Cohen

Actualizing the Cartoonish Thoughts in my head

Without Grace qualifies for 2018 Academy Awards Consideration

Wow!  This happened! Without Grace qualifies for 2018 Academy Awards Consideration. Yay for #Oscars! I couldn’t be more honored, humbled, or excited. Congratulations to our whole team! Read more about the making of #WithoutGrace in an article I wrote for Women and Hollywood here.

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The Power of Putting Yourself Out There

Slate WGSharing your goal: it’s one of the hardest things to do on a daily basis. You feel greasy, sleazy, braggy- and all of those other negative words that end in Y. But every time I do, I seem to attract more of what I want toward me. The Law of Attraction Strikes Again! (See former blog for reference)

I just returned from vacation- relaxed, rejuvenated, and with a rekindled motivation to work in my new environment (I recently relocated to LA). But my apartment feels like a black hole, a vortex of distractions, an energy succubus. Don’t get me wrong, my amazing balcony has an ocean breeze and is perfect for meditating, but it’s not the best place for me to accomplish my career goals.

So I got out of the house! (Thanks Al Pacino). I made some calls. I worked on getting together with old/new friends and before I knew it, one of them had offered to ask around about my film’s premiere status. Wow! So thoughtful. That may not sound like a lot to some, but in Hollywoodland, you need all the help you can get.

Thus, as I sit to finish the feature I’m dying to make, based on the short I’m trying to sell, I write this because I’m so grateful for good people coming into my life who want to help make my dreams a reality. I hope reading this helps you share your dreams and desires a little more openly, trusting that what you put out there will come back to you, maybe in ways you never even imagined, or better yet, in the scariest of ways, exactly how you imagined.

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Grace. I’ve been trying to live my life by the meaning of that word for the past 2 years. But no one has taught me more about living with Grace than my husband these past 2 days. Taking care of a sick parent will do that to you. It can kill you or it can define you. For Tom, I think it makes him the man he is. It makes him the human he is. It brings out the best in him. For others, maybe the worst.

I don’t know how he does it. Bathing, grooming, toileting his father round the clock. He’s an enigma, an example for the rest of us to follow. No one quite knows the pain and turmoil they will experience with the loss of a loved one but my husband knows it all to well. His mother already left him 7 years ago.

I search for Grace everyday. In the clouds, in the world, in meditation, in my writing, in church, in my mind, in my soul, I hope she’s there. Everyday I look, I get closer to finding her. Everyday I search, I find her in my own way. Some may never, some may question, but what I do know is I’ve found her in my husband and I’m grateful that she’s with me. That he’s with me. That God’s with us.

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My Adventures in Storytelling

Mini Me

Mini Me

“Tell me a story!” It’s been my request since I was a little girl. I could never get enough stories out of anyone, so it’s not a wonder that I’ve begun telling stories of my own.

I started with comedy for the stage, web, and tv: the funny misadventures of 2 business partners with wacky ideas on how to make their millions, tales of sleepwalking women who get caught up in a crime they have no recollection of, a Wall Street powerhouse/commitment-phobe who leaves it all to find her zen, and 2 childhood friends who try to exploit the American public while conquering the new American dream. My stories have all featured headstrong, successful women making their mark on the world…until now. My newest venture is a dramatic film inspired by true events and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written. It’s a new adventure. (You can become a part of it here.) 

I love writing about real life because we live it everyday. It’s relatable. But where’s the adventure? All of my stories stem from some version of my own reality, but they find a new path along the way that takes me places I’ve never been and that’s the exciting part. Then, as an actress, I breathe into a character, she comes alive on stage or screen, and she’s real. Somewhere in the world, that same person exists and she’s listening to my stories and smiling.

People always want a good story- it’s part of the human condition. We always want to relate on some level because it makes us feel like we are a part of something bigger and then we are a little less alone in the world. Storytelling is healing, whether it be through laughter or tears. I hope you will laugh and cry with me along the way because I’ve got plenty of stories in me to tell. After all, I’ve been collecting them since I was a little girl.

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