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“Help!” she cried.

While waiting at the Western Avenue Blue Line stop en route to yet another film set, idling my time with yet another round of Ruzzle on yet another smartphone, my attention was drawn by some distant caterwauling: a couple fighting … Continue reading

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Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

A short collection of sites dedicated to pushing back against the more alarming actions taken by the Trump Administration. Continue reading

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Excerpt from an Unwritten Autobiography: First Father Figure

“Mad Jack” was the kindest and most accurate nickname our family could think of for my father. Although circumstances of his death remain slightly shaded in mystery, it did appear he had a stroke, or something similar, in December 2006 … Continue reading

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Excerpt from an Unwritten Autobiography: First Memories

DISCLAIMER: This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post (at least intentionally – I will have to contact my therapist to confirm).  Rather, it is a still from a January 2017 episode of CHICAGO PD in which I … Continue reading

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Extra Extra 4: Hot Under The Collar

Throughout September, October, November and December of 2016, I whiled away a sizable chunk of time indulging my interest in being an extra, or as some kinder behind-the-scenes wranglers call us, background actors. In that time, I have played a … Continue reading

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Extra Extra 3: That Guy

As anyone who has worked as extra will attest, the main thrust of the job is waiting. In the couple of months I have worked on a handful of TV shows – and even spotted myself once for a blistering … Continue reading

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Extra Extra 2: Games For Background Artists

I am certainly enjoying living out a bit of a personal fantasy by being an extra a/k/a background artist, as it is a kick to be on set and watch the well-oiled machine of directors, assistant directors, associate producers, technicians, … Continue reading

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