I'm doing my first ever Tweetup this week!
If you're in or near Toronto and would like to come out and say hi, I'd love to meet you. I'll be at the Friar & Firkin pub for a few hours, starting at 4:30pm. Hoping to get a couple of my Canadian gaming journo pals to show up as well. It'll be very casual, just come out for a drink and maybe meet some folks with similar interests.
Here are the details:
160 John St
Toronto, ON M5V 2E5
Neighbourhood: Queen Street West
Tuesday, December 28th
Starting at 4:30pm
I'll be the freshly bearded American geek in the back trying to stay warm and look Canadian ;)
Hope to see you there!
Here is Christmas comedy sketch I did a while back with my web comedy group, Very Angry Neighbors.
If you've never seen it before, I hope you enjoy it! If you have, I hope it gives you a laugh all over again.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Anyone who has ever worked on a play at any level knows Samuel French. They publish plays in small, usable editions, which are nearly always the version of play you receive when hired to play a role on stage. These tend to be the definitive working editions of shows and usually contain a bit of information on the first professional staging of the play, including original venue, cast, and crew.
When you read enough of these editions, and you see names you recognize in roles you never knew they played, you begin to dream of seeing your own name listed for some future actor to see.
When I originated the role of Adam Webster in The Psychic last year at The Falcon Theater in Burbank, I secretly hoped it might be published by Samuel French and my dream might come true.
Then, yesterday this arrived, sent along by the play's fantastic writer, Sam Bobrick, and his lovely wife Julie:
It is a beautiful, glossy edition of the play (much nicer than the usual plain blue Samuel French editions) and sure enough there I am listed in the preface. Pretty darn cool.
Another goal down... many more to go :)
In the age of the internet, nothing is forgotten.
Working as a non-union actor in Los Angeles the first few years after college, I naturally sought out any opportunity I could to get paid for my craft (and, honestly, not much has changed. Anyone want to hire me?). That included taking some modeling gigs through my first commercial agent. Most people think of modeling as Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein - all glamor and fashion - but there is quite a bit of work out there that might not occur to you. Every photo of hands holding a taco, or smiling kid, fresh from the dentist... well, that's a model, too. And yes, I took a few gigs where only my hands were shown... or my back, or me so far away from camera you can't even really tell it is me at all.
But now that I've garnered a bit of a following, my earlier work is noticed by people who recognize me. Every ridiculous photo, or stupid commercial I did is out there on the web. Which is fine... and often funny. I'll admit many a TRS fan has asked me how my Roomba family is doing because of this little video:
But sometimes I'm totally thrown by something I did long ago that surfaces in the most unexpected way. Today, @tomtranmer on twitter sent me this link to a book on Amazon. Yep, that's me on the cover. I don't endorse this book or even know what is in it. I was paid a couple hundred dollars years ago to take that picture for a completely different product, in a completely different context. But there I am on the cover of a book. Freakin' weird.
And because it was non-union, I get no extra compensation for this photo's reuse.
So let this be a lesson to young actors and "models"... hell, even those of us who throw pictures online without regard for EULAs and ownership rights:
Nothing goes away.