Busy, busy few weeks. I like it. My condo here in Toronto is about 3 blocks from the lake, so that means lake swimming! I’ve already been in the water this year – I was in up to my neck, and a macho/douchebag looking guy came by, stuck his hand in, and visibly jumped back. When I was in high school I started swimming in Lake Erie in April, so I guess you can say that I’m acclimatized to it. Anyway.
one of my favourite-ever night-shoot photos
Lots of acting and creative projects as of late. Summer is always the industry busy-time. Right now, I’m involved in about five webseries in various stages of production, and have some script and project ideas of my own bubbling away. In terms of projects, I finally shot the last of the last coverage for Windchocombe, and I am so excited to see how the film looks when it’s through post. I just finally saw and got my copy of the full-length version of Park Enforcer – anyone who’s into gore, I challenge you to watch it and not puke! I also shot a rather emotionally-charged cameo role for the new webseries, Season of the Plague, and am waiting for another recent project, My Screaming Neighbours, to debut online. I’ve recently shot for a couple of pilots, and as per usual, there’s other news I can’t disclose yet. Let’s just say I’m one step closer to working on a film that has needed to be made for a long time.
Also! I’m super-excited to be working with a queer performance group: Kitchen Party Nervous Breakdown.I see how easily and how often I am perceived as hetero-normative, and I am SO excited to change and challenge that. Gender and sexuality will be a topic for a more serious and in-depth post, but needless to say that I’m more than meets the eye when it comes to that department. (But I’m not a robot in disguise, either.)
Improv-wise, I have a kickass new ITC team and Pandora’s Toybox have been doing a few SHAMEBOOK! shows recently, and I am pretty proud of both the format and the people I jam with. There’s nothing quite like exposing your soul via teenage diary readings, let me tell you.
I really wish sleep came in pill form, because there’s so much I want to do. I did actually get to relax(!) a bit over the long weekend, which included a trip to the beach and some TV watching sans simultaneously working on my laptop. The other awesome thing has been watching fireworks from my condo window – I can see about half the city and there were a lot of pretty flashy lights in the sky tonight.
One thing I’ve come to realize how much I enjoy as an actor is that no matter what projects I work on for money, there’s a certain thrill that comes from working with your friends. I was watching David Tennant (you know, the Tenth Doctor) talk about how nervous he was to be working on Doctor Who at the start – I guess that feeling never goes away no matter how far you go. In a weird way, it’s refreshing; working with friends and with people you’ve worked with before, you already have a comfortable bond and you know how the other person works, which means you get amazing results. Or more amazing. Or you just have a ton of fun.
Counting film projects has become a bit like counting exes for me – the significant ones end up on your resume, but there’s often a bunch of one-night stands here and there that you’re not sure whether to include on ‘the list.’ That said, I know I’m well over 50 acting projects, all told, and possibly actually somewhere close to 100. What an amazing thought that I’ve achieved that much in just a few short years! July will mark my two-year anniversary of working solely as a professional actor.
For the moment, though, I am going to achieve some sleep… Summer is bad for making me an insomniac. And here, have some Moby: