On a positive note...

Sometimes it's hard to see the positive aspects of life, but I'm trying.

Friday, February 24, 2006

My new motto.

Stolen from my friend Susan's blog.

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride!'

Well said! I've too long been trying to get there safely and it hasn't worked too well. From now on I live it with gusto, enjoying the moments each and every one. I love you Suzer. Thanks.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

OMG! I may not want this day to end.

It just keeps gettin' better and better. David just received a call from Six Flags. He auditioned for the hosting job for their Children's Theatre. He booked it! Not only will he get to do the hosting job during the spring and summer but they said he can also play the Riddler in the parades AND he gets paid the same as the hosting job! How cool is that? Oh yeah, life is soooo good!

It just gets better...

Remember the guy that said I was bitter and dissed my kid. He just sent me a very nice and hopefully sincere apology. I accepted and sent my own for my part in our disagreement. I can be a bit abrupt at times as those of you who know and love me can attest to I'm sure. I'd much rather be at peace with someone then at war. That's the "I'm a lover, not a fighter" in me I guess. Life is still good and getting better all of the time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bitter with the sweet.

A poster on the PARF forum where I'm a moderator called me bitter today. I think I upset him when I told another poster, who is a friend of mine, that I thought our kids would have more professional film equipment available when participating in a 48 hour film festival. This guy is from Boise and took my comment to mean that other places lacked professionalism. Wasn't my meaning at all. It stands to reason since we live in L.A. there is more professional equipment available. Helloooo...it's Hollywood, not Boise. Sheesh, some people are so sensitive.

What really pissed me off though was when he took a shot at me by implying that my son wasn't a professional actor by the standards that he wasn't famous or wealthy yet. Hate me and call me names fine, but mess with my kid and I'll have your liver.

The sweet thing is that my dear son, who has been lacking auditions this year, just had his third one of the year and booked the project. Wooohooo, way to go David! That's one in three average for the year. Though it might be asking a bit much here's hoping he can keep that kind of ratio rolling this year. Could make for a hugely successful year indeed. Me bitter? I think not! LOL!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Work, work, work...

David isn't getting many auditions for new projects lately but he's doing really well at his survival jobs. He had been working for Edwards Theatres and wasn't really enjoying the job much anymore. Last October he had worked for Six Flags Magic Mountain during their "Fright Fest". They must have liked him as they called him to come in to interview for a regular job a couple of weeks ago. He got the job and is so much happier then he was at Edwards. When he told Edwards he was leaving they let him know they were getting ready to promote him since they liked his work. They've offered him the opportunity to come back if the job with Six Flags doesn't work out.

It's nice to know he can go back but I don't think he will. He's making more per hour with Six Flags and he says the work is more fun and fulfilling. Right now he is working as a foreman in a section of the park, keeping the characters scheduled for his area, seeing that they have handlers and such. He even stepped into one of the character costumes the other day when the person playing the part got hurt and had to go to first aid. He's been asked if he would like to audition for a host in one of their summer shows as well. He thinks he might like that but he wants to play the part of the Riddler on one of the floats since he found out that's open too. He's hoping they'll let him do both. David's still such a kid but that's part of his charm and charisma.

I'm very proud of him for being a good worker and happy that others like his work ethic. I don't care what he decides to do for his lifes work as long as he does it well and enjoys what he does. Keep up the great work son.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Stagemoms or something the world needs less of.

Okay, I suppose in a sense, because I have raised a child actor, you could call me a stagemom. I wouldn't if you want to live though. I in NO WAY resemble the stereotypical stagemom. These are the ones that constantly ask, "Did you hear who got the part yet?" for rolls their dear little darlings auditioned for. There have been many a times when I've wanted to say, "Well, obviously yours didn't get it if you haven't heard anything yet." Frankly, I don't give a rat's ass who gets the part if my son didn't. Once you're done with an audition you have to move on otherwise you'd drive yourself crazy.

The audition is, in reality, "the job". If you do well you get to continue to work on the project, if not, you don't. It's that simple. Believe me if you do well you'll hear sooner or later. Yes, I prefer sooner, but that I have no control over so I don't sweat that detail.

In some areas of the internet I never mention an audition my son is going on until way after the fact. When David books something I only tell a few select people that I trust. These don't include stagemoms. For the most part I find their cudos and congratulations fake. I know they'd rather be putting a knife in David's back then praising his success and I don't trust that one or more of them won't try something to hurt his chances on the project he booked. There are evil parents out there folks. Most stagemoms have earned their bad reputation. Unfortunately that rep spills over to those of us who aren't like that just because we have a child in the business.

Just for the record it's not only moms that are crazy in this business. The dads can be a piece of work too. Frankly I think the percentage of stereotypical stageparent seems to be higher in the men then in the women. Lots on nutty stagedads out there.

David has often thanked me for being just a mom and not a stagemom. I like being "just a mom" whose son happens to act. It's a title I'll proudly bear for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I've been gone awhile.

At least gone in the emotional sense. The last few weeks have been a bit trying and I think I've gone into a mild depression. I'm battling hard not to give in to feeling completely lost.

On January 26 my son and his girlfriend, Kim, were in a car accident. Kim, unfortunately, received a broken wrist when she went to honk the horn and the airbag deployed from the impact. Kim was driving my car and according to her and David some guy cut in front of them just as the person ahead of them was stopping. She had no room to avoid the guy who cut in and hit him. According to the police report though the guy that cut in was already there and Kim was following too closely. I'm not sure I concur with the police report. Why would Kim have attempted to honk the horn if the guy was already there? I'm just thankful both of the kids weren't hurt worse.

Anyway Kim's parents are making noises of lawsuit because I let Kim drive my car. Not that they can do anything because Kim is 19 and I think she would be the one to have to sue. I know she won't, but it is annoying to have to deal with idiots. Something Kim and I have in common, idiot parents. At least I'm familiar in dealing with that type. Sigh.

On January 28th my precious, darling David officially became a young man when he celebrated his 20th birthday. We had a lovely party at King's Head Inn in Santa Monica. Over 30 of our friends showed up to help celebrate my dear sons existance. Our friends are good people. Twenty years have gone by rather quickly though. It doesn't seem like he should be that old or is it that I should be THAT old? Hmmmm...

I think I'm also worried about the lack of auditions that have been occuring for David lately. He's only had two since the beginning of the year. By this time last year he had been out ten times. Anyhow we got him some new headshots so maybe that will help.

He's also enrolled with Margie Haber studios to brush up on his auditioning technique. David is a great actor and does well on a set or stage but I think he has problems with auditioning. Can't get the job if you can't nail the audition no matter how great an actor you are. He'll also be starting a stand-up comedy class with Greg Dean soon. This he is doing because he enjoys making people laugh and he's pretty much a natural. Very strange but wonderful sense of humor.

All of the things I've been talking about involve the outlay of money. The $8K+ in repairs to my car were covered mostly by insurance, but there was still a deductable and rental car costs while the car was being repaired. Then ofcourse new headshots aren't cheap and well, the new classes, especially Margie Haber, are expensive. I don't count the party because I had planned for that. Where I get uptight is unplanned expenses. The car was a big one. I know me, when I worry about money, I get depressed. That's probably normal for most people but I can only feel what I feel and it really bugs me.

I know I'll get through this. I have a good budget to follow and enough money to keep all bills paid and food on the table, but I hate having to watch every penny. I also feel guilty for being such a whinny cat because others are in so much worse shape. Lord, where is that winning ticket to the lottery when you need one?