In the last couple years, I have put a lot of focus on my playwriting/screenwriting, music, and all things Pier Valentino. It has been a delight to let myself dig deeper into my own well of creativity and share more of myself and my voice as an artist. I have been fortunate to have had acting opportunities come up here and there that have been rewarding, but I found myself unable to focus on auditioning for a while. This was not just an issue of having enough time. Focusing on making my own work shifted my priorities and wants as an actor. And I wanted to take a moment to honor that shift and see where it left me. It's not uncommon at all for actors to veer more into playwriting and directing like I have, and to leave their acting careers behind (to varying degrees). I can't deny that there is an alluring relief to being on the other side of the table, for me at least. And I considered this seriously as it is a valid and understandable choice to make. But there are also those that continue to act. But it becomes apparent to me in most of those that I admire who do so, that their work as writer/directors influences the things that they are a part of solely as actors. Or sometimes they wear multiple hats. I find that I still desire to act, but my desires to do so are more sharply focused then ever to working more in the realm of film and television. This is in part due to my dream of making my own film and tv, and wanting to learn more about it by doing it in all of the ways that I am capable. And I'm interested in working with artists who are bold, disciplined, and pushing the envelope--as I have a lot to offer those artists as an actor, and have a great deal to learn from them as a maker of work. So I've taken some time to slowly put myself back out there. First with my recent photo shoot, and in the last month, putting together some monologues, scenes, and also clips from films I've done. I'd love to work with representation that sees the range of possibility that I have to offer, as well as the passion, discipline, and professionalism I bring to the table. And I'd love representation that doesn't make me keep the many facets of myself and my artistry so separate. I've put together two reels so far: A reel of monologues and a song, and a reel of 2 person scenes. I'm also re-editing my reel footage of my film work and will have that up soon, as well as footage for Pier Valentino. Shorter versions of these two reels are readily available by request. Thanks part people. Keep on rockin.
From wh auden's September 1, 1939:
"Defenceless under the night /Our world in stupor lies; /Yet, dotted everywhere, /Ironic points of light /Flash out wherever the Just /Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them /Of Eros and of dust,/ Beleaguered by the same /Negation and despair/, Show an affirming flame."