Interview with Actress Laura Stisser

Laura StisserI serendipitously ran across RunPee fan Laura Stisser, who it turns out is an actress. Laura was kind enough to put some thought into a few interview questions — below — that I hope you’ll enjoy. Even if you’re not in the movie industry, as a general movie fan Laura provides some interesting information. And if you’ve ever thought about getting into acting, then maybe Laura will be an inspiration for you.

Actress Laura Stisser was born in Chicago, Ill and raised in the Syracuse area of NY. Laura attended Oswego High School and then graduated with a BA from Oswego State University. Laura began acting in 2016 by performing in local theater productions. She then broadened her horizons and was privileged to act in various film productions and commercial work.

Laura’s first role was as the character June in 12 Days with God — now streaming on Pureflix.  You can also see her as the rehab receptionist in Big Time Adolescence, starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck — now streaming on Hulu Canada. She also had the opportunity this year to play the role of Whitney, in the TV Pilot, Sticks which filmed in the Central New York Area.
Laura has been happily married for 21 years and the mother of two teens.

Laura Stisser at IMDb.com
Laura Stisser’s professional website
Laura Stisser’s Vimeo reel
Actors Access
Backstage

Dan: I know that you got into acting late in life. What was the thing that finally pushed you to go all in and try and make this happen, verses just wondering if you should?

Laura: I am and have always been a very insecure person. Of course, life lessons always make you stronger and you then you start to create the proverbial bucket list. One of my bucket list items was to audition for theater. It was one of the scariest moments of my life. It was also the biggest adrenaline rush I had ever experienced. No drug or rollercoaster had even come close to that feeling. And then…I got a call back. One call back led to another one, then roles. Roles for theater, student films, then Indie films. Not only did my confidence soar, but I have met the most amazing people who have literally taken me under their wing and helped me not make as many mistakes as people can in this crazy business. I also have the most amazing family support system which are my husband, daughter and son. Without their confidence in me and pep talks I don’t think I would have kept going in the beginning.

Dan: What do you do between gigs to improve your skills?

Laura StisserLaura: I absolutely love taking scene study classes and training with Breadcrumbs Productions in my local city of Syracuse. I also will drop into Improv classes occasionally, which is great training because it literally makes you react with no script or preparation. I also follow Bonnie Gillespie, who is a former actor, current casting director and also a self-help guru who wrote a book called, Self Management for Actors. This book covers everything from having the perfect headshot that best identifies your brand, to perfecting your demo reel, and in her own words, “to surviving and thriving in the business, and everything in between.”

There is also an app called Scenebot that is phenomenal. The app gives you brand new scripts every month that you can record and perform with a talk back-track of an actor they have pre-recorded for your own personal scene partner. Not only is this great for improving your skills, but you can also submit these recordings, and actual casting directors view and give you feedback via email. If people are really lucky, they may be contacted personally by an agent who may be interested in signing them.

Dan: What sort of roles excite you?

Laura: Any role where I can be completely out of my comfort level. I have played an alcoholic, victims of bipolar disorder and dementia, right down to a Zombie getting clubbed and dragged off.

Dan: How do you prepare for a new role?

Laura: If it is a role that deals with any type of addiction or mental disorders I always research by watching/reading biographies or documentaries. It’s so important to me to get true perspective and stay away from the stereotypes.

Dan: What do you do with dialog that is poorly written?

Laura: I have been very lucky with well written dialog, but there have been a few scripts where I was thinking, “No one says that”. In that case I will ask the writer/director if I may paraphrase that line. I haven’t met a Diva writer yet where they refused my request. They have all been pretty chill as long as you get their point across and do it well.

Dan: Regarding the scenes that you have on your highlight reel, do those usually go down in one take, or does it take a few tries to get it right?

Laura: You NEVER do a scene in one take. I pride myself in knowing my lines…not saying it doesn’t happen from time to time. Regardless of the actor being perfect, the director will always do rehearsal takes, a wide shot take, close up takes, takes for safety, etc.

Dan: How does it feel when you have a deeply emotional scene and you get through it thinking you, and your co-star, nailed it, but the director wants you to do it again for some reason. Is it hard to recreate deep emotions, or even humor, over and over?

Laura: Sometimes it’s very hard to recreate emotional scenes over and over. One of my skills that I am pretty confident in is my ability to cry on cue. Now with that being said, the director does need multiple takes for one reason or another, and that does get difficult for the actor doing the scene. Not only do you start to run out of tears but it takes a lot out of you physically and mentally. A good, — and if you are lucky — compassionate director will recognize that and give you a break from it, so you can muster up those emotions again for a good solid take.

Dan: Half serious question here: How would you feel if you were in one of the movies we did Peetimes for and one of your scenes was chosen as a Peetime? (Not that we would ever do that. You’re one of our Peeps!)

Laura: If my scene got selected for a Peetime, that would mean I have made it to the big screen and movie circuit. That would be a dream come true. How can anyone complain about that?

 

 

Interview with John Wick director Chad Stahelski – from stunt double to director

Remember the 1990s movie The Crow, staring Brandon Lee who was tragically shot on set during filming? In order to finish the movie, a young Chad Stahelski went from stunt double to actor double. Now here he is, decades later, as one of the brightest new directors in Hollywood.

Read the full interview at Yahoo.com.

Movie Review – John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Not as good as the first two)

RunPee Reviewed on You Tube (A Lot!)

We love seeing reviews of our fine and fun app on You Tube: We’ve Been Reviewed! We feel so grateful for the attention. RunPee is a small, family-run business. We see all the wide release movies each (and every) week, sit there with our clipboards and timers, to give you two or three times you can safely make a break for the bathroom. It’s a lot of work! And we don’t get to pee at all…so you can. 🙂

So, we love all these little videos people made. Take a look. Really cool. And really, thank you.

An Interview with RunPee Mom

Dearest – RunPee Mom – enjoying a press day in Aruba.

Ginger “Sarcasm is my middle name” Gardner, AKA Dearest, best known here as RunPee Mom, is a staunch supporter and utterly crucial pillar to the RunPee enterprise. She sees movies every week – sometimes more than one film – and carries the ball for the business when the rest us of have to drop it. She most often gets Peetimes for the kiddie flicks, but is happy to see serious dramas, lighthearted comedies, and (almost) anything in between, as needed. RunPee Co-Creator Jill decided to highlight her important work and history with us.

Jilly: Hey, Dearest. Do you like seeing movies for work each week?

Ginger: I love it. It’s what I live for. Because I love movies, and enjoy providing a very good service for movie-goers. And I love to be proud of my son [RunPee Creator Dan] for having developed it, and I am proud of being a part of it.

J: What are your first memories of RunPee?

G: When my son told me he had this idea in his mind, I thought, “Well, I’m not going to discourage him. He sets his mind to something – it will happen. He takes kooky ideas and makes them great.” I remember the first movie I did Peetimes for: Drag Me to Hell. It was a nerve-wracking experience. I was not accustomed to watching a movie and writing. My learning curve was, “What makes a good Peetime?” I’ve now seen movies for RunPee all over the United States.

J: I remember you were the first person to think to get us real publicity for RunPee. What was your idea?

G: I remember on Saturday mornings I would listen to Leo Laporte’s AM radio show. I was addicted to listening to him – I loved his voice and his tips. He loves new things. I called Dan and told him to call LaPorte and they did an interview, and that was when NPR heard it and also called on Dan for an interview. It really took off when Dave Barry heard about RunPee and got involved. That was huge.

J: Lol, true. There even was a RunPee limerick posted on Dave Barry’s site. That was cool. What is your favorite part of this work?

G: Actually watching the movies – watching them with a critical eye. Not seeing movies just for pleasure, but for others to see my work. I try to do as good a job as possible, to provide a pleasurable experience. Truly, a critic should rate a movie based on the target audience. There are no movies out there for everybody. Sometimes I am at a total loss myself as to who the target audience is. Like with Moonlight, I walked out of there furious. Who was the audience? Then there is The Good Dinosaur. A really good little movie, but the critics slammed it for ‘having been done’. The target audience is CHILDREN, and for them it hasn’t been done. They are a new audience every year.

J: I know the professional critics are a “thing” with you. I like your reviews, and how you direct them at the audience who would most like the film in question. Besides those critics irking you, what would you say is the worst part of working for RunPee?

G: I can’t go run and pee during a movie. I have been known to make a two-minute run and come back in – I wait until I get a really good Peetime first.

J: What are your favorite movie genres?

G: Historical movies. But they can be frustrating because you know the true history, and they get it wrong. Take Braveheart. They took a lot of latitude with the real story, but I love it. I think Private Ryan is THE real historical movie to go see. It’s a damn fine piece of historical drama, even if it is fiction. I can watch about any doggone movie. They don’t make me cry – that never happens to me. Except recently The Shack made my heart clench – it was heart rending – I did get choked up in this one scene.

J: And your favorite movies?

G: I have quite an eclectic list. The Green Mile, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Hacksaw Ridge, Signs, Fargo, Close Encounters, Lincoln, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Years a Slave, Thelma and Louise, Toy Story (all of them were extraordinary), Snow White, Cinderella. All of those are my top movies. And Wizard of Oz – wait, no, save that for RunPee Sis!

J: You can have it too. What would you like the future of RunPee to be?

G: Becoming more widely used throughout the world. I think there will be an increase in the number of downloads. It’s not a very old app – only 6 or 7 years – it’s not reached its peak. It’s exciting to see! I look forward to it becoming a household word. I expect that it will. I know it will have reached its peak when it becomes the final Jeopardy question – “The Category is Apps.”

J: We WERE an answer to a question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? As I recall, the contestant got that one wrong. Poor dude. He should have known. 🙂 So, what would you like to tell people about RunPee?

G: RunPee was developed by a family, owned as a family-run operation. We saw all the movies and got this off the ground ourselves. We put our heart and soul into this. We’re no conglomerate. We take so much pride in the family business.

 

What a difference a TODAY makes

After the TODAY Show

Yesterday ( December 19th, 2012 ) on the morning news TODAY Show Jenna Wolfe ( @JennaWolf ) had a short 3 minute segment talking about the trend for very long movies. You can see the video below. At the end of the segment Jenna mentions the RunPee app as a solution to the problem of needing to pee during the movie.

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What does that sort of publicity do for the RunPee app? Of course it’s difficult to say precisely but there’s no doubt that it provided a huge spike in downloads.

Here’s what the downloads on iOS looked like before the segment.

Before the TODAY Show
Before the TODAY Show

And here’s what the downloads looked like after the show.

After the TODAY Show
After the TODAY Show

It’s hard to read but that’s a 914% increase over the previous Wednesday. To be fair that can’t all be attributed to the TODAY Show. Since The Hobbit has come out app downloads have been running a bit higher than normal. But I think it’s safe to say that the publicity added at least 1,000 downloads to the norm.

Android downloads run consistently at about 10% of iOS downloads. Why? I have no idea. There are more Android devices out there so you would think that Android downloads would be higher. Apparently Androidians are reluctant to download apps. If that every equalizes then I stand to see a huge push in download numbers.

At any rate I made over $1,000 from the RunPee app yesterday – after Apple and Google get their 30%. Not bad for a day that I spend sitting in a theater re-watching The Hobbit in IMAX 3D.

Oh, and if Peter Jackson is reading this: Please keep making LONG movies! It really helps my app download numbers. 🙂

A Conversation with RunPee Fans

You know what I love about RunPee fans? They are so nuts about my wacky app. I think everyone can agree that it’s about the most bizarre, some say genius, idea to come along in a long time. And some fans, some call them fanatics, just love to hoot and holler about it. And to you fans I am eternally grateful. The app is free and is basically a money losing business when you consider all of the money I spend on movie tickets. But it’s a labor of love to be able to give something to so many people. And who knows, maybe some day RunPee will earn its keep.

Speaking of fanatics. Here’s an example of a conversation I had with a couple of young ladies who discovered the RunPee app this weekend.

Awards

There’s not exactly a lot of awards out there for the best mobile application to help someone pee. But we’ve done fairly well for ourselves by winning an award or two.

RunPee.com got NETTED by the Webbys: The Best User-Generated Strategic Guide To Optimal Movie Pee-Break Moments Ever.
iPhoneApps.Oreilly.com named the RunPee iPhone app a top pick! Thanks guys.

In the news

RunPee news coverage has been frankly phenomenal. I am grateful and appreciative for all the props, and would like to say thank you to everyone who called RunPee genius. And brilliant. 🙂

Check out the video review of the RunPee iPhone app by TapCritic – 4:28 minutes long. He shows you how to use the RunPee application in each step. I couldn’t have done it better. 🙂

Featured

VanityFair magazine had an interview with Rashida Jones who confessed that RunPee was her favorite app! RashidaJones_VanityFair

Did a 3 1/2 minute audio review of the app, again.  NPR

 

 

 

Entrepreneur MagazineEntrepreneur Magazine – When Nature Calls RunPee.com lets you, well, you know, during movies.

This article does a great job of recounting how the idea of RunPee.com evolved from a desperate need to pee to an international media sensation.


CTVTake A Bathroom Break Like James Bond With The RunPee App

Yes, you to can be James Bond cool with the iPhone app. I love it! 🙂

TV News Spots about RunPee

RunPee.com on the MSNBC Today ShowRunPee was on the Today Show! Hoda and Cathy Lee had good things to say about RunPee.com and the app on live on television, posted at the MSNBC Today Show.The clip is about 10 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, and they discuss the new Harry Potter movie and how to find your PeeTimes on the website. They are pretty cute about RunPee in this clip, and it was wonderful to see the Today Show giving us a plug. People saw this over their morning coffee, and Tweeted about it to alert me about what was going on. I was even able to catch the end of it live. How neat is that?

ReelzChannel TV interviewThe Los Angeles ABC News ReelzChannel did an interview with me in person! Filmed in the appropriate confines of a men’s room at a movie theater. The spot is 2:20 minutes long and is nicely edited with scenes from King Kong – the movie that started it all – and Star Trek. The news spot does a great job of showing off the site and pimping the soon to be available [ed note – NOW AVAILABLE] RunPee iPhone app.

HBO Hard KnocksJordan Palmer, backup quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and one of the partners at RockSoftware, talks about RunPee during an episode of HBOs Hard Knocks. Jordan is younger brother Carson Palmer – shown in the image to the left. There’s also a short bit from the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.I partnered with RockSoftware to create the iPhone and Android app for RunPee.

Molly Woods reports on RunPee.com, et al.I totally come across as a tech geek on TV. Which is okay. I mean, I am one, right? Molly Woods, a CNET Editor, reviews RunPee.com on the Daily BUZZ report– it’s up at the very end of a 4 minute video.I just want to point out that Molly slams Microsoft/Zune, AT&T, Apple, Martha Stewart, Nokia/OVI, and Circuit City before calling RunPee.com “The most helpful website on earth.” What makes that so perfect is that I worked for the Microsoft XBox team back when we were creating the first Zune player. BooYah, take that Microsoft!

Orlando WKMGChannel WKMG in Orlando invited me down to the studios to film an interview. Check out the results. Not bad! Too bad they didn’t have a makeup artist around to make me look a little better.

Who Wants To Be A MillionaireDo you want to be a millionaire? If so then it helps to know what the RunPee iPhone app is for. At least on this particular contest of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I let the contestant know that, if it had been me, I wouldn’t have believed Tom DeLay either. 🙂

  • Fox2News.com in St. Louis did a nice 1:43 minute piece on RunPee.com. Thanks for talking about the iPhone app! It’s now out!
  • Here is the Seattle Fox news clip that was picked up by news stations across the entire USA. Click on the photo to watch their take – it’s an awesome piece! Seattle Fox News on RunPee. Thanks, guys!

Radio Podcasts about RunPee

net@nightI was invited to talk about RunPee.com on the [email protected] show with Amber MacArthur, and Leo Laporte. I’m on at around the 25 minute mark and talk for about 10 minutes. Of course I pimp Flex bigtime during the interview. I’m not sure if Leo knows exactly what Flex is. Maybe they’ll have me back on there someday just to talk about Flex. :)I love what Leo says at the very end after I had gotten off the phone, “This is how the web was, originally.”So Leo was my very first RunPee Interview and he got the total scoop.

NPRNPR followed fast on his heels with me on All Things Considered. RunPee has been talked up on NPR a few times, including being made into a limerick on their Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me show – here is the RunPee Limerick(about a minute into the radio show)NPR did a 4 minute interview with me on All Things Considered. I suggest reading the comments. Quite a dichotomy going on between the NPR listeners.

Reviews of the iPhone RunPee Application

  • Wired (UK) – We LOVE Wired! RunPee got Wired!!! My favorite line is, “Quite frankly, this is genius.” I couldn’t agree more 🙂
  • Mobile Magazine – Timed Offline Alerts with RunPee Movie App Update
  • Gizmodo – Top 50 must have iPhone apps. Liking the Giz love!
  • LifehackerWe are on the COVER! “The creators are also working on more features that will be rolling out “every few weeks,” including a friendly vibrate reminder to alert you a few minutes before a RunPee time”
  • Mashable – WOW! On the FRONT PAGE! They say, “It’s a rare find: an iPhone app that’s both useful and hilarious. RunPee, an existing website that launched its iPhone app today, checks both those boxes”
  • Gizmodo – “RunPee, that great website that tells you precisely the best time to run and pee during a movie so you don’t miss anything good, has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • ABC News – “Approved by Apple’s App store earlier this week, RunPee (yes, really) promises to be the small-bladdered moviegoer’s best friend”
  • 148apps.com – The RunPee is golden!
  • Washington DC Examiner – “There are useful websites. There are REALLY useful websites. And then there’s the pinnacle. The apex. The veritable apogee of all that’s good and wonderful on the interwebs – RunPee.com”
  • Killer Startups – “I find this a very novel and convenient app. …a fresh idea and concept if I ever saw one…an original concept that deserves to gain traction”
  • The Detroit News – “…the iPhone app is well-thought. Its yellow and off-white text on a black background isn’t likely to get you tossed (or to get popcorn tossed at you)”
  • FindMySoft.com – “From the “useful web services for the moviegoer” section in our filling cabinet we have an interesting update to report about RunPee… the site has released a dedicated iPhone app, just as you have asked”
  • BellaOnline.com Entertainment News – “Florio received tons of inquiries from iPhone users at RunPee.com who wanted this very tool, something seemingly small that makes a big difference”
  • Reformed Chicks Blabbing (BeliefNet.com)- “…And it’s only $0.99! How cool is that?”
  • The Dirty – “It has all the big movies in the theatres. You can just search for ‘RunPee’ at the AppStore”
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog Iphone app of the Week: “Sometimes I run across an app or someone shows me an app that like a train crash, I just can’t look away from”
  • iPhone Tips and Tricks – “RunPee…has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • SpillaGlassofWater.com – iPhone App of the Week: “…it’s a goofy, fun, but actually useful app that is pretty apt for movie-goers who have impossible bladders”
  • TimTech’s News – “After the tens of thousands of apps that have gone through Apple’s iTunes store, we didn’t think we could find one that would surprise us this much”
  • SmartPlanet – “…an Internet sensation…pure genius” – make sure to check out this humorous interview all about Dan Florio, his nude modeling, and RunPee
  • AllMyFaves.com – Their tagline is, “This is what you will find on this blog, only the Creme de La Creme of the Internet”
  • ShakTronics – “This is definitely an idea whose time has come, and this guy deserves to make a fortune for this brilliant app”
  • CNET News – “it is clear that in a world of so many iPhone apps of questionable use, RunPee surely defines indispensibility”
  • MacNewsWorld – “For moviegoers touting extra-large sodas, intelligence on when the best time to step out for a minute or two is a valuable commodity. Yes, there’s an app for it”
  • TechNewsLine
  • DigiDose.com – “…the Run Pee app – either something extremely absurd or the best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”
  • iPhoneNewsWeb
  • CNET Australia – Calls RunPee Mobile an “essential iPhone app for moviegoers” ..and they call us “cheeky,” which we like a lot
  • InfinityTricks – “an ingenious iPhone /iPod touch app”
  • Technology Expert – “RunPee Mobile also also tells you which movies have extra scenes after the credits (so you don’t have to hang around after every movie just in case)”
  • MacTalk.com.au – Sounds like these guys have a lot of fun hanging around and reviewing apps together. ( podcast review )

Reviews of the Android RunPee Application

Vlogs and YouTube Videos Reviewing RunPee

RunPee.com on Cool ClicksThe Click Report, WSIL TV, Southern Illinois

RunPee.com on AwesomeologyAwesomeology – “My new favorite site, RunPee.com…I had an idea for this a while back, but these guys stepped up and knocked it out of the park”

T-spotT Spot Video 2: When You Have to Go (You have to go)
T Spot has fun reviewing the disgusting, yet essential, service that RunPee provides.

  • Channel Flip – These guys had a whole lot of fun with the whole RunPee idea, plus did a great job explaining how to use the service. We love it! More, please.
  • Tap Critic – This video about the RunPee App made the front page of Digg. The FRONT PAGE. We were thrilled. Never been there before, but we hope to see it again. [Note: you don’t have to scroll the app as much as this guy does. We think he’s a little scroll-crazy]

Newspapers and Magazines

Pregnancy MagazinePregnancy MagazineCan there be a more appropriate magazine than Pregnancy & Newborn to talk about RunPee.com? I don’t think so!

Chicago Tributne[ Chicago Tribune]

Pregnancy Magazine[Magazine blurb]

RunPee in United Airlines in flight magazineUnited Airlines in flight magazine

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Health Magazine

News and Blog Posts about RunPee

There are way too many blog/news posts for me to list. I’ll probably never even see a tenth of them. But here is a list of a few I’ve read:

Oreilly, best appiPhoneApps.Oreilly.com named the RunPee iPhone app a top pick! Thanks guys.


YummyMummyYummyMummyClub.ca – Amber Mac tells a nice story about how RunPee helped make watching Avatar a more enjoyable experience. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Most people are going to need RunPee.com for such a long movie.


AntHill newsAntHill was nice enough to write about RunPee.com and even mention the mobile version of the site – something most people overlook. Thanks guys.


NYDailyNews.comNYDailyNews.com has some nice works to say about RunPee: an app our female friends fawn over . . . Very cool. RunPee is fawnable! Maybe soon someone will write that women swoon over RunPee. 🙂


MightBrandBlog
MightyBrandBlog.com has a wonderful interview with me about how we manage social media here at RunPee.com.


How Stuff WorksHow to de-squirm a movie. Only HowStuffWorks.com could come up with that angle. I love it. 🙂


NETTED, by the WebbysRunPee.com got NETTED by the Webbys: The Best User-Generated Strategic Guide To Optimal Movie Pee-Break Moments Ever.


RunPee Radio Interviews (with no podcasts)

I do radio interviews pretty much every day – sometimes three a day! I know I’ve forgotten to write most of these down, but I do appreciate every single one of these stations and their hosts for helping spread the good word about RunPee:

RunPee International

We enjoy finding RunPee reviews posted in languages other than English. Here are a few we’ve found, with some translated by Google. By late Fall 2009 we plan to have our web redesign readable in all languages around the world for our wonderful international RunPee fans.

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