I’m one of those annoying people that loves “Top Ten Lists” of the best or worse movies of the year.
I like them because it reminds me of all the films that the critics and I disagreed about. I also love award shows.
Personally, I don’t endorse art as a competitive sport per say, however, every time I see friends and fellow actors in a waiting room of a casting office, there is some definite judging and sizing up of the “competition”. Another interesting phenomenon, is the way my colleagues greet each other. I see a friend on a lot, on a set, or in a casting session and I’ll ask, “How are you buddy?” They will answer back with one of the following responses; “Oh, my god, I have been so busy working and going out for pilot season.” “Good to see you too. I heard you were on “such and such show”, or “Are you back from “name any country or city.” When I ask that question, I am honestly asking if they are in good health, happy, or maybe, hoping they will tell me what project they went out for or worked on, so I can yell at my agent.
Putting all that aside, I would just like to say that 2019 for me was the year of gratitude and true personal growth. I was grateful for surviving another year in the treacherous waters of booking work. I am also grateful for all the work I booked or was hired for. It was a year that I booked a role on a studio film that helped my profile grow and be seen for bigger parts in bigger shows and films. The year I began my project as the writer and director of Ten Films/Ten Countries: A Cinematic Journey. I am grateful for the support my family has given me for the last thirty years as an actor, writer, and director and I am also grateful to all my acting and filmmaking students who inspire me, teach me, and keep me on my toes.
I have enjoyed reminiscing about the first thirty years of my career and look forward to the next thirty years. This is my last “NoHo Actor’s Blog”. Looking into the future, I am now on a cinematic journey that will occupy most of my waking hours.
The conception of this new project was started in 2012. The preparation was put into practice 2018 and in October 2019, “Ten Films/Ten Countries: A Cinematic Journey” was launched with the first film being shot in Munich, Germany. I am currently in Sydney, Australia shooting the second film. I will somehow find the time to write about my work as a filmmaker and the progress of this project for everyone on the NoHo Arts District website, starting next month.
As for now my dear readers, I wish you all the best and remind you to never, never, never give up, the journey is the thing… Cheers.