Uplifting mid-month stories to keep us going all month long
Who hasn’t heard of how whole grains are healthier for you? Anyone? It has been a craze for a while. From the Mayo Clinic’s web site we find this description.
Whole grains include the bran, germ and endosperm. The bran is the outer layer of the seed and contains most of the seed's fiber. The endosperm, also called the kernel, makes up the bulk of the seed. It contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals. The germ is the part of the seed from which a new plant sprouts. It's a concentrated source of nutrients.
And finally, as we prepare to celebrate July 4th, stay safe, have fun, and enjoy this time with family and friends. Remember to spend you life in a way to uplift others. You don't know what their story is, nor how your own may let you lift someone out of a dark pit someday. We are all in this together.
Uplifting mid-month stories to keep us going all month long
This past month, I spent three days helping my best friend and family pack for a move halfway across the country. It was long, hot, sweaty work that left me sore each evening and morning after. The first day that they were gone, I notice on my right forearm several bruises that had not been there the previous three days. I obviously had over strained, applied too much pressure, bumped into something or otherwise caused some subcutaneous damage to my arm (and probably other areas of my body). They hurt when I pressed on them and will take several days to lighten from a dark tan to yellow and finally back to my normal skin color.
As an actor, I get bruised all the time creatively. Submit for an audition and never hear back. Go to an audition and realize I am out of my league (or just trying to keep up with trained dancers doing the Charleston). Go to an audition, walk out feeling good, but never hear anything (or get a rejection email). Submit to an agent and either hear nothing back or get a rejection letter in return (usually in the SASE I provided – so I paid to get that letter). Get a callback, but don’t book the gig. All this can equal one bruised ego.
But here’s the thing. Once in a great while, I book the gig. I get cast in the play or musical (for which I have my first musical casting now). I get to go on camera or into the sound booth for a film/voice over project. Are all the old bruises still there? Some are still tan, some are still yellow, but many have faded back into my normal tones. And the exertion of the work put into each audition, each bruise to my ego, ends up being a chance to learn and to grow.
So to my acting and my non-acting friends, remember, bruises are just a sign that you attempted. You may have succeeded, or you may not have, but the bruise, however painful, will fade back into your normal tones. And each bruise bring a satisfaction of a job that, in the famous word of Yoda, you did or did not, there is no try. Celebrate the bruises, take care of the hurts, be thankful for the pain, then get back to work because bruises are a part of life. The only one that is never bruised is the one that never does.
Spring has come in like a lion with rain and rain and more rain here in the Chicago-land area. I can only hope that all those May flowers have enjoyed the wet time.
May marked the month of my debut appearance in the web series The Natural on Vimeo. I play Solomon Keys, an agent working in the CIA reporting to The Manager, the same person Agent Richard Davis and the CORE team report to. After needing a month of recovery from their defeat by Wilson, the CORE team is reassembled and ready to track him down. How will Solomon play into this picture and who is really tracking who down. Head over to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thenaturalseries/ and you can rent this episode (and the pilot episode also if you have not seen it) for only 99 cents, less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee.
Summer also has me starting my first musical rehearsals. Etude, A Vampire Fairy Tale which will open in August 19 in Palatine IL (more details to follow). My role is small, but there are no small roles in any show. I will get to dance, sing and play on stage with a great group of people and a custom script and music.
Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday has closed and though I never had the chance to take the stage, I had a great time working with Shatter Globe Theater Company. The cast was talented and I learned a lot from watching them rehearse, perform and build chemistry on stage. And all my understudy friends and I had a blast during our time together.
Summer 2017 is looking to be a slower summer than the past 12 months has been, but that allows me some time to try my hand at some new things. I recently purchased a Rode Videomic for my DSLR not only for self-tapes, but to try my hand at some more creative endeavors. I will be posting more on that later as well. So until next month, or my next inspired newsletter, have a safe and happy summer. Enjoy the warm weather where ever you are, from Chicago to Phoenix.
One year ago this month began my journey into the world of professional acting. I was laid off work on May 6th, and made the crazy choice to see what I could create while I looked for a new job. Six months later I finally found that new job, but more importantly I had booked 4 plays, one web series, 2 films, one voice over in a film, a half dozen small commercials, several extra gigs, an audio book, and a voice over for a small animation project.
To say I am amazed would be an understatement. Had someone told me last year in May that this would be my resume I would never had believed it. I am so very grateful for all that has happened in this past year. So many people I have met that have instructed, taught, lifted and generally helped me along the way.
Things seem to be slowing down a bit, though rehearsals for my next and first musical show are starting up this month. More on that in the coming months (it doesn't open until August 18th). Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday is still running through the end of the month (May 20th unless it extends), and The Natural, Episode 2 should be out soon.
Spring is here is is a time of new beginnings. I have decided to run some Instagram weekly campaigns on several topics in the coming months, geared to a specific day of the week. Follow me over there for interesting, and perhaps inspirational pictures, or just to see me be goofy. Whatever makes you happy,
Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Opens April 5th at Theater Wit in Chicago
Well, my first understudy at Redtwist Theater's Death of a Salesman came to an official end on March 26th, after a 6 week run (including the 3 week extension) to very highly praised reviews, and a Jeff Recommendation. Steve Scott, our director, and all the incredible cast and other understudies were such a great group to work with. I look forward to the opportunity to be able to work with Redtwist again.
The end was not over before the next amazing opportunity happened. I am excited to work with Shattered Globe Theater Company in the production of Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday. This is my first opportunity to work with an Equity company.
In this moving, tender and very personal play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl, the longing for the immortality of Neverland confronts the inevitable passage of time. Five siblings – 2 doctors, 3 Republicans and 1 teacher of rhetoric – move from their father’s hospital bed to a Jameson-fueled kitchen table wake, and then head for the “second star to the right and straight on until morning” (J.M. Barrie). In this world of make-believe, now seen through the eyes of these adults, there is still magic and wisdom for the young at heart.
Featuring Sarah Ruhl’s mother, Kathleen Ruhl
In the On Camera front, The Natural has finished filming for Episodes 2 and 3, and Episode 1 is on sale for 99 cents right now. Head over and watch the trailer and rent Episode 1. Mercy, a short film that will challenge your ideas of good and evil filming at the end of April. I play "Man," who, unlike "The Man", is looking for the truth and trying to reconcile what he sees to what he has believed.