Does the phrase “Bah Humbug” ever cross your mind when you reflect on your acting career progress? I must admit, just as Scrooge rediscovered his joy for life and loved ones, I’ve had to dig deep at times to embrace this thing called an actors’ life. Continue reading
I hope I’m not typing too fast before I crash from all the sugar I’ve had the last few days! You know, those ‘sugar blues’ a few hours after binging on all those sweets. Continue reading
It doesn’t take a math whiz to tell us in the acting biz that the top rungs in Hollywood are where we want to be. Now for the math: with over 95,000 SAG actors in L.A. and surrounding area, that would make for a lot weight on those top rungs. Continue reading
Wow, where has this year been going? Have you heard that question around town about this time of the year? I’ve heard it alot! We work, play, carouse, dream, set goals and even find time to sleep and rest in this life we’re living. Did I say ‘LIVING’?
It’s not often a book comes along that reignites my fire, but it certainly happened with this strong recommendation from a fellow actor named Nathan Patrick Agin. Continue reading
I didn’t coin the expression that I titled this post with, but I’ve heard it said lots during my lifetime. There are times when you’ve been cast in a project and you need to follow as the director brings your performance to a fine pitch. I know, sometimes you’re not blessed with that kind of director, but you still do the best you can. Now, when you’re not in the midst of a project being shot, then you’re leading the charge to get those jobs aren’t you? Continue reading
Wow, did I just barely come out on top in a fight I just had! The battle royale was with Time Control. I got to tell you, TC had me on the ropes for a couple weeks. Here’s what happened: I had set a couple of important acting goals/challenges to accomplish before August 1st. Well, darn if some other pressing issues reared their ugly heads and inserted themselves into my calendar. Continue reading
While Los Angeles is having it’s coolest Summer possibly EVER, let’s hope your acting pursuits are creating some heat. When I taught the first twelve years after college, I enjoyed the three favorite things about being an educator: June, July and August. I suspect we actors get into a vacation mode somewhat during the Summers as well, what with vacations, friends coming to visit and just great beach weather.
So be sure to have a glorious August as we head toward the Fall season of T.V and movies yet to be filmed and crack open that new list of goals and plans to keep the heat going to the end of the year! Continue reading
In passing tests to get my insurance licenses, I had to learn the difference between Risk Avoiding and Risk Managing. The example given was that if a person wanted to ‘Avoid’ being in an auto accident then simply that person never gets in a CAR! If that same person wanted to ‘Manage’ that risk than that person is properly licensed, drives defensively, only rides with good drivers, doesn’t drink & drive, etc. Continue reading
In an earlier post, I discussed the work we do to support ourselves while we ‘work’ to get more acting jobs. It’s not uncommon that that second or ‘B’ job starts workin’ pretty good for you. Oh oh! “Danger, Will Robinson”. What’s the danger? It is simply this: if that second job starts paying you quite a bit of money and you then lease the expensive car and upgrade your living arrangements and start living ‘high off the hog’, you’ve just become a slave to your work. What happened to that goal of being more available for auditions, meetings, drop offs, etc.? Continue reading