Like every good trilogy, I decided to muck mine up with a fourth installment on a different month to address issues nobody thought of or asked me. There are always bits and pieces of things I forget to mention, and this time, it's a lot, so here's an update covering a little bit of everything in the previous chapters!
Two friends visited me from Quebec! Well, not me specifically, as Alessandra and Danielle were visiting family in Vancouver, but since I was here and hadn't seen either of them in years, we met up and caught up. This brings up the number of people who've visited me since I left Qc to 5, and soon to be 6, since I have every intention of watching Andrew Searles perform his comedy routine for the first time ever in Vancouver. Anybody else planning on coming West? If so, let me know.
At work, we had a costume competition. The goal was to dress as a character we have accounts with (doctors, lawyers, coroners, etc). Best-dressed would be awarded a 25$ gift card for IGA. For everyone who's seen me dress up as Two-Face, the Joker, and Dr. Manhattan, you know I had to participate in this one, especially with free food on the line. I bought myself a box of latex gloves, some surgeon face-masks (they're used in abundance here by various sick Asians), wore a white shirt open and untucked (it was long enough to look like a lab coat), black track pants, and a jungle-green t-shirt, and voilà! 25$ of free groceries!
A vote was taken in the office for the Core Values Committee, where they sought a new representative for the part-time workers. The Core Values team acts as the "mediators" between the regular staff and the higher ups, and without promoting myself, I won the majority, and I was voted in!
Speaking of part-time, with my new shifts comes new hours, and by "new" I mean "less." I now work only 24 hours/week over the weekend instead of 32. A cut in my hours was just what I needed now that I started actually saving up some real cash...
A few entries ago, I was somewhat saddened by how things have been for me acting-wise. Few audition opportunities, the majority that were available were student projects, and I didn't land anything. Then my commercial agent sent me a message regarding a free seminar for auditioning well with Michael Colemon at Vancouver Acting School. He rocked. Seriously, the man was awesome, and kind of rejuvenated my passion for the craft. I've thought about putting acting on the backburner so that I could get a real job or go back to Quebec to get more schooling in something else like game programming, but nothing grabs me as much as being on a set or on stage. I'd rather die a poor actor than become a rich businessman (though I do have to work on marketing myself more). I've actually signed up for voice acting courses from July until October, and plan on getting some one-on-one coaching with a Youtuber I follow named "Itsjustsomerandomguy" (http://www.youtube.com/user/itsjustsomerandomguy?feature=results_main). I have a voice reel, but I need to make it longer and add more to make it better and more marketable.
Speaking of acting, everyone rejoice, for I am getting a PAID acting gig. Yes, that's right, I got a role that'll pay me money! It's not a huge amount, 100$-150$/day with days varying from 1-6 hours, and most of the shooting will be in fall, but hey, it's a goal I wasn't expecting to achieve within my first year of moving to Vancouver, so I'm thrilled. I will be a drug-addict who owes a dealer some cash, and will pay him back by helping out with the latest order. It's actually a small role/side plot in a bigger story for the film, but it's still a cool gig.
Anyway, time for me to hit the hay, as I scored an extra shift this weekend and I must get some rest. Take care, and thanks for reading!