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Joelene C

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Shining a big, bright, unflinching spotlight on the chase of a Hollywood dream, ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP slaps down a candid view of an actress’ world, like a titanium Amex on a sloshy wet bar of spent shots and drowned dreams. It's "Sex and the City" meets "Entourage". Only the poverty version.

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Mission Statement

Female lead ensemble comedies are an under represented area on our screens, big and small. ATWTTT is fueled by serious lady power. It's female created, written, directed, DP’d, produced and performed - continuing to bridge the gap bringing witty, irreverent, female driven comedy to our small screen.

The Story

YOU GUYS! Thank you all so much! We can’t believe it! In one week, you helped us reach our initial goal! 


We now get to launch into our stretch goals!! If we can reach $16,500 raised, we get to pay our ridiculously talented crew with dollar dollar bills y’all and not just snacks!  (although we all know, snacks ARE LIFE!)


***Please note, all donations are in U.S. dollars***




Four actresses. Four friends. Four rivals.
Who's going to make it all the way to the top?


CLAIRE St. CLAIRE - the naive and bubbly small town girl determined to become the next Melissa Joan Hart.




JOSIE JONES - the glamour girl who uses her model looks and fierce ambition as currency.




DEIDRE VESNIC - the hot blooded, straight-shooter who loathes the schmoozing game.




And EDIE LAWSON - the glue that binds them all, the unassuming girl-next-door desperate to shake of her “child star” past.




Each episode Claire, Josie, Deidre and Edie ride the swinging pirate ship of the actor’s life, juggling the extremes of their vocation with the sober realities of the daily grind - whilst trying not to hurl along the way. On the up swing there’s opening nights, adoring fans and dollar dollar bills y’all; and on the down, soul sucking day jobs, eviction notices and mascot auditions. And then there’s the rest. Partners, parents, friends, marriage, babies… gulp… the mother f#@king future!


But underneath it all, what lies exposed is their drive, ambition and talent. The alluring promise of success is enough to keep them all hanging on - each time bringing a little bit of magic, a little bit of money, and dangerously, a lot of hope. Like the inflatable Mr. Wavy in front of Uncle Ron’s Discount Carpet Barn, time and time again, these women pick themselves up, baring their souls and swallowing their pride, in the hope of one day making it ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP.



***Please note, all donations are in U.S. dollars***


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Camera package to shoot the actors saying the funny words


Costs $1,500

To hear the funny words, we need sound gear!


Costs $300

Generally people wear clothes in shows… well, at least in our show they do!


Costs $500

This is not a mime. You better believe it. We will have real props. Say wha?!


Costs $1,000

A girl's gotta eat! Well in this case, a whole crew...


Costs $3,000

Editing, Color Grading, Titles & Graphics, Sound Mix


Costs $700

Broken camera? Broken arm? Can I please be sued? Said no one. EVER.


Costs $1,500

We made a show. Now it would be great for eyeballs to see it!

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About This Team





Acting. One moment you could be crying your eyes out professing your love to a merman, or crying your eyes out as your evil doctor father plans to harness ancient oceanic powers to destroy the free world, or crying your eyes out whilst being tortured by your kidnapper who has a penchant for incompetent psychics that can’t predict their own kidnapping. And before you ask, why yes, Joelene has done all three. 


Having started her career as a child star, she's had a front row seat at the circus. So she's written a show about it. Call it part catharsis. Part polishing the turds in her life.

She began working professionally from the age of 13, starting out in the acclaimed kids series Round the Twist before going on to star in The Man From Snowy River, Ocean Girl, Raw FM, Neighbours, City Homicide, Thank God You’re Here and in feature films The Extra and Irresistible (with Susan Sarandon and Emily Blunt) to name a few. Most recently she can be seen in the Netflix comedy series Prince of Peoria


At the end of 2007, Joelene wrote the first incarnation of All the Way to the Top as a one-act comedy play – which was staged at the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne and the Seymour Centre in Sydney as part of the Short and Sweet arts festival.  It earned nominations in the Best Comedy and Best Director categories, while winning the Best Comedy Actress award. In 2016, All the Way to the Top had its Hollywood debut at the Stella Adler Theater and its second outing at the Pico Playhouse in 2017.

During 2008, Joelene directed Australian comedienne and Barry award nominee Kate McLennan in her one-woman show The Enthusiasts, for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2012, Joelene wrote and directed a comedy pilot called The Box. The pilot was shot on location at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood and stars Drew Powell (Gotham) and Jessica Pohly (Pee Wee’s Big Holiday). 

Joelene is a passionate and dedicated binge watcher of television - it's her favourite story-telling medium and she could talk about it all day long. That, and soda stream. Three short, sharp bursts is all it takes to create the perfect glass of fizzy water. Don't f#@k it up. You've been warned. 







Kelly stars in the new Disney 1/2 hour series Sulpher Springs. Her television credits include recurring roles on Criminal Minds, Teachers, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, LA's Finest, The Flash, Rake, Anger Management, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Family Business and film work includes: Legacy, Danger One and Exquisite Corpse.


Kelly produced a night of one acts in Los Angeles, With Love From California, to raise money for disaster relief in Houston and Puerto Rico in 2017 and recently produced her first short film My, What a Lovely Vase. Kelly is thrilled to be on All the Way to the Top as an actor as well as a producer.


Kelly hails from Texas and graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the conservatory program at The Second City.





A graduate of Webster Conservatory, Mika's career began on the stage, performing in Los Angeles, NYC and Regionally. After time in the hospitality industry and education, Mika returned to her entertainment roots in 2017, where she spearheaded the re-imagination and remodeling of The Pico Playhouse. Under Mika's leadership, The Pico has quickly become one of the preeminent multi-use art spaces in Los Angeles. She has established The Pico as a creative home for artists, committed to fostering the development of new and established voices in comedy, theatre, film, art, and education. Currently, Mika serves as Creative Director of The Pico and mother to two super awesome children.







Ellie Ann Fenton is a Cinematographer of both narrative and documentary feature films. Her most recent films are Mercy Black released on Netflix March 2019, Back Fork, released on several VOD platforms April 2019 and the documentary Running with Beto for HBO. She is also a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild as a Camera Operator, most notably working on True Detective Season 3.




MICHELLE LUKES - as Edie Lawson




Michelle trained at the Royal Ballet School and performed as a lead singer/dancer in London's West End for several years before retraining as a classical actress at the Bristol Old Vic. She graduated from Bristol in 2007 winning the Newton Blick Award. She has worked extensively in film, television, theatre and voiceover both in the US and London. In 2017, Michelle won the Maverick Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival.

Film credits: Samir, Go Back to China, Fake Empire, A New York Christmas, Nation, Alexander, The Lost Legion, Deserted, Nowhere Band and Francis McGee is not for Sale.


Television credits: The World Untold (host), Entanglement, The Fall of Reach (series regular), Strike Back (HBO - series regular), Doctors (recurring), Casualty, Uncle Max.


Theater credits: The Book, Pitching In, Nation, Othello, Abortive, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Seagull, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beauty and the Beast, The Wind in the Willows, Basildon, Egyptian Products and The Haunted House.


Video Games: Fire Escape, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows and Kelly - 087 for the Halo franchise.


MADDIE MCCORMICK - as Claire St. Claire



A Chicago native, Maddie studied at the Piven Theatre and Chicago’s famed the Second City and earned a Goodman Theatre award, before making the move to study at UCLA undergrad.


TV credits include a recurring role on Season 9 of Shameless (Showtime), Christmas at Pemberley Manor (Hallmark), F**ked Up (HBOGo), VERSUS (AwesomenessTV), Self Promotion (MTV), and feature films Camera Store (Netflix) starring alongside John Larroquette, Unbroken: Path to Redemption (Universal).


You can look out for her next in feature film Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate's Cove opposite Malcolm McDowell and Denise Richards and Season 2 of Dead Girls Detective Agency on Snapchat. 


ALLIE LEONARD - as Deidre Vesnic



Allie Leonard is a Los Angeles based actor and writer. Originally from Washington DC, she has her BFA with honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS, ITW Amsterdam). She's also studied at Lesly Kahn & Co, UCB, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre Company.

TV credits include General Hospital (ABC), The Tick (Amazon), Billy on the Street (truTV). NY THEATER credits include The Wolves (dir: Lila Neugebauer), That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her (dir: Mike Donahue). 


On stage, she recently starred as Tess, the jaded campaign manager, in the world premiere of Holiday Kinard’s play Lincoln 2020.

She is currently in post-production on two short films directed by her mentor, Keith Powell, that she wrote, produced and starred in. 



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