What a great time I had this weekend with some of my improv buddies at Grounded Coffee in Madison Al. I was a part of four improv shows there. We had a fun time, and the audiences were spectacular. Fred was the man of many hats. I love working with Fred Sayers. If you haven’t, you should. It’s a treat.
Here is another buddy taking it all in. Eugene Banks. He is quite the ring leader of this circus. He always does way more than his share.
Here’s my buddy Fred again with our friend Steve. I can’t tell you what a joy it is to play with him. Steve I just want you to know that I love Pittsburg.
My buddy Matt drove all the way down from Tenn. just to hang out with us old timers. He is quite the multiple character man.
My new friend is Beth. She is so sweet and giving on the improv stage, but nothing will top Gary Busey wanting to audition for I dream of Jeanie.
All in all it was a great night. Here I am dreaming of coffee.
Here is a video taking about what else I’ve been doing with improv.
1. You know how to respond to it later on.
The no’s in life get bigger. What I mean by that is this. Maybe you are 8 and you always wanted to play Alice in Alice and Wonderland. You go to an audition and you get cast as a playing card. Maybe when your 28, you are in New York auditioning for the 1,000,000th time, and you don’t get cast. Getting that no back when you were 8 helped you prepare for the bigger no’s in you life.
2. It gives you experience as an artist to draw on for your craft.
The feeling that you get those of hurt, anger and rejection you feel can help you develop as an actor. You can be reassured that you are still passionate about what you are doing. You feel something. You are being something. That is an important thing for an actor. Feeling,being. The day that you aren’t upset at least a little, you probably need to quit.
3.Inspires creative thought.
It forces you to be creative and try to go a different angle.Getting a no may make you look at what you did and try to be more creative the next time. Many failures that I’ve had on stage really pushed me to keep trying different angles and approaches until I got the desired result.
4. Maybe you aren’t quite ready for what you are embarking on and need more work.
No can be helpful, if you are trying to get an audition in front of that big agent, or you are getting your one big shot in front of that director. You don’t actually make it past the pre audition, or your agent doesn’t choose to send you. You may be grateful, if you are not ready. Being prepared is vitally important. Being on. Being ready.
5. Maybe it’s simple. You are not what they are looking for.
You could be the best actor, actress in the world. You could be well trained and brilliant. But maybe you are to tall or short. Maybe you are to skinny or to heavy. It happens more than you will ever know.
So, if you get a no, accept how you are feeling, but don’t lay down, roll around and stay there and pout about it. Get up and move on to the next opportunity that awaits you. Don’t give up!!! Don’t quit!!!! That next audition may be your yes.
Been doing a good bit of writing lately, unfortunately it has cut down my blog writing considerable.
However, I read an article today about the making of Pulp Fiction, I was truly inspired by the article in Vanity Fair. Even thought Pulp Fiction is bit to dark for me, I can appreciate that it challenged script writing everywhere, and it still does.
In the article, it talked about how Tarantino wrote what he wanted. That concept really made me think about what I like to write about. I really think that I want to be known for this edgy writer who takes chances and reeks havoc in people’s souls, but that is not who I am at all.
I love the marshmallows in lucky charms, rainbows, butterflies, happy happy stuff. My favorite movie is The Princess Bride. I mean come on, it doesn’t get much happier than that. I think of some of my favorite movies are Hook, the Goonies, The Holiday, Sleepless in Seatle, When Harry met Sally, You got Mail, the list spews on with Happy lovey dovey, ooey gooey, let me throw up in my mouth a little for the average person.,but I love love love happy endings. I swear if Hallmark would hire me, I would make them millions.
I’m learning that who I am, and what I like to write about is okay I don’t have to rip people brains out, or make them cringe to create beautiful writing. I can appreciate other things. I mean I love a good action movie, but when it come to writing I just feel that somebody has to balance out the Tarantino’s in this world.
Tomorrow, I’m stepping into the world that’s new to me in several ways.
1. I will be doing voice over work for a commercial. So excited. I was told if you can’t find work, create your own work and find your place in it. So, that’s what I did.
2. I will be assistant director for the commercial we will record in Birmingham.
3. I will watch the words of the script that I helped write come to life. Wow.
4. Most of all, I’m looking forward to getting to work with some old pals that I haven’t seen in awhile. Cast your friends if you can.
All in all, pretty good stuff.
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October is Breast Cancer awareness month. You will see pink everywhere. Pink is my favorite color so that makes me pretty happy.
When I saw the above travel trailer at Madison RV, I had to share it. I share it not only because it’s pink, but also because as much as we hate it, we need to make sure we are aware that cancer is mean. But, sometimes if it is caught early enough, you can beat the mess out of it. One of my good friends did just that. She caught it early, and now is cancer free.
I would paint the whole world pink if I knew it would save a life. So go get checked. It is well worth your time.