Monday, July 27, 2009

Dog Days of Summer...

Been dog-sitting for my favorite little dog, Kiki, for the past few days. And yes, that is a mohawk she's sporting...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Small World

I had an audition earlier this week for a print job. The company makes uniforms for the service industry -- hotels, casinos, etc. -- so every year they produce a catalog. Anyway, I overheard the woman I was to meet with telling someone else how they did the Star Trek uniforms. So, when it was my turn to go, I asked her about it and she said, yes they did all of the uniforms for the movie, and it sounded like it was quite a trying process...

I told her I wore a couple of their designs. She asked if I wore 'the red one' and then pointed to a picture up on the wall from the movie - an assembly scene. I took a look and said, "yep, I wore that one, in fact, you can see me right there." I was in the picture, right behind Spock. She thought that was hilarious. I am just hoping that makes me memorable enough to book the job...

The Rest of the Trip...

The rest of Greg's time here we spent exploring LA - ate at In N Out burger, hit a couple movies, went down to the beach, and hit the Dodger game (Mannywood!)

Thanks for coming out west, pal!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hiking Hollywood

Went for a hike yesterday. Tried to find the hike in Griffith Park that leads up to the Griffith Observatory -- instead found ourselves at the observatory and then hiked up Mt. Hollywood. Nice, little hike, though the steep shortcut towards the end is a real thigh-burner! Great views of the city, and we got to meet a coyote up close.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Soup-er Taping

My friend Greg is in town and last night he and I attended a taping of The Soup. It was a lot of fun - Joel McHale was hilarious and chatted with the audience during breaks. It was interesting seeing the process live -- when jokes/clips didn't really work, they went back and tried something else... Oh, and Seth Green was there as a special guest. It will be cool to see the finished product tonight on E!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sundancing Next Year?

Gina's awesome screenplay, Shoe Tree, advanced in the Sundance Film Festival Screenplay Competition -- she won't find out if it's chosen as the 'winner' until December, but so far, so good. So, congrats!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What Recession?

Looks like the movie business is doing just fine... Up more than 11% from last year...

Thursday January 1, 2009 Through Sunday, July 12, 2009

2009 - $5,678,900,000 - up 11.23%
2008 - $5,105,546,005

2009 - 772,639,456 - up 8.66%
2008 - 711,078,831

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hollywood Bowl-ing

Last night I went to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time. Though I wasn't very familiar with the music -- Ray LaMontagne -- compared to my group (probably compared to most of the 17, 500 folks there), it was a great experience. An outdoor venue, built directly into the Hollywood hills, what a place to see a concert! A highlight for me was opening act, Jenny Lewis' cover of The Traveling Wilburys "Handle With Care."

Oh, and besides the perfect sound & the beautiful view, the best feature of the Bowl is that you can bring anything in! Beer, wine, food - people had coolers and picnic baskets full of stuff. Good times!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4th of July Weekend

I had a great 4th of July weekend. My sister was in town, and we had a lot of fun: went to a picnic, caught a couple movies, rode the coasters at Magic Mountain, walked around town, and ate too much. Of course, LA has been even crazier than usual over the past several days because of the Michael Jackson hoopla -- very surreal.

Anyway, now that the holiday is over, let's hope the work comes back to town from its own lengthy vacation!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Print This

Had a print audition - it was another one where there were a bunch of folks auditioning, they took a few pics, asked a couple questions, and that was it. These large "look-sees" are a real crap shoot, but my agent assured me that I was selected by "direct request" from the client, so odds would be better than normal. Yet, judging from the quantity of gentlemen there around the same time as me, the client was directly requesting a lot of dudes. Oh well, better than NO audition at all...