I know it has been Ages since I have written in but at long last here I am.This Year I have decided that will no longer be on Social Media as often. I know that Facebook is a way of life for many people these days but I never quite caught on to the whole thing. Most folks have other people running their pages and I do not. It requires a great deal of upkeep and I’m just not enough of a self promotion machine to find the time to really invest in it. I am determined however to start writing more blog entries! It is chilly outside tonight and as I sit here writing my Raccoon babies (who are now almost fully grown) are outside my door doing their noisy raucous chortle snorting routine. They have devised a very clever way of letting me now they are present. They go into the Garden and surrounding areas and collect little things like, pennies, shells, Rocks, sometimes old bits of broken jewelry and they scrape said items back and forth on the little metal bit a the base of my door. It’s their Raccoon doorbell. Mama Raccoon “Queenie” appears to possibly be pregnant again as she is very round and extra fluffy. I have noticed that she growls at the kits and now comes to visit at a separate time from them. Ahhh they grow up so fast….(sigh)
Anyhow, in news not related to my raccoon family, Kyle Cassidy and I have decided on a photo from our sessions to use as a poser and it is up and for sale for a limited time on this very site in the store section! I really like this photograph and Kyle’s talent as a photographer is evident as it is a more intimate and real look at me and what I look like these days. A portion of the proceeds from this poster are going to go to helping to Save the Rhinos who are on the very brink of extinction. Some people have given me guff about selling autographed pictures but I use the money for good charities that I believe in. I will autograph the posters for people and will include a little surprise for each person that decides to buy one.I have also added a few new photos from The Craft as requested and may add some more in future. These photos are from my own collection from the film. Both Fame and Self promotion have never been quite comfortable for me but are a part of what I do and I am learning to find good ways of putting them to use. I would like to thank everyone in advance who chooses to help me with the Rhino project and also all who have bought autographed photos from me in the past and helped the charities I love and I am sure that the Animals are grateful also.
I am about to start a new project that I am not sure if I am allowed to talk about just yet. Developing a new character is one of the best parts of acting for me. This is where the real work happens in my opinion. Every character has to be built from the ground up. Their History and Life, Their walk, voice, weight and appearance. how they think and what they think day to day. Basically you are making a complete person and living in their skin for a while. It is a fantastically creative process and I adore it. Vanity must be thrown out the window at all costs. If you are self conscious then you are not doing it right. You do all your work ahead of time so that by the time you get onto set it should be effortless. I can tell you that it is in a medium that I have not done in a while and I am getting to work with some wonderfully talented people. I am psyched about it.
I have started to work on my first book and it is slow going but it has begun and that is the main thing. It has been an interesting process, trying to teach myself to write freely and fearlessly without censoring myself or worrying about it too much. It is so easy to get caught up in your own head, tying your brain in knots over a sentence or passage or telling yourself ” I’m not a writer what the hell am I doing”. I am trying to learn not to do that but rather to just let the stories come out as they will and telling myself that I can always go back later and change it, and/or that no one ever need see it! Maybe it will stay in my computer for ever …. those stories and people and places might just stay in this strange little contraption so why fret?! Still…. it has been a truly strange, crazy, sometimes brilliant and magical, sometimes rough as all get out ride that at the very least would crack some people up I think.
On that note my lovely friends I am going to go now and have some left over chicken and mash, say Hi to my chortle snorting Raccoons children and be off. I Hope that your 2015 is starting off well.