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Some Special Days In May

It’s a very old and over worked cliché – you know, the one about how time keeps flying by. I would guess everybody has said it at one time or another. Only the very young little kids, awaiting something great like Christmas morning, or summer vacation to begin, measure time as if it were at…

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Kaplan, Solovey, O’Shea, and of course the Pulchritudinous Mrs. Glassberg

Not a sports team; they influenced my life, although I can’t attest to whether or not they did so on purpose. They could be anybody, but today they belong to me. They were my teachers at Public School 233, from the second through the fifth grade. In retrospect, I don’t think they cared for me….

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Travel Fare

I’m in my eighteenth year of going up and back every workday from my home in Encino to Burbank. A conservative estimate makes it thirty five hundred round trips, to date. While I love my work… there have been a few times when I really didn’t feel like going to Burbank, for one reason or…

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“Poetry, God & Shakespeare” (PG&S)

Broad statements are so much fun to make. It’s probably impossible to make a broad statement without causing some form of human reaction. As a matter of fact, causing reaction is what I do for a living; I either cause a reaction or stimulate an attitude in order to convey the meaning of what the…

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Guidance: Sound Design and Demo Production

“For professionals only. Should not be attempted at home (alone)!” When producing your voice over DEMO, precautions must be taken. Hopefully you’re working with folks who have been doing sound editing and direction for enough years to become proficient at their craft. Ask about their credentials. Who have they worked for? This isn’t a time…

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Bad Dialogue Partner

You enter the audition booth only to find that your dialogue partner is a dud; a guy or gal who can’t read, can’t act, had garlic for dinner the night before, and is in favor of paying more income tax. At first you might want to say, “Oy vey, why me God?” Then you realize…

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Dealing With Direction

“Meet and Respect Your Director”I talked Did they listen?If so, did they think with caring?Was there an understanding?Of what I was sharing? I was their man, of national tootNot a chance of disreputeIn all honesty, after my introductionI expected, nay, warranted a salute! Good, bad, sad, glad, mad, happy, snappy, crappy, nappy, lappy, lippy, snippy,…

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Biblical Terms for the Professional Actor

I’m so guilty of living in the past that there are times when even I can’t stand it. My love of the old movies, as I watched them as a kid, remains and will always live on in my mind’s eye and in my heart’s throbbing. I grew up believing almost everything I saw on…