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Archive for April, 2010

Spring – and some really fun work is coming my way

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It’s spring here in Los Angeles – and it’s just lovely.  Sunny skies, warm temperatures – but not too hot, every once and a while a little rain…perfect.  The time of year I get lulled into thinking that it’s going to be like this all year.  But summer is just around the corner – and along with the heat, it sounds like some big work is coming my way.  But first a little catch up.

Recently, I worked on a TV commercial for US Bank.  Nice spot – and I had the pleasure of working with a really sweet actress.  There was a lot of timing issues in that spot – making sure we were in the right spot for the bus to pull up – and the advertising on the side of the bus had to be in the shot at the right place, etc…  But in the end we got it – and had a good time.  The bonus for me was shooting in downtown Los Angeles – my favorite.  So full of history – especially movie history.  Ya gotta love it.

I suggested a long embrace with lots of kissing - they went with the fist bump.  Why don't they listen to my suggestions??

I suggested a long embrace with lots of kissing - they went with the fist bump. Why don't they listen to my suggestions??

I'm thinking husband/wife - she's thinking grandpa/granddaughter *sigh*

I'm thinking husband/wife - she's thinking grandpa/granddaughter *sigh*

Working downtown always reminds me of my first job when I arrived in Los Angeles back in 1991.  I sold subscriptions – by telephone – to the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  Ugh.  Yes, I was a telephone solicitor.  The plus side was that I worked with some really great people – some of whom I’m still friends with almost 20 years later.  And I learned never to take the first (or second….or third) “no” for anything.  Selling anything by phone is not fun – but it is kinda like the acting business.  You’re going to hear a lot of “no’s” before you hear a “yes” – so doing that job was a very good learning experience.  The negative side was trying to sell theatre tickets by telephone to a theatre situated in a not so great part of downtown Los Angeles.  The product was fabulous….but that location was a tough sell.  “But it smells like urine down there…” was a response I got used to.  My sales pitch went something like this; “Hi, my name is Wayne and I’m calling from the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  This year we have an exciting season – beginning with a new play called VEINS AND THUMBTACKS.  You might have not heard of the show, but it stars Fisher Stevens.  You know, Fisher Stevens from the movie SHORT CIRCUIT 2?  Oh, you’re not familiar with him?  He is Michelle Pfeiffer’s boyfriend.  Yes, that’s the guy.  No, Michelle Pfeiffer is not in the play…”  And so on and so on.  And as the phone lists I worked off of usually contained their fair share of senior citizens….near the end of the conversation, the elderly person on the other end of the phone would ask “Is this Brian?”.  “No, my name is Wayne.”  “Do you know my son, Brian?”  “No, I’m afraid I don’t.”  *sigh*  Needless to say, I wasn’t sorry to say goodbye to that job.  But I digress….

I shot another TV commercial last week – this time for QWEST COMMUNICATIONS.  Really fun spot directed by the very talented Fred Goss.  What a treat to work with Fred.  So easy- going…creative….fun.

Director/Actor Fred Goss - and yours truly

Director/Actor Fred Goss - and yours truly

Me and Zayne Emory - what a pro!

Me and fellow actor Zayne Emory - what a pro!

My ukulele lessons are going great.  I’ve been at it since the fall – and am enjoying it more all the time.  I’ve graduated from playing  “Clementine” to “On The Beach at Waikiki” with many other songs in between.  All great songs.

Ukulele class 2010 - teacher Steve Rose is in the back row on the right

Ukulele class 2010 - teacher Steve Rose is in the back row on the right

The class is taught by uke master Steve Rose down at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.  If you are ever interested in taking classes – they offer a bunch.  Check them out.

This summer looks very promising for one (and maybe even two!) returning series that want me to be part of the cast.  It’s a little premature for me to talk about it now – but things are looking great.  Oh, I did find one link the other day to a funny YouTube video I’m in with Evan Arnold and directed by David Nelson.  We did it years ago at Dodger Stadium.  Take a look and see what you think. It makes my daughters laugh every time.  Wayne and Evan in Dodger Stadium

See you next time!