Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I really enjoy auditions and interviews.

I really enjoy auditions and interviews.

No BS. Just conversations with people about what they know, what I know,
and what we can learn from each other ...

Interviews and auditions are different versions of the same animal.

Way back when, I nailed a couple of auditions when I got myself into the mindset they were the same as interviews.

Seems like it's time to come full circle, and go after interviews with the same "make something happen" attitude I have for auditions.

I'm a firm believer in auditioning and interviewing constantly, even if I'm on the greener grass. It keeps me sharp, keeps me hungry, gives me perspective, and when I'm ready for a new challenge and want to make things happen somwhere else, I'm that much more ready to make the change.

I realize even though I made a decision to keep auditioning and acting up at the same pace, I haven't been really diligent, and sometime back fell into an "either-or" habit -- either auditioning, or interviewing.

Gonna be a busy few weeks ...

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Proof there is a God

"God created people, and gave them wisdom. And with that wisdom they
created ... Programmable coffee makers."


Monday, November 21, 2005

I had a vivid dream last night.

I took a break from a professional hockey game (I was playing, of course) to wander a huge university campus, where extremely attractive people constantly stopped to talk to me.

I ran into Stan ("The Man") Lee, and invited him to come with me to a make-up session with my acting coach. The session was in an ancient theatre, and dozens of people were in the audience.

When I took the stage, a well-armed terrorist attacked. I fought and won, and rescued the entire audience (which included Stan Lee, two small girls, and an evidently important children's blanket).

And the terrorist turned out to be someone's mother (not mine).

Mr. Lee is an extremely influential person.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I like beer.

And I'm not a snob.

I just don't like Miller or Budweiser. Nothing classist; the taste just doesn't do anything for me. I'm more of a Fat Tire and Guinness kinda guy.

And now, to please an in-law, I tried a Budweiser Select. And ... I didn't spew.

I must think on this ...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Today didn't suck.

But one, single, half-an-hour event that bit made it feel like the whole day sucked.

That kind of bites.

Time to rearrange Stikfas and reset...

I'm totally digging Stikfas...

I'm totally digging Stikfas. And they just released these superhero versions. As you can see, They're much more powerful than original Stikfas...


Just go read this post again...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Man, updating a technical resume to make it functional (rather than historical) and putting together a gang-buster cover letter sucks...

Monday, November 14, 2005

"Batman" audition

I just left an audition for a UT student film.

I haven't auditioned for a student film for a while -- so what changed my mind?
I'd get to play Batman.

I'm a borderline comic book fanboy (and I've already auditioned to be the voice of Captain America), so this is a good opportunity to flex my comic book chops in an on-screen short. An action short. Hope the choreography doesn't suck.

The downside? The script's not really canon -- kind of an "Elseworlds"
UltraLite -- but still fun.

The other downside is I dunno if the guys love the material. They happen to
have a nice Batsuit, and they built the project around that.

I love the material, though. So maybe it evens out.

And I've got the voice. Check out my Character Voice Demo, and tell me if I'm wrong...

Friday, November 11, 2005

I dug a big ol' hole last night (literal, not figurative).

Unlike my youth, this time I was neither trying to get to China, nor was a I building a fort.

Turns out digging is not as much fun if I'm not trying to get to China or trying to build a fort ...

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I went to the Reel Women "First Monday Mix" last night.

The Mix is generally a good chance for me to meet new folks, catch up with friends, and enjoy Opal Divine's massive draft selection (Smithwicks for me tonight, which is a good Irish red).

I felt both kind of rushed and low-key tonight, so I kept my networking effort somewhat small tonight.

I caught up with acting buddy and former classmate Richard Ricks (we've been sort of chasing each other for a couple of years), touched base with just getting into the game Deana Ricks, and met recent transplant (and Production hopeful) Marianne, 6-month set dresser Jennifer, Production Assistant and 2nd cam operator Cari, and finally got a chance to say hi to Gary Chason.

Unfortunately, the Mix is usually at the 6th street Opal Divine's, but tonight it was at the Penn Field location. Trying to get their for a 6 p.m. start in Austin rush hour traffic isn't something of which I'm in a hurry to make a habit, so we'll see how often I attend these things if the venue change holds.

I then headed north and hung out with rennaisance man Adam Langley. Dude's a prince of a guy.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Hey, who's that actress playing a cashier on the new Jack-in-the-Box "JACK CA$H" commercial?

She's got it going on!

Good for her ...

Saturday, November 05, 2005

More magic on the XML syndication front:

I've added a new set of pages to my website -- calendars!

I couldn't find a decent calendar for acting events, video game releases, film & DVD releases, and the like. I was looking for something to which I could subscribe (I'm an active consumer of content, but a often a passive consumer of getting it).

Since I couldn't find anything like this, I cobbled something together (with the help of free service RSSCalendar).

So check it out -- you can look at "All Events"; just "Acting"; just "Film/DVD"; or just "Video Games".


As a caveat, I'm trying this out on a month-to-month basis, 'cause it's a lot of work. So, If you know of a publishable shared calendar that does the same thing, let me know.

You can also subscribe to the calendar, which is a pretty cool feature.

As a matter of fact, I've added a "Feeds" page to the website, to consolidate all of my syndication shenanigans:


And no, this isn't the new hotness at which I hinted at last month.

Fishing for whales is still coming up soon ...

Friday, November 04, 2005

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Where have all the geeks gone?

Where have all the geeks gone?

I went out to try to find some midnight madness for the November 1 release of the Star Wars Episode III DVD, and the Star Wars Battlefront II PC and console video game.

I went by a Circuit City, an EB Games, and even made myself go by a Wal-Mart, before finding a party at a local Hastings. And by "party" I mean like 5 people, and only one in Star Wars-themed get up (the kid in the pict above).

he was dressed as "Anakin Skywalker" (Hayden Christensen) -- scar and all -- and probably would have had the best Star Wars costume. Even if there had actually been some competition.

I'm guessing the Force wasn't strong with this young one, since he was oblivious to my following him around to snap this picture.

I wanted to adopt the kid so he could make it through high school. He was making conversation with 3 of the other costumed attendees, and was asking things like, "So, are you a Dark Knight Returns concept Robin?"

Sad. But dedicated to his geekdom.

And I didn't even get me an Ewok ...