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10:19 am - Friday, Aug. 18, 2006
\"Everybody Loves Jim\"?

"Everybody Loves Jim"?

Sat 8/11/06 (3:16 p.m.)

Went to a workshop today (Lori Hitner w/Lisa Miller-Katz).

The scene--A Dad having an awkward conversation about sex with his daughter, in the guise of a driving lesson (From the CBS sit-com Still Standing)--went well, and I was glad I decided to go (I didn't sign up till yesterday).

(Lisa Miller-Katz is doing casting for The Loop, a sit-com on Fox. In addition, they do three or four pilots a year.)

It struck me again today: I could totally do traditional sit-coms (If/when they ever come back in style). They feel a lot like doing comedy on stage to me (When Cary and Kay took me to an Everybody Loves Raymond taping years back, I was struck by how much it was like watching a play, except the actors got to do re-takes when things went wrong).


Last night at work, Rob A. told me my Gilmore Girls credit is now on IMDB.

That's fun (Getting a credit on IMDB was a goal of mine when I first got out here, and now I have three; the goal has shifted now, to getting a list of credits for things people have actually seen).

I told Lori H. today that my Gilmore Girls thing is next month (In case she wanted to “check it out”). And she agreed that it’s less likely to be cut because it’s with a principal, so that’s cool.

(I really do hope it doesn’t get cut–both because I want people to see it, and I want to get residuals–but at the same time, I’m nervous about people seeing it; I’m afraid they’ll either think “That’s it?”, cause it’s so short, or worse yet, see it and think it sucks.)

Sun 8/13/06 (10:35 a.m.)

What’s In A Meme?

This is a “meme” from Cariboutwo’s journal (And if I could remember how to do the special link with other D-land members, I would be inserting it here; when I’ve tried to link to other journals in the past, I just get the “error” page). She “tagged” me, so here goes nothing...


Four Jobs I’ve Had:
1. Belly-gram Escort
2. Recording textbooks for the blind
3. Nurse “patient model”
4. Wedding reception M.C.

Four Movies I Would Watch Over and Over:
1. E.T.
2. Pulp Fiction
3. The Graduate
4. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

Four Places I Have Lived:
1. South Fallsburg, NY
2. Galveston, TX
3. Miami Beach, FL
4. Atlanta, GA

Four TV Shows I Love To Watch:
1. The Sopranos
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. The Shield
4. Rescue Me

Four Places I’ve Been On Vacation:
1. Miami, FL
2. Martinsburg, W. VA. (My hometown)
3. Las Vegas, NV
4. Los Angeles (Before I came out here to live)

Four Of My Favorite Foods (As if there were only four!):
1. Pizza
2. Chef Boyardee spaghetti & meatballs
3. Cherry pie
4. Bacon cheeseburgers

Four Songs That Remind Me Of Summer:
1. In The Summertime–Mungo Jerry
2. Good Vibrations-Beach Boys
3. Ramblin Man–Allman Bros.
4. No Particular Place To Go–Chuck Berry

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now:
1. Having pancakes with Kevin K. (A Sunday morning routine back in Lansing)
2. On stage/on set
3. In bed with... (Insert name of attractive, understanding woman here)______
4. Sleeping.

Four Readers Of This Journal Who Should Do Their Own Meme:
1. Cariboutwo already hit the two D-land people I would have picked for this (pourmeone & abigail414), and she’s the one who passed it to me, so I can’t say her, and those are all the journalers I know who read my journal.

So I’ll just say, if you do an online blog/journal I don’t know about, do the “meme”, let me know, and I’ll check it out.

Thurs 8/17/06 (1:59 p.m.)

Just Wondering--Trapped Under Tons Of Debris, What Would Keep Me Alive?

Worked from 11-6:00 yesterday, which is typically a day off, to get some extra hours. A very slow, very boring day, ticket-taking in The Dome (World Trade Center is playing there now).

Working the day shift at the theater, on my day off, made me question my life a little bit, it really did. I thought, “At this point, I should be spending more time doing things that really involve me, and less time being bored out of my mind...”.

I saw WTC on Tuesday, after finishing my third session of email training (Once again, during the day, cause that’s the only time Jeremy–the email guy–can do it. This time, I spent the whole session behind the computer, and by the end, felt I’d actually learned something. But back to WTC...).

I don’t know that it’s a great movie, but it worked for me. It’s fairly conventional stuff cinematically, in terms of the story and its “beats”, and any giant disaster could have stood in for 9/11 (The movie has no “political” component, really, beyond being “pro” Americans helping each other in a crisis). But it looked good, was very well-acted, and I was definitely caught-up in the plight of the two officers trapped in the rubble, and their families waiting to get word whether they were alive or dead.

And I think it was good for me to see this movie. It was a reminder that, while thousands of people died on 9/11, the bad guy is still “at large”, and our government let us down afterwards in the worst way (We had the whole world behind us for a moment, and we blew it), there were genuine heroes that day, and in the days that followed. People who went in while others were running out, who gave their lives to try and save others. People who saw something unimaginably terrible, and instead of turning away, said “What can I do to help?”.

That's good to remember, when I'm feeling down on humanity.

As an actor, it made me think how one of the things I hope to do in my acting is give people the chance to vicariously experience what they hope they never experience in real life, or things they’re simply not going to get the opportunity to experience in one lifetime.

And that’s one of the personal appeals acting has for me as well, the idea of getting to emotionally experience, as much as possible, things that would normally fall outside one person’s lifetime of experience.

On a personal level, I even found a way to feel sorry for myself during the movie; what kept our two heroes alive as they were buried under tons of rubble, were their wives and children.

I wondered, while watching the movie, “What would keep me alive in that situation?”.


Honestly, in that situation, acting seems a pretty flimsy lifeline back to the world.

The nearest I could come to an answer, an answer that wasn’t just “Nothing would keep me alive in that situation. I’d just give up and die”, was that I might be so angry, about not having a wife or kids or an acting career or anything along those lines, that that would keep me alive.

The old “I’m not gonna die a loser” reason-to-live.


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