A little tiramisu today to a talented actor/singer/songwriter named Cassandra Kubinski. She plays the psycho girlfriend of the title squirrel in Sean Overbeeke's short student film, Sam (note: R for language and adult situations!)-- a great role, as far as I'm concerned, hardly less distinguished than her appearances with Michael J. Fox on Spin City and Sean Connery in Finding Forrester.
But apparently, acting is not Cassandra's primary creative skill.
On her website I learned that Cassandra aims to make it big singing folk pop, a la (according to her promo copy) Billy Joel and Fiona Apple. She gives a generous sampling of mp3 files of her work, and dare I say it, as a dad of a 10-year old, Cassandra is Disney Channel ready. That's a compliment, by the way.
Take a listen to Hiding Underneath-- very naughty, but safe, somehow.
And here is the chorus from her Cradle the Moon, one of the winners of the 2005 Positive Pop Song Contest.
And I get so defeated, just tryin' to hold on
When I can't hold my head up, my spirit is down,
Then I come home to you, when I'm safe in your arms,
I can hold the sun, and cradle the moon.
I wonder if that would be disappointing to Cassandra to hear--Disney Channel ready. But there are worse things than being accessible worldwide.
Sean Overbeeke is a generously talented guy with a lot of moxie and commercial appeal, and Cassandra Kubinski strikes me as the same type. It must have been interesting to be at the University of Connecticut at Storrs when they were making Sam.
Knock 'em dead, Cassandra. Here's one fan pulling for you.