The New Hollywood is dedicated to supporting socially conscious change-makers. And it starts with our members. We are who we are because of our members. This year we have expanded to include a TNH Men’s branch, so we are now 3 branches strong and 66 members total! We are a group of passionate women and men dedicated to supporting each other and uplifting one another to reach their fullest potential. We are mothers, daughters, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, fitness experts, activists, husbands, actors, real estate agents, writers and all lovers of humanity. So, we want you to get to know each of us a little bit better. Each week we will feature 3 of our fabulous members answering the same questions. But before we get started, we also want to get to know YOU, our online community of change-makers. So send us a video or leave a comment with your answers to our “Meet the Members Questionnaire” or share how you are creating social impact in your community. Part of building our mission to inspire each other is to reach out and share, so we want to hear from you. As always, thank you for reading and supporting. We know there are so many incredible causes to support and focus on, and during times where politics and beliefs can divide one thing we can all get behind is supporting another person’s dream. WE SUPPORT YOU!
We are back with TNH “Who We Are.” And this week we feature our VP of Content (the one who writes all these intros, ahem, me, Alexis Carra Girbés), and the two facilitators of our recently expanded branches: TNH LGBT, Nancy Healy, and TNH Men, Austin Rising. Nancy and Austin are both badass change-makers who are wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting people. They are not afraid to interrupt the status quo all the while leading by example and from the heart.
We know there are so many incredible causes to support and focus on, and during times where politics and beliefs can divide one thing we can all get behind is supporting another person’s dream. WE SUPPORT YOU! Don’t forget to leave a comment and share some of what you admire in these women, and even just 1 answer to these questions. It may surprise you and inspire you!
What is your favorite quote?
Alexis: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”,--Martha Graham
Nancy: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Austin: "Go towards that which you are afraid, for that is where power lies."
What is currently on your bedside table?
Alexis: 5 books :), a candle, a special Buddha trinket form one of my best friends, flashlight, chapstick, hand lotion, and a glass of water. Oh and a lamp!
Nancy: My journal. My favorite pen. A picture on my son. A lamp I made full of stones and word sentiment stones: 'peace', 'love', 'hope', 'breathe', etc.
Austin: On my bedside currently sits one book: “Originals” by Adam Grant.
What is your favorite make-up or beauty product?
Alexis: I have just begun to use natural makeup and am much more conscious of chemicals in products. I love Pacifica CC cream and I also love anything from the brand Hylunia. I use Arbonne anti aging daily moisturizer with SPF as well. Always SPF!
Nancy: LOL...Does Chapstick count? Hiking. That's the only answer I can give to this.
Austin: My favorite fitness product is anything created by Tony Horton-currently it’s his program p90X3.
What charity do you regularly support and why?
Alexis: Besides being VP of Content and on the board of The New Hollywood, I am on the Associate Board of Covenant House of California. The “Cov” is a national organization that supports homeless youth, ages 18-25 transition from the streets into jobs and housing. They are truly a family, and I love getting to know the youth who grow and change their lives through the programs at Covenant House.
Nancy: There are a few: The Trevor Project, The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and Shining Hope for Communities are three that I give to annually.
Austin: The charity that I currently subscribe to and have supported financially is Everytown USA, which lobbies to increase gun control and combat the NRA in the U.S. They propose and protest for stricter gun laws and to abolish the ability for people to be able to bring firearms into schools, be able to buy guns at gun shows without background checks, or be able to purchase military grade weapons. This topic is important to me because I'll never forget the horror that struck me, our former President Obama, and the entire nation after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. It is beyond heinous and appalling. This is something that should never happen. I believe we should have tighter control over guns. Period.
What challenges are you facing and working through; and what resources are you using?
Alexis: Currently staying focused is a challenge for me. And I don’t mean focus as in task oriented, I really mean trusting that I am making the right choice. The challenge is trusting all my hard work will pay off even when results are coming in. As an actress and writer, I go through periods of time where work isn’t coming in and yet I keep plugging away. Financially that can also be challenging, so I have to plan ahead and keep myself hustling. I am also a person who has lots of ideas so I tend to start a bunch but not finish, so I’m working on following through.
Nancy: Focus is my biggest challenge. This year I have strict deadlines that I have set to help me stay on track. The other is my life long issue of just accepting me and believing in myself. Caring for my dad has made that resurface in new ways. As far as resources, I draw on the awareness work I did and use that workbook as well as my private journal daily. And, I hike. That's my meditation time. It centers me.
Austin: At this exact moment, my biggest challenge is finding balance in my work/non-work life. I LOVE what I do, I really do, that's not justification- its true. However, all I do is work, literally. Most of the time I am never phased by that. But, recently, a relationship I had fizzled out partly because I chose my work over this person. If I didn't love what I do, this solution would be a no-brainer. The remedy for this is clear to me, that I must make time and put money towards doing things non-work related that I enjoy. Do I really want to get to the end of my life and honestly say that I did nothing else but work? No. But it's very hard, because I am thrilled with the jobs I get to do every single day.
What is your main goal for this month?
Alexis: My main goal is focusing on pilot season and enjoying the process. And for me that means staying in a mental zone focused on creativity.
Nancy: Meeting my deadlines.
Austin: My main goal for this month is to sell the most recent film I co produced, Hope Springs Eternal. The story surrounds a high school student, Hope Gracin, suddenly finding herself in remission from end-stage cancer, and she must learn to live life without an expiration date. To her however, the thought of living is almost more frightening than cancer itself.
How has TNH affected your life?
Alexis: TNH has been a huge part of my life since I first moved to Los Angeles in 2008. I moved from NYC where I was used to being a part of the Broadway community and constantly around people. Having a group of women right off the bat that have been so supportive and encouraging has been crucial in maintaining sanity and levity in LA. It is a cut throat industry, and TNH has been a source of inspiration, community, strength and fun. TNH has also pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have rewired my brain to view others’ successes in a different way. I used to feel threatened by others’ success, mostly because I didn’t feel I was enough; but through years of setting goals, being accountable, learning from the falls and from each other, I feel TNH has helped me to grow into a much more self aware, confident leader.
Nancy: TNH has affected my life profoundly. It's a resource. It's a support. It's a reminder to stretch. Most of all, it has brought wonderful people into my life and my circle—like-minded people. Those people encourage me to stretch while they help me remain grounded at the same time. That's priceless. Why am I in the group? There's multiple reasons. I believe that allowing myself to be vulnerable and honest about my dreams, struggles, insecurities, and goals while encouraging others to feel safe in doing that is a gift. It helps all of us begin to lift ourselves by elevating and encouraging those around us. In the end, our individual goals impact our collect outward facing goals and vice versa. We change our lives and the lives of others in the simplest of ways. I think TNH plays a significant role in that endeavor for many of us as both individuals and creators.
Austin: Where to begin? Well, most importantly, it gives me a much needed estrogen infusion that I need! LOL. Now that I am privileged enough to be able to co-facilitate the men's branch with Brianna, it gives me another tribe that I've longed for; one that is comprised of conscious, giving men. We have the opportunity to change the way men behave towards each other, towards the women in our lives, our families, and everyone else in the world no matter their creed, sex, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. That's powerful and gives me another level of philanthropic purpose in my life.
What are you most passionate about and why do you love yourself?
Alexis: I am most passionate about people and especially supporting and helping those people who are disenfranchised and less fortunate than I am. I am very passionate about the epidemic of homelessness. Having lived in urban areas my adult life and spent time with homeless people I have heard too many stories of people who just need second chances and a little extra support. I am on the associate board of Covenant House of California, a non-profit organization whose purpose is not only to provide homeless youth with shelter, but also the life skills and guidance we've all needed in order to be productive members of society. Besides CHC, I am obviously passionate about The New Hollywood. I see TNH has a container for people to grow quickly and to support each other in the process. As we expand our programming I am passionate about uplifting others and seeing how everyone rises together.
Nancy: People. Simple. People. Life is all about the people we share it with. Everything in our world from politics to music, film to painting, religion to sports in some way reflects our human experience and serves as a connection point to bring people together. That is what I am most passionate about. PEOPLE and the connection we share. As for loving myself, that is a challenge for me as it is for many people. What do I like about me? I try to be honest and kind. I don't care where people come from, what they look like, where they have traveled, or how much money they have. I sincerely don't. I just love people. And, for all its ups and downs that is the one part of me that I would never change.
Austin: I'm passionate about living a fulfilled life, where I left everything on the playing field and left a legacy. What I love about myself is my resilience and constant pursuit of refinement. I'm also capable of having conversations that the great majority of people run from and find difficult. I am a powerful manifested and I bust my ass to get what I desire. I love my wisdom, as it came to me partly from experiences but also another place, I don't know where. I love my courage.
Charity Challenge: New Year. New Life. New You.
One of the cornerstones of our mission is to give back, and in 2016 we decided to explore new ways to interact with our community. Inspired by Light Watkins’ event “The Shine,” and “The Shine On Challenge,” we have created a similar format for the “TNH Charity Challenge.” The purpose is to encourage our members to explore new ways to give back and create an impact. The challenge works like this:
At each meeting, we draw a member’s name out of a bowl. The member selected uses the funds, allocated for charity at each meeting, and creates a project, event or some kind of interactive experience in the community that will have a direct impact. Rather than just donate money, we include as many other members as possible to participate in the experience. The purpose of our TNH Charity Challenge is to, well, challenge our members to think outside the box and to expand our philanthropic goals and outreach. The intention is to get involved, engaged, and proactive as members of our communities, leading by example.
As members of The New Hollywood we are here to rise higher, shine brighter and give back!
Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.