Hey there, loyal reader(s), friends, and well-wishers - I know what you're thinking. "But Andrew, you said that you were excited to write in your blog and that you'd write more frequently, but we haven't heard from you in two months! Are you still alive?! Do you even care about us?!"
Fret not, amigos, for I do still care, but I've been on the go, out and about, living life in the fast lane. Allow me to present some updates to you in a digestible format, with titles and bullet points and everything!
It's been a peachy couple of months for me. Things have been picking up pretty swiftly - shortly after the gig at Warner Bros., I signed with my agents, The Brogan Agency, who have been working wonders (in my eyes). In the Bay Area, getting sent out for auditions 1-2 times a week was considered a pretty packed schedule; down in LA, I'm getting sent out by my agents at least 3 times a week. It's great to have so much opportunity and to get in front of casting directors who start recognizing me after being in to their office 2-3 times. I'm super grateful to have representation, especially before pilot season, which starts in January and gives lots of actors work. Excited to be a part of that team.
I've also shot a couple more commercial spots, both social media - one is for L'Ange Hair, which was a blast to shoot; and one is for... well, I'm under an NDA and can't say. Guess you'll just have to wait until it comes out, but I'm pretty stoked for it :) While I'm at it, I have forgotten about one commercial shoot that I did. Rather topical with The Last Jedi coming out last week...
I got the chance to go on the Disney lot in Burbank to play with Star Wars toys!! I know I may look like I'm 31, but my soul will always be imbued with the glow of Star Wars fandom. A bunch of us were at a "red carpet event" for BB-8, and got to control a bunch of BB-8 robots with our phones. It didn't pay much, but that didn't matter - being on the Disney lot for a night and controlling a droid was big-time rad. Hope I never get over that kind of excitement. Also, my droid was in the front for one of the shots. I like to think they picked him because he moved with such elegance, such grace, that only Andrew Laing could command.
Or he just had the most battery life left. Whatever.
Lastly, I got a couple of direct bookings to close out the year. I was on check avail (casting parlance for "you made the short list, clear the shoot dates") for three jobs! It was hectic trying to deal with scheduling, but thanks to some understanding friends, everything worked out in the end. It was a nice little ego boost to even be on hold for big jobs and big clients, and I'm hoping a good omen for 2018.
Wow. Two months of my life? How do I catch you up on that succinctly? Answer: I don't. And hopefully I keep your attention through all of it.
My good friend Tyson Adlao and I have started a company together! Not only do we act, we're also entrepreneurs! Tyson does like 3 other things too; I need to get a couple more jobs before I feel that true LA hustle. At a 50,000 foot level, what we do is find products on Amazon where we feel we can improve on a design or market the product better, then work with Chinese manufacturers to get them made and sent to us, then to Amazon where customers can buy it using their platform. It's been a big learning experience and Tyson has been a huge help - our working styles complement each other, and we already have our first product up on Amazon with 3 more in the pipeline! The whole goal of this is to give us income that allows for some flexibility, so that we can act, direct, audition, do all the things that a Los Angeleno do. It's been a blast working with someone that I really respect, and hope this pans out.
I feel like I've been all up and down California in the past couple of months. I was up in the Bay Area again for Thanksgiving, then back down to LA, then back up for Christmas, and heading back down to LA for New Years. The Bay Area trips have spanned from Santa Cruz to San Francisco, which means I'm really making Audible work for their $15/month. It's nice to know that I'm only a short trip away from my friends and family back in the Bay.
Other than that, things are pretty smooth sailing. Things are going great with the boo (Emyboo, my girlfriend, barnabunnyrhana if you're not into the whole brevity thing), and even though distance sucks, we've fallen into a groove with it. We try to see each other fairly often (which isn't terribly hard, given that we literally switched places and exist in each other's old lives), and hopefully won't be in different cities for that long. I've taken up Dungeons & Dragons with some of my acting friends, and I must admit that it's great being on the other side of the screen. My friend Matt Robinson has cooked up a homebrew campaign that has surprising depth and intricacy in it, and he's doing a great job DM'ing it. I wasn't half as good, and I was using the crap pre-built starter campaign. I'm dying to get back into Magic, but just haven't had the time to see if a game store around me has a Commander night. I'm frightened to play any other game types because I have so much invested in Commander, and it's typically so fun to play. I'm rusty, but I believe in the Heart of the Cards.
You did it. You're caught up on my life. So now let's talk about...
That suit is pretty dope right. My friends Robert and Melinda got it for me for Christmas because they're amazing. My mom and my dad don't get it, but Will Smith had it right - parents just don't understand.
The horizon is looking pretty bright, amigos. As I mentioned up top, pilot season is coming up, which should mean more auditions, especially now that I have an agent. I have new headshots that I'm going to review during the first week of January, which are more targeted toward specific looks which (I'm told) will make it easier for my agents to submit me for certain things. Tyson and I are refining our launch strategy for our Amazon products, and our first one has garnered a couple of reviews already.
AND OH YEAH I'M GOING TO SEE STAR WARS TONIGHT. I've heard a lot of mixed reaction, with most of the negative comments coming from my Original-Trilogy loving friends. I'm trying to approach this one with an open mind, and not build any pre-conceived notions of what it should be. I even saw an interview with Mark Hamill where he stated that this Luke isn't his character anymore, that he disagreed with the actions that the new narrative has Luke taking. But I'm reserving judgment. I just can't wait to bask in the light of new Star Wars canon - I spent the first 13 years of my life fawning over the original trilogy before I got anything new, and then had to wait until The Force Awakens to get something that I actually liked (outside of some video games and novels... Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy, anyone?). I'll take whatever I can get at this point.
That's it. I'm gonna head out and meet up with my boy Andrew (I realize how that could be confusing - there are two of us, it's not that I'm going alone and trying to make it sound better) and grab a few drinks before soaking up the next installment of my favorite movie series. I promise that I'll try to get better at updating this thing regularly... Even when I'm busy. No excuses, baby.