Change of Gears… and a Chance to Win!

Hi, everybody. Since I’m wrapped for the pilot, and other aspects of Real Life have taken over, there hasn’t been a lot for me to report, and here I am, posting my weekly blog and finding nothing to say. I’ve got to be open and honest about that, but I want to turn that into an advantage and supply an opportunity for everybody out there… I know you’re out there because we’ve actually got FOLLOWERS on this blog now, and that means regular readers in addition to those who click through on facebook and other sites to read about our weekly wackiness (such as it is). Now, I’m not going to preach about how “following” us helps support the project by giving us something to show investors, nor am I going to go on about how using the “share” link helps boost numbers and similarly gives us a better case for being paid for our efforts. No, I’m going to pay you for your efforts for the show! To that end, I hereby announce our

Jack Uzi: JU for JUNE Awesome Contest!

Okay, yeah, I know the name’s corny, but it works like this: Go through our posts and our various Pics of the Weeks, take the images, and put together your most awesome work of art yet. It doesn’t matter if you use Photoshop, collages on paper with other images from elsewhere, or even just paintings inspired from what you’ve seen and what you imagine (or what you know) of the series–even actors and folks from behind the scenes can enter! We’ll be using the entries on this blog and to promote the series in general, as well as to show off how awesome our fans are.

Now, to give everyone a fair chance of winning, you’ve got the whole month of June to compete–enter as many times as you like–and the winner(s) will be announced on July 7th. Now, not all prizes have been decided yet, this because I just started this contest on the fly, but I promise that the GRAND PRIZE one will definitely be worth your time, with the smaller ones related to other projects I’ve been working on. You’ll see more about that over the next few weeks… in fact, that will give me something to write about. So yeah, two birds, one stone. Go me.

Now show us your awesomeness.

Too Busy on Jack Uzi for Jack Uzi

So, yeah, my work as Simmons is wrapped now, but that just means I wind up doing more on the “story design” side of things, going through scripts, double-checking continuity, tweaking scripts for where actors/actresses have been dragged away by life’s mysterious  “plan” (and actress who’s pregnant won’t be able to handle the same type of kung-fu, sadly), and otherwise getting everything lined up so that the whole project looks so seamless that you’ll wonder how we do it (or that’s the goal, anyway).  Anyway, I was so busy doing that that I entirely forgot about the blog!  Still, it’s still today, and better late than never.

And now, the Pic of the Week:  Richard Hingst and Robert Scavone share an undisclosed food product in an undisclosed location.!

Rick Hingst as Dwight Carrey and Robert Scavone as Nathan Bronx eating an undisclosed food product  at an undisclosed location.

Dwight Carrey and Nathan Bronx in the Stands!

If anyone outside the cast and crew wants to take a guess at their location based on the picture, you can write to me, and if you’re the first person to get this one right, I’ve got one incredible prize for you (retail value over $200)!

Meet Marla!

Kalissa Brown as Marla in "The Adventures of Jack Uzi"

What happens when a nice girl falls for the wrong guy and ends up in a bad crowd? You wind up with someone like Marla. It took a special actress to take this role, and we were lucky to get Kalissa Brown for this role. This week, I have my interview with the lovely lady.

1) How did you find your way into acting, and what appeals to you most about it?
I started acting as a child in school plays, but really got into it when I lived in Los Angeles. I learned a lot there, mostly by observing things from the perspective as a background actress. I find acting rewarding because it stretches me to limit of my abilities.
2) I know that you’ve started a great family–has that changed your plans at all?
Having a family has changed my plans in that I would describe my acting status as “partially in hiatus.” Whereas before, I would audition like crazy and even do extra work, now I limit auditions to the best opportunities and don’t do extra work.

3) What has been your most fun experience to date in any of your projects–what happened, and why?
The most fun, rewarding acting job I’ve had was as the hostess of travel show pilot. I got to travel around to different locations within a city and try new experiences…such as standup paddle boarding!

4) Everyone successful has a view in his or her head of what success would be. How will you know when you “made it?” How would you describe your “ultimate ambition?”
I once read an article that stated simply if you’ve been paid for your work as an actress/actor, then you are a professional, working actor.   I would say it’s true, but for me, that would also entail having lines… That has already happened for me, but I would say having steady, paid work (with lines) as an actress would mean “I’ve made it.”

Well, there you have it–Kalissa Brown for your reading pleasure.  If you have any more questions for her, send them to me, and I’ll do the required follow-up.

All Wrapped Up and No Place To Go!

Simmons, played by Michael Marcus, is disgusted by something.

Why is Simmons the Janitor disgusted? Get ready to watch Episode 0 and find out!

So here I am, back “on target” for the weekly blog post, and I bring good news for you on this long-awaited series:  my character, Simmons the Janitor, is finally wrapped. Finally, I’ll get a break from that blasted jumpsuit! It’s made for someone a foot taller than I am, about a hundred pounds bulkier than I am, and when it gets hot, it “makes its own gravy,” if you know what I mean. That brings us much, much closer to a wrap on the pilot,

Meanwhile, it feels good to get back in the rhythm of writing these little Sunday messages. I have my own other projects, certainly, like ART WAR, and like my art in the Funhouse Gallery at Russell Industrial Center, and, of course, getting ready for Motor City Comic Con, but getting these posts out on a weekly basis brings back a real sense of a regular, if small, accomplishment. I hope you’re reading this, because we’ve got something special coming up soon… maybe not next week, but soon.