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The Last Paintings of 2013

The painting I’ve done over the past couple years has been among the most satisfying and fulfilling work I’ve done to date. Actually, using the word “work” seems inappropriate – while time intensive, the process itself is pure joy. In 2012, I cranked out 21 pieces and matched that total again 2013. Unfortunately, that prolific […]

The Life of Charles: Long Over-Due Updates – April 12, 2014

I’m way over due to post an update on “The Life of Charles.” Unless you’re a frequent visitor to “Being Jon Hamm,” you may not know that’s what I’ve been calling these periodic posts on the journey that is my life. In theory, I planned to do one every three months. Since the birth of […]

List of Lists

This post is a list of lists. Some of my favorite content that I’ve bookmarked over the years. Stuff that I think people will either learn something from or simply enjoy. We live in a world of skimmers. No one reads anymore. If it’s in this digital space it better be a list or it’s […]

My Fearless Oscar Picks

Of the eight major categories in the 2014 Academy Awards, I’ve seen every film except “Philomena” and “August Osage County.” Oddly, I had the opportunity to see a free screening of both – couldn’t do it. With two hours until showtime, here’s my take on this year’s Oscars – (1) who I think will win; […]

Dhoom 3 Is A Hit!

I’ve been following the box office totals for Dhoom 3 since it’s US run kicked off in December 2013. As of January 26, 2014, I’m excited to learn the latest installment of the Dhoom franchise is closing in on $100 Million worldwide. It’s already become the top film in Indian cinema and scored 78% on […]

More Film Festivals On The Way!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the talented young filmmaker Michael Bachochin a couple times. We first crossed paths in 2011 after I was cast in his epic independent feature “Endless Earth.” During that process, I met one of my best friends Shannon Brown and another one of my favorite people Gail Hafar. Production […]

Honored at the 48 Hour Film Festival

Recently, I participated in the 48 Hour Film race. It’s a project where filmmakers get together and complete a short film start to finish in 48 hours. Part of the fun here is that they give you a handful of specifics you need to incorporate into the film including the genre. A good friend of […]

Charles Art Gallery: Check It Out

Earlier this year, I finalized my painting website – www.charlesartgallery.com. It features all the work I’ve done since February 2012 – currently 34 pieces (with two recently finished paintings on the way). The only joy close to the actual process of painting is the feedback I get from people on how my work moves them. […]

Getting Back to the Stage

In 2012, I spent so much time in front of the camera I had to take a break from the stage. I passed on some incredible productions, but, as any theater actor will tell you, a play can be a huge time commitment. There are only so many hours in the day. As the calendar […]

Auditioning For NBC’s Chicago Fire

The start on 2013 has been full of a great deal of excitement. One of the headlining events was an audition “and” callback I had for NBC’s Chicago Fire. It truly was a thrilling experience – one that I’m grateful to have gone through. I’ll get to all the details of those few days in […]

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