Hey everyone!!! Come on out and see the short films I have been working on the last year. I know, you really want to see that film noir piece - don't worry it's coming. I will be at the Saturday viewing!!!! Enjoy!!!
September 6, 2014 8pm
5243 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
This is a rough cut screening. I will be attending this screening. As well as the director Eugene Park and other cast members will be attending.
Tickets are $8 (suggested donation)
Check out the Facebook Invite HERE
You can also get tickets at Chicago Filmmakers
2. SCOTTY WORKS OUT
September 12, 2014 7:30pm
1501 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
They will be showing several shorts from local film makers. Make sure to dress for the weather outside.
More information at the Chicago Park District Page
September 10, 2014
Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall
623 S Wabash Room 109
This is second rough screening hosted by Chicago Filmmakers
Tickets are $8 and can be reserved HERE as well as other information
Action Steps! Sometimes you are sitting is a big pile of fear. In the swampland of Shame!! Paralyzed and unable to write that email. To make that call to that director about your schedule. What to do? When your fear has shackled you to the bed and you are unable to get out from under the covers.
The Stills: The first one is from a film noir project I'm working on. The second are from a short film that just wrapped last weekend called Self-Deportation.
1. Cut the Action Step in Half.
How many times have you thought, "If I only had a 2 hour block, I could totally knock this thing out!" We don't live in a world of 2 hour blocks anymore. They are 30 second blurbs. So what if you just cut the action in half. That is what I do with this blog post. I first go in and create the skeleton of it. Place the pictures and the paragraphs blocks. Then the second half of the action step is to go and write it out. Like I am doing right now.
2. Set aside 5 minutes a day to work on it.
Back to the 2 hour block idea. So we live in a world where everything wants our attention for 30 seconds. What about setting aside 5 minutes every day until it is accomplish. This could be working on your resume or marketing. This will also make your more efficient with your time, and then you realize that you didn't need a two hour block to accomplish the action step - you just needed FOCUS!!!
3. Commit to Not doing it.
I know this seems a little bit of reverse psychology - but committing to not doing it have some strange results. You don't have the pressure to accomplish what is at hand. You are allowing room for the task to get accomplish in other ways. Or lastly - you begin to feel so much discomfort that you just go and do it anyway. And for me - the last one is the real motivator. Because, pain is big motivator in my life. If I am uncomfortable or in pain around something, I will change - do something different - so that I get a different result. Give it a try!
4. Get a partner
Being accountable to someone your trust is such a great gift. Find someone who won't judge you if you do it or if you dont do it. Just someone that allows you to be in your own process around the action step. Let that person know of the action step at hand and a time frame of when you would like to get it done. Personally bookending (calling or texting before and after action step) has worked wonders in my life. I get to isolate the fear. I know someone is waiting for me on the other side - which can be a motivator for me.
5. Flipping Rocks
Like animals looking for grubs under rocks. What is under all your inability to complete of action step? I call this flipping rocks. I begin to look at all aspects of my life. Is there fear of being seen? Is there fear of being big in my acting career? Do I have resentments around this organization? When I really boil it down - it's all fear and shame. So what can I do today - realize myself from fear and shame? What can you do to love yourself today - by stepping over the fear and into your LIFE.
1. Action steps. 2013 was my most successful year to date as an actor. I think a couple of things aided in this. A) I started calling myself a professional actor and referring to myself as one. B) I made a timeline of milestones and goals for myself so I knew where I was along the way. What does this look like? i wrote out what I wanted the end of the year to look like for 2013. Then I wrote out where I was currently. Divided the year in half - what would it look like to be halfway to my year end vision? And then divided that again. What would it look like to be half way to my half way point. And what action steps would I need to get there? It helped to have action to continue moving forward. It may not have happened the way I planned it, but a ton of things I wrote out happened!!!!
The Thriving Artist Circle helped me out a ton in my thinking and my planning and Dallas Travers!!!
2. The Night of the Iguana. This was a huge production. I learned so much about putting up a big show. Having an extension. Working with a large cast. How to show up every night and bring it. The friendships. The rehearsal process. I was cast in the beginning of January and our last show was at the end of May. Wow! That is a long time. I am just so grateful to have been part of this show!
3. Short Films. I was making jokes that I needed to open an office on Wabash near Columbia College because it felt that i was down there every other week for auditions for short films. But it was worth it. That corridor netted me being cast in three short films. Scotty Works Out, Self-Deportation, and Some Are All White (working title). And the experience I have gained from shooting these films is incredible.
4. Tracy Letts and Michael Shannon. Every time I see them, i am reminded that I have to keep raising the bar here in Chicago to do them proud. I really look up to both of these men as Actors and Writers. As artists!! And want to make them proud of the art that is coming out of Chicago! Chicago Actors - time to step it up!!
5. You! I am grateful for you. The reader of this blog. The audience member. The supporter of love and joy. Thank you for being here. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for letting me be human in front of you. Thank you for letting me rant, brag and boost about my achievements. If you were not here there would be no here. You are amazing!! And You are here! And i am grateful!
I am ready for you! I am excited for you! Surprise me! Surprise me! I am ready to be big! I am ready for what you got!!
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