Wow, have I got a story for you people.
Apologies again for the slow update, but I figured most of you reading this would rather me finish Taken With A Grain of Salt, the sequel to Salted, than a blog post. (BTW, book's almost there, ya'll!)
However, this story is too crazy not to write a quick post.
Last Wednesday, I attended the SAG Foundation's short films screening in L.A. A film I starred in, The Contract, was one of seven accepted out of close to two hundred submissions. Not too shabby. ;)
On the heels of yesterday's post, I received an email with the below pic.
How cool is that? Big thanks to the Lebanon Public Library for including Salted in their YA book club for this month. I'd already been knocking out words like crazy on the sequel, Taken With A Grain of Salt. The above pic just fueled me to write faster.
THEN, to top an already crazy good news afternoon, I receive a text from my buddy, writer/director, Tyler Christensen. His film, House of Purgatory, (of which I starred in), was accepted in the Fear Fete Film Festival with leading lady, Anne Leighton, nominated for Best Actress! So, if you're in/around the Biloxi, Mississippi area on October 19, stop by and check it out.
Whew. This past weekend rocked!
I learned a short film I starred in, The Contract, is screening at the SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase this Wed. (8/20) with a Q&A/networking event after. For those interested, The Contract tells the story of a desperate man's sacrifice to save the woman he loves from a terrible fate and the repercussions of doing so. Check out the trailer.
This is, to quote Will Ferrell, "kind of a big deal."
As pulled from their website: 'The SAG Foundation is independent of the Screen Actor's Guild vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children's literacy programs.'
Sooo this is pretty much a win-win for me. I get to see my ugly mug on an L.A. big screen and at an organization that supports actors and children's literacy? Yes, please!
It's also big in another way though.
Guess who finally saw Guardians of The Galaxy?
Loved it, btw. I've probably listened to Redbone's Come and Get Your Love a thousand times since the movie ended. Also, let's be honest, more than half of those listens became dance parties.
Okay, all of them did.
Anywho, definitely check the movie out. I lean toward Dawn of The Planet of The Apes as my fave summer movie, but it's close. You really can't go wrong seeing either film.
Apologies it's been so long since I've posted. Been crazy busy working on Taken With A Grain of Salt, the sequel to Salted. Ooh, I can't wait to continue that story with you. Things are getting dark, folks. I'm in a pretty good mood, but today feels like a Lenny kind of day for writing. Love that guy.
Meanwhile, I'm thrilled with the reaction to Salem's Vengeance. It just received another stellar review and there's currently an ebook giveaway at Word Spelunking. Go go sign up to win a copy.
I also realized I never did a recap from my Chicago trip! Man. I'm falling behind.
My great grandmother once told me that making a person laugh, or even smile, meant you could make them love you. I quickly found her words true when I watched films and listened to stand up. Many comics and actors made me laugh. None so consistently as Robin Williams.
I would fast-forward to the Genie parts in Aladdin to hear his accents, then rewind to hear them again. I "practiced" hanging upside down while on the swing bar at recess and somersaulting to land on my feet in case Peter Pan searched for the next Rufio. And how could I ever thank Daniel Hillard enough for teaching me it was cool and funny for guys to dress in drag and become a hip old granny?
I love Inside The Actor's Studio interviews because it gives me hope to hear others stories and learn most have fought to earn the success they've received. The time for such interviews typically lasts an hour. Robin's last two because they couldn't contain his life and the characters bursting out of him.
Patch, Parry, Dr. Malcom Sayer, Rainbow Randolph, Chris Nielsen, Batty Koda, Ramon, Lovelace, Dr. Kosevich, Jack, Armand Goldman, and oh, Sean Maguire. It breaks me to know I'll never have the chance to meet the man behind so many faces and voices. An inspirational man whose characters inspire me still.
Thank you, Robin, for every character, every voice, and the thousands of smiles and laughs you coaxed out of me. You are loved.
Author. Actor. Rascal.