Monday, February 06, 2006

Acting and the Superbowl: The Weekend Wrap-Up


I chilled out. Had to rest up for the next two days' craziness.

Saturday: I got up early and filmed a part in Nazeeh Muhammad's short The Worst Day of My Life. Nazeeh is submitting this short for the Lil' Memphis Film Festival. This festival requires you to submit a five-minute short that includes footage of the Baptist Memorial Hospital implosion. I played a mean landlord named Mr. Monroe and I got to push Nazeeh around. It's fun to play angry! I do it so well! After that, I went to auditions for Waltzing In Memphis. Every year, the Gridiron Association produces a political satire and the proceeds go toward the funding of a journalism scholarship at some university. I was cast as Rickey Peete. The script is funny, and this should be a cool experience. The rest of the day was spent cruising the mall and the hip-hop clothing stores on American way with my frequent partner in crime, Bryan Newcomb (Just the Two of Us, Mail Call). Bryan got some fly fashions, and I was a little bit jealous because I'm broke. Our evening ended at Bryan's watching the hometown Uof M tigers whoop up on Rice. GO TIGERS! GGGGGRRRRR! Alumni represent, baby!


I woke up early in the morning, and discovered that some kid in the neighborhood had egged my car. I bet I know the little punks that did it, too. I didn't think things like this happened in the burbs. I believe that children are our future...until you egg my car! That may lead to them not having a future! Little bastards! I hope they make less money than their parents and graduate from community college after attending for ten years. So there! Anyway, I had to roll to the Memphis College of Art and take part in Jon Sparks' film for the Lil' Memphis Film Festival, Escort Service. Jon had a small role, but mainly directed. We were joined by the GREAT Travis Stone (Ray, Delusions), Jen Morris (Slow Down, Delusions), Joseph Smith (Slow Down, Delusions), and we were also joined by a woman named Nancy. Escort Service is about a spirit trying to get a promotion in her job transporting spirits from one realm to the next. It was very funny, and very well written. Of course, Jon Sparks is a writer for the Commercial Appeal. He writes for a living. Sparky, you knocked it out of the park. I loved my character, Cabot. He was sort of an angel with an attitude. We were also joined by Forrest Pruett (Forty Shades of Blue, Delusions) who acted as Jon's trusty assistant. I also took some pictures on the set.

Later, Bryan Newcomb (Just the Two of Us, Mail Call) and I went to a SuperBowl party, chilled with friends, and had a good time. Go Steelers! Today, I will help my aunt Mary Chambers celebrate her birthday at Ryan's Steakhouse. MMMM, steak! Even King Indie has to make time for family. Be easy, readers!


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