2012 recap and a look into 2013

A message to my friends and fans (plus some serious and not so serious moments)…

As the new year kicks off, I’m looking back at a lot of things – so much has happened not just in the last year, but really the last two years!

My calendar project took off so much more than I expected, causing me to travel like crazy, and giving me some of the coolest opportunities, but I also got to enjoy so many great moments in between with my everyday work of interviewing and shooting with so many heartwarming and fascinating people.

There were fun commercials, (some serious, some not so much…LOL), invigorating new opportunities like singing in an upcoming band project with a good musician friend of mine, and then all the usual things like corporate videos, infomercials, magazine shoots, etc. It was a lot of work, a lot of challenge, and a lot of juggling, but boy has it been fun!

I am grateful every day that I am blessed to do what I love, and make such wonderful friends in the process – I work with some tremendously generous and talented and incredibly smart people in all these things, and I learn and grow from each one!

Thanks to all of you who made my jobs seem so easy this year, and thanks to all those who supported and cheered me on in my charity work – there was a lot of knocking on doors to ask for help and get people to CARE about the message, but so many responded above and beyond the call of duty! For all of you who send emails, posts and questions about not only the charity projects, but the regular work I do and the people I meet, here are some fun pics I thought I’d share so you can see what a year in my life looks like!!! I hope you enjoy!

Meet Mom, this explains where my insanity comes from! 🙂 Funniest woman in the world, ya gotta love her.

I’m obsessed with owls, so when I was attending a military expo for my charity project, I couldn’t pass up this photo opp – that owl is NOT fake!

On set and assuming the official “host pose” with my regular segment “The Daily Dish” for Sheknows.com.

Interviewing Sara Haley (sarahaley.com) about her new workout DVD, Sweat Unlimited – we are laughing for reasons I will never divulge! Let’s just say her humor is as naughty as mine, that’s why we had so much fun 🙂

On a film set, desperately trying to look intelligent and credible, LOL.

OK – this was the most fun audition ever for a character from the 1980s – I was relishing it a little too much since I lived it! The scary part is that the jacket I’m wearing WAS ACTUALLY MINE from the 80s and I thought it was HOT!!!

So, I’m glad I was important enough to be on this series promo poster, but wow, what an unflattering expression on my face, LOL.

Taking a break from work to vacation with my BFF Page – oh the stories she could tell about me – we are still hoping to bring back side ponytails as a huge fashion trend…

In NYC chatting with the Port Authority guys during the Veteran’s Day parade – They were so much fun and offered to personally escort me in and out of New York any time I travel there so I can skip all the traffic! 🙂

My best fans and the reason why I do my calendar – these guys faced some very tough circumstances in Afghanistan…

Marching with the Marines in NYC on Veteran’s Day – what a thrill! It was freezing too!

Interviewing author/TV personality Kym Douglas about her new book the day before it launched on the Ellen DeGeneres show! She was such a riot, and she’s married to one of the stars from my favorite show, The Young and the Restless! 🙂

Shooting a commercial for an energy drink – the guys got the hotrod, I got the moped, go figure, lol.

In hair and makeup, where I spend half my life.

“Hey, this tree looks comfortable, why don’t you lean against it for this awesome headshot… ” Ummm, not so comfortable…

“Wait, I have to fix my shoe, and how great that the wind just happens to be blowing my hair while I have a giant grin on my face.”

Another day, another headshot, uuuugggghhh I hate this part of the job!

I don’t even know what to say about this shot other than hello DORKY!!!

OK, this is really cool – the military presented me with a very special custom made piece that I cherish to this day – it has a lot of meaning behind it, and is not something a civilian would normally get!

NYC with the Statue of Liberty way behind me – in all the times I’ve been to NYC, I still haven’t been able to go up in the statue! Its on my bucket list!

Pair of devil ears + cheap black widow t-shirt from target = last-minute Halloween costume.

Sitting on a dock by the water in capris and a turtleneck – really??? But it made for a nice shot for a magazine fashion spread 🙂

A girl’s gotta relax somehow, right???

Being ridiculous tourists in Ventura, Cali.

NYC Times Square – my daughter took this pic – she’s WAY better with technology than me!

The infamous mini-gun – yes that is me actually shooting at cars in the desert!!! And nice hair!

Sitting on top of a Jeep for a cool photo – check out the chopper sneaking up behind me…

…and there it goes, almost taking my head with it! LOL

The Dillon crew who made the minigun shoot happen.

Cass, the expert pilot and honorable veteran who took us up in the huey – this guy is in his 80s and can run circles around most people! And boy did he LOVE buckling me in – check out his expression! LOL

On set interviewing a dog trainer – the poor dog was so unimpressed with both of us.

One of my favorite guests EVER – author and TV personality Danny Seo – we are making these fun little New Year’s centerpieces…

…but when the segment was over, we REALLY had fun!

Come on, would you really shoot a gun in this outfit?!

California fun – relaxing before hitting the Jimmy Kimmel show, where I got to hang out with Jimmy in his office after the show – as we started talking, it turned out that his sister and I were great friends in high school, and he couldn’t believe it! He emailed her right then and put us back in contact – how awesome is that?!

The prop guys on the set of Army Wives apparently liked this picture from my calendar and swiped it for their cart, LOL.

A scene from Army Wives, that’s me in the background! 🙂 My friend, and amazing director for many popular shows, John Kretchmer, has graciously given my calendar TV time year after year – thanks John!

Shooting a music video with guitar dynamo, Byron Nemeth…

…and you can’t have a music video without a chick and a fast car.

On the job hired to be a “Bond Girl” for a big event with a James Bond theme – I took the job because I’m a huge James Bond nerd – I have the entire film collection on DVD!

Remember the owl? Well, the guy had an alligator too – interesting fact: the alligator was actually in hibernation, so it barely moved when you touched it – I guess that’s a good thing.

At a private meeting with Muhammad Ali, being a guest in his home was amazing, and he was so gracious.

Chatting with Kevin Costner about our kids at a private charity event…

…and meeting Billy Crystal, who performed a special standup for the small crowd!

More military fans – I love when they send me pics!

Oh wait, another photo of me in a tight dress with a huge gun, LOL.

A print shoot – trying to look corporate – not sure I’m succeeding.

Visiting the VA hospital near Boston – this gentleman was a World War I veteran! There are not too many of these heroes left, so it was an honor to talk with him!

Chatting with another veteran at the VA – this guy was so cool, and he appreciated the visit so much – we handed out mini iPods to everyone for Christmas, and they loved it!

My job involves doing a lot of different things – this particular day I had to demonstrate some workout tips while doing an interview with a fitness instructor – it started out OK…

…but ended with my total humiliation which thoroughly pleased the Daily Dish camera crew, LOL – they got hours of entertainment at my expense, and I have sworn off gyms for the rest of my life after seeing this picture they snapped (not that I really ever actually workout anyways :))

January 2013 – I WANT YOU!

January 8, 2013 by  
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I have just completed my BRAND NEW poster for 2013! Starting Jan. 15th, you will be able to order it here, so check back then for all the updated info! All you calendar fans are going to LOVE this!  /></a>patriotic, and in your face - this poster takes Instead of a calendar this year, I decided to switch it up because so many people keep requesting a Cathy Rankin poster. And boy, did we answer! This year, I have re-created what might be one of the most famous images of true Americana – The iconic Uncle Sam recruiting poster! We had SO much fun taking this shot – You’ve never seen Uncle Sam like this Sexy, Sheepdog IA, which supports all first responders who are critical to helping our communities in so many ways! I felt with all the recent national disasters and tragedies, this cause couldn’t be more timely and relevant, and it is very important to me personally. Remember, many of our veterans come home and continue to use their critical skills to work for all of us, often unnoticed, unappreciated and unpaid, by being first responders. Let’s show our gratitude and help support this important service they provide to ALL our communities.

In addition, I am still going to continue contributing a portion of proceeds from my work to New England Warrior. Through the calendar project, we have been able to donate over $10,000 dollars to the charity – the money has gone to scholarship support for military families, wreaths on veteran’s graves, supplies for the troops, and more! Thank you to ALL the AMAZING and loyal fans who have made this possible! Let’s keep up the good work and make 2013 a great year! Remember, you can get more information and order the new poster starting January 15th by clicking on the link on my homepage – hurry because they won’t last long since we had so many pre-orders!

I will be hand signing posters in the Dillon Booth at the upcoming Shot Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 15th through 18th! Hope to see you there – ENJOY!

And by the way, I kept the Uncle Sam top-hat, you never know when you might need one, LOL