I am always honored and flattered when someone shows interest in what I’m doing. And when they take the time and effort to put it into print, even more so! I have been lucky to have popped up in print all over the country and abroad, but there’s something special about getting press in your hometown!
On a side note, thanks to all of you who have shared my excitement with being part of the Supergirl series. If you watched the show and didn’t see me – well that’s because I’m on screen for about 5 seconds. But here is a great screen grab – thanks to my buddy Nathan Prenovost, from my first episode of Supergirl with Chris Vance.
UPDATE (1/9/2016): If you would like to watch Supergirl, you can stream it here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/supergirl/video/ and choose Episode 9 – Blood Bonds (Free to stream for a limited time). My 5 second scene shows up at 24:25.
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
Check out this lovely card made for me by my friend Paige from Virginia!
What a year this has been! I have been lucky enough to get to do a lot of work this year with a lot of really wonderful people. Had a lot of laughs and made a lot of memories!! You have all brought me countless smiles and feelings of good will for which I’m forever grateful.
Earlier this year I got to shoot a movie for the Lifetime channel directed by my friend Steven Monroe. I got to play an FBI agent and it just aired last month by the name “Online Abduction“.
A few days later, the movie I wrote and directed, Radio America, released on various platforms in North America. You can order it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy. You can also stream it on demand via Comcast, Verizon, Charter, MGO, Vudu, MS, and Google Play. With more outlets coming soon!
I have been doing a live play locally here for the holidays. It is a heartwarming piece based on a short story by Truman Capote loosely based on his experiences growing up in Alabama with his cousins.
And I just finished shooting my second episode of Supergirl. It’s a great show that has wonderful empowering themes. I’m proud to be a part of it, even if I may play an operative of the dark side. 😉
Though we had to say goodbye to our sweet dog Scout this summer, we’re grateful that she is no longer suffering from cancer. And our pitbull Sophie is loving the many new human and K9 friends she has made at our new home!
And just while I have been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for, my world seems a little brighter and better! Turns out it’s true that if you turn your focus in a certain direction, you’ll just naturally experience more of that feeling. So I suggest turning off all of the negative headline news and resist those conversations that lure you into complaining and feeling helpless. And rather start focusing on all of the great things you have going on in your life (there are tons of them, I promise!!) and all the power you have on the things in your immediate circle of influence! Your world might actually get a little brighter too!!
I’m excited to announce that I have a new article to promote! My buddy (and very soon to be birthday boy) Clint Morris arranged this interview with publisher Mattie Rae for Talent Monthly Magazine. She had thoughtful questions and really brought the article alive with a ton of colorful pictures! My buddy and Radio America cinematographer Terrance Stewart shot the cover photo and another pal and director of Lady Bug, Brooks Campbell, did the graphic design for a new twist on Talent Monthly‘s theme. I’m honored to be included in in this interesting and eclectic magazine!
Nothing gets started without passion. Nothing gets finished without tenacity.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward. – Amelia Earhart
Endurance and tenacity are critical traits to succeed at any endeavor. Not just to endure the discomfort of becoming, but to embrace the process and know every road looks shorter on the map.
Passion is a direction, not a destination, and it can’t exist without discontent. Find your deepest frustrations, disappointments, and heartbreak. Now point in the opposite direction. The force with which you move in that direction is your passion.
That’s right! Today we FALL BACK! One second, that is. So tonight, be sure to set your clocks back from 11:59:59pm to 11:59:58pm. Turns out, ever since 1972 we have noticed that the earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down relative to the atomic clock. So every so often we need to add a single second to the calendar year. We have added 25 seconds since 1972 – the last leap second occurring on June 30th 2012.
There is a book called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho that my mom suggested I read years ago. [spoiler alert] It’s basically a parable about how the things that we THINK we want are simply catalysts in our lives to drive us to fully realize our potential through the challenges we must overcome to become a better version of ourselves during the journey. In other words, the gift is not the realizing of our goals but who we become along the way. [End of spoiler alert]
I have found that my journey as an actor in Los Angeles has definitely stretched me and forced me to grow in ways I never dreamed I needed. Along the way, the thing that has caused me the most PAIN was not the disappointment, the long hours, grueling physical or mental work, or the rejection, but my EGO. I’ll say that again. My EGOis the main source of my pain and my biggest challenge to overcome.
As it turns out, my ego has all these plans and expectations for me. My ego has a clear image of who I am and how I should be received by others. And when any of these circumstances are not met to the satisfaction of my ego, it punishes ME. That doesn’t seem very productive, does it? Those of us who create in our lives (and I would dare say ALL of us create in our lives in some fashion) are constantly questioned by our ego if our end product is good enough or worthy enough for the image our ego projects upon us. In fact, it’s why some of us feel paralyzed to put our creative energy out in public at all, because our ego says it’s not good enough…and never will be!
But the good news is: YOUR EGO IS A LIAR!
Last year, a wonderful friend of mine took me (practically FORCED me!) to a lecture by a fellow actor. His name is Jack Plotnick. It was one of the most transformative evenings of my life. Everything this man said resonated within me deeper and more truthful than almost any other teacher. What he had to say struck me as so profound I realized that what he was saying was way bigger that just being a good actor. What he is really teaching is how to get out of your own way in LIFE!
Check out this tiny excerpt from Jack’s lecture on how to manage your ego:
What a GIFT to be able to get rid of all the voices in your head telling you you’re not good enough, you can’t achieve something, you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, blah, blah, blah. And that applies to ANYTHING you want in life, whether you want to be a movie star, or an amazing parent, or an honest politician, or the first astronaut to walk on Mars. The only real obstacle standing between you and whatever you want is YOU!! Or more specifically, your EGO!
So if I have piqued your interest, perhaps you’d like to read more of these life affirming lessons from Jack? And he offers everything he teaches for FREE on his website: http://www.jackplotnick.com/4.html New Thoughts for Actors (or politicians, or parents, or astronauts, or whatever you want from life.) If you click your way through the items on the left of the page, you’ll find over a hundred pages of Jack’s school of thought on how he approaches his chosen field of expression. His approach is funny and accessible, if not profane at times. But it is all presented with a loving intent and deep insight. I hope you find it as powerful as I did!
Because when you can identify and remove the obstacles keeping you from fulfillment, you’ll find All Things Possible!
Today is an exciting day for me! In fact, it is exciting for all of Los Angeles in general. Because today is the day that my friend Patrick Morganelli will have the LA Opera premier of his multi-media opera Hercules Vs. Vampires. Now it’s a big deal to have the LA Opera perform anything you have written, but Patrick has done something very different and it’s a new direction for the Opera company as well.
He took the 1961 Mario Bava movie “Hercules Vs. Vampires” starring Reg Park, and wrote his opera to the movie – to be performed in sync with the video!! How cool is that?
Here is Patrick’s website if you’re curious about his music. There are several examples of his boundless and eclectic musical talent, including work from Hercules Vs. Vampires and clips from his score for my movie Radio America.
I’m fascinated with people like Patrick who just seem to do everything they set their sights on. For him, it was being a high level concert pianist, then a Top Gun F-14 fighter pilot for the Navy, then a film composer, and now a world class Opera composer. So what does he do that is so special? So different? Patrick has amazing follow through and commitment to his ideas. He believes in himself and takes continual proactive action towards his goals. He constantly inspires me and I hope his story inspires you too!
And by the way, he’s a really really nice guy as well! Yet another example that with commitment, focus, drive, and courage, ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE!