Reflecting on “Tribes” at ETC

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On my day off before the final 5 performances of "Tribes" at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, it feels like a good time to reflect on my experience here. It has been an amazing ride. I can't say enough about the people I have met and worked with here. From the minute I got off the plane, to my accommodation, through rehearsals and during the entire run, I have witnessed nothing … [Read more...]

Big Break – How I Got My First Equity Show

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  2013 comes to wildly unexpected end for me.  I've been cast in the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's production of "Tribes" in the role of Billy, a deaf young man who grows up in a hearing family.  It's a tremendous opportunity, and it comes so out-of-the-blue it just doesn't make sense. In October 2012, I auditioned for the understudy of "Billy" in the Los Angeles … [Read more...]

Why I Do Standup

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People who know me laughed out loud when I told them I was going to do standup comedy.  Good, I thought.  I've already got 'em laughing.  I guess I'm not thought of as a particularly funny guy.  If you had to use 10 words to describe me, "funny" would probably not make the top 10.  So, what the hell am I doing standup comedy for? I've always thought standup comedy to be the … [Read more...]

The Agent Hunt

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After a year of meetings, mailings, emails, and phone calls, I'm happy to say I've finally linked up with a theatrical agent.  The difficulty in finding a good agent to work with leads many actors to quit the business.  I thought I'd share a little about my journey in this arena. A year ago, my agent at the time asked me to re-sign with him - that is, sign another one-year … [Read more...]

“Networking”, That Dirty Word…

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It's become something of a dirty word in the entertainment industry:  "networking".  Maybe because it conjures up an image of people sipping martinis and interacting superficially at a trendy restaurant.  I like to think of networking as "relationship building".  It is probably the hardest part of the business for a lot of actors.  I know it was, and still can be, difficult for … [Read more...]

Music Makes You Smarter

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Learning music made me a better actor.  It made me able to understand rhythm and timing, as well as pitch and volume.  Yes, having musical ability makes you more marketable but beyond that, knowing and understanding music helps you better understand acting in a scene with a partner.  It helps you realize that the words don’t matter, it’s the underlying truth and emotion that … [Read more...]

One Actor’s Pursuit in Hollywood

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So, I'm going to start blogging about my life and in and around the entertainment business here in Los Angeles.  My intent is to record and observe my experiences - this won't be a place to bitch and moan.  At the same time, I want to be true to the feelings and the experiences I'm having.  It's a bit daunting to start a blog about what has been the last 15 years of my life, … [Read more...]