With A Full Plate I Already Ask For Seconds...

Posted by Solace In Hunger

Still haven't been able to get back to this blog but here's a three second update....

-Hired as a main videographer/photographer for a record label...
-Currently doing storyboards for two personal projects with the stunt team...
-Test run of our actor stunt training/business with the stunt team went better than expected.
-Finishing up onlining on two travel/event vids for the channel with three more in pre-production
-Gearing up for Seattle/Vancouver next week and two Miami trips in March

All while auditioning and taking classes to further reach that Acting pie in the sky...

This year is already looking to explode...

I hope that everybody is doing well out there...  =o)


2010 Recap

Posted by Solace In Hunger

"Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress." - Mohandas Gandhi

On a mission to make this year better than the last I made a list of significant events and checkpoints throughout 2010 to show myself how I am closer to/straying from my goals...

January 9, 2010 - A poisoning event that nearly landed me in the hospital. Definitely a significant moment in my life that attributed to my current drive today.

February 9, 2010 - Promoted to Performing Member of the Detour Improv Group.

March 10, 2010 - Invited to join the Epic Martial Arts Stunts group.

March 12, 2010 - Signed by the Colleen Cler Agency and gained my first commercial/print agent.

April 1, 2010 - Arrived in New York for the first time.

April 2, 2010 - Night 1 of A State of Trance 450. Met Menno de Jong and Roger Shah and found them to be some of the most appreciative artists I've encountered when it comes to their fans

April 7, 2010 - Met Ric Young

April 10, 2010 - First ever professional stunt shoot for feature film Double Crossed.

April 12, 2010 - First ever hospital visit. Sprained foot aggravated from overtraining and exhaustion.

April 13, 2010 - First professional audition

April 19, 2010 - East West Players Visionary Gala. Met many wonderful artists within APA community and started to get a real sense of how important our mission is to break in with the media.

May 10, 2010 - First credit entered into IMDb.com database

June 5, 2010 - Antigone performance at East West Players

June 10, 2010 - Release of the New York video which taps into a new hobby and passion never felt before.

July 10, 2010 - Met Aruna. Sat with her at a table while she sang Ashley, one of those experiences I will never forget.

July 11, 2010 - Shot Lipton Iced Tea Commercial (Spec)

July 24, 2010 - First job as an event videographer

July 31, 2010 - First job as an event photographer

September 12, 2010 - Invited to join the Metamorphosis Theatre Company

September 20, 2010 - Production begins on first show of the season with MTC

September 28, 2010 - Transition to full-time actor

October 15, 2010 - Opening night of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)

October 23, 2010 - Wrapped filming on my first industrial project

November, 2010 - Hired by record label Audio Impact Los Angeles as primary photographer / videographer

December 7, 2010 - Performed in the Caesar: The Movie reading for producers which introduced me to many wonderful artists within the APA community.

December 10, 2010 - Trance Around The World 350 at the Hollywood Palladium

December, 2010 - Acquisition of the Canon 5D MkII, Glidecam 2000 and Red Rock Micro rig for professional filming and personal projects.

December 31, 2010 - Gabriel & Dresden reunion at the Hollywood Palladium

I hope that everyone is doing well out there... =o)

Track of the Day:

Gabriel & Dresden - Tracking Treasure Down (Wippenberg 131 Mix)


It's Funny Really....

Posted by Solace In Hunger

I haven't been able to update this at all in the past few weeks but all I have to say is this for now...

Love does have a funny way of sneaking up on you doesn't it? Especially when you're not looking for it...and especially when you don't want to find it...

Maybe it's just because I came from one of the most beautiful weddings ever this past weekend and the air of love is still around everywhere. But still to see someone in a new light who's been there all along...

Okay, no more before I get myself into trouble...

I hope that everyone is doing well out there... =o)


The Reward Is Worth The Risk

Posted by Solace In Hunger

"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good." - Vaclav Havel

I have spent this past year taking care of debt brought on by some careless years during high school and indirectly from some failed relationships I have had and came near to having it all clear again. But what many don't realize is that acting is a very expensive business to be in. A lot of money is spent on marketing materials like headshots, business cards, actors slates, demo reels (acting, stunts, voice) and websites. Even more is spent on classes to nurture your craft, especially for those moments when you're not working and not drawing in any income. The result is me finding myself almost back to where I was financially all just to keep even with everybody else in the business!

You're suddenly investing more and more money in yourself. More than you've ever spent on that new gadget, video game or trip to end the year with. You become that company that goes public hoping to find others to take a chance in you as well. You become the product and try to sell yourself. You have to become your own biggest fan and support while being fully conscious that the possibility of none of it working out is fully tangible. You begin an every day relationship with failure to learn to better cope with it and let it further motivate you. You come face to face with your will and see it for what it really is. You become quicker, leaner, stronger, efficient...anything just to give you that edge. Determination and hunger for progression grows even further but at the price of your general contentment and peace. And despite facing rejection on a daily basis, feeling isolated and that the world is against you, you can't ever see yourself doing anything else.

I'm not in this town to be a star, I just want to be a working actor. I'm thankful that I still have a day job that still that pays well enough for me to make a dent in everything right now. Every time I stress about my balance sheet getting higher and higher, I think back to every project I've been on, every performance that's moved me, every working actor I've become friends with and remember every word of reassuring praise I get from working with them and remind myself I belong here.

The reward is definitely worth the risk....

I hope that everyone is doing well out there... =o)


Touching Base

Posted by Solace In Hunger

"The winner is one who knows when to drop out in order to get in touch." - Marshall McLuhan

It's been about three weeks since Antigone has ended and that I've gone on my break.  Well, maybe that break lasted only for a week since I've spent the majority of that time learning Premiere and After Effects to create the New York video.  It's been a fun process and I can see why many others I know like to create videos.  However, this will all be put to the test when I help out with productions for Epic Stunts for a series of shorts we all had in mind.

I've been blessed lately to reunite with old friends from different circles the last few weeks.  It's been amazing to catch up, have fun and party with everybody and it reminds me what it is like to be me again.  I've got just one more week before I fully go back to the grind of work and the madness of more auditions and training again but for now the sun will set and with the moon comes the heavy beats and bright lights of a little event we like to call EDC...

I hope that everyone is doing well out there...  =o)

No Track of the Day again but instead I bring to you finally the New York video!