Thursday, May 31, 2012

Audition: “Audi” @ Plaster Casting.  Ha!  This one felt really good; even though I wasn’t totally sure what I was doing…I did it.  So, hopefully, I’ll be at callbacks.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Audition: “Samsung” @ Cathi Carlton Casting.  Hmm…not sure how this one went.  I had to dance and I’m not that good at dancing.  Plus, I injured my back last week at the gym and I’m still a little stiff.   I did the best I could, but I think I…needed a little more…

Sunday, May 27, 2012

So yesterday I went to see THE AVENGERS.  Honestly, I don’t know too much about the history of each character and all of that since I’m not too versed about comic books.   As a kid I was out playing in the woods finding snakes or building a ramp to jump over people on my BMX bike – stuff like that.  As a result I didn’t watch a ton of TV…I know who Superman is though.  So I just watched the film and enjoyed it for what was on the screen in front of me.  I liked it.

At the very end my mind perked up to some dialogue that, for some reason, seemed familiar to me; very familiar.  I couldn’t figure it out at first, but then it came to me.  I’m referring to the people at the very end of the film that were, basically, talking about how cool it was that The Avengers were there to save the day. 

Cut to:

Back on February 3rd of this year I got a last minute call for an audition for a small role in a very large studio film.  I didn’t know what the project was then, but now I know it was THE AVENGERS!  Obviously, I didn’t get the role, but I mention it because it made me feel as though I don’t give myself enough credit for what I have accomplished in the entertainment business.  It’s easy to concentrate on the fact that I didn’t get the role, but what I did get is confirmation that I’m on the mind of one of the most important studio film casting offices in Hollywood.  Just last month I booked a role in TOTAL RECALL, without auditioning.  That booking came from being on the mind of a different, really important, casting director in town.  Yeah, I’m making progress and I need to remember that and not be so hard of myself…while still pushing to make this career go to the next level.

I had a good commercial class today; I was pretty happy with my performance.  During the class a funny thing happened when the instructor was talking about an ad campaign from some years ago that was very successful.  The client, a bank, then changed ad agencies and shot a new campaign which, I guess, was a failure.  That bank is now out of business.  I was in one of the commercials of the new $100 million dollar campaign.  Ha!  Am I failure?  I don’t know, but I had a great time shooting the commercial and I made good money it.  I guess if one books enough commercials some of those companies will go out of business…just pay me first!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Audition: “Verizon” @ Pogo Casting.  I had no idea what I was doing in this one, well, maybe a little bit, but “my wife” was very helpful.  Thanks baby, lol!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Callback: “Cox Cable” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  Okay, so I made it to, what I consider 3rd base, callbacks.  I went in with another great group of guys that I jelled with and had a ball.  I even got some direct attention from the director…which I think is a good thing.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Audition: “Cox Cable” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  Yes!  This was a fun time with a fun group of guys.  Hopefully I’ll get a callback.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Audition: “Temptations” @ Spot Casting.  This was good, simple and over in a jiffy.  I’d be a little surprised if they’d cast a black actor in this particular role, but I’ve been surprised before.  Hope I get a callback!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tonight I performed my comedy set in the showcase of my comedy class.  I taped it myself and, obviously, I have a lot to learn, but I was pretty happy with how it went considering where I’m at.  I was nervous, of course, but I got through it; even got a few laughs. 

I didn’t invite anyone because the only way I could have done the showcase is if no one knew about it.  I’m not sure what that’s all about with me, but I feel as though I have no friends.  I know it’s not true, but I often feel that way.  I think it stems from my intense fear of rejection; and that probably stems from never being accepted by my father.  It seemed that one of the students had invited half of the 30 people in the audience.  I was amazed at how far away I was from something like that. 

I’m not sure what I’m going to do next with the stand up comedy thing, but, at minimum, I’ll probably do some open mic events and see how I feel.    All in all, it was fun and I consider it a success.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Audition: “Alltell” @ Joe Blake Casting.  After I signed in an actor approached me and said, “You stole my commercial”.  I laughed and was like “nah, couldn’t have been me I haven’t booked anything of note recently.  We talked a bit more and, in fact, it was me he was talking about.  It was the WaMu commercial from 4-5 years ago.  That was the one where he was “the choice” and the client changed their mind and “went another way” at the last minute.  That, “another way” was “my way!”  The casting office, I later learned, knew they chose me before we auditioned at the 3rd audition.  I didn’t tell him that though…too much information.  We had a good talk, turns out he went in for the Degree spot I booked as well.  I’m sure he’s booked a bunch of stuff I’ve gone in for too.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Audition: “Walgreen’s” @ Joe Blake Casting.  I think this went…pretty good.  There was a lot of “business” to do, but I think I handled it well.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tonight I did my first comedy open mic at Tribal CafĂ© with some folks from my class.  I even had a vegetarian sandwich!  At first I considered not going, but then I figured how stupid that would have been.  So I went.  I mean, after all, it was a chance to be out amongst people…which is something I really need to do more of.  It went okay…I think.  I learned a little; which is good.  I learned a lot from my classmates so I’ll call it a great success.  I’m less nervous now, but still nervous.  I’m looking forward to getting that out of the way.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Audition/Producers/Tape: “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” @ Peter Pappas Casting.  I think this was the fastest audition I’ve ever had.  I walked in, signed in, went in the audition room, read the scene and was out the door in, I think, less than 1 minute…definitely less than 2 minutes.  It went well too!

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Audition: “Tide” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  After I signed in I took a look at the session sheet for the day and saw that I was one of 43 actors that received an appointment for this role in the commercial.  I felt fortunate that I was chosen out of the hundreds or even thousands of actors that are right for the role.  The actual audition was incredibly simple and I was on my way to my comedy class. 

My comedy class went really well today; much better than last week.  I have very little doubt that I can entertain and be really funny.  I just have to find “my way” and get the nerves out of the way.  Sometimes I am so confident and others times I am anything but.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Audition/Tape: “Bunheads” @ Jeanne Bacharach Casting.  I hadn’t seen Jeanne since I booked “Brothers & Sisters” years ago.  It was good to see her and Mara again.  I think it went pretty good.  I got direction on the second take and then completely different direction on the third take.  Not sure what that meant, but I appreciate them taking the time with me. 

Audition: “AEP” @ Kathy Knowles Casting.  This was fun and went great!  My partner and I went for it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Audition: “Boost Mobile” @ Alyson Horn Casting.  This was fun with a fun partner to work with; I think I did okay.