Monday, August 20, 2007

Danielle's first swim!

Took me a while to get this post up, with all that's been happening this summer (more on that later). But while I was filming Prison Break in Dallas, our friends the Dugans invited Mary and Big D over for a swim. Kylie and Sean treated her like their own sister. Robert took a bunch of photos, including this one. You can see from this photo that Danielle, as usual, developed a quick crush on Sean.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Free at last

Today I quit.

For better or worse, I am now a professional actor. Woo-hoo!

Of course, in a week or so, I could be an unemployed professional actor. That's the risk, when you're working on a week-to-week contract, as I am with Prison Break. But you know what? It still beats working in a 6x6' cube.

Actually, as cube farms go, my former employer was a pretty good one. The people were great, the job was challenging, benefits were excellent, and the salary was decent. Also, my bosses were very understanding of my desire to make a life in the arts, and worked with me until it just became unfeasible, which is why I offered my resignation.

But the bottom line is, I don't care about insurance. Does anybody, really? I mean, it's a living, and a comfortable one, but seeing my Dad fighting for his life at age 59 opened my eyes. This is not my "rehearsal life"; this is my LIFE. I've always taken chances, but after seven years of making good, comfortable, corporate money, I had gotten a little complacent. This show was a kick in the pants, and the opportunity for me to make a leap of faith. So I jumped.

Strangely enough, making a multi-million dollar film or television series is a lot like running projects in a corporation. There's definitely a hierarchy, various agendas, and "office politics" at work. And the director's job is largely project management, along with a "system architect" role, perhaps. But even though what we're working on is mere entertainment, it feels more honest. We don't delude ourselves that we're doing something of deep philosophical importance, but we're all very committed to it.

And, as it turns out, a lot more people seem to care about this silly television show than they do insurance companies. Prison Break is the number one rated show in this country and several others, apparently, and has a huge international following (I had no idea). People aren't nearly as impressed with my corporate resume, alas. :-)

So, this is a scary time for Mary and I (Danielle doesn't seem to care, either way).

But it's also an exciting and fun new chapter in our lives. I look forward to turning the page.