Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Please Don't Look for me on The OC

As it turns out, this OC stuff is going to be all extra work. It's not really acting, but they still give you money. There is a slight chance that something good may come of it, but its really nothing too impressive. I'm quite troubled by being an extra and I'm not sure why. It's humbling for sure, but I need money and sitting by a pool all day for $100 aint a bad job. The other extras are so excited about it...I'm kinda ashamed of their enthusiasm I guess.

Reasons to be an extra:

1. You like to hang out with TV/Movie Stars.

2. You think its real acting.

3. You have some delusion that you will hook up with a model.

4. You got nothing better to do.

5. You are good looking, but too dumb to do anything else.

6. You need money.

Reasons I am an extra this week:

see #6 only (and maybe the second half of #5)

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The OC

So I guess that I will be working for these people this week. A few days of extra work and then I get to play a poker player. Hopefully that will be enough to justify putting it on the resume. It means that I will be working 15 hour days since I will straight from there to TNT. But then again, "work" tomorrow entails sitting by the pool at the Hard Rock for 10 hours...

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Takin Their Time

People wait until the last minute to let you know if you have a job or not. It's rather frustrating. Tonight at TNT Jody asked that we give him seven days notice if we need a night off for another gig. I haven't had seven days notice for anything else that I've landed. I have three possible things out there...realistic things...for next week. One is a high paying gig in Laughlin Wed-Sat. The others are day jobs in Vegas. I feel like at least one of them is going to go through, but I don't know if I can get off work.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Help from my Cyber Friends

Hello everyone. I haven't used this journal very often to ask for help, but I figure if you are odd enough to want to read about my life, you may wanna help a brother (and his wife and kids) out.

There is an increasing possibility that my family will be doing a show in Hawaii (Maui) for 4-6 weeks in the near future. We are looking for a place to stay for under $1000/month, which pretty much means we need to go through somebody who might know somebody who likes to give discounts to actors/church planters/poor white people. We can make do with a room or 2 and a bathroom for the 4 of us. The show is in Lahaina on Maui. We would be there sometime late April through the end of May...but its flexible.

So...e-mail us via the link in the side bar over there ---> if you can help.

Mahalo. (Thanks, Nicole)


Well...all is normal on the uncertain front. Hawaii is looking more and more possible, but for 4-6 weeks, which is better for us anyway. I'm playing Michael at TNT every night except Sundays because the other Michael has been suspended for missing a show.

Next week I may have a small spot on The OC as a "young, hip poker player." I'm a poker player at least. I may also be in a (say it aint so) infomercial. Who knows what will happen, likely nothing.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Air Travel...

I woke up to 32 degrees and snow. Five hours later the ATA captian tells us that its sunny and 90! I'm back from Indiana. The wedding was nice. I met these guys: click here. They sang in the wedding and are part of my friend Ben's house church in Cincy.

When I got back into town I was told that the guy who shares my role with me in TNT was "suspended". I'm not sure what that means except that I am Michael everyday escept Sundays until further notice. I've been wanting to get more days, but not at someone's expense. Mixed feelings.

A good sign you are getting older: you prefer crossword puzzles to video games. Yep...I turn 31 in 3 weeks.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Quick Trip

We are flying to Indiana tomorrow at midnight with a layover in Chicago. I'm not looking forward to the flight, but it will be nice to see family. My brother-in-law Dave is getting married. We will just be there through the weekend, and then back to Vegas.

Friday, March 12, 2004


I spent nearly an hour telling a friend about Jesus in the parking lot of the Rio tonight. I was able to explain the Kingdom of Heaven to him better than I ever have before. He asked why I treat people the way I do and I explained that I just try to give everyone the gift that I have been I don't get lots of things. I don't honestly understand the afterlife at all. He had questions and I just had to agree with his questions. But I think I get Jesus. I like him. I'm horribly embarrassed of his followers, but I'll talk about him all day long.

I see Jesus slowly making his way into this community and it makes me happy. I have no idea what he will do tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have the facts of life.

My agent called today with two auditions. The one that would have worked out well was for an improv radio comedy hour that is airing live March 20. Unfortunately I am out of town then so I had to pass. The other is Thursday for a commercial. On a less positive note, I had a terrible show tonight at TNT. I missed two cues and the director scolded me for the first time. I did have a bad just really sucks to be told about it. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004


Got a little job with "Dinner and a Movie", a TV show, that shoots tomorrow on the Strip.

Hawaii is becoming more of a reality. I should know this week if TNT wants me to go for sure, then we just need to see if we can do it without losing $. I would get paid around $2,000 per month...which is good for 15 hours of work per week, but not quite enough to survive there. Deb or I could get a day job a few days per week to make do.

Debbie seems really excited about the possibility, so I'm rather motivated to pursue it. I would say that it has gone from a 1% chance of happening to a 50% chance. I find out tomorrow about a pilot that I auditioned for in LA. I'm not really expecting to get it, but they were very positive during the audition. That could wrinkle Hawaii planning as well.

Ah, the joys of uncertainty and possibility.


We just received word that Kelly's mom passed away this evening. Please remember the Parkers in your prayers.

Monday, March 08, 2004


Today was perfect. 75 degrees with a slight breeze. And I took a nap. Naps are happy things.

Friday, March 05, 2004

I may need a daytimer

Its so hard to know what the future will hold. So far I've just been following most every lead that comes my way. The problem now is that I could possibly get three or four jobs that would have me work on the same day. It's hard to find that balance of flexibility and taking the $ when its there.

I may have an opportunity to go to Hawaii for 8 weeks with TNT. We'll see.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Aloha means Hello

Tonight I wish I had something really deep or profound to say, but I don't. I'm working every night this week at TNT, which is a good thing financially. It is starting to feel a little like a job at times, but a fun job...Tonight they invited any of us who are interested to think about doing the show in Hawaii for two months. Hmm...We probably won't be doing that, but I'll spend the next 24 hours thinking about if it is possible. (It only pays $500/week and housing isn't included, so that's not much to live on seeing as we would still have to pay the mortgage back here and all...) I guess I have already thought about it a bit.

Anyway, Aloha means goodbye.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Got Work?

We have a new stage manager at TNT named Jody. He sets the schedule now and has given me five days this week (Tues-Sat), which isn't officially full-time, but good news on the cash flow front.

I will find out March 10 about the LA audition.

My friend Rolan has gotten me in the door for a murder mystery that will play on the Nevada/Utah border in coming weeks. I don't even know if I could work it out with TNT, but I'm going to meet with them on Wednesday.