It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, friends. My girlfriend Emy and I have been all over the west coast of the United States by way of planes, trains (does Muni count?), and automobiles, mostly in the pursuit of love. Mostly other people's - we have our own and it's pretty great. That's right - it's wedding season. And time for my first visit to my family in the Bay Area after moving to LA.
After a couple of weeks in LA, I drove back up to SF to stay with Emy and my parents for a bit. Before you say that I'd barely been in LA before making my first extended trip back up to the Bay Area - you're right. It wasn't that long. But I have an excuse - I can actually do voice acting work from the road. My sound booth packs up into a duffel bag that's big enough for a body and cement shoes to make sure it's never seen again (never trust voice actors or pig farmers, I guess), and the whole setup fits into my car quite snugly. This enables me to record, edit, and produce finished tracks, all provided that I have 5' x 5' of free floor space to set up my monstrosity. Now the trick is to actually book some jobs...
Stop #2 on the West Coast Bonanza was Eugene, Oregon. This was a particularly sentimental one for me - one of my best and oldest friends was getting married. Rob and Heather tied the knot on September 3rd, 2017, with me presiding as best man. The wedding ran smoothly and I got to wear a lot of different hats, even providing some of the entertainment (along with Heather's family and Matt Hiscox, another dear old pal), which was a blast for me. It was so much fun getting everyone together for such a wonderful occasion. The group that stayed in our AirBnb had not convened in one place since high school, and the love and camaraderie was like we had only been apart for days. Emy told me afterward that it was amazing to see how much love everyone had for each other that weekend, and how deep these waters run. We had so much fun and are definitely not going to go another 13 years without getting together again.
After a week apart, Emy and I rendezvoused back in LA for my friend Jess' wedding to her hubby Brian. I knew significantly fewer people at this wedding, but then again didn't have as many duties so was free to live it up a little. Jess and I worked at PwC together and were roommates for a time. In fact, she was my first roommate after moving out of my parent's house after college, and I have really fond memories of those times. I'd probably never have watched Avatar: The Last Airbender if it wasn't for Jess, and she never would have seen a grown man try to open a coconut like a caveman on her apartment floor. I was so happy to be a part of this wedding and lucky to spend a couple of weeks traveling all up and down this side of the country to bask in so much love and frivolity.
Ok, ok. You've made it this far. I suppose you're wondering how this whole acting gambit is going - and I suppose you've earned that much for listening to me blab on about all my friends. The naked truth is - there isn't a whole lot of progress. On the screen acting front at least. I have signed up for classes at Upright Citizens Brigade - one of the most well-known improv theaters in LA. I'll be taking the Improv 101 intensive from 9/18 through 9/29, with a show performed on Saturday, 9/30. If you're in LA, please come to the show!
What I've been focusing more of my energy on is voice acting. I've been recording quite a bit and learning more tricks for editing, which is making my auditions a lot sharper. I can even add music and produce finished tracks (may not seem like a big deal, but milestones baby... milestones). I'm nearly finished with my commercial demo and have recorded audiobook demo tracks, which is something I'm trying to get into as well. Now I just need to continue auditioning and refining my editing, especially for different styles. Fortunately I've got some financial leeway still and can work from home, submitting auditions from here.
Don't think that I've given up on my silver screen dreams - I'm still submitting to agents for representation and submitting myself for projects on LA Casting. I'm focusing on the voice acting because that's a more differentiating feature for me - my voice is pretty distinctive, if I do say so myself, and it might be easier to get a foot in the door in that industry. Like Bruce Lee said - "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." The hallmark of this journey for me is openness, flexibility. I don't want to pigeonhole myself into anything, but rather play to my strengths and be open to the opportunities that come.
With much love, I take my love of you. Tolkien is in my bed (in Kindle form, you pervert) and he's calling my name.