Today I did a play reading with an actor who was on a very popular series a few years back. I had never met this person before; my name was passed onto this person from someone else. It was pretty cool, but right before walking in to the reading I got some very disturbing news that tested my focus. I also got a chance to see what kind of living quarters four years on a successful network series buys. Nice place.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Audition: “Flight 7500” @ Kelly Wagner Casting. This really should have gone a lot better than it did. I was so caught up in whether I was going to make it scheduling-wise because the SAG Short shoots today as well. My head was not in the game. I think I was maybe a little young for the part, but I should have still auditioned well. Sorry.
Shooting: “The Reginald F. Lewis Story”. I had a good time with everyone on set. I even got to say a few words in the scene.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Okay, tonight was the 4th and final night of my commercial class and I am thrilled to say that I learned a lot. I think it’s going to make a big difference in my auditions and callbacks which should lead to more avails and bookings…at least that’s the plan. I’m going to take another class there; I’m not sure what, but something to help cultivate my talent. Maybe improv for commercials.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Ugh! I attended the SAG National Membership Meeting today. Not sure what to feel about it, but I wish more actors would show up. These contracts are very important and it’s only getting tougher to make a living as an actor. I guess SAG and AFTRA are going to merge next year and I really hope it’s the start of a new beginning for us all. A great, new beginning.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Week 3 in my commercial class. OUCH!! And I say that for the entire class. At least the first half of the class. The instructor, Killian, let us know that we were not up to the level we needed to be for callbacks. He stopped the class and had a serious talk with us. Yeah, this acting stuff, especially commercials, should be fun, but it’s serious business too. He got through to us and the second half of the class was much better. I’m thinking about taking this class over again early next year. We’ll see. I just feel like I’m learning a lot that will help me in the future.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Yes! I bought a Groupon last year for a deal to drive a NASCAR car. Is that how you say it? I don’t know. Anyway, it was at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. I had a blast and drove faster than I ever have in my life – 150.20 MPH. It was a cool thing that I’d like to do with my brothers some day. The crazy thing was that there was nothing preventing my from really jacking things up and putting that car into the wall at 150 miles per hour. It wasn’t like there was padding around the track or anything. It was just me haulin’ ass round dat der track getting’ er done! Yee haw!
That excitement was quickly doused on the way home with some other more serious news I needed to give my attention to.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Audition: “Clorox” @ Ross Lacy Casting. This was an interesting one because I was working with a child who, I think, was very new to the game. He needed to do something to me in the scene. Something he might have gotten in trouble for in real life and he had trouble crossing the line…into the dark side. Maybe that’s a good thing for society that he knew right from wrong. The flip side is that it might have cost our group a callback…who knows.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Week number two of commercial class. Things went a little better this week for most of the class. Funny enough, I’m already considering taking this class over again early next year. Why? Well, I’m learning a lot and I think I can learn a lot more by facing my shortcomings, diving in headfirst and staying in. There is a lot at stake for me. I have to produce and get out of this “okay place” in my career. I’ve got to make some things happen and make a serious push to move forward in this thing called acting.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
After a long, busy night at work I woke up bright and early for the table read of the SAG short film I’m doing a small role in THE REGINALD F. LEWIS STORY. Small, as in, not a single line of dialogue. No problem. The table read went well and I was able to have a presence even though I didn’t have much to say in the actual script. It’s all a part of the bigger picture for the future.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Finally; my first night of my new commercial class at Killian’s Commercial Workshop. Wow! Killian runs the course in a very no non-sense fashion. He’s there to teach, not to make you feel good…if you don’t do anything that warrants praise you will not get anyway, but he isn’t mean either. I like his methods; it’s the real deal. It wasn’t a good first showing for me, but that’s a good thing. I have A LOT to learn about commercial and I am looking forward to getting better…much better.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Today I had a meeting with my financial advisor at the AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union. For the last several years I’ve been trying to better with my finances. I have to say that it’s made a huge difference in my life being able to pay all of my bills on time and save for a rainy and retirement…and a few other major things going on. I think I understood about 20% of what she said, but at least it’s more than I understood beforehand. 2012 is going to be a very different year for me so I’m trying to get ready now. Did I say 2012 is going to be a very different year? It bears repeating, LOL!
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Callback: “Sears” @ Francene Selkirk Casting. So I’ve been going to this office for over 13 years and 2 months, through numerous callbacks, many avails, and…not one, single booking. NOT ONE! BUT, I know it is going to happen and, I believe, sooner than later. The callback went well I think. It was one of those auditions where they ask a question of you. My question was, “What is something that others wouldn’t know about you?” I revealed to the room that I cried during the film THE NOTEBOOK. Ha! The room got a good laugh out of it; which I think is a good thing. Maybe I’ll get a call saying “I’m booked!” That would be a great thing!