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There’s been some changes made…

Monday, May 26th, 2014

I suppose life is made up of changes.  Some relationships come and go, where you work may change, where you live may change, what was once very important may become not so important anymore.  Thankfully, family and health remains great.  So, no change there.  Check.  But pursuing a career in acting – the auditions – the highs – the lows – the unpredictability – the memorizing – the rejection – after 30 years – has taken its toll on me.  About a year ago or more, I slowly started enjoying the process less and less.  Getting an audition on Friday afternoon for Monday put me in a grumpy mood all weekend.  Having to travel to Santa Monica at 4 pm for an audition for a few lines on a show I wouldn’t even watch became very tiresome.  So, I started looking at other things to do with my life that had meaning for me.

I took classes in photography – FANTASTIC!  I started to learn how to edit on Final Cut Pro X – LOVE IT!  I’m learning to interview and film people telling their life stories – FASCINATING!  And thanks to my many years of library experience long ago, I started working with children in an elementary school library as a Library Coordinator – HEAVEN!  So, although I am still auditioning for commercials and the occasional project here and there – I am very happily morphing into someone who does many things in my professional life – in addition to acting.

But since I have had some fun in some great projects in the last few months – here’s a little bit about them…

Last fall, I auditioned for a commercial for FORD MOTOR COMPANY as “Santa” thanks to the wonderfully supportive casting director and friend – Melissa O’Neil.  When I went to the audition – there were many guys there auditioning for Santa – many of whom make a career of playing Santa.  They look like the Santa from the old Coke commercials – perfect.  And there I was in my 10 year old Restoration Hardware Santa suit – which states on the box “Enchant the children!  Impress your friends!”.  No where did it say – “great for auditions as Santa”, but I had a great time in the audition none-the-less, got a warm reception, nice laugh – and left.  Callback – same thing.  Then I found out that I got the spot.  GREAT!  But what made it even more incredible was the fact that on the day of the shoot in October 2013 – one of the producers kinda casually says to me “By the way, we’re doing eight spots today.  Every time you get a new kid in your lap as Santa – it’s a new spot.  Oh, and we want to do some Instagram spots later today – and some green screen.  OK?”.  OK????  FANTASTIC!!!!

Garrett Young as the elf and me as Santa

Garrett Young as the elf and me as Santa

Behind the scenes shot on FORD Santa shoot

Behind the scenes shot on FORD Santa shoot

1st AD Lee Blaine explaining a shot

1st AD Lee Blaine explaining a shot

The folks who produced the FORD spots (Prologues Pictures) were the nicest people to work with.  Super friendly, super professional.  Kurt Mattila directed the spots.  Great guy.  Anyway – here are the links to a couple of the spots.  I think they turned out really well.  By the way, the elf is played by the very talented and very funny Garrett Young.  I hope we get the chance to work together again.

 

As if eight TV commercials wasn’t enough – the folks at FORD called in November to start doing a number of radio spots as Santa.  Needless to say, I am very thankful to the folks at FORD for making 2013 a stellar year for me – and my family!

Recording the FORD Santa spots at L.A. Studios

Recording the FORD Santa spots at L.A. Studios

Next was a fabulous trip to Nashville just before Christmas to shoot a Crestor spot – but more on that later…..