Festivities start at noon on Saturday, February 9th 2013*, then we strip down for the Undie Run at 2pm, have our fun and come back for post-race festivities and awards.
MORE NEW CITIES FOR 2013! In addition to the current lineup of DC, NYC, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver and Cincinnati, this year we'll also be undierunning in LA, San Fran, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Orlando, Minneapolis, Philly, Cleveland*, St. Louis* and Detroit. Get ready! It's gonna sell out fast!
You can fundraise as an individual or join a team, and the prizes are better than ever this year! Custom undies, VIP Open Bar, embroidered bathrobes, engraved iPod Nanos, romantic getaways... tons of cool stuff for doing your good deed and fundraising for such a great cause. With facebook and twitter, fundraising is easier than ever!
Help us make this amazing day worthwhile! Your effort means a lot and February is just around the corner. Get ready to run for the kids... but let's just hope they aren't watching!
Erin Cummings is a Roman slave's wife. Erin Cummings is a 1960s Stewardess. She's a nail tech who's down on her luck with men. She's a doctor and a thief and space prostitute. Erin Cummings is an actor - and she's having an absolute blast.
Cummings was born in Lafayette, Louisiana into a military family. Before junior high, she lived in Omaha, Nebraska; Korea and Bossier City, Louisiana. Then the family settled in Huntsville. After a friend from the high school dance team joined the Kilgore College Rangerettes, making that squad became Cummings' target. Two years later, she found herself in East Texas, in the limelight and on the stage, so to speak. She'd always been involved in the theatre locally, acting in plays in junior high and high school; but had never considered pursuing a performance career. In an interview with BSCENE between her weekly cross-country trips (she's bi-coastal these days), and taking a break from preparing a speech (she's receiving an award for her charity work in Detroit), Cummings discussed where she came from, where she is now and what it's like to go to Cannes to screen her movie.
"I never really considered pursuing a career as a performer," said Cummings. "Especially coming from a military family, it just seemed unrealistic." The transition to acting came comparatively late in the game for Cummings. Many actors are trained seemingly from birth, so when Cummings took a role in community theatre in Lewisville (between Dallas and Fort Worth), she wasn't prepared for the bug to bite. "I'd gotten my degree in advertising from North Texas, and I was interning with an agency in New York City and I realized... I hated it. I hated the day-to-day; I'm not meant for the 9-to-5 office lifestyle. But what I did love was the pitches, the performance." All it took after that was that play in Lewisville, and she was off to Los Angeles.
"There were a lot of us out there, all my friends, doing 'the grind,' " Cummings recalled. "We were waiting tables, going to acting classes, workshops and auditions." As it is for most people without a famous last name, the road was tough. But, thanks to a remarkable drive, will to succeed and work hard - that we'll call "guts" for the purpose of this article - and a logical approach to the profession, the road is clearing up a bit. "The best thing I've done was not give myself a time limit. I set small goals, but with larger goals in mind. I think of it like this: 'How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.' You have to realize that getting a part on one show with two lines will lead to the next show with five lines, and so on. And now, as one of the stars of a network television show, I'm in an enviable position. I've kept building and building, and I can see all the steps, all the struggles and how hard I worked to get here."
Cummings first professional paying gig as an actor came as a working girl in outer space on the science fiction serial, "Star Trek: Enterprise." Cummings laughs when she describes the experience, "I was so proud of it. I called my parents when I got it, and my dad said, 'You know, that Julia Roberts played a prostitute and she's done just fine.' I said, 'You're absolutely right.' You know you have great family support when they can cheer you on for that role."
Starting in the final frontier, Cummings moved all across the map with her following roles. Between 2005 and 2009, She appeared on soap operas like "Passions" and "The Bold and The Beautiful," WB stalwart "Charmed," FX's edgy "Nip/Tuck" and many more. But it was the one-two punch (quite literally) of the sendup of '70s exploitation films "Bitch Slap" in 2009, and her appearance on Starz' "Spartacus: Vengeance," the series that brought the network into the mainstream in 2010, that launched her. After a decade as a struggling actor, this combination of tongue-in-cheek camp and historical-ish epic put Cummings on the Hollywood radar and cemented her desire to, "...do this job for life. People sort of snicker at the title, and it was a low-budget, campy movie, but it opened in every region of the world," Cummings remembered. "We were at the Toronto Film Festival; we went to Cannes; we did press tours of Scandinavia." Plus, she was able to work all day, every day for months on the same project. It was a revitalization of sorts, reaffirming the idea that committing herself to this dream/job was precisely the right thing to do. "Spartacus" turned people on to her in a more straightforward way: she was seen by millions of people on a popular television show and the following DVDs and online streaming services. After years of building up an impressive resume, Cummings had the name recognition to with it. "I had been anonymous for awhile, which was almost an advantage," she explained. "People in the business would say, 'Who is Erin Cummings?' and then they'd look at my resume and see that I'd actually done a lot of diverse projects." After that, it was guest spots on "Mad Men" and featured roles on "Pan Am,","Common Law" and most recently CBS' "Made in Jersey."
"It was like I was this shiny new toy," Cummings described. "While 'Spartacus' didn't necessarily launch my career into super-stardom, it certainly changed the trajectory."
Cummings' most recent projects include a role as one of the stars on the aforementioned "Made in Jersey," and a small role in "The Iceman," with Michael Shannon, James Franco, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta, among others. "The Iceman" is due in theaters May 3, but unfortunately "Made In Jersey" only made it a few episodes into the fall, despite excellent reviews for the show, and Cummings' performance in particular. Going past that, it's still a bite at a time for Cummings. She's done film, television and theater, and wants to do more of each - for a variety of reasons.
"Television is wonderful, exciting. It's instant: you film it and it's onscreen right away. And, it's accessible to almost anyone, especially with a broadcast network," she said. "Movies offer a complete character arc ... You can make decisions you hope turn out to be correct. Theatre is the actor's medium. The exhilaration and incredible nerves and excitement of right before you go onstage ... it's such a malleable artistic expression, every night is a little bit different. And when you're there, breathing the same breath as the audience, in rhythm with them, there is no other feeling like that in the world! It's intoxicating, and I never want to give that up... To be a well-rounded actor with a full skill set, I really believe you need to have experience in all these mediums."
The goal for Cummings, or one of them, is to always keep people guessing, keep surprising them - and to keep surprising herself. She wants to push past the limits people set for her, and doesn't want to get bored. "The best way to keep finding the magic in your life is finding new ways of experiencing it and approaching it. And, while I don't believe in luck when it comes to success - that's one of the greatest lies people tell themselves - I do believe that I am fortunate to have had the opportunities I've had to showcase different aspects of my personality or skills, whether it's as dancing, singing, playing a pinup girl from the '50s or a medical examiner who likes to dig up dead bodies and help solve crimes. These are things that make my life interesting. And in an industry that is known for chewing up and spitting people out so fast, I think you have to maintain that level of excitement and enthusiasm."
Cummings' aim was never to be the most famous person on the planet, she says. Her ambition was to be a working actor. It was to be able to be in projects that allowed people to feel something, that allowed her a creative outlet while also allowing the type of income that would let her live a comfortable life. Humble, bracing and capable, Cummings is poised for very big things or whatever comes next. "Whatever success comes, as long as I can stand on my own feet financially, be fulfilled creatively and as long as I can live my life and be happy; then that is success to me."