That quote is not my own....
But it's good right?
It's from Lance Henriksen. You may not recognize the name but look him up in IMBD....as a matter of fact--here's the link.
Go ahead. Check him out.
This guy works.
188 titles to be exact.
Point is, he's been in everything. Big Blockbusters. TV. Smaller Independent Films. Straight to DVD.
That's what I like to call prolific.
Point is, he's an actor. That's his job.
It's funny. Most people go to school to act.
Which is good.
What happens in between jobs, or when you're just starting out.
That's right--you go to class.
You pay to learn.
I'd rather do a job for little or no money when I'm starting out. I get experience, copy AND I'm learning.
I'm not paying to sit in a classroom.
Even better. I was never one to sit in a class.
I'm more of a doer.
Under the "Triva" Section in IMDB under quotes....check out what this guy says. Love it!
Here's just a little taste:
[on working so much] You know something, if you're not acting, you're not an actor - you've gotta work. No way around it. I remember Andy Garcia - we had done Jennifer Eight (1992) together. And Andy, I think, was probably making a couple of million for that movie, and he looked at me one day and he goes, "Hey Lan, you work too much, you shouldn't work so much". And I said, "Alright Andy, if I was making a couple million a movie, I wouldn't work too much. I wouldn't need to work 'too much'!" Everybody has their own life to live, and I love doing the work, so what I am I gonna do? He hasn't done the same kind of roles I have. But it's lucky for me, because I'm really having a good time.
Until next time.....
So--the phrase that everyone likes to toss around is "actions speak louder than words". Kind of a platitude, isn't it?
Or as a close friend/mentor likes to say "simple. not easy."
Do I audition? Yes. Do I study with a coach. Yes. Do I love acting? Well, yes I do as a matter of fact.
But am I REALLY serious about reaching my goals and becoming the best that I am capable of--no mater what level that may or may not be......
That is when things get a LITTLE complicated.....
I decided a long time ago that not doing my best was ok. I don't mean that every day my best effort might be the same.....some days my best is "eh" and other days I feel like I'm ready to take on all comers. That's being human and last time I checked that's an ok thing to be.
It does not mean that I don't show up for myself, don't respect myself, take care of myself, which in turn, helps me be of better service to others. I can't give what I don't have....
So, starting today....
I make an oath to myself and the others who might wander over to this site that I:
1) I will take more risks. Real risks. This doesn't mean being "careless", or "who cares" or any old behavior that I've indulged in before. If it's old, self defeating behavior, then where's the risk.
2) I will actually study. Prepare. Do my best. And then, here's the key for me: relax. Let it go. Pat myself on the back. And go on to the next thing.
3) I will embrace making mistakes. Lots of them. Real whoppers. Smack my forehead "oh shit I messed that up" kind of mistakes. This does not include breaking any laws. ;-)
4) I will cut myself a break. I will cut others a break. After all, at the end of the day, 99.9 of people out there do their best. I know, sometimes I scratch my head on this one, but it's true.
5) I will post SOMETHING on this blog every day. It may be about acting. It may not. Nobody may read it....someone may and come away thinking all sorts of negative things to say. Or positive things. Cool.
6) Woody Allen (mixed feelings about the guy) said it best "90 percent of life is just showing up)
That's all for today.
Until next time.
Been a busy few months! I have been working with a new coach--Peter Flint. He is very insightful and knows how to get the best out of what the actor brings to his/her work; not to impose his opinions on how someone "should do" their work.
1) First time every time
2) Start where you are
3) Take control of your role/audition.
It's been 3 weeks now visiting the family and I've learned a lot about myself, my growth and got to see just how far I have grown. I am ready to get back to NYC--picking up my new motorcycle--finally! Need a week or so to get used to it before I can ride it up to the big apple. Miss my peeps, miss my city, I am ready to get back!!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. My friend, Kyle Shaddok is a professional chef and cooked an AMAZING dinner--my only complaint was my inability to eat seconds. Guess that's a nice problem to have.
Last night I was at a free reading at the Abingdon Theater Company that was written by Jack Canfora and directed by Evan Bergman. The name of the piece is Jericho and I was very impressed. I will only briefly cover the plot as not to ruin it for future viewers.
The action centers around Beth (Kathleen McNenny), a woman in her mid thirties who is dealing with the loss of her husband who was trapped and killed inside one of the towers on 9/11. She is seeing a therapist but is having trouble letting go of the memory of her husband which is making it difficult for her to connect both emotionally and physically with her new boyfriend Ethan (Andrew Rein).
Ethan has asked Beth to join him to have Thanksgiving dinner with his increasingly dysfunctional family: his brother Josh (David Bishins), who himself was in one of the towers and narrowly escaped the same fate as Beth's husband. Since the accident he has grown increasingly fundamentalist about the Jewish faith and is actually considering moving to Jerusalem. His wife Jessica (Carol Todd) who has tried desperately to reach her husband but appears to be at the end of her rope and the two are all but resigned that a divorce is eminent. Last but not least there is Rachel (Susan Bob) who is the matriarch and the epitome of the Jewish Mother.
Needless to say, this becomes a Thanksgiving no one, including the audience will forget for a very long time. What makes this piece so well for me is several elements:
1) Humor--Michael Shirtleff in his classic book Audition says that all good drama must have humor. I couldn't agree more. This play is balanced with the correct blend of humor and pathos. Part of that can be attributed to the actors, who in my estimation were cast perfectly for their roles but mentioning them alone without giving proper credit to Mr. Canfora's witty, tight and well written banter would be telling half the story.
2) Dealing with sensitive subject matter--Mr. Canfora deals not with just one, he deals with a virtual minefield, all with the aplomb of an experienced writer. I myself was in a play about 9/11 in Washington Dc, less than two years after the event took place. It was a good piece but was too literal and did not allow people to see the big picture like this piece has.
3)--Surprising the audience with misdirection and reveals, but with deft writing and storytelling and not cheap tricks. Not an easy thing to do.
So all in all it was a treat. Evan Bergman did a fine job of giving these fine actors room to roam emotionally while keeping the whole piece moving in the right direction and pace.
Thanks to the artistic director, Jan Buttram, for coming and supporting this play and the spirit of this reading series. I don't know of many who would have done the same. Her passion and joy were infectious.
For info on upcoming productions check out: www.abingdontheater.org
Had a great conversation with Paul Michael, the owner and founder of The Network, a service which connects actors with agents, managers and casing directors. I know that several companies do this and I am sure they are good in their own right but you won't find a nicer group of people to work with that Paul and his team. Even though Paul is the owner, he is always available to actors for support, advice and encouragement. Having had a career in directing and acting, he offers a unique and well rounded perspective.
So he gave a list of theaters to research to attend readings so I can get me and my new headshots (Thanks Israel Savage!) out there and get connected with up and coming theaters, directors and writers. I also have a list of casting people that I will be meeting with through the network--so that will keep me busy which is good. I don't do so well with idle time; I tend to get myself into all sorts of trouble.
Hey everyone. I've been in NYC for over 12 years. Before that...all over the place. Born in Pa, grew up in St Augustine Fl, served in the US Army, lived in Washington Dc and now I call New York my home.