Sunday, October 22, 2006

Acting Stats - w/e Sunday 22 October 2006

Submissions - 32
Auditions - 0
Callbacks - 0
Bookings - 0

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sienna Miller

Pittsburgh - River Monogaheny

...was very, very wrong when she recently called Pittsbugh "Shitsburgh". I just spent a very enjoyable weekend in this lovely, hospitable and rapidly reviving ex-industrial city. Coming from Bradford in Yorkshire it all felt wonderfully familiar. Far too bloody cold for me in early October though !

Monday, October 16, 2006

Acting Stats - Second Week Oct 2006

Last week was very quiet :

36 submissions
1 audition
0 bookings

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Money Makes the World ...

Well this was going to be about something personal - like my laundry problems or wireless internet access in my new apartment. But instead I'm going to tell you that I'm starting down the road of raising US$50 million to invest across a portfolio of low budget feature films over the next 12 months.

I'm off to the American Film Market in 3 weeks to start meeting distributors, producers and good knows who else to start to develop a strategy and a business plan for a winning fund. Then I'll start raising capital in Europe next year.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Auditions in First Week of October.

Well it went a bit quiet for me last week with just two.

First was for a docu-drama voiceover for (you guessed) the History Channel. This time as Capt. James Riley of 1815 fame. I did a phone audition with text from the show and booked it that day.

Second was for a feature film - but I didn't actually attend it. Reason being it was on a Saturday and in Laguna Beach. Experience has taught me that this would be a micro-budget affair with enthusiastic amateurs making it happen evenings and weekends. To be honest I'm beyond that stage now. They are doing more this Saturday but I'm away in Pittsburgh so won't be able to make them either.

Had some interesting agent meetings to source a commercial agent who will get me out and working again. Present arrangements in that department are not working.

I know I know

I've got waylaid in the past 2 weeks by hunting for a new apartment in every spare moment i Had. I reviewed over 400 online and visited 40 or so. Anyway, that project is now over and I'm happily settled in a superb marina-side 1 bed apartment with views south across the water.

And I have now got a weekly blog plan. So I will be writing regularly!


Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Secret

As you might know I've been quite influenced by Landmark.

Well if you can't get access to Landmark or are not turned on by the idea watch The Secret DVD instead.

That's it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Claudette and Me in the same clothes I'd had on for 2 days thanks to United Airlines - and that stupid frigging beard affair on my chin. This was taken a few seconds before my ex-wife walked past me at Canary Wharf, London.

Katie somehow found a massuese in a pub on the South Bank in London .....

Anna and Brianna in Torquay

Bill being Bill in Brighton

Daddy Cool (Donovan, right) and Yours Truly

Nick in the Grapes on Narrow Street, London

Julie-Anne (left) at work in her Brighton studion gallery

Pia & Adrian

Canary Wharf, London

Mum & Brian

Euro Trash

Just a quick update - if anybody is still reading.

I spent 4 cold wet days in Sweden last week. But I did get to see a lot of my Mum and Brian. They're busy expanding their real estate empire and potentially buying a lovely place nearer a big town. I like Sweden. Outside of Stockholm it's deathly quiet which is good for a day or two but perhaps four days would have been a bit long if I hadn't spent it chatting to Mum.

I then had an ultra brief stay in London before facing the Bank Holiday crowds and flying to Malaga on Sunday. How I ADORE the Costa del Sol. The best climate in the world bar none. Sunny 340 days per year, never much hotter than 30C or colder than 10C. Great people, stunning views, lovely food, brilliant services on the coast and yet 30 minutes from unspoiled rural Spain in the mountains behind Marbella and Estapona. Spain is a fantastically grown up country now. Along with the UK and Ireland it has changed out of all recognition in the last 20 years from a poor, downtrodden place to a vibrant, exciting economic powerhouse. The energy here is engaging in the least.
I'm staying with my close friend Eglee (1/2 Venezuelan, 1/2 Italian, 1/2 English and 1/2 Spanish) and her son James in her lovely, friendly home. I always feel so at peace here and yet strangely energised by the place at the same time. I do more clear thinking in 3 days in Marbella than anywhere else on the planet. And this time I've finally come up with a complete re-write structure for the Fox-Hunt pilot (that has been eluding me for 2 months) and an operational plan for my acting "business" that fits right in with my strategic plans of global domination in 15 years ! You see after I've become a movie star (which I will) and started producing my own block-busters (which I will) I'm going to buy 200 acres of Marbella real-estate and build a movie studio with backlots and sound stages a la Los Angeles model. In this climate my clients from around the world will be able to shoot movies all year in my Paris, London and other street scenes without worrying about the winter rains that California gets. And without having to decamp to remote Australia between November and April for exteriors. Of course having some of the finest hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs, boats and services right on the door-step will also be a big attraction for both cast and crew to work here. And my European clients will love my "Main Street USA" set that means they don't have to shift huge numbers of people and equipment through the expensive and time consuming immigration and security nighmare that entry to the USA has now become. And a little bird tells me that Disney is finally shutting up it's ill thought out EuroDisney operation in Paris and moving it to Estapona where it will operate for 12 months a year in sunshine instead of 6 months of grey drizzle! So I'll be in good company. Any investors with a few tens of millions are welcome to make themselves known now and potentially get in on the gorund floor. I've already thought through my global sales operation to ensure that the studio complex is constantly running at capacity and turning healthy profits.