What Have I Been Up To?
After putting up a poll on Instagram asking if I should go back to weekly blogging, 100% of you said yes! So I will start weekly blogging up again with the most obvious blog: what have I been up to all this time.
I visited my friends down at Blacksburg, Virginia and almost everyone I bumped into said: "So, like, what have you been up to? How are you?" I decided I should probably just have an organized answer to this same question asked over and over again. Then I thought, better yet, I'll just write a blog about it. So if anyone asks me what I have been up to, I'll tell them to go read my blog.
Then I thought, better yet, I'll just write a blog about it. So if anyone asks me what I have been up to, I'll tell them to go read my blog.
So, are you in LA?
No, no, I'm living at home. This is usually the first follow up question. "So, are you in LA?" "How's Cali?" No, I've been living back in Virginia for about 8 months now, and it's actually been very good for my career. Being back at home I've been able to save up money, focus on my training, focus on figuring out this business, getting my materials in check, producing three movies (we'll get back to that), starring in 9 productions, so on and so forth.
Living at home has been somewhat of a shock to me, believe it or not. I feel like I'm in that phase of where you just graduated and you move back home for a year to figure out your life. Except, I never graduated college and I'm not headed to a 9-5 job. I definitely am trying to figure out my life, though. I am someone who constantly needs to be moving, who needs to be independent, who needs to be out in the world; for the past 8 months I haven't been. Why? I'm being very strategic about moving out again. When I moved to LA, I was a bit naive. Naive about moving out, naive about the industry, naive about what the heck I was doing, nonetheless I was super ready to move out and.... I'm glad I did. It taught me everything. Most importantly, it taught me how to move back home and how to be strategic about the next move. This is like a game of chess, ladies and gents.
I feel like I'm in that phase of where you just graduated and you move back home for a year to figure out your life.
I'm not moving back out until: I have my SAG card (I'm in the acting union), I have a guaranteed job where I'm moving to, and I have at least $10,000 saved up, ready to spend. The reason for this is, lots of aspiring actors move to LA, ready to be "discovered". They move out there with just cents in their pockets, no jobs lined up, and they're non-union. (Being non-union most likely means you have no hope landing representation, you'll get paid little to nothing to do a job, and you won't be handled professionally.) This can only create a disaster and have you living in a five-bedroom house with 40 people. Sound like someone familiar?
Oh, that's cool, what have you been doing at home?
This, or something similar, is usually the next follow-up question. The answer, is.... a lot. I've been doing a lot of stuff. I moved back home August 2018 and until about December I was working a part time job in the early mornings, taking piano lessons in the afternoon, then commuting to DC to take two classes at the Shakespeare Theatre in the nighttime. During this time I starred as the lead role in "Murder In The Family", the lead role in "Black Dog", the lead role in "Victim", a featured role in "Princess Cut 2" and "Princess Cut 3" and the supporting role in "'Till Death Do Us Part". I was averaging about 7 auditions per week.
Once January came around, I really starting focusing on the business side of my career. I got my materials in check and was constantly researching on how to break into the business. Nothing is trickier than starting out in one of the most exclusive industries with absolutely no connections or guide telling you how to do this. It took a bunch of research and a bunch of networking...all the time. It took me months to figure everything out, in fact I don't think I'll ever be done. I started modeling, I started doing voiceover work starring as the lead in "The Legacy of Beatrice McScrooge", I booked the Series Regular role in "Slangin'", the principal role in a commercial, and I started writing and producing my first ever screenplay. I was averaging about 4 auditions per week.
Nothing is trickier than starting out in one of the most exclusive industries with absolutely no connections or guide telling you how to do this.
By the time March approached, I was in full swing producing, writing, casting, and starring as the lead in "It's Always Necessary", which is now in post-production. Writing, producing, casting, and starring in my own film was the most exciting "what am I doing" moment in m life. I had no idea what I was getting my hands into, but I have loved it every step of the way."It's Always Necessary" will be distributed to about 60 film festivals worldwide and on New Media platforms and streaming services. And... I've been averaging about 5 auditions per week.
Since "It's Always Necessary", I have been further working on my materials, as you can see from my revamped website, I booked the Series Regular role in Vice Squad, I have took into account autodidactism with my Monologue Mondays series (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, read my Monologue Monday blog, I am producing, writing, and starring in two more films, and I am getting ready for the next step. I have just been hired in a seasonal job and I've also been working on my photography (see CH Photography to see what I mean).
Oo what's Vice Squad? I've been seeing your posts about it!
First of all, thank you all for being so informed. I am super excited about Vice Squad. Vice Squad is this awesome new international TV Series.Vice Squad has Academy-Award winning directors, cinematographers from Narcos and Magnum P.I., Academy-Award winning sound engineers from Suicide Squad, Gravity, Baby Driver, and so so so much more. This TV Series will be taking place in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, Australia, Toronto, Miami, Hawaii, United Kingdom, Spain, Boston, Dallas, Denver, and Detroit. And the coolest part is, I am the lead of the TV series.
And the coolest part is, I am the lead of the series.
Shooting hasn't started quite yet, dates aren't finalized. There is a lot going into this huge production and I am so excited to see it come together.
A lot of things. Currently, I am doing a one-man show on both "A-Wake" and "Caged In Bird". These two films I will be the: screenwriter, producer, director of photography, camera operator, key grip, sound recordist, composer, art department, and lead talent. Meaning, I will do everything. From writing the film, to starring in it, to writing and performing the soundtrack.
I am also gearing up for Vice Squad, which will be having me move to a secret location hopefully this summer.
So, basically, this is everything I've been up to. I've probably forgot a mention a ton of things because I've been so busy. But... all in all I am super excited about what's just around the corner and the process that has taken me to where I am today.
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