Holy crap, this week was insane!
I cannot believe that the day after I finished reading Born for This, a book designed to help you get more out of your career and help drive you toward the kind of work you want to do, that I was hit in the face with one of the craziest weeks I can remember – and not in the positive-this-is-how-you-want-your-life-to-go kind of ways. To give you an idea of the insanity I dealt with: I taught someone whose job involves daily use of computers and various programs you would see in a Microsoft Office suite how to copy/paste. Not a cool new way to do it, the actual concept of copy/paste – that it exists and is a thing people can do. That was my week.
Although we had some really cool things happen with Panda Mony Toys that I can’t talk about yet. After June 13th I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got coming!
And, most importantly, I did my first Portland exclusive acting work – so that was a pretty big milestone since the move!
It was very flattering that I was still getting to audition for L.A. as much as I have since the move. Self-tape submissions have really changed the game as far as what’s possible and where someone can be based, but if I’m totally honest with myself a lot of the stuff I was being seen for was co-star/guest star and it isn’t necessarily financially viable to pay travel for someone to do that kind of role. So being able to start cracking the industry up here, where I’m a local, really helps. It’s already helped get some irons hot. We’ll see where that goes.
People also shared their old/first headshots this week. I showed off this group of classics:
But these are all headshots from my twenties (except for the newspaper clipping). And then I realized that those are over twenty years old! I’ve been doing this for a really long time. I forget sometimes. Even though I’ve changed entertainment jobs over that time, some more glamorous than others, the only parts of it that I haven’t liked is chasing down people to finance the projects. Anytime the money was in place, even if it was a micro budget, it’s been the greatest work in the world. It was a nice reminder of why I’m so dedicated to doing this. I do not need to be famous. I’ve been kinda’ half-assed famous and that was plenty. I just like doing the work and I like getting fairly paid for that work.
To that end I need a new goal, and it’s just in time for the end of the month! I will announce that goal on Monday – just to walk as close to the finish line as possible before stepping over. Now I need to go prepare for tomorrow’s intensive!
Portland Acting Intensive is Saturday:
April 28th Noon-4pm
Location: Actors In Action Studio, 323 NE Wygant St. #203. Portland, OR 97211
This class will focus on “finding your base,” script analysis, and making strong choices. This class is appropriate for actors of all levels.
Email Curtis now for a discounted rate of $75 for AIA talent, $95 for all others firstname.lastname@example.org
Class size is limited so sign up soon to guarantee your spot!
Here’s the playlist for April: