Thursday, February 17, 2011

DRONES COVER CONTEST WINNER

We had some fantastic entries for the DRONES Soundtrack Cover Contest. In fact they were all so awesome that I wanted to share them with you here.

But we had to choose a winner and that just happens to be the lovely and talented Isaac Goodhart:



Thank you to all who entered! You guys are amazing!

Monday, February 14, 2011

KING'S ENGLISH BOOK SIGNING POSTPONED!

Due to the same "bloody" mystery job - I have to postpone the King's English book signing tomorrow night in Salt Lake City! We are trying to reschedule as I write this - so more information about the new dates should be available soon!

Thank you for bearing with me and a double helping of thanks to The King's English Bookshop for being so understanding!

Art for Art's Sake

That is my new mantra.

I recently read Patti Smith's book, "Just Kids" and I realized that I had not been creating art for art's sake. Somehow I had lost the thread, was caught up in other things, and the point had been missed. Instead of creating just for the sheer joy of creation, I had gotten caught up in something strangely insidious: the need to make a living as an artist.

I know that sounds perfectly ridiculous when I say it out loud - or type it on this heretofore blank page. Everyone has to make a living, right? You gotta put food on the table, buy a few sturdy pairs of shoes for the kiddos, pay your cable bill. Totally reasonable.

NOT reasonable.

Not when art ceases to be art and becomes money. I don't want to live my life that way, where conspicuous consumption overshadows my need to be creative. I want to make things because I am moved to make them, not because I am trying to please someone, or I am trying to sell said art.

It just seems stupid to chase after art like it's a business.

I make the stupidest shit when I'm doing that.

This thought has become even clearer in my head as the days wear on. Especially now that we live in a time when, for me, being an actor isn't really a legitimate way to make a living anymore. I haven't made enough money as an actor in the past three years to support myself. If I wasn't writing books and signing my name with a sharpie in echoing convention halls, I'd be living in the spare room at my dad's - sorry, dad, I know that you would love to have me and the space is great, but somehow it's not quite right for me...YET. Who knows, I may be in that spare room sooner than I think.

I still work as an actor, but when you make 100 bucks a day (or no money 'cause it's deferred) and the work is super intermittent at best, well, you ain't buying your baby a new computer with that. Occasionally, the Gods smile down on me and Shonda Rhimes calls - then I make enough money as an actor to keep my Health Insurance. But those gigs are getting fewer and far between. And not just for me, but for every working actor.

Now, I'm not really complaining - yes, you are, a little voice in my head says - but all of the above seriously puts a damper on me supporting myself as an artist. And the crappy thing is that I have it way better than the majority of artists...they're REALLY starving. At least I've got a roof over my head and food on my table.

I don't know what the answers are. I just know that I have to start creating things for myself and if other people dig what I'm doing then great. But I can't make art because I want fame, fortune or casual sex with groupies - actually, the casual sex with groupies has never applied to my life, but even if it did, it would not be a good reason to make crappy art.

I guess what I am going to do is continue to write my books (which are art, too, so when writing them I just gotta write what moves me) and put my food on the table that way and then I can act if I want to, make movies if i want to, write internet porn if I want to and sit on the couch doing absolutely nothing for long stretches of time if I want to...and if none of these other endeavors never makes a dime...well, who gives a shit. I'm just gonna let it ride.

All I know is that I don't know nothing.

Oh, and that I'm making art for art's sake, so screw what anyone else thinks.

amen.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MYSTERIOUS GALAXY SIGNING Date Change

Due to a super secret acting gig that I cannot talk about (blood is involved), we are changing the date of the Mysterious Galaxy signing of Serpent's Storm from the 22nd of February to the 28th. Here is the new info:

MYSTERIOUS GALAXY
Monday, February 28nd
7pm
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste 302
San Diego, CA
92111
(858) 268-4747

Be there or I will find you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

'DRONES' COVER CONTEST!

As I write this, Adam Busch, Jonathan Dinerstein, Dan Bern and Common Rotation are finishing the soundtrack for our film, DRONES. But wanting to include you in the process, they had an interesting idea: why not have a contest to see who can come up with the best album cover for the soundtrack?!

Basically, the rules are simple:

1) Watch the trailer here

2) Make some art

3) Post your work on the DRONES movie twitter or Facebook page*

Fun will be had by all and the winner will get their artwork immortalized on the cover of the DRONES movie soundtrack!

*The contest will go for one week starting today 2/7 and ending on 2/14 - Valentine's Day!