Being who I want to be, living how I want to live in this crazy town called Hollywood.

Long overdue update

So much has happened since the last time i wrote in my blog. Honestly I have thought about blogging several times but was afraid if I did then the awesome things that were happening would stop…so i didnt blog…until now. Thats right I am getting over my hopefully irrational fear and going to actually blog so here it goes…

So I have been living in Los Angeles for about 4 months now and it has been some of the most fulfilling time in my life. Of course it has been met with fear and hardships but what worthwhile adventures arent. Some highlights of the last 2 months I have gotten to perform at the Avalon (which just so happens to be the first place the Beatles ever performed in the US), perform on Rhona Bennet’s radio show(from En Vouge and Mickey Mouse Club) and meet Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner from Full House) and have great convo with her and her husband.

Jodie, myself, and Rhona on the radio show










I got to go to the Critics Choice Awards and mingle with Hollywood’s elite. I sat with Brett Ratner, got kissed on the cheek by an obviously intoxicated Meryl Streep, shook hands with Brad Pitt met Jason Segal and talked with Emma Stone and had lots of great conversation.

Jason Segal and I at the Critics Choice Awards

This was my first big awards show experience and it was incredible to say the least.  When I think back on that night it just seems so surreal. I have a feeling,though, that it wont be my last awards show.  I have also been working with some amazing musicians and friends, making music come alive. I am so grateful for my Italian brothers Luca and Edo, and Dustin.

Justin, Mykell, Luca, and Edo rooftop of LadyBug Studios in Downtown LA

I’ve been able to hang out with and songwrite alot with French,the lead singer of a band called Annie Automatic (look them up, they are awesome). He has become a great friend and a definite positive of the past couple months. In addition to just amazing friendships being formed and awesome opportunities that I DONT deserve, I have just really begun to rediscover things about myself that I absolutely love. I am even being reminded of how important it is to really love yourself despite what others may say or think.  I mean really loving yourself, not that pretending thing that most of us do…it comes out as conceit and not confidence usually.  Mostly I think it is just a cool thing to realize that self discovery doesnt end at 18 or 25. New places and new opportunities always serve as a catalyst of finding out who you are and what you are made of and for.  Just in the past 5 days I have been on 3 different film sets for 3 different projects and am even more convinced that I love acting. Not as much as music but its a close second.  After working with real professional actors and being in the most intense acting classes I have ever been a part of (Blog for another day) I firmly believe I am fully capable of being worthy of the title of ACTOR.  with that comes new goals and ambitions and I LOVE it!

I have been working on the set of this series that stars Maura Tierney (from ER) and Steven Weber (from Wings and Studio 60) and watching them and taking notes and working with them was eye opening.

Steven Weber and I on set

I cant really explain it other than to say seeing them at work put the craft into perspective for me and for the first time I saw it as work that requires practice and training and talent and courage.  I have my work cut out for me but anyone who knows me knows I love a challenge.

Maura Tierney and I on set

So taking the advice given to me by Jane Lynch I am going to say yes to every opportunity given to me (with the exception of porn) and be the best I can possibly be.  As my acting coach Taylor Brooks says “luck is bullshit. Real success comes when preparation meets opportunity.” So I will work to prepare myself for the opportunities that come my way. I am extremely excited about what the next few months could hold for me but in the meantime I am seriously enjoying my now! I hope you are too. I will try and be more consistent about blogging so the next one isnt as long. Thanks for reading.

One response

  1. Mike,

    Though I’m keeping up with you on Facebook the majority of the time these days, it is good to see your thoughts fleshed out in this manner. This part really encouraged me: “Mostly I think it is just a cool thing to realize that self discovery doesnt end at 18 or 25. New places and new opportunities always serve as a catalyst of finding out who you are and what you are made of and for.” At times when I feel stuck here in Savannah with the way life is going, this was an indirect reminder that new things will come everyday that will challenge me and help me grow in some way, shape, or form. Thanks for the post, Mike; still miss ya over here on the East Coast.

    “keep yourselves in the love of God…” – Jude 21a

    February 4, 2012 at 2:39 am

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