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From Cleveland, For Cleveland – Dina Spybey-Waters and Mark Waters

Me hobnobbing with Hollywood folk!

September 26, 2022 was our third interactive session with working actors and directors, with roots here in Ohio.

I was not feeling it this day, so went pretty casual on a rainy, cool September Sunday. My spirits quickly picked up when I got finished dressing! I thought I looked nice.

I grabbed a cocktail before heading to the theater, where I saw my friend Kara as well as my new friend (and actual Hollywood actress) Holly and many other friends. It’s a pretty cool community to be a part of even though I am simply a prop, but a prop now on her seventh movie, including three paychecks! I have this feeling somehow, someway I’ll bluff my way into something better.

Dina is a petite, stage-trained blonde adept at portraying naïve or off-center characters. She first came to prominence in and won a Daytime Emmy Award for the leading role of an underage teenager in the fact-based HBO special, Lifestories: Families in Crisis: Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story (1992). In 2000, she married director Mark Waters and eventually changed her professional name to reflect their union. The two collaborated on several projects, including Freaky Friday (2003) and HBO First Look: Just Like Heaven (2005). In the latter film, she delivered one of her best performances as Reese Witherspoon‘s protective, married-with-kids sister, veering adroitly between her trademark high-pitched comedic energy and convincing emotional moments.

Mark Waters earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Ohio State University and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University, before beginning her career on stage. She had appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including Alan Ball‘s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, for which she earned a Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, “Blue Light” and “The Shawl”, both directed by Sidney Lumet, and “The Iceman Cometh”, opposite Kevin Spacey.

Yours truly got to ask a question (I was given the question), which was what would their dream project be to work on together. Mark went on about something, mentioned Fellini and when they completed their answer, they joked that I should not steal the idea. I responded there was little chance of that since I didn’t even understand what they said. I drew the biggest laugh of the night! Here is photographic proof.

You can see I also got our guests to laugh!


6 Responses

  1. Gee Kandi, that’s pretty exciting stuff! Something a girl could only dream of up here in the Great White North, congratulations ❤️.


  2. My my how far you have come my friend
    Some days I look back and see where I was and where I am now.
    Some good some not so good, but truly I’ve enjoyed reading about yours and it’s been a joy
    Love ya Rach

    1. We all evolve as people and in certain roles, whether be that as parents, or in our professions or, like me, accepting and embracing my dual genders. I’ve enjoyed having you along for the ride!

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