Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Me and My companies - "Little House On The Prairie" the musical - Wright Way Master Classes/The Photography Train
Many people are wondering why I keep on posting information about my personal companies on my blog - shouldn't a blog be all about me and my doings. Well, to answer the question constantly asked of me....Yes a blog should be all about my doings....if you know me well then you know that my companies are a lot of who I am. I am very proud of these ideas that I have created, copyrighted, etc. to be individual and also to share with the rest of the world. In a way - I am like a proud dad who is watching his babies take their first walk into the world. It is both exciting and scary - believe me - it is scary....because my hope is to find success in this world. Understandably I don't expect miracles - although that would be nice - however, I do hope for good things.
If there is anything I have learned about this opportunity, it is the fact that there will be somethings that don't work, and perhaps they just wont work because the economy is screaming heavily against it. But it doesn't necessarily mean that it wasn't a success. In my eyes - its business and you try again later.
When I was younger I use to think that failures were huge road blocks. Now as I am getting older in life I am taking failures more as corrective criticism and steps in a right "WRIGHT" direction. This keeps me upbeat and looking forward to the next opportunity in life.
I am so grateful to the powers that be - that offer up such kindness in my direction. More often then not I feel unworthy of that greatness and humbled constantly by those who find themselves around me.
I had the pleasure this weekend to see "Little House on The Prairie" the musical at "The PaperMill Playhouse". I have to be honest - I sort of loved the experience, the music and for sure I loved the leads in the show. Thank you for taking me on a ride to the new frontier my friends. Job well done! (Thank you Alison Franck for inviting me as your guest - fun times as always! Loves!).
If New York City has taught me anything - its that you take every opportunity you are given and RUN! I love it here!
check out the following websites:
The Wright Way Master Classes
(There are still spots available in the NATIONAL CLASSES in Nashville, Chicago, Orlando and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.)
The Photography Train
(Currently scheduled this fall to do stops in Nashville, Salt Lake City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Gainesville, Orlando and Miami)
Again - thank you for your support!!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Its Official!!! The Photography Train website is up and running!!! Check it out! http://www.thephotographytrain.com
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wright Way Master Classes - Alaine Alldaffer Master Class on September 22nd - http://www.wrightwaymasterclasses.com
I am super excited to have Alaine Alldaffer (Casting Director) of Playwrights Horizons a part of the Wright Way Master Classes on September 22nd from 7-10pm. If you would like to be a part of this class, submit your headshot and resume to http://www.wrightwaymasterclasses.com and sign up under her name.
ALAINE ALLDAFFER BIO:
Alaine Alldaffer, Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons. Credits include “Grey Gardens”(B’way and PWH), Dead Man’s Cell Phone with Mary Louise Parker, the upcoming musical “Burnt Part Boys”. TV credits include Knights of Prosperity aka Let’s Rob Mick Jagger for ABC, Assoc. credits include “ED” ( NBC) ,”Monk” (USA), Theaters include the Longwarf ,Soho Rep and ACT. Festivals include Williamstown and Humana. She cast for The Huntington Theater in Boston and the Women’s Project NYC. She is currently casting “This” with Parker Posey for Playwrights Horizons, “Fences” directed by Kenny Leon for the “Huntington.’
***We also have Alison Franck (Casting Director) along with "THE GLAM TEAM" (Nyle Caisley, Scott Wasserman and DEX) for a 3 week Master Class beginning SEPTEMBER 29th - AUDITION MAKEOVER!!! This class is about helping the actor figure out what makes a great audition and how to present themselves the best way possible. Sign up for this class at http://www.wrightwaymasterclasses.com and sign up under LOCAL - SEPTEMBER 29th Alison Franck Class.
ALISON FRANCK BIO: Alison Franck has been the Resident Casting Director for Paper Mill Playhouse for nearly a decade. She has cast over 40 productions for Paper Mill including the Broadway transfer of I'm Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Recent Paper Mill productions include 1776, Master Class, The Importance of Being Earnest, Little Shop of Horrors and Kiss Me Kate. Other regional productions include Pirates! (Goodspeed/Paper Mill), Hairspray and Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre), and 2007's mini-tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Patti Colombo (TUTS / Paper Mill / North Shore / TOTS). She recently completed the casting of the upcoming National Tour of Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis and the premiere National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Independent film: Broke Even (Best Drama, 2000 NY Independent Film Festival). TV series: Al Franken's "Lateline," "Soul Man," "Talk to Me." Pilot casting: "Madigan Men" and "Freaks & Geeks" (2000 Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series).
I hope this finds all of you well!
Wright Way Master Classes
Thursday, September 10, 2009
OMG - I am about done with one of my biggest goals this year for me - and let me tell you - I FEEL PRETTY AMAZING. Now, I would tell you what that goal is, but I don't want to jinx the possibilities so you all have to wait. However, it is pulling at me to just tell you....but alas I cannot say a word. lol.
So last night Michael Freeman and myself went to CRAFT STEAK on 15th street and 10th Avenue. One of the coolest things about this restaurant is they have two different areas to sit. I personally like to call it the Rich Mans section and the Cheap Mans section. And as much as I like to eat out it is important that I am not always eating in the Rich Mans section (as we are in a depression - ya'll) - So Michael and I sat in the Cheap Mans section (upfront). And like always I LOVED IT, seriously, I love eating there because I feel like I am eating at TOP CHEF or something similar - the food, even the appetizers are that good...plus the company I was with wasn't half bad either. So if you haven't ventured over to that area of NYC (which is right near the new HIGHLINE (also a sight to see)) then I highly recommend it.
One year ago today, or at least around this time of year, I began writing on this blog and I have to tell you what - life has gotten better and better. I am not going to say that it is the blog that has answered all my questions or offered doorways to better things, however, for some reason it has offered me my own way of healing. And that is important to me.
Eight years ago on this date I was in Las Vegas, NV and was awoken to the fear of our reality that is September 11, 2001. I was confused - blindsighted - hurt - fearful - scared and it was everything I never imagined possible was possible and did happen. The memories still haunt me to remember and I believe will continue to haunt everyone who is reminded of where they were at when they heard the news.
Where were you on September 11, 2001 and how did you feel?
Thank you for reading - for somewhat listening to my ups and downs of this last year - I have appreciated your kind support - your arguments - disagreements - opinions. They have all been a valuable part of this blog. THANK YOU!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So recently I have been questioning a lot of my motives for doing things - and asking myself why. I believe that this economy is beginning to get at me in much crazier ways than I actually thought were possible. I am loving my life right now - however, trying to grasp a hold of every opportunity passing me right now - is starting to get a little overwhelming - and at times seeming a little to much. So what do I do, push forward and just let things roll on by or breathe and perhaps allow others to grasp a hold of the opportunity with me and still allow things to roll on by because of possible complications with those people - perhaps no complications at all - I dont know.
Lately I have been feeling the weight of other peoples needs for work and money and their struggle of not finding relief is begining to pulling me down and eat at me. My desire and willingness to help other people is so very important to me - and it begins to become a damper or overall pain when I feel like the responsibility fully lies in my hands - not that I am not capable of helping - but I do not need the weight of those around me to dampen my passions and excitement for life by giving me worries or doubts in the world or the economy....eeeek!
My mother always said "Never let them see you sweat" - because it shows a lack of personal strength.
In this world it is important that we are strong people individually - strong enough in showing value to who we are - people who do not nag or show a need for work will survive in the end. In the theater world - more specifically - we are taught to never show in the audition room the NEED or overall want for that particular job, for it seems TOO DESPERATE. Lately, I am starting to observe this reality and the truth that it holds. I feel the weight on myself and amongst those around me - I love them (my friends) - and hopefully soon it will be less of a NO from me and more a reality of YES to be able to help - I need support and not fear in the future ahead.
I guess this is more an awareness post today - for whom - who knows.