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The Life of Charles: Five Months of Fun – November 20, 2012

It’s been a longtime since I’ve rock and rolled… And by rocked and rolled, I, of course, mean posted an update on my blog – at least on the personal slash acting front. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what Led Zeppelin meant to say when Robery Plant and Co. penned those lyrics. (Robert Plant voice) It’s been a long time since I posted an update on my blog. See, just as catchy…

In all seriousness, it has been some time. Five (and a half) months in fact. You can read my last post from way back in June by clicking here. Of course, that’s the past. Why would you want to read that? A number of pretty cool things have happened since I was last here. To bring you up to speed, I’m going to go through a list of highlights (in an uber efficient bulleted list). Here we go:

  • Booked a principle role in the Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom 3. This film is a pretty big deal – at least outside the US. It’s also the biggest film shooting in Chicago this year. I play the part of a Banker with a few lines (we’ll see what actually makes the cut – due out December 2013). You can read more about Dhoom 3 as well as my experience booking the role by clicking here.
  • Became SAG-AFTRA eligible. This was a major goal of mine for 2012 and something I’d been working towards since I left advertising to focus on acting full time. The accomplishment came as the result of successfully auditioning for Dhoom 3. A big milestone moment in the life of Charles.
  • Got called in to audition for NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” Another nice step forward in my acting life. The audition ended up getting canceled as the role I was reading for got cut. Still, it’s pretty nice to be in consideration for network television. Plus, I was told they’ll get me in there during the next round. Good times. (On a side note, for years, my Mom has been telling me: “You ought to get in front of those people who do Law and Order. You’d be perfect for that show.” Dick Wolf does Chicago Fire. He also does Law and Order. Getting closer, Mom)
  • Consistently auditioned for national commercials at PR Casting and Claire Simon. There are three major Casting Agencies in Chicago. That’s two of ’em. The fact that I’m getting seen regularly is a great sign for the future.
  • Honored with Film Festival recognition for two films I starred in – “You Bet” and “What About Chrissy.” So far, “You Bet” has been accepted to four festivals and “What About Chrissy” has been picked for one. Read more here.
  • Played a lead role in four short films since my last update and began shooting the indy thriller “Telos.” In “Telos,” I’m reunited with Director Greg Stephen Reigh and Cinematographer Taylor Wood. I pretty geeked about this project. I play the lead opposite the talented Kyle Del Santo. It’s a fascinating role in which I essentially get to play two characters.
  • Collaborated with Kingdom Entertainment (and my good friend Shannon Brown) on a number of film projects in a few different capacities: “Communicators” (actor), “Windy” (voiceover) and “Pro Reo” (casting, production). I’m in talks to to play a role in their upcoming production of “Captive” and considering a role within the company.
  • Trained with improv guru Mick Napier at the Annoyance – twice. After performing in hundreds of shows over the past couple years, I’ve shifted focus in 2012. I’ve consistently got great feedback from Mick and, after working with him, I feel like I’ve started to come into my own as an improviser. Outside of the Annoyance, I did take class with Matt Miller once again and continued with voice and movement training. Coming up next… dance at Lou Conte. Watch out. I’m going to be a triple threat!

There are obviously some great highlights on the acting front, but the next two bullets rank as the high points for me in 2012:

  • First… painting. I spoke a bit about my history with the visual arts in my last big update in June. At that point, since February, I had completed six paintings in 2012 with a goal of 12. Right now, I’m up to 19! These 19 pieces have been the most fulfilling, pleasurable and satisfying work I’ve ever done. Now that I’ve blown past my goal, my plan is to get up to 21. Then it’ll be time to publish a book of my work and get prepared to produce lithographs and other collateral. Initially, I wanted to have something for the Holiday season for gifts, but I am now waiting until January to start the presses. I have a photographer signed on and a website ready. I am extremely proud of my work and can’t wait to share it with the masses. I feel blessed by the feedback and impact my work has had on the people who have seen it so far. If you’re reading this post and want to check it out (and actually know me) come on over!
  • Last, but definitely not least, the are two women in my life that make it truly special. My Mom and my girlfriend Jen. They have made my 2012 truly memorable. Everything that’s happened this year has been great, but all those moments wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t get to share them. With Jen, a day hasn’t passed since we started going out that we didn’t connect in some way. Our road together hasn’t been perfect – no relationship works that way – but every little misstep eventually leads us two steps forward and makes our bond that much stronger. It’s amazing to think January will be one year. 2012 has been the best year of my life in so many ways, but most of all it’s been because of her. I love you, Beautiful.

So what’s next? There are some big things on the horizon for sure. Painting and publishing my work has become a top priority. I’ve got some serious momentum once again as an actor and I’m looking to capitalize. I’m still focused on creating my own opportunities as an artist, but, I’m not going to lie, I’ve got my eyes set on booking something on one of the TV shows shooting in Chicago. We’ll see what happens. After a vacation (or two), I’m slated to begin rehearsals for “Six Degrees of Separation” in January (opening February 2013 at the Athenaeum) and I’m looking to spend a month in LA early next year. Looks like I’ve got a fun filled schedule coming up to start 2013. Let’s see what I can make happen.

So, enough typing. Back to work.

All the Best,

Charles

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