Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Seriously, I've hated assigned group activities since my first experience with them in Mrs. Oberwater's 3rd grade class.
There's always one person, generally an overachieving perfectionist who does all of the work (me), three or four people who just sit around with a blank stare, and one person who's only contribution is to complain about every decisions made, and take credit for the project in the end.
It's not that I don't believe in team work, I just prefer to associate myself with a team of people that I can count on!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Lost in a giant screen full of beautiful characters.
Reclining velvet seats.
And all for only $32 a ticket!?
But getting caught up in the magic is worth every penny!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
But I cannot resist your glossy hard outer shell and warm doughy insides.
Even without cream cheese, you rock my world.
Please do me a favor, stay away from my love-handles and booty, and I will continue to savor you every morning from now until the end of time.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Posted my #SocialMedia,
Two conference calls,
Returned twenty emails,
Mailed the final proofs for my book, back to my publisher,
Rehearsed an audition,
Choreographed for my next master class,
And finished my creative writing...
All before 10AM!
(You should see what my mid-day looks like!)
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Especially at an International airport-
Europeans are always well dressed and smell good.
Asians are always quite and efficient.
Americans are always poorly dressed, loud and eating something.
These are all generalizations, of course.
Still, I find it crazy that in every culture, young and old, EVERYONE is plugged into a power source... or desperately searching for an outlet!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
My Gram was an extremely active woman in our community. She never needed to push an agenda, but had a magnificent way of encouraging anyone who she came in contact with of their right and responsibility to be involved in the world they live.
My grandpa continues to be an activist. He served as the County Commissioner in his town, and I'm proud to say that during my first election in 1996- I was able to vote for him!
Ever since- I have been eager to research and elect people that I believe really want to make a difference in public office.
Naturally it's easy to become agitated or repulsed by career politicians and the media pushing agendas on either side of the aisle.
But a voice inside of me remembers that we are fortunate to live in a country where we have the right to speak up and vote.
Whether you think your vote matters or not- we need to remember that there are so many places in the world where citizens are not free and don't even have the option to submit their "illusion of a choice" so I never take for granted my obligation as a proud citizen of the United States of America.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
I'm positive that there are people who have "Starbucks Red Cup Day" marked on their calendars.
The Gingerbread Latte evokes the spirit of the holidays.
My first sip of Christmas in a cup came during a lunch break during rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. I was with a group of performers strolling through Rockerfeller Center. We were tired and needed a pick-me-up. I broke my usual (twice a day) habit of ordering a Grande Mocha, to try the new festive drink. Trust me, I spent more money on Starbucks coffee, than I did on rent in my NYC studio apartment during my twenties! (If only I had that money now.)
I haven't looked back since.
Every holiday season since, I eagerly await the day I can order a taste of Christmas past.
After all, isn't that what we're buying into?
It's commercialism at it's finest. If you're longing for family, friends or the childhood memories that never existed- look no further than Starbucks.
I promise one sip of their custom holiday specialty drinks will fill you with warmth and happiness!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Such a simple word, to describe an act that is so loaded with emotion.
Someone is leaving.
Will they comeback? Will you see them again? Won't you miss them? Won't they miss me?
We use the word goodbye so casually, it feels like we should have a more appropriate word for a longtime send-off.
See. Doesn't that feel like more than "goodbye"?
But I have no choice. My mom is leaving, and I have to say something; so I guess it will be thank you and goodbye, followed with a long hug.
Until next time!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
...the one you through away in your mid-twenties because you were so ready to move on!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Similar to those you see at amusement parks and touristy vacation destinations.
My mom is seriously addicted to sugary treats, and though I usually stay away from all things high fructose corn syrup related, I'm totally guilty of shoving at least a pound of Sour Patch Kids down my mouth!
They taste so good going in, and then I feel like shit.
It's how I imagine Honey Boo Boo child feels daily.
Which is why starting first thing tomorrow I'm getting rid of the junk.
Wait, Halloween is Friday?
Starting first thing Saturday, I'm getting rid of the junk!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Nevertheless, men still have necessary maintenance routines in order to avoid being labeled a caveman.
For example, no one ever told me when I was a young boy that I would have to trim my back hair and tweeze my nose hair when I grew up!
But the most annoying grooming gripe is by far shaving!
Razor burn, knick's, dry skin and ingrown hairs are enough to make me rage.
Because if I don't shave every single morning- I get acne!
So I'm left with the decision: close shave or pizza face?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
It's been twelve years (yes I dated myself) since I've taken a pop quiz;
Last night in my Business Entertainment class, our instructor surprised us with a test.
I knew every answer on the test, but in true Shaffer style- I heard the word "test" and I froze.
I dislike being tested.
Ask me to have a conversation, and I can tell you everything you want to know. Better yet, ask me to apply what we've learned, and I will shine!
I am a classic overachiever, and my need for perfection always hurts me in situations where there's a piece of paper with a series of questions and a time limit to answer.
I always over-think everything.
In the end I only missed two questions, but I want perfection.
I want an A-Plus every time.
Oh well, there's always the next one.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Unconditional love and support, aside- the members of my family are wild, crazy, and passionate. They all have big personalities, too.
Especially my mom.
Whether we hang out at home watching movies and eating popcorn or go on a lavish shopping spree at the mall, the bonding time is irreplaceable.
Now that I'm an adult, I appreciate my family more than ever-
I realize I would be lost without them.
Even when they piss me off, I'd still rather spend my time with them than almost anyone else.
...I said almost.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I'm delighted to share the official press release for my new book, So You Want To Be A Dancer!
It's official. I'm an author.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ready to release their bladder and smell the new scents on their morning walk.
The cookie dance, which involves twisting and twirling in circles when we get back-
These dogs are so predictable...
Take them on a morning walk, give them a few cookies and some dog food and water, and they give us unconditional love!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
it's no surprise that you have to shame people into "Following" or "Liking" you back.
Sadly, some people get so caught up in their own self-promotion, that they forget to support their friends back.
The worst part is, it cost nothing!
...Except your ego.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
It all started when I was a young child. I suffered from painful earaches, which lead me to rubbing my ears uncontrollably until their was a scab, and naturally I would continue to pick at the scab.
It was a brutal cycle of self-abuse, just when the infected wound would heal, I'd dig right back in.
As a teenager, the nightmare continued with the onset of acne! I was like a migrant worker farming for zits.
Once I discovered Retin-A and puberty had calmed down, so did my obsession for picking...
At my skin anyway. What I've come to realize is, as an adult I continue to pick--at problems.
I will pick away at a question or project until I cause a full gash in the situation, thus forcing me to deal with the larger dilemma at hand.
I'm not proud of this dirty little habit, alas any good picker knows, once you start, the scar never leaves!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
But sometimes you just have to settle for "good."
Life is short; spend time on the things you are passionate about, and everything else, get it done and move on!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Mondays are always rough.
Full of eagerness-
But lacking the motivation to conquer.
Maybe another cup of coffee will help?
If you can't find motivation, find caffeine!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
We've all heard it before, and nobody wants to hear it when they're receiving bad news or suffering a loss.
However, I'm a firm believer in a higher power- call it God, The Universe or the collective spirit of humanity, I don't believe in coincidence.
I'm always thrilled and hopeful when I begin a new journey, and I encounter a person who knows me or I receive an opportunity based on my past life experience.
It's a little reminder that this world is small, and the entertainment industry is even smaller.
It also validates the decision I made to experience a new venture. I trust my instincts, but I believe in God, and in moments when a "coincidence" transpires, I'm calm because I know I'm right where I'm meant to be.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I enjoy being busy. Actually, I prefer it. However, I think I could do a better job at finding the balance-
Rather than looking back on an event thinking, Oh- that was fun, I wish I wasn't so overwhelmed at the time.
I'd like to find a moment in the thick of it to stop, take a look around and appreciate the process.
I'm not afraid of time passing, but time lost, is life lost.
I refuse to miss out on my life.
So today in the hurricane of auditions, meetings, appointments and errands- I'm going to remember the most important job: taking care of me.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I always thought I'd grow up faster, especially because I was wearing three-piece suits as a nine year old. But something shifted for me when I got to high school. I decided it was okay to be young, wild, creative and free...
I guess that's what happens when you're a performer attending a performing arts high school.
I'm happy that I had those crazy adventures in Chicago, Europe and New York City, however it wasn't until I moved back to Los Angeles when I realized, I'm ready to start living an adult life.
I don't miss the parking pass; carry (four months worth of) your dirty laundry to a laundry mat; only eat out during Happy Hour, hours part of my life.
I may not be the next Hollywood heartthrob, but I have an awesome life and a fabulous career doing what I love.
And today, that just feels awesome.
I'd still like to take the day off, and go to Disneyland though.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Taking that first step in any direction is hard, however it will help motivate the spirt into action.
Action equals results.
So my choices today:
Sit around waiting for a phone to ring.
Pick up the phone and start ringing-up some potential opportunities.
The only way to succeed, is by going after what you want!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sometimes standing on principle just pisses people off.
You have to ask yourself,
Do I want to be right?
Why do I give a F_ck?
If the goal is to prove a point, take a less passive-aggressive approach-
Articulate your case and move on!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I started sending out emails looking for leads,
I just wanted to stay active in between promoting my book and choreographing and teaching master classes on the weekends.
It's not that I wasn't pleased with my time for yoga, socializing with friends and catching up on a lot of reality TV-
My mind just needs distractions.
Well, low and behold, I received responses from all of my outreach, and now I'm over-booked and have no time to breathe.
Be careful what you wish for!
I'd finish this blog post, but I don't have
Friday, September 26, 2014
There's no time to play!
Unless you work your ass off to shit done, so that you can sneak away from work to go to a Friday Happy Hour and a date night movie...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
How do you get out?
You cause a bigger storm, and level the playing field...
Then you move to a new state. Or peer group!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
...is what I repeat as I peel myself from my bed with my eyes glued shut.
As a classic overachiever I set high expectations. I refuse to fail because I didn't work hard enough.
I've come to the decision that I will do everything in my power to accomplish my goals in life-
If that means a 6 AM wake-up call, then so be it.
The only thing more annoying than an early morning wake-up call, is not succeeding because I was too lazy.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I believe in standing by my colleagues during conflict-
Defending them and our relationship.
But in business, I'm learning that sometimes you have to cut that cord.
It can be painful, but it's more devastating to go down with a burning ship that never gave you your own cabin anyway.
Monday, September 22, 2014
I've blogged this before, and I'll blog it again, because it is a reminder that continues to evade me from time to time.
Once I remember that I can release the shitty circumstances and reinvent my outlook, I seem to thrive.
So, I'll ask myself this question:
Why the f_ck would I choose to make life any harder?
Dump that nonsense and move on!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Leave it to LA to turn it into a competitive, catty environment with strobe lights and club beats...
I am so NOT down with that dog!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Hollywood socialites are fast asleep. While the overachieving fitness fanatics are sprinting past the homeless man that sits outside, eagerly awaiting an act of kindness from a European tourist.
Meanwhile, I stand in a line thirty-people-deep for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year.
Starbucks is the McDonalds of the 21st Century.
And just like my elementary years with the Value Meal No. 2, I am #addicted!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Until they dumped Rosie for a Republican schmoe,
This season returns with a new logo, a new set and a new Republican, too!
But, I'm back on board for the Rosie times TWO!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Everywhere you look there is a stack of something gross and crusty.
Half-eaten containers of food underneath furniture.
Overflowing trash bin.
Board game remnants strewn about.
And a funky smell fills the air... What is that? It's nothing that was prepared by me!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Life is full of ups and downs. Especially in the entertainment industry.
I fight to maintain my disgustingly positive energy, even in the midst of a dry-spell or a shitstorm!
Everything seemed so much easier in my twenties.
Now, I actually have to give myself a pep-talk to get to yoga, class or a meeting...
I guess that's what happens when you hit thirty- you allow the reality of reality to sink in.
Well, I have a choice. I refuse to be a bitter thirty-something complainer-
I'm ready for my next adventure. But the only way that's happening is with the motivation to get up off my ass and do something about it.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I woke up to the sound of crying, my roommate had been up earlier than I, and saw the first plane fly into the World Trade tower.
We watched in horror as the second plane flew into the second tower-
We knew then it was no accident.
More than the fear, the overwhelming smell of smoke and destruction, and the looming uncertainty, I will remember how my New Yorkers and America united that day.
I was never more grateful to have my friends, who after that day, will forever be my family. We cried together. We comforted one another. We prayed. We told stories, which turned into much needed laughter.
On that day, we lost our innocents. Through it all, I had my friends, who from then on, I consider members of my family.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
But I have to take it a step further, of course...
Now, I play a game to see if I can cross-off all of my "to do's" before 10 AM.
If I win, I get to cut work early and take a dip in the pool.
Today I claim victory!
Sure, I could be working on a plethora of important projects, but there's always tomorrow for that.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I realize I'm just a microscopic piece of dust in the grand scheme of everything, but I was hoping you could just help me shine with the stars and the planets.
Somehow I've bounced out of alignment, and I really need to get back on track.
Oh, and I wouldn't mind if Mercury would stop going into retrograde (whatever that means) my friends keep telling me this is a major problem, and I don't give a shit.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Until I remember that a shadier person created the loophole to be used!
What's that old saying? "Fake it, till you make it."
...and leverage everything you've got!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Six of which I spend sleeping-
Which means I have eighteen usable hours in a day.
More than enough time to get shit done!
So I have two options really,
1. I can sit around and complain about what's not "working" for me.
2. I can get motivated, take action and make "it" happen.
Good talk, Matthew!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Is directly proportionate to the outcome.
Passion, detail and determination combined with pure hard work usually produces something powerful.
Hold onto the feeling of accomplishment. That, is success.
The praise and attention (which may or may not come) does not make something better, it's just the icing on an already delicious cake.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I can't start a work week on day two!
These unanswered phone calls aren't going to return themselves,
So it leaves me no choice, I have to do Monday's work today, and the first thing I do on Monday mornings is walk to Starbucks to ease my way back into the work week!
Monday, September 1, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Naturally when you're in school you dream about Friday-
Now, I struggle to get every single task done before the end of the week, and while doing so I lose all track of time.
It's Friday, and I have twenty projects to complete.
Where's an intern when you need one?
Oh, right- they're all off at some Happy Hour. The weekend starts early for twenty-year olds.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Turn on cartoons,
Pour a bowl of bran flakes, add honey, cinnamon and soy milk;
Instant sugary sweet childhood sense memory, without the processed sugar and preservatives!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
No matter how many times you audition and book (or don't book) the job-
The audition process is always a joyful torture.
On the one hand, you get to perform and be creative-
On the other, you are forced to "act" natural while people stare and judge your performance, and then cast you (or not) based on EVERYTHING other than your talent...
It's the life of a performer- and sometimes it sucks!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Offered by friends, family and even enemies (depending on the circumstance.)
As I child, I HATED that short, but painfully truthful analysis of almost any situation:
Your best friend spreads a nasty rumor, "That's life."
Your dog gets hit by a car, "That's life."
Your second runner up in every category, "That's life."
However, when put into perspective, it is also a joyful reminder:
You published a book! "That's life."
You own a home. "That's life."
You sold a TV show! That's me projecting... But I hope soon enough I'll be saying to myself, "That's life!"
Outlook is everything!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
It's called, being back in Los Angeles and trying to catch up on the life you put on pause.
Still, NO EXCUSES!
An artistic life, involves balance.
Friday, August 22, 2014
There's nothing better than walking into you home after being away for a long period of time.
The joy of being greeted by your family, my puppies give extra long cuddles.
The comfort of knowing where everything is in the kitchen.
But most of all, my BED!
I might actually get a full nights sleep tonight, for the first time in four weeks...
It's great to be home.
Crappy junk food,
Bugs flying at the windshield,
Spending too much money on gas,
Unclean rest stops.
Ah, the beauty of a road trip!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Eager to see the cover of my first book, for the first time.
What started as a childhood dream-
Expanded into a practical idea,
That lead to a serious project,
Which evolved into a passion,
Finally manifesting into a book that I could not be more proud of.
I'm so excited!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
However it's more rewarding to trust, love and take action.
I've experienced the outcome of negative and positive thoughts; without question, the positive energy always leads to a more rewarding outlook and subsequently a brighter result.
No matter the circumstance, there is power in recognizing we can manifest phenomenal things with Faith.
Monday, August 18, 2014
My soul wants to create,
My brain wants a challenge,
My OCD wants to take action,
But my heart NEEDS time: with my family, friends and myself.
I need to calm my thoughts, fears and desires, and remember how healing it is to sit in stillness and appreciate my surroundings.
Enlightenment comes through meditation.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
As an adult, I can comprehend how extraordinary my parents are.
Growing up they gave me: discipline, guidance, support, unconditional love and the confidence to follow my passion; they continue to do so now. Moreover, they have become my friends.
When I feel like giving up, they're my coach-building me up.
If I need to cry, they provide a shoulder and words of wisdom to cheer me up.
When my ego takes over, they're there to remind me who I am.
When I need help, they continue to offer whatever they can.
I know how lucky I am, I count my blessings everyday.
I have a mom and dad that continue to be my number one fans, whether I'm teaching, performing, writing or working as a waiter; their love and pride is an example of true parenting.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After a successful week of teaching, choreographing, and laughing with old friends; it's time I leave NYC.
I'm delighted that I got to see my buddy star on Broadway, my bestie's company shine on stage and even pick up some fun new designer merchandise at the House of Lodes! (AKA my friends hand-me-downs.)
But like all great adventures, this too must end, and just in time- it's raining... And I hate summer rain in NYC!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
His ability to bring joy in sadness, truth in comedy and energy to all was extraordinary! Very few people can make you cry while you're laughing and laugh while you're crying-
Robin Williams artistry will be missed.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Between the tourist, subway rides and distractions everywhere- even a trip to Starbucks feels like work.
The city is pulsing with creativity, energy and MONEY.
go, Go, GO! is the attitude here.
I had a massage, three Starbucks coffees, two rehearsals, a Broadway show and dinner all in one day!
It's a crazy adventure, but I'm ready to get back to LA.
These days yoga, a power meeting and an audition are more my speed.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I'm ready to relax and enjoy a mimosa and brunch with good friends.
As soon as I can convince myself to get out of bed and hobble to the shower.
Friday, August 8, 2014
A NYC cafe full of people on their iSwippythings...
Posting, tagging, checking in-
But certainly not making contact with the friends sitting next to them.
I belong to a generation that has the best if both worlds.
I know how to Tweet a sassy thought, post an interesting photo and check-in to share my location to anyone interested (including the government).
Fortunately, I still remember how to UNPLUG!
Do the social media tech savvy children of our future even know what a handshake is? Or do the fist bump without looking up as the swipe to a new app?
Thursday, August 7, 2014
You can walk into a random Starbucks near Union Square and run into an old friend, (even though neither of you actually live in NYC anymore) and pick up right where you left off.
You can sit in a park and be approached by three complete strangers from three different countries, who are all in an English class-and they want to engage in conversation to better understand the language. (P.S. All three spoke better English than a third of the people who are actually born here.)
You can eat a three course meal at 1AM and nobody thinks anything of it.
But my favorite part, you can walk around any area of this city and gaze up and see no less than: 10 different types of architecture, 10 different ethnicities and 10 different styles of fashion-all while watching an uber wealthy stockbroker avoid eye contact with a homeless man.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
My body is a twisted piece of crunched up muscle-
Aching all over from prolonged teaching.
How did those dancers keep up?
Oh, right- they're sixteen and I'm thirty-six!
When did that happen?
I might be in pain, but I'll never stop teaching.
...my leg just might not go as high.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
It's like time stood still.
Sitting in the comfort of my old living room, laughing with my roommate;
Reminiscing about the past and catching up on the present.
I was a different person back then, I had yet to grow into myself.
She pointed out that I am comfortable in my new skin-
Yes, I am proud of the person I'm becoming. I've stayed true to my goals and dreams, and haven't given up on the idea that "it" will happen.
It IS happening!
A constant work in progress. Maybe I'll really discover who I am when I'm old and bald?
Monday, August 4, 2014
I hate waiting in lines!
It started at Disneyland when I was five-
And continues to torture me to this day.
Especially at the airport.
Boarding the plane...
rage. Rage. #RAGE!!!
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The really burdensome part of my job is that I have to wake up in a different city every week.
The really exhilarating part of my job is that I get to explore a new city every week.
Life is complicated. It's nice to maintain a positive perspective.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I figure the least I can do is share a happy memory.
As I was walking out of the hotel elevator after a very long day in the theatre last night, I was flooded with the aroma of hotel pool carpet and the buzzing of the ice machine in the alcove in the hallway.
I was instantly transported to my childhood; wonderful vacations with my family. Traveling with my grandmas and grandpas was such an adventure, and continues to be with the pair I'm blessed to have left.
It never mattered where we were going, or what we were doing, the love and laughter that surrounded me was overwhelming.
My family gave me the gift of confidence, Faith and unconditional love. I'm grateful to have that reminder today- life is short, so make it count.
Worry less about the "have nots" and remember the blessings.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
(Although I do love a delicious breakfast blend in the morning!)
My day starts two hours before I'd like to admit.
In order to meet my daily goals, I find myself up before the rooster crows at dawn.
Oddly enough, I used to be a night owl but I realized I'm twice as productive in the morning.
So here I am attempting to be creative.
I've discovered that I may not always write a witty blog post, however the act of committing to a daily essay, poem, random thought or creative writing has encouraged me to invest in my growth as an artist and release the idea of perfection. Which will lead to more opportunity and success! (Hopefully.)
Monday, July 28, 2014
Let's be honest, traveling for work is as enjoyable as going to the dentist for a root-canal.
So when I wake up in a new city, and roll over in my somewhat lumpy and uncomfortable hotel-bed and watch the sunrise over a glistening lake and soaring mountains, I have to admit that I have a pretty awesome life.
My "office" is never in the same place for more than a week.
I get paid to see the world, and however exhausting travel can be-I still appreciate the perks!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Reading through the script, making choices and preparing a character,
Running lines over and over, until you have it in your body,
Picking out the right clothes to convey the part,
Signing in and waiting in the lobby with twenty other guys that look JUST like you,
The awkward small talk in the casting office–then you slate your name and the scene begins and before you know it, your done...
Walk out feeling confident, you gave it your all and rocked it out!
Then, you wait. You try to forget about it. Every time it pops into your head you think, "Wouldn't that be awesome?"
But you let it go, and wait for the next audition.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Usually I'm waking up in a hotel bed in a random city across the country; getting ready to spend my day in a theatre.
So I'm taking advantage of this elusive day:
Breakfast in bed,
Walking to Starbucks with the puppies,
Hike in the Hollywood Hills,
Dinner with friends,
and finally a late night movie in bed!
I love Sundays in LA.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
It's not that I don't enjoy life on the road-I just HATE hotel beds.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The line for the Starbucks in our hotel lobby is longer than the Great Wall-
With as many annoying tourists!
How can you not know what you want?
You've been standing in line for twenty minutes! #OverIt!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
It's like a fashion game for middle-class people.
You have enough money to buy a few nice things, so you have to figure out how to maximize the return..
I think I'm doing okay, but one quick look on my Instagram, might tell a different story.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Waves crashing faster,
No looking back now-I'm in to my waste.
The salty air was intoxicating,
Moonlight glistening across the horizon;
I love a midnight dip!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
After a week of working out of town and a twelve hour travel day, I crashed last night.
Waking up to the smell of Kona coconut Hawaiian coffee and bacon is just one of the many perks to married life.
I'm so blessed that I found my soulmate-
Whether creating projects, exploring a new city while on vacation or lounging at home watching Saturday morning cartoons, I am the luckiest man alive.
Because I found a partner who inspires me to thrive!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Up at 5 AM.
Thank God for Starbucks.
The shuttle driver proceeds cautiously at a snails pace to the airport-
TSA is surprisingly short,
So is my first flight.
Connection in Denver (I wish I had time to see my family).
One day at home, then back on the road...
It's impossible to get enough sleep or look good.
Ah, the glamorous life!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Choreographing in a hotel room,
Drafting a marketing and PR strategy for my new book,
Composing an email to my manager,
Coordinating a meeting with a TV network to pitch our TV pilot-
All on three hours of sleep.
So I'm pretty much living the dream!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
I will spend half my time in and out of airports-
Thankfully my company decided to book me on several different airlines, so I won't be able to enjoy the benefits of airline-mileage programs. #Sarcasm
Additionally, I'm thrilled for the five-plus hour layovers I will get to enjoy.
Most of all, I'm excited for the lack of sleep I'll get between now and the middle of August!
Friday, July 4, 2014
Remember your vacation on Hawaii,
Close your eyes,
Visualize the calming sea,
Release the fears that are holding you back,
Trust in the plan that is set in motion,
And shut the F_@K up and get to work, (so that you can pay for that trip to Hawaii)!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
You wake up ready for another dream day, and remember you have to go to work-which can be more like a nightmare (depending on the day.)
Nevertheless, the holiday served it's purpose:
Rest, recharge and remember why you work so hard in the first place...
To enjoy time with family and friends in beautiful tropical destinations!
Life is short. Work hard. Play hard!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Forty-five minutes and fifteen attempts to sign-on later... I'm frustrated and over it!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I. HATE. TECHNOLOGY!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Apparently the answer is YES!
One of my closest friends reached out to me yesterday,
"Don't take this the wrong way, but I've known you long enough to tell you, I think you need to take a break."
My journey feels more like a job than an adventure. I've been pushing myself to continue to create and stay motivated, that I discounted the idea that my mind and body need to rest, too.
After all, what's the point in working so hard, if I'm not going to give myself some time to sit back and enjoy the results?
Following the cover shoot for my book this week (which is TOTALLY EXCITING) I'm going to Hawaii-
A trip that was planned months ago, and I was actually dreading it. Until I realized, with the help of my friend, that EVERYONE needs some down time.
Hopefully in two weeks, I will come back recharged and inspired!
Monday, June 9, 2014
As much as I love the process of writing and shooting media, the energy and theatricality of a live performance will always be magical.
Because I don't already have enough to do... #Sarcasm.
I've decided to focus on finding the perfect opportunity to jeté back on stage. It's been so long since I've even auditioned for a musical, but I figure there's no time like the present.
Life is short. Set goals and work your ass off to accomplish them.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
It's best not to look in the mirror.
Instead, avoid turning on lights, and jump into the shower.
Once you've allowed the water to warm your face (approximately 20 minutes) continue getting ready as normal.
Be prepared, you still might look like an alien, but at least the crust around your eyes will be softer!
Friday, June 6, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
We all know opinions are like assholes- everyone has one. If you don't want to hear my feedback... don't ask for it. If you only want to hear positive critique then just say, "I don't really care for your thoughts, I just want to hear praise."
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Airports are the worst aspect of life on the road.
Dealing with bitter, jaded, nasty airline employees suck.
I get it. You're tired of the endless parade of uneducated, uncivilized, overweight assholes who don't have a clue...
A. YOU chose this job.
B. and more important, I am not one of those people aforementioned.
So slap on a phony smile and take care of your customers.
Please and thanks (with a phony smile back!)
Sunday, June 1, 2014
I'm confronted with flashes of my past adventures;
There is a moment of panic,
That chapter has closed.
The end of every chapter, is the beginning of a new one.
I'm ready for a new adventure.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Drama at the front desk- it's NO Holiday...
Four hours of sleep then off to the theatre,
Twelve hours of dancing, that's the gig!
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Slow yawns, then-
Drop, roll over and wait for belly rubs.
Harnesses on, they eagerly wait by the front door.
Once we're back from their morning walk,
They twirl for cookies,
Followed by a hop, circle dance to the food bowl (they each have their own special way of eating.)
Finally, with a full belly, they run to their doggy beds in the living room:
The yorkie, Ginger, soaks up the sun, while the shih tzu, Lily, lays around watching the squirrels outside.
It's a wonderful zen moment.