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Get To Know … Actress Susyn Elise Duris (and her actor-dog, Folsom!)

15 Nov

Actress Susyn Elise Duris is a Pittsburgh girl at heart. Even though she’s from Williamsburg, Virgina, and also lived in Michigan for a long time, the 7 years that Susyn spent in Pittsburgh was a special time in her life – and branded her a Steelers and Penguins fan forever!

Susyn, whose husband also has Pittsburgh roots (he’s from New Brighton and is an Edinboro alum), has family who are from the North Braddock and Monnesson areas, as well. While she lived in Michigan, she spent summers here. A fond Pittsburgh memory that she has from childhood was being able to visit the set of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. You could say that this was Susyn’s first taste of being on a television set – she’s appeared on TV series such as Big Shots, North Star, and Boston Legal, and is now starring in a web series online. Susyn’s also been a part of major motion pictures such as the movie “Coach Carter” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and a number of indie flicks and festival films.

Susyn started acting at age 10 in school and community plays, and continued well through high school. After she went on to the University of Colorado, however, she decided to pursue other interests and obtained degrees in business and finance/marketing. Eventually, she decided to get back into acting. Around April of 2004, Duris joined the Screen Actors’ Guild, AFTRA, Women in Theater, and Women in Film, and began taking on TV and movie roles, once again.

Her dog, Folsom, is also familiar with the “Hollywood” life. Folsom is a canine actor and has appeared on the TV series Big Shots as well as in print and television advertisements. He is a unique-looking  chocolate miniature poodle who is also from Da’ Burgh. In 2006, Susyn and her husband purchased Folsom from a breeder in Jefferson Hills. A talent scout noticed the pooch at the groomer later on and after submitting some photos and going through an audition, Folsom was signed to an agency. He has to know hand signals on set and works with dog handlers and trainers, but, with him, it’s all about his uniquely adorable look.

Susyn also has a look that casting directors also go to. Typically, this pretty blonde is cast for her “toughness” and universal appeal, often as a blue collar worker , “mom roles” or playing the part of a “hard” kind of woman. She specifically targets these types of roles and doesn’t mind being typecast. After all: “It’s better to be typecast than not cast at all,” she says.

Susyn claims that her background in business and marketing definitely help her “sell herself” when auditioning for roles. Her love is drama rather than comedy, but she’ll do either. Typically, she tends to lean towards procedurals, cop shows, legal dramas, etc. Therefore, her role in Boston Legal was perfect for her. Her current project, “The Unemployment of Danny London” is a web series. “Due to changes in the economic landscape and competition,” she explains, “artists and talent are producing their own content,” such as these online shows and web series. They’ve filmed a few episodes so far, with Susyn playing the role of “Miriam.” You can learn more by clicking here. The show also has a Facebook page and Twitter account so that you can keep up with the series.

Susyn also stays busy with animal actor and beloved doggie Folsom, of course, and will be doing a film she’s writing with her husband. The yet-untitled film is based on a book that her husband, Jeff, wrote, and  should hopefully be filmed entirely in Pittsburgh – or at least that’s the tentative plan.

Susyn Elise Duris now happily resides in Los Angeles with Jeff and Folsom, but remains true to her ties to Pittsburgh. She misses Peter’s Place in Bridgeville, the Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville, Mallorca in the South Side, and Moonstones Metaphysical Haven in Dormont. She, of course, follows the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers (as well as her college football team, the Colorado Buffalos) and is also still an sustaining member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, despite now living in L.A. Susyn loves Sex and the City, is a published writer, and pens a blog, The Spiritual Creative: Actress Susyn Elise Duris’ Musings on Life.

Is there nothing that this modern-day Renaissance Woman cannot do?

Glitzburgh doesn’t think so – and we’re proud to have her as a fan and friend of the Black & Gold!

Social Media Butterfly – Pittsburgh’s Premier New Media & Social Networking Service

10 Sep

Many companies or individuals don’t have a large advertising or marketing budget to promote themselves or their brand. All too often, they know about Twitter, Facebook, and other online mediums to promote their company, product, or service, but they just don’t know where to begin or if they can afford it.

There’s good news in store for you, if you or someone you know is one of these people!

Social Media Butterfly is a new social media consulting service based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Social Media Butterfly provides services like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn account management, but will also provide add-on services such as blogging, video-blogging, freelance writing, and other online marketing.

At rates beginning at $99/month, it is vastly more affordable than traditional advertising, and can reach audiences instantly while cultivating a “real” relationship with “fans”, “friends”, and “followers.”  Companies are now hiring social media strategists as full-time, salaried positions, but with Social Media Butterfly, you can pick and choose the services that you want, knowing that you’ll get devoted and personalized service to promote your company, brand, event, or product.

Want to learn more? Follow @SocialMediaPgh on Twitter, or find them on Facebook here.

The Social Media Butterfly blog is: http://pghsocialmedia.wordpress.com (check out the “Contact” and “About” page for more info, main page for the current blogs and updates!)

You can email Social Media Butterfly at pghmediabutterfly@gmail.com!

A neat, new, innovative way to market yourself! Based right here in Da’ Burgh 🙂

Mashable Social Media Day 2010 ~ Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Tweetup – #SMDay2010 #SMDay

14 Jul

June 30th, 2010 was the first ever national “Social Media Day” and to commemorate this special event, Pittsburgh held a Mashable Social Media Meetup  at the esteemed Andy Warhol Museum. I could not think of a better place than the Warhol to talk one of the biggest influencers of pop culture today: social media.

The first 50 guests to “check in” on Foursquare (showing proof via their smart phone of choice, naturally) received a free Social Media Day t-shirt. Attendees enjoyed a cash bar, a luxe yet relaxed atmosphere, and got to chat up their online pals IRL.

Tweeps linked up with LinkedIn friends in real life, as Facebook acquaintances friended one another in the flesh. The networking that was done was social indeed, but it was done without the benefit of emoticons, Twitpics, or hashtags.

Naturally, words with friends were exchanged, but most iPhones were kept in purses and pockets as true friendships were developed and explored in person.

The crowd was diverse, ranging from chic to geek and everything in between, and, everyone went back to blogging, poking, and tweeting in near anonymity just minutes after dispersing, but, for those hours at the Warhol, it was a nice occasion where two worlds nicely collided, cultivating and developing friendships new and old.

I think that Social Media Day will be an ongoing success.

Please enjoy my photos, below.

Social Media Day 2010 t-shirt

Me with friend Andy Q (@Techburgh) of Tubu Solutions, Inc.

JW (@Dubzburgh) and I at Social Media Day 2010! #SMDay

Robin D (@SixDegreesPgh) and me at Social Media Day 2010 #SMDay

Social Media Update – Visit GLITZBURGH Blog on Twitter and Facebook!

27 Mar

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