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The Grass is Greener…

…when you’re busy watering them.


Acting is easy. Acting believable is a challenge. I realize I spend a lot of energy every day just scrutinizing how I approach different aspects of acting. Sometimes I think I think too much, which can be a hazard to believable acting. But I’ll spare you the boring “la la” of my deep internal struggle to find the next level of creativity.

The grass is greener when you’re busy watering them. To say it’s greener on the other side is a cliché and rightly so. But, if you think about it, your grass CAN be green too! It just takes work and effort, right? Right! Anyway, although my financial situation as an actor isn’t impressive (in the positive way), I’ll have to say, being busy with work, auditions, gigs and learning makes for a wonderful way to live life. At least that’s the case in my life.

I am currently working on a commercial for a product called Sling Box. It’s an interesting device that transmits what you’re watching on television to a mobile device. That’s the bare bones of it but I know it’s a little more complicated than that. At any rate, the production team consists of talented individuals from San Jose State University‘s RTVF (Radio Television Film) department. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. Here are some photos. I’m in the first one, on the bleachers with the fancy hat.

I’ll keep you posted as to when or if this ever goes on television or on the internet. Oh and in case you were wondering, it wasn’t a paid gig. But it was totally worth being a part of.

This weekend is audition weekend. I wrapped up an interview and an audition today. The interview was with a crew of talented local film makers. I won’t go too much into detail about it, but they’re a great bunch of folks! Here’s a short film of theirs they wrapped up for a 48hr film festival. You’re welcome to navigate to their YouTube account page as they have a variety of humorous shorts.

And finally, City Light’s Theater Company held their general auditions today and I attended it and with me, a new monologue that I’m happy to have found. It’s from a play called Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke, and the character whose monologue is from basically is one of two employees that kidnap and accidentally kill their boss. It’s a fun little bit that has such a wonderful range of emotions and possibilities in terms of acting choices.

It was great, I ran into an old cast mate from Pandemonium and Susannah, who was the director for Pandemonium! Overall, it was a fun experience. I actually left the audition without feeling like I could’ve done better, or nitpicking at how I presented the monologue. That feeling alone is priceless.

Good weekend, and it’s not over yet! I have one more tomorrow with Tabard Theatre Company. That’s it for now. It sucks not to have (a lot) money, but I feel I would be more miserable if I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But hey, that’s just me.

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