This may be valuable news for all of us. Please read.


Thanks to Noah for bringing this to my attention. Many of us have had discussion regarding the slow and seeming methodical loss of human interaction and communication as technology relieves us of the responsibility. Of course, being relieved of it has resulted in the loss of it. Technology has it’s place in life, but not meant to replace life.




Thank you Jimmy, for bringing this article to my attention. Those of you who struggle with the concept of being a creative individual will benefit from this article. Those of you who believe they don’t struggle, will recognize many aspects of your process shared by other creative individuals.


New For The Crew

As of March, 2014, the following has occurred:

  1. DANIEL DITOMASSO booked a part in the film, ORIGAMI FOX. He will be playing the part of CREW.
  1. NEIL HOPKINS has booked a SERIES REGULAR role on the new project MATADOR, directed by Robert Rodriguez, playing the part of NOAH.
  1. JULIA WHELAN is GUEST STARRING in the ABC Pilot, WARRIORS, as DARLA OLNEY. If it goes to series, it will be RECURRING.

Be Mindful

I want to thank Julie for sharing a poignant story that gave strong value to an app called: Mindfulness Bell. It can be downloaded on Android or iPhone.

It is free and can be of value to anyone who wants to have a moment every hour, few hours, or as you wish to reflect on a statement, feeling, development, or curiosity. A zen bell will sound on your phone to keep you mindful. Could be about the audition room, focus, integrity, intimacy, or any specific aspect of your work that you want to stay mindful of. Check it out. You can make the settings fit your personal circumstances. Look forward to your thoughts.

New For The Crew

As of February 2014 the following has occurred:

  1. MAX ADLER is doing a Series Long Recurring Role on the ABC Family Show SWITCHED AT BIRTH. He will be playing the part of TANK, a fraturnity brother Bay  befriends in her college art class.
  1. VALERIE AZLYNN has finished shooting the movie THE MOUNTAINTOP. She plays the part of PEG ANDREWS. She has also just wraped on the movie BABYSITTER, playing the lead as HAILEY LONGWAYHER. She has also recently asked back to appear on CRAIG FERGUSON. She will also be entertaining our troops overseas as part of a USO TOUR. After that, she returns to SULLIVAN & SON as MELANIE.
  1. DANIEL DITOMASSO will be returning to THE WITCHES OF EASTEND as Series Regular KILLIAN for a second season.
  1. TASSO FELDMAN is doing a Series Long Recurring Character on the new ABC show BLACK BOX. He will be playing the role of Leo.
  1. TIFFANY HINES has booked a Season Long Recurring Guest Star role on DEVIOUS MAIDS as DIDI. She has also been asked to do another episode of BONES in a Recurring Guest Star role. She has also been asked to do reshoots for BACKSTROM.
  1. LAINE NEIL booked a commercial for BCBG.
  1. CORNELIUS SMITH JR went through a three month process and has won a nationwide contest sponsored by ABC TV. He will be placed under contract with them for one year as they look for the right project.
  1. JIMMY TAYLOR booked a guest staring role on CRIMINAL MINDS playing the part of  RODNEY.
In some of our work we have dealt with the immediacy of the negative having lasting effect, while the accomplishment of the positive comes and goes quickly. The negative lasts after the fact, so maybe that has conditioned us to look for the positive to last in a similar way. Are we looking in the wrong place? Maybe it’s an opposite identity; the positive is taking place before the fact. Learning to live in the now may be an achievement, but quickly lost if you are unable to remember how you got there.
Thank you Tasso, for sharing this quote.
From a book called, “Moon-walking with Einstein,” by Josua Foer
How we perceive the world and how we act in it are products of how and what we remember. We’re all just a bundle of habits shaped by our memories. And to the extent that we control our lives, we do so by gradually altering those habits, which is to say the networks of our memory. No lasting joke, invention, insight, or work of art was ever produced by an external memory. (external memory: information we store on hard drives of computing devices, ex.a photograph)  Not yet, at least. Our ability to find humor in the world, to make connections between previously unconnected notions, to create new ideas, to share in a common culture: All these essentially human acts depend on memory. Now more than ever, as the role of memory in our culture erodes at a faster pace than ever before, we need to cultivate our ability to remember. Our memories make us who we are. They are the seat of our values and source of our character. Competing to see who can memorize more pages of poetry might seem beside the point, but it’s about taking a stand against forgetfulness, and embracing primal capacities from which to many of us have become estranged. That’s what Ed had been trying to impart to me from the beginning: that memory training is not just for the sake of performing party tricks; it’s about nurturing something profoundly and essentially human.




Emotional Accessibility

As we have said, in many ways, we are wanting to reclaim that which has been taken from us, driven inside us, or pushed away from us. It’s there, it available, if you can access it and not let others get in the way of it, or feel like they can prevent you from it. Auditions are for you, not for them. Please watch Henry Thomas audition for ET. I look forward to your thoughts.


The feelings and thoughts Mr. Doyle has used to illuminate this universal experience can be substituted by a myriad of other images from each and every one of us. Brian Doyle is an author of mostly children’s books. Go figure.

“When young we think there will come one person who will savor and sustain us always; when we are older we know this is the dream of a child, that all hearts finally are bruised and scarred, scored and torn, repaired by time and will, patched by force of character, yet fragile and rickety forevermore, no matter how ferocious the defense and how many bricks you bring to the wall. You can brick up your heart as stout and tight and hard and cold and impregnable as you possibly can and down it comes in an instant, felled by a woman’s second glance, a child’s apple breath, the shatter of glass in the road, the words ‘I have something to tell you,’ a cat with a broken spine dragging itself into the forest to die, the brush of your mother’s papery ancient hand in a thicket of your hair, the memory of your father’s voice early in the morning echoing from the kitchen where he is making pancakes for his children.” – Brian Doyle

The last posts of poetry have compelled another crew member to share a poem born from Constantine P. Cavafy, a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. Please read when you have a moment… and I don’t even like poetry… I thought.


As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.