Puerto Rico Episode IV: A New Hope

There isn’t a moment now in my life where I am not reminded of the air, the December sun cutting the humidity in two as you walk through it. Or the rapid fire vernacular that bounces through your eardrum, creating compositions that correlate with the blaring salsa or trap music-a sign of the generational preferences. Young and old, female, male, gender-trancesending, flora and fauna-I see all of it in everything I do now.  Continue reading “Puerto Rico Episode IV: A New Hope”

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Remembering Bernie’s Apartment (MOVIE CLIP)

 

Check that baby face out!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Oh man! Has it been this long? Has it been over 11 years since I embarked on this crazy journey that is my acting career? Looking at this strange debacle, it appears that is so!

A little back story on these awkward scenes:

Bernie is a old white man who basically befriends and mentors Eli, a up-to-no-good underprivileged teen.

That’s it.

Literally.

I booked the gig through ActorsCircle, a network based out of Washington, DC. At the time it was 2007, I was 18 and fresh out of high school. No acting classes that weren’t high school, so basically I was very green. And it shows. Hard.

We filmed this in about two days. The premise was to get enough interest to start a web series of some sort. However given the circumstances that YouTube was still in its infancy, and none of us had any concept on how to promote in the digital age, the project halted and we never began the series. Afterwards I continued to audition which included weekly trips to New York City to meet with casting directors. I booked another lead role in a feature film in DC that was to begin filming in the fall but the budget fell apart. I moved to Los Angeles about eight months after filming, and here we are.

At the time I was very proud of this. I thought: man! I’m a real working actor! I’m well on my way to embarking on a career. I’m taking off exactly like I said, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Ya know, typical fresh-out-of-high-school-graduate mentality. Looking back, I clearly could’ve handled this way better with all the experience I have now. But with age comes wisdom, and the fact I took on this project biting off more than I could chew was a testament to my commitment in establishing a hard work ethic. It’s something I’ve carried with each project since then-if there’s one thing you can grab from this, it’s that. Passion.

Here you go. Have fun!

Maybe I can use this for my demo reel. LOL.

bye for now,

earl.