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December 24, 2009

Just a short note to wish all of you some of my holiday cheer. And I've updated my Bio to cover all that happened in 2009 and what is hopefully coming up in 2010. Here's to blessings and good things for all. Merry Christmas!

November 29, 2009

Hi-ho, all! I have finally re-cut my demo reel, and actually split it into four separate, targeted reels. Check out the Reels page to view them all. Now it's time to work on Jacquie's!

I will be heading out this Tuesday to the Mitten Movie Project, where Chuck Grady's The Point will be screened as part of the "Best Of" program for 2009. Come on out and vote for your favorite film (The Point) and actor (me!). Nah, just kidding about me. I am proud of my performance in that one, though...

Just three more Mad Rabbit shows in 2009. So hopefully you can check us on on 12/5 at Johnny Vegas in Warren, or 12/11 and 12/12 at J Dub's in Riverview.

Merry Christmas to all!

October 27, 2009

It's been a good few weeks. Saw the premiere of Isaac's Computer at the MPI Film Festival. Worked twice with Gary Bosek and Mark Schettler, first producing an audition and second a short film. Both in the woods. With guns. Much fun! And I padded my "production resume" by being the cinematographer on the short film, called Soldiers' Triangle. It's an intense short with lots of drama and action. And of course Gary will make it even better in post. He is a master. The Point won first place at the Blue Water Film Festival, in addition to it receiving the audience choice award at a recent Mitten Movie Project. The Next Step also won another award, the Best Academic Film at the Flint Film Festival. I'm involved in two new web series with Iron Core Entertainment: Avis Oswald: Private Eye and Indie. Avis is pretty self-explanatory, while Indie is kind of a local Michigan version of Entourage. But much more immediate and real. And Mad Rabbit is still gigging and having a blast with Lonnie. Come see us on Halloween at the Auburn Sports Bar at the corner of Auburn Rd. and Dequindre! Peace to all!

August 22, 2009

Ah, a week of vacation is nearing completion, and for that I am both thankful and distressed. You see, I spent much of my stay-cation involved in film projects (and buying a new car). Not having to sit behind my desk for 8+ hours a day and instead act in some pretty cool projects really reminds me that my software job will ever only be a J-O-B. It will never bring me the joy that performing does. I think there were times early in my career after graduation that I enjoyed software development, but after 18 years it's really just a drag. Of course, I make very good money doing it, so I won't be giving it up anytime soon, but I would prefer not to be beholden for my livelihood to something I kind of dread. And I'm sure that I'm the only person in the world to feel like this. So please, feel sorry for me - or just hit me up with some winning lottery numbers.

Anyway, the projects this week are/were Stephen Miller's thesis project, Isaac's Computer, and Melissa Kerley's short Nevaeh's Message. One indoor, one outdoor, got to wear my prop glasses in both... man, I'm a nerd, and a good one at that!

Oh yeah, don't let me forget the premiere of Chuck Grady's The Point last Tuesday. It truly ended up to be the heartwarming story that the script promised. Shot beautifully, acted well, and accompanied by a fine soundtrack. We even got DVDs on the very night of the premiere - how shockingly original! That will be added to my demo reel as soon as I can get to it.

Mad Rabbit has found our new bass player and will be unveiling him to the world on Saturday, September 12. Lonnie Jaynes is his name and he's a darn good fit for the Rabbits. So come and say hi sometime soon at a gig near you!

July 16, 2009

Greetings! I'm in the midst of another busy summer, and enjoying it immensely! So far this year, I've appeared in 10 films: The Guest Room (which won Best Michigan Short at the Detroit Shorts Festival last month), The Unforgiven, Rockwell, The Tell Tale Heart, The Point, Monsters (just wrapped), Eddie & The Alternate Universe (currently shooting), and three student films. I've also done several industrial voice overs. Good stuff. Still got Mike Allore's World of Art, Nathan Quinn's Pulp Zombie and Mark A. France's The Politics of Life to go, at the very least. I've also convinced Jebby to revisit his fabulous script, Ringslingers, which we hope to shoot maybe in 2010. I've been fortunate to be able to work with Jacquie in about half of these projects, and actually even be married to her in a couple. Now that's stretching as an actor!

I'm happy to add that Chuck Grady's The Point will be premiering at the Maple Art Theater on Tuesday, August 11. Click here for more details.

Mad Rabbit is in the process of auditioning bass players to replace the departing Joe. He will certainly be missed, but it's a decision he had to make to stay closer to home (he lives in Carleton, wherever the bark that is). We're still playing regular shows, however, including this Saturday, July 18 at the Hamlin Pub in Rochester Hills, and next Saturday, July 25 at the Hamlin Pub in Clarkston. Please visit us and pay your final respects to Joe (offer only good through July 31).

Tomorrow Jacquie and I trek to Grand Rapids to celebrate AEG and Shirley's recent wedding. Should be a blast to party with all our old Loose Change buddies!

Later!

June 28, 2009

Yup. Still alive. Been doing a bunch of indie films (A Battle for the Ages, Monsters, Eddie & The Alternate Universe), gigging with the band (new MySpace page at www.myspace.com/MadRabbitMusic), working in the yard and working the real job. Got an interesting audition this Thursday for Catholic TV, then hopefully some R & R for the holiday weekend (besides the Mad Rabbit gig on July 4 at Hamlin Pub Chesterfield.

Hope you enjoyed my update. Tune in for the next one in September!

March 1, 2009

I was tickled to learn yesterday that my story The Cinderella Slap has been chosen to be featured in the debut edition of Detroit Stand Up Magazine. Look for it on April 1 (assuming they aren't playing some hurtful pre-April Fool's joke on me). Now get out there and support your local stand-ups and comedy writers, will you!

Jacquie and I are slogging and soldiering through our MPI student films. Last Sunday as I had the pleasure of being called back for the George Clooney movie Up in the Air. I read my scene with director Jason Reitman (no butterflies) and was on my way. However, fame eluded me once again, as there were seven other people called back for the role and I guess I just wasn't in the 12.5 percentile that day. Oh well, more stuff is coming.

On Tuesday, I'm doing a radio spot that will air up north in Michigan for some credit union (all the details I have right now). So let me know if you hear it, those of you up-norther-credit-union-listener types.

Three Mad Rabbit gigs in March:

Saturday, March 7 - RockStarz, Garden City (10 pm)
33729 Ford Road
Garden City, Michigan 48135
This is a new venue for us, plus it's way more west-side/downriver than we usually play, so please come support us, especially those of you who wish we played on your side of town more often!

Friday, March 13 - Mario's of Troy (9:30 pm)
1477 John R Rd.
Troy, Michigan 48083
We start a little earlier here, so if you like to see a great band and then hit the sack by midnight, this is the night for you.

Friday, March 20 - Hamlin Pub, Rochester (10 pm)
1988 S. Rochester Rd.
Rochester, Michigan 48307
What more needs to be said about the Hamlin Pub in Rochester? They love us, we love them, and you should join in the fun.

Also, I've finished our little demo. You can listen on our MySpace page or here. Hope to see you all soon, somewhere, sometime.

February 18, 2009

Busy weekend ahead! Three film shoots and a big big big callback for the George Clooney movie Up In The Air. One line, but still... Wish me the best!

Finished up the rough first version of the Mad Rabbit demo. Give it a listen here. Later!

February 13, 2009

And a merry Friday the 13th to all of you, fine friends! Nothing has yet attacked me today, so I will count myself fortunate. Hope you are all faring as well as I. Writing about my life takes way too much time, which is why you've been seeing about one entry per month lately, if that. I apologize, as I know you are all dying to learn more about my inner doings.

So, let's see. We shot The Guest Room in January and Louis already brought over a rough cut last weekend. It looks really good for a first draft. Add in some heartfelt string accompaniment and it should be a tearjerker for sure. I had my work cut out for me, acting against the three lady stalwarts of Mary, Alana Jo and Alissa. Goodness me, they did a right proper job! The goal for this one is the Planet Ant Film Festival in June, and then hopefully more after that.

I will be doing three MPI student films in the next three weekends; Jacquie will be doing four, bless her heart. We actually get to play husband and wife in one of them. It's good to have people know that we can play well together. In among those weekends I will also be shooting a scene from a feature film that is in progress. I get to play my most bastard-ish character yet in that one. Hopefully good reel material.

I did an industrial voice over for State Farm today; good money for 30 minutes of work! Right now I am capturing video footage of Mad Rabbit so that I can try to cobble together a demo of sorts for us. I will post our demo once I've got something workable. And oh yeah, have you seen our new official logo yet?

I have to try to make it to Iron Core auditions to sit on the panel tomorrow as well. And I'm filming. And it's Valentine's Day. I guess it's time to find my cocaine stash again.

Peace, my brothers!

January 7, 2009

Happy new year, gentle readers! This will be a short post to inform you that I've updated my bio for 2009 and added a couple of new radio commercials to my Voice Demos page, including the recent Little Caesars spot.

This weekend we will be filming Jacquie's script The Guest Room. I am fortunate to be playing Dan in the short, and will be acting alongside the talented Mary Gibbs and a couple of young ladies playing our daughter at different ages. Louis Kerman is helming, The AEG is lensing and Mark A. France is makeup-ing, so you know it will be good. It will be wonderful to work with these dudes again! And maybe have them smack me for using the type of Hollywood slang you'd see in Variety!

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