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I welcomed my 2nd daughter in June of 2014.  Being a mother to my two little girls has been by far my favorite role. I have loved deeply, laughed more, and slept less, but have been more fulfilled and happier since these little girls have entered my life. I’ve posted less, but I’ll be back posting about some of the projects. Thanks for following my journey.

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Déjà vu

Over the weekend I attended a friend’s wedding at beautiful Villa del Sol d’Oro in Sierra Madre, CA.  As soon as I pulled in the driveway a wave of déjà vu washed over me.  I had been here before.  And then it hit me, I shot my first commercial at this location.   It was an American Express commercial and you can check it out here: 

Here I am standing in the spot where we shot:

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And the New Miss Ball State University is…..

Megan Thwaites.  Congratulations to this extraordinary young lady who will vie for the title of Miss Indiana in June.

It was an awesome experience to participate as a judge in the Miss Ball State Pageant.  I was overwhelmed with nostalgia once I arrived on campus.  In fact, after the pageant I simply stood in Pruis Hall for a few minutes and took it all in.  I was crowned Miss Ball State on that same state 11 years ago.  It seams like yesterday. I can still remember the moment they called my name as the winner.  I was so excited and surprised!  It actually brings tears to my eyes.  I feel blessed to have so many awesome experiences in my life.  Each of them have changed me into the women that I am today.

Below are a pictures with two of my favorite people at Ball State University!

Jennifer and Carol Kosisko, The Director of the Miss Ball State Pageant

Jennifer and Carol Kosisko, The Director of the Miss Ball State Pageant

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Jennifer with friend and mentor, Dr. Michael O’Hara. Dr. O’Hara is the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ball State University

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Meet the Newest Judge Of The Miss Ball State University Pageant

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I am honored to say that I will be judging the Miss Ball State University Pageant on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The Miss America Organization has a special place in my heart because I am a former contestant.

I began my pageant career when I entered the Miss Ball State Pageant at the urging of friends. In 2002 I was crowned the winner out of 32 contestants. After graduation, I returned to my home state to compete in The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program was the recipient of the Miss Ohio Spirit Award and 4th runner up to Miss Ohio in 2004. I was also awarded the prestigious Miss America Community Service Award for my work raising awareness of dating violence on high school and college campuses in Ohio and Indiana. I’ve held three local titles, competed at the state level 3 times and earned thousands of dollars in scholarships, which I used as a student at Ball State and to pay off college loans after graduation.

I am a strong proponent for the Miss America Organization and the positive impact it has on the women who compete in the program.  For this reason I am honored to help choose the next Miss Ball State who will be vying for the title of Miss Indiana in June. It is also a special honor to serve the University that we love so much.  I am especially grateful the the director of the Miss Ball State pageant, Carol Kosisko, who invited me to judge the competition.  Carol was my first director and has remained a dear friend. The next Miss Ball State is very lucky to have such a kind, encouraging and supportive director on their side!

I’ll post the results on Sunday!

Jennifer Keller, Miss Ball State 2002

2002 Miss Ball State University Top 5

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Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holiday!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011 · 7:04 pm

It’s a Girl!

Leaving the Hospital on New Years Day. It was colder outside that day than I expected!

To all my readers, thank you for following my journey as an actress.  I am excited to share that I welcomed my daughter into the world at the end of December.  I’ll be on “maternity leave” for several months, but will look forward to jumping back into my craft soon enough.  Until then, keep your eyes peeled for both the Tidy Cat Litter and Barnes and Noble Nook Commercials that are currently airing.  You’ll even seen my pregnant belly in the Barnes and Noble Nook Commercial!  I look forward to the day I can watch it with my daughter and say “that’s you in the belly”.

Keep checking  back for updates!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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News

 

It is time that I share some exciting news.  I am expecting my first child with my husband of 3 years.  Here I am 6 1/2 months pregnant with our future starlet.  Things have been slow in the acting world since I started showing, but I am excited to see what is to come.  I am hoping to start working in Maternity Modeling in my last couple months.  We will be welcoming our baby girl in December.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for following my journey as an actress in 2009.  I am excited to see where it takes me in 2010!

Best Wishes!     Jennifer

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Rome

"So a woman wanted to take her husband to an authentic Italian Restaurant...."

Admiring the Pantheon in Rome

I spent 2 1/2 days in Rome.  What a grand city! Everything is larger than life.  Though, I didn’t feel quite as safe in Rome as in Paris. I was constantly cornered by locals offering discount tours or dressed up in costumes asking for photos for a price, or street vendors and beggars asking for money. And surprisingly, there is a lot of graffiti on the city buildings and subway trains.   Though once I arrived at the tourist sites, I felt more comfortable.  Most people spoke English at the large sights.   
 
The Colosseum

The Colosseum

The Colosseum was  an amazing sight.  It is mind boggling to think that the Colosseum is 2,000+  years old and is still standing so majestically. Within walking distance of the Colosseum are the ruins of Ancient Rome.  I followed the “Roman Forum Walk” spelled out in Rick Steve’s “Best of Europe” Book and viewed the ruins of the Basilica of Constantine, The Curia (Senate House), and the Arch of Septimius Sererus.  I even walked the path that Julius Caesar himself walked thousands of years ago.  Next we visited the Pantheon.  The Pantheon is an incredibly well preserved Roman church with huge granite columns.  Surrounding the Pantheon are adorable Italian cafe’s, just like the one referred to in my American Express Commercial!  I also ordered the best gelato I’ve ever had at a restaurant near the Pantheon.  Melon and Pistachio…yum!!

Tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain
Tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Afterwards we took a night walk in the city (Thanks again Rick Steves) and visit the Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna, AKA the Spanish Steps.  The Trevi Fountain was built in the 1700’s and is amazing.  It is so grand, including a statue of “Ocean” and “King Triton”, with water gushing from 24 spouts.  The Spanish Steps are a hang out for locals and tourists alike. 

The second day in Rome, I went to Vatican City to see the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel (a 328 foot tall dome painted by Michelangelo) and St. Peter’s Square.  And, very importantly, I went shopping for leather boots later that afternoon.  I was successful in my pursuit!  That evening, it was back to the Spanish Steps, where we enjoyed music, ate pizza from a local vendor and people watched on our last night.

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Paris

A photo by the Eiffel Tower before the rain starts

A photo by the Eiffel Tower before the rain starts

Oh, how I love Paris!  Let me count the ways.  I love the sights, I love the food, I love the cute little cafe’s on every corner!  The Parisians were so friendly.  Many spoke English and made us feel right at home.
 
 The London Rain must have hitched a ride with us because the first day in Paris it was cold and rainy. First stop was the Eiffel Tower, which I was in awe of. It is so grand, so beautiful, it did not disappoint! As you can see, I was able to get a quick photo just before the rain started!  We retreated to an adorable creperie/cafe where we dined on delicious crepes served on china plates and tea .
 
Next we visited the great cathedrals, Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.  Both were majestic with beautiful stained glass windows that I could just stare at for hours.
 
While in Paris I also visited several of the top museums. It was nice to leisurely stroll down the halls of such great museums and take in the  paintings and sculptures.  I peered at the “Mona Lisa” (hidden behind bullet proof glass) at the Louvre; I admired Monet’s Impressionistic Paintings at the Orsay and I contemplated “The Thinker” at the Rodin Museum.
 
The Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower at night

We always found time to visit the Eiffel Tower. Day or night, I could just stare at it for hours. There was a long line to travel to the top of the tower, but it was worth the wait.  The view is amazing (900 feet above the ground).  We decided to visit the tower in the early evening and stayed at the top of the tower and watched a glorious sunset.  Afterwards, we returned to the ground level we walked across the bridge to Tocadero Square.  Were we sat on the lawn and admired the tower.  Once evening falls, every hour on the hour, the Eiffel Tower is lit by hundreds of  blinking lights for 10 minutes.  It is quite a sight!

 We also took advantage of the “Hop On, Hop Off” Double Decker Busses and were able to visit a number of sights in a short time.  We took both the route through “The Latin Quarter” and the “Montmartre Area”.  On the bus we drove by infamous The Moulin Rouge.  The area seemed pretty sketchy, so we did not bother to get off. I did take a couple pictures of the building as the bus drove by.
 
We did visit the Sacre-Ceur in the Montmartre.  The Sacre-Coeur is a church on Paris’ highest hilltop.  There is a great view of the city from here.  One block from the church is the place du Tertre, which is a street filled with tiny tourist shops.  We came across a little stop where a local street artist was selling painting of the city and bought two.
 
Coldplay in Paris

Coldplay in Paris

 That evening we had a special treat.  We rented a flat in Paris and the owner had 2 Coldplay Concert Tickets that he could not use, so he sold them to us!  It was exciting to see Coldplay in Concert for the first time, and in Paris!  The Concert was held at the Soccer Stadium and we were standing in the field for the show. The crowd was electric!  What a great concert.  It was a thrill!
 
The next day I visited Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe and walked down the Champs-Elysees.  On the Champ-Elysees, I visited LaDuree, an amazing tearoom/desert shop with an antique feel.  It was so elegant and I felt very underdressed, so I picked out a delectable desert to go.  It was quite pricy, but when I took a bite, it was well worth it! 
 
A photo by The Seine River
The Seine River at sunset

 Our last evening we took Le Capitaine Fracasse,  a dinner cruise on the Seine River.  It was incredibly romantic.  I dined on salmon and drank a rose wine.  After dinner, it was up to the top of the boat to catch the sights at night.  I found myself singing “Our Love is Here To Stay” just like in Gene Kelly’s movie “An American in Paris”. 

I wish I could have spent more time in Paris.  There was so much more that I wanted to do.  Alas, five days in Paris just flew by.   But I have wonderful memories and hope to return again.

Next Stop…Rome

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London

The rain stopped just for a few minutes to catch a photo of Big Ben and Parliament

The rain stopped just for a few minutes to catch a photo of Big Ben and Parliament

I spent 2 1/2 days in London.   What a fun city. Though it rained most of the trip, I still had a great time.  

We took in all the sights on a Double Decker “Hop on, Hop off” bus.  The Queen was away, so we were able to visit the state rooms in Buckingham Palace.  No Photos allowed, however.  Due to the rain the first day, we mainly stayed on the bottom level of the bus.  But we were able to see Parliament and Big Ben as well as Westminster Abby.  That evening it was off to The Globe Theatre for a show.  Sadly, there wasn’t a Shakespearian Play while we were in town.  The Globe was premiering a play called “A New World: The Story of Thomas Paine”.  Though I was hoping for “As You Like It” (which was scheduled to start 2 days later), we decided to stay and enjoyed the show.  It rained the whole evening (those poor actors).   
 
Playing in the Red Phone Booths in London

Playing in the Red Phone Booths in London

Day number 2, we hopped back on the Double Decker Bus.  It was much nicer the 2nd day.  It was actually partly sunny, but windy and cold.  Needless to say,  I did not bring enough warm clothes (It was 100 when I left LA) so  I was very cold.  Good thing I brought my rain jacket, a last minute addition!
 
After taking the Double Decker Bus throughout London, over the Tower Bridge, past Trafalgar Square, we decided to stop at TKTS to purchase tickets for “Les Miserable” .  I have been dreaming about seeing “Les Mis” again for 10 years.  “Les Mis” was the first musical I ever saw and I fell in love with the show (though we were sitting in the nosebleed seats at the Cleveland Playhouse).   After a little shopping in the Piccadilly Circus and a yummy Fish and Chips Dinner at a local pub, it was finally time to see “Les Mis” at the Queen’s Theatre.  It was too cold to wear my cocktail dress, but luckily I had packed a pair of black pants.  I felt very underdressed, but thrilled to be there.  What a wonderful production. I cried throughout the show:  I cried because I was so happy to be there, I cried because the cast was so talented, I cried at the end…yeah, I’m a crier. 
 
I wish we had another day to spend in London.  My how our time flew by.  But our next stop was Paris, so I managed to perk up!

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I’m Back in the USA!

Two wonderful weeks in Europe has just flown by and here I am, back in the US and very jet lagged.  I took over 400 photos, so I promise I will blog about my trip later this week.  Keep checking back!   ~ Jennifer

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I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane; Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back Again…

I am gearing up to leave for a trip to Europe.  It will be my first time overseas and I will be traveling to London, Paris and Rome for 2 whole weeks!   I won’t have a computer overseas, so I will blog when I return!

 ~ Jennifer

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I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane…

My cousin is getting married in Philadelphia PA, so I am heading back to the east coast for almost a week.  Happy reading ’till then!

– Jennifer

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Ball State University Alumni Event

Every May Ball State University hosts an Los Angeles Showcase and Alumni Event.  This year’s showcase was held at The Falcon Theater in Burbank, CA.  Here are some photos with a couple of my favorite people!

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The ANITA RENFROE Presentation Live Taping

On Friday night I went to a live taping of The ANITA RENFROE pilot at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.  Anita Renfroe has a musical comedy show and has been touring across the country.  My mom is a fan and introduced me to Anita’s show,  “Purse-onality” which has a funny take on the highs and lows of being a woman, as well as everything mom!

The pilot was based on her comedy show “Total Momsense” .  Along with Anita, the pilot starred Ryan Stiles (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Dixie Carter (“Designing Women”).  The show is being billed as “a new family sitcom centered around the thought that family comes first, by any means necessary”.  Ryan plays a pastor taking over his father’s perish and Anita plays his wife.  With a nosy mother-in-law (Dixie Carter) and 3 kids with big personalities, comedy ensues!

What a treat it was to watch seasoned actors at work.  I have always loved Dixie Carter, I used to watch re-runs of Designing Women over and over again, it was neat to watch her work live.   It was also fun to watch a 1/2 hour comedy unfold in front of me.  As an “up-and-coming actress”, I dream of the day when I can work on a TV set such as this one. I wish Anita and everyone in the cast the best of luck and I hope to see the show in the line up next fall!

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“The Actors Bootcamp” Dinner and Discussion

On Wednesday night I was invited to join Kim Dorr and the  instructors from “The Actor’s Bootcamp” (an annual event sponsored by The Beacon)  for a wonderful dinner at Barsac Brasserie in North Hollywood.  In attendance were Beverly Holloway, Scott Fish, Anthony Barnao, Mark Atteberry, Clay Banks, Christinna Chauncey and Cassie Boyd.  It was really a lovely evening.  In addition to discussing “The Actors Bootcamp” and the needs for next year’s event, we talked at length about the Industry.  Well, mostly I listened to the insights of the group.  Each person worked in a different facet of the Industry and it was very interesting to hear the different perspective of what’s going on right now. 

Special Thanks to Kim Dorr for the invite!  I look forward to assisting her and Cassie Boyd with next year’s Actors Bootcamp.

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The Miss America Pageant

The Miss America Pageant was Saturday, and what a great show.  As a former local and state contestant in the Miss America Program, I love to watch the pageant every year. I wore my crown as I watched 52 amazing women vie for the title of Miss America.   And the winner is…Miss Indiana Katie Stam!  I was very impressed with Katie and am thrilled that she is the first Miss America for the State of Indiana.  As a former Miss Ball State University, I have good friends from the Miss Indiana Pageant circuit, I extend congratulations to them as well!

Competing in the Miss America System was a very important part of my life.  I believe in this amazing program that encourages education for women and community service.  I am an advocate for women’s issues and won The Miss America Community Service Award for raising awareness of Teen Dating Violence: www.stopdatingviolence.com.

Here are a couple photos of me from my competition days:

Evening Gown Competition at The Miss Ohio Pageant

Jennifer Keller at The Miss Ohio Pageant

Jennifer at The Miss Buckeye State Pageant
Miss Ohio Parade

Miss Ohio Parade

 

To view Jennifer’s Pageant Gown and Accessory Resale Site, check out www.pageantgowns.wordpress.com

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Pageant Gowns for Sale!

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 Today I created a pageant gown and accessory resale website.   I am a former state and local contestant in the Miss America Scholarship Program and have hung up my acrylic heels to pursue a career as an actress.   I have beautiful gowns designed by Mike Benet, Claire’s Collection and Jovani, to name a few! 

Please check it out: www.pageantgowns.wordpress.com.

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A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year too!  I have a good feeling about 2009, I think that this is going to be an exciting year!  I am always looking for new projects, so leave me a line if you are interested in working together this year!

~ Jennifer

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Funny Story

I was watching ” Friends” Season 10, “The One Where Estelle Dies” and Pheobe walked into the scene wearing a beige cardigan with orange beading that looked oddly familiar.  Then it hit me, at my wardrobe fitting for the Tidy Cat Commercial, I was given that same cardigan to wear.  However, the day of the shoot the producers decided they wanted me in a different color and I was given a blue cardigan instead.  Who knew I had been wearing Lisa Kudrow’s sweater.  

I had to chuckle at the thought of this, I though you might too.  ~ Jennifer

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Happy Halloween!

To all you cool cats out there, this Groovy Gal wants to wish you a Happy Halloween!

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The Duchess

On Thursday I attended a screening of “The Duchess” at Paramount Studios.  The screening, offered by the group Women and Film, was followed up by a Q and A with Amanda Foreman, the author of “Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire”, the book the script was based on. 

The Duchess is a beautiful film.  The performances given by Keira Knightley and Ray Fiennes were amazing.  Keira Knightley brought such depth and vulnerability to the role of Georgiana.  The story was heart-wrenching and beautifully shot.  I feel compelled to read the book next!

Special Thanks to my friend and fellow actress, Debra Lynn Hull, for the invite!

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