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Friday, September 16, 2005

Amazing!

I am blown away by all your responses to the last topic. I am honored and humbled that some of the finest examples of humanity visit this site. Thank You!!

Last week I was in New York auditioning for Broadway. It seems like a far cry from the jungle, but I was indeed up for a role in Disney's Tarzan musical. Phil Collins of Phil Collins/Genesis fame wrote the music for the show as well as the animated Disney feature. I can now say I have performed personally for Phil Collins, who was at my audition. Don't buy tickets to the show just yet. It looks like it will be a great show but it won't be happening until next year and regardless I don't think you'll be seeing me in it. However I have a new appreciation for the way New Yorkers approach entertainment compared to how we do it here in LA. What an awesomely fast paced city!! And despite what you may have heard, New Yorkers are some of the kindest folks around.

Which leads us to the topic for this week. What have you been working on lately? What fresh ideas have you fashioned or inspired perspectives through which to see the world? This is very open ended so feel free to express yourself here this week.

All Things Possible!
Chris

5 Comments:

  • At 8:47 PM, September 16, 2005 , Anonymous Davew said...

    What have I been working on creatively the past week - sadly not much (well, I am in rehearsal for a play with my local theatre group which does help keep the creative juices flowing). But, I wanted to say that I agree with you about New York City. Being a "small town" boy at heart I wouldn't necessarily want to live there, but I sure enjoy visiting. There's something exciting about the pace of life in NYC, especially Manhattan, and you can always find something you didn't see or notice before.

    And, if I may make a plug of sorts, I just finished reading "Letters to a Young Actor" by Robert Brustein a past dean of the Yale Drama School and a pillar of the American theatre. His book gives, in my opinion, an excellent review of the "legitimate" theatre experience from the creative side of things (acting, etc.) as well as some great advice for the actor just starting out including the amount of dedication and work required to really pursue a career. Even though I can no longer be described as a "young" actor (though I'm not "old" either!) I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable.

    But back on topic, I'll be working on some writing this coming week among a few other creative things, too including participating in an evening of "unlikely" theatre where a bunch of people get to perform, including me, in roles that we probably wouldn't normally be cast in or just to express ourselves in other ways (dance, pantomime, etc). Should be quite an experience. That's all from me for now!

    Dave

    DaveW

     
  • At 9:02 AM, September 17, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi, Chris.

    Firstly, let's talk about your comment regarding your audition: "I don't think you'll be seeing me in it." Someone I consider to be a good friend consistently makes the comment "All things possible" and I believe him. Maybe you should take his advice as well.

    Secondly, I have been working on me this past week. It is something I do on a regular basis. I have been making sure that the words I use verbally and in writing are worth hearing. I also do my best to use my comedic personality to make folks smile and laugh. If we did more smilling and laughing, we probably would not have time for shooting and killing.

    Thanks for making us think, Chris!

    Love to all,
    Patrick

     
  • At 11:48 AM, September 17, 2005 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hey Patrick, good point about "All things possible"!!! It made me laugh. Chris, I think you should listen to him!!! (BTW, Jaschenka just recently gave me a copy of the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins)

    I too try to make people around me smile, so I have to agree on that with Patrick as well.

    What I have been working on lately, well, I have been updating a lot of stuff, at work things are constantly changing and I am in charge of the website of our department on the company's intranet and also the work manual for my job, so I was very pleased to have finished bringing both up to date last week. I also just finished updating Kieren's website with stuff from the One Tree Hill DVD Box that came out last week.

    For fresh ideas and inspiration I actually come to this website (!) and I also found some interesting food for thought in the books by Richard Feynman I am currently reading. One thing he said that stuck in my mind especially was "We are all given the keys to Heaven. Those same keys open the doors of hell as well". I find that to be very true. So let's all try to use them for Heaven only!

    Have a great weekend everyone!
    Ute

     
  • At 6:06 AM, September 18, 2005 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    @DaveW: great addition to the fan contribution page you made there, I loved it! Can't wait to read more.

    @Chris: What do you mean 'I don't think you'll be seeing me in it.'?!
    'All the things you've dreamed of,
    the visions that you saw.
    Well the time is drawing near now, it's yours to claim it all..'


    You should give yourself more credit, Chris, I'm certain you'll end up on that stage some time soon..may not be this time..but ATP (hm, where have I heard that before..)!!!

    Besides from doing the usual doodling this week I've been writing a tutorial from my latest drawing 'Orien'. I've had a couple of requests from friends saying 'How do you do that?' and since I like to share I decided to write them a little step-by-step scenario to get them started.Can't wait to get some feedback on that.
    Other than that I've been trying a new approach on an excersize just this morning at doggyschool, since my little Sam suddenly decided that an excersize that he's been doing faultless for two years is actually very boring and he 'forgot' the whole routine. Now we need to figure out a way to get him back on track and for the first time in three weeks I saw some positive change in his behaviour today. Yeah!! (Border Collies -'smartest dogs in the world'. Can somebody please tell that TO MY DOG!!)
    This week I'm hoping to get back to my costumes, after an overdosis of inspiration since my visit to the Fellowship Festival in London. I've seen so many cool things (fun foam!!) that I want to try and I'm eager to get started..
    Be Inspired!!

     
  • At 9:35 AM, September 19, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey You Guys!!! I love it! You got me at my own game!! (Thanks Patick!) LOL! Let me be clear. I had a wonderful audition for Tarzan in New York and they were kind enough to let me know that although they enjoyed my performance, I was not the type they were looking for in the role. It is such a gift to know right away the outcome of an audition as actors usually never get any feedback from an audition. This was a lovely professional courtesy and I'm very grateful.

    Congrats Dave on your show. I hope you have all had a chance to read Dave's short story on the Literature section of the Fan Contribution page. Jaschenka, maybe you'd like to share the tutorial on the Fan Contribution page as well?? I for one am amazed with your drawing (if you haven't seen it, she did a great likeness of yours truly on the Fan Contribution page)and would love to know how you do it!

    Thanks all so much for writing in! Love your insights, humor, and heart perspectives. Keep it coming!

    All Things Possible!!!!
    Chris

     

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