Where do I start? Prep school like Holden Caufield, my hero. I went to Kingsley Hall in Westbrook, Conn from 1968-1970, where to this very day, I kept to the same lifestyle I had back then. It was there when this student played the Live Grateful Dead album for me that featured the songs Dark Star and Saint Stephen on it. I was hooked!! From 1969-1994, I attended 592 performances of The Grateful Dead. I got into acting by accident. Having gotten a degree in Mass Communication at Buffalo State College, I worked at various radio stations, only to be discouraged in that business for two reasons:
1. Disco got rid of the progressive rock format.
2. If I wanted to play the music I wanted, it would be from a station that didn’t pay.
I was in career limbo. What to do? The Grateful Dead!! Go on tour!! But, I needed a new career as well. In 1978, I went to Europe and Israel. While I was in a coffeeshop in Tel Aviv, I was asked if I wanted to appear in a movie. Isaid yes!! It turned out to be a miniseries for television called, “Masada” starring Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss. I was a Roman Soldier for three months. “I want to do this for life,” I said and here I am, but the main difference is I’m getting speaking parts or as the industry calls it: principle work. At first, it was hard. I also discovered it was easier getting acting gigs in secondary markets like San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, and New Mexico. From 1985-88, I worked on shoots in San Francisco, due to the fact I made friends with the people of The Arch Street Zoo in Berkeley, Ca and the San Francisco Bay area represented utopia, while LA
was stressful. After all 20 of us got evicted from the Arch Street Zoo in 1988, I wound up homeless and even resided in Chicago for a while. I wound up in Reno, NV in 1995 returning to college again. I didn’t like the borderline homelessness that comes with acting and I was going to give up acting for my life as a paralegal. All of a sudden, the phone rang. It was a gig as a featured extra on “Ed Tv”. On the 10th day of that shoot, the director, Ron Howard, gave me dialogue!!! I was back in the acting biz again!! But, I finished college to get my paralegal degree anyway. In 2002, I moved back to LA and decided to give LA a second go at it. This time I have been more successful due to four factors I didn’t have between 1980-1985 when I first came to LA:
1. A car
2. The internet
3. A cellphone and most important of all:
Check out my credits on IMDB.com. My credits are spread out on three “Carl Solomons” on IMDB. Their fault.
Chad lives and loafes in Los Angeles. Last year he had the privilege of working as one of the composers on the MTV animated series Good Vibes. A few years ago his short film, Woman's Work, screened at The AFI Film Fest, Comic Con, and on BET Network. Many, many years ago he played Herb Zipper in the instructional short Herb Zipper: How To Be A Cyber Lovah, which received a very nice review in Entertainment Weekly.
It’s a bird. It's a plane. No wait, it's Katherine Browning!
She may look like just another girl next door, but she’s something more. She’s a superhero. What's her power? Creating a world of possibility through integrity and fearlessness.
And between you and me, fearlessness is terrifying. But that's why it's worthy and why she can't get enough of it.
These days she champions films with an indie spirit. You know, those underdog projects that succeed on the back of dedicated dreamers and professionals. Like when she starred in the independent horror film "The Rental."
But you won't catch her playing Angry Birds in her Bat Cave for too long. She’ll demand more of herself every time. The webseries "Napoleon Bon Appetit," which she produced and starred in, earned a screening at the AOF International Film Festival and got distribution through 20/20 Productions. KAPOW!
Currently her heroic self is producing a YouTube channel called “The Katherine Browning.” She’s also co-writing a new comedic web series, "Doomsday Preparatory Academy," in which she'll produce and star, in early 2013. And lastly, Katherine is slated to star in "Internal Medicine" and a third season of "Napoleon Bon Appetit."
OK. OK. So the truth is, her superpower isn't very super. Anyone can do it. She sees something that scares her, takes action, and saves the day on the other side.
If you need to believe in possibility, Katherine is your superhero. Shine her name into the sky and against a cloud, or email her.
Most recently, Melissa played Emma Spencer on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles. You can see her acting along side Freddie, The Frog Mug in Little Something, the Pier 1Imports commercial. Her films this year include Sweet Old World and playing Corey in The Olivia Experiment. Melissa is an audiobook producer and her narration can be heard on numerous genres of books ready for you to download on Itunes, Audible and Amazon. In her spare time, the Plano, Texan is a film buff, cooks, rides her WWII style Elektra cruiser and volunteers with SAG Foundation's Book Pals. Tweet me @MelissaStrom1