I’ve lived in and around Boston my entire life. Part of me wasn’t sure if I’d ever leave… Now this London thing has come into play. I work for a pretty sweet company that is sending me to England to start my department, which is pretty awesome I’ve got to say. I would not have thought that I, a 24 year old non-college graduate, had a chance at being part of something so important. I can’t lie and say I’m not partly frightened, because oh man am I scared. But at the same time I’m more excited for this opportunity than for anything I’ve been a part of in my whole life.
I did unfortunately have to quit Boys Next Door, a play in which I was playing a mentally challenged individual and the film I was supposed to star in directed by my good friend Jason Fenton. These were both roles that would have shaped me into both a better actor and a better person. You win some and lose some I suppose. I wish everyone on both of those projects the best and hopefully can find a way to stay involved with Jason’s.
Then of course comes The Wild Party. I’m still slated as the Assistant Director under Chad Flahive, an enormously talented Director/Choreographer. We’re gearing up for our first rehearsal next week with one of the most talented casts I’ve ever had the pleasure of assembling or being part of. This show is going to be truly great. I’ll be doing my best to offer insight from across the pond on, though I can’t imagine I’ll be getting much sleep when I do…then again that’s not really much different than here so I can’t complain.
And on to A White Lie…a friend of mine from high school wrote a great script looking into the world of bodybuilding. Certainly it’s something new and fresh but it also follows your cliché hero story. I’m in charge of helping our actors with their characters and being sure they understand their meaning and what they provide to the overall story. I expect to Skype with much of the cast to keep an eye on their progress and to be a fly on the wall at future readings while I’m away. I’m also an Associate Producer on this film and I truly cannot wait until we can get it on it’s feet. We do however need tons of help to get there. If you’re interested in lending a hand please check out http://www.indiegogo.com/A-White-Lie. This will give you an idea of what we’re trying to do and how you can be part of the process.
Finally we get to my greatest project – my music. I’ve been telling myself for years that I need to grow a pair and put myself out there musically. I felt like I’d always been living in the shadow of great friends who are extraordinarily talented musicians. For some reason I didn’t think I could live up to what they were doing. Then it hit me…I’m different. My music, though similar in style, is different. My voice is different. The whole atmosphere of my music is different. So all this time I thought I was hiding in the shadows I actually wasn’t. I was out in the open…just had yet to find my light. Finding out I was moving to England gave me a huge kick in the ass to make sure I accomplish something before I leave. In steps Justin Gallo with Hippotone Recording (http://www.hippotonerecording.com). He is an old friend from a pretty terrible band back in the early part of high school. He offered my the chance to come in and record a short demo at a very reasonable price…so that I did. I recorded 5 songs, just me and Ruthie, and they came out great. Of course I’m going to nit pick pieces that I could do better…that’s part of the process. (And of course I wrote a song in the past couple days that I now want to put on this thing.) Overall though I’m very happy with it. I’m going to get myself out to open mics over in London and see if I can make a name for myself and play as often as possible. This will give me some confidence when I get back here for sure. Hopefully by then I’ll be ready to have a full length album ready to record in 2013. We’ll see…
I know I’ve said over and over again that I’m going to start posting more often here…then there’s nothing for months… Well this time expect it. This is going to be how I keep you all updated on my comings and goings and whatever else is happening in my life while I’m away and beyond. If you don’t already – follow me on twitter. Like my page on Facebook. Keep up with me. I’m going to do my best to keep up with all of you.
I expect big things…and the title of this post holds true. For me this is a long time coming.