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I HAVE STRONG VIEWS. WHILE VIEWING ANYTHING POLITICAL SHARED ON MY BLOG OR ON TWITTER I JUST ASK THAT WE'D PLEASE BE MINDFUL AND RESPECT MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT. THEY SOLELY REFLECT MY OWN PERSON AND IN NO WAY IS ANY INDICATION ABOUT MY WORK OR OUR PROCESS IN WORKING TOGETHER. ART IS ART, THIS IS NOT THAT. THE PASSION IS PERSONAL AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS MY ART, OUR ART OR OUR TIME TOGETHER. IT'S SAD I HAVE TO DO THIS. BUT I WANT TO SHARE SO WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. I AM AN ARTIST. ALL OF THIS CAN BE TAKEN DOWN AT ANY TIME IF AN EMPLOYER NEEDS IT TO BE. WORK IS MY #1 PRIORITY.

Watching Capone made me think about how the mob was really able to flourish and take hold and hold everything down in the country. There’s nothing more romantic than America’s fascination with the mob. But what’s often not looked at is why they were able to be who they were. For our entire history save for the depression, our governments composition has always leaned more to a self governance principle. Thus essentially neutering our ability to govern society at large. This is how localities were able to hold onto discriminatory laws that should have been eradicated post civil war. This self governance principle is rooted in Jefferson’s idea of the role of government. It’s been around forever. Madison on the other hand saw a need for a government more overarching. One to unify a many people in a vast land. The one our current times are demanding. But for our entire history, for the most part, our government has been rooted in Jefferson’s ideal. That’s fine. I guess. Except when you look at the needs of every day Americans. They are great and they are many. Because our government hasn’t really been focused on people’s needs for a very long time. Businesses have been able to coerce our government into writing law that has not only harmed everyday Americans but keeps everyday Americans down in their needs. It must change. After citizens united our government was fully bought and paid for by corporate America. What’s important now is to look at alll of these critically and debate the best way forward. But watching a movie like Capone you’re able to get a sense of why we need to move it forward to begin with. Entrenched power has massive effects for a society. Just think about how, even in defeat even as they lost so many young men and their land the south because of entrenched power were able to erect statues of these traitors that have shaped perception and public opinion for centuries. We’re still talking about this! That’s the power of entrenched power. And the mob had entrenched power for many decades, who’s reach stretched far further than the perceived coasts of the northeast, which they called home. But their arms stretched across the entire country, and yes our government. They killed a President. Making sure the greatest governing force in the country can’t really govern is how the mob was able to flourish. So too, any entrenched power. The march toward a stronger fairer and more just federal government is right by the people. Exploitation of any kind is not ok. At any time in our history. The mob made sure that the people didn’t think of government as the ultimate playing field. They made sure people saw government as a bad. When a good government means the playing field is even, and open. It doesn’t guarantee anything, other than access and opportunity. It’s up to us to make it work. To work. Hard. But right now, and sadly it’s been true for the majority of our governments history-it has not cared about the people. Not really. There have been Presidents, there have been bills there have been lots of laws. But I’m talking about the composition of our government. Our government has never been composed of people who believe in Madison’s vision of America, of the government, of the people. We have always been at war with one another. Instead of seeing that our future is in each other’s hands. It’s time to level the playing field and have a government that works for all of us. That starts by debating the best way forward. Not going on cable news. Debate. Everyone. Everyone in that body-doing their job.

It starts with good law. Because good law alleviates, good law makes people happy. I do not think citizens united is good law. I do not think tax cuts for people like Mike Bloomberg are good law. I do not believe gutting our governments ability to make sure the air we are breathing is clean and the water we are drinking is free of lead is good law. I do not believe letting a crook off the hook because he helped you steal an election is a good example of law. I do not believe asking the Supreme Court, our most important court, to stop the people from seeing who their leader is in debt to is an example of good law. The Affordable Care Act should have been good law, if Republicans weren’t scared instead of engaged in debate. If Republicans didn’t sabotage the process and the utility of the law-it would have been good law. Because we would have debated it. And only through debate can come good law. Because only when you distill from ideological positions into fundamental realities can you compromise on a vision for the future. Our futures depend on our ability to compromise. Our futures depend on each other. It’s high time we start behaving like that. And stop letting cable news hosts talking heads on my phone internet trolls rappers or anyone else convince us otherwise. We got this.

Updated: May 23

Hey! Whats the first reason someone doesn’t direct? Because they don’t know about lenses! This realization opened my eyes since I’ve been inside my house. When I moved away from Boston and to NYC I literally had no idea what having lines felt like, I didn’t know about lighting, about aar’s, overdubs. I didn’t know about angles or the best way to hold the camera in order to advance the story. I didn’t know about lenses or the importance of picking between them. I didn’t understand cinematography. I didn’t know what blocking was. I didn’t know the importance of rehearsal or what it meant when you step on set for the first day of work. I never studied before (not for acting). I didn’t know what location or casting directors did. I didn’t know the difference between them and an assistant director. I didn’t know the difference between all of them and a producer. I didn’t have a talent manager. I didn’t have an agent. So I’m asking myself now that I have the time to-what exactly is going on here? Well I’ll give you a guess-I’m learning! I’m learning so very much. And It’s beyond amazing, not to mention incredibly rewarding. I haven’t had this quiet time to be able to crystallize the experience I’ve been going through and what it means for my future. Why? Because I only focus on the work. I focus on the auditions. I focus on submissions. I focus on my material. I focus on the communication. I focus on my marketing. I focus on self tapes. I focus on work. I focus on staying connected, sharing love with those in my life and with those who I just met. When I’m on set I solely focus on what I can do to help move the project along. If that means picking up a water bottle that is by the sound persons feet before they step on it and ruin the take - then that’s what I will do. If it means solely focusing on doing my job as an actor-that’s what i do. If the director asks me for my opinion or help or anything at all-that’s what i focus on. If it meant learning something new or gaining/losing weight - that’s what I focus on. I try to listen to everyone I come across. I love learning from people- which is probably why I love being on set. I’m capable of so much. I’ve only been allowed to be the bad guy, how lucky am I! I am so fortunate to be able to audition and work as much as I have been able to.

Growing up Mrs. Doubtfire, The Mask and Ace Ventura - these movies shaped my creative imagination. They shaped my desire to want to be an actor in the first place. And I must finally throw these chains I put on myself off so I can allow the true actor inside of me, the improv, to come out. So I can flourish. I need to. I need to be on set. I want to spend the rest of my life there, with my people - building a team. Working toward something special, meaningful, important work. Wether it’s to the writer director producer or audience-I just want to work on important work. I want to invest wholly, and completely. This is only speed I know how to go when working. I give NYC credit for that. I do not burn out, I feed off it. I feed off being exhausted by means of important work, meaningful work. Learning something new, a new word, a new anything - there is nothing better. I want to take on big things in my life. I want to help people in a big way. I want to share what I have learned with the world and with whoever else wants to listen. I want to do a lot in these next 10 years. I have no time to waste if I’m going to accomplish it all.

I’ve lived such a life and am going through such an experience that I hope to bring all of that and couple it with the knowledge I have obtained not only in school but spending thousands of hours and hundreds of days on film television and commercial sets since I moved to New York City.


 

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