Audition/Producers “Better Off Ted” @ Thomas/Adler Casting. This is another great situation. I went in on this show just last week and my agent informed me that the role went to someone already established on the show. I’m thrilled that they are bringing me right back in; the season is young.
I felt the audition went really well. I did it one time and walked away feeling that they were liked what they saw. If nothing else, I think I'll stay on the list of actors to bring back in and that is a great place to be. That said, it's nice to be on that list, but I'm looking to book jobs these days; I've been on the list long enough.
Audition: "Arby's" @ Rick Montgomery Casting. Uh!!! Not so much. I couldn't find my own voice for this one. I had to get a line reading from the casting director. He got me there, but it took work. That said, it wouldn't surprised me if I get a callback.
Audition/Producers/Tape “Castle” @ Donna Rosenstein Casting. Cool, I just read for this office at the Universal location for “Ghost Whisperer” 2 weeks ago and I just did a drop-off to this location the other day.
The audition went okay, I guess. I wish it would have gone better. I’ve never booked anything for either office and I’m itching to change that. If nothing else; it’s great that they continue to call me in.
The Premiere of “Junkie Nurse” aka “Boppin’ at the Glue Factory” was last night at The Downtown Film Festival. I have to admit that I was unprepared for what happened. I think it was simply that I’ve had a lot going on lately with the move and all and I wasn’t consciously aware that this was my first film festival. Plus, it was so long ago that we film it.
One of the first people I saw when I entered the facility was director Jeff Orgill. After saying “hello”, the very next thing he wanted was to take me back downstairs for me to be interviewed about the film. WHAT??? Oh sh*t. I was trying to hold my composure, but I was a nervous wreck. It was so long ago that I honestly couldn’t remember all the scenes I was in. An instant later I find myself being interviewed by this young lady about my role in the film. I immediately knew that I should have been better prepared.
After the interview I went back upstairs where photographers were shooting photos of me and some of the other cast members. Obviously, it wasn’t crazy by Hollywood standards, but it was a damn trip for a guy like me who doesn’t usually seek out attention. After that we viewed the film and I was very, very happy with how it came out. It looked great and they even gave us a DVD copy of it. I had forgotten that I was in so many scenes; small, little comic-relief type bits, but quite a few of them. There was a very healthy audience in attendance and afterwards the whole cast went up on stage for a few questions. Afterwards, in the lobby, I was shocked at how many people came up to me to say they like me in the film.
All in all it was a fun experience; especially finally seeing the finished product…and getting a DVD copy without even having to ask. One thing is for sure that I’ll be better prepared next time…
Tonight is the screening/Q&A of an independent film I worked on more than 4 years ago. It used to be called “Boppin’ at the glue Factory”, but the name has been changed to “Junkie Nurse” which I like a lot better.
It seems like so long ago that I worked on it and was driving back and forth to Norwalk 25 miles away to shoot in a real mental hospital. I must admit it was a little spooky at times. Well, maybe not spooky, but I couldn’t help but think of things that had happened behind the gates of the hospital through the years. Mental illness is no laughing matter…well maybe in the movies. It was a fun shoot and I actually had a love scene. Yeah, a real live, fake, movie set love scene. Now THAT was interesting.
It’s done quite well on the festival circuit and I look forward to seeing the finished product and the cast & crew.
========== Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles Premiere ofJUNKIE NURSE (aka Boppin' At The Glue Factory).
WINNER - BEST FEATURE - Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2009WINNER - BEST FILM - Tregor Film Festival, France WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR - Tregor Film Festival, France
A junkie nurse stumbles into his dream job: running the graveyard shift at a convalescent home. He beguiles the staff and charms the old folks. Then just as his drugs run out and the management starts closing in, a crafty old jazzman discovers his secret and makes him a sweet deal, but with heavy consequences. This Sunday, August 16 7:00pm at the AT&T Center Theater, 1150 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 All ticket holders are invited to the after-party. Party info at screening.
Audition: “Walgreens” @ Ross Lacy Casting. What is a week in my life without an appointment at Ross Lacy Casting? A relatively odd week. Anyway, this was a simple interview type of situation and I went in with a really fun group of performers.
Audition: “Sprint/NFL” @ Martin Casting. This was a fun and I had a conversation with a really sweet and kind actress while waiting to go in…and we mostly talked about things not related to the business.
Audition: “Better Off Ted” @ Thomas/Adler Casting. I think this went well, but I might look a bit young for it. Not “be” a bit young, but “look” a bit young for it. Funny enough it was a pre-read for a small co-star role. A few days ago I went straight to producers for a recurring role. I ain’t tripping though; it’s all good...especially these days in the economy. It’s good that casting offices still know who I am; that is a huge victory in itself…and who knows, maybe I’ll get a callback.
Audition/Producers “Ghost Whisperer” @ Donna Rosenstein Casting. This is a role I should book – plain and simple. I rarely, in my opinion, have been more right for a role than I have for this one. I think it’s the type of role that will move me to the next level in my career. Not because it’s some type of great role per se; it’s just a role that I can walk in the room and be with little effort. Typically, an actor is typecast that way and then is able to expand from that base of a character in his/her career…at least I think so.
In the room was the director, 2 writers, a producer and casting. Everyone was very friendly. I had one question and then did the scene the way I committed to in rehearsal, got direction and did it again a whole different way. As I was reading it the second time I could feel that they were engaged and listening. I walked out feeling really good, plus the director liked my pants. This is a potentially recurring role and I’m glad they brought me straight to producers for it. No matter what happens I feel that they will continue to bring me, but eventually it’s time to get the job. I think I booked “Monk” on my sixth time in the room.
Audition: “Old Dominion Freight Lines” @ Stuart Stone Casting. Simply dialogue situation; I killed it! Just kidding. Not really, I delivered in that room I tell ya, plus I’m from the Old Dominion area in Virginia.
Audition: “24” @ Pagano/Manwiller Casting. This one didn’t go well and I’m, admittedly, a little upset about it. It was one of those situations where I wondered whether to commit to the realities of all the stuff written in the scene or, as they say, “just read it”. I chose to go with the realities of what was on the page and that wasn’t what they were looking for. I don’t think I over did it, but when do you know when to ignore certain parts of the writing? I mean it said there was freakin’ radiation inside the vehicle. Do I ignore that? Radiation seems pretty serious to me. Anyway, I probably came off as too melodramatic when I read it the first time, but I guarantee you it will be filmed that way. THAT’S why is so important to know what serves an audition situation versus being on the actual set shooting the scene in hair, make-up and props…two different beasts. NEXT!