Marcy conquers 2 Hollywoods and the Pacific Northwest. …
|Steve Gadlin and Cynthia|
Cynthia: One of the highlights of the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival this past September was meeting the sweet silly super Steve Gadlin of I Want To Draw A Cat For You fame.
Marcy (snickering): Are you two related?
Cynthia (puzzled): No.
Marcy: Are you sure?
Cynthia: Yes. Why?
Marcy: Uh yeah. So did you actually look at that photo?! You look like twins. Or did everybody at that crazy cat festival wear cat shirts, glasses, and cat ears?
Cynthia: But Steve isn’t wearing cat ears.
Marcy (disgusted): Sigh. Forget it. Hey! Did you get my drawing?
Cynthia: Yes! I spent about a minute telling Steve about you and then in about 2 minutes he drew this –
|Cat drawing by Steve Gadlin of I Want To Draw A Cat For You|
Cynthia: A Marcy fashion cat. Complete with black eye patch and purse. Whoopy!
Cynthia: Steve was one of the most successful contestants on Shark Tank last year. He convinced Mark Cuban to give him $25,000 to expand his already successful cat drawing business. And this year he started filming Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers, a Chicago based talent show.
Steve Gadlin is one of those entrepreneurs you really root for. He’s kind, quirky, enthusiastic, and just… goes for it. I mean, not many people could make a lucrative business out of drawing stick figure cats.
|by Steve Gadlin|
Cynthia: Oooohhhhh… if he’s at CatCon LA this June, I’m totally going to get a Penelope Kitten drawing too.
penelope kitten: totes!
Marcy: Or you could order one off of his website. Duh.
Cynthia: Well, looks like he is taking a break from drawing cats, so we’ll sing his cat song instead.
Sing it with me kitties!
Cynthia and Penelope Kitten dance around and sing.
Marcy stalks off.
Cynthia: Where are you going, Marcy?
Marcy secretly logs onto the computer and furtively fills out an application to be on Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers. She hits “send”.
Marcy (triumphantly): I’m gonna be a STAR!
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Cynthia: You know, I was never a Batman person. I fell in love with Christopher Reeve as Superman and that was all my heart had room for.
Marcy: How selfish.
Cynthia: Well, I was thirteen. And human teenagers have a laser focus at that age. Superman was “it”.
Marcy: For someone who dresses as a cat on occasion, shouldn’t you be crazy for Catwoman?
Cynthia: Strangely, no. And I never thought the actors playing her in the blockbuster movies were all that intriguing either. But this poster caught my eye and I find it very intriguing. It’s for the TV show, Gotham, which is coming out this fall. It’s a prequel of sorts to Batman. Catwoman is a teenager.
The poster strikes me as moody and thoughtful and containing immense depth. The opposite of a shallow comic book movie. I also like how it doesn’t hit you over the head that this is Catwoman. Rather than have her in the typical catsuit, her goggles suggest cat ears. And in the photo below, the buildings behind her form the cat ears.
Cynthia: This is so cool. I can’t wait for the show.
Marcy: Wow. Hollywood hooked you.
Cynthia: Well, it is what they’re best at. I so hope the show lives up to its hype and that Catwoman is as intriguing as her poster suggests.
Marcy: Catwoman would be even more intriguing if she was pictured with a certain white cat with a mysterious black eye patch.
Cynthia: Really, now?
Marcy: Of course. That grey cat they’ve got is obviously NOT a method actor. She probably cries if her toenail polish gets chipped. Now I, Marcy Cat, would be like Pacino or Brando and be in homicidal mode from the moment they say action until the moment they say cut. And beyond even. I’m sure I’ll win an Emmy.
Cynthia: Or a restraining order.
Cynthia: Look who showed up at the last performance of our Hollywood Fringe Festival play, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, in the cutest kitty cat romper?
Marcy: No way!
Cynthia: Yup. It’s her. Heather Pasternak.
Marcy: It is her. OMG. Hello Pasternak! We think you’re a ferociously funny and critically cool chick!
Cynthia: Heather was gifted this romper. Or, skort I should say. So we are not sure where it’s from.
Marcy: A what?
Cynthia: A skort. You know, a skirt from the front and shorts from the back. It was trendy in the ’80’s. I used to wear them all the time.
Marcy stares at Cynthia blankly.
Cynthia: Here’s a view from the back.
Cynthia: See what I mean?
Marcy: That’s a dress.
Cynthia: Oh. You’re right. Well anyway, here’s a close-up of the cat print.
|Close-up of Heather’s Cat Print Dress|
Cynthia: Not only is Heather a terrifically talented actor and stand-up comedienne, she is also a cat lover and advocate. And has been her whole life. She inherited it from her mom who used to help out strays in their neighborhood when she was a kid. Here’s Heather with a cat she rescued while living in Harlem, NY when she was a student at NYU.
|Heather and her cat|
Cynthia: How come you don’t hug me like that, Marcy? What am I? Chopped liver?
|Heather Getting A Kitty Hug From Her Cat|
Marcy: Oh, I’d hug you if you were chopped liver.
*If you are in Los Angeles, you simply must check out Heather’s stand-up act. She performs in the comedy clubs around here a few times a week and you can check out her dates and locations on her website, HelloPasternak.com
Marcy: Cindy, look! They are holding cat auditions in Hollywood. Let’s go! I am prettier than all of those stupid cats on leashes! I know I’ll get the part.
Marcy: Hmmmm WHAT?! Get my headshot and let’s go!Cynthia: Ummmm… hmmmmm… uh, well…
Marcy: So WHAT?! I’m going to be famous. Let’s go!
Cynthia: But that was over 50 years ago. Why do you want to be famous anyway?
Marcy: Because I need to get the hell out of this cat infested dump before I go crazy!
Cynthia (hurt): Awwww… we have a nice place.
Marcy: Because I want to be important and looked at and admired and idolized for being pretty and mean and vapid.
Cynthia: Uh… I don’t think you want to be vapid.
Marcy: CAN YOU GET ME ON A PEOPLE MAGAZINE COVER, CINDY? CAN YOU? CAN YOU?
Marcy: That’s because you look like crap. If you are going to be my agent I need you to step up your fashion game.
Cynthia: Now I’m your agent?
Marcy: You will obviously need pedal pushers or a pencil skirt, a bouffant hair-do, and a nice strand of pearls. Oh! And a structured and classy purse. Try and look like this:
Marcy: Or this. Although I highly doubt you could manage to look this good. Try, please.
Marcy: However, if you look like this I will hire a new agent.
Cynthia: Awww… look at those cute crazy old cat ladies. That’s my future, Marcy! I love it! You know, I think I have a pair of Oxfords just like the lady on the right. (as she rushes off) I’ll go get them!
Marcy (disgusted): And this is why I’m leaving to be a Hollywood Star.