Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Miss The Bus


First off I would like to delve into how excited I am to do my rendition of Monster. For those of you who may not know what this is let me fill you in: recently I came into possession of Daniel MacIvor's play, Monster. It is a wicked one man show about a kid who kills his father one weekend while his mother is away. It then chronicles the effect it has on the community as well as complete strangers and how they become intertwined. I am planning on performing this play during the summer to help my tuition costs for the upcoming semester. Of course I also need to actually need to be accepted first. I am currently getting all my information together to apply to schools. Namely Ryerson.

The thing is, it is costing a small fortune just to apply then I also have to fly to the auditions which will also cost me. Blahh, the life of students. I know that if I get accepted though I am gonna be like, " yes!"

Which may seem like a normal response but picture me saying it with all the emotion in the world behind it. Applications are my main focus right now, other than keeping up with this. I have also been reading non stop which is also something I am enjoying. Books are nice.

Christmas is really soon. I love Christmas, it is definitely my favorite holiday. I just love the time I get to spend with my family. Under normal circumstance my family and I would hit up the movie theatre on Christmas day, but this year I just wanna not travel as much. I am spending so much time on the road, even though I have no car. Ironic to say the least. So I am stoked to just stay home eat snacks and chill. I'm just super tired.

For those of you who have not seen Black Swan. Go. Now. It is phenomenal. That is all I am going to say. It is few and far apart when movies live up to my expectations and leave me in shock after it's done. Just go. You won't regret it. Natalie Portman is a babe and she is wicked in the part. I hope she wins all she is nominated for.

Anyway I am on my way home on the bus and my battery is dying so alas, I bid you farewell for today.

See ya abyss.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Now Understand Hiatus


I know this seems to be a reoccurring situation, but I do apologize for the lack of posts. It has been over a month since my last entry and quite a bit has happened. I really want to make one of my New Year Resolutions to post at least weekly, similar to what I stated earlier in these posts. Except I will actually follow through.

I discovered that I can totally post from my iPhone, yet another convenience. So with this new found information I can guarantee at least a post a week. My life may not be that exciting but hopefully you find enjoyment out of my obscene ramblings. Anyway, let's get down to business!

School for winter break ended last Thursday and I miss it already, the term went by quicker than expected and I learned so much. Tue teachers are all stellar human beings and I wish I could just read biographies on all of them. They seem to have been through so many experiences in their lives. Alas, I do not have this option to read about them, instead I have a giant list of plays that needs to be read before January 3rd.

I have made a point to get all my application things done before I head back to school. So that is presently what I am working on. Majority of the schools I am applying to are in Toronto and it is costing me a pretty penny to just apply, this doesn't include the airfare and possible audition fees as well. It is going to probably end up costing me as much as my first term tuition! but I need education, so it will hopefully be worth it if I actually get accepted.

I was recently involved with a couple of things; over the weekend I was in a short film that will continue filming in January as well as a work shop that is in preparation for a provincial tour, I have yet to find out if I will be cast in the tour solely due to the fact that they are casting the female lead(opposite me) from Toronto. So the whole workshop cast is just waiting to hear from the director as to whether will will be going on tour. I would obviously jump at the opportunity to tour and it would give me a credit towards my equity status, which of course is also gladly accepted. I am still working my butt of to get my Equity/ACTRA status before I head off to Toronto.

Also in the works is a show I putting together, Monster by Daniel MacIvor. I have recently obtained his one man show and emailed him about receiving the rights to it so that I can perform it this summer in my hometown and save the money for school so I can avoid student loans as much as possible. I have to unfortunately wait for a response from him until I can really put my plan into action, but I am hoping he will respond soon enough.

That is essentially it in my life at the moment. I am just about to leave for work and will talk to you tomorrow!

Night Abyss

Monday, November 8, 2010

Asperagus: The Healthy Alternative


Alright, well quite a few things have happened since last time. I shall not divulge in every tidbit but more the things that are of humorous purpose and interest.

Audition Update:
I am currently waiting to hear back about a commercial audition, which I feel very un-confident about.

A few things have happened in the last few weeks other than my school, which I am truly enjoying! We are consistently working which keeps me on my toes but does not help in my eating schedule. I am finding that I have a desire to get back into my intense fitness schedule, but unfortunately have no time for that either. Oh, January. The time when everyone makes resolutions to not follow up.

Speaking of January, I am truly excited because this is when I will be purchasing the computer that I have wet dreams about; The Macbook Pro.

I am also starting to apply for school in September, wish me luck.

Now for the story.

This weekend, Friday actually, my classmate contacted me in regards to a guy being needed for some work on a TV show. Of course I jumped at the chance and plans were made to attend the filming. Due to my lack of car we had to ask one of my buddies to drive us to the location (about and hour away). We got to the location in ample time. The place of filming was taking place in a small desolate town about 10 kilometers from another sleepy University town. We were told to be on set around 8:30, we then figured we would be out by 11 so that my friend could drive us back. This was our error. You see, on film sets you just wait and wait till your scene, they don't care how long it takes to get to you. Which was fine due to the fact that we were getting paid to sit. The unfortunate thing was that my friend had to be home by 12, so around 11 we knew that we weren't going to be done for some time. He left and we stayed.

Fast forward to 2:30am.

We are still sitting and I finally get called in. I am in a scene with Jason Priestly (famous from the original 90210). That goes well, and then my classmate and I film a scene. Then we finally finish at 3:00am.

We realize that we have no where to stay in this town.

It is also raining cats and dogs, and we have 4 bags of luggage.

I think fast and remember the closest place where I know we MAY be able to stay is 10km away.

We walked.

We walked for 10km in the rain with luggage.

My legs still hurt.

We found a shopping cart which made for easier transport of the luggage, but not for us as the shopping cart was not powered by a motor.

After 2 and a half hours we fianlly got back to the University town and slept on the street.

Well, I slept, whilst my classmate partook in the Downward Dog position under the shelter of a roof.

Around 6am, I called my friend at the University and we slept for the rest of the time in her dorm. Sleeping so well we missed our bus back home.

Here we were, drenched and trying to kill time in a minuscule town waiting for the other of the two buses that leave and head back to our place of residence. Thankfully my friend did her best in entertaining us and provided wonderful end to a crazy day.

We made it. And I had managed to spend an accurate 24 hours with one of my classmates. I suppose marriage is in order..

That was my weekend. Slept on the street, made it on HBO and walked 10km in the rain at 3 in the morning.

I am willing to do all this and more to make it. And I will.

Night Abyss.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Comeback!

Hey there,

Shame on me: first thing on the docket.

I am currently making pizza and reading a script that I am performing tomorrow evening. For a non-employed actor at the moment I have been consecutively working. Last week and the week before that I was in the encore performance of the Cabaret show that I had done earlier. We performed it for the final time last weekend in attempt to raise money for a little girl who is waiting to have an operation. It was the best one to date, the show that is. And like I said, this week, tomorrow I am doing a performance with a whole new group of actors that I was recently introduced to. They seem like really awesome people. Ironically one of them is my Voice teacher at school and he was unaware I was in the production till I was brought in recently. It provided for awkward conversation, but also I think we will be able to connect on a further basis than school. I thank my friend for helping me get the gig, he really believes in me as an actor and that is really inspiring to me to know that people feel positive about me. So again, my friend, thank you.

This feels like the appropriate time to give an audition update: Nothing film in a while. although there is a crap-load of commercials being shot in my city. Unfortunately I am not a burly man with a beard, so unless I can grow a white plethora of facial hair and gain 60 pounds I do not have an opportunity to audition. Soon though, if I think hard enough.

Class is going great, all my teachers bring really interesting methods and exercises to class. I am really enjoying the experience. Can't wait for things to keep getting better.

I am back in a rhythm and blues stage. I am obsessively listening to the genre all the time. I love it.

If you are bored, check this out:

It's Will Smith's Daughter!!! She is really great. Crazy potential. I just came across her the other day.

Back to me. That is really all that is going on at the moment. Oh I get to be told how blind I am tomorrow which will be a wonderful time filled with laughter and merriment.

And my year project, other than being an apt pupil and acting, is writing a one man show that I will be performing in my home town during the summer. So, any ideas as to what I should do? Give me some ideas Abyss.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The start of something.

A revelation.

Well, one could say that it was not so much a revelation as much as a verification of my journey. Tonight was an informative and yet entertaining evening thanks to the wonderful Red Bastard. I highly recommend his show, it is what you want it to be. That is the magic of his wonderful performance.

I went into the show knowing that the envelope was going to be pushed, and left with a warm feeling in my heart and the wanting to push myself even further than I am. As you know I started school this week. Everything is going swimmingly and my classmates are really great individuals. I already feel as though we are growing as a group and can foresee and really productive nine months. The information that we are provided with is extensive and thought provoking. We are made to keep journals, and although I cringed at the initial idea, I find that I am really valuing the documenting. My teachers talk about becoming aware of your body and mind. Red bastard was the perfect example of this tonight. He was carefree and light on his toes. He knew where everything on his body was in relation to everything else. It was such a visual explanation.

He shared a lovely moment with us by asking us what our dreams were and throwing them in his "Dream Bag". He told us to articulate these dreams and they would come true. He said to keep pushing for the things that will ultimately give us 100 percent happiness. Play the game, be present. He was brilliant. This may seem like it is becoming an obsession and I want to clarify that it is most certainly not that. I was just personally affected in an encouraging manner and I am ready to push harder for what I want. I will get to where I am happiest. Wherever that may be.

If you have the opportunity please look him up. The Red Bastard.

Audtion update: I am doing a Promo this weekend for GLAD. Should be a fun time. I am stoked.

Also I have two shows in the next few weeks and I am pumped about that.

And some humour before I depart. First day of school we get our student ID's. Mine looks like this:

My picture
Wayne B...

Thats right actor spelled "acter". A glorious moment.

Peace Abyss.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Deadbeat NO MORE!


So tonight is school eve.

If that makes sense give me a, "Whoot Whoot!"

Today was just a great day because of what tomorrow brings.

Vainly enough that sounds inspirational.

My workplace is receiving renovations so we had to move out into a small kiosk (which by the way is one of my favorite words). This was an interesting shift due to the lack of space and hostility of my fellow coworkers. For those of you who have seen my apartment you will testify to my neatness. I am self diagnosed OCD. I really like things neat and organized. So with the NEW kiosk freshly built I felt the need to implement as much organization as possible. Needless to say that was not the idea that everyone else had. It was a rough day, but went surprisingly fast.

Now, today is Sunday so I wanted to hit up the grocery store before school starts tomorrow. Every grocery store to my knowledge closes at 6pm on Sunday's. I didn't get off work till 5:34. So, I race home and jump into my car, which is playing this mind game of sorts with me lately where it doesn't start the first time and then it does the second just to make me appreciate it. After my usual second attempt I drive to the grocery store and shop as quick as I can hoping that the store wont close on me. I get up to the counter and pile everything on and apologize for coming in so close to them closing. The cashier laughs at me and replies, "we don't close till 8."  I now know that I have plenty of time to grocery shop on Sundays.

I came home and spent the evening cleaning and preparing for school tomorrow. I have a Hulk lunch bag, it grows to twice it size when it gets angry. So plenty of room for food. Speaking of the Hulk, I never understood why his pants no matter what they were always turned purple. I mean all he did was grow in mass and turn green, which I guess if it happens to you your clothes will automatically turn the color that contrasts your skin the best.

Emma Stone is my new celeb crush. Easy A is amazing and she is a babe. Movie reviews by Wayne.


School starts tomorrow! Imma get some sleep because, I've got a love and I know that its all mine.

Peace abyss.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sometimes I feel like a Priest . . .

Man Oh Man,

11 days since my last post! Sorry Abyss, I have been super busy, as per always. I am going to do my best to at least (the stress on least) have an entry a week. That's my goal. So here we go...

I love my day job, I say that in the most sincere way possible. I really do love it. The people whom I have to service however I do not enjoy. The last few days for me have been more painstaking than usual. I have had the most difficult customers I think I have ever dealt with. It is awful how people think they have the right to treat you like crap because you are a young person and are working. Personally, those are rather illegitimate excuses to have it out for someone, especially someone who's generation are the people who are going to be changing your diapers and writing your prescriptions.

Just food for thought.

I understand that it is a two way street, for all those devil's advocates out there reading this. Let me assure you I could have been more nice, but when you offend me I get defensive. So again, reiterating the two way street; I will be nice to you if you are nice to me. I always do my best to be a positive person when it comes to customer service because you are the face of the company you represent, so I strive to be pleasant to deal with.

In all  honesty though, sometimes I actually feel like a priest.

Which was not part of my job listing.

Today, a man came in with his father (no pun intended) and felt the need to disclose how much money the man was making and how many Master Degrees he had and ranted on and on about his life in general and how phones are designed badly because the end call button is also the power off button. After explaining that I myself could not call up Samsung and tell them that their, and the rest of the companies, cellphone designs are ridiculous for people with 5 Masters Degrees to understand I was actually considering telling him to also do a few "Hail Mary" --s before he left. I am all for listening to some people ramble sometimes, but my store is the busiest in our region and there were other people waiting. It is hard to keep the pleasantries up at that rate.

I mean of course this is customer service and I know there will be the random crazies, but alas I get frustrated easily when things aren't compliant to the over all situation, probably due to my organization needs. I am hoping for a more productive day tomorrow.

Audition update: Nothing yet. I have been enlisted to participate in a show for one night only in attempts  to raise money for a young girl who is dying of cancer. A cause I am very eager to aid in. That is on October 4.

Also, school starts Monday. I am stoked!

Bought some sweatpants from GAP and I will be looking fresh the first day.

As much of a paradox as that may seem due to the purchase of sweatpants.

Anyway, G'night AByss.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

25 cents for a warm feeling.

I never thought that I would be so anxious for school to start. Alas, I am.

I am excited to meet new people and just start to push myself again. Routine is a must with Wayne.

Audition update: They are still casting for the educational video.

Life is going at a good pace as per usual. We had a hurricane here the other day and I was without power for a bit. I was able to discover what it is like to shower blind and in the cold. An experience that I would have probably never have been able to experience otherwise. So thanks hurricane.

My car was also affected by the hurricane. Nothing dire, other than the fact that my muffler now sounds like it is missing. You know those people who drive down the road like a bat out of hell with the crappiest sounding muffler or lack there of and you always yell at them, "GET A MUFFLER!!"

I am now the recipient of those phrases.

The awful part is that I just had a new muffler installed so I am at a loss. Damn hurricane.

But I guess the positive thing is that I still have a house and my eyes and at least a muffler of some kind.

Today was my day off so I slept in till noon and then woke up and went to get shaving cream. That is about the extent of my day. Shaving was a priority but shower was not.

I also, in my post sleep state, went to my first laundromat. It was a rather interesting experience.

I always judge when I need to do laundry by the amount of clean underwear I have left. Now to fully understand the desperation of my need for clean clothes you have to understand how much underwear I have.

I have a lot.

I was getting low so I felt it was definitely time.

I walked in and there was only one person there; the owner. She was an interesting woman who looked about late thirties. She was middle eastern and she greeted me with a smile saying. "You have the place to yourself!"

I took her kind words of solitude as a sign that I could be friendly with her and I admitted that I had never partook the laundromat thing before. She reassured me that it was easy and we shared a moment watching the dry cycles of my underwear go round and round. I pictured her seeing some weird things in her time here.

The laundromat was of typical appearance except for the glorious Mrs. Pacman arcade game at the back of the room. I was in love. It was this moment that I decided that if I ever made enough money I would buy this machine off of this woman and give her more than she wants for it for her generosity of helping me wash my sweaters. I feel that is only fair.

Needless to say I washed all my clothes for under 10 bucks. I was happy and underwear laden again.

There is nothing like warm clean clothes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Easy A

First of all, I am sorry that it has been over a week since my last post.

Second, I have been super busy. This provides a legitimate excuse for the statement above.

For those of you who told me to apply for the opposing company job you can have piece of mind knowing that I did indeed apply.

I have not heard anything back from them so I am to assume that I did not get the part. Which is ironic due to the amount of stress I put myself through thinking about whether to apply or not.

Audition update: I did not end up auditioning for The Fantastiks due to my already busy schedule and the fact that it was purely voluntary. I need money, I am a poor student. I have however auditioned for an educational film. I am waiting to hear back from them as to whether I received the part as I auditioned for the lead. It pays well so I am hoping for the best.

I performed the show that I have been working on on Sunday and it was alright. Monday night was thousands of times better and I know that we are going to do even better on Friday. I am proud of the group that I am working with; we were able to put together a show in about a week and people seem to really be enjoying it.

I am continuing to work constantly which of course makes my paychecks decent but does not afford me much of a social life. The good thing is that majority of my friends all started school this week so really I am not missing out on much. I am starting school on the 27th and I am stoked because I am all about routine so it will be nice to get back into that.

On the topic of social life; last night I went to see Machete and it was awesome. It ended up being a lot better than I expected. And I saw more of Jessica Alba which is more than I expected as well ;) I was thoroughly entertained. While I was there I took a picture of me and Emma Stone who was also conveniently there.

My car is making strange noises and I don't know why, but I know sound like one of those obnoxious dudes who do not own a muffler. I also drive standard which requires you to rev your engine so I just sound like a complete a-hole driving down the street. Always a great way to make good impressions.

I am really fond of the band Bahamas if you are bored and want some easy listening.

Thats all for now,

Peace Abyss

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I have had an ear infection for about two weeks now.

This does not make things easier for oneself. You would think that having one ear completely blocked would help in avoiding conversations or watching people without actually hearing what they are saying and then laughing at their facial expressions. It has helped in those instances but unfortunately, Abyss, these last two weeks have been no fun.

As we are all aware I have been working on a show for the last week and it is very hard to learn about 8 songs (full of harmonies!) and sound decent with one ear completely out of commission.  It is hard to explain my frustration but I don't really feel I need to explain it, it is a problem that people face. The part that bothers me about it, other than the length that this infection has been going on, is the fact that I consider myself an alright singer. So, here I am not doing my best in rehearsal because I can't hear. Now, I am not trying to make excuses, but I have dignity and I want to put on a great show. So I am trying, because a pro doesn't let an ear infection stop them from doing their best!

So I am gonna keep trying to swim to the top of this ocean. It is just hard to know where I am under the water.

Any suggestions that may help heal my ear before friday?

Other than the show and work I am not doing a whole lot.

I am sending in my information to the audition that I talked about last time. Regardless of the situation. This advice was given to me from some of my friends and I agree with them in their insight. So here is hoping.

School starts in less than a month and I am stoked for routine to pick up.

I am sitting here writing this in my underwear because it is so freaking hot and I have no air conditioning. So I am a barrel of laughs right now with my clogged head and sweating body.

Sexy to say the least.

I always try to keep my dignity intact.

Sorry that I have taken so long to repost. A lot has happened, mainly just travel, in the last couple days. I shall make a point to post more.

Goodnight Abyss.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Average Life of a Wouldbe Actor: One Night In New York City

The Average Life of a Wouldbe Actor: One Night In New York City

One Night In New York City


Let me tell you, last night was a event.

My friend was turning 19 at midnight so my buddies and I thought it would be best to go out at this time. Seems innocent enough a few guys going out for drinks. Little did we know that this evening would turn into an escapade that we would soon not forget. I got out of rehearsal around 1030 and came back to my apartment to check on the cats and make sure they had what they needed for the night. They did. So I changed and left to head over to my old apartment where my roommate and our friends were hanging out waiting till 12 when we could head downtown. We were all pre-drinking and having a good time; singing happy birthday songs composed by the guitar player of the group. Then my roommate brings out his laptop insisting that he has a song for us to listen to.

He sits down on the couch, and we are all expecting to hear something upbeat and popish.

Not the case at all.

He turns on a song called "One Night In New York City" by the Horrorist. It is a messed up song. And unfortunately I cannot post the link due to some language content. But Youtube it.

So beginning our outing with this song in our minds was a little weird but we continued downtown. Our first stop was a favourite of ours. We started drinking and playing sociables at the table. Our waitress was a babe and she was just a really cool person. She joked about all the chicken wings she had served that night and laughed about how messy she was. I liked her.

While we continued to play we purchased another pitcher. A few minutes went by and (we had already paid for our drinks because we knew that they were closing soon) the manager came over to our table and said that we need to seriously leave. We all looked at him apologetically thinking that we had been to loud or something of that rambunctious nature. He then says, " Guys, you seriously need to get out, there is a fire!"

Thats right abyss, a fire was happening around us.

So we had to flee the scene minus the 3 quarter full pitcher. As we exited the building smoke was billowing out of the doors and windows. There were cops and all the other necessary officials there to over see the situation. We decided to head to another place.

We got to another place and there was an ambulance parked outside and everyone was leaving. It turned out some girl was being rushed to the hospital due to alcohol poisoning. So once again we peaced.

The next bar we went to we had to pay cover and then once we got in the bar was going through a flood. Yes, it seems someone left the bathroom sink on and it was flooding the bathrooms.

So, needless to say we were able to drink somewhat but it seems that the world was against us for that night. We started to head home and partook in the regular ritual of stopping for McDonald's on the way home. I always feel bad for going to 24 hr MacDonalds' because the people who work the shifts that late always seem to hate their lives. So I always watch them make my food so I know they aren't spitting in it. Because you know that they would take out their 4am vengeance on my burger if I wasn't watching them like a hawk.

We left with our bellies full and wallets empty. The end of a really fun night.

So, that was super long. I am gonna be short now I promise.

Audition Update: Got word about a commercial that I would be perfect for, the only exception is is that I work for the opposing company that the commercial is for. Thus its recommended that I don't audition.  I am conflicted though because I want to get some work, but I cant tell them I work for the enemy. What is your suggestion?

Talk soon.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dont Cook Sausages in a Frying Pan.

Well Abyss,

Sorry about the delay of posts. I have offish moved into my new apartment with my two cats and a plethora of appliances. My mom is a great woman but she has laden me with all of her appliances that she has no use for anymore. So I have basically no cupboard space for dishes and such thanks to the giant blender taking up half the space alone.

This will be my third night in the new apartment and I have nothing for entertainment but books, movies and kittens. So I am pretty set. I felt the need to get internet because of this little thing that you are reading, so I was debating getting it from my work (telecommunications) but then I found out that I can save money by using my iPhone. Pretty nifty. I am stoked about that and am able to write again!

To recap the last few eventful days: The show went wonderful, the local news stations came and filmed us which was wicked. Everyone did really well and we had a great turn out for audience. I think everyone was thoroughly impressed with themselves, and as they should be. Congrats everyone. I am attaching a few links at the bottom.

Presently I have another show lined up, which I had rehearsal for tonight, hence the late write. This show is happening on September 4 so only a few short days to get it together. But I like when things get down to business and we can be happy with a product. Something funny though; Sunday night I received an email from a local collective group saying that they were interested in me for a role that they were performing on Thursday. I said yes and asked for the script, I mean I am gonna take work where I can and no matter how short notice. They sent me the script and asked for it to be memorized by Wednesday. Mind you this is the shortest amount of time I have ever been asked to memorize something, but again I was up to the challenge. I printed off the script and started memorizing feverishly.

Now, the good thing was that the script was fairly conversation-like so I could easily improv lines if need be.

The weird part of this is that these people asked me to do the role by recommendation of one of my friends. I am assuming that they thought I was around the same age as my friend; about 30. I assume this because the script was rather adult. I mean that in a sexual way.

There was no doubt in my mind that I would not have done it. I haven't worked in a bit, well two days, and was again up for the challenge. I thought it would push myself. The issue was that I knew that once i showed up to rehearse they would realize how young I am and decline me the role. So I memorized the lines (actually) and tried to make myself seem older. The next night I received another email saying that the whole thing is being canceled due to one of the people involved got a movie gig. So my attempts at making myself seem sexy and older were then deflated like a popped balloon.

Audition update: I got word that they are holding auditions for The Fantastiks, so I may be trying out for that. Other than that; ziltch.

But I am not at a total loss because I still have the show I am working on now, which will be great when we have it all together. I am excited for people to see it. I am working with the same group of people as the previous performance which ensures it will be great.

By the way, I learned not to cook sausage in a frying pan this evening. Especially when you have an actual grill provided by your mother. Lets just say the fire alarm went off multiple times. Oh and to clarify how uninterested my fellow apartment dwellers are, no one even came when my fire alarm went of 5 times. So glad the people around me give a damn.

Thats all for tonight abyss.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Steeped in Stench Like a Teabag in Water

If that simile wasn't attractive enough for you, I also haven't showered today.

I found out the value of a new contact case. I always forget how long I have my current contact case. The maximum period of time that one should be reusing the case is three months. I am assuming that I have been using mine well beyond that time. So I was sleeping at my friends place last night on a whim and so i went and bought some new solution and with came a BONUS contact case. My eyes feel amazing today :)

Today is showtime. I am feeling alright and have confidence that it will be a good show. I am, more or less, hoping that there will be a larger crowd tonight than expected. I was disappointed last night because I was expecting the local news to show up. They didn't, so no real press coverage for us actors.

Oh, and I have recently become the owner of two kittens. I am picking them up on Sunday.

Audition update: Nothing for a week and a day. Now is about the time something will come about.

Again, Ellen Page if you are reading this please try to make it to the show tonight. It starts at 8pm.

My friend texted me the yesterday morning to inform me that she had a dream about me. The dream was her watching the Scatman video, but I was the Scatman. Which makes sense because now I am the CATman.

For those of you who do not know what the Scatman is and think it is some killer from a horror film, this should clear your mind of those images: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Geiq0FP13uQ&feature=search

Also I came across this Trailer for a new Natalie Portman movie (Natalie Portman is one of my 3) check it out.


Thats enough for today, wish me luck.

All the best Abyss

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tom Hanks

Today is the day before showtime. We had an awesome and rather productive rehearsal in east Jesus nowhere last night. There really is a lot a talented people I have the opportunity to work with. I had to GPS the location of the musical director's house and it solidified my amazement with the iPhone. What a phone. I could stalk people with it. Not that I am going to, it is just nice to have the option.

Do you ever just sit around in your underwear for a large amount of the day? These are the times that I love. I think if more people had the luxury that is "underwear sitting" the world would be a better place.

I have just discovered the answer to world peace. Underwear. Obama get on that.

I went over to my new apartment yesterday, what a bunch of people. You know how in the movies people are made to seem extremely sketchy and rude, well this is true for real life as well. I felt that I should be a good tenant and meet my fellow apartment residents. It turns out this was a rather stupid idea. I knocked on the door of the person that lives next to me and he opened the door just a crack and I could see he was rather hairy and not wearing clothes ( I assumed I was interrupting his underwear day). He just grunted like a boar and asked me what I was selling. I assured him that I was just the new resident of Apartment 7. He looked at me like I had four heads, I then awkwardly asked him who I was supposed to talk to if I had problems with anything. He cut me off by saying that the superintendent lived in Apartment 1 and closed the door in my face. Pleasant man really, no wonder he is single.

I went up the stairs and found Apartment 1 and knocked on the door and stood back so as to not frighten the person as they came out. I waited, but there was no response. I completed the same routine and still the door did not open. This continued for about 15 minutes. Now, I know what you are thinking "Wayne. Obviously they were not home." This seemed the likely situation, but I could hear them all chatting inside the apartment. So I kicked the door, which finally caught their attention. They swung the door open and the woman looked like one of those things out of The Lord Of The Rings, she had squint-y eyes and a large body, she snarled and drooled a little. I desperately wanted her to have a club to complete her already attractive image. Here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H_QxlOeHPk&feature=related

"What?"she barked. I told her that I was the new tenant downstairs and that I still hadn't signed any official documents and there was some open power sources that my family had taken the liberty to hide temporarily. She just said she would take care of it at some point and a repeat session happened with the door.

So to clarify, I am squatting in an apartment that I technically don't have to pay rent for. And everyone is  as scattered as a plot. I want to put one of those tacky "Home Sweet Home" signs above the door just for gigs. I am also contemplating buying a really heavy duty padlock for my door.

Audition update: 1 week and no auditions or callbacks.

Lets do this again tomorrow Abyss.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Apple Hortens; a 4am Joke provided by Colin.

So Abyss,

I have some good and bad news.

First off, I have recently moved all of my belonging into my new apartment as I am currently still living with my roommate. I am basically sleeping on the floor without any of my things here to just be here when him and my friends are here so I have people to hang out with. I know this sounds pathetic but it is true, and I enjoy my friends so why would I leave them early if I don't have too? This is my thought process anyway.

Audition update: Ziltch for the previous ones. Ehh, on a new one that I applied for last night and have yet to find out if they so desire to see my face.

I encompassed the bad news in those two sentences.

This week is quite intense with rehearsals for my performance on Saturday (which Ellen Page should be coming too) and working and such. Hence the reason why I haven't written in a while.

Good News is that I am officially the recipient of the Scholarship to my theatre program! So that makes two years of post secondary education that I have not had to dig in my own pockets to pay for. Yay for other people's money! So I now have plans for September and am excited to start learning -- Hold up... I never thought those words would be spelled by my fingers... This year has to be a developmental year to help me prepare for the good stuff coming up. I am determined that there is good things coming along my conveyor belt of a life. I am stoked to put the pieces together and make something I can be proud of.

I thoroughly hate transitions. I always want my life to be a Star Trek episode. Not for the geeky reasons but for the transporter. I hate drive/walking between places sometimes. I wish you could just hop into a transporter and arrive. Think of the gas money people would save, more than enough to buy a freaking transporter that's for sure. I'm just thinking of the big picture.

Well I am exhausted, and even though it is 6pm I am going to sleep.

G'night Abyss.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Neil Young had the right idea; Forever Young.

Tonight was just another night of me wanting to be in film. My friends and I went to see Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It was a great film. I laughed a lot and was just a whole lot of fun. It was quite clever and a multitude of great aspects. And as stated, makes me want to act even more. Every time I go to see a great film I always think about how hard I have to work to get to that point someday. That is my ultimate goal, to get on the big screen and do an effective performance. Obviously a simple request.

Work was normal. I move tomorrow from my temporary place that my roommate and I are squatting in. My parents are coming down to clean my new apartment to the standard that my mother insists needs to be meet. She actually told me that I would get crabs if I was living there without it fully being cleaned. Thats right kids, you can catch crabs from standing on a dirty carpet. I know one would think that the only way you would normally catch them is by rubbing your genitals on the carpet, literally shagging the carpet, but this is false in the eyes of my dear mother who think that STD's jump and eat through your pants.

 Lets hope she isn't right for the sake of my sex life.

Audtion update: Ziltch x2

It may be safe to say I did not get the parts.

I have been made aware of another audition that I will be submitting myself to in hopes of discovery. I just want someone to cut me a break. I need to get that union status. All I can do is keep trying.

Do you ever have those moments where you notice how far technology and medical science has come since the days of outhouses. I have them every so often. Tonight as I was taking out my contacts I was like, "shit, these things are little bits of lenses that help me see! And I put them in my eye and trust that they wont permanently injure me." I mean under normal circumstance you don't just put things in your eyes. I am sure the first person to test contacts was like, "What the eff? Are you joking me, you want me to do what?" It is just so crazy how things keep advancing everyday and they will continue to. My children will live a totally different life than me due to the gadgets and medical advances that are coming down the pipe. It is amazing.

I may have a date soon. Hell Yes.

That's is all for now Abyss, keep in touch.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 4: I spent more time on the road than a dead raccoon.

I drove a lot today.

My parents live about an hour and a half outside of the city that I live in. I went home today on my day off. I always enjoy going home and seeing my family because it always feels like I never left. Their lives are constantly going and there is always things to do. I spent most of the day with my younger brother just milling around and talking about things on his mind. I miss him terrible.

I waited patiently all day for my phone to ring in regards to my scholarship for school in September as today was the cut off date for acceptance submission.

Guess what abyss?

No phone call. Thats right, I didn't hear anything today. Even after them telling me yesterday that they would call me the following day for a follow up. And to make matters worse, my roommate reminded that the director of the school is taking a vacation starting tomorrow. So now I am lost because I have no information as to whether I am going to be going to school in September or not. I don't know what is supposed to happen now. Is there still a point to waiting knowing that if they did not make their decision today that there is basically no hope in me going, or do I just continue waiting like a good actor?

I am at a crossroad.
I am blind.
And I have no dog to help me.
In other words; I am headed into the woods.

I have decided to just remain still in hopes that someone will find me and lead me down the right path.

On a more pleasant note; I may have picked up another job today. My roommate is also an actor and he informed me of a job at his work place, which is great and I am totally going to take him up on the offer, for the money and the people. It seemed like a good idea due to the fact that I enjoy both of those things.So I will be starting there quite soon I would hope.

Audition update: zilch.

I have more music to learn for Tuesday because we perform our show on Saturday, so it is going to be an intense week for learning. Oh, and Ellen Page, if you read this please come to my show.

I don't really have anything philosophical to say this evening, so I apologize for not being as entertaining. I have to work early in the morning so I am off to bed.

Goodnight Abyss.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New England Clam Chower... Is that the red or the white?

Alright Abyss,

Today at work was rather uneventful, just a normal day with normal problems. I suspected my car battery to die but alas I was rewarded with a smooth drive home. I called the scholarship people and I am still in limbo regarding my recipient status. They said they should hopefully know, the operative word being hopefully, by tomorrow.

Knowing myself, I am going to do all of this work for this scholarship and it is going to go to some Joe who didn't do a stinking thing for it. That's always how us average people's lives work out. Regardless, I am still just plain old waiting; like and actor should.

I have rehearsal in an hour and hopefully it will be a good time tonight. We had a run through on Tuesday and it went okay I think. It is always hard to tell with rehearsal how it will fair in the final run.I am having one of those days where I don't want to be seen by the public, this is due to my lack of hair gel and contacts, and I am going to have to make out with two girls tonight. Now under normal circumstance, as a man, this would be perfectly fine, and I am totally game for it. I just feel bad for the girls.

Wayne without contacts or hair gel = picture a shrill scream from an old horror movie.

Again, no word from anything that I auditioned for recently, I guess that is also pending.

So, a pretty basic day. Oh, and I am getting a kitten.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 2: Ass Kicked

My body rejected me this morning.

As per usual.

I had to work at 8am this morning with only 4 hours of sleep, it was brutal. I went to work and actually slept on the floor while doing inventory. I was able to catch up some during this time, thus continuing my shift in overtired mode. This is another complexity I will never fully understand.

At my job we are paid on both commission and an hourly rate. This makes things quite competitive, and as those who know me, I am quite competitive. I am trying to sell as much as I can this month and meet my targets because I have the goal to be top sales in our store month over month. It is silly how menial this is but it is all I have for excitement right now in my life, sans girlfriend and school starting soon. On this topic, I have been accepted into a one year theatre intensive program at the local theatre in the city I am residing. The issue is that I am an average dude, who is trying to become an actor. This translates into . . . I am broke. So to avoid the issue of me trying to scrounge up the money to pay for the program I have applied for the scholarship associated with it. I feel I should be the recipient due to the fact that I put a lot of hard work into gathering the best recommendations for myself and making myself sound poor; I contemplated saying that I was raised by goats (which is not an exaggeration at all). I was accepted into the program in early July and was told that they would be making the decision for the scholarship towards the end of the month because the deposit for holding your place was due August 13, 2010.

I havent heard a 'yes' or 'no' yet.

Check the date.

Yeah I am a little miffed.

I mean the least they could do is tell me that I didn't get it so I could stop stressing, but no, they would rather watch me writhe in question like an ant beneath a sun-glazed magnifying glass. This scholarship is a crucial part to my life come September. I say this because if I don't get it I am just continuing to work full time until I can audition for the bigger schools across Canada for acting. Now, if I do get I am going to be able to train and be more prepared for the schools when audition time comes around. My roommate and I have discussed it to death and him and I both agree that I am going to feel more comfortable with pre-training than none at all and be going in blind. This is coming from the guy who was accepted into the most prestigious theatre school in Canada first time out, so I kind of trust him.

I haven't heard anything back from the commercials that I auditioned for last Friday, and certainly nothing from the audition yesterday. Acting is a waiting game. Perhaps you wouldn't think this, but it is true on so many levels it is strange people don't always think of the two of the simultaneously. I find things to be most effective when I don't dwell on the outcomes, whether they be positive or negative. The good thing right now is that I am preparing for a show next week. I have been working on it for the last four months and we are finally nearing the performance; which is my favorite part. The show is making its world premier in my city and I am the lead. I am excited because it has been so long since I have done a live show and my body needs it like a cocaine addict needs another hit. The adrenaline is was binds me to the stage. That and the reaction from the audience when you fully suspend their disbelief. More on this later...

I finished my work day early because I had come in at the crack of dawn, or at least what seemed like it. And as I finally get into my car to drive home it doesn't start. That right, the battery just didn't pick up. So I walked home in the blazing heat that makes me believe that ice caps are in fact melting. Now here I am, sitting on the couch that my roommate found in the garbage, attempting to find a way to kill fruit flies. Any suggestions?

All the Best Abyss.

Not only am I Average but I am a Noob, and certainly not a Day Owl

When people call themselves "Night Owls" I always get confused. I have personally used the term myself, which always leads to more confusion due to the fact that I don't understand the term to begin with. Because is there anything but "Night Owls"? I have never heard of "Day Owls". Thus I remain confused and still using the term.  Somehow, I don't think I am the first to use a term that one does not understand. Perhaps I could start implementing the term into my daily vocabulary. "Day Owl". I am certainly not one. It is 3am and I have to work in less than 4 hours, yet here I am creating this Blog.

Today was an interesting day; I went to my day job, which is a mobility provider and proceeded to take care of customers in a timely fashion. Timely being an ironic word due to the fact that I was late, which I can assure you never happens; I am always punctual.  Now, I had received a call from my agent previously this week regarding an audition today. So, pitching the idea of me leaving work for an audition seemed like it was going to be a challenge, considering that I was late. My manager and I have only know each other for a small amount of time due to me being a transfer from my home town 4 months ago. To my surprise the challenge was not really a challenge at all (As you will soon find out that I am a person who considers the worst consequences for situations), my manager let me go and I was able to get to my audition with time to spare.  This audition was for a casting agency who I have auditioned for multiple times, they are currently casting a very popular show. And regardless of my consistency I have yet to garner a role in anything. Needless to say I just keep going back.  I guess my best hope is to finally get into the Union so I am more readily available for film and television work, because without this status you are like a 15 year-old looking for a job with no work experience. Basically someone has to take pity on you and give you a job before you can start racking up the experience. This is my goal for the year, someone to take pity on me like a 15 year-old.  To continue to play on the 15 year-old analogy I sometimes feel like a superhero in a sense: By day, I am your friendly neighborhood mobility Sales Consultant. By night, a wouldbe actor just trying to get noticed, whilst trying to maintain a living and pay the rent on time.

Apparently you are just supposed to write on this thing, so here I am just writing to the abyss. Not knowing if anyone anywhere will ever read this. Hopefully I started it off this relationship well. A relationship that will hopefully last much longer than my past romantic ones.

Goodnight Abyss.