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Hi all. I am in the process of getting some new gear, photography and music gear that is. I found a neat little Nikon for a pretty good price from a second hand store near me. This camera is strictly for photos. It does not have film capabilities, but is a nice unit. And the good thing is that it will work with the lenses that I have gotten already for my current camera.
The music gear is a toss-up. I want to get some drum gear, but I am going to need to pay down some debt before I venture off onto that road. What I have found is a portable kit that I can tear down in less than five minutes. Compared to my old kit, that is glorious! The other would be a full on blown out kit like before, just not as large. Or… I may even possibly go with an electronic kit. So The possibilities are a little mind numbing at the moment, but rest assured, I will get the gear I want. My new band project is called, The Electric Love Cats and we will be playing some varied shows here and there. A goal is to get a track on the soundtrack to the new film we are working on. It’s not going to be that hard since the director and I are the ones who started this little side project.
Starting in the middle of October, I am going to be submitting as much as I can for new roles. With new head shots, I should be able to get work, and hopefully get on some kind of groundbreaking show. My improv skills are really good dont’cha know! Which brings me to a new idea. I want to take a comedy class in the city. It’s four weeks and on the last week, I get a DVD of my performance to use. I am really excited to take it because it is another skill to add to my resume. A photography class is also on the horizon. And as always, a new podcast will be sent out real soon too.
So see… new projects are coming up and I cannot wait to devote my time and energy to them, because it makes me happy to be as creative as possible. It keeps me sane from all the stress in my life. Stress that is either of my own creation, or otherwise.
Keep your horns up!
Isn’t it great that we can achieve what we want? It is all a matter of putting our minds to whatever we want to do and then just doing it. No outside influences can deny what we truly want to do, if we make our minds up. I have done this with several of my own life experiences. It can only go up from here!
Looking back over the last four years, it has been quite a ride for me. I got into acting in late October 2009, which opened up more creative doors for me. I started my road onto college in 2010, and now I’m graduating. You probably hear me talking about that a lot, but if you knew who I was before I came out East, then you’d understand. It wasn’t all good for me, and I appreciate how far I’ve come. It wasn’t all that bad either being from where I was from, but the direction I was headed was not where I wanted to be.
The work I’ve accomplished here on the East Coast has given me the necessary bullets to mow down any personal crisis I may have moving forward. I still have problems, I am not perfect, and I will never say that I am perfect, but when things align you just know, don’t you?
My creative side has finally caught up to me after being stuffed away for so long, it amazes me how much of a talented person I am, and those that are around me for that matter. You should always surround yourself with those that are little better than yourself, so that it gives us something to strive for. Think of it almost like a personal trainer situation. They help to coach you in situations that they may have been in, and so for those that have helped me, I thank you.
The way I see it, this whole artistic side to me has been swelling inside for so long it wants to unleash its wrath! No, I am not talking about hurting myself or others, but if this creative side were to blind you, I can’t help that! You better find yourself some Blue Blocker sunglasses, because the future looks so damn bright I might even burn my own retinas!
Recently I did a music video where I was a featured background actor portraying a construction worker. I got plenty of screen time for that. Look it up, the band is called “Hundred Waters” and the track is called “Murmurs.” It’s a dream scene, so we are all out of it and tired in the shot, which is deliberate! I had a good time filming that one.
I also filmed a scene for a popular reality TV show where I am a restaurant customer being a real jerk testing the wait staff at the restaurant which was also a lot of fun. I had plenty of screen time and dialogue for that one, so I hope that it comes out great. I had fun, I hope you like it too. I’ll tell you more about that when I get all the details myself!
I’ve been dilly-dallying when it comes to making up podcasts. I want to make them, it is just hard to come up with material to talk about a lot of times, but I have some new news that will be good to share there, it involves more creative work, so maybe you should go and check out my previous stuff to get caught up before the new podcast comes out, why not?
http://www.spreaker.com/user/robertbleck1 is the link, click it and love it!
Until next time, keep your horns held high, or hey… dip them, up to you!
I have been doing what I do for a while now. I like to think that what I do makes people happy, or at least makes them feel good in some way. In my last post I wrote that I did not have much to write about, but this time, I do. I have been very busy with shooting the feature, which has kept me from doing any other outside work at the moment, but that is all going to change. I can already see that this feature is going to do really well. I have done a few dialog scenes that are explosive! Yesterday’s shoot went really well, we did a couple of shots that called for me to get really angry. When you start to get a headache from being all mad and shouting, being tense, you know it’s going to be a good take. Let’s just hope that I do not have to much more of that for a bit. I don’t want to end up with a brain aneurysm! There are other shots that can be done I think.
You can view what is going on in our movie by going to http://www.facebook.com/MoiraiFeatureFilm. Many more segments to film, and my time may end up being extended out even further.
I am taking a creative writing class in my class studies, and it really has opened my eyes a little to the structure of a story. I think that now I can finish a few of the shorts that I have started, and possibly even get into writing some more new stories. Without having an ending in mind, it makes it tough to finish your story because the end result may take longer to create if you have not already created it. This class has helped me to focus on all aspects of the story. Hell I may even finally be able to register a few of the shorts I have written! I would love to film a shot in New York City on Broadway, but it’s cost prohibitive for me at this point. I had an idea about a particular shot that requires special equipment, you know the city wants a piece of the action before it becomes huge right?!
Next year I am going to focus on a few new career goals. I want to work on getting an agent, booking work that fits my character and possibly even get some world travel in. I would love to film in the U.K.! That would be a really awesome life moment in time. The next career goal would be to join the union. I keep talking about doing it, but I think that it is something that needs to be done right now. I am losing out on benefits, and being able to book work that is worth the time. It is important to me that I be recognized as a professional because there have been way too many things in my life that have not come true when I know that I am committed and faithful to the artistic vision. I am not saying that I more important than others, but what I am saying is that I want to be viewed as someone who helped to make life bearable to those who have experienced my artistic creations, whether they were good or bad.
So glad you came by to read up on my successes, and my so-called failures. Let’s be honest, I have had plenty of those in the past, I guess I just needed to find myself. It took me a long time, but I am finally able to get to where I want to be. I’ve got an audition coming up for a webseries that should be a whole lot of fun. There are some other newer things in the frying pan that I will let you all in on once I have gotten some more information from some bigger people than myself. By that I mean I need authorization to let you all know about what it is first. I have my people on it!
“Moriai — A Scott Goldberg film” is in its sixth month of filming and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger these days. There are more scenes being added, and I am happy that they are turning out to be some of my best work ever as an actor. I was able to record some audio out takes from our previous day of filming that will most likely be included in the extras section of the final DVD. We shoot our last few shots at the farm in Riverhead and then it is off to parts unknown with the rest of my segment. SPOILER ALERT: There will be a big surprise in a dream scene of mine in this film. And for that reason alone, I want you all to see it and add it to your DVD collection!
I am about to audition for the head of legit talent at Metropolis Talent Agency, and I am a little worried. I have done several showcases before, and have not landed any positive feedback as of yet. I will do the best I can to pitch and woo this person, but if I do not get anything, I will try and take some more classes, finances permitted, and then keep on truckin. I have a few acting class goals I want to achieve with a few different schools. There is a comedic timing class I want to take, as well as maybe take a workshop or two at either Lee Strasberg, or even Stella Adler schools for acting. I am determined to make my name a household name!
In addition to all of this, I have started taking photos of things that interest me. I will add my photography soon, just keep looking for it at my PHOTOGRAPHY tab up on top of this page.
My Bachelors degree is coming along smoothly, I will be graduating soon with a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Journalism. Not my first choice, but it is a good start! I may end up going back to school and get a double Bachelor’s in either acting or broadcasting. Still no word on whether I can get a new part time job, but I am still working on it! Let me know if you know anyone in Bergen County or even NYC that needs an excellent content producer, I am down! Thanks for following me. Horns up!
I am really happy with my new design to this site! Headshots are coming. Demo reel is in the works, as I speak. I have a few scenes that I will be adding to it, and it looks like I have new material that is about to come up in March! Passport is in the mail, I am definitely looking forward to more international auditions! It is a game of numbers. I think that by having a manager that can help me develop my brand might be really important! Having a manager could really help reduce the number of people I see too. Know anyone? I am completely moldable, shapable — as long as it fits my “salt of the earth”, “blue collar”, and “all around nice guy/ but not a push-over!” character. 😉 I’m still keeping busy with work, school, and taking acting classes as much as possible. Where do I find the time?! I think that my higher power gives me everything that I know that I can handle. I also think that I could be doing more, but that is just my own feeling. Maybe I will look into volunteering somewhere. I like helping others, seriously! Maybe next time I will have some really fabulous news that will knock your socks off, but until then… horns up!
I am in the initial stage of starting a new production company. I don’t want to give out the name just yet, but it is going to be EPIC! I know that I am wearing myself out with everything that I am doing, but I have to keep it going. If I don’t, I will go nutso. A Press Relations lady from LA contacted me last week, wanting to know if I needed PR. I told her, “Hell Yeah!” So I am hoping that things will kick into 4th gear real soon. I will ask her if she has a rep here, because I think that it would be a little tough to handle LA work especially since I live in NYC. For my first line of business for this production company is to film a scene from my screenplay to use as part of my demo reel. Don’t get any ideas… I do not have any delusions of the starring role in my screenplay. It is not even completely finished anyway. I have written 50 pages of script, and will need at least 100 more pages to complete a spec. I have chosen a scene that I will collaborate with a colleague on for the reel. It involves a character talking to a co-worker by phone in a car. I have all the tools I need, and I am excited!! I can couple that with my webseries work that I will do next month. The only really important thing is to get updated headshots. Every actor needs frequently updated headshots to stay in the game. So not only is my team getting assembled, but I may just have a way to finance all this real soon. I really need this to work, I have no plans of staying in the 9-5 rat race for too much longer. I need my creativity to bleed all over you guys! Take care, horns up!
I want to thank Graham Kislingberry of the Albany Democrat Herald and Corvallis Gazette Times for an interview and corresponding article featured in the movie section of the Entertainer. That baby was half a page! I am extremely grateful for everyone who responded with positive encouragement on Facebook. I know, I know… I said that I would post here first, but I was too excited and since I am always on FB anyway, it was a Freudian slip and I am sorry. I hope that this interview brings me good luck and affords me opportunities that I may not have had before. I am fortunate and very happy! Other news over the last month were that I got my first of three required union waivers for my work on “Blood Ties”! This is especially important because up until now, I have never had a chance to get a waiver. Once I get two more, I will need to raise the initiation fees to join the Union. It is not cheap, but is extremely well worth it to join. There are plenty of reasons, but one is making more money, but honestly- just having the card is clout enough! I have been writing off and on on my screenplay. I have recently written 3 new pages of dialog, which was not hard, but I hope that there will be minimal rewrites once I do pitch it to the big leagues. I would love to see this screenplay get adapted to the big screen someday! A couple months ago I was in a websries called “Control”. The crew sent me a link to the finished product of the episode that I was in. I am happy with the results on that! I emailed the producer and requested that they consider me if and when the series gets picked up for a more featured role. They are a bunch of college grads working on a Scifi series that is a spin-off of their original webseries that did very well, called “Pioneer One”. Everyone should YouTube “Pioneer One” and you’ll know what I am talking about. As I speak, I am only a day away from my college finals and then I am off until my Bachelor Degree starts, which is at the end of the month! No rest for this guy I am telling you! Always be looking up! And keep your horns up high! See you soon.
I have been in talks with several area industry people and it looks like my ladder climbing is paying off. Granted, I am still at the bottom, but I am doing what I can to get myself out there. I signed up with a new online casting agency, which seems promising. I have contacted an Entertainment Lawyer who seems to be on the up. He told me he can help me with contracts and things, not to help me push my screenplay- that is the work of an Agent. I do need a respectable Agent though, as well as a good Manager. I’ll get there. I am in the process of scripting a demo reel, and I have a couple ideas on how I will get it filmed. For those who don’t know what a demo reel is, it’s a highlight reel of an actor’s best work. Since I do not have any on-screen material, I will have to craft one myself. By the way, did anyone see me on Sunday night’s “NYC 22” on CBS? I had plenty of facetime! Now I just need dialog! :o) Newer headshots are my next priority, the reel, and then the Agent and Manager. I can almost taste the success man! Stick with me! Horns up!