Friday, July 23, 2010

Recent Work

This week I worked on a K-Swiss commercial.  It seems like they are really trying to shake up their bland, white shoe reputation -- their new campaign features their slick "Tubes" and looks to be a lot of fun starring "Kenny Powers" (the baseball playing character that actor Danny McBride plays on HBO's "Eastbound and Down") and NFL Linebacker, Patrick Willis.  I went to set to work background, but when I got there, they told me that they actually wanted me to be a principal (i.e. seen on camera and a boatload more money -- yay!)  I even signed the contract to do so.  Unfortunately, the production got behind schedule and they shelved the portion of the shoot that was going to feature me and/or my feet, so no principal work for me.  BUT, in addition to a brief background bit, I also got to do some 'double' work -- my hand/arm was used to substitute for Danny's as I shot off several rounds on a starter pistol.

Speaking of doubling work, I also worked as Jason Sudeikis' photo double on the film Horrible Bosses (notice the finely-tuned coif!)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Acting Teacher in Backstage

I've written before about the serendipitous way I found my acting teacher, Paul Kampf.  In today's Backstage, there is a long article, "Hey Teach!" about searching for an acting teacher/coach in Los Angeles -- or anywhere for that matter -- and a brief part of my story about meeting Paul is mentioned.  Also, a friend of mine and classmate, Lindsay Evans (who has a fun actor-in-LA blog) discusses why she studies with Paul.  Good press for Paul, and well-deserved!  To find more about Paul and his teaching style on the PAI (Performing Arts Institute) website, click the link: LA acting classes

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I spent quite a few hours over the past week or so updating my website.  I've put up some new on-set photos and film clips as well as a new reel.  So, please surf on over and check it out when you have a few minutes.  Thanks!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Big A

My friend Chris scored a couple tickets to today's Home Run Derby -- part of the Major League Baseball all-star game festivities -- down the road in Anaheim.  "The Big A" as the home of the Angels is known is a beautiful ballpark, and it was a lot of fun to see so many stars out on the field.  We got there early enough to see the all-stars take batting practice -- Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, etc., while the pitchers played catch in the OF with their little kids running around...

The Derby itself was pretty entertaining, too.  I proudly wore my Brewer hat and Robin Yount t-shirt when Milwaukee's own Corey Hart dominated the first round but ran out of gas, and Big Papi, David Ortiz took the crown hitting some mammoth bombs.  Not a bad way to spend a Monday afternoon -- Thanks Chris!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Art's New Favorite Spot

Yesterday we went over to Home Depot to pick up a screen door for my apartment.  It is a very irregular door opening with no way to actually install a permanent screen, so I just wanted one that was easy to put in and take out.  I ended up getting a replacement patio screen since it had the most actual 'screen' to it and could be adjusted to a height closely approximating my door.

I did want to get a breeze, but mainly I wanted somewhere for my little guy to sit so that he could look outside.  Needless to say, he likes it.

(And yes, I do have a Miller High Life welcome mat by the door.)

Monday, July 5, 2010


Last week I got called in by Scott David for an audition for a project he's working on.  Scott is also the Casting Director on Criminal Minds, but this was a side project -- one which sounds very cool.  As it was mainly being kept under wraps, those of us auditioning only got 3 pages of the script, so it was an interesting challenge coming up with some strong, specific choices to play.  At the audition, there were quite a few guys -- of many types -- reading for the same character.  I feel like I did pretty well, but I haven't heard back yet, so it makes me think they went another way. 

Even if I don't get the part, I am grateful that Scott called me in again, which I suppose means that he didn't hate my read for Criminal Minds earlier this year even though I didn't get that role.