Favorite Five Friday (101st Edition)

26 Feb

Another week has come and gone, and it has practically taken February with it! Can you believe it is almost March? I’ve got some exciting changes I am planning to make in the next month. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling in the mood to mix things up lately. It’s time to move into something new! Stay tuned. For now, here is what went down this week…


1.  I love watching the Oscars. Awards season always gets me excited about this industry I’m trying to break into. The films are so well done – the screen writers have breathed life into a story, the directors have crafted their vision, the entire crew (from designers all the way to grips) have given it their all, the actors are at the top of their game. This is the best of the best, and it makes me so excited. We got to watch the Academy Awards with our pals, and, of course, had a great time. We filled out our ballots, oooh-ed over the gowns, laughed with NPH, were moved by some of the speeches, and even had a healthy debate going about which films were most deserving. Man, I just love it. I was truly thrilled for all who took home a statue that night. I was probably most excited for Eddie Redmayne. I know people really thought that this was going to be Keaton’s year, but I was so hoping Redmayne would take the win. I absolutely adored The Theory of Everything. I think Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones created incredible characters and an remarkable world in their film. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to portray a real individual, let alone people who are still alive today. How nerve-wracking! They handled themselves beautifully. Yes, Redmayne did an amazing job displaying Stephen Hawking’s disease, but he did so much more than that. It was the emotion and inner-life that shined through the physicality that really made this a stand-out performance. Well deserved and congratulation, Mr. Redmayne. And to all the winners! And to all the nominees! Thank you all for your work and the inspiration you ignite.

Also, in case you didn’t see it… be sure to check out Best Picture: The Musical! I play Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). Maybe that’s why I was so excited for Eddie (Yes, first name basis now). Watch this:

2.  One of my bestest buds celebrated her birthday this week! To mark the ocassion we went to a fun place in Burbank called Story Tavern for food, drinks, and darts. Y’all, I had never played darts. Secretly, I always wanted to. But I never did because I thought I would probably be bad at it. I don’t have great aim, I’ll never be able to make it stick to the board, I don’t know what I’m doing. Doubt. Doubt. DOUBT. About something as silly as darts! Take a breath, Joanna. No one cares if you are good at darts. So, I played. And I was kinda terrible. And then, I got better. I even got a Bulls-Eye. More importantly, I had fun. It made me start wondering what else have I been avoiding because of my self-doubt. What awesome things have I been missing out on because I was afraid?! Well, I am through limiting myself. You are never going to accomplish anything worthwhile or have any kind of fun if you are scared of failing. Most of my goals this year have been about leaving fear behind, and it has been such a game changer for me. (#NoFear15) I am ready to try new things, to fail, to move forward, to have FUN! Even if it’s as simple as a game of darts. How about you? What are you going to do that scares you?

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3.  So many of my favorite people were born in February! We were recently at Disneyland celebrating my Grandma’s 75th Birthday, but as her actual birthday was this week, I have to give her a shout out. My Grandma is an amazing woman. I will always jump at the chance to eat any food she makes. Her sewing skills are incredible; some of my most treasured possessions were made my her hands. From an early age she patiently taught me about sewing, crafting, gardening, and Jesus. I couldn’t possibly count how many games of Uno, Sorry, and Tic-Tac-Toe we’ve played together. She took care of me when I had to stay home from school, and even now when I don’t feel well, I wish I could have “Grandma Toast.” She’s the reason why at five-years-old my favorite movies were Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and The King and I. She has always encouraged my love of the arts and has seen me perform in just about everything. She has never once questioned my dreams, and I love her for it. She is a faithful woman of God, one of the strongest people I know, and the best Grandma around. I am so proud to have been named for such a lady. I love you, Grandma!



We are so related.

4.  Date night is so great. We don’t always get to have one, but we’ve been trying to make that happen more lately. I love getting to hang out and have fun with my awesome husband. I kind of think he is the greatest. Also, we got to go eat delicious diner pie. Which is also great. What I’m saying is, go on dates! It’s important! That is all.


5.  Guys. You guys, Los Angeles has some of the coolest museums around. Currently, the Academy (Yes, that Academy) has a ridiculously cool exhibition going on where you can see some of the most iconic costumes in film history. The Hollywood Costume exhibit boasts more than 150 pieces and a genius use of multimedia to enhance each display. (We could not get over just how brilliant the projection, films, and lighting were.) You weave your way from the Golden Age of Film to present day productions, all the while learning about the role of the Costume Designer, creative collaborators, and the true significance of costumes in cinema. We spent more than two hours gawking at familiar items worn by characters like Indiana Jones, Jack and Rose, Tyler Durden, and Marilyn Monroe (Yes, she counts as a character). It’s all quite breath-taking, but the whole section dedicated to Meryl Streep’s various ensembles might have been my favorite part. The Exhibit is only open until March 2nd, so if you are in the area, head on over! You don’t want to miss this piece of Hollywood History.

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Happy Friday! Be fearless this weekend!

Favorite Five Friday (100th Edition)

20 Feb

The 100th Edition is here! (Seriously?!) WHOO HOO!!! I can’t believe that I’ve kept this up. Thank you to everyone who is still reading my updates and thoughts on life. It means more than I can say. I’ve got some really great things to share. Without further ado…


1.  The World Famous Universal Studio Tour is about to welcome some brand new guides to our “Tramily.” I got to help out with the open call, the first impression the candidates make on the Studio Tour management. It’s such an exciting environment to be in, and I love meeting the folks who walk through the door. I am also looking forward to getting to know the trainees better next month – I’ve been asked to be Trainer again! I am so thrilled. I truly love getting to know our new guides, helping them craft their tour, and getting them pumped up to work for an awesome company. See you soon, future Guides!

Lovely ladies at the Open Call

Lovely ladies at the Open Call

2.  As an actor, having a social media presence is becoming more and more important. I’ve been trying to up my game. Put myself out there a little more and gain some likes and followers. Social Media is not always fun or as easy as it sounds, but it is certainly useful! This week I passed 1,000 likes on my Facebook Actor Page. I am so overwhelmed by the support from my friends and family. You guys are THE best. I am unbelievably grateful. If you haven’t followed, liked, or looked yet… check it out! Click the above link for my FB Fan Page. You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram as @JoannaHackman.

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3.  I love Disneyland. I love my family. Put the two together and you get a whole lot of love. And a whole lot of fun! We got to spend about 72 hours together at The Happiest Place On Earth to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday and my Grandma’s 75th. Huge Celebration! It was so fun to catch up with my family and ride our favorite rides together. There is also something so special about seeing Disney through the eyes of a child. My 8-year-old niece was so excited all the time. I have so much love for that place, and even more love for the people who enjoyed it with me.

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4.  My family had another reason to celebrate on this trip – my big brother got engaged! He had been planning and waiting for months to propose to his amazing girlfriend, Sabrina. He picked the perfect spot for them – Ariel is her favorite so he proposed right in the middle of the Ariel ride. So cute. We were all waiting to congratulate them after. Including her family – which was a total surprise! I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it. My bro is so happy and Sabrina already feels like family. I am finally getting the sister I always wanted. She was totally worth the wait. Congratulations Jeremy and Sabrina!


5.  It’s Oscar season, y’all! My awesome, talented friends got together and wrote a short musical piece about all the Best Picture nominees. Dan and I both got involved and had a blast. He was asked to play J.K. Simmons/Fletcher from Whiplash – which he was perfect for. I was so excited to be asked to play Felicity Jones/Jane Hawking for the section about The Theory of Everything. They did an amazing job putting it all together, and I am so proud to share it with all of you. So, for your consideration – Best Picture: The Musical…




Thanks for stopping by to see the 100th Edition of Favorite Five Friday!

There is more to come. I am working on some new ideas and some changes. So, keep an eye for more Acting Up coming your way.

Happy Friday!

Favorite Five FRIDAY (Wait For It)

13 Feb

Y’all, there is a LOT going on right now. I want to share, but I am holding out. That’s right. There will be even more to update you on next week. So, I’m saving the excitement for my official 100th Favorite Five Friday Post! 😄

Really I just wanted to say…


Favorite Five Friday (99th Edition)

6 Feb

Oh, hey Friday! Don’t you look nice… It has been a fun couple of weeks. So, here is what went down…


1.  My beautiful niece, Macenna, celebrated her 8th birthday! She is one special little girl. Smart, silly, and sassy to boot. She’s also my mini-me so I might be a little biased. I can’t wait to see her next week!

2.  I wrote another post earlier this week. It felt really good. Sometimes I forget that I can post on more days than Friday. You can check out the post on my new theme here: Taking up space.

3.  The Hackman’s took a trip this week! We flew across the country and traded in our sunshine for snow. We spent a little time in Baltimore and a little more time in Harrisburg. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a change of pace and scenery. We got to hang out with family, eat lots of delicious food, go to Chocolate World, and just relax. It was a really wonderful trip, and I’m so glad we got to go!


4.  Of course, the most important reason for our trip to the East Coast was time with family. It had been a few years since we’d been able to see Dan’s side of the family, and it was far too long! We had such a great time catching up with them and creating new memories. Family is so important and we are so thankful for them. We are going to make sure it’s not so long between visits next time. (I wish I had gotten more pictures with family, but these are pretty cute.)

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5.  Guys. I got to go see Jimmy Fallon this week! If you don’t know, Dan and I are HUGE fans. We watch every episode. The Tonight Show has become one of my favorite shows with Jimmy as the host. When we found out he was coming to L.A. for a short stay, we were desperate to get tickets, and we made it happen. I’ve been to a couple live tapings now, and this is far and away the best one I’ve been a part of. It was everything I wanted it to be! Jimmy was so energetic and charming. Steve Higgins and The Roots are just awesome. Plus, we got to see Vin Diesel, Carl Reiner, Kobe Bryant, and the Saved By The Bell Reunion. It was pretty epic. The only thing that could have made it better is if Jimmy found out there were Tour Guides in the audience and sang Tramtastic with us! If I could go see every taping of The Tonight Show, I would be there. I seriously love you, Jimmy Fallon. Maybe one day we can be friends. :)

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That’s all I’ve got. Happy Friday and have a good night!

Taking up space

5 Feb

I’ve had a theme running through my head for the last week or so…

Taking up space.

It really started on our flight to Pennsylvania last week. (I’ll share about the actual trip tomorrow in my Favorite Five Friday.) Whenever we fly together, I always take the middle seat because I am smaller than Dan. I fit better in the middle seat so it just seems smart for me to sit there. Not a problem. What we can’t help is the people who sit next to us. Well, on this particular flight a very nice man chose to sit in our row. He was awfully chatty, but kind. The gentleman was not a very large man, but he just filled the space. (And not just his space) You know? Spread out. Took room.

And I got smaller.

I pressed in on myself trying to be more compact. At one point in the flight his elbow was about halfway into my seat, and I was trying to just be fine with it. I was going to be Polly Pocket if I needed to be.

And then I wondered why. Why was I doing this? Why was I shrinking?! I paid for my seat on this plane, and I should get to fill it! So, I stopped. I stopped trying to compress myself and become invisible. I am a person. I matter. I get to take up space. I let myself relax into my body, into my seat. I turned my light on (you know – that inner glow that says, “I am here! You are allowed to see me.”) and became present… And you know what? That man gave me my space. (Side note: He was not trying to be rude. Honestly. I think some people are just used to taking up space. Others have spent so much time trying to slip through the cracks. I did not verbally ask him to move or physically move him. I just decided to take up space.)

This turned on a light bulb in my head about all the other areas of my life where I try to make myself smaller. I get so caught up in making other people comfortable (the curse of a people pleaser) that I can forget to take up room in my own life. Well, I am done. I am here. I am ready to start taking up space. I don’t mean being bigger than everyone else. I don’t mean being unkind. I don’t mean being self-important. I mean being myself even if others don’t like it. Sharing what I have to give with the world. Showing up for my life and living each day like I mean it.

We all have the ability, the right, and the responsibility. There is only one you. Please take up the space that is meant just for you. If you do, people are going to take notice and let you have it. You are a person. You matter. You get to take up space.

Favorite Five Friday (98th Edition)

23 Jan

Happy Friday! This week has been full of excitement and fun…


1.  Dan and I LOVE Jimmy Fallon. He is currently rocking it as the host of The Tonight Show, and we have watched pretty much every episode. (Okay, Dan has seen literally every episode.)  We were thrilled when Jimmy took over as the host, but a little sad that he brought the show back to New York City. Well, he is bringing his fantastic show back to Los Angeles for one week next month. We had been waiting and watching for them to release tickets for those shows, and this week it finally happened. We sat in front of our computer for half and hour before the tickets dropped just refreshing the browser over and over. (It was just like registering for classes in college.) Then, our moment arrived. We were put through to select our date and reserve seats. A couple stressful minutes later we got our confirmation. We are going to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon!!! I will unashamedly tell you that Dan and I screamed like small children, laughed maniacally, and fell all over ourselves with excitement. Jimmy, I think we are two of your biggest fans, and we can’t wait to see you!


2.  More auditions this week! It’s been exciting and fun. I keep trying to approach each one without fear or doubt. I am just trying to show them me, and hope I am who they are looking for. I just feel like more adventures are coming our way this year. Stay tuned. #NoFear15

3.  Speaking of exciting things, both Dan and I had really great experiences with Casting Directors this week. CDs are some of the hardest working people in this industry. It’s been a privilege to meet several who are doing all they can to help actors they believe in. Sometimes all we need is a leg up, a little push. Thank you for believing in us. You are appreciated!

4.  Daniel Hackman gave in and got an Instagram this week. That’s right. The man who never takes pictures is finally… taking pictures. ANDposting them. I know. It was a shock for me too. If you want to follow that cute, crazy guy, you can find him under @DRHackman.

5.  More Disney time this week! We went with some of our Universal pals and it was such a great day in the parks. Not too crowded and the weather was delicious. One of my favorite parts of living in California will always be my annual pass to The Happiest Place on Earth.



Have a great weekend, everyone!

Favorite Five Friday (97th Edition)

16 Jan

It’s been a really lovely week. Warm weather, sunshine, and sweet words from people in my life. Gonna keep this one light and breezy…


1.  This has been my phrase of the week. Don’t be afraid to leave the comfort of the good behind and reach for more. Get uncomfortable. Be great.

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2.  Timehop is an awesome app. I love being reminded of updates and moments that haven’t crossed my mind in years. This one showed up in my feed and pretty much made my week:


Kids see everything. I am just as flattered now by what he saw in me as I was then. I’m going to do my best to live up to that. I am a magic girl.

3.  I had my first audition of 2015! I went in feeling fearless and ready. Someone is going to get that job. So, why not me?! #NoFear15

4.  I had a shift at Universal this week helping out on a film shoot. It was an early call, and I was exhausted! But all that tiredness evaporated when I got to see the sunrise over my favorite view in all of Los Angeles. That moment took my breath away. After that, I was certainly awake and I was definitely alive.



5.  It’s awards season! I love this time of year. This week we watched the Golden Globes (You go, Tina and Amy!) and saw the live stream announcement of Oscar nominations. Now, we are just trying to get caught up on all the nominated films. I love being immersed in all of the brilliant performances, moving scripts, and powerful on-screen moments. It just gets me so excited about this industry, and makes me want to work harder to become a part of it. One of my favorite parts is the speeches the winners give. Good and bad, stoic and ugly cry, articulate and total gibberish… Everyone has their own unique style. I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I were in that situation. (Although, I’m pretty sure it would start with pulling a JLaw and end with an ugly cry…) I have so much respect for each of these artists, and I am thankful for the inspiration. Best of luck to all the nominees!

That’s all for now! Happy Friday!


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