What I learned from my first paid job

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This week’s #WeeklyWrites, we’re talking about our first paid job, and what we learned from it.  I can’t really recall which paid job I had first in my life.  It could’ve been the comic book store, Omni Comics and Cards, my grandma’s restaurant China Jade at a flea market, or Debbie Wong’s, a friend of the family’s Chinese restaurant, but I think it might be one of two others.  I’m going to tell you about both of them.  These two jobs were the beginning of my experience in the performance & service industries.

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Letter to myself 10 years ago/10 years from now

To: Carl in 2014
From: Carl 10 years in the future:

Carl! CARL!  It’s Carl from the future.  10 years in the future, 2014.  You’re 28 now and graduating college, 2004!!  Time to get the hell out of CT!  Time to wake up!  Break up with Mike, fuck trying to get a real job, save that money, call um, Fran, … WAIT WAIT!  CARL, we just landed a commercial directed by Martin Scorsese!!  YES!  We did!  Sorry, I just got the call!  See,.. it may take time, but you’re gonna be doing things.  Let hope I can move you along and cut out the crap you don’t need.  Oh, speaking of Scorsese, we also did a film he executive produced, and it’s coming out in Oct!  It took us 10 years to finally get some legit work.   Continue reading Letter to myself 10 years ago/10 years from now

“Cut Throat” Free-Write [Weekly Writes Prompt]

This week I think I’m going to just post my Free-Write as nothing really came out of this week’s prompt for me that really stood out or I felt I wanted to expand on.  That, and cause the deadline is NOW, ha ha.  Maybe I’ll come back to this??? 😦 Fail?

This post comes out of the #WeeklyWrites prompt: Cut Throat

Here are the contributions of others:
Jaysen Headley

Free-Write: Cut Throat

I came up with this week’s prompt.  I think I was thinking  of the movie Cut Throat Island.  I don’t know why.  I’ve never seen it, though I think it’s the same team that did Long Kiss Goodnight, one of my favorite films!  Love it!
Is it Cut-Throat, or Cutthroat?
To get a job.
Pointing out flaws of friends, or competitors to achieve or get something.
A Murderer
A city in New Orleans
Cut in line, what is the throat
Cut the throat
Cut throat, cut throat

adjective: cut-throat
1. (of a competitive situation or activity) fierce and intense; involving the use of ruthless measures. Continue reading “Cut Throat” Free-Write [Weekly Writes Prompt]

Happy Me Make

50 Things That Make Me Happy

50 things that make me happy?  Ok, this is just gonna be a mess.  It enables my obsessiveness and compulsion to create inclusive lists.  Ugh,.. which could never end,.. BUT, it’s also asking for just 50!?!  To me, that means, I have to come up with everything I can think of, then rate them all to discover the top 50.  Knowing me, I’ll be super vague, which would make them more inclusive of many other things.   But, knowing that, I’ll try to be more specific, so that  this will be more interesting to read.  Thing is,.. I’m not sure I have the time or energy to do what Carl would initially think to do, so I may just end up with ,.. this….

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Where I’ve Been Waiting To Be [Once Upon a …..]

Where I’ve Been ….
A while back, I talked about how after shooting “Revenge of the Green Dragons” that I stopped doing the regular “work” I normally did for money, and only did commercial background work as I pursued acting more.  This was an experiment to see what else I can do, and if I could survive without the work I normally did and only pursue legit acting work.  I finally finished my reel.  I started coaching actor friends.  I made a point to always hire a coach for every legit audition.  I made a postcard that I sent out, started my website, and I got a new agent!   My goal was to land some more legit work by the end of the year. Continue reading Where I’ve Been Waiting To Be [Once Upon a …..]

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