Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Waiting...

Ahh, waiting is soooo difficult. Sometimes, you just want things when you want them, ya know?

Update on Medusa: The Beginning: The studio gave us an offer and now, my new entertainment lawyer is going back with a counter. Just putting some things in the contract that will protect us in the end. The deal looks like it's going to be great. Just waiting for the final go ahead so I can really get excited. Until then, I'm apprehensive because I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. But on the flip side, I'm pretty sure everything will work out fine.

Seth MacFarlane gave me a bottle of Cristal when I left Family Guy. And I told him I wouldn't open it until a sold a script or a TV show. I'm hoping I can pop this bottle within the next week or so!!!

Umm, what else? Oh...I was a part of a table read yesterday. Tim Story (Barbershop, Fantastic Four) is directing a new film, and they had a read of the script. I did a pretty good job...well, that's what I was told at least. And the part I was reading is perfect for me. Don't know how far along the project is, but I'll keep ya posted.

I'mma go make some ice and get ready to put my bottle on it.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Today...

Was hillarious to me. I woke up, went and hit the gym to get a workout in. Then I had to rush home and take a shower so I could get to the barbershop. Had to get a fresh cut. Going out of town this weekend for a big 'ol Alpha reunion so I gotta look fresh...anyway, I've digressed.

So, I end up being a little late for my cut, because traffic in LA sucks monkey balls. Left there, rushed to an audition (which I think I did a pretty good job) and then went to the mall to drop of something for a friend who works there. While we're walking through the mall, she's like "are you looking for part time work?" Now, if you've been following the life and times of J Lee ,you'll know that I have some HUGE irons in the fire. Some pretty big projects on the horizon and in the midst of being finalized. But until that check comes through...ya boy has to make ends meet. So the idea of a weekly check, doesn't sound that bad right about now.

So, she takes me into the store and introduces me to the manager. The manager was excited and wanted to do an interview on the spot. I told her 'well, lemme fill this out real quick, and then I'll bring it back'. So I go out, sit down, and start filling out this application. And I got as far as writing my name down and then just started laughing. Do you know how long it's been since I've filled out a normal application. My damn resume...is an ACTOR'S resume. Not the kind with "I'm seeking employment blah blah blah", but mine has my acting credits on it. I couldn't even finish the application.

I'm at the point where I don't need jobs. I need my career. When I moved to LA, it was to be an actor. Since I've gotten here, I've learned about some other talents (writing, producing etc) and am continuing to hone those down as much as possible. But, at some point, I have to do what I say I do. Some people say "well, J...it's not that easy. Acting jobs are hard to come by and the number of actors outweighs the number of gigs. You have to have a side gig to pay bills etc." And I totally agree with that. My bank account is on tilt right about now, and not tilting in the right direction. But that's the way it goes. I'm gonna keep riding this train until my ship comes in. I refuse to lose confidence in myself. Once that goes, that confidence and that drive and that will to do it no matter what it takes...once that goes, it's a wrap. You might as well pack your bags and head back to the hometown. But not me. Broke or rich, I'm still an entertainer. But I won't be an entertainer working a job I hate. That's the whole reason I moved out here; to chase the dreams. To not wake up and hate going to work. I don't want that. So why do it?

In closing I say, to each his own. I know a lot of actors/writers who have side gigs to stay afloat in LA. And I don't knock the hustle. But if I don't want to go to a job. I want to work on this career. Bump money. Soon, I'll have so much money that it will be the least of my worries. I ain't trippin. I'll eat these peanut butter sammiches until my ship comes in. But I know it's coming. I know it. There's no doubt in my mind that it's coming. And it's close. I'm bout to go pack...holla

JL

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Rep

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I just got off the phone with my new manager! Looking forward to working with her. She specializes in multi talented artists, so this seems like it may be a perfect fit for me. She already has a pretty solid plan to get on board with the J Lee career and I'm just excited to have somebody else excited to be working with me. So far, my 3 years in LA have been mainly me doing everything on my own. I mean, I'm walking into studios, sitting down with execs and selling my materials without as much as an agent. So, it'll be a much different feeling to be able to have my manager handle all of the nitty gritty stuff, and I can just focus on acting and writing and being a creative talent.

Also, I have a new entertainment lawyer. He's been great so far, helping out with the studio deal. Hopefully, that deal is finalized this week! Then, I can pay some bills, ya dig. lol. I'm afraid to even open up some of these credit card statements. I just wanna call and say, "I want to pay off the whole balance. Don't tell me how much it is...just make sure it's a 0 balance".

And, besides that...I'm trying to enjoy the new status of my career, but also keeping my eyes on the prize and not rest on my laurels.


J Lee

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Moves

Soooo..

Ahhhh busy busy bumblebee. The past 2 months for me have been crazy. As you probably know, I had my big 1 man show performance a week or so ago (damn, it went by that quickly) and I'm stuck in the horrible position that an artist is always stuck in....now what? As an artist, you work day in and day out on a project and then, after your performance(s), you celebrate for a quick minute and then it's time to get back on the horse.

I had a great meeting with a studio yesteray regarding one of my big projects. And I'm trying to walk the fine line of speaking positively and getting too excited, but I think things are about to explode in the very near future. Not only that, but I've got 2-3 other projects on the slate ready to go.

So with all that being said...I'mma go hoop. But I will leave you with these words from Kanyeezy

"Heaven'll watch, God calling from the hotlines
Why he keep givin' me hot lines.
I'm a star, how could I not shine?"

JL

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