Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday

 It’s Christmas Eve Day, and I should be wrapping my presents for tomorrow, but I decided to write a short update to my blog.  First, I want to wish all of you out there a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays, or whichever greeting you prefer during this season of family, merriment, and fun.  Regardless of your preference, I do, sincerely, hope you enjoy this time of year.

Of course, I’m still grounded in PA without an RV, but still having a good time.  Tomorrow it’s Christmas dinner at my brother’s house with lots of family and in-laws around.  Next week, a quiet celebration of the start of another year of life…and, for me, they just seem to be getting better and better.

Since my last post, my new acting “career” has picked up steam.  Besides the movies I mentioned from earlier this year, I have been a background actor on a couple of episodes of “House of Cards” (Netflix) and on the last 3 episodes of “VEEP” (HBO).  I have had the privilege of meeting Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright from HOC and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky on VEEP.  In fact, since I was on the season finale of VEEP, I worked on set with pretty much all the actors from that show.  I’ve had a great time and hope to continue working on these and other projects in the coming year.

I also was in a commercial being shown to doctors in the medical industry.  As far as money goes, commercials pay much better than background acting…of course, speaking parts in movies and TV shows pay more, too.  And, I have a good shot at being a background actor in “Creed”, the next installment of the “Rocky” movie franchise.  We start shooting that in late January in Philadelphia.

I’ve started some “voice acting”, too.  Again, it’s all low-budget, no pay projects at this time, but the producers/directors of these projects have been very positive about me.  So, maybe another fun activity for my new “creative” ventures.

I’ve reduced my toy purchases, mostly because I’ve been too busy to shop…lol.  But I did buy a small collapsible table, the Wenzel Portable Event Table.

One of the things I really like about this table are the four straps that extend from each table of the corner to the bottom of the legs.  By pulling these straps tight, it pulls the top taut and makes the table much more usable.  As you can see, it also has two cup holders.  It comes with a storage bag and I use it in my apartment right now to hold my recording equipment.  When I’m done recording, I can fold it up and store it in my closet.  I’m really considering getting a second one.

The other “toy” I’ve bought is a new travel coffee mug.  Most of my film and TV shoots are not in my home town, but require me to travel an hour and a half to two hours to get to the location.  And with 6:00 AM call times, I need some coffee to keep me going during those early morning drives.  So, a new, insulated, coffee mug was in order.  Thanks to the Daily Deals on Amazon, I got a new Thermos Coffee Mug.

This mug is vacuum insulated, holds 16 oz and is rated to keep drinks hot for 5 hours and cold for 9 hours.  It has a drink cap that seals well and even has a built in hook inside for a tea infuser, if that’s your choice of caffeine intake.  I’ll be able to give you a more in-depth review of how well it works after I’ve used it a few times.

Otherwise, I’m toy-free this Christmas…unless Amazon answers my request for an invitation to buy the new “Echo”.  If I get that, then, yes, I’m buying me a new toy.  If (when??) I get one, I’ll give you a write-up of what it does and how well it does it.

So, with that, I wish all a Happy Holiday Season.  I hope all of you have a great Christmas and a very, very Happy New Year.

See you soon,

Wayne from PA

Reporting from
WayneLand…the Laziest Place on Earth.