Saturday, February 28, 2004

Muted Apostle

Looks like Debbie and the boys are getting sick now. That seems to be the pattern. I get sick and get nearly well and then give it to them...then they can give it back to me in a few weeks. We are a very sharing family...that's good at least.

I'm afraid to see The Passion. My housemates saw it tonight. Some of my castmates are going to see it Sunday night after the show and they invited Debbie and myself. I will see it, but not this weekend. I'm glad that it was made and that so many people are being exposed to the story. I guess my deal is that it is my story. If someone made a movie about my father or wife or friend or son....and the movie was about the real way that that person was tortured and died...I wouldn't see it on opening weekend. I'd want the world to know about their pain, but I wouldn't want to live it again. I hear so many people talking about Jesus these days and I feel like they are talking about some famous person that I happen to know. Most of the time I just stay out of the conversation. It's a strange time to follow Jesus. So many of his followers are opting to be so loud right now. I've been loud enough in years past. I will be silent and look for the Resurrected One in the poor, the mundane and the casual.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Still Sick

I have been very sick. I was diagnosed with bronchitis for the second time this winter. Today is the first day since Sunday that I have been able to function at 50%. Work last night was torturous, but tonight was OK. I'm on lots of drugs and I hope to be better soon. I have lots of thoughts to share regarding gay marriage, The Passion, and other things, but I'll wait until I can think clearly.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Feel Sorry for Me

I slept 21 hours today. I have a fever and a pretty bad cough. On a positive note, Debbie and the boys are back...

Sunday, February 22, 2004

LA and Back Today

I'm not sure what exactly I went to today. It was an audition for a reality show about the making of a TV Pilot. I would say that it went very well. It was very much American Idol for actors...not quite what I was expecting. I'll know more in a few weeks. It's called Pilotproject.

Oh...she did say that I would have to grow my hair longer for the part, which is funny considering the last entry.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Going to Bed Now

Tonight I completed my sixth night of TNT in a row and now I have three days off. I just got back from seeing Etta James in concert. She was great, but I fell asleep. Her music makes me sleepy. Tomorrow I'm going to LA with Tommy for a 5:00 audition.

Thanks Greg C for adding "comments" to my blog...

Friday, February 20, 2004

Hair was really just one audition for 3 spots by the same production company. It went very well. At the end of the audition they asked if I would cut my hair. The gig pays $500...I had to decide if my hair was worth $500 in a split second. My initial thought was "sure, what do I care." But then I remembered that I have to care these days. I just paid $175 for headshots and I would have to get new ones with short hair. I technically have to get permission from TNT to get my hair cut. I was the only guy with long hair at the auditioin, which would have been a really good thing had they wanted that.

"I can get a short trim...a few inches all around." That was my answer.

"OK, we'll call you." They haven't. It shoots tomorrow.

I have been able to spend a lot of time with people that I usually don't get to hang out with much...mainly because they are the kind of people who hang out until 2am. The last few nights were spent with my castmates after the show. I finally feel completely included in the community there. There are lots of new people coming in so I'm no longer introduced as the new guy.

Tonight I am going to see Etta James with my friend Vel and her dad. Tomorrow I will be going to LA with Tommy unless I get a call that I have work here. (I auditioned for a commercial that shoots tomorrow and they liked me but wanted me to cut my they may have passed on me.)

Either way...I'm just saying that I am blessed to have so many new and old friends. (Today I slept through breakfast with my oldest friends for the second week in a row...which sucks. 7am is getting earlier and earlier for me these days.)

I miss my three best friends though...they will be back Sunday.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Just Found Out

I have auditions for three different commercials today! Having an agent is cool.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Barry Wheeler

Somehow I ended up playing Barry in TNT three days in a row. I really enjoyed the part. Now I go back to Michael for the next three days. That means 6 days in a row for me...a record. The cool thing is that my family has been out of town anyway, so its not like I'm missing time with them.

I will be going to LA Saturday to audition for a TV pilot. It's a long shot, but I'm sure I'll learn something by doing it. My friend Tommy may be coming with me, so if nothing else we can hang out.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Back in Town

I'm back, but Debbie and the boys are staying in Indiana for the rest of the week. I'm working pretty much every night this week and I have an audition in LA Saturday for a TV I'm keeping busy. Whenever the family leaves I tend to keep myself really busy. I don't know if that I means I am really a workaholic or if I just miss them and try not to think about them not being here...probably a little of both.

Now I'm off to have lunch at the new Paymon's Med. Cafe in Summerlin with Greg and Jeremy. It will be my second time there...I like the old one better so far, but this one is a little closer. (See "My Happy Place" on my links for more info on my favorite restaurant.)

Peace to you...

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

How many blogs does it take to...

A few days ago I started another blog to chronicle my journey into acting. I've been trying to figure out why I felt urged to do such a thing. I think that I wanted a "pure" record of that journey so that I could look back on it someday. It also feels odd to blog so much about my career in this particular journal. We'll see what comes of it all.

All of that to say I will still update a few major events here. I signed with an agent today...Cody at McCarty Talent. I'm excited about the partneship. It feels right to me.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Jerry Mc-f'n-Guire?

Cody Garden is my agent. Today I signed with McCarty Talent. It was my #1 choice. So...yeah, that's good.
You take one shower and...

I was in the shower yesterday afternoon and received two voicemail messages. One from an agent that I am hoping will sign me. We are meeting in the morning. The other from an acting coach, Gerald Gordon, that I am hoping will let me study with him. (I'll have to go through an interview process and audition to be his student.)

So far I have been struck with how much of this industry is waiting to have a phone call returned. Until now in my life I have normally been the guy that people waited for a phone call its the other way around. It is humbling and makes me feel a little bad about my tendancy to wait a few days to return calls. (I have always had a slight fear of speaking on the phone...I know its strange, but with the exception of about 10 people I have to force myself to pick up a phone and dial. I guess its some form of shyness. Phone calls are very intimate compared to other forms of communication...enough about my oddities...)

I also received another call today from yet another agency. I will wait and see how tomorrow goes before calling them back.

On another note, TnT is directed by one of the original writers, a man named Larry who lives in NYC and visits us every few months. He will be here this week and they have finally scheduled my to play my other part (Barry) while he is here. It could help my chances to go five nights per week there.

Leavin on a Jet Plane

We are preparing to go back to Indiana this week. It will be good to be with Deb's family. It will also be very cold. Take the good with the cold. Debbie and I have a strange gig at her homechurch. I'm playing an Italian entertainer named Vinnie at a Valentine's banquet. Should be interesting. Pray for me.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Because I have nothing better to do...

I have started a second blog to exclusively record my journey as an actor. The only thing more disturbing than me doing two blogs, is the fact that some of you will read them both. Either way:
The Biz

Life is so much more than business. Business, however, is a part of life. I have started this second blog to keep a record of my journey as a professional actor. So...let's get caught up:

My name is Joe. I'm 30 years old, married with two kids. I live in Las Vegas. And I have no idea how I became a professional actor.

I graduated from seminary in 1995 and moved to Las Vegas to be a clergyman for the rest of my life. Somewhere along the way I grew disinterested in religion and church as business. If you are more interested in my faith journey and spritual quest, you'll wanna read my primary blog.

Early last year I began exploring acting in my free time. I took some improv classes with The Second City and The Groundlings. I landed a few interesting gigs including playing the role of Michael in Tony n' TIna's Wedding at The Rio.

As of this week, I have reduced my church work to 10 hours per week in an effort to make my living in acting and storytelling. I have no idea what is to come, but I am ready for the journey.

Today I met with an agent who "really liked me" and thought I was "unique and talented." She was however, "not ready to sign me" because "I don't know enough yet to be excited about being signed." Interesting. Truth is, I wouldn't have signed today anyway because I'm meeting with another agent next week. That agency is my first choice. So I am hopeful. The lady today did say she might call me if something comes up. She mentioned a show called Scare Tactics in which I would scare unsuspecting people...I'm thinking no. Improv is more fun when people know you are acting...

On the way back from that meeting I got a call from a dinner theater in town that might hire me to act on my off nights at Tony n Tina's. I'm currently working at TnT 3 nights per week and on a waiting list to go fulltime. This could fill in the gap until then.

I think you are up to speed now. Here's to professional pretending.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Random Thoughts

Nothing is really worth blogging about, so...

1. American Idol is a great format. It is basically three different reality shows in three phases. I like it, even though it's not very manly to admit it.

2. I'd like to have a beer with John Edwards. He has a Clinton-ish way about him...he projects a caring attitude. I'd love to see if it is real. Doesn't matter. It's gonna be Kerry v Bush and I only like politics for the theatrical value anyway. (Presidential elections have just become another, less interesting, reality show option.)

3. Got a little gig shooting a video thing for Pulte Homes this Satuday. Pays 50 bones.

4. Mom and Dad are in town and coming to TnT tomorrow.

5. TnT is featured in this week's "What's On", a Vegas magazine. Lots of pic's from the show. (I was off the night the photograher came, so you won't see me.)

6. Cheryl is still stubbornly pregnant, but Jack will be joining the household this week...we think.

7. Basketball used to be my favorite TV sport, but I can't watch it anymore.

8. Golf was my least favorite TV sport as a kid, now I like it almost as much as football.

9. Dave Letterman is looking old.

10. For the third year in a row we will be getting a tax return without paying any taxes....maybe I should care more about politics...