Morning Page #1,275,014: "Waiting for the World to End"

Not enough hours in the day. OK? I kick myself in the ass my a morning page PLIE. That's right I said it. I'm referencing ballet... Get it? SO much going on right now between my marketing work with "I and Love and You" pet food (I just got a raise by the way), writing new scripts for my legal publishing client, Producing/Directing a new series for that same client, prepping for an upcoming video series that is green lit and ready to go... AND... negotiating and brainstorming with a potential NEW client. NEW client... that's right. I said it. That's some super exciting SH%%. Somebody actually came across my work via social media and went to the indie city entertainment website and dropped me a note. We coordinated an initial phone chat, threw around some ideas and now we are moving on to a conference call between me and the partners of this clients (potential clients) business. It looks good. Weird coincidence is that when I got on the phone with this guy, turns out not only is he from NJ.... so we talked shop for a few minutes about Jersey, He also went to UNC Greensboro. He was there for his Masters and I only spent my freshman year at UNC-G but still. Not a mind blowing coincidence by any stretch. More like a kooky quirky coincidence. Ice breaker maybe? Just enough to tip the scale? Anyway, I'll let you know how that goes. So yes, busy. I'm in a place right now where I feel like even if I worked all morning, all afternoon and all night.... I still wouldn't have time to get it all done with the expediency I prefer. Thank God I'm not dealing with super strict deadlines. For that I am most grateful. I DID hire an assistant to help me get through some of the pre-production tasks and help me out on set when we are shooting. She has been great but I still feel like there's a shit ton of work to be done. If I didnt have her help, I think my head would have exploded by now. NOT complaining about any of it. Don't get me wrong. I am so happy to have all the work and for things to be growing and expanding. I'm just expressing where my head is at these days and KIND OF explaining why I have been unable to do any thorough blog reports. I can find time to post a few production photos but that's about it. Of course NOW, with all this stuff going on, I'm getting more auditions. And of course NOW, getting to those auditions has become difficult if not impossible. Having a crazy busy day and then getting a call asking me to be in Santa Monica (all the way across town) at 3:45 for a FARMER BROTHERS commercial audition is enough to put you over the edge. I HATE to miss auditions. I HATE to have to turn them down but right now, unless the casting is happening within a 10 mile radius and it wont toss me into the belly of the beast as far as rush hour traffic (which starts promptly at 4, some would say 3), if the climate isn't perfect for a smooth entrance and exit... I just cant make it. I am not missing ALL of them. I am able to get myself to a few auditions, but I just can't be a full time scratch & claw hit the pavement act my ass off Actor. Not right now. Right now I'm writing/producing/directing a series that I'm calling the Property & Tort Report. Six scenes dealing with Property Law and TEN shorter scenes dealing with Tort Law. Lined up NEXT is a new lecture series. The idea is that there will be multiple professors presenting in videos per course area. I am in the process of recruiting Professors/Presenters. We would credit the speaker at the top of the video. Something like "Presented by John Smith, Professor of Law at Loyola." For the time being, we are looking for local professors so I can coordinate a shoot and keep the travel to a minimum (Ie. stay local-LA, OC, SD, Santa Barbara). I may eventually be traveling to different states to shoot professors based on who we recruit to appear in these videos. So that's all good.The Pet Food business is good. I spent a week in Anaheim at the Natural Products Expo with all the principals from the company. Previously I had only met Lindsay, the Marketing Director who flew out to interview and hire me. So I was able to work at our booth during the expo. Set up, break down, get to know all the other folks. It went well. A week later I got a raise and some praise from Lindsay about how impressed everyone was with me and thanking me for doing such a great job so far in SoCal. The line is selling really well in Whole Foods Market, Sprouts and Unleashed by Petco. WITH a raise comes more responsibility. More responsibility comes at a time when I can BARELY handle a boost in my workload. So then there's THAT. Really excited for the 2014 baseball season. Relieved that the Yankees can compete this year without all the A-Rod drama. And we will be seeing Derek Jeter play out his final season. Makes me sad. Makes me happy. Makes me sad. Makes me feel old. Jeter's farewell tour will be 1000 times bigger than last years Mariano Rivera parade. As much as Boston fans don't want to admit, they will be cheering him at Fenway at some point this season. Don't hate. You know its gonna happen. Will be interesting to see if this guy Tanaka (Japanese pitcher) can come in and have an impact... or will he be another Dice K. Although Dice K had some flashes of greatness.... so that might not be so bad. EARTHQUAKE. There have quite a few tremors over the past 2 weeks. Kristen and I felt that 5.1 Friday night. It was a long steady swinging/shaking sensation that wasn't knocking things off of shelves but it was definitely causing things to rattle and lamp shades to dance a little. 45 seconds of lamp shade dancing and we still juts sat there looking at each other... waiting for the world to end. That didn't happen. Thank God. Because I have a TON of shit to do.

Later....

 

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