5/31/2019-ACTING-Pics/Recap from “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” Now Online

5/25-26/2019 – My last two days filming on “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal.” I rented a car for this and made my way out to East Nassau, NY in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Overall-on all days-filming went by pretty fast. There were a couple of major scenes where it took longer, but everything went great. I got to meet the rest of the cast and everyone involved in this has been wonderful to work with. As you can see from the pics there were three different masks I had to wear. The black one had a habit of tickling my nose. It actually had to be cut off me at one point. They all fit my watermelon/horse head well though 🙂 I was able to not only do some interesting vocal tone changes in this one but was able to add some “spice” to my dialogue as well as things happening in several scenes. Me and actress Jennifer Lefsyk actually teamed up a few times while doing this. I also have to admit I that I did “borrow” a little from some past roles I’ve done for this one 🙂 I spent the night in the changing room-which had been overflowing earlier with women’s clothing- and things were just going pretty quick. I didn’t sleep much all the nights before I had to film-but a little more before the last night. I have to admit to being surprised at the choice of the apron I was told to wear -thanks Dan 🙂 ………. -For me, Saturday was several small scenes and one large action/dialogue scene. I even got to do a little duet singing with Jennifer 🙂 Sunday was similar except it was one larger dialogue scene, one medium dialogue scene, and several smaller ones. In contrast, I believe I was in about 18 smaller ones for my first day alone. The last day is always bittersweet cause things are wrapping but so is all the fun and just fast as it started, it’s over. It was great working with everyone involved in cast & crew on this. Thank to Meigg Marie, Mary Adams, Carolyn Shields, Brynn Alyson, Alonnie Ailligan, Courtney Brown, Sarah Randall, Jaime Jung, Jeff Kirkendall, Kevin Miner, JB Sapienza, Rachael Redolfi, Demon Boy, Vic Sage and David Weaver for the great work as well as for putting up with me 🙂 Extra thanks to Jennifer Lefsyk for not only being a joy to work of off, but for being my partner in “spice” as well not to mention putting up with the verbal assault I was unleashing on her during filming (check out the film for some extra “spicy” points) 🙂 And, of course, huge thanks to Dan and Henrique for casting me in this role and believing I could deliver – as well as not having me wear pink this time (which was my idea but hey…) 🙂 Hopefully, we (all cast/crew) will work together on future projects. I’m looking forward to seeing this come out and the reactions 🙂

-Pics can be seen on my Acting Page on Facebook via the link below.

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5/24/2019-ACTING- Day 1 Filming on “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” Begins (5/22/19)

-On April 1 (April Fool’s Day), 2019 I was contacted by director/writer Dan Wilder (who I had worked with last year on the short film MERCURY SCREAMS) in regards to having a role in a new feature film he was involved in called ‘Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal (BSMHM).” It’s actually part of a horror franchise created by producer Henrique Couto, where he already made the first film and just recently had a successful Kickstarter Campaign to make three more. Click HERE to check it out. Dan sent me the script and I immediately presumed that he wanted me to play the role of the heavy-a rock musician named Viper. Imagine my surprise when Dan told me that not only had that role been cast, but both he and Henrique wanted me to play the main lead role of Billy Draggs. I said I’d think about it (HA!). Of course, I said yes (after intense negotiations…I got my 2 slices of pizza minimum per day in there 😀 ). The rest of the cast was filled up in the coming weeks. As some might know, I always like to add a little “spice” to my dialogue when I’m allowed to. Not only was Dan cool with that, but I was also even able to put in suggestions for things happening in a number of scenes. Not just for my benefit either. If the production team and film win, then all the cast and crew win so I always give as much input as I’m allowed to. The rest of the cast filled up soon after. I was happy to be working again with Jennifer Lefsyk again (we worked together on “ROMEO 3000” years ago and she was just awesome) and was looking forward to filming with her and the rest of the cast and crew.

-A week before filming was to start, the guy playing Viper had to drop out. The idea of me playing both Billy and Viper was thrown around and was put in the “last option” file, but we didn’t have to worry cause two actors filled the role. Looking at the shooting schedule-it looked quite ambitious IMO. My first day would be my busiest day in terms of the number of scenes I’d have to be filming. While “Romeo 3000” was the film where I had the most dialogue (currently), this one looks to currently being the one where I’m in the most scenes as well as a lot of dialogue. In BSMHV I’m in 36 of the 56 scenes-18 of which were shot on Day One. I have to admit I didn’t expect to be filming scenes that fast, but I trust Henrique and Dan cause I know they’re going to do the best they can for this. Not to mention maybe I actually starting to get better (Nah… 🙂 ). I had a great time. It was great meeting new and older cast/crew who were involved in this and they were all great. I haven’t been on set for the last two days (but I heard they were all knocking it out of the park) but I will be there for the next two-and time for me to jack up the intensity! \m/

-Pics from the first day of filming on “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” can be seen on my acting page on Facebook via the link below.

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5/18/2019-ACTING – “Hex” Released on You Tube

-The short film “Hex” (AKA “She Dances With Matches”) which I worked on last year has been released on YouTube. Directed by Frankie Heagle. I play the role of a hired killer named Roy in this. Filmed up in Oswego County in 2018. It was a fun project to work on. Starring Sydney Lattenhauer, Tim Smith and myself. Looks like I have a new stage name via the credits (“Wayne J. Johnson”) 😀 It was great working with everyone involved and thank you for having me onboard for this.

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5/17/2019-R.I.P. Grumpy Cat

-On May 17, 2019 it was announced that GRUMPY CAT (AKA Tardar Sauce) had passed away. All the info in regards to that is in the pic above. Grumpy Cat was a major internet sensation and has probably a million or more memes created from her pics. For all the “grumpiness” in her pics, she brought a lot of happiness to so many people-including myself. I’m a big fan of Grumpy Cat and, if I had the money, would’ve bought even more Grumpy Cat merc than I already have. I used to buy an ex of mine Grumpy Cat merch cause she was a big fan as well. Seven years old is too young for a kitty to pass on but it happens… They say that cats have nine lives, but for us cat lovers, we all know that nine lives is never enough. I hope that her brother Pokey is doing OK-as well as the rest of her family. R.I.P. Grumpy. I’ll miss you… 😦

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5/14/2019-R.I.P. Tim Conway

-On May 14, 2019 Tim Conway passed away at the age of 85. I remember watching him on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and would laugh my butt off at how funny he (and the rest of the cast) was. One of my favorites with that show was whenever Tim was teamed up with Harvey Korman as he tried (in vain) to hold back laughing when Tim was doing his lines. It just made the skits even more enjoyable to watch. In 2018, Tim was diagnosed with dementia and his death was due to complications with Normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), of which dementia is a classic symptom. Above is one of my favorite skits of his with Harvey – “The Dentist” and below is a heartfelt tribute to Tim from Carol. R.I.P. Tim and thanks for the laughs.

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5/3/2019-ACTING-Bonnie Gillespie’s FREE Acting Training Videos (21 in all) for May 2019

*UPDATED – MAY 19, 2019*
Back in 2011, when I started down the path of acting, the book store Borders was closing a whole bunch of their stores. I went in there and bought A LOT of books on various subjects-the two biggest ones were Music and Acting. I’ve always been a big reader and believe it’s a great pathway for learning. One of those books was BONNIE GILLESPIE‘s book SELF-MANAGEMENT FOR ACTORS. A great book and highly recommended (in fact, I need to read this again at least a few more times myself). In May 2019, Bonnie is celebrating 20 years of helping actors with the business side of things so, to celebrate that, she’s putting out 20 (plus one bonus) videos during the month of May. It’s great stuff and I will do my best to share them all in this post as they are online cause there’s great stuff in them. On her Facebook page, you can also see questions people ask in the comments as well as links to things mentioned in the various videos as follow-ups. Enjoy!

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #1 – YOUR TRUE NORTH

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #2 – LAUNCH AT 85%

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #3 – YOUR MOST CASTABLE TYPE AND BRAND

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #4 – ROCK YOUR HEADSHOT

-Link to the HOMEWORK

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #5 – RESUME FENG SHUI

-Links to RESUME / BILLING / RESUME TEMPLATES

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #6 – YOUR FOOTAGE

-Link to YOUR TYPE AND BRAND REVEALED

-Link to INVERTED PYRAMID

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #7 – DATA

-Link to THE AGENT WOW KIT

-Link to HOW TO GET AN AGENT

-Link to PASSPORT CREDITS

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #8 – TARGETING

-Link to WEB OF TRUST

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #9 – REP TARGETING

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #10 – YOUR WEB PRESENCE

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #11 – YOUR LOGLINE

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #12 – YOUR BIO

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #13 – YOUR COVER LETTER

BONNIE GILLESPIE’S FREE ACTING TRAINING VIDEO #14 – ROCK THE MEETING

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4/24/2019-ACTING-“Transformation” Available For Viewing On You Tube

“Transformation” (HEWITT FILMS) is now available for viewing on You Tube for FREE. Directed by Brian Hewitt, who also stars in the film. Others include Jack Gargaro, Anwar Armstrong, Jody Pucello, Cassandra Hayes, Mu-Shaka Benson, Greta Volkova, Leila Dean, Michelle Dibernardo and more. I play the role of a demon named Malachi. Check it out and, if you’d like, let me know what you think-thanks!

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