Rejection Means

R-E-J-E-C-T Tell you what it means to me. Actors face rejection daily. As an agent, I view it differently. If actors don’t get a role, they think the director didn’t like me.

Episode Summary of the Hit Comedy TV Show South Park

Surprisingly, some of the most popular and highly rated shows in comedy today are cartoons. The pioneer in the genre of cartoons not solely for children was The Simpsons, which for those who have been living under a rock for the past twenty one years, started in 1989. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening essentially created a new genre with the show, a genre of cartoons that are largely targeted at teens and adults. Two more pioneers in the burgeoning genre are former University of Colorado students Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

‘Golden’ Movies – Dreaming of Gold Has Been of All Times

Gold has always been food for the imagination. Gold has also made many people dream about better days to come, if we only look at the several gold rushes that took place in the 19th century in the United States. Gold inspires people to think about wealth, independence, bounty islands, nice swimming pools and tasteful cocktails. And babes and hunks for the taking, depending which gender you are of…

Welcome to the Comfortable World of the Couch Potato

When TV first began appearing in American homes more than sixty years ago, there was only one kind of potato; the spud that ended up in a pot on a stove or sliced-and-diced and on a baking sheet in an oven. Potatoes were for eating… not for sitting around.

The Twenty-Four Hour News Cycle – Another Modern TV Innovation

In the days before expanded TV programming, my access to news was somewhat limited. I could tune in the 6 PM National Network News shows… stay tuned at 6:30 P.M. for the local news stories… return at 10 P.M. or 11 P.M. for any late-breaking stories. Then, of course, I could buy a daily newspaper, sometimes two or even a third, to get a different slant on the same news stories… or even information about a story that didn’t show up on the TV news program.

A Fun Quiz to Test Your Quest For Success

Last week I was asked to be on a panel to address members of Screen Actors Guild on how to get more film and television projects being made in Chicago. This is a difficult topic, because most of the factors that determine where films are made aren’t impacted by actors. The number one influencer today, seems to be which state has the best tax incentive plan.

The Casting Process As Sunday Brunch

It is clear that most actors find the casting process baffling. We try to explain it. But today I came up with a great analogy. I guess you can tell I love to eat. Casting is like a CD going out to a huge Sunday brunch buffet each week.

Acting – Work Out and Up

I am always telling actors that acting is like playing a sport. You need to practice every day if you want to make it to the Olympics or go pro.

Be Amazing

I am a big foodie. I love going out to eat and watching Top Chef. Annually, I find only three or four restaurant meals truly amazing; no matter how much I pay. I suppose that if I found outstanding food all the time, it wouldn’t be amazing.

The Twilight Saga Movies – How Many Will There Be?

The incredible popularity of the Twilight Saga movies have left fans wanting more. Many twilight fans are wondering just how many Twilight movies we can expect to see in the future.

The Losers – These Characters Seem Pretty Cool, Why Are They Losers?

When I hear of a title like The Losers, I naturally imagine a plot along the lines of a group of high school misfits who, after four years of bullying and oppression, finally decide to take a stand against the jocks and cheerleaders who ridiculed them during their adolescence. A plot that I don’t think of, however, is an elite Special Forces team of beautiful, muscular CIA agents who, after being betrayed and left for dead by a corrupt member of the United States government, seek some justified vengeance by kicking a lot of ass and blowing all kinds of stuff up.

Kick Ass! The Promise of the Premise

Every movie makes its audience a promise- what I like to call The Promise of the Premise. This promise is the built-in anticipation that convinces your viewers to pay their 12 bucks on your movie instead of some other flick. It’s rare that you see a big budget action movie that succeeds on the promise of its premise, but Kick Ass! does.