This week my music life and my acting life collided when I was invited to be a musician extra on the new show produced by Amazon, "Mozart in the Jungle". I read the original book by Blair Tindall years ago, so it was really cool to be a small part of this project.
I had a fun surprise the next day when I was looking through the photos I took, and saw that I had inadvertently taken a photo of Jason Schwartzman while he was standing behind me while I was taking a selfie. I can't tell if he knows I was photographing him or not. I like to think he was photobombing my selfie. :D
Imma let Lumpy Space Princess introduce this post.
That’s right, guys. DRAMA BOMB.
Well, not really. Well, sorta. Today I'm gonna talk a little bit about bullying.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few decades, you know that bullying is a really serious problem amongst humans, especially younger ones. We are so afraid of people that are different than us or threaten us in some way. Our brains, unfortunately, are wired that way, and it’s hard to avoid being the type of person that ostracizes someone else at some point in your life. At some point, we are all the bad guy.
Some days you step up to the plate and Life just chucks the ball right at your head to get you to wake the hell up. Today was that kind of day for me.
My day job is a pretty great day job. They let me make my own schedule, they let me take four weeks off over the summer to go play horn in Missouri and California, they let me have red, blonde, and black locs without batting an eye. And it’s a production job, helping put on great community and education shows together around the boroughs.
Another reason why it’s great is that it keeps me hungry. It keeps me wanting more out of my performance career when I meet these accomplished artists and see them perform. And sometimes, when I’m really lucky, I get to hear them talk.
These are the Villalobos Brothers.
They are an incredible ensemble out of Veracruz, Mexico, and I’ve had the honor of working production for them on shows out at libraries this summer. They’ve got a big final show coming up, and one of the brothers, Ern...
Today I embarked upon a journey to a place I'd long feared and dreaded:
Open Casting Call
*cue lightning and thunder. this blog has a lightning-and-thunder intern, right?*
As many of you know, this past year I've been putting myself back into the theatre game; sporadic singing lessons, experimental theatre, improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade (thanks in part to their incredible Diversity Program). This summer I started taking real auditions, and so far it's gone pretty well- the two auditions I took earlier this summer both asked me to the call-backs (which I couldn't do becuase of my inability to get out of music gigs- womp womp).
Unlike the other two productions, which were small and sweet and reasonable, this particular one I took today was a behemoth of epic proportions. This was the thing my theatre friends who had left the trade warned me about, one of the things that drove them away from the business.
Let's start with my complete ignorance about how things like...
Hello. I have a blog now. This is a blog. See label below.
If it has a label this fancy it must be true.
So what should the blog of an ambitious young French hornist-slash-comedian-slash-gadabout be about? A smug listing of all my fantastic accomplishments as a freelance musician? Updates about my new indie improv team and how we’re really starting to click and how our coach thinks we’re the funniest when we’re talking about dicks and the clitoris? Cupcake recipes?
It’ll probably be a combination of all three of those things (most likely with fewer cupcake recipes and more talk about genitalia).
And more practical things, such as:
Upcoming show dates
Any recordings or video that I do that don’t suck
Tips on how to build the best shelter to ward off our robot overlords when the Great Robot Rebellion finally happens (one word: magnets)
Cupcake recipes? wait i already said that
Shout-outs to bands or comedians I think are great