This might seem like a boy-meets-girl story, but it's not.
Clare Fogerty's experience is more like girl-meets-city.
The 24-year-old was recently featured on The CW's new series "Plain Jane," which attempts to help ladies work up the confidence to ask out the "man of their dreams."
Fogerty, a South Western High School grad, was dubbed "Do Over Jane." The name is appropriate since Fogerty, a barista by day and aspiring writer and actress in Los Angeles by night, is used to rejection. Most auditions - she goes on about four per week - don't end in a job.
"You're rejected so much it becomes (more about) feeling good about the character you created," she said. "You need to make that part fun or else people wouldn't do it."
She relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company in 2008. Her goal is to bust into show business by acting, writing or on reality TV.
Most of Fogerty's theater friends headed to New York City after college to try and make it onto Broadway. People often say that Los Angeles is culturally flat, but when Fogerty isn't hitting the audition circuit or taking improv classes, she turns to nature for inspiration.
"There are so many great hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains," she said. "I'm always at the beach."
Before she moved West, Fogerty acted with the Hanover Little Theatre and her high school improv team. She also took dance classes.
She fell in love with the quirky HBO drama "Six Feet Under" and screwball comedy "The Office." She also admits to some reality "guilty pleasures" including "Hoarders," "Intervention" and "True Life."
When she moved to Hollywood, she noticed that some shows, including "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Entourage," were written with Los Angeles in mind.
Not all of her auditions have ended in rejection. She has gotten smaller roles in student short films, web series and commercials. She said she switches it up and sometimes tries out for stage productions. When she needs extra cash, she signs up to sit in the audience of shows including "The Jay Leno Show," "Judge Judy" and various network pilots.
Booking an agent and manager has helped her land some roles, but mostly Fogerty said she finds a lot of auditions, including the casting call for "Plain Jane," in an unlikely place - Craigslist.
She said "Plain Jane" sounded fun, so she sent an e-mail and a few photos of herself, which made it through the hierarchy of casting directors and producers. The process and the stiff competition were similar to auditioning for scripted shows, she said.
Landing the chance to work with host Louise Roe and the show's writer - yes, most reality shows have writers - was a thrill for Fogerty, who is also working on developing her own scripts.
She wasn't sure how many people would watch the episode, in which she has to hold a snake, undergo a makeover and have dinner with her crush. But she was inundated with messages after it aired.
Since "Plain Jane," not much has changed for Fogerty. She's still making coffee and is still enrolled in Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater classes. She is working on the form of building character and basing actions off of emotions and relationships.
And, right now, she's no longer looking for Mr. Right.
"In reality, I'm not looking for the perfect guy," she said. "I'm more concerned with focusing on my career."
POPeye is a bi-weekly column focusing on the ever-changing landscape of popular culture. To reach writer Erin McCracken, call 771-2051 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you watch
WHAT: "Plain Jane"
WHEN: 9 p.m. Wednesdays
WHERE: The CW
DETAILS: To learn more about the show and to watch full episodes, including "Do Over Jane," which features York County native Clare Fogerty, visit www.cwtv.com/shows/plain-jane.
Jeff Koons documentary DVD released Tuesday
The documentary, "The Jeff Koons Show," was released on DVD Tuesday.
Alison Chernick, a Manhattan-based independent filmmaker and director for Voyeur Films, said that the film was commissioned by Rainbow Media. It originally aired on Gallery HD in 2004.
The documentary focuses on the life and work of Koons, told through the perspective of Koons, curators, gallerists and fellow artists including Chuck Close and Julian Schnabel.
Koons, a York County native, started art lessons at the age of 7. On Saturday mornings, his mother and father would drive him to his teacher's York home. He would sit in the basement and sketch flowers with charcoal and pastels.
In 2008, his metal sculpture "Balloon Flower," sold for $25.7 million, then the most ever paid for work by a living artist. His work has been shown at Versailles, the Guggenheim Museum and, in 2002, at York College. In April, Koons was in York to accept his Distinguished Arts Award during the Governor's Awards for the Arts in York.
Chernick, who has directing credits for MTV, The History Channel and National Geographic, said it took about a year to shoot and edit the "The Jeff Koons Show." For the projects, she said that she talked extensively with Koons about his pieces including "Flowers" and "Puppy." Archive footage of Koons working in his studio was also featured in the film.
The DVD is available for $26.99 on Amazon.com.
For details about Chernick and Voyeur Films and to watch a trailer for "The Jeff Koons Show," visit www.voyeurfilms.net.