Well, life has its interesting times. This is definitely one of them if you couldn’t tell. Lots of changes, transitions, and uncertain futures. But honestly, it’s that mystery of what’s going to happen next is what keeps all of us coming back.
Now last week, after I had said that I was feeling good, I correctly predicted that I would go into a nasty-ass mood swing. Lots of thinking, not enough doing (in the correct manner). I absolutely hate when I just start to think of every single thing that’s going on in life. Mostly the bad, all those bad social interactions, the worries that come from financial situations. It makes me feel like utter shit, and I feel like I have no way of blocking it out so it doesn’t put me in a pit of depression.
Needless to say, fuck negativity. It’ll always be there to ruin your day and make you think that your life is going nowhere. Maybe what I need to do is take more action, do more things to stop thinking so much about the bad things. I’m done dragging this topic out. Let’s talk about the other things that are happening.
Well I’m almost done writing the two miniseries I’m shooting in the spring. I need to start working on casting, crew, and locations ASAP to keep the wheels turning. Super excited to be getting back into the comedy game, and I’m already exploring other options such as podcasting, a comedy rap album (super serious about that), combining gaming and comedy for a humorous gaming stream. So now it’s kind of less about filmmaking and more about comedy, and I’m okay with that.
And you heard this first: I may have a chance to get a job out in Southern California. Someone out in Orange County saw my timelapse video and wanted to use a clip for a Pittsburgh-based project his company is working on. I gave them the okay and asked if they needed video people, and we may meet up when he comes into town next month. Now keep in mind these are BIG mights, I’m not expecting everything to work out, but one can dream, right?
The bad side to this would be that I wouldn’t be able to shoot the two miniseries if I go out to SoCal. I would also have to basically start back at square one with comedy, but Los Angeles is a great place for comedy with UCB and Second City both having locations in LA. I was looking to get back into improv classes, anyway.
But my primary objective isn’t getting out to the west coast, but it’s to get these miniseries shot and ready to go on YouTube in the summer. It’s good to keep my options open, though. Like I said before, it’s the mystery of what’s going to happen next is what keeps all of us coming back.
And with my album of the week, I’m digging up what I think is my all-time favorite music album:
Awww yeah, boy! It’s the Beastie Boys’ sophomore album Paul’s Boutique. Known as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, Paul’s Boutique was chock full of notable samples from all over the musical spectrum and some of the finest rhymes the Beasties have thrown down. The whole album is fantastic, from the hits like “Hey Ladies” and “Egg Man” to the second half of the album known as the B-Boy Bouillabaisse, which are little bits they threw together.
Later into their discography, starting with their next album, Check Your Head, you start hearing instrumentals the Beasties themselves recorded, which if you haven’t listened to them you should stop calling yourself a real Beastie Boys fan. Listening to a Beastie Boys album in full is a funky punky hip hoppity experience that you’ll be bobbing your head to the full time that album is playing. It should be noted they started off as a punk band, so the instrumental portion has always been there.
So the status of Bread at the moment? Hanging in there. Not overall great, not overall mopey, just trying to keep my head up and trying to stay busy. We’ll see how long this lasts. As Adam “MCA” Yauch said, “Life comes in phases, take the good with the bad.”