Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Pursuit of a Limitless Entertainer Part 2

Post Represents: Day 189 Sunday, March 27, 2011 

Don't forget to read post: The Pursuit of a Limitless Entertainer Part 1 

The day of X-Factor auditions was long and tedious. I layed down around 12am and couldn't fall asleep. So instead of trying to sleep, I spent the whole morning getting ready. I was basically working off of 3-4 hours of sleep from Friday night. In deed, I was tired but at the moment it seemed like a good idea to get ready instead of forcing myself to sleep.

I left my house around 2:50am with a heavy bag, my shirt/jacket on a hanger, a folding chair and my umbrella. The weight of all those items bared a burden throughout my whole body but I keep my eyes on the prize.

I caught the bus I desired and arrived at the LA Sports Arena when there was only a few people visible. Within the next 30mins to an hour a floods of people stood out. I guess we all thought we were wise by showing up early. Unfortunately, it didn't make a difference whether we arrived at at 1am or at 8am. The audition order were based on the tickets we received the day before.

What a waste of time. I should of stayed my behind home and slept. At the least, I'm glad I brought a chair with me. The majority of the early birds stood up for hours pointlessly. I slept uncomfortably in my chair with nothing to lean on. My poor neck was whipping back and forth. 

Don't tell any one but that leopard cloth Motown Maurice has on is a Snuggie.
I could write in great detail about every last moment that took place at the audition. Or I could post a whole bunch of behind the scenes footage of parts of the process. However, that would be pointless. I already wasted enough time trying to be all punctual. So I'll spare you the hoopla and get to the results. 

They probably started letting people in after 10am. In the middle of the arena there was over 30 booths filled with producers and Sony executives interviewing individual people. Organizers called out groups of people out according to their tickets. Then one by one people walked into a booth. The decision process took about 1 min or so. If I'm not mistaken I finally auditioned around 1pm in  booth 12. Nevertheless, I came in, he asked me a few questions, I sang the song as planned and he said, "Thank you but its going to be a no." I said thank you and I walked out smiling as I did when I came in.

I could imagine that he probably thought I was crazy singing my Day-O song. I even saw his eyes drifted a few times. Regardless of what he thought, I made a choice, did what I set out to do and believe it or not I'm still believe I'm the X-Factor. Plus, I got to take this cool picture with Pepsi afterward. Check me out.

My Pepsi X Factor Audition Photo

Pepsi should pay Motown Maurice to be their spokes person.
Final Thoughts

As soon as I was told "No" I took a small deep breath and set my mind towards the next one. It truly didn't brother me at all. There was one thought that stood out in my mind shortly after I left. I thought a lot about how hard I tried for this. The preparation, the clothes, the vocal lessons... I'm not saying preparation is unnecessary but most of my advancements in life came without me trying so hard. I do believe there is a such thing as trying too hard.

I put a lot of effort into advancing in X-Factor because of what I wrote in March Month of Madness Begins Now or what I wrote here Worst Case Scenario, I Become The X-Factor

On the way home, I picked up some Kentucky Fried Chicken and slept the night away. I'm trully not worried about it the "No." As I sat in the arena waiting my turn I felt happy for everyone who got the gold ticket for the next round. Each person left their booth with joy and some left in tears of happiness. Other left in tears of sadness. The winners really wanted it and I'm happy for them. They deserve it. Me, well... I'm an opportunist entertainer seeking all possibilities.  

Through it all,  I'm not worried at all. I have my imagination and the wheels in my mind hasn't stopped turning. As a matter of fact its turning more precisely now. Yes, I'm on the edge and there is a lot about my future I would like to know. On the other hand, Doc Brown from Back To the Future would say, "It means that your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is what you make it. so make it a good one." 

Previous Related Post: X-Factor Exclusives (Sunday)

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Week 27: As a Man Thinketh in His Heart, So Is He

So if I thinketh in my heart that I am the X-Factor then, I am the X-Factor.

Day 182 Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 183 Monday, March 21, 2011

* Attended a meeting that stemmed from Day 177.  (Read below to see what happened) 

* Rehearsed a scene with my newest acting partner Ava.

Day 184 Tuesday, March 22, 2011

* On Day 180 Friday, March 18, 2011 I received a call for an industrial gig for today. However, they canceled on my because of a simple misunderstanding. In the end, I am thankful I didn't do it. The pay was long and I had much to do. It was to my benefit that they canceled.

* Lets just say the meeting I had yesterday was "Not Cool." Read Post: Mediocre Executive 

* Audition notice from agent (Pizza Hut)

Day 185 Wednesday, March 23, 2011

* Attend the Pizza hut my agent got for me yesterday and I was proud of myself. I took the lead role for the audition and memorized the small part. I didn't get a call back but I'm proud of myself as I said. My confidence is rising in the auditions.  

Day 186 Thursday, March 24, 2011

* Attended my new Thursday night acting class. The class its called LifeBook.

* Had a meeting for code YATA

Day 187 Friday, March 25, 2011

* Got my 3rd hair cut this year. 

* Read Post: Dog Boy Has Fans

Day 188 Saturday, March 26, 2011

* Read Post: You Against The Audience  (Code YATA is Revealed)

Final Thoughts

Week 28 is the last week of March Month of Madness. Patience is a virtue, is the best way to put it.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maruice

The Pursuit of a Limitless Entertainer Part 1

Believe it or not but The Pursuit of a Limitless Entertainer was a new name I considered giving my blog. Not because I was drifting away from my quest. Never that. I was considering changing its  name because I was getting ready to add The X-Factor as a new directional path.

This past week, I was the X-Factor in pursuit of becoming The X-Factor of America. At first it was Worst Case Scenario but as the days began to draw closer it become the best case scenario. Call me delusional or call me crazy but I made a strong choice to win Simon Cowell's X-Factor. This past week 27 I was indulged in the process of becoming the X-Factor. I even told people that I am The X-Factor.

Many curious people would respond by saying, "You sing too?" I would respond by saying "I'm an entertainer." In deed, I am. I wouldn't consider myself much of a singer but when you package everything I do and desire it all classifies me as an entertainer. Since my 9th in LA I started to specify my identify and over 180 days later I'm confirming myself as an entertainer. I new that before but I'm saying it with confidence now.

I'm not a singer but Simon himself did say you don't have to be the best signer to become The X-Factor. Which is why I pursued this competition. There are certain songs I can sing very well. Not all, but I know how to choose the right songs for me. In addition, to all the things I accomplished during week 27 I was singer, practicing and preparing along the way.  Everywhere I went I was singing and focusing on the prize.

I could literally see the prize in my mind. The vision of victory was clear and I could taste it. This might be funny to you but I my primary song of choice was Harry Belafonte Day-O ( Banana Boat). Simon said to be different and original. I figured no one has ever sang that song in that contest before and so I'll hit them the Banana song. Throughout week 27 and process, I changed my primary song once and I debated on a few other songs I liked such as:
 * I-R-I-N-A by Ryan Leslie

* Love Letter by R Kelly  

Feel Like Makin' Love by D'angelo

and Feelin Hot Hot Hot!

At first I categorized my specialization genre of music as Neo Soul/Soca/Caribbean. Towards the latter part of the week I maintained my focus with Soca/Caribean. A category not represented at these contests. Beside I sound very good in songs that require an accents. 

I told a few people what I was doing and they all encouraged me. They probably thought I was crazy but they encouraged me. When I decided to change my primary song Harry Belafonte Day-O ( Banana Boat) my friend Cassandra encouraged to stick with it. At the same time, we advised to learn 2-3 songs for the audition just in case we were asked to sing another. Either way, I was prepared.

By Tuesday (day 183) my initial plans were canceled which allowed me to go clothes shopping. Looking top notch is also an important factor for the X-Factor so I planned to look the part. However, just being able purchase anything new for the show its miracle of its on. During week 24 (mostly likely) or week 25 my mom surprised me by sending me a credit card with my name on it. I don't think I wrote about it in the blog because I didn't plan to use it. Based on how bad my credit is right now that's a real life oxymoron (No Sacrifice No Victory).

I told my mom thank you but I have no intentions of using it. My mom mainly wanted me to use it for food and emergencies. Well, since I declared myself as the X-Factor I had to look like the X-Factor. Which is why I had to use the card for the prefect attire. 

I purchased all my clothing from two stores on Hollywood Blvd and I did a good selecting a fit. I had all kinds of ideas for clothing themes but I settled with a colorful theme.

On Wednesday day 184 I even considered coloring my hair for extra flare. Don't worry, by the next morning that idea was cut.

Motown Maurice tries hair coloring. Epic fail.

I was so serious about winning this contest I took vocal lessons on Friday (day 186)

Motown Maurice vocal teacher for a day. I found her on Craigs List last week on day 179. I tried to take a picture with her but the batteries on my camera went dead.
West Los Angeles Voice & Piano Instruction

 Saturday, March 26, 2011 (X-Factor registration)

They created a two step process for X-Factor. The first step is registration the day before. Registration started at 6am and I arrived just after 5:30am thinking I was on time. I was on time until I arrived and saw a parking lot full of people. I couldn't believe how many people were there. It was in for a long ride until I noticed a weak spot in the system. When the lines finally started moving around 7am I took a bath room break and then followed one of the big groups that was in place to get their wristband and ticket. 

I'm really proud of myself for making that happen. I might of been in line for another 4 hours or so if I didn't sneak in. I had to do something because I had be at You Against The Audience in the early afternoon.

Tune into The Pursuit of a Limitless Entertainer Part 2 to find out what happened next. 

Previous Related Post: X-Factor Exclusives (Saturday) 

Next Related Post: X-Factor Exclusives (Sunday)

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dog Boy Has Fans

Post Represents: Friday, March  25, 2011

Since day 137 February 4th I've been performing every Friday night (Except one canceled show) in the The Vampire Masquerade as Dog Boy. Dog Boy is a love/hate type of character but I have learned to love him mostly and have fun with it. The most inspiring part of the experience is the love I receive after the show. Just about after every show, audience members always come up to me telling me how much they enjoyed my performance.

Some actors/actresses who have seen the play with other casts tell me that I'm the best Dog Boy they seen in a long time. Its all very encouraging and wonderful to receive such compliments ad be recognized. Below are a few people who showed me some love after my performance today.

Fellow cast member Adriana Barba, Motown Maurice, Natalie & Tyler. Dog Boy Fan.

Fellow cast member Elizabeth Rogers, Motown Maurice & her aunt. Dog Boy fans.

The last show is on April 1st. Stay tuned for the last report. 

 As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

 Motown Maurice

You Against The Audience

Post Represents: day 187 Sat, March 26, 2011

On day Day 147 = Monday, February 14, 2011 I had an interview for YATA. That was my code for a pilot show called You Against The Audience. Then on Day 171 Thursday, March 10, 2011 
I got a call back confirming my status for the pilot. On Thursday day 185 I was invited to a pre-meeting and history was made on Saturday day 187. Now you know what I was talking about all this time. I was a tester for a potential show called, You Against The Audience.

The name of the show speaks for itself. Its a Wipeout type show with physical obstacles. The premise of the game is a team of 5 verses the audience. The audience has to stop the team from winning. If they stop the team, the audience shares the prize. If they don't, the team gets the prize.

The experience was fun but I think the audience was having too much fun throwing things at me. Lets just say, I won't ever do this again without a jock strap. (Oucchhh)

This pilot took place in a community gymnasium in Van Nuy's without any special machinery. That's a first for me. Most of the pilots witness were located in big studios and/or in space with all kinds of special apparatus. There is a lot learn on how this pilot was pulled off.   

Motown Maurice is a natural at this.

Look at Motown Maurice go.
Motown Maurice could jump this high without the trampoline.

Air Motown Maurice.

Poor Motown Maurice gets water blows thrown at him.

Motown Maurice & Team Yellow get ready for the picture. Natasha Lloyd is the 2nd person to the right. 

Motown Maurice & the Team Yellow Testing Team.
I'm currently sore from all the jumping and running but it was all wroth it. I got a chance to meet the executive producer of the show is also the EP of a few popular shows on Fox. We even interacted a few times and course I showed my appreciation at the end and gave him my carding card. Without a doubt I was noticed. They actually used me a lot and by the end of the day everyone knew me by name. Even the audience. I also left with a few next level ideas. I'll keep you posted as usual. 

For now I'm just appreciative that I was chosen. I'm sure they interviewed quite a few people and I was one of them. When I thanked they before I left they said, I stood out in the interview.

Notable mention: 

Van Nuys is about an hour away with public transportation. I didn't find a ride home but my blessings are always with me. One of my teammates give a ride to the bus stop. While waiting for the bus I looked up times for the the next bus on my phone. It told me to go to another street. I asked a person at the gas station where that street was and he told me where to go. About 5 minutes later he pulled up on curb and offered me a ride. I never took a ride from a stranger before but I felt at ease. He ended taking me to the bus station instead. Which was a much better post to catch the bus. I offered him a few dollars for his time and he would take it. We exchanged cards, shook hands and I thanked him for his help.

I did lose my cell phone holder somewhere between the pilot and the bus station but it was easily replaceable.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Mediocre Executive...

Post Represents: Day 182 Monday,  March 21, 2011 and day 183, Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

The origins of this post stems from day 176 Tuesday, 15, 2011 & day 180 Saturday day.

So I attended and joined this creative meeting this mediocre executive producer put together. From the interview I noted a red flag and at the meeting noted a few more. One was how he devalued my talk show at the interview and  the other was the amount of times he tried to instilled in the group that he was the leader. Thus, I let them slide and I didn't put much attention to them.

I personally thought the meeting decent. Besides the fact that he talked too much and one of the 2 times I spoke and shared an idea he told me that, "I don't care about that show idea." Honestly, that response did throw me off and is a huge red flag for me. I have a problem with any leader that tell tells one of his or her followers they don't care towards an idea. After that I was felt uncomfortable but I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt by saying to myself that's probably how most executives in Hollywood are.

Towards the end we all pitched ideas as he requested. He didn't like my idea but I wasn't the only person in the room who didn't have great ideas according to his standards, I guess. Nonetheless, I knew it was the first meeting and we were all learning the process. I knew by the next meeting things would be more on point.

The immediate next morning I received an email entitled: "Not Cool" This is what is said:

i told you that to be in the group you have to bring your 'a' agreed.
last night i dont know if you were high or tired, or both, but you were definitely not present.
im not sure this is the right fit for you.
if you want to give it another try, then join us next monday. if not, then withdraw.
but if you show up,  you need to bring your 'a' game.


I was shocked to receive such an email after only the first meeting. This was my response to him.


To me it sounds like you are uncertain, indecisive or doubtful about my presence in your group.  By all means, please don't let me inconvenience you any longer. 

I haven't fully grasped your style of leadership or your total approach on life as a person but the fact you 'don't care' about certain ideas and thoughts creates an hindering environment for followers.

I personally have never worked well with any leader that verbalizes the "don't care" response towards what someone has to say. All thoughts and ideas are powerful sources of energy and should be protected, not destroyed.

In my perspective, a leader has every right not to like an idea, not to agree with..., to think the idea makes no sense or to think that idea is another idea and has nothing to do with the topic of discussion. Nonetheless, when someone chooses a 'don't care' approach/statement it displays a lousy attribute in my opinion. That attitude works very well in a military base but within a creative group its mostly poisonous.   

Nonetheless, I am not making this statement because I was sensitive or was offended. That is seriously not the case. If you see any value in my advice I hope you benefit from it. If not, that's okay also. I do my best as a person to share words of wisdom and advice when I can to help another person.

As far as me not bringing my 'a' game. Apparently, I was unaware that you are pressing the fast forward button. The greatest golfer in the world has to adjust whenever he or she plays the game in a new environment. In many cases, they have to adjust to the slope and the wind by choosing the appropriate golf club.

On fast forward, I don't even have enough time or the opportunity to completely assess the clubs I own. Believe me I have many clubs but since your golf course obviously has a time limit my best clubs won't ever be used.

I won't debate your assumption of my state of being last night. I was probably as high and/or as tired as you but since we never worked together you wouldn't know how I operate. I was very coherent. Creative energy has the ability to naturally stimulate the mind. Most importantly, my first time in a new environment is always full of observation. I was more present than you realize but since you are on fast forward, I probably won't properly adjust to your speed. 

Very important: Please note. I have written a lot of emails in my time and a lot of them are often misinterpreted. Please know that I am not writing this email with the attempt to burn any bridges or with the sense of animosity. With honor, I will keep my ideas to myself, respect the privacy of everything that was said yesterday and I will step down for the benefit of the group and the sake of your comfort.

Your are probably twice my age and without a doubt you know more than me. I was sincerely looking forward to learning from you. At the same, time I wrote this email in detailed to share with you some words I thought you could benefit from in the future. Most people don't recognized my powers and abilities off of appearance, first glace, or speedy judgment.

With all sincerity,

I wish you the best with your projects.

Thank you very much for the opportunity.

Peace and blessings



I probably put too much energy in that response but that's how I wanted to express myself. No bridges brunt. I'm just moving forward.  I since then communicated with one of the other people I met in the class and he was also shocked. He wrote, "WTF."

What can you say, its all good. Its no wonder he was fired from a previous TV show. Like my roommate said, how serious can he be if he's looking for people on Craigs List.

I'm not worried about it. I'm moving forward.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night 

Motown Maurice

Never Hide Your High Top Fade (My SAG-E Story)

Post represents: Sunday, March 20, 2011 (day 181)

Last week (Week 26 day 179) I received an email asking me to confirm my attendance as a party extra in web series scene. You won't even see anything about it listed on week 26 because at the moment I didn't consider it significant enough. I didn't know much about it at first. The primary reason I took it on was for the SAG voucher. I need about 3 of them to become SAG Eligible. Its not for the money. The pay is only a non-guaranteed deferred $50.00. Although, an included meal is always encouraging. 

Most importantly, for those of you who don't know, SAG is The Screen Actors Guild. The pivotal union for thespians. When you do a big enough part in a SAG film or complete about 3 scenes in SAG extra work, an actor/actress can become SAG-Eligible (SAG-E). Its a union that all thespians want to be apart of. Of course there is a significant cost to join SAG but it also means more money and bigger parts. My acting teacher Allen Levin told me the only reason I should be doing non-union work is to get reel footage or to get SAG vouchers.Which makes plenty sense.

While somewhat doubtful about it, I ended up going for it. I even became more doubtful when I had to wait for the bus in the windy rain. That poor little umbrella that was given to me from a stranger on the bus back in February couldn't handle the pressure. Thankfully the bus came on time. There is a good chance I might of turned back if it was late.  I was already thinking about the email I would of sent if I had to turn around. That wind wasn't playing games. Every time the wind blow by my umbrella flipped inside out. I don't know whats up with the weather in Southern Cali lately. Its been resembling Florida too much weather lately.

The journey become more daunting when I had to cross a flooded street. When I finally arrived at my destination myself and another person put our socks in the near by drying machine. I didn't know in advance but the party scene was planned in the open space of an apartment living room.

This is where it gets interesting. I think the last time I got a hair cut was on Week 20 February 1, (day 135)  Which means the high top fade was looking rough. As a result, I arrived with a hat on. I was hoping I could do the party scene with the hat. Its the same hat I'm wearing in the video on day 20.

As people started to arrive for the scene I maintained causal conversations with them. Of course my conversations always leads to me giving out my fliers. One guy in particular asked me if I still had the high top. I told him I did but its just looking rough right now. Minutes later the director finally started to tell us details of the party scene and mentioned that its a 90's themed party. Immediately, the guy that I was talking to said out loud, "Your going have to pull out the high top fade now." The director looked at me and said, "You have a high top fade?" I smiled and said, "yes but its not exactly faded right now."

I had all intentions to try wear my hat but that was my Que to unleash The High Top Fade. Since I always plan a head, I brought a can a oil sheen with me just in case. After a few minutes of picking it out and sheen-ing it up, it looked presentable. A few people looked at me and said, "Wow, I didn't you had that under there." Before you know it, the director and the cinematographer asked me to do a quick talking role at the beginning of the scene. Without any hesitation I said "lets do it."

All I had to do was dance through the party and at a certain point I get on my phone and said something like "Where are you, this party is jumping. You need to get over here now." It was easy and fun to do.

Shortly after the scene was over, my friend Kim Stives tapped me on the shoulder and shared some delightful information. She told me that I should be SAG-E now because of my talking part and in this SAG web series. She said she just looked up the information on her through her phone for me. I was befuddled by the information because I had no clue that my little part was that valuable. I also had no clue Kim was going to be at this same shoot. I met her at a LA Casting Networking on the first Tuesday of this month. Since we met, we have been good to each other. She has given me a ride home a few times and I have informed her about the free acting class among other things. Without a doubt she was looking out for me with this one.

After the shoot, I told the director what I was told and she immediately made me fill out the proper paper work. She wasn't sure how many words were required but she promised to look into it.

I flowed through the next few days knowing that I might have a possibility to become SAG-E.  Then the following Wednesday, day 185 I got a call from the director confirming my eligibility for my role. All I had to do was send her a resume and head shot. Now that's a reason to celebrate.

Now you understand, why I love my high top fade so much. Yes, to some degree it type castes me but at the same time it distinguishes me in many more ways. This is a true blessing. I almost didn't want to go anymore because of the rain but I never take rain for granted because I know it means blessing. I wonder what would of happened if I walked in with my high top already on display. There is a chance it might of not had that same surprising affect.

You just never know when or your life is going to change. I came to this shoot to do some back ground work and I left with a talking scene and SAG-Eligibility.What a blessing. I sincerely believe that this small achievement emulates a bigger blessings to come.

I was so thankful for this that I sent the director gift card from Star Bucks and signed posted card when I send her the stuff she asked for.

I'm not sure when the scene is going to post but it will post here 

Check them out and support those who support me. In the mean time I'll keep you posted.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Last Free Class - The Space Acting Group 3

March 23, 2011, yesterday (day 184) marked the last day of the free acting class I started on week 24 day 164  Read: ...Some of The Best Things in Life are FREE  Those that know me, are aware that I wouldn't end this chapter without taking a picture. There are a few other people missing because they couldn't make it unfortunately. Fortunately the couldn't make it because they had an audition to attend to. Hopefully, I'll get a picture with them later and come back and post it.

There were a lot of great moments today. The best moment was when the whole class presented our teacher with a few personalized thank you gifts. The way it happened was classic. I literally thought of the idea seconds before. I interrupted the class and told Mr. Allen Levin that the class worked on a scene together. Since I didn't have time to tell the class I'll be calling them all on the stage most of them was looking at me crazy. We all basically did a improv scene called, "Weeks, Months & Years After The Class." The premise was that we were all successful in our careers because of the class and we finally met up for our potluck. Within the skit we talked about our success and realized that we never thanked our teacher, Allen Levin.

As a result, we jumped into a huddle, I ran in the back got the gifts and then we presented it to him. I think it turned out pretty well. He wasn't expecting it and was very thankful.

This last class was a great and marked the beginning of a new chapter in my quest. I'll be attending the Thursday's classes now. Check out the pictures below. 

The Space Acting Group 3 featuring Motown Maurice

Allen Levin's The Space Acting Group 3 featuring Motown Maurice.
These 4 free classes when by so fast. For those of you who missed the opportunity, don't worry Allen Levin will be offering more. You can contact him here and tell him Motown sent you. Don't forget to mention my name.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1st Radio Interview with The Red Viking Show

On day 176 I had the honor of being a guest on The Red Viking Show . Hosted by Eric Erickson and Meggan Anderson. They are both comics who discusses headlines or whatever is rattling around their heads through podcast. With irreverence and laughter as well as comedy bits and sketches. Throughout the show Eric & Meggan has their audience shaking their head and asking “What are they going to say next?”

On day 163 (March 1, 2011) I was searching Craigs List as I normally do and I found their ad stating that they were looking for guests. I emailed them right away. They responded the next day and the history lies beneath us. This is definitely an Craigs List epic achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. As I said, to Eric and Meggan this is the first of many interviews to come. The Red Viking Show is just one of the components of  their cave. The Temple of The Cave to be exact.

When I arrived, I walked into a full pledge studio. I sure wasn't expecting to see so much. Every cubic feet of their large and spacious 8th floor studio was enriched with vibrant creative energy. They have a wardrobe, photography area, podcast station, book publishing department and much more. Its a heaven for any artistic person.

Eric and Maggen have a great vision that will soon grow into something larger then they ever imagined. They support Motown Maurice, in return lets also support these guys. Here are a few of their links.

Website: The Temple of The Cave

Facebook: The Temple of The Cave

Facebook: The Red Viking Show

Now check out my interview below.



Eric Erickson, Motown Maurice & Meggan Anderson: The Red Viking Show

Motown Maurice on The Red Viking Show. Seen is Meggan Anderson. Not seen is Eric Paul Erickson
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Week 26: Wait for it...Wait for it....Wait for it...

I ended week 25 by taunting this week (week 26). I generally said week 26 has something I have been waiting for. I'm Ready Bring It On!!! With the Month of March Madness soon coming to an end, that sonic boom should be coming soon right. I've made a lot of predictions and demands so it has too be coming soon. I remember when I was hosting and producing The Motown Maurice Show and I just knew that sonic boom would be arriving at one of my shows. I just new all the sponsors and over flow of people would be pouring in from everywhere. That never happened. 5 to 6 months later I did move to LA and I'm now making new history. The bottom line to my efforts are that I'm making progress.

Now I'm not backing down from any of my demands or predictions. What I am saying is that I have learned that progress doesn't always come the way we initially envision. In many cases if you aim for big goals you'll receive larger results. The truth is something is about to go down and I can feel it. I just not 100% sure where that source is yet. Then again I might already be feeding from the source right now.
There is a good chance that source may grow from week 24, week 25 or this week.  Or may be from week 22 my most audition filled week. It it might even stem even farther back. I don't know. All I know is that this was a good week and some great things are taken place. 

The amazing thing about whats taking place right now is that I don't even have as many auditions as I did earlier this year. My agent was getting me a lot at first but things have slowed down. I could complain like most actors but I think not having a whole bunch of auditions right now is one of the best things that has happened  to me in a while. The reason for that is because I've been focusing on improving my craft with my acting class which is very important. There is a period of time when we are all excited because we are getting a bunch of auditions but whats the point of having a bunch of auditions if we are not booking. Its really not a race to get a whole bunch of auditions. All we need to do is book one. My class has allowed me take a moment and focus on where I need to improve.

I'm currently not auditioning as much as I was in February but I'm even more occupied then ever. The reason is mainly because I am not waiting on anyone to give me the okay. I'm rehearsing on my own, I'm taking acting classes, I started my video monologue blog and I'm maintaining all of my other responsibilities.

I have really been on the grind. I've been moving so fast that I have seriously started jotting down things in a calendar and created a to do list. I only use my calendar/to do list when I have appointments on top of appointments. If I don't write things down now I'll probably forget something right now. My memory normally does me well but my current schedule is building up fast and I can't take a chance. 

Day 175 Sunday, March 13, 2011

* Missed an audition for Grand Theft Auto feature film. It wasn't my fault. The auditions was all weekend and I waited until today to go. As soon as I looked up directions, I found out that there was no transportation heading to Pasadena anytime soon. The last time the bus went there was the Friday before. That never happened to me before but oh. I got to keep it moving.

* Prepared for my radio interview tomorrow. 

Day 176 Monday, March 14, 2011

* I had a fantastic podcast interview with The Red Viking Show. Stay posted for the interview link.

Day 177 Tuesday, March 15, 2011

* Another Craigs List story. I found an ad from a former TV executive producer of a few notable shows. He was looking for creative, passionate and determined people. I emailed him and he invited me to a meeting. To make a long story short I'm apart of a creative team now that will focus on creating TV show ideas to pitch to networks. I found out I was accepted on Saturday morning. (I'll be writing more about this later)

Day 178 Wednesday, March 16, 2011

* I had an audition for: O.R. It was to know that...and very fun.

* Acting Class, read post: Celebrate All Times, Life, More Tips

Day 179 Thursday, March 17, 2011

* Acting Class, read post: The Revelation

Day 180 Friday, March 18, 2011

* I attended a open audition at an popular commercial company called Dustin Hoffman. 

* The 3rd to last Vampire Masquerade show.

* Received a call for an Industrial Gig. 

* As the count down for X-Factor creeps in, I've been becoming more and exciting and making the necessary steps toward a successful presentation. I basically looked for an vocal coach on Craigs List, found one and sent an email. They emailed me back the same day. More details coming soon.

Day 181 Saturday, March 19, 2011
* As I stated on Monday, today I got the confirmation to be apart of a team of creative minds.  

 * I got a call for some extra work and had to turn it down to because its the same day with X-Factor auditions. I can't do that. 

* I  attended Sacred Fools Theater Company Saturday Show. They have a cool show on Saturday's. Its call Serial Killers. You watch 5 shows and at the end vote what shows you want to see come back. Each week they produce a new episode. It was a great experience. The 3 shows I voted for advanced. 

Final Thoughts
I think I figured out why I've been having some many ingrown hairs and razor bumps. I use to religiously put coco butter on my face every night before I went to bed in Florida. At least prior to growing that extra long beard. Apparently, my face has been really dry which has been causing the problem. I'm still researching everything and finding new techniques and I'm almost certain this is the reason. I can't wait have an even smoother face back again. 

Hello!!! What does my face have to do with anything right now. The month of March is almost over and...

 Wait for it...Wait for it....Wait for it... 

Hold on!!! What the heck am I waiting for? 

Wait for it...Wait for it....Wait for it...

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Celebrate All Times, Life, More Tips and Revelation

This post mostly represents my thoughts from Wednesday, March 16 (Day 178) & Thursday, March 17th (day 179).  I wanted to publish this the exact same day but I couldn't. I have been on a serious grind. Which is good. Good things ahead. I can feel it but for now lets stay focused on this post below.    

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (Day 178) 

Let me begin by saying so long to one of my old ways. The way in which I am talking about was my super critical state of being. At one point of time, I thought being super hard and critical on myself seemed like the right thing to do. Now that I know better, I'm going to put that habit to rest. Forever! Good bye old ways. Now LETS CELEBRATE!!!

I am now a person of celebration. If you are wondering why. Let me explain in a series of events my reasons of my celebratory expressions. Since the first day of my free acting class: ...Some of The Best Things in Life are FREE my teacher Allen Levin told me I should start my own video blog. Immediately, I began planning and less than 2 weeks later I  posted: Introducing Motown Maurice's Video Monologue Blog Volume # 1

If you look at the post now you'll notice a highlighted area that now says I removed the comment 24 hours later.  This is what it originally said, "I'll grade myself a D for this one. As you can see its a working process. Lets see how my critique is for volume 2 or 3."

The next morning I went to class (day 178) and Mr. Levin was counseling one of the students on being hard on herself. Unfortunately, I was just walking back in from the break (I was rehearsing a scene with one of my acting partners) and I wasn't able to catch the whole speech. Nonetheless, I walked in and noticed there was tears in the eyes of the student. She just finished a scene and for some reason she was very hard on herself. Mr. Allen stated how good she actually did and there was no reason for her to be hard on herself.

He went as far as saying that being hard on ourselves is pointless. He use to do it, we all do it but its unnecessary. The moral to the lesson was to celebrate everything we do. Whenever we accomplish something, it should be celebrated by doing something you don't normally do. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy your the accomplishment. Enjoy life.

As he was saying this, I realized that I've always tried to be this rough and tough critique towards everything I did. What I did the night before was a prime example. I rated myself a "D" for my first  video monologue blog. That was so not necessary. I honestly felt good about the monologue but nooooo, I had to be extra hard on myself and give myself a D grade. When I told Mr. Levin that, he said, "first of all you should of gave yourself an "A" because it was your first one. Indeed, he was right. Now I fully understand the need to "Celebrate All Times."

All the successful people I'm aware of enjoys life and celebrates it. That's the cool-aid I need to be drinking from here on out. I'm not regretful of how hard I use to be on myself. Everyone does it at one point of time. However, now that I have been bestowed with this new reinvigorating source of knowledge I am a born again person. This one piece of advice has changed my outlook on one minor barrier that could of held me back from reaching my full potential. I have found a source of joy in everything because now I really enjoy my life.

Honestly, I have always liked my life but I never really embraced the fact that I could I can also enjoy it at the same time. On that note, LET CELEBRATE!!!

Can you see me dancing? Huh huh huh huh ah ah ah ah huh huh.

In the spirit of celebration let me help you and at the same time help myself by sharing with you some Acting Tips I've just learned.

 Random Acting Tips

* Everything in life is doable (with in reason of course)

* Help people.

* Celebrate Everything.

* Acting is a communal art. Not a competition.

* You can't have any fans unless you are your own fan.

* You have to be good to yourself.

* Perspective is how they choose to perceive.

* The most talented actors almost never get the job, its about being yourself and being you. If you enter with the right attitude and energy you can get any job.

Performance Tips

* Art is looking for conflict.

* Always try to bring a different perspective.

* Comfort is the enemy of the artist.

* An actor is at his finest when he is relaxed.

* Study real things.

* Make a choice.


* Decide if you suck or if you are great and the world will conform to what you believe.

As I'm now writing this (12:25am 3/21/11), I got on the phone for a quick second and made a phone call to my newest acting associate Kim. She took me home from a shoot a few hours before. I met her on day 163. Moreover, we always have great conversations and I always share what I can to inspire. In this case, she mentioned something about her comfort zone. I never tell anyone one what to do but I fully expressed to her that I'm not feeling anything that has to do with a comfort zone. I told her as soon as you start conforming to a comfort zone you are applying limitations to life. Limitations don't work well in the world of acting...

Needless to say, as I'm writing these notes from my acting class I found this: Comfort is the enemy of the artist. That's why I had to stop what I was doing, call her and simply tell her that note and get off the phone. Powerful!!!

Where did all the laughs go? 

Okay, I'm still writing about Wednesday, 16, 2011 (day 178) so bare with meMy acting partner and I repeated the same performance today as we did on day 171, the week before. Of course this time we upgraded our performance with a few new ideas. The week before, I got a lot of laughs from the audience without even trying. I completely wasn't expecting it. This week on the other hand, I don't recall getting any laughs. Last week, I didn't try and I got laughs, while this week I tried and got no laughs.

The reason for that is because I tried too hard. The truth is, all my life I've made people laugh without trying. Since I tried so hard to make the audience laugh, the scene was no longer funny. Some of the feedback I received after the scene are as follows.

* Use subtext: Meaning don't talk when you don't need to.

* In the terms of being funny, look for opposites. For example, if I'm on the phone and I can't talk loud in a public place, shout out loud and say, "I'm in a public place and I can't talk loud, call me back later."

* People come to movies for real life.

* Every moment is real life.

* Your performance has to be believable.The more they believe the more laughs you will get.

There was so much more tips I didn't write down but these are just a few to marinate on.

Day 179 Thursday, March 17, 2011

The next day I audited his Thursday class. I honestly wasn't 100% sure what I was about to attend but I am sincerely glad I went. Now that I fully understand what I got myself into, I am proud to say that I have found my official acting teacher/coach and acting communal family. Since the first day he has been telling my free class the importance of us working together and supporting each other.

Ironically I was briefly motivated to start my own United Actors Force. This is remarkable revelation. I passionately wanted to form my own group of actors to help end this individualistic mentality that truly is the opposite way of making it in Hollywood. I thought I wrote about it in my blog already but I assume I bypassed that information. Anyway on week 21 day 143 before the start of the movie premiere my friend Cassandra and I brain stormed an idea to start The United Actor Force. I was fired up for a while but then I realized a few things. Mostly importantly, I needed to stay focused and learn more about Hollywood before I start something like that.

Nevertheless, I won't have to start any actors force because everything I envisioned is already established in this acting class. Its a wonderful thing to finally find placement under the right teachings. A successful actor never stop getting training. Mr. Allen Levin's teachings and community of students will be my learning grounds continually. As long as I'm not working on a big project I will be there. This will be my home. The students are friendly, the class is affordable...what more could I ask for.

Final Thoughts

All this writing makes me want to celebrate.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Introducing Motown Maurice's Video Monologue Blog Volume # 1

On day 164 my acting teaching Allen Levin recommended that I start my own video blog. I wrote all about his recommendation here: ...Some of The Best Things in Life are FREE.  To make a long story short, after about 13 days I finally got my first Video Monologue Blog up. I didn't want to waste too much time on this. 

I thought about putting it on youtube but I don't believe in putting every video that exist on youtube. The whole world doesn't need to see me practice. Once I prefect these Video Monologue Blogs I'll start putting it on youtube.

This is my critique for my first edition. While doing it, I felt focused and more relaxed then I use to feel when I was doing my shows in Tampa. I also felt more in control and more comfortable. My brain was flowing smoother then usual. When I was done I thought I did a great job. Nonetheless, after watching it I can see and hear that there is much more room for improvement.

The jokes are recycled from current late night talk shows hosts (March 7-11, 2011) and I repeat them for practice. I could write my own stuff as I did when I was in Tampa but I do enough writing as it is with this blog. I have to focus on my camera presence and and delivery.

The plan is to post new video, once a week. 

................................(Approximately 24 hours after making this post, I removed two sentences right here. I have a full explain for the removal those sentences. I will explain in my next post.) 

I can only get better from here on out. I just have to keep on doing it.

As the quest continues

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Monday, March 14, 2011

Week 25: Come On & Ease On Down, Ease On Down THE ROAD

Come on, ease on down, ease on down the road
Come on, ease on down, ease on down the road
Don't you carry nothing that might be a load
Come on, ease on down, ease on down, down the road

Pick your left foot up
When your right foot's down
Come on legs keep movin'
Don't you lose no ground
You just keep on keepin'
On the road that you choose
Don't you give up walkin'
'Cause you gave up shoes, no

Ease on down, ease on down the road
Come on, ease on down, ease on down the road
Don't you carry nothing that might be a load
Come on, ease on down, ease on down, down the road

'Cause there may be times
When you think you lost your mind
And the steps you're takin'
Leave you three, four steps behind
But the road you're walking
Might be long sometimes
You just keep on steppin'
And you'll be just fine, yeah

Ease on down, ease on down the road
Come on, ease on down, ease on down the road
Don't you carry nothing that might be a load
Come on, ease on down, ease on down, down the

Oh, there maybe times
When you wish you wasn't born
And you wake one morning
Just to find that your courage's gone
But just know that feeling
Only last a little while
You just stick with us
And we'll show you how to smile, yeah

Get 'em up, goin' down, ease on down
Get 'em up, goin' down, ease on down
Get 'em up, goin' down, ease on down
Get 'em up, get 'em up, ease on down the road 

Day 168 Sunday, March 6, 2011

* Continued my tour with my guest around Hollywood Blvd.

* Went to the movies and watched The Eagle. 

Day 169 Monday, March 7, 2011

Read Post: Nick Nick Nick Nick Nick Nick Nick Nickkk...Nickelodeon

Day 170 Tuesday, March 8, 2011

* Rehearsed with my acting partner at a park for our Wednesday's class.

Day 171 Wednesday, March 9, 2011

* My acting partner and I did our first scene for acting class and it went really well. The teacher continues to share beneficial ideas. I'm actually working on another scene with another partner now. So I have two scenes to memorize now which is great. Its been a long time since I had to exercise my brains memory muscles like that. Its exciting and necessary. 

Read Post: Tips For Your Next Audition  

* On Week 22 day 151 I had a shocking experience that lead into a great opportunity. That great opportunity is an possibility for me to host my own radio show in Burbank. It took them about 3 weeks to call me but they finally did today. Its not a paid opportunity but its great exposure and its in aliment with my ultimate purpose. I'm suppose to be expecting another phone call for an audition date in April. Watch out Burbank Radio KYHY here I come.

*After receiving Amazing Money Miracles on 35th, 36th & 37th St my mom sends the 38th to the second power. My mom is sincerely the blessing that keeps on blessing. I truly can't wait until I can spoil her senselessly. Since college, anytime I have been in tight financial waters all I had to do was use one of my credit cards to get me out of trouble. As most of us know, I am no long in good credit standings with the credit bureau. Read: No Sacrifice No Victory. Furthermore, my mom manged to put my name on one of her cards for emergence purposes. I told my mom, I'll hold on to it but I have no plans to use it. My break through is coming...

Day 172 Thursday, March 10, 2011

* On day 150 I interviewed for a show I coded YATA and today I got a response from them. I emailed back and confirmed my attendance. I will continue to keep you posted and will soon reveal the name once I hear back from them again. 

* I got an audition notice to audition for a feature film called Grand Thief Auto. The movie is based on the video game. The audition was spread out throughout the weekend in Pasadena. I planned for Sunday and can you believe that no buses or trains were running in that direction. What a bummer. I missed out but its all good. Either way, before I knew I couldn't make it, I took sometime out and upgraded my resume. Which was completely necessary. 

173 Friday, March 11, 2011

* Read Post: Chris Brown's Look At Me Now (Feat. Motown Maurice, Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne)

* Read Post: Worst Case Scenario, I Become The X-Factor

* Added a photo and note to Week 23 day 154

* Since Vampire Masquerade was canceled today I found an opportunity on Craigs List to attend a celebrity match making event. They were basically trying shoot a pilot for a potential show and..."No more comment." There was an open bar and I..."No more comment."

Day 174 Saturday, March 12, 2011

* Went to the movies and watched Battle LA. I didn't enjoy it that much because they didn't capture the point of the view of the aliens.

Final Thoughts

Its close. I know its close. Its so close I can just about taste it. During the month of February especially I plugged away at a myriad of auditions and I finally got a response from one on Thursday day 171. I doubt YATA is the "Life Changing Factor," but its close. Then there was the call back for the radio station on day 170.  Again that's probably not the "Life changing Factor," but that's two signs. I know I'm on the right road. All I have to do is continue to Ease On Down, Ease On Down The Road.

Note to week 26. I know you have something I've been waiting for. There is no need to hide it.  I'm Ready, Bring It on.

As the quest Continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Chris Brown's Look At Me Now (Feat. Motown Maurice, Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne)

I never know when these music videos are released. I'm normally informed by a phone call. This time the phone call came from my cousin J-Phill in Tampa, FL (8th photo down on this link)
He told me he saw the video on website and noticed me right away.

As a memory refresher, I received the call for this gig on Week 22 Day 148. 
Two days later on day 150 the video was shot. At the time this was more then just a gig, it was  The Just Enough Money Miracle on 34th St.

The video is cool. Unfortunately you don't  notice me as clearly compared to the last Chris Brown Video Yeah X3 but I'm definitely in there. I'm wearing a bright yellow jacket with shades on throughout the video. You have to look closely because the edits are very fast.

Here are a few times codes where I noticed for myself. I'm generally on the right hand side.

0:20,    0:54,    1:34,    2:02,    2:20,    2:34,    2:42,   3:09,    3:11,    3:40    &    3:53.

There are a few other places but it wasn't worth mentioning. I flashed too quickly. Now if your not satisfied with my face time I feel you 100%. Then again, I might be more visible on a television set. If you happen to see it before me on a television let me know.

For an up close photographic look at what I was wearing check out: Behind The Scenes of Look At Me Now!!!

Enjoy and share with your friends.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Worst Case Scenario, I Become The X-Factor

As the March Month of Madness dwindles away, I find myself pondering on the possibilities of  a worse case scenario from time to time. At this time, I won't share my deep inner thoughts. Thus, whether it be negative or positive, I know something is about to happen by the end of this month that will forever change my life. What that thing is, I don't know but as I said before and I'll say it again, I'm Ready Bring It On! 
I can say what I'm saying with confidence because I have planted many seeds, especially since the start of this year.  Nevertheless, lets just say none of those seeds sprout. Worse case scenario I become The X-Factor.  
Early last month (around February 8th) I noticed an advertising for Simon Cowell's X-Factor. X-Factor will soon be American Idol's competition, created by the former judge of American Idol. Immediately, I jumped on board. Now I am set to register on March 26th and audition on March 27th. 
Okay...why are you making that face. I'm definitely not known for my singing abilities but I was in advance chorus in high school my senior year.  I was demoted after a while for falling a sleeping in class.. but that's another story. 
Motown Maurice in his Leto High School chorus picture.
I won't say I'm the best singer but there are certain songs I can really blow well. You should hear me in the shower. Don't forget I did attempt to audition for American Idol on day 4. 
For some reason, my online video submission didn't go through and they never got a chance to view it.  Besides singing, I could be a perfect shoe in for The X-Factor. 

3 Reason Why I Could Become The X-Factor

1. I am an artist.

2. My singing has been improving and I believe it has the potential to improve a lot more. 

3. The last reason is stated by Simon Cowell himself. "The X Factor" is an expression we use in the music business to describe that special something which defines someone as a star. Have you got it?"

You all have seen the shows, you don't have to be the best singer. You just have to have "It." As in "The It Factor." If they are looking for "The It Factor" that I do have and I can prove it.   

I don't normally mention the name and full details of my biggest endeavors for various reasons but I have nothing to lose at this point. The inauguration of my creative roots actually started after high school in the fields of writing and recording songs. I have recorded 3 albums since then. This may possibly be the missing link of my quest. 

Forget the fact that I could win a $5,000,000 recording contract with Sony Music. There is a possibility I could be uniting my two destinies. My destiny to host my own late night talk show combined with my destiny to sing. 

Maybe I'm way ahead of myself. Maybe I won't ever need to confront this Worst Case Scenario. However, the more I think about it and how it could complements my quest, this just may be a best case scenario then it is worst. 

If anything look up the show yourself and if you have the guts, audition for it. This might be a greater opportunity for you.
Will Motown Maurice audition for the X-Factor and become The It Factor?

Part of me hopes that something better pops up and I don't have to audition for this. Then there is another part of me that is getting ready, warming up my vocals and becoming more interested in it as the days go by.

Will Motown Maurice have to choose a worse case scenario and audition for The X-Factor and become The It Factor?

Or will one of his seeds sprout and grow into something far greater leading into a guaranteed opportunity of success.

What would you like to see happen?

Stay tuned and find out what will happen next.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

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