Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hey there,

I wish you a very Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends.

I got back to my parents house a few days ago after a 20 hour train ride home. It was the longest amount of time I have ever been on route and I am convincing myself not to make it a habit. I slept most of the trip, but what made the time pass quicker than sleeping the hours away was the friend I made while journey across the country.

I met a guy who snuck on two bottles of Disaronno, which for those of you who may not know what that is it is a sweet kind of Amaretto. The two of us got mildly drunk and conversed about the possibility of the human race one day being micro-chipped at birth. It was a very interesting and frightening topic for us both to explore.

I am glad to be home and having the wonderful feeling of relaxation and not having to be going or doing anything. Just hanging with the Fam listing to christmas music and baking sweets that are being consumed faster than the actual creation of them. I am heading into the city in a couple of days to see my girlfriend and and looking forward to have more relaxation and just to get to see her after being apart for so long.

Christmas for us this year was very simple and I feel as though it was the most enjoyable. I find it strange how insane the holidays can be for some families. There is some ominous pressure set upon people as soon as the snow falls. It is sad how much is purchased and not really appreciated.

Unfortunately I do not have much of an acting update due to my vacation, all I can say is that I need to work on my homework for school and I have been procrastinating for the longest time. There are also a few places that are holding auditions for their summer seasons and I am debating about auditioning in the hopes of employment this summer. I am conflicted due to the fact that I want to book as much film and Tv as possible this summer rather than be in contract the whole time with a theatre show and unable to audition for other things. What should I do?

This isn't much of a post today, I promise they will get more exciting as time where's on and I am back in the spin of things at school. I am stoked to get back and am hoping that my student loan will come through sooner than later.

Thats all for the moment.

Night Abyss

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Christmas Time in the City

In Montreal, that is!

SO, so, so. It has been over 5 months since my last post.

This is awful considering my constant babble about how "I'll keep the posts coming!"

As if I am the mailman.

These last few months have been a whirlwind. I have literally had little to no time by myself, it has been me and 10 of my fellow actors duking it out for 12 hours a day 6 days a week. The school was not exacgerrating when they stated that "They tear you apart emotionally and physically, then build you back up".

I have never cried so much in my life. And for those who don't know me, I don't cry. To counter this rather depressing statement I would like to follow with saying that I have also never laughed as hard as I have at this school. I am throughly enjoying my time and they are working me to the bone.

For the first couple months I thought I had made the wrong choice about coming because my body just wasn't able to take the physical demands, I would come home at night bleeding and bruised. Feeling as though I was training for World War 3. Then over time my bruises faded and my bleeding orifices calloused and I came back stronger and more determine to prove my worth.

This school is wonderful in making you feel inadequate as an artist, in attempts of getting you to a moulding point where they can show you the potential you have to morph into. Its beautiful. It may seems as though everyone is out to get you at some points but really they are just trying to find your strength. I feel so honoured to be training under these talented individuals.

On that note, the people who have trained us this term have been phenomenal. The amount of well known artists that come through our school is just amazing. Again, opportunity of a life time. I had the pleasure of meeting Sandra Oh this term as well and she gifted me with some wonderful advice and helped me to pull up my boot straps and give it my all. The thing about this school is that everyone who has passed through knows that it is so supportive about fostering young artists, so they are so grateful, and thus in return making you feel so special to be walking the same halls as they once did. Its inspirational and dream like to know all the people who have sweated and cried and bleed in this place and have gone on to do great things for theatre and film in Canada.

I have not been able to auction for anything as of late due to my hectic schedule and lack of knowledge of the Montreal film scene, so no audition updates..

Yesterday I found out that Shakespeare by the Sea is holding auditions for their summer contracts and I was thinking about auditioning. I really haven't learned too much about Shakespeare yet and am unsure if I would be able to out together two well done monologues by the time the deadline is due. I am still debating this because I really want to book as much film and TV work as I can this summer when I go back to Nova Scotia. Apparently it is going to be a lucrative summer....

What do you think?

Recently I won the Theatre Nova Scotia Award for an excellence in Theatre in Nova Scotia. I was thrilled and completely unaware that I had been nominated. Unfortunately I was unable to be there to accept the award so my parents had to go and accept it for me. I just felt so honoured by the gesture and award that I wish I could have been there to express my gratitude. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is a wonderful organization and if you are an artist in need of money don't hesitate to look them up!

I leave montreal for a Christmas break tomorrow and I am pumped to finally just be back to my town. I have a lot of catching up to do and am looking forward to every minute.

For my faithful fans, thank you for your support.

Night Abyss,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Holy Movement Batman!


I am slowly but quickly, as oxymoronic as that sounds, coming upon my leaving. The good thing is that you get to filter through things again and see what really matters and what is qualifying as hoarder material.

I am about half and half.

Good news though! I got a part on a National TV show!

Granted it is only one episode, but I am still stoked. I am gonna have my last bit of work before I head out and have to put myself off the market for 8 months.

I film next week and play the "Teenage Referee" on Mr. D. I know with that name it seems of lesser significance but I do have a substantial amount of lines and am interacting with Gerry Dee who is the main character on the show, as well as producer.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show and Gerry Dee I will post some links below.

Basically today I have been doing tons of laundry and cleaning my current apartment before I move back to my home town and teach for two weeks.

The best part of laundry, besides your clothes being clean is that you find your favourite clothes at the bottom of the hamper that you totally forgot you had. It's like Christmas.

These next few weeks are going to hopefully be relaxing and not as stressful as my Mother is making them seem. I am stoked to move and cannot wait for school to start.

This is a rather short post, but I can promise more will come!

Night Abyss

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Help

Alright Abyss,

So again, another month gone by and my posting habits have failed to come into effect. Rather then makes excuses for my lack of commitment I will just fill you in on what has been happening.

As stated before in my last post I was filming a commercial that day, it was a bomb time and I had a lot of fun (how's that for short and sweet). I am hoping, considering that finally got paid for it today, that it will be airing soon. I have been auditioning a lot for things and have yet to pick something up. I leave to go back to my home town on Sunday to see my best friend perform in The Secret Garden, written by Paul Ledoux. Then I am teaching for two weeks before I leave for the BIG MO, on the 26th.

It is going to be an intense couple of weeks and I am pretty tight for money.

I have now discovered how to make kraft dinner with an iron.

I have an audition today for a new TV show that is similar to The Office only it is about teachers in a public school. It would be some awesome last minute work before I leave and get me some good coverage to boot. Here's hoping.

These next few weeks, as stated, will be mildly intense. In lieu of these trying times I vacationed to the woods last week and realizes that being one with nature for too long can drive you loopy. I was literally dying of solitude. Needless to say when I came back I felt much better about myself and had a decent tan.

Food for Thought: Spending 5 days in the woods without a whole lot of human contact can alter how you normally deal with life. This endeavor can also lead others to believe you are a serial killer.

Anyway that's about it for now. I went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love and it was brilliant. If you get the chance go see it, as well as go see the Help, which I am posting below.

EMMA STONE all the way :)

Night Abyss

Friday, July 8, 2011

Harry Potter

Hey Abyss,

It's almost been a month since my last entry and as always a lot has happened in between posts.

I am quitting my Joe job on the 15th and will be going to teach kids ages 7-11 at a theatre in a rural area outside the city. I am stoked because the theatre is giving me accommodations while I am there and also paying for my ride up. This enables me to save some money due to the fact I am super poor and am slowly finding out how much money this trip to montreal is costing.

I seriously do not comprehend large amounts of money, like I am an avid follower of films and see how much money celebrities make and how much box office totals equal, but when it pertains to my life it just scares me to be putting so much money into one thing.

I found out last week that I am receiving a scholarship to the school which lightens the pressure some and I am truly grateful for that!

Today I am filming a commercial and am stoked for that, I just thought I would get in a post before I headed out.  It's the launch of a new product so hopefully it will get some decent air time. Look for me on a television near you!

Some one who is really inspiring me lately is Ryan Gosling. I watched the trailer for Stupid, Crazy, Love and felt I should watch all his previous movies. He is a really interesting dude, his prep for roles is inspiring and unique. He is def a method actor. I am attaching the link to Stupid, Crazy, Love below.

I am sorry to disappoint the people who read this hoping to hear about the new Harry Potter movie, I have tricked you.

Night Abyss.

Monday, June 13, 2011

I am someone


So good news, as of this Wednesday coming I am finally part of ACTRA. This accomplishment is something that I have been trying to achieve since I started this blog, about 8 months ago. I am proud to say I am finally a member of the organization that enables me to be part of professional film/TV projects and get adequate payment!

This probably means nothing to you reading this, but for me it is a big deal and I am stoked to have it.

I auditioned for Mick Garris' new feature film last week and it was probably the hardest audition I have had to do, including NTS....

I don't feel like I did my best and all I can really do is wait to see what happens. I am hoping  for a callback but I don't see that happening due to the fact that the start filming on the 20th...

Alas, the life of an actor. I love it.

I am currently at my Joe job right now doing nothing because it is slower than molasses going uphill in winter, an expression that my grandfather would be proud of me using. What up Gramp?

I am moving back into my friends apartment  ASAP, I told my landlord this information today. She will probably forget seeing as even after 9 months she still doesn't know my name... as referenced before; quite like an ork.

Anyway I have to do some training... night abyss

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer is Beginning


So I am actually at work right now and because it is so boring and dead, similar to that of a childhood goldfish I am writing this to pass the time.

I have still not heard from Haven, which at this point I am assuming I did not get the role. For those of you who did not understand this statement; I had an audition last week for the TV series Haven.

This morning I was offered a job teaching for 5 days in July and I took the job unaware of the phone call I would receive later today from my agent.

I got a call regarding an audition for Stephen King's new film adaption of his book Bag of Bones. Mick Garris is directing and they are shooting in my city! So I have an audition on Friday for one of the roles, so I am pretty stoked. If I end up getting the role it is an 8 week shoot and will be airing on A&E.

Hello, American market, My name is Wayne.

That is basically it at the current moment. Just waiting for work to end so I can start packing.

PS. The Gym hasn't been working too effectively, I ripped my pants last time I was there. I need to muster up the courage to go back....

Night abyss

Thursday, June 2, 2011

And That's a Wrap!


Alright so long time no post, as per usual..

I have been super busy with auditions for school and shows and what not so I am back to fill you  in like a jelly filled pastry.

As you were aware I was in Montreal for a bit auditioning for the National Theatre School of Canada. I was extremely nervous and felt like I had completely failed at life and had no chance of being accepted. I was on my way to the airport the following day feeling satisfied that I had seen most of the beautiful city that is Montreal, when I received the greatest phone call of my life thus far. I am now one of the 12 in Canada to be accepted to the National theatre School! I am stoked beyond reason and cannot wait to move in September.

I am currently looking for accommodations and will be pursuing that a little more closer to the actual date. I am finally moving out of my apartment and will be moving back in with my buddy from last summer. Stoked x2.

After I got back from Montreal I went right into filming Bye Bye Blackbird, which is the new title, and have been on set everyday until yesterday. It was such and awesome experience and I am so grateful to have had it. The talent that I was working with is phenomenal. I will post some links below regarding the film.

In short that is basically what has been going on over the last 2 weeks. Super busy and super great.

I have two auditions this week, one for a short film and one for the TV series Haven. Hopefully those will result in work.

I am going to actually try and commit to more regular posting...seriously. here are the links.

night abyss!

Thursday, May 19, 2011



So today I leave Montreal.

Today is a sad day. I am hoping that with this emotion lain on this day that I will not crash before I get home (knock on wood).

I had my audition yesterday and I think it went well. Personally, my new material was the best it could have been. So I was happy with that.

The auditors had me work with my Shakespeare text, which made perfect sense to me because I am so uneducated in the whole realm of Shakespeare. Not to make his work sound like a weird video game involving goblins and elves. Although that would probably help me understand him more.

The text is just so beautiful that I find it difficult to bring that same beauty into my words.

Anyway, I was the very last to audition for them which can be perceived as a good thing I suppose or a bad thing if I was awful. I am really unsure at this point.

There is this feeling in the back of my mind that I am not getting in. I just feel like the chances are so low and I feel like I didn't do exactly what they were looking for yesterday and that I could have done better. Its just so hard to tell, where they do the same process to so many other people in the exact same boat as me. Its out of my hands now though.

They said they would be letting people know in two weeks as to what their decisions were. I almost don't want to know... I am just glad I have things distracting me for the next few weeks.

I start shooting Blackbird on Tuesday and I am stoked beyond reason. I am currently weighing my options as to wether I should shave my head down to velcro or keep it the way it is right now, which is kind of like a baby seal..

Wow, my life is about as exciting as you can get. This is said sarcastically.

I was sent the character breakdown for a show that is being done this summer and I am going to submit for it. The characters are a little bit older than me but I feel like, "what the hell?" Its more audition experience.

Anyway, thats basically it. I am going to try and see some shows this week. Possible reviews are in tow.

Night Abyss

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wooden Feet


The last few weeks have been insanely busy for me.

Hense the lack of creative writing.

To recap: I received a callback to The National Theatre School, which is the last portion of the auditions that they do before choosing the 12 students for their program. I have come to terms with myself that I will probably not be one of those 12. And if I am, I am going to cry like a pre teen girl at the sight of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling yelling at each other in the rain.

Now to salvage my masculinity.

I am currently taking a break from my pieces to write this update. I have worked really hard on them and have had some awesome coaching sessions with some extremely talented and just all around great people. I am going to channel as much of their talent as I can. I am forever thankful to them for helping me the way they have.

Since the National Theatre School is in Montreal, I had to fly up for the audition. So I am here now and my audition is on Wednesday (Today is Monday).  I am staying with one of my friends up here so as not to cost me money in hotels. But his apartment is pretty much a hotel. It seriously looks like something out of an Ikea magazine. Living for free. Oh yeah.

Although I am compelled to pose on the different furniture of the apartment, as if I am in the magazine as well, I can't due to that there is a French dude here who is attempting to fix a modem that is not working.

SO here I am barely knowing any French, and left alone because my friend had to go to rehearsal, with the French technician who doesn't speak any English. So, we have found a successful way of communicating by grunting and motioning with our hands, similar to that of Neanderthals. It makes me think about how language came to be...

At times I almost felt like the Miracle worker where I am putting words into his mouth, luckily we haven't had to share any moments under a water pump.

I am stoked to be here and my nervousness is setting in. I am going to go back to work now.

Also, I start filming Blackbird next week and the tour has come to an end. Now I just have to find some work after the movie....

Night Abyss.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ACTRA > Equity..


Well don't we have a situation. Due to my recent persistance about whether I have garnered any union status I have discovered something rather positive...

First off, when I took this contract that I am currently on I assumed that i would be getting at least one credit towards Equity. I found out today that this would have been the case had it been expressed when the contract was signed.. needless to say it was not due to my naivety. I will have to be more aware next time, but do not despair for since I was cast in Blackbird I have been given my ACTRA status! With this I feel like I am no longer just some kid doing acting for fun.

I am now of legitimate status and can be considered for bigger things :) While still maintaining my availablity to partake in community theatre.

So needless to say I am stoked beyond reason.

Tomorrow is the end of our 5th week on tour and then we move into the last phase of the tour. 2 more weeks then sadly we are done. Time has moved so quickly, I cannot get over how fast it has gone. I am grateful for every minute.

I am still waiting to hear from NTS and am looking forward to start filming. I am going to attempt to get a little bit more in shape before the shoot, just to improve my physical presence on screen (haha).

That is kind of it for now, haven't heard from any new auditions.. but at this point I don't need anything till after the film is done.

I will update accordingly.

Night Abyss

Monday, April 25, 2011


Hey Abyss,

Today is a transitionary day. Meaning its one of those days that I want to move quickly though and just be done. I actually want this week to be a transitionary week, I want it to be Friday.

Granted not as bad as Rebecca Black, but still a sufficient amount.

There is three more weeks left of the tour and I am stoked for that, so I guess I don't necessarily want to breeze through the shows, but I need money and I get paid on Friday..

This weekend was Easter weekend and I couldn't go home because I had to work saturday night and by the time I got off no more busses went. So I spent Easter Sunday sleeping, literally for like 18 hours. When I did decide to wake up I decided to purge myself, figuratively. I cleaned my apartment and washed everything down as well as shaved my head.

I felt clean.

On Friday I went to see a show called When it Rains. It was an awesome new play that was extremely innovative and thought provoking, isn't that an original review, it actually was though. The director used technology as a medium in which I have never seen used before, it almost reminded me of a movie.

Wow, I could never write theatre reviews... Anyway it was awesome and I highly recommend it.

I am still waiting to hear back from NTS, I think I have decided that I am not going to go to Sheridan. It is just not where my heart wants me to be. The more I think about it I know that it is not the place for me.  So I am going to let them know that they can take me off the list.

I hate not being able to make plans for September, I really want to know if I am going to Montreal or not. I would give my left arm to got to NTS, probably wouldn't help my chances as an actor with only one arm but I feel you understand. And if I am not going to NTS in September then I want to be able to let people here know. There are a couple theatre companies interested in me and I want to be able to tell them I am available.. I hate not being able to make plans for September.

Good News: I got the part in Blackbird that I auditioned for! My name is Danny and its a principle role, so I am stoked. This will be my professional film debut! Thus giving me an ACTRA credit as well as hopefully opening some film doors.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity. My parts don't start shooting till later in May, so my goal is to get in peak condition for that time. Starting May first I am going to get a gym membership and get back to pumping some iron as well as taking care of myself. I haven't been eating well and just really stressing out over stuff, so it will good to get some structure back.

I had an audition last week for a new project that is being workshopped, about Sable Island, I am hoping to get involved in it. It seems like an awesome project, really physical and impulsive. I hope things come of that, also there is another TV series shooting here so I am hoping to be submitted for some episodes of that.

Summer is coming and I just want it to be awesome, I just really want to work and get out there as much as possible.

Im off to work my joe job.

Night Abyss

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rainy Day

Hey Abyss,

So as stated in the title; it is a rainy day. Genius title, I know.

I am writing this before I leave to go to yet another jail with the tour. On Monday we went to two jails to show the play and it was surprisingly well received we really affected the inmates and they were genuinely interested in their own way. We had some of these men crying by the end of the show, people who were murderers and sexual offenders were crying at the impact the show had on them.

It is these moments when I know I am doing the right thing. These people walked away affected, changed even the slightest, and that is all I can ever hope to do as an actor. I want my audiences to walk away thinking about new ideas, new outcomes. The opportunity to forge new thoughts in people is just amazing. Luckily  the show is made up of extremely talented people and are able to make this happen. I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful project in association with awesome people.

There is only 5 weeks left of the tour and I am both sad and thrilled how fast it is going. I am sad because I love being able to do my art and have people see it and walk away with something they came in without, but I am thrilled because of how we are changing people and provoking new thoughts. It is like when you feel so confident about something that you want as many people to see it and hear what they have to say about it. That is what is happening with this show. I am proud.

I recently auditioned for the movie Blackbird, which I am sure I have talked about before, this was my 5th audition for the director and I am at a loss over how the audition went. I feel like I could have done better, but so does every artist. The director said all good things to me and has seen me 5 times so I feel like there is something that he potentially wants me for. Then again, I cant really say that because some directors are just nice people and want to encourage you as a performer. Then there is the fact that the director is young and this will be his first feature film and he is doubting his casting abilities. However it turns out I hope to at least obtain some kind of role.

Also, there is a television series that is shooting right now in the city where I live and I am hoping to get at least an audition for that once the tour is over.

I forget if I already mentioned this but I am still waiting to hear back from NTS as to whether I have a callback for the school, but I did get placed 4th on the waiting list at Sheridan, which is apparently good. I am still debating on what I want to do, I know that if I somehow miraculously get into NTS then I am definitely going. Sheridan is just a lot of money and the living costs in Toronto are ridiculous, and I wouldn't be able to work on the weekend to make extra money due to the homework load. SoI would be student loans all the way, which is an idea that I am not fond of.


I have an audition on wednesday for a new show that is being workshopped, and I am submitting for a new musical that is being produced in October. I will tell you how these things go.

Night Abyss

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mac; Attempt Two

Hey Abyss,

So I am currently on my second Macbook Pro in the span of four days. The first, as previously stated, was a dud. Just kept going into something called "Kernel panic" which apparently has something to do with the Kernel endings...

Anyway I went back to the shop and exchanged it for a new one today, everything seemed fine at first with this new one then it did the same thing after about 10 minutes. So, I did what it said and restarted my computer and then loaded it back up... It seems fine now as I am typing and using some of the applications, but I am still hesitant. Hopefully in the next few hours/ days I will find out exactly if everything is good. I pray it is.

I have wanted a Mac for about two years and to finally have one is wicked, I just want one that works. A simple request if I do say so.

Today we had a another show where three schools composed the audience, they were great. It is funny, they are always really restless at the start of the show then as soon as the yelling starts, they all calm down and are attentive. I am glad we are keeping them interested.

They didn't have a whole lot of questions today, probably due to the age group, but thats cool. I just was always the kid that had questions so I find it weird when no one asks anything.

I am honestly just rambling today, this is one part killing time as well as trying to see of my Mac is a time bomb. Sorry if I am not being as entertaining as usual.

I received some great news today about two auditions: One being a film called Blackbird, which my friend Thom Fitzgerald is producing, and then another audition in Toronto for Daniel MacIvor's "His Greatness". I emailed the casting director about auditioning in hopes that they will see me and they replied that they are. Alas, since I am on tour I cannot fly up to TO to audition on Friday, so I am hoping that they will allow me to send a tape of my audition.

I would kill for the role in the movie, I really need to garner some film experience, other than the short films I have been doing over the last couple months. Also, it seems like it is going to be a well composed cast and to be part of the project would be awesome. So, here is hoping.

I will of course keep you posted on those things.

It is a beautiful day out today and I don't want to miss too much of it so I am going to end early.

On a last note, I am thinking about singing in a fundraiser where the performers choose a song that they would never, other than this event, get the opportunity to sing. I am contemplating singing, "Run and Tell That" from Hairspray. Thoughts?

Night Abyss

Friday, April 1, 2011

I am an April Fool

Hey Abyss,

So today is April Fool's day and the only joke that was played on me was the weather. The day turned from clear skies to hail.

I love when this happens.Especially when the last few days have been warm and awesome. I was really hoping for my day off to be good.

Instead I have spent the whole day inside and have accomplished nothing.

My day started off with a show at at school this morning. The kids were mildly disruptive and bothered some of the cast. This is understandable. Yesterday has been our best show so far, well for me anyway. I just felt the  most emotionally connected yesterday.

We are receiving great reviews though and the word is getting out.

I am in my home town next week so I am stoked for them to see the show. Good old High School.

I applied for another theatre gig today, Daniel MacIvor is premiering his shoe. "His Greatness", in Toronto and they are casting for the younger man in the show. I am am a little too young for the role, and I cant actually fly to Toronto cause I'm  on tour so I asked if I could send in a tape. I probably wont get anything from it becuase im not Equity yet, but I do have Daniel's email, so perhaps I could drop him one...

I am super pumped for the rest of the tour, I am so happy to see the impact we are having on kids.

Oh, by the way, I bought my Macbook Pro and it conveniently was a dud. So now I have to wait till Monday to exchange it for another one. I really think the world is against me for this computer. I have just had to go through so much to actually get one. Its annoying.

My birthday is in 5 days and I really don't want it this year. I realize that I cannot turn away my birthday like a homeless person asking for change, but I just am not looking forward to it. Maybe because it is a pivotal birthday, 20, I just don't want to be old. I feel like I need to accomplish so much more.

I want to get my motorcycle license this summer, so I can do what Ewan McGregor did and go on a road trip with his best friend. Two dudes, two bikes, open road. I have wanted my license for a couple years, just no money or time. I think I will have both this summer.

Me and my buddy are in the process of finding a new place for the summer, so far everyone is very unorganized for the visitations.

Not really a whole lot else going on..

Movies I need to see: Hobo with a Shotgun and Insidious.

Night Abyss

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hiatus Numero 2

Hey Abyss,

I know it has been A WHILE since my last post. There is an explanation; as there always is.

I stopped posting because some wicked news came about, ironic I know, I just had to wait before I released it. You see, back in December I was involved in a workshop of a new play called "Tough Case" it was written by playwright David S. Craig, who resides in Canada. He collaborated with a woman who had commissioned a project on Restorative Justice and making it aware to teens through a provincial tour. It has been a project in the works for about three years and has just now been finalized and cast.

I, who had the opportunity to be exposed to the play through the workshop, have been cast as, the lead character, the felon in the show and am currently on the provincial tour. The reason I had to withhold this information was due the fact that I had to leave the program I was training at and I didn't want my classmates/teachers to find out before I was able to break the news to them.  Thankfully they were all supportive and understanding.

So I have been in reahearsal for the last three weeks and it qualifies as my first Equity show! I am almost positive this makes me an Equity Apprentice with the CAEA.

For those of you who may not know exactly what that is, it is basically the union for Theatre Actors. If I am Equity I am able to be part of the union, thus giving me more protection and support as well as benefits. I feel it is a big plus to be within the union. Of course I need to gather 5 more credits within a 3 year span to become full Equity. Lots of legal jargon.

So, rehearsal was awesome I am working with a lot of talented people and I am so grateful to learn from them. We are on tour for 7 weeks so I will make sure to keep you updated.

I am getting my first Mac tomorrow and I am super pumped, and will of course be using it more than my current computer which I loathe. Hence more posts and less apologies.

On Monday I attended the Theatre award ceremony for the province and it was wicked, kind of like a mini Oscar ceremony. Loads of talent in one room and just a wonderful night of fun and recognizing the talent that comes out of our province. We have so much. It is amazing how much society undermines art, when it is the one way we can always express ourselves. Without art we have nothing. That may be bold, but I feel it is true.

This Month I auditioned for two of the schools I applied to, due to the touring schedule I could not audition for all 4, Sheridan College and National Theatre School. I have not heard back from either but I did receive Recommended Direct Admission at Sheridan which puts me into the top picks for the school. This is wicked.  I have yet to hear anything from National Theatre School due to they are still auditioning till April then will release the callback dates. So here I wait, like a good actor.

A lot of little things have happened during my absence but I would go on forever retelling it all. I feel that this a sufficient amount at the current moment and you can expect more frequent updates soon.

Any questions dont hesiate to comment or drop me an email.

Night Abyss.

Friday, February 4, 2011

One Month,One Day

Time freaking flies.

A cool thing happened of late. Well it has been over a month since my last post, so technically multiple things have happened.

I have of course been working nonstop as well as attending school, which I am growing quite fond of. The second semester is going really well versus the last one. I have also been trying to get as much work as possible with acting for obvious reasons.

In the next coming weeks some great things are happening. But first lets talk about the past.

Most recently I was the lead character in a reading of a show called With Bated Breath. For those of you who may not know of this show let me provide a little back story...

Bryden Macdonald is the playwright and the show deputed in Montreal April 21st 2009. It then went on to win multiple Canadian Theatre awards. So, last week a man named Thom Fitzgerald (director of Three Needles) who is a friend of Bryden's chose to commission a reading of the play to expose the show to the community where I live. I was chosen to be the lead character after auditioning for Thom and I got to work with some of the top actors in the city on the project. We had a day to get everything together and present it the same night at a showing which Bryden attended. Meaning, I got to meet him and schmooze with some really great people.

There is some great news that I have to save till later due to confidentiality. I can't wait to inform you.

My agent is working super hard to get me into as many things as possible to expose me to as many people as she can.

I have a couple short film auditions in the next coming weeks and I will update with those outcomes.

I have not met Ellen Page yet, but I am hoping to run into her soon.

That's it so far.

Night Abyss.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Back to Routine; Excitement vs. Frightment


I think it has been just shy of a week since last post, so it is due time for one!

First of all; School is back in session tomorrow which proves both exciting and frightening at the same time. I am excited to get back into the educational and routine aspects, but have procrastinated amazingly over the break and am quite worried that I will be behind.

This is probably the case, who am I kidding.

I have spent most of the day reading and memorizing monologues and plays, which people say doesn't take as long as reading a book but I find it just as time consuming. For those of you who may know me I have a very short attention span and although I like to read, especially plays, I find it hard to stay focused.

Also, my cats have been extremely hyperactive recently and it is stressing me out. They are seriously like monkeys jumping everywhere and ignoring me. Worse than kids sometimes.

I applied to NTS, George Brown and Sheridan today though, so I feel extremely excited and frightened about that as well. I was talking to one of my close friends tonight who is currently at Ryerson, which i will be applying to later on when I have the money, and he is validating the intimidating process of audition for the schools. I guess there is just some days where I feel like I am no better than the average kid trying to make it as an actor. Like, my friend was saying that if there is like 1500 kids that audition there is a third of them that just plain suck, then there are some that are good, and then the last third are the ones that are your competition. I just feel like even the bad kids are the competition, like who is saying that I am in the last third? I guess that is my mission to make sure I am in the best portion. I am just intimidated because I have such short amounts of time to prepare everything. But alas, the job of an actor.

I just want to get accepted at least somewhere, you know, for my dignity. That I am not a complete waste of life. I always feel like I don't have enough time for things, like if I don't go for things now I wont have a chance later. I really just want to feel like I am doing the most in my life. I have this phobia of becoming a deadbeat, among other things.

Last weekend I took part in a show called Teenage Sex Party written by Thom Fitzgerald. I performed it at an event called 24 hour theatre, something I stumbled upon that has been happening for 5 years! It was such an awesome experience due to the time restraint of 24 hours. You as actors get the script for the latter of the 24 hours and have 12 to make it a show with costumes lighting and sound. Ours turned out great. Surprisingly we had a great turnout for audience with some rather important people in it.

I will continue filming the short film in the next coming weeks and am looking forward to that.

I hate winter.

I lost my mittens.

and I refuse to wear long johns.

I should live in Florida.

I have school tomorrow so I am going to get ready for bed now. I will do my best to keep with the updates.

Night, Abyss.