Hello everyone! Been a while, hasn't it? I've been pretty busy since my last note, so I'll try to not write a novel here.
For starters, I had a great time in Quebec. Saw a few friends, spent time with family, relaxed, and played with some big, fluffy cats. What more could one ask for when on vacation? How about some extra luggage? Seriously, my family gave some extra things to bring back with me, turning the modestly-sized 43 lbs suitcase I brought with me (which mostly contained Christmas gifts for my family) into three suitcases totaling at 180 lbs with clothing, food, and other supplies. Freaking cool stuff I say, and thanks again to my wonderful family for the help! The sad part's that now that I'm in a smaller room, I have less space for everything, and I've not really had time to unpack everything, and I got back 20 days ago. :S
It sucks that I couldn't see more people while I was visiting Montreal, but I got to see a few that I didn't last time, so it balances out. It was great seeing real snow again though! Say what you want about how bad winter can get, nothing beats, a bright, beautiful, sunny day with white snow covering the ground. Sure beats Vancouver's fake winter of rain and darkness. Can't wait to go back in June for my sister's wedding, especially since I'll be one of the groomsmen, and I'll be wearing a kilt. Yup, a kilt
Anyway, I got back to BC to find that not only had my landlord not put up my old room for rent yet, he actually wouldn't put up the room until he rented out the one upstairs first! Turns out he's somewhat reluctant to rent out the rooms after the last tenant he had (the one who turned off the internet and, ultimately, broke the machine) assaulted him. Nope, no word humour there, the tenant attacked my landlord the day he moved out. Remember people who decide to rent a room, background checks can save you some trouble!
My landlord was supposed to get the internet repaired sometime last week but, as brilliant as he is, was ASLEEP when the repair man came! Seriously, the guy knocked a lot, even called the home phone, and my landlord didn't budge. Hopefully tonight's my last night at Safeway typing random stories out.
Speaking of Safeway, I quit. They wanted me to be available for a minimum of 16 hours/week, without actually giving me 16 hours of work/week, so I handed in my resignation when I got back. Met some nice acquaintances here, but because of how infrequently I worked, I didn't get close with anybody else here, so nothing to really miss. Between rehearsals, some auditions, and my second job, I had no real room for Safeway anyway.
As for my second job, the call centre's actually keeping me busy with some additional training for new accounts. Working 25-30 hours/week's not a bad thing, though the mornings are a little rough, but hey, who enjoys waking up at 6:30 AM on a rainy/typical Vancouver day?
On the 13th, InspirationALL had a get-together planned out at a bar in Chinatown, so I went there and spent some time with a few other members on the roster, including Roy (interrogator in Doppelganger) and his wife. A pretty chill night overall, though I had to leave early due to work the following morning.
I've actually been getting some decent audition opportunities lately. People have actually been asking me to audition for parts for a change, though I'm still being submitted heavily by my agents. The parts aren't all big roles, but at least I'm starting to get out there without having to do as much leg-work, and they aren't student projects for a change. Not all of the gigs are paying anyway, and I've not been cast in anything new yet, but it is time to film pilots, so there'll be some big opportunities coming. At least for now, I'm in a play and wound up in a PSA for the Vancouver Canucks.
Speaking of the PSA, it was not a difficult shoot, just me and a few people walking back and forth in the street shouting praises for the Vancouver Canucks while sporting their wares. It was kind of funny how many people would shout other random slogans at us like, "GO BLACKHAWKS!" One guy, wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey actually jeered for a bit, then recorded us walking with his phone. Kind of neat.
The whole thing wasn't all smiles when some random old hobo actually verbally attacked one of the guys because he was waving a hockey stick with the Canucks flag on it; we'll call the guy with the hockey stick Vincenzo because, well, that's his name. The hobo was a crackpot who talked about how "it" wasn't equal because Vincenzo had a hockey stick, and even called him a fuck face for absolutely no reason! The guy even claimed he was hit in the face with the stick, but I was standing right behind Vincenzo, and the hobo was nowhere near us when we were filming. Oh well, the guy didn't show up again, and the rest of the takes turned out okay. Odds are it'll only air locally though, so any fellows from Vancouver watching a Canucks game on TV might see me jumping up and down, shouting "GO CANUCKS" at some point.
And last, but not least, the play I'm in (These Shining Lives) opens up in almost a month (http://www.deepcovestage.com)! Can't wait to hit the stage again, it's been years since I've been a leading actor in a play! It's funny, my entire time at McGill, the only roles I ever got were of minor characters, and the last time I was even a main character was when I was in high school, 9 years ago. Wow, almost a decade. Thankfully, Tom Donahue's a lot deeper and more entertaining than Timmy the Teddy Bear Fanatic. Anyway, for those who're interested, buy some tickets and come see me perform between March 30th and April 14th.
Hm, so much for not writing a novel, eh? If you got this far, thanks again for reading, and I'll write in a more timely fashion once again.