Day 29 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 New Goal for May

This weekend’s acting intensive went very well! It was a really good group and the four hours flew by. It hasn’t even been a year since I taught my last session in California and I had forgotten how nice it is to be working with a class. Because of how well the intensive went I’ve decided to start up my ongoing acting class again. The first session will start in June, so I’m using May to get the word out. In fact, my goal for May is to get the ongoing class up and running. The nice thing is that results will be obvious: either I will have a class or I won’t.

One of the things that seemed to connect with people, and in turn got me excited about starting the class again, is that there does not seem to be a class like mine here in the area yet. I’m not doing and improv class, there are places like The Ape and Curious Comedy that are already doing those very well, and according to people I’ve spoken with the other acting classes up here work very differently. So I think I may be able to offer something to actors and non-actors alike who can use these techniques not just to work as an actor but to succeed in their other jobs as well.

There’s a lot of work to do, so I’m going to get started.

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Day 26 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 – T.G.I.F.

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:

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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  curtisandersen@gmail.com

Class size is limited so sign up soon to guarantee your spot!

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Day 25 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 The Intensive Is Saturday!

There’s still time to sign up for this weekend’s intensive! See the video and info below:

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  curtisandersen@gmail.com

Class size is limited so sign up soon to guarantee your spot!

Here’s the playlist for April:

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Day 23 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen – I filmed today!

Just a video today. This week is kicking my ass.

Don’t forget, my 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  curtisandersen@gmail.com

Class size is limited so sign up soon to guarantee your spot!

Here’s the playlist for April:

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Day 22 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 Damn Monday!

Rene and I had a wonderfully relaxing, rejuvenating, and pleasant weekend. We slept in, walked the city, had some local drinks and read – oh lord how we read. I read so much that I accomplished goal number 1!

I have completed Born for This by Chris Guillebeau.

Achievement unlocked – and with seven days to spare. I had intended to do a video about my conclusions and talk about them here today. I also wanted to set the next career goal…

But then Monday happened.

Holy shit, today was non-stop from 6am to 6pm it was just go, full steam ahead. If I hadn’t gotten the rest I got this weekend I think I might have died.

DIED.

Also, I would like to say that my interactions with people over the age of 50 today did not help the stereotype that Baby Boomers do not know how to use technology. If anything I’m pretty sure that there is a breed of older person that probably should not go near a smart phone for fear that it might spontaneously explode in their hand from lack of understanding.

It was a rough day. A busy day. And I have a filming in the morning so I need to work on that stuff.

However, I have high hopes about getting more done tomorrow.

Don’t forget, my 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  curtisandersen@gmail.com

Class size is limited so sign up soon to guarantee your spot!

Here’s the playlist for April:

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Day 19 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 I’m Teaching an Acting Intensive!

In addition to all the other career work I’m doing, I’m going o start doing some acting classes up here in the ol’ PNW!

The first one is an acting intensive on Saturday April 28th from Noon-4pm. Here’s the blurb:

Acting Intensive with Award winning actor, producer and coach Curtis Andersen

April 28th

noon-4pm

Location: Actors In Action Studio, 323 NE Wygant St. #203. Portland, OR 97211

Curtis Andersen began his professional acting career in 1985 at the age of eight. In the early years he was cast primarily in commercials and for voice-over work with his most prominent role being the voice of Schroeder from the Peanuts series for Met Life commercials, cartoons and a live stage show. As he grew so did his resume. Curtis has guest starred on shows like “Party of Five,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “That 70’s Show,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Veronica Mars,” and “The Gilmore Girls.” He has recurred on “Saved by the Bell :The New Class,” “7th Heaven,” and played Gordie on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

In addition to his television work, Curtis has also been seen in the films “The Rules of Attraction,” “Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen’s Winning London,” and the Oscar award winning “Pearl Harbor” among others.

After over 30 years in the entertainment industry, Curtis Andersen has learned a thing or two and has been trusted to impart that knowledge to those either interested in entering or continuing a career in the entertainment industry. He has been the Head of Faculty for the Kids Acting School in Southern California, founding partner at the award winning Studio 105 in Long Beach, California and Director of Curriculum for the world famous McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts.

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  curtisandersen@gmail.com

Class size is limited so sign up soon to guarantee your spot!

Here’s the playlist for April:

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Day 18 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 I’m Not Reading My Book Quickly Enough

We have moved.

I marked a “win” with the gig next week.

I’m producing YouTube videos with some frequency (although that could be more frequent).

Here’s what’s not happened, though: I have not gotten very far into reading my book, Born for This, at all. One could say that I have not actually made any progress whatsoever in the last 2 weeks and that would be accurate.

Technically I still have 10 days to complete this book and hit my goal. It is times like this that I’m very glad that I gave myself a very generous timeline.

I don’t know that I’ll actually make any progress tonight, either, as there is still house to set-up, food to cook, and laundry to do.

Maybe I just make some chili…

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Day 17 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 Another Look at Imposter Syndrome

I’ve been getting some pretty great responses from this 2.0 project. It is very exciting to have all of this support. Thank you all very much for that. I’m not doing it for the attention, but I will not deny that the attention is really nice. I have also been getting some private messages from people who don’t feel like they can do these kinds of things.

First: In general, yes you can.

You may not succeed – that’s just a cold reality – but there is no reason you shouldn’t do things.

I don’t want to condescend with a pithy, over simplified comment about hard work and following your dreams. That does not serve anyone.

Assuming some baselines:

  • That you have some general talent in the thing you want to pursue.
  • That you are willing to make the sacrifices required to pursue that goal.
  • That you are ready to produce in that field on a regular basis.

Then you are already farther ahead than most people who only dream of doing something.

That being said, I know that it is hard. I’ve been doing this of over 30 years and it’s still hard!  So today I am reposting one of our most popular LIVE Broadcasts. It’s about Imposter Syndrome. It’s a good one, we cover a lot in a hour, I revisited it myself recently and it was good to be reminded that anyone trying to pursue anything usually feels the same way you do, we just don’t talk about it openly.

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Day 16 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 I got a job!

Well this is a nice way to start the week!

We are still getting the new apartment all set-up (actually Rene is, I have been working more than anything), and so I have not been able to do any real career work. The thing that I always forget about moving is that, while the actual moving part can happen pretty quickly, getting shit settled into its new place can take forever. A lot of my stuff is pretty simple:

  • Desk in corner.
  • Bed in bedroom.
  • TV near the wall plug.
  • Nightstand next to bed.
  • Etc., etc., etc.

But then there’s all the other stuff like couches and chairs and bookshelves and books and what clothes go in what closet and how do I fit the shoe rack there and where do we hang coats? The devil is in the details and that’s how I exect to spend the next week or so.

So imagine my surprise when my PNW agent called checking my availability?

Me: I am available. What’s it for?

Agent: An industrial. Do you still have the beard?

Me: Yes, but I’m willing to shave.

Agent: Can you do an English accent?

Me: Yes, several believable dialects and a couple that are more appropriate for Monty Python.

Agent: Great, I’ll call you back.

A little bit later – BANG! – booked! A no audition offer for a small industrial up here! Woo hoo!

I cannot share any specific details, but the important thing is that I am officially a working actor again. That’s the goal.

Now I just need to book more! winky smiley face

And here’s a new video for today:

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Day 15 Operation: Television’s Curtis Andersen 2.0 – We Moved!

It happened! We are in our new place and we are exhausted. I CRUSHED the Weekend Warrior Challenge on FitBit this weekend with all the lifting and walking and running around. We got out of the old apartment, (almost) set-up the new apartment, and cleaned the crap out of the old apartment (well Rene did, but I helped) all in about 48 hours.

My whole body is sore.

I’m not 20 anymore.

Soreness aside, we are very happy to be in our new space and getting back to  THE MISSION!

My acting class will be April 28th and it looks like we may have a few spots left open. If that is true I’ll be posting it to fill the rest of the space.

We paid our Portland Art Tax today! It is a tax specifically to pay for art and music education in grades K-5. I like these specific taxes, I like knowing exactly where my money is going. I kinda’ wish we could do that for all taxes.

To be clear I know that technically I can read the omnibus spending bill and see where funds are dedicated, but I hope you can interpret my intention.

Now Rene and I need to get back to setting up the new apartment. IT HAS NEW AREAS FOR ME TO SHOOT VIDEOS!!!!!!

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