Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
"If your scene partner says, 'Man, it's hot out here!" you can respond in one of two ways: 'Yeah, I'm sweating like a Pennsylvania steelworker in July!' (right) or 'Really? I find the temperature quite agreeable' (wrong)."
"If I start a scene with 'I can't believe it's so hot in here,' and you just say, 'Yeah...' we're kind of at a standstill. But if I say, 'I can't believe it's so hot in here,' and you say, 'What did you expect? We're in hell,' now we're getting somewhere."Obviously, Tina Fey is a very insightful person. And way funnier than I am.
"Of all the places I've worked that were supposedly boys' clubs, The Second City was the only one where I experienced institutionalized gender nonsense. For example, a director of one of the main companies once justified cutting a scene by saying, 'The audience doesn't want to see a scene between two women.' Whaaa?"
Monday, November 21, 2011
Martin credits “diligence” for his success. But he’s quick to clarify that he’s not referring to working hard over time. What he really means is staying diligent in his interest in the one field he was trying to master; being able to ignore the urge to start working on other projects at the same time.
It can be hard to ruthlessly whittle down your ambitions to a needle-thin point. But Martin is clear on this point: if you don’t saturate your life in a single quest, you’ll dilute your focus to a point where becoming outstanding becomes out of reach.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"Things may come to those who way ... but only the things left by those who hustle."
Monday, November 14, 2011
Rob, you should feel a great sense of pride. Not only did you forge out to explore acting and writing, but you have succeeded at both! And, with all your speaking engagements and media appearances, you may be hiring staff soon.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Here is the Alzheimer's commercial I shot early this summer. (It's the second one, starting at the :30 mark.)
I was worried that it would come across as maudlin or exploitative, but I think they struck a good balance. Sending the message that when the time comes, it's okay to ask for help and maybe assuaging the guilt that comes with taking the next steps.
It's actually the first spot that I found more disturbing, with the man applying toothpaste to his razor. A few years ago, when dad was still up and about, we were down in the kitchen and heard a ruckus upstairs. Dad's wife later explained that he had tried to shave with his toothbrush.
So it's an interesting detail they picked up on there. Dad did a lot of that -- applying anti-perspirant to the back of his neck like sunscreen, for instance. They did their homework.
I hope I did the issue some justice.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
So I downloaded it and the more I listened, the more I thought it sounded familiar. And it also occurred to me that I could actually figure out the chords by ear, which is not my strong suit. It's a very simple D-A-G.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
This is what I tell myself. AND very clearly sense from those around me.
Mom: What's everybody want for dinner?Sally: I want pizza!Bobby: I want ribs!Sally: Pizza!Bobby: Ribs!Dad: Simmer down, you two!Mom: You can both have what you want!Sally/Bobby: Huuuuuuuhhhhh?Dad: This is still America, and we're taking you to Geppetto's Pizza & Ribs!Sally/Bobby: Yaaaayyyyy!Mom: Thank you, Geppetto's Pizza & Ribs, for bringing much-needed harmony to this stressed out family!