Background Break

Background acting has been an extremely enlightening and fun experience, but I’m going to miss it.

I’ve decided that after I finish my job for the show Outlaw tomorrow, I will be taking an indefinite break from this cool little gig. But before I post the reasons why, here’s a quick list of what makes it so much fun.

It’s Not Hard Work: When compared to other jobs I could be working for minimum wage, this trumps them all. It’s about maybe 3 hours of work per day and the rest of the time is spent sitting around while they prepare the next scene.

Free Meals: I don’t think I need to say anything else other than I shouldn’t be eating this much. But it’s soooo good.

8 Hour Days A Rarity: Being on the set for 8 hours is definitely a rarity and you’re usually there a good 12 hours. This sounds good monetarily but again, it is a minimum wage job so at the end of the day, 12 hours gets me a little over $100 a day (on average, minus bumps).

It Shows EDD I’m Trying to Find Work: EDD likes to see that people receiving unemployment benefits are at least attempting to look for work, and this is one way I’m showing it to them. The downside is that I have to claim all of my income and it is then deducted from my unemployment checks.

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Desperate Times

Peeps, as if my “Why You Should Hire Me” post wasn’t enough of an indication, I’m getting desperate for work. I can explain more in another post later.

And while searching the online classified ads I came across a business opportunity that, to be quite honest, was like nothing I’d ever seen (and made me wonder why I never thought of it).

Here’s the pitch. Women have Mary Kay, Tupperware, The Pampered Chef, etc. All of this is great–if you’re a woman. But what if there was a company that peddled products designed specifically for the male set and offered the opportunity for guys to hang around with the guys, drink beer, and sample products like gourmet steaks and chicken?

Enter Man Cave Worldwide, a company which does just that. And I won’t bore you with all the details but if you click here, you can get a quick rundown of how it all works.

This is how desperate I am now. I’m actually considering this. (That, or going back to selling tickets at Knott’s Berry Farm. At least I can get the family in for free whenever it pleases me.)

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Two Cats, One Box

What were you thinking? It’s just Ozzie and Monte doing…something in a cardboard box.

Happy Caturday!

Why You Should Hire Me

Want to know what my inbox has been like lately? Here are some excerpts of what I’ve seen.

From a local grocery chain regarding the position of Team Leader, August 3, 2010:

We have considered your application carefully and unfortunately at this time we will not be progressing it any further. We will keep your application on file for one year to consider for future opportunities.

(Note: they could use a proofreader as “progressing it” makes no sense.)

From a financial institution regarding the position of Bank Teller, August 25, 2010:

At this present time, there are other candidates whose qualifications more closely match the requirements for this position and we will be moving forward with them in the recruiting process.

From a major pharmacy chain regarding the position of Store Management, August 26, 2010:

After a thorough review of your resume, we have decided to pursue other candidates whose skills and experiences more closely meet our current needs.

(Note: they offered a complete training package even if you had minimal management experience, but I guess being a Department Manager at the World’s Largest Retailer for three years wasn’t good enough for them.)

Then there’s the letter I received from the company whose name is one letter off from Carfax, regarding the position of Auto Salesperson. It was pretty much the same as the ones listed above and frankly, I don’t know where it is to scan and post it.

No, checking my e-mail has not been very much fun lately because it’s been nothing but a barrage of denial letters the usual anti-Obama rhetoric from my Republican-’til-I-die father-in-law. About the only job offers I’ve been getting have been for those life insurance companies that, once I checked their backgrounds, turned out to be scams. And I often get calls from places that won’t give me the details of the job they are looking to fill but are more than eager to speak with me.

It’s actually getting to a point where I want to befriend one of those e-mail guys from Nigeria and hope that he is indeed the missing link between me and my long lost uncle ARISTOTLE MORENO III, who was killed in a freak plane accident off the coast of Barbados and had somewhere near $31 million USD in savings, with me being his only heir.

Yeah, it’s that bad. And my unemployment is up in October so who knows what I’m going to do if nothing steady turns up. (Oranges + shopping cart + freeway exit = profit?) About the only thing I could do is book myself at least three, perhaps four times a week for background acting work. Or somehow end up joining SAG and getting twice the hourly rate I’m getting now. But if not then I might as well leave the keys in both of the cars and wait for the Repo Depot to come around and take them away.

And despite me telling myself that it’ll get better, it’s getting harder and harder to believe.

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My Fellow Parents

Perhaps you’re feeling the same way.

Summer is almost over and our son is driving us nuts. Seriously crazy. Practically insane. To top it off, it’s been a rather cool summer up to this point when the temperatures finally began to reach the 90s.

Combine that heat with being home with him all day with little money to do much else and you get the idea. He’s gonna drive me to the Loony Bin.

Which is why I offer you, my fellow parents, this classic Staples commercial from a few years back that subtly sums up how Ann and I are feeling at this very moment.

I hope that makes you feel better or at least gets a laugh from you. Because Lord knows we all need one right now.

Oh, and I was booked for my 5th show tomorrow. I will be playing the role of a teacher for No Ordinary Family, which is filmed at Disney Studios so this might be interesting. And unfortunately, I had to cancel my gig for The Middle on Monday due to a sour stomach. Believe me, I didn’t want to do it but I was having trouble keeping food down and heading to the bathroom often. Not a good situation to be in when filming a TV show.

Speaking of which, I’ve since added all of the shows I’ve worked on to my Local Filming/Background page. I will update as needed.

Gotta go get my wardrobe ready for tomorrow then get to bed. It might be an early morning tomorrow but we were told our call times may be changing when we wake up. So either way, I have to wake up early to see when I need to be at the studios.

Ah, the life of a part-time background actor… 🙂