Monday, February 28, 2005

Cricket sounds and drop-offs. That's about all that's going on with me these days. It has been very, very quiet.

I'm still on hold for the "Levi's" print job. I really don't think I'm going to book it at this point, but I guess no news is good news. The dates are March 3rd-6th and it shoots in New York, go figure. I’ve even taken if off of my schedule, so I think I’m mentally done with it. NEXT!!!

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Today I conducted a workshop called "Perspective of a Working Actor" @ The Actorsite. I better get a job soon or the title will be "Perspective of a Wannabe Working Actor", LOL!! Anyway, about 20 actors showed up with great questions. I have a feeling I’ll be doing more of this in the future.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Audition: "DirecTV" @ Ross Lacy Casting. This goes really well and I think I'm right for it. How about a callback?

Thursday, February 24, 2005

I attended a showcase tonight with personnel from 6 different casting offices. A scene from my script was read again and it went great. It was a little different read than the first time, but just as good. I'd considered reading it myself, but when I got there I overheard two actors already rehearsing it. There was a copy there from the last time it was read. It was weird to walked up and hear my words being rehearsed. I didn't tell the actors that I was the writer; I wanted to see what they would do with it. I was nervous, not as nervous as the first time, but nervous nonetheless. It was cool to watch and see the reaction of the audience. Wow, I gotta finish this thing!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

My appearance on CBS Comedy "Yes, Dear" finally airs. I shot this last August.I have been doing really hardcore drop-offs for the last three days in the rain and I am tired. Matter a fact I am taking tomorrow off. I am sleeping all day. I’m sure I won’t, I’ll find something to do. Get this; I haven’t had a commercial audition in almost a month. That is odd for me, I’m sure it’ll pick up soon. Right??

Monday, February 21, 2005

Audition/Director ''Sister's Keeper" @ Barbara McCarthy Casting. It's a feature film. Ahh!! This one went really, really well. I read it once, he gave me direction and I delivered it like I knew I could. YES!!

Tonight we finally had our performance at the NAACP LA Theatre Awards. Our tech call was @ 4:3O pm, but we didn't get onstage until 6:30. Things were running late. Once we got on stage we didn't even get to run through our scene one time! The scene was pretty simple, but we have a few cues that needed to be set. Oh well, I guess we'll be winging it. Four hours later when we finally went onstage we rocked the house! Yeah, we did our thing. The scene was crisp, concise with a distinct beginning, middle and end. Of course, the technical part left a bit to be desired, but our job was the acting and we represented The Robey Theatre Company quite well.

The actual glitz of the show really snuck up on me. I'd only been thinking about the scene work, but when I showed up to the tech rehearsal on my freakin' skateboard I found what it was all about!! Yeah, I just hadn't really thought about it until I saw all these stunning women wearing evening gowns in the lobby. WHAT!?!?! Yeah, and then I walk in with my skateboard. Go Stephon!!

Anyway it was cool to be backstage with Larry Fishburne, Keith David, Tatyana Ali, Glynn Turman and many others. Tatiana’s manager or one of her "people" asked her to take a photo with “the soldier’s” (us). That girl is HOT!!!.....and sweet.

I have to tell you, I was honored to be included in the piece and in the company of the fine actors involved.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Audition: "Peep Show" @ G. Charles Wright Casting. Ahhh!! I think I bombed this one. I was being put on tape for producers. The first time I read was pretty good, I felt, but when G. gave me the re-direct I fell apart. I don't know why.

I felt I was really right for it, but when he gave me more info on the character it just threw me. When it was over, I went and sat in the lobby and looked over the sides to see where I went so horribly wrong. I could’ve gotten it right with another moment, but, often times, you don’t get “another moment”. This one really hurt. Oh well, on to the next!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Audition/Producers: “In Justice” a pilot @ Zane/Pillsbury Casting. This goes really well and I think I'm spot on for it.

Audition: “Bottoms Up” @ Dori Zuckerman Casting. Ah, this doesn't goes so well. I'm not sure what is was, but I didn't connect all that well with the character.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Another heavy day in the streets for me. I haven’t had an appointment for more than 2 weeks so I need get on the stick. I mean, I need to be on the stick all the time, but I ‘ve had so much other stuff going on that I’ve been a little distracted. Anyway, I got a lot done today and tomorrow there will be a least as much again.

I stopped by to see all of my agents today. I shared my colonoscopy experience with my commercial agent, we had a good laugh with that. My print agent, Jenny Vavra, assured me that I am still on hold for the “Levi’s” job in New York and my theatrical agent greeted me with audition for Wednesday for a pilot.

I dropped off for that pilot a couple of weeks ago, but they probably submitted me as well. Also, I got a direct call from Henderson/Zuckerman Casting for a film audition for Wednesday. I did that drop just this past Friday in the rain. Cool, two auditions for Wednesday!

Congratulations to my good friend Jonathan Julian. He has a recurring role in a series called “Noah’s Arc”. It is being described as a black, male version of HBO’s “Sex and the City”. He booked this from Now Casting almost two years ago and they finally got the funding to shoot multiple episodes. I think they have an order for 6-7 episodes and he is in 3-4. He even gets to travel to New York for one of them. It will debut on the Viacom-backed logo network this Summer.

Another friend, Jamie Aynes, book a “Papa John’s” commercial and another episodic. I'm not sure, but I think this might be her first commercial. I hope it runs alot and she makes a ton of cash. I’m thrilled for both of them. I hope that I can join the club of the working actor again soon.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Drops, drops, and more drop-offs today in the rain. I haven't had an audition in two full weeks. That should change next week. Right?!?! I better get some new postcards out Monday now that I have an airdate for "Yes, Dear".

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Well today was the day for the "big" procedure. Which turned out to be not that big of a deal. I gotta tell you, this doctor stuff brings out the absolute worst in me. I think I'm generally a very nice person, but when I go to doctor/dentist if find myself apologizing for my bad attitude. I just hate going to get checked out. I was warned about the new levels of humility that I would find while preparing in the 24 hours prior to the procedure. I found every level and more.......ewww.

So here goes, I check in with the nurse. The first thing she asked me was if I was in the movie "Dahmer". I told her "no". She then gave me a gown and told me to strip to my socks. I did that and waited for her to return. She came back and took my blood pressure and set up the IV. Then I was wheeled back to where they would do they work. They put some Vicodin or Valium-type stuff ( I don't remember what he said) in the IV and a mouth piece in my mouth and it was lights out...........I woke up........later. I do know how long later, but I remember nothing.........NOTHING.

It's scary that a drug can do that to you that quick. Well, I guess it would be great if I was getting a face-lift or breast implants. When I woke up I felt like Anna-Nicole Smith must feel all the time.

Now I know why they required that I bring someone to escort me home. I was a complete wreck when the doctor explained the results afterwards. I remember them giving me my clothes to get dressed, but I have no recollection of dressing myself. I don't remember getting in the elevator to leave either. Scary. The doctor said everything looked normal. Cool.

I don't know why I'm losing blood, or from where. I don't know why my iron-levels are low or why I'm completely exhausted so often. I'll start taking vitamins, eating more vegetables and sleeping more than the 4-6 hours a night I now get. That better work because I'm done with doctors for a while.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Back on the subway. I'm on my way to another workshop. This time I skated from Wilshire & LaBrea to Wilshire & Western and caught the subway to the last stop on the Red Line which is North Hollywood. When I got off the train I had know idea where I was. I actually had to ask a police officer where I was and how to find Burbank Blvd. It was a great feeling to explore something new. I just got the call that my car is ready, I'll pick it up in the morning.
So I got the results for the MRI I had a couple of weeks ago. They say that my hip is fine, but there's a cyst on my spine. Huh? The discomfort is totally coming from my right hip. The cyst is nothing to be concerned about I'm told. I just don't understand how it could be coming from my spine; IT'S MY HIP DARN IT!!! Anyway, I'll schedule the physical therapy and call it a day.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Can you hear the crickets? I sure can. That’s cool though, I’ll just look at this as the calm before the storm. It seems that I’ve been so busy doing “whatever” lately that I’m not too stressed about not having any auditions.

I need to get some routine maintenance done on my car. So, since I had a workshop in Burbank tonight, I decided to drop off my car to the mechanic on the way home so I wouldn’t have to do it in the morning. The only thing is that the mechanics’ place of business is in Studio City and I live on the other side of the hill in Miracle Mile. I could’ve gotten a ride, but I wanted to, somehow, make it a bit more interesting. YES!!! My new skateboard!! Yeah I gotta skateboard for Christmas. My buddy’s car was stolen last year and my old skateboard was in it. I really enjoy skateboarding, I suck, but I enjoy it. I pretty much skate everyday at some point. Even if it’s just back and forth to my car from my apartment.

Okay, so I drive from the workshop place in Burbank to Studio City and leave my car with the overnight tow truck driver at the auto repair shop. So here I am skateboarding along Ventura Blvd at 10:30 at night. I was trying to figure out the bus schedule, but I didn’t know which one to get on. So, I figured that I would skate all the way to the Metro station at Universal Studios. I LOVE riding the subway!!! I don’t do it that often, but when I do I just love it. It reminds me of being in DC, New York or Atlanta. The subway in LA is clean and efficient, but unfortunately, it doesn’t go many places.

I take the subway to “Hollywood & Highland” and figure that I’ll catch the bus down Highland to take me home. I didn't see any busses when I came up to the surface so I skate down Highland, turn on Santa Monica towards La Brea. That little section of Santa Monica was a little sketchy with many men dressed as woman and other people just sorta lurking. I kept my speed up and tried not to look like a victim waiting to be taken advantage of. Here is where it got quite interesting for me. As I was crossing at Beverly and La Brea someone in a gold Jeep Liberty beeped their horn at me so I looked back and waved. It was dark and I couldn't really see who was driving, but I instinctively waved back in case I knew them. As the SUV passed I saw that it was a Caucasion man that I did not recognize. Then, he motioned for me to stop. I just kept going...FAST...saying "Oh sh*t" to myself. What the heck was THAT all about. Anyway, a really weird feeling came over me. I was thinking, "He couldn't have thought I was a girl". Then, I thought, maybe he knew I was a guy and he was interested. NOOOO!!!! NOT ME!!! No disrespect, but I am all about the ladies. Strickly T&A!! Well, I'm kidding, not just T&A, I like 'em nice, with a big heart and a brain helps too. For starters, they just HAVE to be "born female". The "born" part is really important after skating down Santa Monica Blvd.

The plot gets thicker. When I approached the next block, Beverly and 1st, I saw that the same SUV was waiting at the corner. WHAT!!! Yeah, this mofo must be out of his freakin' mind!!! Anyway, I just skated past and kept moving at a nice clip. He then drove past me, slowed up and then took off and turned right at the next corner. When I got to the next corner at 2nd street I looked one block in to Detroit and there he was. Yo, this cat needs to stop. I ain't tryin' to say that I'm Billy Jack or nuttin like dat, but this dude f*&k around and get smacked up! WHAT!!!! Anyway, I made it the rest of the way home with out incident.

2 more days until...............

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Today we had our first rehearsal at The Vision Theatre in Leimert Park. It’s the actual space that we'll be performing in. Being on that big stage was really cool. The space looks to hold about a 1,000 guests and the piece is coming along really, really well. The director of the entire evening is actor, director, writer, producer Ted Lange.

Friday, February 04, 2005

YES I’m still in the running!! My print agent @ KSA, Jenny, calls to tell me that the shoot dates for the “Levi’s” gig has changed and that I am still on hold. This is great because now it won’t conflict with the performance with the Robey Theatre Company at the NAACP LA Theatre Awards. Cool.

It’s been a very quiet week. I haven’t had an audition since last Saturday. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll pick up soon. 6 more days until.........

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Another dentist appointment. Well, it's not so bad, just a routine cleaning. I always schedule my appointments on Thursday mornings because that is when “Yoshiko” is there. "Who is Yoshiko? You might ask." Yoshiko is a masseuse. She gives massages while you're getting your dental work done. Yeah, only in Beverly Hills.

The first time I experienced it I got caught by surprise. I heard this sweet, sweet voice flavored with a Japanese accent.

Would you like foot massage?

I looked up and saw this attractive woman with a huge smile on her face and wondered where I was. Then, I was like "Oh sh*t" my feet are jacked up this morning. Then I said to myself, "she'll just have to understand".

Oh yes, thank you.

Now when I go in my feet are fully prepped, at least the best I can do, nails clipped and feet dipped in cocoa butter. Yeah!

Between the electric massage pad in the chair at my back and Yoshiko taking care of my feet, dentist appointments are one of the highlights of my week.