Tuesday, August 21, 2007

re: No Subject

What it be like peoples out there in the real world?

So as you may or may not know, I've got a big show coming up Sept 20th. It's my first live performance here in LA and is much needed. Sometimes you gotta get on stage and do your thing to remember that you're actually good at something. lol So I'm pretty excited about it. I'm finishing the script, have a couple production meetings now, and looking to have a great show.

Also, on the heels of our '818' script, we just finished a comedy. It's funny too. Hence the word 'comedy'.

That's about it. Back to the 1 man show script. I'll hollllllllllllla

J Lizzle

Thursday, August 02, 2007

What Will Yours Be?

I'm just chillin at my place right now watching tv. I went to the gym and came home, took a shower, and plopped down on my couch. I just finished watching the Late Show with Dave Letterman and Matt Damon is on. To all my aspiring actors out there, in my opinion, there is almost no better class to take than watching other successful people. Really watch them and listen to them. Either in person, or on the red carpet, or in personal interviews like Inside The Actors Studio. I say this because you really get a chance to learn that, at one point, they were EXACTLY where you were. Stop and think about that for a sec. At one point, the most successful people that we idolize and try to shape our careers after, were at one point, nobody on the scale of 'fame' or 'successful'.

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In the Matt Damon interview, he said something that caught my attention. When he did the 1st of the Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum films, his career was at a low point. He had done some pretty big films, but he said 'there's an unwritten rule of 3 strikes and you're out. As far as the Box office goes". He said he was proud of the 2 films he did, but they didn't do very well in the box office so he was pretty nervous about the Bourne Identity. Not to mention, that before the film came out, the writer of the film fought NOT to have sole credit of the film. He didn't want to be the only one taking the hit if the film was horrible. So they're all, the director, actors, editors, trying to make this project the best it can be in the 11th hour. And after the weekend of the film's opening, Matt said that by that Monday he was already being offered films.

As an actor, it's quite inspiring to see someone who is pretty much on top of the game right now, say that he was nervous about a project. And this project that went on to thrust him into the upper echelon of the industry. And what that means to me is; you have absolutely no clue as to what is going to get you to that next level. None. Go look at the credits of some of your favorite actors on IMDB. See how they started. See what project took them to that next level. Look at someone like Chris Tucker. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
He had a small bit in House Party 3, did some stand up here and there, and then did a film that put him on the map. Friday (1995). After Friday, did a few more films that were halfway decent, and then comes Rush Hour (1998). The next year, he signed a 45 Million Dollar deal, which included 20 million to star in Rush Hour 2. Now, ask yourself, do you honestly think that Chris Tucker, after doing Friday, thought he would go on to be a 20 million dollar per movie actor, just 3-4 years later? I'mma go ahead and say no.

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Mark Wahlberg? Didn't grow up in the theater. Didn't start studying Shakespeare at the age of 5. He was locked up as a teenager and hit the weights. Then got into the music game and born was Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. After a horrid Sophomore album, he decided to take a stab at acting. Had a small part in a film (which people were skeptical about anyway because he was this 'bad boy musician' and people didn't think he'd be able to make the transition). Then, just as people were beginning to think he really was a joke, he turned heads in "Basketball Diaries". Then "Fear". Wait...then 1 year later guess what. "Boogie Nights". And the rest, as they say, is history. So, do you think Boogie Nights made him a star? Or did Fear before that? Or was it Basketball Diaries? Or was it Calvin Klein? Or was it his music? Nobody knows. It just happens. But when it happens, you have to be prepared for it. And he has definitely taken his career to a much much higher and respected level.

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And on the other side of the coin, look at someone like Don Cheadle. In my opinion, one of the top 3 actors in the game and always has been, but just recently is really getting his props. He's been in the game for years and always comes through with his performances. But before Hotel Rwanda and Talk To Me and the Ocean's trilogy, Don was Godilocks in the film Meteorman. Now, I've always been a fan of DC, but even after hits like Devil In A Blue Dress, Rosewood, The Family Man, Traffic, and Manic, he STILL wasn't getting his due props. So what I'm saying, is you just never know.

Eva Mendez. Was actually in the Will Smith "Miami" video. Studied as an actor in college and did some random films here and there until she landed the role of Denzel's girlfriend in "Training Day". After that: Hitch, Ghost Rider, and other projects in the works.
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So take every project as a blessing. Every role as a gift. Every opportunity as just that...an opportunity. An opportunity to continue to further yourself as an artist and as a person. Because you never know what will be that thing, that got you to that other thing, that gets you there! I'll go ahead and write my story now.

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J Lee. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO as a classical pianist. Studied some theater in college and then moved out to LA. Did some random student films and even did a an actor's reality show competition, which got him on TV for the 1st time. After that, he dibbled and dabbled in directing, producing, writing his own projects until surprisngly, he was HIRED to write a film. '818'. And being the writer, he wrote a role for himself. After that, he did a few other small films until (Future project still in the works) came his way. Then, the hit show "Hurry Up And Get Famous" got him the buzz he was looking for. And after that, you see what the man has done. Everything from acting, writing, producing, soundtracks, directing, and editing, J Lee has re-defined the word 'multi-talented'.

It's very rare that you're born as a household name. And with that being said, you have every opportunity that any and everybody else has to do what you want to do in life. I believe we shape our own world. However you envision yourself is how the world will view you. So continue to strive for excellence, see yourself where you know you should be. And when obstacles get in the way, which they undoubtedly will, step on it. Shake it off. And keep rising. Do you have your story ready?


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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