Category: Inspirations


 

tituss-burgess

At this point, I’ve been around the block enough times, that I don’t do as many of the ‘For Your Consideration’ screenings as I used to.

This one intrigued me just because I’m a fan of the brother and his show.

Then (after the fact) I heard he performed my theme song after the Q&A, and I hated myself for a good week.

So thank you Netflix for putting this online.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to find a lonely street to walk down…

 

 

Brian-McKnight

Plenty of feelings about what happened over the weekend as you can imagine. But I’ve been channeling that passion into something else, which you’ll see and hear about in due time…

Today, music.  Always liked this song; forgot McKnight covered it.

Enjoy!

 

 

ARP2511392

Finished compiling my latest writing soundtrack.  Found a place for one of my all time favorites.

Not the only songwriter whose songs you can just read the lyrics as a great poem, but Stevie might outrank them all.

Enjoy!

 

 

wet-hot-american-summer-ten-years-later-paul-rudd-marguerite-moreau

I was sitting at my desk when an L.A. number I didn’t recognize came up on the phone.

It was the Casting Director for ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.’  He tracked me down through my IMdB page.  The producers, Michael Showalter and David Wain, had a small part they wanted to fill, and they remembered me from other projects they cast me in, and the part was mine if I was available.

You know my response, but I’ll tell you the why (which is what I told the CD): when I was still in the ‘trying to break into the union’ phase, they gave me one of the jobs that got me over the hump.

So a few lessons/reminders here:

Relationships: ‘The State’ alums are the most famous, but there are a few other people over the years where we’ve done enough stuff together where at this point, if I’m free, I’m going to say yes before I even see the script or know what character I’m supposed to play.  One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard as an actor is ‘You only need five casting directors/producers to fall in love with you to have a career’.  If you’re playing the long game, building five relationships is an incredibly realistic number.

Reputation: I knew these guys respected me, honestly had no idea I did anything beyond being professional to make myself memorable, considering the hundreds of actors they know and I’m sure are trying to get their attention.  Anyway, made it to the set an hour before my call time with my lines memorized, shook hands and spoke to anyone who wanted to talk to me, from the security guards to the extras; a long day for the crew by the time I got there, and I did my part to get my scene (the last scene of the night as it turned out) wrapped in less than an hour.  So no, my lines didn’t make it into the final cut, but no one on set can say I made their jobs harder.  Maybe they’ll remember that…

Growth: I’m smiling as I look at the previous two paragraphs.  When I came to this town, I knew NOBODY.  And I had no playbook on how to conduct myself and treat others in a game where I was/am a complete outsider.  You figure these things out. You endure.  You try not to get too high or too low on any one thing.

And of course, you keep going.

 

 

prince

So…is the Estate blessing us with High Definition clips of the official videos?

I’m not sure…so let’s enjoy these while we got em!

 

 

john

Despite having ample time to plan, won’t make it down to Inglewood tonight to see John perform.

I felt a little better about this when I remembered I checked off seeing Mayer perform live years ago.  Playing my all time favorite song in fact, at Mike’s funeral.  Also the last time I recall having a full, uncontrollable, both nostrils running cry.

(Hm. Maybe I shouldn’t have typed that out loud.  Oh well…)

To my friends heading to the Forum, have fun for me.

To everyone else, enjoy!

 

 

frank

The Universe is acknowledging I’m locked into my groove; it keeps sending me great clips of some of my theme songs.

Enjoy!

 

 

thebeatles

They remastered the video to, in my opinion, the most ‘complete’ Beatles song (John’s lyrics, Paul’s bass, Ringo’s drums and George’s solo), so this was a pretty obvious choice for a Song of the Day.

Enjoy!

 

RIP Jim Vance

 

Vance_Paper

The weekend got off to a sad start when I saw Jim Vance died.

Reading all the tributes from both DC area friends and journalists, it’s easy to see this was a man who was beloved.  As Bomani said, we should all hope that when we’ve passed on, people come out of the woodworks to speak so highly of us as being genuine good guys.

So how did I know him spending my childhood in the Midwest and my adulthood on the West Coast?  He and George Michael are the stars of possibly my favorite YouTube clip of all time.  I seriously watch this once a month, still.

Rest In Peace sir, you’re already missed.

 

 

jodeci

I have no idea why this one jumped in my mind this morning, but it did.

I could say I’m ashamed I didn’t know for years that this was a (fantastic) cover of a Stevie song, but guys, I’m not that old.

Enjoy!