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I’ve been working a lot lately, and I really do love my job.
I love the people I work with, and I love watching people learn about the
and future of space travel.
I love meeting people from all over the world, and I love hearing stories of people that worked on getting man to the moon.
As much as I do love my job, I haven’t been doing a lot of creative work. I haven’t been feeding my inner artist. I haven’t been writing, improvising, and I really miss it.
Today, I headed out to the library, and I bought some used plays,
and I’m going to try to find some new monologues to begin to work on. I have dusted off my most recent screenplay and I’m going to get back to working on it. I’m trying to remind myself on a daily basis to feed the artist that lives inside of me. I don’t want to loose the skills that I’ve developed over the last twelve years.
Also, I am happier when I create.
As an artist, when you create, you feel more alive. So, I hope that soon, I will be back on stage, behind a camera, or in front of the camera giving the performance of my life. I hope that I can keep the creative candle burning. I hope I can always remember that whether I am working at my day job, or creating art that I effect people. I hope that I approach life not just barely existing, but alive.
The picture above is me with second city’s traveling improv team birthing two players. I went for the fence that night. It is something I will never forget. I was so afraid to mess up, but the guy under me and for the life of me I don’t even know his name. I owe so much to him for my success in improv.
I remember in improv rehearsal when I heard the statement Fail Big for the first time. I was glad it was explained to me soon after I heard it. It was foreign to me because I had grown up playing sports my whole life, and I often heard about winning. Losing was looked on as a bad thing in that environment. I was above average in playing sports, but my determination made up for my lack of talent. However, I hated losing, until one day I was in an environment where failing was no longer negative.
What does Fail Big mean?
It means to push the limit as far as you can till it breaks. It means that you are able to have freedom in whatever you do because if you do fail you learn something. You have pushed the limits and boundaries and landed in a place that is not familiar to you. It’s uncomfortable, but in that moment of discomfort comes the beauty of your true nature.
So don’t be afraid Fail Big! Do Great Things!
Michael is an amazing writer, director and filmmaker.
He made my job somewhat simple because he communicated the vision of the film so well, and he had a hands on approach to making sure that the set design, wardrobe, and props were exactly what he wanted. I had worked in the art department for several films, but this was my first as a production designer. I learned so much, and met so many new friends.
The production team was amazing as well. We just melted together. I would work with that crew a million times over.
This film was shot in West Point, Mississippi. I fell in love with the people of this town. They were so supportive of their local filmmaker, and so welcoming to those of us who were just visiting. I’ve never seen a community rally around, donate, volunteer, or support a filmmaker in this way. It was amazing to witness.
The Atoning will be screening right here in Huntsville on April 14th, 2017. You can get the info and tickets at this website.
Some people leave their hearts in San Francisco, I left part of my heart in West Point, Mississippi.
Today, I will start today’s post off by saying. I need this post more than anyone else that is reading it. I feel horrible as I think about how this subject and how due to it that I may have impacted people in a derogatory manner.
Yesterday’s lunch with my family is a perfect example.
We all sat in a restaurant waiting on our food looking at our phones. Not speaking. We weren’t mad at one another just not engaged. We did put our technology away once our food arrived. So it wasn’t a totally bust.
But, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I treat others or view them. Also, I’ve thought about how others treat me and view me. Many times, I find that when others are speaking to me that I’m bored, not engaged, and selfishly thinking of other things. I’m finding that I would rather sit quietly with my computer, or iPhone, I know that I”m not alone. I often feel like other people do this to me when I speak to them. I deserve it most likely. Let’s be honest, I ramble. Ramblers today don’t survive in conversations because everyone is so used to getting information quickly, and in my case, by the time I finish a story, it’s old news.
I’ve learned so much from acting/improvisation.Being in the moment,
Yes and-ing and Listening
These three skills have forever changed my life, but I’m afraid sometimes that just isn’t enough. I need a good talking to. I need to get over my social media, technology, mentality, unplug and spend time with people. Engaged, unselfishly, exhilarated that someone feels the need to share their life with me. Technology is a great thing. I love my phone, my social media outlets, but I hope I never love those things as much as I love the people I get to share life with.
So if I am ignoring you during conversation, I give you permission to say PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!
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.
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.
I love improv. I love talking about it, teaching it, doing it. It is playful, and creative.
I’ve been doing improv my whole life, I just didn’t know that is what it was called. I always tried to entertain people, make them feel good about themselves. pretend to be someonelse, have fake concerts, etc… MY imagination was wack early on because I didn’t have filters, and I could have cared less what people thought about me, with the exception of my parents of course. I only cared about that because I didn’t want to get in trouble.
My sister and I were entertaining our parents this day by running away from home (note the suitcase). We weren’t going far just across the street to my grandma’s house.
When I stumbled across improv at age 17 or 18. I was mesmerized by it. I use to watch the British version of whose line is it anyway on Comedy Centeral. Also, the sketch comedy on SNL never ceased to amaze me back in 80’s. I wanted to be apart of something like that.
Well, I got the chance. I was a member of a professional improv troupe for 6 years right in my home town. That is where the pic is from above. (pic featuring Fred Sayers, Lauren McPherson David Hitt and myself) I’ve never feel more accepted, and at home as much as I do when I am on an improv stage. I could do improv shows a million times and never tire of it. I feel like I’m where I need to be when I’m there.
I still do improv every chance I get. I will always do it. It may not be for millions of people, but I promise you that I will be somewhere in a hole.