Monday, July 30, 2007

Auditions, Movies, and Karaoke: The Weekend Wrap-Up


I got off work, and auditioned for the film I Was a Teenage Storkasaurus. The audition was held at the Media Co-Op on Cooper. I read for the part of a bumbling gym teacher, Coach Cumquat. I made everybody laugh, so I felt good about the audition. There are not a lot of male characters in this film, so this one may be a longshot.

After that, I met up with my good friends Jesse Lipford and Adam Bond. Adam Bond is a young minister who I went to college with. Adam moved back to Wisconsin, so it is always good to see him. We talked about movies, sports, and his second child that is on the way. I still have yet to see his first child. Adam usually has to cram time in for us real quick inbetween "family activities", so we hang with him, not his wife, Rhonda, their child, or any of Rhonda's side of the family. Adam says that he thinks that I would make a great teacher. Of course, everybody has always said this. I can articulate, I am intelligent, I am interesting when I talk. I lack the patience for teaching. I like the fact that my job is done when I leave. Grading papers and all that, not too appealing to me. I need free time to pursue my dream.

After that, I went to the movies and saw The Simpson Movie. I enjoyed it. I thought the gags were funny, and the plot was pretty good. After that, I called it a night.


I got off work, and headed out to Clarksdale, Mississippi for a movie audition. I auditioned for a film called The Sip. The production company behind this film is Imavio, based out of Atlanta. I read my prepared monologue from the movie 100 Girls, then I read their "on the spot" monologue. Even though I read the serious piece, they then had me read for a reverend and a choir director, two "humorous" roles. Maybe it's the weight. I nailed both readings, and they seemed to like what they saw. I then hopped back on the road and traveled back to Memphis. It was a beautiful day, so beautiful that I was fighting highway hypnosis. Also, I was reminded that fireworks are legal in Mississippi. They had little stores and huts everywhere. I also passed the casinos. I may have to go to Sam's Town on August 17 when they have Memphis Wrestling there. Good ol' Mississippi...I'm just glad I made it back.

After that, I went to a callback audition for 100 Lives, a film written by, directed, and starring Darius Wallace (Dollars and Signs). Shout out to Kim Skipper (Just the Two of Us, Imagine), Nia (Tricks), Alisa Nave (Rommel's Crossroad), and Arnita Williams (In an Instant). They were all at the callbacks. I don't know how I did. I had to audition with a group of people. It was a litte different from what I'm used to. I don't know if my true abilities were shown in that light. Hopefully, I will get something. I like what little of the script I have read and I really want to be a part of that production.

After that, I saw Don Cheadle's new movie, Talk to Me. It was a biopic about the life of controversial Washington, DC radio personality Petey Greene. Cheadle was good, as was Taraji P. Henson (Baby Boy, Hustle and Flow) as his girlfriend. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Four Brothers, Serenity) delivered a solid performance as well.

After that, I went to Jordan's Karaoke Bar and Grill for some karaoke. There's this young dude named Josh who seems to look up to me and always asks me to let him sing the hook or something when I sing. He's starting to annoy me. Now, he tries to go up on everybody's song. I only go up when it's someone I know, and it's cool. It's like Single Black Male or something. He caused us to totally mess up this song that I was singing with a friend of mine. Dude needs to chill out and find a girl or something. I've already got a younger cousin who does the "hero worship" thing. In the immortal words of Sir Charles Barkley, "I am not a role model".


I called a former friend of mine, Ken Hill. He's called me a few nasty words to my face and behind my back, but I remember this great story that he wrote about his childhood. I just left a voice mail encouraging him to get that story out there. He won't call back, but I just felt led to do it. Yeah, I know, I'm a sucker.

Later, I finally got out the house. I saw the movie Hairspray. It was cool. I'm secure enough in my manhood to say that I like musicals. Queen Latifah was good in it, and John Travolta played a woman. Travolta pulled it off, and the musical number between her and her onscreen husband (Christopher Walken) was great. I also liked Amanda Bynes (She's the Man, What I Like About You) and the newcomer Nikki Blonsky who was in the lead role of Tracy Turnblad.
It was a fun little movie. After that, I went to Jordan's for dinner and karaoke. Then, I called it a night.

Hopefully, some of these films that I auditioned for will call me back. I have only been in one feature this year. I need to keep working. I have to remind people who the King is. Be easy, readers!!!


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