Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rainy Days

It is raining again

These two don't seem to mind.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

200th Post Extravaganza!

Ok, don't get too excited by the title.  I haven't felt like blogging lately, so I have a lot of pictures to share, and I realized this is my 200th post, so I thought I would give it a catchy title.  I am not, however, having any sort of give away like my sister, you just get the joy of finding out what has been going on with the Calls, and I know you have missed that. ;)

We have been in our new apartment in North Brunswick for almost a month and are feeling right at home.  It is almost identical to our first apartment in North Brunswick, so we keep having moments of deja vu.  For example, Sophia has discovered the Wiggles and has become pretty obsessed and little Richie was totally into the Wiggles when he was her age, too.  She will watch the Wiggles DVD's all day long if I let her, it is a little scary.  The songs are constantly going through my head, but it is so cute to hear Richie singing along and to watch Sophia's dance moves.  
Little Richie is really into telling jokes lately.  He doesn't really understand how jokes work, so he makes up jokes that don't actually make any sense, but it is super cute.  Here is a popular favorite:  

"Why did the pig cross the road?  Because there were rocks on it! HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!"  

Even though the joke isn't actually funny, he expects you to laugh at it with him, so I laugh and say, "That was a good one, Richie."

 And he says, "Thanks, Mom."  

He also tries to tell knock-knock jokes, but doesn't quite get the punch-lines, and sometimes he starts his jokes with "You know what's weird, Mom?" Like he is doing a stand-up comedy bit.  Sometimes I don't even know he is telling a joke until he laughs at the end of what he was saying.  The jokes aren't great, but he cracks me up.

Sophia is seriously addicted to shoes!  She is fond of her own shoes, but she can't get enough of her brother's shoes.  I think it is because she can put them on all by herself.  I can't seem to keep her from stomping around in a pair of his shoes, even if (or especially if) they are mismatched.  I worry that she will trip and tumble down the stairs, but you know how hard it is to separate a woman from her shoes.

Sophia recently discovered her inner artist.  Apparently she wanted her inner artist to be reflected on the outside.

She is talking more and more.  A few of her newest words are:

iggos (Wiggles)
peess (please)
cheese (when posing for a picture)

It has been rainy most of the month of June, but yesterday was dry and a steamy 70 degrees, so we took advantage of the sunshine and went to Rutgers Gardens and Dad and Richie played a little catch with Richie's new mitt.  At first Richie was very grumpy, but he got into it and had a lot of fun.  He didn't have much of an attention span for it, though, so we also did a lot of walking around and playing in the trees.

We ended the outing with frozen custard from Rita's.  It was a lovely summer day, but today it is raining again.  We figured it was a good day to go see "Up" and we all enjoyed it.  Sophia is getting to the age where she won't sit through a movie any more, but we had the entire theater to ourselves, so we didn't disrupt anyone else when she squirmed and complained.

So, there you go, number 200.  I hope it was worth the wait!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

An Overdue Update

So here we go:

I graduated from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts with an MFA in Acting on May 19th! It was a tough and fantastic 3 year experience, and I feel that I got exactly what I wanted from this program. It was equally as tough on Chrislynn, and this was a big day for both of us and the kids too.

Less than a week after graduation, we moved out of our student apartment. It was kind of a whirlwind move out. We knew we were moving of course, but we didn't sign a lease and have a move in date until the Wednesday before the Saturday we moved. I was in the city most days for meetings, auditions, and interviews, so Chrislynn pretty much packed our whole apartment by herself in 3 days. Yeah, she's super human. Then Saturday, May 23rd, our home teachers, family of our home teachers, some young men, a young woman, and Joe Tisa moved all of our stuff. They were amazing, and I don't think I ever actually asked any of them to help us. Our home teachers called me a couple days before and said, "When are you moving?" I told them, and they called everyone else. An enormous blessing!

We showcased on May 9th and 10th, and I think it went really well for all of us. Those in attendance could fill out a ballot saying if they requested an interview or if they just wanted us to send in our head shots and resumes (or they could leave it blank). I got a handful of requests from Casting Directors for head shots and resumes, but only two requests for interviews. One request from a legit agency, and one request from a commercial agency. For those of you who don't know (I didn't until about a month ago), a legit agent covers Theatre, Television, and Film, and a commercial agent covers commercials. Some agents cover it all, but a lot split it up. You can sign with two agents as long as they don't represent the same things. Anyway, I was a little nervous that I only had one interview with each, but everyone has been telling us that "all it takes is one." After I made my appointments to meet with them I felt better and was looking forward to the meetings. They went really well, and it turns out, "all it takes is one." I signed with Dulcina Eisen Associates, the legit agency, yesterday! And Paradigm has agreed to freelance with me for commercial work. I've already been out on 3 commercial auditions (Yellowpages, Office Depot, and Fed Ex), and I have my 4th today! So things are moving forward, and they're moving at a pretty good pace! Let's hope it keeps up!

This is my first project post graduation. I've been going to a lot of EPA's (Equity Principle Auditions), and that's been pretty interesting. I'm not Equity so I don't always get seen, but I've got in to most of them. I auditioned for Mile Square Theatre's production of My Italy Story, and I was cast as the understudy to Tom Pelphrey. It's a one man show, and it's been cool to meet Mr. Pelphrey. For those of you who watch Guiding Light, you'll recognize Tom as the steamy Jonathan. The show opens June 17th and plays through the 28th. I have two guaranteed matinee performances on the 27th and 28th.

Then, the day after My Italy Story closes, I go into rehearsals for the same company's production of Two Gentleman of Verona. I'm playing Launce, a really funny role that I'm excited to get to do. We open July 22nd and play through August 9th at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken. It's the same place and company of the Midsummer Night's Dream that I did two summers ago. And I get to work with one of my favorite directors again!

So that's us! We're doing well. Things are busy, but that's what we want! We'll be in New Jersey at least for the next year, and we'll see what happens! We love you all!

Monday, June 1, 2009

An Update Soon:

It's been a while since we updated the blog, and I apologize. Poor Chrislynn has been unpacking all of our stuff by herself for the past week. Well, she hasn't been unpacking by herself exactly. She's had the "help" of a 1 and 3 year old. I've been in the city most days at auditions and meetings. Anyway, there is much to report, and I can't do it now. But an update is coming soon!

For now, I thought I would share this picture from my graduation. This is the MFA Acting Class of 2009 with Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Kristin Davis spoke at our commencement (she graduated from Rutgers), and Cynthia Nixon was there to support her. I think Chrislynn and Sissy were more excited to see them than they were to see me graduate.

We'll write more soon! TTFN!