This year, I returned to the stage after an absence of too many years to remember. Neil LaBute’s BASH is something I’ve wanted to act in for over 15 years since I first discovered it. Unfortunately, I’ve never had the right avenue. That all changed in October, 2018, when the play was mounted at Drama Inc’s Studio K black box theatre. Originally slated for seven shows, the show extended to ten shows and had full houses for all ten nights. It was a once in a lifetime experience, both from tackling such a complex character and in terms of having such wonderful audiences, including a large group of industry professionals.
Earlier this summer, I worked opposite an Oscar winner on one of the best shows on television, airing in early 2019. When I’m allowed to say more, I’ll be sure to post.
What an amazing start to 2018 for so many Atlanta based actors. The Sundance Film Festival coupled with awards season films and many actors were featured in popular projects. Plus, with the release of Black Panther, even more Atlanta actors are seeing time on the big screen.
I was really fortunate to work alongside Garret Dillahunt in The Gifted on FOX in the series finale. What a treat to work with one of my favorite actors.
At Drama Inc., we kicked off the year with tons of classes, lots of industry insiders, and the first installment of The Actor Workout designed to empower actors to take more control in their career. As a result, my consulting schedule is filling up and audition coaching is in full swing with all the projects in town. Stay tuned later into the Spring as I made more classes to the schedule at Drama Inc.
It's been a pretty great year, if I'm being honest. My students and coaching clients have made amazing strides. Some got their first agent, others tiered up to a higher level of agent, some booked their first role and locked down their union eligibility, and others booked HUGE roles on TV, the biggest of their careers; Drama Inc. is growing leaps and bounds and I'm happy to be a small part of that; personally speaking, I've been contending for some great roles in film and TV, and have a few things coming up that are very exciting.
In early 2018, you'll be able to see me in a very popular TV show. While I'm not allowed to say what it is I can say I share the screen with a wonderful film and television actor and working with him was a treat, having been a fan for so long. Shock & Awe, starring Woody Harrelson will be coming out at some point in 2018. Woody's had such a great year with multiple films that this one is waiting its turn to debut. This was another opportunity to break out the English accent, and surprisingly, I'm not getting beaten up, shot, or killed.
As of December 19th, you'll be able to grab the DVD of American Made. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a great film and a really fun role for the up and coming actor, Tom Cruise :)
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over. Atlanta is busier than ever with productions all over the city. It's exciting to see so many friends and peers working and to see the opportunities increase in size. Many actors have booked HUGE roles on episodic television and in films shooting locally.
For me, a few updates. Our little project, DEBT, is done making its rounds and will be released on social media very soon for all to enjoy. American Made will be released on 9/29 and is going to be a great film. I was grateful to share a scene with Tom Cruise and local veteran actors Mike Pniewski and Scott Poythress. Shock And Awe with Woody Harrelson doesn't have a release date yet, but I promise you'll want to see this film when it comes out. Working with Woody and being directed by Rob Reiner is a pretty unforgettable experience.
Thanks to everyone who has tuned in to Underground and more recently to 24: Legacy. It means the world to me to have your support. All the texts and calls, plus all the love on social media does not go unnoticed. Hopefully everyone is enjoying the projects that I'm fortunate enough to be a part of.
Stay tuned-later this year there will be at least two films at the theatre that you'll be able to catch me in opposite some pretty big stars. Between now and then, it's all about plugging away and working hard.
We're barely past Valentine's Day and what a year it has been so far. There are so many projects shooting in Atlanta, it's hard to drive around without passing production trucks, or seeing the bright yellow signs. I'm so excited Atlanta actors are getting opportunities to shine daily.
Personally, I'm teaching more classes at Drama Inc. this year, consulting/coaching actors regularly and I'm excited to say that very recently I had the opportunity to appear on 24: Legacy, opposite Jimmy Smits, a truly fabulous actor.
Stay tuned for air dates for 24: Legacy and of course for Underground.
It's almost Thanksgiving and that means taking stock of what you are thankful for this year. Beyond my family, friends, and loved ones, I'm so thankful to be getting the opportunity to do what I love. For the last couple of months, I've been working on a powerful show, Underground, a show about the Underground Railroad, a very important time in our history.
I've also had the once in a lifetime opportunity to be directed by the great Rob Reiner in a small role for Shock And Awe a film due out in 2017.
Keep hustling everyone.
What a fun and fabulous time of year, out enjoying all the beautiful weather. Just a few updates for everyone.
DEBT, our short film, is heavily into the festival submission process and all of our Kickstarter campaign perks have been produced and almost all have been shipped. A few exciting perks remain to be fulfilled in the coming couple of weeks.
I'm so very fortunate to be recurring on a wonderful TV show, though for the time being, my lips are sealed about the show. I can promise that you'll definitely want to tune in.
In other news, October will bring with its cooler temperatures an opportunity to work on an amazing film with a director that is a legend in our business and I'm humbled that he chose me to help tell an important story.
Keep plugging away, everyone.
A very busy start to the year has been very exciting. DEBT, my producing debut is finished and heading into the festival submission period. May kicked off with a couple of great TV appearances, including as a recurring character on Turn: Washington's Spies on AMC and as an FBI Agent on CBS' drama NCIS: New Orleans. Both can be seen online and I'll be hitting the TV screen again on Turn in June or July. Stay tuned.
What a great start to the year. My short film DEBT is in post-production, with a crowd funding campaign about to begin, and classes are in full swing at Drama Inc. with a GREAT group of students, many of whom are kicking butt in their auditions and booking great work. A pleasant surprise to start my February as I was invited back to a TV show to reprise my role as a villainous military officer, so I can officially call myself recurring on one of my favorite shows. Stay tuned as the episodes air starting in the summer.