HA! Less than a month and I'm already posting another blog update... I don't want to alarm you folks, but I'm coming close to posting with breakneck frequency. Buckle your seatbelts.
The biggest news to tell you? I just wrapped on Warner Bros. "Horror Made Here" Halloween tour! I was on a social media blackout and couldn't disclose my involvement until we were finished, but it was so. much. fun. If you'll remember from my last update, I had just auditioned to play The Crooked Man from The Conjuring 2, which is the part that I ended up getting! Initially I was a little glum about the costume - I was anticipating doing some puppetry and wearing some real cool make-up to scare people, but because of how intricate the costume design was and the time it took to make it, I was basically a tent made out of sheets and no one actually got to see me. HOWEVER - I'm not one to dwell on the negative aspect of things, and managed to memorize the audio cues and find a way to make people think that I was an animatronic pile of blankets, only to scare the bejeezus out of them when I'd thrust the blankets forward. It ended up being a ton of fun, and the other crew were jealous that I a) had no make-up and b) was in and out of wardrobe in like 2 minutes. You should have seen some of the make-up that had to get done - well, just look at our nun and maid in the picture above!
This was such a great experience from top to bottom - Planet C Studios and Warner Bros. did a great job of taking care of us and making us feel appreciated, the production value on the attractions was outstanding, and as an aspiring actor (just actor now, I guess?), it was magical to be on that lot and breathe that rare movie studio air. I wish that it had gone on for longer (just Thursday through Saturday for two weekends), but I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to be there and perform, and meet the people that I did. Plus, it's my first non-background gig in LA! And live theater, no less! Counting myself lucky.
An update on another item from my previous post - I had a second meeting with the agents that I went to see! I feel like it went pretty well - obviously they'll be the judges of this, but I think I had a good rapport with them and answered all their questions satisfactorily. I have a couple of friends with the same agency who say that they've been sent out quite a bit by them, and have had some booking success as well. I'm not putting all my eggs in this basket (still submitting to other agencies in case this one doesn't work out), but I got a good feeling from them and would just love to be represented by them. Plus, they're located in Venice which seems like a really cool place to hang out/be homeless, which is what I'll end up being without representation. So... win-win?
I've also started a somewhat regular job with my actor friend from the Bay, Tyson! We're selling private label products on Amazon that we source from manufacturers in China. We're working on getting things up and running now, but the idea is that we invest a lot of time into this now so that we have some flexibility with scheduling later on, allowing us to travel, work remotely, and audition/act as much as we need to. With my background in business and accounting, we're able to move forward and start product research, finally landing on our first product which should be coming in from China in November! Obviously we'll stumble along the way, but I feel really good about working with someone I care about and respect and like being around, and if this works out, it would be an awesome way to pay the bills and keep the lights on so I can see the scripts I'm trying to mark up. More to come on this, for sure.
Well, I'm tapped out for now. I'm reading Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting (might as well live and breathe this craft and business), which is calling my name from a warm couch right next to me. I should clarify - warm is a good thing right now, as I'm in San Francisco. If anyone has found out how to make blankets out of ice, please send me one in LA for even when it's fall it feels like an oven down there.
Keep it real, y'all. Much love and I'll update you soon!