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Holiday Greetings!

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Yes, That’s Covered

My acting partner, Don Krejsek got cast in a national commercial for Bushnell.

The ad is called “Yes, That’s Covered”.

He is at .06.

We have done a lot of work, together, for our own projects and whatnot. But for someone else to cast him out of dozens of applicants… Then to get hired for the shoot… Then to actually get edited IN the final project: That is Super Cool!

Way To Go!!!

 

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Amazing sunset

Amazing sunset

 

I live for these…the beauty and majesty of the colors. An artist could not paint anything as imaginative as these skies.

And no two are alike. From one moment to the next, we will never see anything like this again. Each moment…a moment in time.

Thank goodness for the invention of the camera – to preserve these precious moments.

Peace…

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Ride ’em Cowboy!!!

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Cowboy of the plains

The mystique of the old west

Gone not forgotten

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Being edited IN…

As a working actor, you get these gigs, and you show up and do your job, but you have no control. Lots and lots and lots of times, you are edited out of the final cut. That’s _fine_. I enjoy acting so much, and the experience of being on set is amazing.

So, being edited ‘out’ is to be expected.

But…what happens when you are edited ‘IN’?

In late 2014 – I believe it was – I worked, as an extra, a movie called “Monday at 11:01am“. It is a psychological thriller by Charles Agron Productions.  The movie’s website.

It was super hot that day and, I got placed, in the direct sunlight, for hours. My prop was a fake newspaper, so in between takes, I’d hold it up to shade the sun from my head. I didn’t pass out, but one extra almost did.

So, guess what? The movie trailer gets released and I  _got edited IN_  the movie trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FFOPxuiCm4

At .20 seconds, the car pulls a U-turn. I am sitting at an outdoor table, at a sidewalk cafe, in a light blue shirt.  From the distance, and at youtube parameters, you can’t see that it’s me. But still, how cool it is to be edited IN.

This is sooo cool. I love my job!

Monday at 11:01AM – facebook page

Monday at 11:01AM – Twitter feed

 

This is my original blog post about the gig.

No release date has been posted yet, but when it is, I’ll post it here.

Get your popcorn ready! See ya at the movies!

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Star Quality

My movie/music partner, Don, is someone that I call my ‘creative soulmate’. Sometimes you just find someone that you are in sync with. And when it comes to creativity, he and I are on the same page.

He is many things, but one of them is a real outdoorsman. When we get acting gig audition notices, which call for outdoorsmen types, we almost always submit. But not a lot has happened on that front – until now.

Last Wednesday, we got a casting call, and I think he’d be perfect for it. I email it to him, middle of the night. About 7am, he emails me that he wants to submit. I get the email about 9am. But the day is so busy, we can’t even get together for me to take the submission photos.

So, he gets some photos together, emails them to me. I edit them and we start the submission. When we are both in from our respective day jobs, we talk on the phone, and put together the “sales pitch” information that we are sending with the casting call. I keep both of our resumes updated, etc, so at least that is prepared and ready.

Wednesday at 7:50pm, we submit for this gig. The deadline is noon Thursday, so that’s running it pretty close.

All Thursday, we check messages. Nada.

Friday morning, I wake up in the middle of the night. I almost didn’t check, but I woke up enough to go check the computer. Sure enough, there was an email. It was sent at 12:53am. He had an audition at 12:54 pm – that day in Oklahoma City.

That’s 12 hours notice.

I texted and emailed him, at 4:20am, but usually his phone is on his desk. I make up my mind, if I don’t hear back, I’ll call by 7am.

So, I call at 7 and wake him up. By then we’re down to 6 hours of notice.

He says he will go to this last minute audition.

Now, if he wants to take off by himself or meet up with his friends, after, then that’s fine. But sometimes, we go off and have a fun day together, so if he wants me to go along, then I’ll tag along.

Not only did he want me to go, he needed a vehicle and could I drive?

So, with NO notice, he gets his stuff together for the audition, and I pick him up a little after 8. We head to Oklahoma City.

When we get there, we have about a 50 minute wait. We sit in the parking lot and listen to some Sinatra. We see various men, in their outdoorsman gear, go into the office. These men crawl out of city cars. Probably 80% of them have never been hunting in their lives. That’s not to say that there aren’t city men who can act like outdoorsmen. Some people are true actors and can portray anything.

But Don is the Real Deal. A real Outdoorsman. And a true actor.

None of these men that walked in had that indefinable thing. And when it’s time for Don’s audition, he gets out of that car and struts into that building like he owns the place.

What is the difference between him and everyone else we saw?:

Star Quality.

He’s got it.

In spades.

He was in the office about 20 minutes. He comes out, sits in the car, and tells me everything that happened. It was a line that you say, but you get cut off. Then there were reaction shots.

Well, Don is the king of reaction shots.

I said, “It sounds like you nailed it.”

He was dubious. He said, “I’d like to think I did, but maybe I didn’t.”

So, he was wound up. We had talked all the drive down about where to have lunch, but no one had decided. We just drove down the street and found an upscale pub, and went in and had lunch.

After that, we headed home. About 2/3 of the way there, his phone beeped, and he had LANDED THE GIG!!!

Woo hoo!!!

Star Quality, baby! You can’t beat it.

(Of course, being a true actor with talent is a wonderful skill to have in your toolbelt.)

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Don

They shot the gig this week.

Stay tuned…

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#pitmad _Suspicions_ an A.J. Chaney mystery novel by Amanda Ball

March 11, 2015 is #pitmad, which is a twitter event designed to connect writers and agents.

Therefore, I announce that I have a mystery novel all edited, completed, proofed and ready to go. It’s called Suspicions.

Suspicions is a contemporary mystery manuscript featuring female hard-nosed PI, A.J. Chaney.

A former cop, A.J. now earns a living as a PI. When hired to find out if a cheating spouse is actually cheating…A.J. finds herself in over her head.  Suspicions is a wild and crazy ride, full of twists, turns, betrayal, humor, friendship and stolen moments of love. Backed up by her former cop partner, Bobby, and with the strength of her former police department in the wings, A.J. gets swept into a whirlwind of a case.

Suspicions is the first book in the A.J. Chaney mystery series. I have several more books written. First person. Contemporary. Not Boring! Un-put-down-able.

Designed to have no slow, filler, middle spaces, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and leaves you wanting more.

The whole goal of this book: To Entertain You!

Synopsis found here

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To the readers: Nope! Sorry. Not published yet!

To the industry professionals: I am seeking an agent and a major publisher, so I can move the writing portion of my career to the next level. I have had good success in my last few years in the industry. Now, I’m ready to move up. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve worked the farm teams. It’s time to move into the majors.

I love mysteries. I have a mystery series all ready to go. Several books are written and ready and waiting. I am a former librarian. I know what readers like. I know what I, as a reader like. I know story. I know about beginning and middle and end; plot and character; action and entertainment.

As an author, what makes me different from everyone else out there? The strongest quality in my work, (no matter what creative field: music, books or movies), is that I am an empath. I understand the human condition. I can imbue that quality into my work. People _get_ my stories–because they are full of life and emotion. My characters aren’t dry, boring caricatures, who only exist in black ink on a white page.

My characters leap off the page and into the reader’s hearts and minds. As a writer, I have one goal: to entertain you.

[Actually, as I typed that, I need to modify it: As a person who lives for creativity, I have one goal: to entertain. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing: singing, performing live; acting; directing; producing–it all has the same goal: To connect with humans and entertain. It’s why I was put on this sweet Earth.]

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