We have reached a milestone! I’m 100 days into my efforts to get myself back on Television screens so, like the president does after 100 days in office, I’m going to review my accomplishments and talk about the road moving forward. This has been a very exciting time and keeping the pressure on myself, in the form of these blog posts and the videos on my YouTube channel, have kept me from letting myself get lax or letting my focus drift too far.
Due to the fact that I have been working all day today I’m going to have to let the video speak for me.
We’re at the end of January and this post is for people who may not be subscribed to my YouTube channel. Here is the playlist for all of January. It is a bit light due to time commitments to survival jobs, but also to acting class and auditions, which are definitely on mission!
And here are November and December in case you are just learning about this for the first time.
The time has come! Below is the first episode of Fireside Chat with Jeff Garvin & Curtis Andersen. In it we give you the set-up to what we are doing and talk a little bit about what it’s like being a late 30-something looking back on our own teenage writings.
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There is a phrase that is a big part of my personal philosophy:
Get the suck out.
I stand by it, I practice it, and I throw it around freely regardless of situation or the people involved. It’s a relatively simple principal – if you are doing something allow yourself the time and space to get the suck out before you expect to be good at it. There’s an older phrase that essentially means the same thing, practice makes perfect, but get the suck out is more immediate.
I tried to make a video about it:
I’m still actually having trouble articulating exactly why this is so important – so maybe I’ll try to do a follow-up?
Still, my advice remains the same – give yourself permission to get the suck out. It doesn’t hurt to have to try something more than once.
I am writing this in the last hour of January 1st, 2016. These last two months have been a whirlwind mostly focused on my quest to become a working actor again epitomized by the Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen series of videos on my YouTube Channel. Here’s the latest one from today:
And here are the links to the playlists for November and December, in case you want to catch up:
In addition, my friend Author Jeff Garvin and I are trying an experiment where we go through and read sections of our old high school journals. Yes, it’s exactly what you think:
Rene and I have big plans for this year! Keep your eye here for all the info!
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We’ve reached Day 50!
Here’s a recap of my activities leading up to today and a little news about what’s coming up for 2016. It’s a long one, but there was a lot to say:
Jeff Garvin is one of my oldest friends. We went to junior high and high school together and even attended the same college for a couple years. We have seen each other at our best and at our worst. Jeff is embarking on a new part of his professional life with the release of his first novel in 2016, Symptoms of Being Human.
Since he’s working in young adult fiction we started talking about our old journals and all the crazy stuff we used to write in them.
Then we recorded ourselves talking about that stuff.
Then we decided to put it on YouTube.
Here’s the promo:
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Yesterday I posted this video for Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen:
Today I would like to present the exercise I mentioned in that video to you as a way to help tackle any hurdles you might be facing in your career. You can use this technique for anything, not just entertainment. Sometimes everyone needs a way to find a solution.
The idea is based on the thought that we are able to find solutions to other people’s problems easier than we can for our own. There are a few different reasons for this, but I find that there’s a lot less at stake for me when I’m giving advice to someone. It’s a simple equation of A+B=Result. We know that for ourselves, but often times allow our insecurities and fear to get in the way of actually implementing the things required to achieve the result. So here’s an exercise designed to help bridge that gap:
- Write down your problem, in detail.
- Write down the things that you predict will interfere with achieving the desired result.
- Hand this to a trusted friend or family member.
- Have them read back the problem as if it is their own.
- Offer solutions and have them write them down.
Deep down you probably know exactly what you need to do to get what you want, so use this trick to access the part of your brain that has the information.
Tell me in the comments if you give it a try and how it goes.
It’s December and with my editing skills starting to come back I thought it’d be fun to try a new opener for this month’s videos. I’m exploding onto the scene! I’m going to break up my journey by month so I don’t end up with a single crazy-long playlist. Both current playlists are down below as is the video I made yesterday!
As usual, comments and questions are welcome.