Tuesday, August 26, 2014

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS - Oh The Emails...

I receive tons of emails during the course of the days and weeks. I try to answer them all but it unfortunately time escapes me. In an effort to address these questions asked or the questions that Should be asked. I decide to make another entry in my Blog!! YAY!!!

My Hope and Prayer is that you are OPEN to these Tips:(disclaimer these are just Tips, Feel free to use what you need and discard what you don't)

Tip#1:  EDUCATION NEVER ENDS (for all of us)
Please Educate yourself on THIS Fabulous, Frustrating, Elusive, Challenging, Exciting Wonderful Business. This Industry is Everything You Want and Don't WANT it to be. Therefore there are a Few Things we should Discuss.

*Read Ladies and Gentlemen! There is NO WAY Around it! Do Not be opposed to READING. Learn to Enjoy RESEARCH?? DO you WANT to know?

Be THIRSTY for knowledge!

I receive emails with questions about this Business that can EASILY researched..WHY??
Question in my Head: Google Much?? Please do your research and look for the Answers.
Where should I go to Study Acting??
Do I need to Study first or Just go out for Auditions?
I'm naturally talented and I can memorize/imitate real good (real question)

STUDY THE CRAFT! Are you Studying?? IF Acting is your Passion?? YOU WILL STUDY IT!

*Get in Class. Theater Group. On camera Class, Scene Study, Character Analysis, Clowning, Improv*

Be Informed means.. READ THE TRADES!! READ THE TRADES!! READ THE TRADES!! 

Read Books on this Industry. Read Scripts. Join Theatre Groups and Foundations. BE in the world of your Business. There are a number of Organizations out there to become a Part. Find one that is right for you and Become A Member. Attend Film Festivals, Panel Discussions. Ask Good Questions an TAKE NOTES!

*Learn how the Business REALLY works, as opposed to how you think it should work*

Tip#2: DO THE WORK

Lately, I have received some interesting  Emails such as "Keep Me in Mind for Future Projects". Also some SPAM Tweets "Here is my Picture, I'm an Awesome Actor. Ready to be your next Diamond."

When emailing, Be Strategic. "Keep Me in Mind for Future Projects"??? Seriously, are you giving ME work to do? Build REAL relationships. Introduce me to Who You Are!
Share information on upcoming performances. Plays. Where can I catch you next?  Build a reel of strong work, you will be Remembered.  If you wish to Introduce yourself.. Thats Awesome. It also requires thought and intention.
I introduce and Re-Introduce myself ALL the time. I am Human just like you!

Understand that it will ALL come together in time. Sometimes when we RUSH.. we make a HUGE Mess. I've learned to Breathe before pressing the send button. (sometimes I fail) Ugghh

"Here's my Picture, I'm an Awesome Actor. Ready to be your next Diamond." If you haven't built a True Relationship with me, you might want to think about being more Strategic in your approach. When I say Strategy, I mean Do your research and make Smart Choices. For examples.. Read My Book!! (coming soon)

I understand its the Social Media Age, therefore this seems like the Best way to get Noticed,Become a Star or whatever you are Striving for.  Social Media may help you Initiate a Relationship or Continue the Evolution of an Existing Relationship. Nothing beats Building REAL Relationships!! NOTHING!! 


Tip#3: GROW WITH YOUR PEER GROUP 

This may be with your Acting Class, your Theater Group or those who are around you auditioning. You see each other all the time. You smile, wave, have coffee or even attend the same plays and workshops. You have starred in their Short Films, Student Films, Spec Commercials etc. This is Good!! It could be a Director, Producer, Writers, Acting Students, Production Students. You will Grow with your Peer Group. While listening to interviews of Actors, Directors and Producers who are successful in their craft, they all attended the same Schools. They were College or Conservatory roommates, attended acting classes or workshops together. Became Friends when times were lean. Believed in each other when No One else would. Helped each other finish projects! That peer group grew and supported each other. Beautiful Thing!

Look Around You!! This may be your Peer Group. In 3 years.. See who is still beside you. Pushing you! Supporting You!! Make a Mental Note!! This is gonna be GREAT!!






















Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lets SHIFT!

Speaking to Anger & Frustration

Lately I've come across some ANGER & FRUSTRATION about this Industry and this Business. As many of your know, I cast Feature Films, TV,  Biopics and short films. I also attend, Workshops to give audition technique, instruction and witness up coming talent. I truly enjoy attending workshops! They are Educational, inspirational and informative for me and all who attend. I enjoy my work as well. 

From time to time, I have come across Anger and Frustration and lately its been MAJOR!  Whoa!!

So somebody tell me what is going on?  

Firstly, I met a man in one of my workshops who was Angry from the Moment it Started.. I asked the group of 24 or so "What Do You Want?" he yelled out.. I Want My Shot!! I replied.. "You've got your shot! You are in the room with a Casting Director! This IS your shot.  His Anger and Frustration was palpable. Next up the scenes. He was First and while in the scene, his Anger/Frustration prevailed, so much so, the scene was ineffective due to the lack of emotional availability. His inability to showcase his objective and therefore, access his substitutional circumstance lead to a Loud Angry Scene that evoked NO FEELING other than those of Confusion and Fear.

Secondly, I have come across a number of VERY Angry emails with regards to Auditioning for certain roles. One young lady started off with Adoration of my work, her Love of God and how she was BORN to play this particular Role.. When I did not comply with her wishes of granting her an Audition.. She became Quite ANGRY!! Cursing and Vowing that I will not stop her in her endeavors. Whew... and Thank God. I Don't want that kind of Emotional Instability on my set. Would you like it on Yours? Someone who can flip at any moment?? Nope... Not if I can Help it! 

Good Strong Mental Health is Truly an Asset a Blessing. I work towards that Every Day! I'm open to the work that comes for me.. Even if it doesn't look like what I hoped or dreamt it would look like. I'm open to the process. 

What I want.. is Finite! What God has for me, for us, is Infinite! The Possibilities are Infinite! 

ARE YOU TRULY OPEN TO WHAT YOU SAY, YOU BELIEVE?  Even if it does NOT Look Like what YOU want it to Look Like? Hmmm??

I remember having this anger/frustration many years ago.. Its my YOU GOT SERVED story. Look out for it in my book! 

'Stomp the Yard was a Dream Job but not my ONLY job. I was Born for More.. Much More!! I'm evolving! I continue to Grow. Not because I have everything I ever wanted.. Because I Do Not! Thankfully.

Acting should be your Passion! Not just portraying One character or Role. Something you Love. Something you work towards. Something you THIRST for. Whether it be Shakespeare in the Park, School Plays, Short Films, Indies, Studio Features, Television, Conservatory, Broadway, Off Broadway.. etc. 

Look at all the Wonderful Women Angela Bassett has portrayed:
Tina Turner
Rosa Parks
Katherine Jackson
Corretta Scott King
Dr. Betty Shabazz
A First Lady of the Church
A Mother 
A Wife

Denzel Washington has portrayed:
Malcolm X
Rubin Hurricane Carter
Frank Lucas
Melvin B. Tolson
An Angel sent by God (Preachers Wife) 
Steven Biko (Cry Freedom)
A Private in the Army (Twice) 
Lieutenant in the Navy (Twice)
A Trumpet Player

You Job is to Breathe Life and for some of you.. it may evolve into Writing, Creating & Telling Stories.

Imani Hakim was not just Born to play Gabby Douglas. She was Great in it at the time. I'm sure there is more for her.

Jamaal Woolard was not just Born to play Christopher "Biggie" Wallace. He was Great in it at the time. I'm sure there is more for him. And So on and So On.

You may be looking to this industry.. For Validation?? For FAME?  For Acknowledgement? For Love? For "I Told You So"? For Money? To Buy Your Mama a House? To Buy Yourself a House? 

If you are not getting what you want. Maybe you need to Shift your perspective. 

Wow!! What a Shot you have. To Inspire, To Learn, To Grow. It is an Evolution.. In time we all evolve. Prayerfully towards the Good! Take your time..Work towards inner happiness. Read and Learn about this Business. Enjoy the Steps because they inform the next Step. This is what I have gleaned. 

Continuing to Shift My Perspective.

Be Well.. Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually... BE WELL!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New to Me or New to You???


Now this is the Question or Comment that I Receive and Hear Alot!!

Why aren't ANY New Actors in Films or on TV Shows?? Translation..When is someone gonna give me a shot?  My answer  to the Question is a Question..(sorry)... New Actors?? Hmmm New to Me or New To You??  Now, do you mean..In Lead Roles in a Film?? or Television?? Hot Film or Number 1 Hit Movie? What do you mean by New?

Questions truly is: Are you Paying Attention??  When, are you paying Attention and what is it that you truly mean and want. Write me in the Comments Section.

Did you pay attention to Columbus Short on E.R.?




Did you pay attention to Sufe Bradshaw on Southland?










Did you pay attention to Aisha Hinds in Medium?










Did you pay Attention to Aldis Hodge on Judging Amy?



I'm sure their Parents and Family Members were paying attention....Crowded around the television to catch a glimpse of their loved one...In their Gift. Having Parties, eating, talking and Everything!

Where does this Question Stem From??

An Actors Career is just that.. A Career. It may start as a child or as a One Liner in a Feature Film or TV Show.

Yes, there are the Lupita Nyongos' who auditioned, work on a Great Project then WON an Oscar. AWESOME!! But that is not Everyones Life. Most are Studying! Auditioning. Working on Soaps! Doing Commercials!

Nate Parker was in the TIDE Commercial. Cocoa Brown is in a Progressive Commercial. Tyrone Brown is in an Ikea Commercial. Robert Ri'chard in a Kia Commercial, Wayne Wilderson is in EVERYTHING


Does that Mean..I'm a Great Actor and I wanna be a Lead??  When is My Shot?? Ooohh I digress.

Okay lets get to the real conversation. Somebody tell me something. There are NEW ACTORS EVERYWHERE. Check for the Cop in the Scene. The Waitress. The Teacher. The Cashier. The Brother who is the Teachers Assistant (Arjay Smith on Perception). So basically, what Im saying is... Enjoy this Journey!! Try to Work Smarter, NOT Harder. Be strategic with your career. Pray for Discernment!

You Time is Now!! Every opportunity is an Opportunity to Learn! Grow! Its So Awesome!!

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ”


― Friedrich Nietzsche


PEACE YALL!!