Over A Year

It turns out there are too many places to write free.  I’ve achieved a goal and connected with a print publication that will be around for awhile, however to get paid I must write. I have daily obligations elsewhere, and there aren’t enough hours in the day.

At some point as a de facto reporter of things happening in real time, I need to take timeout to sit down and write. I guess I could turn my cell into a Dictaphone as the technology for that exists, however the transcribing will take time as well.

I’m not sure that I can upload an audio to this beast, and do that while other things take place. I know I can dictate a story here, and maybe have it transcribed automagically, however that requires actual computer time with no other things going on in life.

This problem is an easy solve, but again, real life trumps reel life.  Not enough hours in the day. Roughly 24 last I checked, and I truly only get 8 on this beast, with needing to do at least 12 to 16 hours every damn day.

Those that are bad at math can see that each day I fall 4 to 8 hours further behind in life. This may be why I haven’t posted here in over a year.

Maybe I should take to writing sonnets like Shakespeare allegedly did. Yes, I’ve been infected by The Marlowe society.  Several out there believe that Shakespeare didn’t write all of his oeuvre.

I hope I’m using that word right.

In any case, I’ll attempt to write more frequently here until such time as the paid money type work totally gets in the way….

New catch phrase pending.


I Should Write Something

I’ve been doing this for awhile now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve come to a conclusion. Breaking the word down becomes tedious, as that’s something that I’ve been doing lately elsewhere, so why should I do it here?

Once when I was presented with the prompt in the headline, I simply wrote, “Something.” Done!

What did I achieve? Well, I get a chuckle from a select few, and I fulfill my daily clown quota. Found out sometime last century that some use the word clown as a verb. She was sitting next to me when between takes she said, “You clowned me.”

Whatever happened to my co-star of West Hollywood News in Review? I don’t know. Good times, almost well, actually over 25 years ago at this point. Video on the web wasn’t truly a thing yet, and we never really got more than the first two full episodes edited.

A credit roll today would have at least four credits for me: Head Writer, Co Producer, Star, and one other. Maybe only three. I never directed any episodes, but I’m sure I could’ve had I asked.

We wrote sketches. We were damn good too. Ivan liked them, and that means, they were in. We’d shoot video on actual video tape, complete with sync sound, and the goal was to put them up on Public Access in West Hollywood.

That’s the part we never did.

My inheritance when coach left us was those tapes. Digitizing at $10 per times 60 some odd tapes, and yes, some are pretty odd, would cost $600 that I don’t have. I’m setting up here at Team 33 Productions to DIY, well, DIM as I’d be doing it myself.

There should be a way to get the VCR to go 4 times the speed so that the Mac doing the digitizing would get that part done faster than real time. I’ll let you know when I solve that problem.

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach™

The Naked Truth About Conferences

Now, if she would just let us know which hotel….


If you think people attend conferences for education and networking, you’re a fool. If you attend conferences for your career development, you’re fooling yourself.

There may be standout breakouts. You may snap pics of a speaker’s revealing slides. But the screen you’ll scan most during sessions will be the mobile one in your hand.

Certainly, you’ll meet people. But millions don’t flock to conferences for professional networking. The truth is they flock to fuck.

At night host hotels become hotbeds of hedonism. A brief escape. No kids, no spouses, no strings attached.

Shocked? Interested? I’m in Room 603.

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New Headshots

Yes, that’s right. I need them. Well, I don’t really NEED them, as I want them. I took an acting job so that I could earn them, as I was being paid in kind. What kind, you ask? I’ll let you decide.

On an ordinary day during the week, I’d be sitting at home writing, or creating, or more likely, pondering.  Musing is also a choice, and I’ll still get to do that on my way to the studio. “Hey, Mike!!! Why don’t you just take a selfie? That’s what all the kids are doing!!!”

I’m a professional actor. That’s why. Thanks for asking. I have a lovely parting gift for you.  That’s right. I’ve embraced my inner game show host.  I once played a game show host in an ‘SC student film, back when I was doing the student film thing. I should probably get back into that, however like I said, I’m a professional.

I should be paid.

I like money. There’s a song in Cabaret; Money Makes The World Go Round.  No more of this paid in kind work. Of course, being hypocritical, I won’t hesitate to ask you to work for free in my next festival entry. I’d like to think that I can raise upwards of $50K a month in order to make these things, however everyone else I know is doing the same thing.

This is what I get for being in show business.

I just saw something that said I have 81 characters remaining. That must be the headline limit, as I’m typing away, and the 81 hasn’t gone down any.

To continue, or proceed, or more likely, advance the plot, I realize it’s a business, and my only goal is to make enough with the current project in order to yes, you guessed it, make the next one.

Supporting the family is a good idea while doing that as well.  This is the part I haven’t solved yet; I need to be able to do both at the same time, which is why I haven’t made any lately.

The good news is that things are looking up.

I do have the capability of raising funds on one of those sites that allows for crowdfunding, however as previously stated, everyone else is doing that too.

So, I leave you with the above conundrum, while I solve for the following: x=x+1.

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.

That’s my story. Hope you enjoyed it. Soon to be a major motion picture.™

Disclaimer: I know that x can never equal x+1. It’s just a line of code I wrote ages ago when I used to write lines of code.

The Correct Answer Is…

All my life. As this is not Jeopardy, I’ll give you the question: How long have you been acting? As I’ve touched on before elsewhere, I’ve fully embraced the Shakespeare quote, “All the world’s a stage…” etc.

Whether you’re in the industry, or even the business we call show, or not, it’s imperative that you embrace the fact that you are indeed for the most part, acting. You could be acting up, or out, or even re- but make sure you know that you are in fact, being observed.

I know this may sound like morning pages, as opposed to mourning pages, however, one, it’s the afternoon, and B) I’ve thought a lot about this today, based on these are the words you are reading, put in some semblance of order, and extemporized here for your pleasure.

Now, what brings you here, and more importantly, me here today is the need to acknowledge that I may have more experience in my areas of expertise, simply because I’ve been on the planet longer, and we have roughly the same level of ability to accumulate information at similar rates. This may be why I started in the industry as an actor, however, I’ve added writer, director, producer and even magician to my resumé.

I inherited that last one, but that’s probably a story for another time, on an entirely different blog.  Image

I’ve achieved various levels of success, which can be read about at my site devoted to all things 168 Project. If you go there, be sure to come back and comment here as well.

This may goto the part where people believe they can be only one thing, however, as someone that I respect once told me, you can be more than one thing at once. Which is why some may refer to me as a filmmaker.

I made a choice this 168 season to put myself in front of the camera, simply because I believe that’s where I was led. This may create an article at the aforementioned site, that I linked to previously.  Not sure yet.

I’m not sure that I’ve hit my artificial word count yet, so, I’ll continue. A magician is truly an actor, playing the part of a magician, and the converse may be true, as all of the above disciplines goto the art of illusion. Some of my older readers may remember the logline for the original Superman movie, “You will believe a man can fly.” Lot’s of visual effects work later, we did. This includes the various incarnations of Superman as a live action TV series, as well as the sequels that came and went.

Unless they’ve been able to hire an actor that can fly that I don’t know about. In any case, how many remember the TV series from the 50’s, when the villains would attempt to shoot Superman? The bullets would harmlessly bounce off, and when they ran out of bullets, they’d throw the empty gun at him.

And then, he’d duck!!!

Doesn’t make sense, does it.

All I know is, that most superpowers have been demonstrated on screen, or in print, and there’s a VFX guy out there that can reproduce them.

However, you have to be able to imagine that they exist, by writing about them first.

Which may answer another question entirely, that I’ll put to you: If you could have any superpower imaginable, what would it be, and why?



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