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Another Exciting Photograph!

 

Cows In Vermont, originally uploaded by spikevicious.

Just another photo I took (Many more at my flickr account, as always)
Dunno who, if anyone, is likely to read this but might be worth knowing that I haven’t been doing much of anything lately (including updating this blog with actual entries of any kind) because I’m one of four lead roles in a play!
My acting “career” is off like a rocket!

Anyway, the play is an adaptation of The Wind In The Willows and is being put on by The Little City Players at the Vergennes Opera House in Vermont so please come along if you have the oppurtunity!

Buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Classic Stitching in Vergennes!

If not, forget you!

Here’s a picture, I’m on the left being snooty.

My Time As An Extra In “Switchback” – The Movie.

Yes, it’s true. I’m a movie star now. Don’t get excited, I won’t forget you when I’m living the life of a superstar…

I spent a day or two over the last week with the cast and crew of a movie named ‘Switchback’ which is aiming to get a theatrical release this year.

I’m in two scenes – a funeral and a festival. Clearly, I figure, my character is pivotal in adjoining these two moments of mourning and celebration!  I play the part of ‘Paddy McGerald Fitzduffy O’Reilly’, I decided in developing my character that ‘Paddy’ had been abandoned by his parents at an early age and left on the steps of the Switchback mine (“Switchback” is the name of the movie!) where he was picked up by a pack of wolves living in the Adirondack forests. At the age of 13 Paddy was rescued by some hunters who had inadvertently killed his foster-parent wolf family. On returning to human life Paddy was unable to maintain proper social relationships and spent much of his teenage years drifting though the village as a bit of an outsider, not making any friends and, in fact, only communicating through an elaborate series of grunts and growls and would, on occasion, be found rolling around the center of town hunting the neighborhood cats.

Eventually he was picked up by some of the people running the mine where he was left as a baby to work in the mine where he was put to work diving blindly into the mines to test for gases before people who were important entered, since the area was too poor to afford ‘test canaries’.

For this reason, the character of Paddy is portrayed accurately by me by standing around awkwardly, never being next to the same person twice and generally seeming very unexcited about much of anything that’s going on, since he doesn’t understand the human concept of’ ‘excitement’.

Of course, on film my character’s obviously diverse and intriguing background is set aside and not spoken about because it would be clearly too distracting from the main plot of the film which has nothing to do with wolves or abandoned babies, as far as I know. So all you’ll see of me is me hanging out in the background, next to different people every time.

Some people would tell you that the reason I’m standing next to different people any time you might see me is because, unlike most other extras in the film, I arrived on my own and the people I spoke to during the funeral scene weren’t there for the festival. These same cynical folks might tell you “Maybe you’re just awkward and you’re standing around looking like a tool has nothing to do with a back-story and much more to do with you actually being a slight social reject”, but these people are wrong! The whole movie is just a little insight into the perplexing character that is Paddy McGerald Fitzduffy O’Reilly.

Everything else that happens in the movie is just a little entertainment in between my epic scenes.

And the reason I’m not listed by that character name, or actually at all, in the credits for the movie?

Well, that’s because this whole blog entry was a lie.

Audition

Recently had an audition for a part in a student film. Not sure how it went yet but would like to share…

It’s been a good while since I last acted in any way shape or form in front of a real human being. The last time I did I was playing a dead body in a part I wrote for myself in a film which had me in it for about 10 seconds.

Needless to say I was anxious as all hell!

As often happens when I’m nervous (As in, for example with job interviews etc.) I showed up early. A full half hour early, meaning they were still auditioning someone else when I got there so I took it upon myself to talk a quick stroll to the park to read over my lines and attempt to get comfortable. It didn’t really work but I did notice some other people had gathered on the steps of the hall where the audition was taking place and were reading over their lines. The time came when I was going to walk over there and as I did I noticed that it wasn’t teo adults but a child and (presumably) her Mother. I remembered there was a part for a child in the description but it hadn’t occurred to me on that day because the section of script I had didn’t involve them. I did a great job (I should get the acting job for this alone!) hiding my nerves as I could tell the poor girl was clearly pretty anxious, as any child (or apparently adult) would be, smiled as if to say “Don’t worry! These things are no trouble at all!”, got inside and proceeded to be auditonified.

Nerve-wracking isn’t the word! It was beyond! But I managed to keep composed during the audition, knowing it would be over soon enough and inevitably they would know whether I had the part or not. So I kept my anxiety bottled up right up until I had gotten up, shaken hands and said my “Nice to meet you too”s. As I closed the door to the hall I let out a muffled grunt and slapped my head out of frustration with my clip board only to lower it and see, who else, but the still further nervous looking girl whom I had basically confirmed the child-like fears of by emerging from the scary audition room acting like they had just anally probed me.

I tried to let out an encouraging smile again, but I fear it was too late.

Hopefully she did better than me anyway.