From my time shooting the final of three commercials for the Raleigh News & Observer earlier this year with Three Post.
Thursday nights have been the typical nights for recording segments of the upcoming WiFi Total Radio podcast. I feel I’ve been *very* supportive in recruiting new voice talent to the cause, but tonight I think my cohort and the “brain” behind the project was just a bit too excited about our fresh meat and their contribution.
I felt a bit under-appreciated.
What better way to soothe the burn than with a traditional blog-post/whine.
From 2002-2004 I worked as an actor at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina. At that time, they had a company of young actors called “journeymen” who were paid a monthly stipend to audition for and play a variety of roles throughout the season, crew shows, and teach week-long Shakespeare residencies in the public school system. Great idea… now defunct for a number of years due to changing administration.
It was a valuable transition for me between an undergraduate education in Art and my later graduate studies in Acting. Just before I left for the PTTP at the University of Delaware in 2004, I acted in an independent film shot in and around Greenville entitled Elizabeth Gunness.
Below is a reel of some of my scenes from the film. I was a somewhat “slow” handyman named Stan who eventually is done in by the protagonist.
I graduated from Wheaton College in 1999 with a BA in Studio Arts and immediately began grad school for Acting at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After half a year, I realized I wasn’t ready for school quite yet and left, returning to the Chicago area and working as the Technical Director at my undergraduate theatre among other things.
During that time, I also built a playhouse for my first director and his wife, who had just adopted their first daughter from China.
In 2008, I had finished graduate school… and after summer gigs at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and in Cyprus, as well as a trip to paint murals in China, I moved to NYC where I took over management and artistic direction of a black box theatre and rehearsal space just off of Times Square.
Since my return to the US this past March, I’ve been doing some scriptwriting and voice work for a friend’s pet project. The friend is a TV personality here in North Carolina, and the project is a parody of talk radio which will be streamed online later this year. Recording and producing for the first season is about 85% complete.
Below is a sample of some of his earlier recordings, before I was involved, but you can get an idea of the theme and content.
A friend of mine from high school is the co-owner of a relatively new and relatively terrific production company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. While in Sydney over the past few years, I wrote a number of commercial scripts for them; some samples are included in my Linkedin portfolio.
One series of three videos we collaborated on was done for the Raleigh News & Observer. I wrote the first two scripts (Raw Talent & The Birdbrain Politician) while in Sydney, and then directed and managed a cameo appearance in the third (Troubled Water) when I returned to the US for a time in the new year. See if you can spot me.
I also pitched them a parody to submit for the Doritos Crash the Superbowl contest this year, which they produced.