Friday, August 31, 2007

Audition: “The Shield” @ FMW Casting. I got a last minute, same-day call for this one and it’s about the same time as my commercial audition for today. I’ll try to go to the commercial one a little later if there is a time-frame window.

The audition for “The Shield” goes well, not as well as some of my other recent ones, but well enough. I think I could have taken the direction better in the re-direct. Lesson learned. I think it’s the 5th time I’ve auditioned for the show. This is the last season and I would really like to get on it before it’s over; maybe this will be the charm.

All eyez on me! Back in the day! Class is in session!
I smile EVERYTIME I look at this photo. I just love riding my bike.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Audition: "Holiday-Inn" @ Joe Blake Casting. I'm not really sure how this one went. The session runner wanted a lot of energy and me and the other two actors thought we gave it to him, but while, ya know, "keepin' it real". He let us know that he wanted more energy and more volume. We did that in the 2nd part of the audition and it felt forced, fake and not so real, but the session runner seemed to like it. Maybe there's a callback in there somewhere – I don’t know. Oh yeah, it shoots in New York.

Audition: "Bud-Light" @ ASG Casting. This was a simple one, completely opposite of the first one today and it was good and fun. I booked my first commercial in Los Angeles at this office.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Audition/Producers: "Woman's Murder Club" @ Megan Branman Casting. I read for the role of a doctor. I'm gonna book one of these soon. I WILL! I don't mean the role of a doctor I did that in the pilot of "Hot Properties" a while back. I mean booking a role at all, lol!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Audition/Producers: '"Til Death" @ Susan Vash Casting. I was in for this office just 2 weeks ago and I'm thrilled that I'm being brought back for another guest-star/possibly recurring role. I felt right for it and I’m losing a lot of my aversion to working on an AFTRA show – I think.

How crazy is this? Well, maybe it's not that crazy at all. Anyway, I thought it was at least interesting and you know me; I’ll watch paint dry just to make sure nothing happens.

Fred Thompson, who is all but in the race for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, is a well-known actor. Among other things he has appeared in well over 100 episodes of the "Law & Order" franchise.

Most candidates or potential candidates have formally announced whether or not they plan to run for their respective party’s nomination. At least one has already dropped out the race.

You might be wondering where the heck I'm going with all this. Or maybe you aren't. What does this have to do with actors?

The moment Fred Thompson officially declares his Presidential candidacy for the Republican nomination is this moment that all of his episodic runs and re-runs have to be pulled from the network schedules.

Why? Because any and all of his competitors can request equal time for the amount of time he's actually on the screen in any episode on broadcast television. I don't think the equal time provision extends to cable television, but the cable networks would probably pull the episodes too. I don't know, I thought it was interesting. That wouldn’t be good news for actors who worked in episodes with him, but great news for actor didn’t work in his episodes. Was that interesting?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Audition "Bud-Light" @ Craig Colvin Casting. Funny spot, fun audition. It almost made me want to start drinking beer. It just looks and sounds cool to “get a coupla cold ones” or “bring some brewskis”. It just looks cool; I can’t even hold a beer the correct “cool way”. I always feel that you could tell that I was a “beer virgin”. I sorta regret not having that Heineken when I was 19? Well, not really. I had it all the way to my lips and then I couldn’t do it for the crowd around me.

Anyway, so I went back to "job job" to see what the dealio is. This time I put a little more pressure on; I went in to ask to speak to the gentleman. He was in a last minute meeting so I didn’t get to talk to him, but he said to call to tomorrow.

It’s funny, I’ve had to beg, borrow and steal to get every job I’ve had – well not every one, but most of them. In New York I went to that restaurant 3 different times, at Old Navy at least 4 times, The Hollywood Standard at least 3 times. It should be interesting.

Friday, August 17, 2007

I stopped by the "job job" place to see if I can get some insight as to what my status might be following the interview last week. This is turning in a little project and its kinda fun.

I spoke to the receptionist, but I didn't want her to bother the manager I interviewed with. I was just taking the temperature of my situation. It sounds like the gentleman is super busy and hasn't gotten back around to me yet.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Audition: "Chevy" @ Cathi Carlton. Ah, this went okay. I felt really stiff for some reason. This spot was going to be with kids and I'm GREAT with kids, but I don't see a callback in my future for this one.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The manager called yesterday for the "job job" interview this morning. It went well I think; I was very honest about why I was there and the fact that I'm an actor. The gentleman explained that they were looking for people that would/could grow with the company. I don't know that I'm looking to be a "company man", but at minimum I'm an excellent employee. The funny thing it’s something that I’m really, really interested in learning...oops. Am I planning an exit strategy from acting unbeknownst to me? I don’t think so; I’m just interested in nearly everything that’s all.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Audition: "Hyundai" @ Ross Lacy Casting. Ah, this went alright; I might have pushed it just a tiny bit too much...or maybe's been a minute since my last commercial callback and I don't think this is gonna be the first one to start things off again. Gotta get ‘em next time.

My theatrical agent called this afternoon with a request from "Brothers & Sisters" to use footage from my appearance on the show for some sort of special episode - for a fee of course.

So it kinda equates to having booked another day on the show and I'll get paid everytime they use it. That's cool, I just had to stop by the office to sign the contract.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Print Go-see: "IBM" @ Ben Sealy Casting. You know how these go - quick, fast, in and out.

Last night I cooked up a normal, real-world work resume - boy, that was weird. It showed me how much training I "don't have", but I have a healthy amount of confidence and I feel I can learn many things and do an exceptional job. I went to drop it off at a place I think might work for me and my schedule and the availability I need. I actually ran into the exact person that I needed to talk to. I got a good feeling from him and he said he'd call me for an interview sometime this week. It's really weird to feel that I hope he calls. WHAT?!?!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Audition: "Home Depot" @ Craig Colvin Casting. I've never booked for Craig, but I've been called back and placed on avail several times.

Also, I heard back from my agent about the "Shark" audition. They liked me, but I wasn't what they were looking for...I actually believe them too. Hopefully, I'll get back in that office soon. I've been feeling very confident in the audition room lately, not all the time, but more often than not.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Audition: "McDonald's" @ Jessica J. Casting. I'm perfect for it and it went perfectly. I've never done a "Mickey D's" spot before.

What to do, what to do... The more I read about the state of the entertainment industry the more I feel I need to prepare for a stormy road ahead.

There is constant talk of a possible work stoppage for us actors, writers and/or directors over the next year or so. As a result the studios/networks are stockpiling content so they won't get caught looking the other way if there is an actual halt in production. I don't want to get caught looking the other way either.

I don't know what to think. Will there be a strike or strikes? It could come close for any or all of the 3 Guilds. I'd like to think that none of the parties involved, WGA, SAG or PGA, want to see a work stoppage, but I went through the 2000 6-month commercial strike so I know that it can actually happen. That work stoppage definitely had an effect on my financial bottom line. I wasn't nearly as informed then as I am now and I don't wanna get "caught out there" again.

What I do feel strongly about is this. There will be at least a de facto strike. Overall 2007 2nd quarter Film/TV production was up 21% over the same period in 2006. Even if there isn't an actual work stoppage, most likely, there will be a slowdown because so much product will be on the shelves.


I don't wanna rely on residuals - they've been good to me over the years, but I can't live on them forever.

So that leaves me trying to beat "reality" to the punch...maybe a "job job" is in my future....perhaps. It's not the worse thing in the world, but my palms are sweating just thinking about it. I haven't applied for a job in almost 10 years – well, other than auditioning for TV/Film and commercials, etc. It could be exciting though; I loved everyday of my job in New York waiting tables. Well, maybe not everyday, but 90% of it.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Audition: "Shark" @ Rick Millikan Casting. This is a one-day guest star role. I was really happy with how it went. It was great to work on a role with a little bit to it.

I think I might have been typed out as soon as I hit the door. Why? Too tall. I know funny, huh? No, seriously, the script had a few references as to how short and small the character is. I'm definitely a small framed man, but I'm not overly short or small. I was the tallest guy there!

In the end, I think CD Rick Millikan was pleased with my work – at least I hope he was. That is a good thing since the season is young and he is also the CD for "Bones".

Audition: "'Til Death" @ Susan Vash Casting. When I arrived at the casting office Susan greeted me with hug; Susan booked me on "Love, Inc." a couple of seasons ago.

Star Brad Garrett was there along with several writer/producer types. I got a couple of laughs and left the room. That's it.....oh yeah...the next guy reading was also African-American and he got a hug too. Yeah, I felt a little less special, but I still really like Susan and associate Reyna Karp they're good people and a pleasure to read for.