Hey, I'm Heather!

Sherman Oaks, California

Heather Dowling is an actress and writer, who has impersonated someone who wanted a "real job" since the age of 14. Her award-winning solo-show, Unemployed. Finally., made it all the way to 42nd Street, New York City for United Solo - the largest solo festival in the world - where she brought her 39 different characters to life.

 

"The sheer volume of carefully-constructed characters Heather plays is incredible," said Kincaid Walker of ISeeTheFrog. "[She has] the bravery to expose her own foibles, lessons and eventual triumphs. It is in this last aspect that the audience can hopefully find the ability to laugh and gently reflect on their own 'mistakes' and life detours. And isn't that the point of a great solo show?"

 

She was then honored with the invitation to perform her show in the 24th Annual LA Women's Theatre Festival in 2017. When the show premiered at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Dowling sold-out 6 performances, took home the Encore Producers' Award and was nominated for Best Solo-Performance - out of more than 80 solo-shows. Thanks to her Fringe success, Dowling was asked to be part of Cake Batter's Funny Women Festival at iO West, the Spotlight Series at Theatre Unleashed in North Hollywood, and Whitefire Theatre's 6th Annual Solofest - the largest solo-performance festival on the West Coast.

 

Dowling loves NFL football, good food and good wine.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Treason

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

On a desert ranch, a Merchant Marine veteran rules a made-up nation with his family as his only subjects.

80%

This project got the green light!

Hotline: Digital Series

New York City, New York Series
Drama, LGBTQ

Attorney Hazel Clarke becomes involved at a suicide hotline and begins to look like a murderer after the suspicious death of her sister.

105%

This project got the green light!

THE DARK PLACES

Austin, Texas Film Short
Drama

A young woman journeys through the nightmare of depression and self harming to a place of HOPE with the help of a loving FATHER.

83%

This project got the green light!

She Had It Coming

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Mystery

Demanded by the deceased, a seance takes place among a group of friends as the dead protagonist tries to work out which of them killed her.

102%

This project got the green light!

Enough Room

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Other

A first date turns complicated when a provocative remark forces two strangers to navigate the issues of passive racism and tolerance.

81%

This project got the green light!

Dancers

Austin, Texas Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A female comedian becomes so obsessed with the idea of being a dancer that she overlooks her own unique talents and abilities.

104%

This project got the green light!

Screwdriver

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

Taken in by a wealthy L.A. couple, a divorcee enters a surreal nightmare of cultlike manipulation.

105%

This project got the green light!

Narrow

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, Thriller

A woman must confront her demons in a post-apocalyptic world where survival means never stepping off the narrow path across the land.

134%

This project got the green light!

Loveseat

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Horror

Loveseat is the story of an awkward, obsessive furniture salesman who is deeply in love with a couch in his store

85%

This project got the green light!

Más Latina

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Satire

A Latina YouTuber has a shot at success, but only if she embraces her pushy Hispanic family and becomes Más Latina!

92%

This project got the green light!

Mama Gloria

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Before Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, there was Gloria Allen.

102%

This project got the green light!

Demonhuntr

Los Angeles, California Series
Horror, LGBTQ

A motley crew of queer friends in LA runs a business vanquishing demons while navigating their love (and sex) lives.

82%

This project got the green light!

Close Ties to Home Country

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Comedy, Biography

Based on real events. Akanksha, a kind immigrant, finds family in the rich people's dogs she dogsits, while her sister's US visa is denied.

118%

This project got the green light!

YAI NIN

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Documentary, Foreign Film

The owner of a sausage factory in Thailand, Ninlawan keeps in contact with her family in America while holding down the family business.

143%

This project got the green light!

Seven Fishes

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

When Dom brings his estranged sister, Gia, to the Bonfiglio’s Feast of Seven Fishes, Christmas Eve becomes a matter of life or death.

101%

This project got the green light!

Crowned: Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Macie and the rest of the Party Princesses survive batty bosses, pushy parents and crazy co-workers in this semi-scripted comedy series.

73%

This project got the green light!

"The Happy Side" Comedy Movie

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

When her boss gives her an ultimatum to come in to work, a burned-out Retail employee must decide whether or not to give up her epic day off

81%

This project got the green light!

Fruit Fly

Los Angeles, California Film Short
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

At an off-kilter performing arts school, a young woman with a penchant for falling for gay men finds herself in a love triangle.

133%

This project got the green light!

Allegiance

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

After an attempted terrorist attack, a journalist must choose between his family and standing up for what he believes in.

100%

This project got the green light!

INVENTED Before You Were Born

San Anselmo, California Film Feature
Documentary, History

A white man's genealogy reveals a surprising twist - several communities founded by people his family once enslaved - he sets off to find ou

110%

This project got the green light!

HAMMURABI

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Thriller, Horror

A deaf woman is inspired to kidnap a man she believes is her abusive birth father.

105%

This project got the green light!

PSYCHICOLOGIST

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

An introverted psychology grad student is disrupted by a psychic puppet insisting on teaching her about intuition and human connection.

81%

This project got the green light!

Joyriders

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Adventure, Sci-Fi

3 kids from the hood find an alien spaceship and take it on a joyride. They must decide to help the their world, or escape into the unknown.

103%

This project got the green light!

He Was Asking for It

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Four female friends entertain fantasies of violent revenge to console their friend after finding out her rapist won’t be serving time.

104%

This project got the green light!

Tryphine

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, Thriller

Tryphine is a horror film about a 'disturbed' woman learning English. It is being produced as part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.

102%

This project got the green light!

BLOCKS

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Experimental

A mother of two young children begins to spontaneously vomit LEGO blocks.

101%

This project got the green light!

BEAM

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Action, Sci-Fi

A hapless thief, gifted with a teleportation device, must fulfill one final job in order to save her family.

80%

This project got the green light!

Los Angeless

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Los Angeless is an anthology series made up of 9 short films by 15 female filmmakers, set in an authentic, unromanticized version of L.A.

83%

This project got the green light!

A Song for Myself

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Music

A homesick Filipino lounge singer confronts her cover band in order to play her original song in front of their uncaring Vegas audience.

111%

This project got the green light!

Mend

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Family

A middle-aged widower struggles to find purpose after his only child announces she's moving away and he must go forward on his own.

128%

This project got the green light!

Blood Rust

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama

In a town where gossip spreads like wildfire, Joan must bridle her volatile sister to prevent family secrets from destroying them both.

169%

This project got the green light!

ADULTIN'

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Satire

ADULTIN’ explores the success or complete failures of mundane, but necessary, tasks adults face as we grow, learn & figure out our 20s.

100%

This project got the green light!

Infrared Dreams

Denver, Colorado Film Feature
Thriller, Sci-Fi

Locked in a strange room, a captive woman awakens to find a mysterious doctor experimenting on her.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Cauldron: Columbia '68

Los Angeles, California Series
Documentary

1968: The world was on fire, and students at Columbia University brought a powerful institution to its knees

114%

This project got the green light!

Chompy & The Girls

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A depressed woman meets her father for first time & their encounter goes from awkward to alarming when they witness a man swallow a girl.

80%

This project got the green light!

Lying Together

Boulder, Colorado Film Feature
Family, Romantic Comedy

Tired of the constant pressure to get married, the last two singles in a church pretend to date each other.

115%

This project got the green light!

Bury Me Not

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Western

In order to protect a dangerous secret, two uncompromising women hide the truth as a relentless sheriff digs deeper.

86%

This project got the green light!

Big Trees

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Jake's plans for a relaxing trip to Sequoia National Park are thwarted when he's joined by his former best friend and his ex-girlfriend.

100%

This project got the green light!

GREATLAND

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Romance, Sci-Fi

Trapped in a world of perpetual fun and inter-species love, a teenage boy crosses the forbidden frontier to save his childhood sweetheart.

86%

This project got the green light!

The Biographer's Wife

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

Soon-to-be-mother Marielle must make the choice to maintain the image of the perfect wife or shed the facade and focus on her own happiness.

100%

This project got the green light!

Sad Orangutans Rob A Bank

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Crime

Walden lives a carefree life as an affluent orangutan in LA, however, because of his declining mental state, he decides to rob a bank.

81%

This project got the green light!

Dorris, 85

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

An elderly woman, Dorris, celebrates her husband’s eighty-fifth birthday without him.

120%

This project got the green light!

Dandelion

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Recently coming out, a young boy struggles to be himself while seeking acceptance from his mother.

91%

This project got the green light!

DOWN the MIDDLE

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

The owner of an ad agency retires unexpectedly, making his uptight business manager and his trust-fund bohemian daughter polarized partners.

85%

This project got the green light!

Mel and Ruby

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Mel and Ruby is a heartfelt and witty examination of how two best friends navigate shame and loss.

101%

This project got the green light!

Forgive Me Father (By Haley Trunkett and Dennis Sun)

New York City, New York Film Short
Family, Satire

A phone conversation between a father and daughter leaves the both of them hiding things from their own personal lives.

108%

This project got the green light!

The Letter

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Comedy

The president of an elite collegiate social club is expelled for its antics. At their Christmas party, she spirals into a mental breakdown.

91%

This project got the green light!

Flunkyball

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When unexpected guests arrive at Mia's party her vision for inclusivity crumbles, caught in the crossfire of ignorance under the influence.

116%

This project got the green light!

The Bra Mitzvah

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A young teen's journey into adulthood happens in the most mortifying experience: getting fitted for a bra.

100%

This project got the green light!

Black Enough

Charlottesville, Virginia Series
Comedy, Drama

An insecure dancer checks off ingredients on her #BlackGirlMagic potion in order to survive her first days at a Predominately White College.

105%

This project got the green light!

Follow the Rhythm

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama

A story of self discovery of a man who fell short of his dreams and finds redemption through his childhood passion - the art of Capoeira.

83%

This project got the green light!

EL NARCO

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When a Mexican doctor captures a corrupt cop, an innocent nurse must evaluate her own morals as the doctor pressures her to work with him.

83%

This project got the green light!

fishing

Los Angeles, California Series
Crime, Romantic Comedy

In an effort to find love and justice in an internet world, a group of friends end up knee-deep in a catfish scam ring.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Good Balloon

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

A grieving sister finds a ray of light amidst the darkness with the help of an unusual balloon. This is a true story.

102%

This project got the green light!

Interrobang

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Romance

Love, sex, and anxiety collide in 6 stories that explore awkward, irreverent, emotionally raw, and relationship defining moments after sex.

84%

This project got the green light!

Camp Reel Stories - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California Company
Teen, Shorts Program

Help our mission to make 50% of filmmakers female!

85%

This project got the green light!

Malarkey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Two sisters, Mallory and Mauve, go through two monumental life moments, but without the support of another.

80%

This project got the green light!

Parent/Teacher

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

A man discovers his daughter is bullying another student while attending her parent/teacher conference.

81%

This project got the green light!

Feint

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Thriller, Action

Rambunctious Donna must prove herself to her sardonic P.I. uncle Billy before he's willing to team up and solve her parents' murder.

105%

This project got the green light!

Animal Instincts

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Series
Comedy, Fantasy

After struggling through several arguments, a moon goddess and a werewolf visit Theodore Krumpkin for couples counseling.

84%

This project got the green light!

Right On

Detroit, Michigan Film Short
Drama

A conflicted family is pushed further into turmoil when they hear on the radio that Martin Luther King has just been shot.

98%

This project got the green light!

Assisted Living

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Satire

Bridget and Jo are two high-powered personal assistants/failing feminists who test the boundaries of human decency to excel at their jobs.

108%

This project got the green light!

The Poacher

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

Reconnecting with an old friend may leave you feeling trapped.

107%

This project got the green light!

CNT Productions

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Film-related Business

CNT flips the script on stereotypes one story at a time.

105%

This project got the green light!

Kooky Cookin'

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Musical

A cooking show packed full with kooky songs and characters hosted by the zany chef, Erica.

101%

This project got the green light!

UGLY PRETTY

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Crime, Drama

A fish-out-of-water in "small town" Pennsylvania has an affair with a local man. In over her head, she becomes an accessory to murder.

109%

This project got the green light!

Scars Unseen

Los Angeles, California Series
Documentary

A documentary series about the triumph of the human spirit, following six men and women who have overcome domestic violence.

92%

This project got the green light!

BOO

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, Drama

A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons, without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth.

101%

This project got the green light!

InQueeri

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

InQueeri is a meditation on queerness, friendship, identity politics, and just being a young person who’s confused about the world.

103%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

Shedding - a feature film

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A cat who longs to explore the outside world transforms into a human and helps heal a broken family.

102%

This project got the green light!

D.I.Y.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.

125%

This project got the green light!

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