Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week 378: Obsession Intensity...Still Got It

Weekly Written Review 

On Black Friday I sent a particular person a text. I invited that person to lunch. The invite was presented as an occasion of appreciation and the opportunity to share my story. Fast forward to this Tuesday. We had lunch, I presented my story/pitch and I think she liked it. She requested that I send her my script with additional pitch materials. At first, I was going to send the script as is but something she said inspired me to rewrite the ending. I always knew the ending needed work but our conversation gave me the spark I needed to end the film properly. The next following days I became obsessed. I don't recall having an intense work ethic like that all 2017 long. To a degree, I didn't like it. The thing is, I did a lot more than adding an ending. I reread it and I did a lot rewriting. Caught a lot of errors and incorporated a lot of cool new ideas. I had my moments when I was blasting music and dancing to every word I typed. Then there were moments when food and sleep were getting in the way. When I have an idea I become intense. It's not a lifestyle I want as regularly as I had before. I am grateful to know that I still got it when I need it. It's very possibly my lack of intensity all year long was made of for in this one week. Who knows?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

* Wide aWoke reunion planning

* Tree trimming get together. Made some phone calls while walking there. It was a one hour walk. Much longer then I anticipated.

Monday, December 11, 2017

* Amazon audition

* At Staples printing out presentation materials. It cost about $7.00 worth of mostly color prints.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

* Lunch with Natasha W at SweetSalt. Presentation, pitch and she's interested. Whoop. Whoop.

* Callback notice

* Audition video sent

* Late hours into the night I mentally drafted out the new ending for my screenplay.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Amazon callback

* Screenplay rereading/writing...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

* Rewriting my screenplay...

* My commercial agent called. I rarely get to speak to her that's because I don't book and I rarely get to put on avail. Moreover, she told me I was put on avail for Amazon. Good news right. I think not. When the following Sunday came around with the last fitting on Monday (Week 379) I knew it was a game over. Such a waste of time. It's just disrespectful have someone block out specific dates and never release them. This happened on August 23rd and more than likely it's going to happen again. I need to find a way out of this audition nonsense.

* Post office

Friday, December 15, 2017

* Livewave callback

* Final rewrite/reread for my screenplay and it was sent to Natasha. It's no longer in my hands. I am glad my rewrite is over. It was intense. These past two days reminded on how obsessive I become with my ideas. I don't like it. I rather not go to that place anymore. At least not anytime soon.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

* Basketball...I couldn't score much in the games I played but I got much props for the sidelines about my rebounds and defense.

* WaW planning...

* I made my mom cry talking about my father's situation. Our conversation was mostly about spiritual stuff. She thinks I don't understand what she's been through. I've concluded that I can't talk to my mom about religion/spiritual stuff anymore. I just can't. 

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Week 377: Perhaps I'm Finding my Niche

Weekly Written Review 

On Thursday, November 16th I had two auditions. I went to the first one at AFI and left. I then went to the one in Studio City and came back to the one at AFI later. I had to wait a while for the one in Studio City. There was a line of male actors. When it was finally my turn I went in said hello and handed the director my headshot. The director immediately said, "Oh you're in Snake Outta Compton." I said, yes I am. I have a lead role in it." He then said, my friend, Jen did Wardrobe for it. Then he starts talking with everyone else in the room. "Did you see the trailer? It's awesome, you got to see it." I made sure I added, "If you watch the trailer again you'll certainly recognize me." I did the audition and for some reason, they laughed out loud a few times. When the audition was over they said thank you and the director also said, "and congratulations on your role in Snake Outta Compton. It's going to be a success." Fast forward to this Sunday, I just got the call and the booking for a two-day shoot. 

It's another ridiculous horror comedy with Wayne Brady involved. In addition to that, the plot-line has zombies. I was later told that Wayne Brady himself chose me and they were still looking for my brother since the 16th. They actually chose me and found my brother on the same day they called. How crazy. What if I wasn't available? Moreover, the shoot is a trailer for a feature that's already been written. Let's see where it goes. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017 

* Spark of grind motivation...I decided to sign up for Central Casting

* Washed clothes, organized and made phone calls

* Phone call for a two-day zombie trailer booking

Monday, December 4, 2017

* In line at 5:30am for Central Casting

* Tennis...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

* Zombie shooting day 1

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

* Zombie shooting day

* Basketball game at the YMCA. Zero points. Didn't play much and we lost.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

* Basketball...

* Audition for a credit card spokesperson. After the audition, I took a right out the building then took a left across the street and an immediate left. I kept walking down passing the building I came out of on the other side of the street. As I was walking I got eye contact with a lady and she said, "You did really great in there." There were about four or five people in the room and she was one of them. She probably left the room right after I left. Maybe she had to put money in her car meter or something. Moreover, she thought I did great in the room. She said, it's a crab shoot and you never know which way it's going to go but it was nice of her to let me know how well I did.

* Library...

* Arrived at a networking event but once I saw there was a line I decided I'm not dealing with this. So I went to Kevin Boot's house to help out with a movie screening after-party he was hosting. Initially, I preferred to be at the networking event but the universe brought me to Kevin's. I helped out taking photos. Before the party ended I ended up talking to a spiritual young man. His previous conversation with Kevin had him in tears. We talked and he ministered to me. He said he saw me traveling...Toyko, playing the guitar and the piano, he saw me playing with a little girl (I immediately thought of Kevin's daughter), sports/basketball, he saw me in a house and that I shouldn't worry about how I'm going to get it. He also said he saw me healing people. The last thing I remember him saying is that he saw me ministering to my mom. Kevin did tell him she was spiritual. I thought the prophecy was flattering. Nothing means nothing.

Friday, December 8, 2017

* Basketball

* Relaxing...

* Wide aWoke planning...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

* Lunch with Olivia

* Trader Joe's...

* Wide aWoke planning...

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week 376: Thinking about a refocus

Weekly Written Review 

A random person shouts out of a car and predicted I'm going to book it. I didn't book it. That totally killed my spirits. On the bright side, I don't owe the IRS any more money. That's enough to make this week a great success. Long story short, I contacted my old account in Florida about a 2013 tax issue over the summer that I forget he had nothing to do with. He then reminded me of the issue and advised that he could make it go away for about $250.00. I was skeptical but I took a chance. I signed some papers and I did what he said. It's all legal. Fast forward to this week and it's gone. What a blessing. Aside from that, I've been thinking about my next year a lot this week. In many ways 2017 has been fun but I'm not interested in having a year like this again. I plan to keep such things as tennis, basketball and Switch in my life but next year I need more work. As a result, my thoughts are deeply pinning towards a refocus.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

* @ Lu Lu's

* Stranger Things Season 2 weekend continues...

* Walk at The Grove

* Trader Joe's

Monday, November 27, 2017

* Amazing letter from the IRS

* On my way to my first audition of the day, I was walking while reading my lines. Out of no where a guy in a car from across the street rolls down his window, looks at me and start shouting. He said, "You're going to book it. I just got this feeling you're going to book it." Talk about a boost of confidence. Unfortunately, I didn't book that audition or the following one today. That was truly disappointing and dampened my spirits the next day.

* Audition # 2 in Santa Monica

* Tennis...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

* No callback :-(

* Low spirits

* Screenplay pitch package prep

* Invitation to play on a YMCA basketball team

* Audition notice came in at 11:58pm

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

* Audition # 1

* Audition - Universal Studios Orlando commercial

* 6pm Basketball game at the YMCA. Scored the teams first 6 points. 11 total points. Missed one free throw. We won. At the end of the game they were like, "We needed you. You came just in time."

* Spontaneously ended up at a Laker vs Warriors game. It was cool. I didn't realize I had to pay for my ticket but it's all good. I caught the second half and it went into overtime. I was rooting for the Lakers of course. That's not something I did when Kobe was around. At the same time I'm also not fond of the Warriors.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

* Sleeping long...low spirits

* Walk to ATM, food pick up

* Computer work with music playing...

Friday, December 1, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Annual photo shoot for my landlady and her pets

Saturday, December 2, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Lunch with Raj at SoupPlantation

* Lauren's Bday house party

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Week 375: That time of the year...

Weekly Written Review 

It's approaching that time of the year. That time of the year when body is requesting extra sleep. I mean double extra sleep.  I don't want to wake up. I just want to sleep and stay in the bed. In addition to just sleeping my body wants good food. It needs it. After a year of saltine crackers and chicken noodle soup it needs to replenish with mamma's home cooking. Thank God I'll soon get to give my body what it needs. It's getting the sleep now but the cooking with come in a couple weeks.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

* Stayed home...Switching...

Monday, November 20, 2017

* Lazy day...Switching...

* Tennis

* Semi drama with my agency. Small issue about an invoice.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

* Low spirited day...playing Zelda

* Audition video sent

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Audition video sent

Thursday, November 23, 2017

* I intended on spending thanksgiving by myself today but while at the YMCA yesterday I randomly got an invite. I accepted it. It was different yet very appreciated.

* Two audition videos sent

Friday, November 24, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Text message to NW casting director. This lunch meeting is happening.

* Black Friday shopping at Wal-Mart for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. I got it. Wal-Mart all the way in Burbank.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

* @ Lu Lu's

* Stranger Things season 2 weekend

* Puyo Puyo Tetris purchase from the Eshop

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week 374: Family or Not...

Weekly Written Review

Right before acting class on Wednesday, I started Facebook messaging a young man. It soon became a video messaging conversation. I assumed he was one of my 6 nephews. I've only met 2. He ended up not being either of the two but a nephew that I  knew nothing about. I have a half brother in which I don't acknowledge simply because he's a lousy person. Considering all of his offspring I have no problem calling him a bum. One of his kids are in jail. Maybe two. Furthermore, we didn't get to talk much but we'll be talking again next week (375). Some facts he shared is that he knows nothing about his father or his heritage. He assumed we were Jamaican. It's truly sad. I'm going to do my best to do something, not run a like a coward. The worst part about is that my mom don't fully get it. I understand it's her son and some long term guilt may play a factor but how could she defend a man that doesn't support his children. I'll never understand that.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 

* Audition video sent

* Mike's Hard Lemonade commercial shoot

Monday, November 13, 2017

* Tennis... One hard shot gave me wrist pain throughout the week but it's getting better.

* Woke up with an Instagram idea for 2018. Let's get it.

* Organizing...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

* McDonald's Brazil commercial shoot. I got hoodwinked 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

* Audition video sent

* Audition...???

* Recycling cans once again for extra cash

* Arielle's acting class...and a post class eat up

Thursday, November 16, 2017 

* Audition # 1. The director looked at my resume and said, "Oh you're in Snake Outta Compton. My friend Jen did wardrobe for it." He started telling the other people in the room how good it is. After my audition he congratulated me about the movie and told me it's going to be a hit. 

* Audition # 2 - Student Thesis. I actually came here first but left and came back. Thankfully it worked out in my favor. 

* Video sent

Friday, November 17, 2017 

* Basketball...YMCA

* Audition...

Saturday, November 18, 2017 

* Basketball...YMCA. Decided to sleep in a little extra so I got there later then usual. Played some good old fashion 2 on 2. My team won all of it's games. In the last game I went on a 3 point shooting spree. I shot a least 4 in one day. 3 in a row in the last.

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Week 373: Saved by 20 G's

Weekly Written Review 

It's Monday. I'm in my spot doing my thing on the computer. The TV is on. The news is playing. Familiarity strikes my brain and I turn towards the TV. Suddenly I'm in disbelief. The newscaster is talking about a man who was recently arrested because of killing spree threats. I'm shocked because I know the person. We lived in the same quarters for about 4 years. I immediately grabbed my phone and started recording it. Then almost instantly I bolted to my landlady and shared the story. As much as we couldn't believe it, it was also believable considering what we lived through. Specifically this year. Some specifically this past summer. We went through the Rumble in the Jungle and after seeing this story and the amount of guns the police seized we're happy to be alive. This story was all over the news this week. There's so much more to it but I rather not write about it. I'll leave it at this.

On a more positive note, I booked twice this week. Glad to be booking again.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

* Stayed home gaming

* WaW Reunion planning

* Organizing/Cleaning...

Monday, November 6, 2017

* DWS Arrested

* Audition # 1 - Nickelodeon Callback - Truth

* Zipcar Rental

* Audition # 2 - Owl

* Zipcar returned

* Tennis

* Audition video sent

* Background work booking

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

* Google Play background shoot. Had me a good big meal. First time in a while I ate that great on set.

* Audition video sent

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA 

* Complete 4 audition videos

Thursday, November 9, 2017 

* Food shopping

* Two bookings

Friday, November 10, 2017

* 1st Snake Outta Compton interview with DeCayMag Podcast: 

* Audition

* Trader Joe's

Saturday, November 11, 2017

* I booked a role from my audition yesterday but it's not going to work out because it shoots during Christmas break

* Basketball...YMCA

* Dropped off Marie's pics

* Shea Butter pick up at the African Shop in Hollywood. The gave me some free incense because of a one min delay with the transaction.

* Relaxing...

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Week 372: It's a Fight, Everyday I'm fighting

Weekly Written Review 

I had two auditions for a co-starring role on two different cable shows this week. These auditions are generally in and out. Really quick. My Nickelodeon audition was one take and gone. One or two takes, by the time they generically say "thank you" I can sense I'm not what they wanted. It's a real spirit sucker. Post the audition, my head is lowered in disappointment on the way home. No room to complain. I'm getting in the door and for that reason I'm thankful. My new agent is putting in work. I had one truly low spirited day but the rest of the week was eventful. What can I say, it's a fight. I better not lower my head anymore, I could get knocked out. Everyday I got to fight for what's rightfully mine.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 

* Marshmello music video shoot - Day 2

Monday, October 30, 2017 

* Nickelodeon audition

* Audition video sent

* Tennis...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

* Lazy day at home...low spirits...playing Mario...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

* Angie Tribeca audition

* Nintendo Switch time with Sterlyn and Luana

* Attended Mark Sipka's Review

Thursday, November 2, 2017

* Nickelodeon/Truth commercial audition

* Attempted to close out my storage and that failed for good reason. Didn't realize I was getting my deposit back and I didn't have both lock keys to return. 

* Audition video sent (Lil Whip)

Friday, November 3, 2017 

* Commercial audition (Beats)

* H&M shirt exchange

* Returned my lock and two keys (I only had one yesterday) and got a $35.00 deposit back. Whoop Whoop!

* Saw the transit cops and decided to enter the other direction. On the way, I found a tap card with 4 days remaining on it. Whoop Whoop!

* Tennis..

Saturday, November 4, 2017 

* Basketball...YMCA

* Photo shoot for Marie at Kevin's. Had dinner before I left. Got home semi full and was able to save a can of soup because of that :-)

* My computer went blank on me. I didn't know what to do. I was hopeless for a while. About 30mins or so later it came back to life. What a miracle! Praise God! I'm so grateful.

* Plane ticket research. Plane ticket frustration. Plane ticket purchase.

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Week 371: Living the dream in the background

Weekly Written Review 

This week began nice. I presented awards at a film festival and I got to throw in a few jokes. The feedback was inspiring. A few people said I was funny and at least one person said I that I livened up the program. I mostly enjoyed the people that approached me suggested that we should work together afterward. The rest of the week was a bunch of auditions that led to nothing and I topped off the week with background work on my 41st music video. Living the dream! :-/

Sunday, October 22, 2017 

* Returned Kevin's van

* Presented awards at the Wind International Film Festival at the Scientology building. Then there was a get together at The W.

Monday, October 23, 2017

* Used Turo to rent a car for the first time

* Audition # 1: Short film (Calabasas)

* Audition # 2: Coca Cola (Santa Monica)

* Audition # 3: EA games (Playa Vista)

* Tennis...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

* Returned car

* Simple mobile audition

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

* Basketball short audition

* Music video booking

* Started audition video

* Black Santa shoot

Thursday, October 26, 2017

* Completed audition video and sent

* Stayed home...

* BIO Upgrading

Friday, October 27, 2017 

* Basketball...

* Mario Odyssey purchase

* Tennis...

Saturday, October 28, 2017 

* Marshmello music video shoot - Day 1  

* Audition video sent  

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Week 370: Snake Into Success

Weekly Written Review 

The Snake is coming. I haven't blogged much about Snake Outta Compton but there's so much happening right now it's time. It's literally been a year in the making and finally the first trailer just came out on Monday night. I was playing tennis when I got the notice and the video/article blew me away. I was noticeable since multiple times I immediately had to share it with a tennis buddy. The response was great. As the week continued I started getting Facebook tags and phone texts. The trailer went viral. It's been getting made coverage. The Hollywood Reporter, Indiwire and beyond...   Youtubers even started to do reaction videos to the trailer alone. That was nothing compared to a response I got on Saturday. At an audition on Tuesday, I reconnected with an acting comrade. His name is Albert Minero Jr.. Later that day he reached out about a "gig" and he ended up inviting to a party on Saturday. I've been in the spirit of going out so I went. We talked about Snake Outta Compton at the audition. He actually previously heard of it because he had a friend that worked as a line producer. By the time I got to the party, Albert told everyone we spoke to that I'm about to "blow up." Albert saw the trailer and loved it. At one point he couldn't stop talking about it. He was genuinely excited for my upcoming success. He endorsed me as a quiet guy in Hollywood that keeps his had down but puts in the work. He gave the film's trailer positive reviews predicts its going to be huge and I would get work from it. I recall him saying it's time for a new generation of Hollywood to actors to take over. He even compared me as the new Chris Tucker. I was truly humbled. Albert is good peoples and I'm truly glad we crossed paths and reconnected. A few years back he saw me walking down the street, he stopped and gave me a ride. Every interaction with him is filled with great energy. I'm glad we've reconnected and most likely we'll stay connected this time. He's the type of person you want to keep in your corner because you know he's got you in his. Check out a few Snake Outta Compton links:



Just search: Snake Outta Compton

Finally, my second highlight of week is with my belongings. Since early July the majority of my stuff has been in storage. As of Saturday, I have my stuff all in one place again. It's been a long time coming. The fact that this even happened is a miracle. With some unexpected advice from a random attorney my landlady overcame her fears (not without second guessing herself at least once on the day of) and we came to an agreement. She also gave me a two year extension to get famous. I think that's plenty of time to make it happen.  Moreover, it's good to have all must stuff back. In the beginning I would go to my storage often to get things. Over time I learned to survive without all that stuff. I started hand washing my clothes and keeping things simple. Even thought I got my stuff back in one place I still plan to keep things simple. I still plan to hand wash my clothes and down size my belongings as time progresses. In conclusion, it's good to have my TV back.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

* Stayed home..

* Audition VO sent

* Audition video sent

Monday, October 16, 2017

* Blogging...

* Head shot pick up

* Fruit shopping...

* Tennis...

* Snake Outta Compton trailer goes live

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

* Wendy's audition

* Teen Speak skype interview

* Black People Meet audition video sent

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

* Basketball..YMCA

* NBC Short Cuts Festival

* Callback notice and then they cancelled it. That's the second time that happened this year.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

* Audition # 1: kids show

* Audition # 2: Account/nerd role...

* Trader Joe's

* Relaxing for the rest of the night. Shamefully catching up on Scandal.

Friday, October 20, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Audition video sent...(Open 24hrs)

* Sent out my first autographed head shot to a "Baggage" fan. Apparently the whole family is a fan.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 

* Borrowed Kevin's Van

* Unpacked storage and moved myself back into my place

* Food For Less/Dollar Store

* Party with Albert

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 369: Heatwave Check

Weekly Written Review 

Is the booking heatwave over? I doubt it. This week was relaxed compared to week 367 but not every week is going to be that amazing. Some weeks will be more amazing and it takes weeks like this to set up that great greatness. Here's a couple things before I go. I proudly declined some background work this week. The main is because they tried to pull a fast one on me. I was notified by my agent during the week that I'm requested to be put on hold for a project I auditioned for. About 2 or 3 days past and I had no clue what this project was for. I couldn't even recall the audition video I sent in. Finally I got some wardrobe info on Friday and it stated background attire. That's not cool. Look, I'm not interested in background anymore but it doesn't mean I won't do it from time to time. I basically did some with BET weeks ago. The reason I declined this one is because that's not what I auditioned for. Not too mention the pay was really low and it was out of the area. No one is pulling a fast one on me anymore. On the bright-side, I thought it was going to conflict with an important audition on Saturday and it didn't. Aside from that, I had a few auditions this week. Three of which were commercials and two didn't exactly come from the agent the specializes in that area. Hey, I'm not complaining. Friday was actively intense. I played basketball and tennis. It's been a while since I did that. I had a slow start with tennis but I became the Burger King at the end of the night. Which means I became the king of the court among two other people. It's my first Burger King title and I'm looking to get many more :-)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 

* Forgot an important script at my shoot yesterday. Thankfully LuLu allowed me to drive their with her car together.

* Switching at LuLu's

Monday, October 9, 2017 

* Leaving LuLu's

* Food for Less/Dollar store

* Tennis...I'm not sure if I acknowledged my rides home after tennis before but if I did here's a second time. For the majority of this year, after four or more hours of tennis I would have to wait for the train and bus. Transportation is much slower at night. That's not fun after a workout. That changed recently. I found out one of my tennis colleagues lives very close to me. When I play on Friday's I get a pick up and ride home. Most times on Monday's after tennis I have a ride home. This might seem simple but it's a big blessing. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

* Relaxing...

* Emailing...Entertainment Lab...Managers...

* Wide aWoke work...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

* Black Santa Rehearsal

* Commercial audition...Elf...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Web Commercial audition

Friday, October 13, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Tennis...I am the Burger King

Saturday, October 14, 2017

* Direct TV audition

* Tennis fun and lessons at Griffith park...

* They tried a fast one. Declined a project that I was on hold for.

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week 368: Double Incredible Blessings

Weekly Written Review 

I started off this week working on a short film and I ended the same way working on a different short film. That's not even at the incredible part yet. Let's talk about what happened on Monday. On this day I had my callback/meeting with the Black Santa project. I sent in a tape last week. I immediately got a response directly from the casting director via text. She helped me out before with my festival in the past so we had each others phone numbers. However, she never sent me a text before. That's until saw this audition in which she loved. That led to the set up for this meeting. I arrived at 2pm and basically got thrown in the fire. I got a quick tour. Met a few people and then they started explaining things to me. Followed by asking me if I can present this story later. I was like "sure." I got fed. I was invited into their creative meetings with the all the big shots and I just flowed. After hours of being there I got a chance to read out loud what they gave me to the founder Baron Davis and many others and they loved it. Baron ended up making a character of me. By the time I left I was not only a story teller I was also Motown the Elf. I tried on some Elf ears and they loved it. Baron looked and said something in the likes of, "Everybody's going to know Motown the Elf." It was an incredible unexpected experience. I didn't leave until 6:30pm. The whole experience reminded me of the first episode of ABC's Scandal. The theme question of that show was do you want to be a gladiator.  It was similar to that because I later found out that I was already a legend at the office before I arrived. Everyone saw and loved my audition video. I basically got the job upon arrival. Now, what does this all mean. I'm still not completed sure All I know is that I believe in the project and there is an exponential amount of opportunities for me to grow and get exposure there. I'm blessed and thankful and will continue to positively embrace the unknown.

If you think the incredibility stops with the story above, it does not. Back story first. For most of this year, there has been uncertainty towards my living situation. Things got to peak crazy in July and I became homeless for a while. This is all because of my infamous garage. To some degree it was suppose to get demolished months ago. The expended part of the garage without a permit to be exact. My landlady paid for an extension. That extension is suppose to expire in November. With fear my landlady made plans to tear it down earlier. As early as Monday of next week. I was notified twice this week that I will have to move into the other side of the garage because my side is getting tore down. Jose the mechanic even came and gave my living quarters a peek. He's the one doing the job. At this point I already accepted my living fate. Until my landlady discovered something. Midweek she said she found out about a city program that will assist with paying for garage conversions. The reason they're probably doing that is to prevent homelessness. The irony...My eyes got lit. I started my research immediately. I found something but it only paid for 20% and it lasted from March to April. While researching I found something else that looked interesting. I found an attorney that specializes in garage conversion issues and he offered consultation. He was site very informative. I figured this would be my last hope. I printed out his info and sent him an email while I Kevin's house on Friday. We were about go out to a fashion week event. To my surprise he replied back with amble information. When I got home that night I told my landlady about him and requested for her to call him the next day. I couldn't call because I had a shoot all Saturday. She was open to the call. I told her maybe he might give you some good advice and if not, just go ahead with the garage tear down. Turning for my shoot on Saturday night I spoke to my landlady about the phone call and she had good news. He basically advised that the city isn't coming to inspect the garage in November. They got too many issues on their plate to worry about that right now. If may be 3, 4, 5 or more years before they inspect the place again. I don't know what kind of charm this guy had on my landlady but she became in favor of discontinuing the demolish plans. This was shocking because she normally reacts with fear. I told her I'm going to fight for my garage if it's my choice but his her decision. She said okay, but you have two years to make it big. We talked about payment I mentioned my storage situation. She invited my stuff back "again." I told her I'm going triple confirm a few times before I actually do it. Shamefully she admitted that backpedals and questioned why she does that. Then just like that my garage was saved. My home is saved. I was not expecting that. I was truly expecting the worse but instead I got the best. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

* Parody shoot day 2

Monday, October 2, 2017

* Meeting with Black Santa/No Label/Callback. (Read above)

* Tennis

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

* Relaxing...

* Story memorizing begins

* Dollar Store

* Audition video sent

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

* (3) VO's sent

* Basketball

* Commercial audition

* Entertainment Lab party. It's a talent management company. I with the intentions of inquiring about a management. I met someone else who's a manager. I thought we clicked. I sent her a passionately detailed email that night and never heard back. Oh well...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

* Basketball

* VO's sent. Two files one project.

* Young Stevie Wonder audition

Friday, October 6, 2017

* Short film rescheduled

* Storage room pickups

* Target

* Lunch with Hank/Dan

* Fashion event with Kevin

Saturday, October 7, 2017

* Short film show - King Friend Zone

* Audition reschedule request. Long day with the short film. Wasn't worth it.

* Garage is saved. Yeaaaaahhhhh

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week 367: # 3 Gig Booking Streak

Weekly Written Review 

What happened this week? I'm glad you asked that question. This week I went on a booking streak that's what. I booked 3 gigs back to back. I was working all weekend long. Thursday, Friday and 12 hours each day on Saturday and Sunday. I've had dreams about working weeks and weekends like this. All of this immediately after my 7th year anniversary. Big things are popping and nothing is stopping me. Next week may not be as busy but greatness also awaits.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

* Comedy parody audition

* Blogging

Monday, September 25, 2017

* Black Santa audition video sent. I immediately got a text from the casting director that I know personally. She stated she loved my audition.

* Tennis

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

* BET commercial audition. Less then 30mins later I got notice that I booked it.

* (2) VO's sent

* (2) Audition videos sent

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

* Basketball

* Post office

* Walgreens/ photo gift to landlady

Thursday, September 28, 2017

* BET shoot

* Short film booking notice

* VO sent

* Relaxing...catching up with Pam

Friday, September 29, 2017

* Hot Wheels shoot

* Storage stop/pick up

Saturday, September 30, 2017

* Short film parody shoot day 1

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week 366: Reflextions - 7yr Anniversary

Weekly Written Review 

Seven years and counting. By mid week I totally forgot that this week represented 7 years since I arrived in LA. By the end of the week I began entering my low spirited patterns. This pattern has been happening for a little while now. By Monday or Tuesday I kind of have my strength back but when Friday or Saturday hits my moral is weakened. That's what audition after audition with no results will do to you. I refuse to call it depression but I'm sure that's how some would identify as it for themselves. I was depressed during the summer of 2010. I'm not going through that ever again. I'm just at a constant battle to keep me spirits leveled. That's not a big deal. Spirits fluctuate. Sometimes they're up and other times they're down. Conveniently enough it happens when things are slow and it never affects progress. almost did with the audition video on Tuesday but that's an exception.

When my spirits are near depletion I try to force myself to write in my blog. The reason for that is because when this period of my journey is over I won't be able to recall those low spirited states in words. I think that's important when I write my book one day. I was unable to write that way this week because I got a random call from Kevin that led me to a party a few hours later. I'll take that instead anytime.

Wow, seven years...There's so much to reflect upon and I won't even attempt to do that. I don't have that type of writing power right now. I'm just grateful and thankful that focus is sharper then ever and and my determination continues to burn. Seven years and counting and I'm still eating sardines/tuna and crackers along with a juicy mango as my first meal of the day. My last meal of the day includes a can of Campbell's Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup. No exaggeration. This is what I eat daily. Add in a few oranges and mix nuts that's my daily meal routine. Furthermore, I'm grateful. Based on the amount of disasters in 2017 alone, I'm confident there are several who don't even have access to a meals like mine. Seven years deep and I'm in no situation to complain. I want more of course and I want stop seeking for more. Creatively I'm currently wiped and I just have to be patient as I did during the summer of 2010. In hindsight, I should of took more time to enjoy that summer but it's near impossible when your spirits are under attack. Or when you spirit is unbalanced. I should be enjoying myself more but I'm not capable of doing that when I want to work. I love my Nintendo Switch. I love playing tennis and basketball almost everyday but I'm built to create. I'm not creating and it's hard to enjoy everything else when I'm not balanced.

Before I leave this week behind me and get ready to embrace the unknown I would like to share a reflective moment from Saturday. While browsing Facebook, I noticed an ex-girlfriend's post (for the records I don't have many of those). This person existed in my college life. She posted a photo of her new born baby which I believe is her 3rd child (I think it's a girl). The world stopped as I dazed at the photo. She was the only person I envisioned myself going the extra mile with. I loved her and beyond. When we split it took a while to recover and the person that I am today began to take form. Back to the photo. I Facebook liked her photo of course. We're cool with each other and we probably talk once every year or two. I also took the time to view more of her rarely posted photos. I enter into her life for a moment. I saw pictures of her husband, they guy who basically stole her from me, lol... As I reflected upon her life, I began to smile. I blew her a kiss and wondered. I was looking into a life that could of been mine. It was a life that I pretty much seeking. That could of been my third child. That could of been my wife and normal life. Somehow the stars in didn't align that way for me. Now here am I with no wife, no kids, no relationship, no house, no car, no job...I live a garage...I'm just a crusader on a journey looking for the sacrifice.  Gazing into her life didn't make me want it. It made me happy for her and confirmed that my sacrifices are for her and millions of others just like her.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

* New anniversary blog photo at the Rose Garden

* Low spirits,...Switching...

Monday, September 18, 2017

* Dear White People audition day 1

* Better spirits but....

* Tennis...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

* Happy 7th year anniversary

* Dear White People audition part 2. The called me a second time. Cool. Doesn't mean anything.

* A few days ago I got an audition request that basically needed a personality driven video sent in. I decided not to do it. Then I got the same request directly commissioned from my agent. So I had to do. Saturday came and I got an email that reveals that I booked it. Well what do you know. Maybe there's a puzzle piece within this booking.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

* Basketball

* (2) Voice overs sent

* Switching...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

* Basketball...first time in the evening. It was okay but I prefer late mornings...

Friday, September 22, 2017

* Voice over sent

* Project Morning Affirmations for PaPa

* Store clothes pick up

* Tennis with Erick and Edween

Saturday, September 23, 2017

* Voice Over sent but it might not of been accepted

* Uploaded a new older photos and new slates on my profiles requested by my agent

* Call from Kevin and Lyft pick up for a party/event.

* Denny's

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 365: What the hell am I doing?

Weekly Written Review 

This whole week was a spiritual battle. It got worse by Wednesday. I had to practically force myself to complete a couple audition videos. Then Thursday put the icing on the cake. I had a callback for a science show and they unethically asked for my age. I responded with the first number that came to mind. Knowing they asked that unethical question told me internally I was wasting my time. They took over the conversation with a few other questions. For example, they asked where I live. I told them K-Town. Then the joke among themselves became about living in Ktown,"Everybody lives in Ktown. I need to live in Ktown..." The audition read was fine but the second take didn't go so well. They gave us brand new sides upon arrive and they wanted us to put it down on the second take. I'm okay at improv but this whole audition was trickery. My spirits were pretty much blown after that. Another reason I'm probably not going to get it is because I'm close to the height of the lead scientist. They are looking for a 18 year old to match an 18 year old female. Most likely she's going to be a smaller girl and I'll look out of place.

I was definitely defeated by the end of the week. I'm auditioning which is great but the vast majority of these roles are not for me. They don't fit me at all. I won't get into it right now but this led me to ask myself...What the hell am I doing? By the end of this week I honestly didn't have a clue what the hell I was doing. The only solution for my spiritual battle and mental frustration is to be alone. Unfortunately, my actions led to pushing someone away. I'm glad this week is over. Now I just have to regroup and make next week a better week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

* At LuLu's...Switch, Power...

Monday, September 11, 2017

* Audition: Zenefits

* Had to skip an audition for a bigger one...

* Audition for a NDA required project. It's not a callback but it's my second time for this project.

* Audition video sent

* Tennis

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

* Callback for a project in which I have no idea what it's for. The request came on (9/7/17) from a casting director who replied to a video I sent her over a year ago.

* Storage stop

* Trader Joe's

* Someone who remembered me from a project called Blockout a few years ago saw me walking and offered me a ride.

* Editing a bday for someone...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

* Blog post

* (3) Audition videos sent. I had to fight through this because of low spirits.

* (2) VO sent

* Editing a bday for someone...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

* Basketball

* Generation Genius callback. This was as setup for disappointment. Read above.

* VO sent

Friday, September 15, 2017

* Basketball

* Commercial audition

* A nice phone call from Kandace K.

* Low spirits

* Agent called about an upcoming Dear White People audition and provided clarity on the character type. Oh

Saturday, September 16, 2017 

* VO sent

* Basketball

* I purchased Raymon Legends Definitive Edition today for the Switch. I'm getting tight on money and I probably shouldn't of done that. Nonetheless, this is my source of joy. It's my escape and I believe it's going to end up motivating me to work harder/smarter to find ways to make more money. I don't want much. I deserve a damn video game dammit.

* Low gaming

* Had Sunday plans but they got canceled...

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 364: Storm 100

Weekly Written Review 

Last week LA had an intense heat wave. Thank God it's over. Well most of us in LA was complaining about the heat, Texas got hit hard by a hurricane and Florida was next. I'm on the other side of the country and I'm complete helpless in terms of helping my parents. I literally can't do anything. Even if I was available to help I couldn't because airports were shut down. As powerful as I am, I was powerless until the storm passed over. Thank God my mom prayed the Hurricane away.

As for these auditions...I'm not booking but I am auditioning. My living situation is still indefinite but I'm blessed. The past two months I was able to take a break from payment. This month I paid $100.00. In a sense I've been practically living for free. You take the good and you take the bad.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 

* Blogging

* Kevin's House

Monday, September 4, 2017

* Helped out with a photo shoot/photography app...

* Left Kevin's House

* Let's talk about sex email/invite

* Tennis

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

* Paid storage

* YMCA-Hollywood...sit ups

* VO sent

* Query letter write up

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

* Basketball - YMCA

* VO sent

* Donation to Xiomara's Indigogo campaign/Blackout

* Acting class with Arielle

Thursday, September 7, 2017

* Generation Genius audition  

* (3) Audition videos sent

* (3) VO's sent

Friday, September 8, 2017

* Basketball

* Let's Talk About Sex Photo shoot

* Callback notice (Generation Genius)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

* (2) Audition videos sent

* Search For It -  hosting audition

* Callback notice

* Tennis with Mike/King of the court

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Week 363: Time to Return To My Roots

Weekly Written Review 

Most of 2017 has been directionless for me. The one thing I know for sure is that I'm completely done with my independent projects. I'm retired from wearing multiple hats and I couldn't be happier. As a result, I've put most of my energy and focus into the least I try to, yet I've shifted gears before. Throughout my journey I shifted gears multiple times. There were times my web series was my focused. Other times the acting process was my focus. Back and forth my focus/energy would shift. Mentally I was done with one area and pro another. As for now, I'm completed done with these auditions. I have to find another route. This acting route isn't for me. I'll explain why.

Last week I had a callback and I was later put on avail. They called me personally. They called my agent. They gave me dates for the fitting and the shoot. Those dates came to past and they didn't even have the audacity to release me. I'm sorry that's just unacceptable. You don't call someone have them practically book out dates on your calendar and not take a moment to release the person. Who cares that I didn't get the part. Have the decency to release the actor. I just don't have time for this anymore. This might sound like I'm being negative but I'm not. This industry isn't interested in booking me for high paying projects and they're rarely interested in booking people that look like me all together.

What does this mean. For the sake of keeping my agents happy I'll continue to show up to the auditions but I know what time it is. I don't have time to waste anymore. Especially mentally. Everyone wants a big commercial pay out but after 7 years of doing this I'm not playing the fool anymore. I'm more than thankful than ever before for my $100.00 gigs here and there. Anymore than that I'm not bookable apparently.

What does this mean moving forward? It means I have to shift my focus back to late-night. Everything late-night. I got to find a shovel and start digging. I got to dig deeper then ever before. I got to dig like my life's on the line. The time is now. I'm everything and everything late-night focused and I couldn't be happier. So what's my strategy? Before I make a partial reveal let me share something with you about Sunday. On Sunday I was booked for a supporting role in a short film. The shoot was in Irvine so I had to rent a car. During lunch I ended up sharing my late night story with a young Asian actor. An older Jewish guy who I spoke to upon reveal joined our table and over heard my conversation. Sometime after lunch the Jewish guy whose name is David (David L.) He told me how impressed he was with my story and that he could see me as a late night host.

David then began to ask me questions about what I'm doing to get into late night. I answered in confident but honestly words have become redundant over years. I said things in the light of, "I don't have a blueprint. I'm finding clues and collecting puzzle piece everyday. Everyday I'm getting closer." I also may have told him about my additional accomplishments. David then specifically asked me have I reached to "so and so,". I quickly brushed it off. I've conditioned myself to believe you shouldn't invite yourself to the kings table. The king should invite you to the table. I explained that I believed my success in an abstract project such as the short film we were currently shooting may align me with the person I'm suppose to be in front of. One thing will lead to another and then boom, late night.

David, took a beat and told me some story about a woman. I don't remember the details. Somehow he tied that story with me and spoke with sincerity about what he saw in me. He said the saw my name linked with love. What really got me is when he said, that I'm here to make this world a better place. Those are the exact words I focused on with my prosperity bath on August 20th leading into total solar eclipse the next day. After that I decided to shut up and receive. I began to ponder, I realized that reaching out to anyone personally has never truly been a part of the plan. Maybe I sent out a few packages in 2009/2010 but nothing recently. I completely accepted David's message and I began to put my mind to work. My thoughts were so intense I couldn't sit down. I was pacing every square inch of the mansions first floor.

The interesting thing about this spark of inspiration is that it came from David. He's an interesting guy. He's an offbeat, quirky, jokester with an odd sense of humor. Some of his humor had heads turning. One person privately asked me if he was racist. He thought it was cool if someone asked me how I was doing that I should respond, "I'm in the black." He tied it to an accountant term. He asked me how I was doing a bunch of times that day and I reluctantly answered. His heart was in the right place but maybe not his jokes, lol.

Furthermore, David's words really resonated with me. He told me what's for you, is for you. At one point I told him every journey as a test and that's where I'm at... David debunked the notion of a test. He essentially said to go for what's rightfully yours and that it didn't matter if I knew the person or not. He highly encouraged me to reach out to a very specific person. His words opened up my soul and before the end of the shoot I decided to start writing some letters. One letter became a four page package. The effort of seeking out one person domino-ed into several potential contacts. Those contacts inspired a whole new strategic approach to claiming my throne. The power is in the pen once again. Knowing that this was my last week of my free IMDB pro trail my research became even more thorough.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

* Zipcar rental

* Short film - Procrastination and an interesting conversation with a Jewish guy. #Inspiration

* Power at LuLu's

Monday, August 28, 2017 

* VO audition sent

* Blogging...

* Tennis...

* Letter prep and emails sent...IMDB

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

* Surprising email response from a manager...

* Network calling/research

* Storage/ Trader Joe's

* Library...Food for less...Dollar store

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 

* Letter writing continues...

* (4) VO's sent

* Package preparation continues...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 

* No damn commercial fitting

* Basketball/YMCA

* Audition SMC

* Dollar store/Staples for paper

* Letter package complete

Friday, September 1, 2017 

* Basketball/YMCA. Speaking of returning to my roots, I went back to my roots in basketball to the forward/center position and it paid off with a big win in the end.

* Dollar store...printing color copies at Staples...

* Post-office...4 packages sent

* Additional research

Saturday, September 2, 2017 

* Aaron's house editing

* 2 VO's sent

* Canceled IMDB

* Manager research...the unsolicited acceptance approach

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 362: Total Solar Eclipse brings New Beginnings

Weekly Written Review 

For the past few days I became a total solar eclipse specialist. All this talk about the eclipse coming got me researching and wondering what exactly does it represent? Why is it so special? Some say it has a lot to do with the protest and riots in Charlotteville, VA and other incidents around the world. Peoples emotions are high and the eclipse/mercury retrograde has a lot to do with it. Moreover, one of the first things I learned is that this is the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to stretch coast-to-coast across the United States, and the first to grace the skies of the lower 48 states in 38 years. Eclipses are rare natural phenomenons also believed to bring meaning and significance to our lives and can be an accelerator of growth. Without a second thought I started to align myself with this phenomenon to be leverage to my advantage.

Bottom line eclipses represent new beginnings, they represent reform, a time of transition and I did everything in my knowledge to capitalize on that. On Sunday my friend and I did an spiritual prosperity bath and I spoke into existence specifically what I want, desire, and deserve from the world. The bath included warm salt water and warm honey water with my personal cologne and yellow flower petals.

On the day of the Eclipse made sure I was outside walking. Los Angeles didn't get the true eclipse effect but the energy was present. Two days before the eclipse I even called my mom and shared the knowledge with her. I highly encouraged her to be prayed up and meditate. Towards the end of the eclipse day I recall being extra mellow and poised. I did however get goose bumps when watched the full eclipse on the internet.

This week marks the beginning of my new life filled with prosperity and abundance which I admit began quite immediately.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

* War for the Planets of the Apes

* Tennis with LuLu

* Ralph's

* Prosperity bath

* Duck Tales

Monday, August 21, 2017

* Total Solar Eclipse

* Relaxing...mellowed out...

* 2 Callbacks

* Tennis

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

* Callback Expedia

* Callback Direct TV

* Audition video sent for Flight 666

* Procrastination/Short film phone call booking. No audition necessary. This guy checked out my profile and was so impressed she said I didn't have to audition. This is a role with speaking lines. That's an honor and I accepted.

Wednesday, August, 23, 2017

* Expedia call...on avail request

* Tennis with Amanda

* Trader Joe's, Ralph's

* 2 Flight 666 audition videos sent

Thursday, August 24, 2017 

* Alac/Hulu audition

* Basketball/YMCA. Got hit in the throat pretty hard but not hard enough to show it. It did hurt for a few days.

* 7:00pm free Episodic season workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017

* 11am sports host callback

* Laundrymat

Saturday, August 26, 2017 

* Photo shoot with Taylor. I met this girl on the train like last week. Offered her a photo shoot. It was great for her, so so for me. Humans...

* Audition video sent...Strays

* Mayweather VS Megregor fight. Go Mayweather! Thanks to Facebook live I got to see the end of the flight VIA a live feed with other people watching it on a TV.

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Week 361: Prep Week

Weekly Written Review 

Similar to other weeks I had some low spirited moments yet productive about smaller transactions like updating my casting profiles. Suddenly things began to pick up. Momentum is up and it's just in time for the total eclipse.

Sunday, August 13, 2017 

* Re-submission audition video (Teddy)

* Helping Luna moving and build stuff...watching Power...

* Ihop

* Landlady sets it straight about September. The garage is getting torn down.

Monday, August 14, 2017

* Daily Sports show audition video sent

* Low spirits

* Tennis...One of my tennis foes made a comment towards me suggesting I should be realistic about playing against him. That didn't sit well with me. I pretty much thought about it throughout my sleep. I got to bet this guy soon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

* Updating Casting Frontier, LA Casting, profiles

* In deep thought, low spirits, sleeping

* Audition video sent...

* VO audition sent

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

* Adding new slates to LA Casting profile

* Low spirits

* VO audition

* Anti discrimination audition video

Thursday, August 17, 2017 

* Basketball/ least 2 game winners

* Farewell lunch with Amanda

* Convo with Florence about tomorrows audition and funny comment

* Madden VO sent

* Audition video sent

* Momentum up

Friday, August 18, 2017

* Audition Expedia

* Audition (NDA signed project)

* 3 Audition videos sent

Saturday, August 19, 2017

* Direct TV audition

* Basketball YMCA...3 or 4 game winners

* I had a hurt ankle since Thursday or so. I was even limping on the way to the YMCA but I managed to flex it out and play basketball fine.

* Movie audition video sent

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Week 360: Bad Decisions? Let's Feed Some Seeds

Weekly Written Review 

This week started out as a bummer. I probably made a bad decision then again maybe it was a good decision. Who knows? I accepted a gig that needed up being in the middle of nowhere at a landfill and I had to wear a banana suit. What made this gig so frustrating is that they provided the information to me really late and the directions was horrible. I thought I could walk the distance from where the bus dropped me off but that wasn't not possible. Thank God a city worker noticed me asked me a few questions and gave me a ride to the location. I wasn't pleased during the shoot. Time was being wasted, they didn't plan things out appropriately and it was hot and very dusty. I'm not one to complain but this was unacceptable. I can only blame myself for accepting the gig. I took a few days before I accepted the gig. I didn't even submit for it. I was actually requested to be apart of this because of a previous project I worked on with the director. I appreciated the fact the he kept me in mind. Nonetheless, I saw the red flags in the beginning with the lack of information that should of been provided in advance. Aside from all that, one of my agents got me an audition on the day of. I couldn't make it. That wasn't a big deal. Then a few hours into the shoot I got a notice for a straight to callback for Covergirl. Just great. I was in the middle of nowhere and I'm missing a straight to callback. Oh well. You live and you learn. I made 100 bucks and missed my Monday tennis session. The question that I will never know is if I would've ever got that Covergirl gig.

Enough of my complaining. The best decision I did make this week was to financially support two actors crowdfunding campaigns. It was uplifting and I look forward to doing that more often. The first person told me about her campaign a few weeks ago. The second person informed me of her campaign in February but I was tight on money then. Since I'm currently in the spirit of giving I contacted her and sent her a donation via Venmo. In the mist of both of these donations, another Late Night Experiment alumni informed me of her campaign. In about a months time, once my pockets recover a little I also plan to support her.  Another great thing that happened this week is my efforts to start casual reading. I went to my storage and dusted off Backstage at The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno by Don Sweeny.

Sunday, August 6, 2017 

* Watching Power at LuLu's

* late night upgrading IMDB, adding 36 for 36,

Monday, August 7, 2017 

* Charity shoot in a Landfill...banana suit

* Missed an audition because of the shoot

* Missed an unexpected straight to callback because of the shoot  (Cover girl)

* No tennis

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

* Callback cancelled

* About 3 auditions today...

* Audition I'm fine

* Commercial audition

* 3 Voice Overs sent

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

* EBT office

* Basketball YMCA

* Broke my fast twice

Thursday, August 10, 2017

* Donated to Andrea's Indiego campaign

* Audition for a Hip hop related show

* Audition VO sent

Friday, August 11, 2017

* LMU Series shoot

* Overdue donation to Tehana's COIN project

Saturday, August 12, 2017 

* Basketball YMCA

* VO audition sent

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Week 359: It's Not Making Any Sense

Weekly Written Review 

Here's what's not making any sense. I'm not complaining that I'm not booking but I can't even get a callback for some reason. A callback should be automatic for some of these auditions. I don't get it. At least two auditions this week should of granted me a callback. My Clash Royal audition and the Project X audition I had on Thursday. I was told by the casting director herself who stood outside the room as if she was waiting to tell me that the callbacks are on Saturday. Inside the room the camera guy complimented me multiple times and when I got out the room the casting directing was standing right in front of the door. I learned something that day while waiting and having friendly conversation with one of the staff members. If the casting directing isn't in the room she's watching from a live feed in the back room. I kind of knew that before but it was reinforced today. I also thought the casting director probably watched the recordings later. Moreover, I got out the room, I was introduced to the casting director, she greeted me and asked a question about my name. She told me herself that callbacks are on Saturday. We laughed and as I departed, just before I could close the door behind me she looked at me with a big smile and said something in the likes of, "You have a lovely face." I left that place more than confident I would at the very least have a callback on Saturday. I was sure of it. I would've bet on it. As a result, nothing. I'm in shock. I don't get it...Oh well...Let's just keep it moving...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

* Reloaded storage room

* Hyundai VO audition sent

* Watching shows...Better Call Saul, GOT,...

* Low spirits

* I broke my "Fast" today. Initially seeking guilt I acknowledged it as an early celebration for something good that's going to happen this week.

Monday, August 1, 2017

* Linkedin communication strategy

* Slow day....

* Tennis...overall good plays. One game was disappointing. My teammate and I was winning 5 to 1 and we ended up losing the tie breaker. Rookie mistakes by me and to be honest I got a little cocky.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2017

* Clash Royal audition

* Treating myself to a Mexican whole fish meal

* Agent paper work...

* Audition notices...

* Completed two audition voice overs

* First booking notice with Twilight for a LMU student film

* Landlady admitted she's paranoid

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

* Shoot with Awesomeness TV - Busted

* Acting Class  with  Arielle. My upcoming audition got special attention at the end of class.

* 2-3 VO auditions sent

Thursday, August 3, 2017

* Completed 2-3 VO auditions

* Completed an audition video for N.P

* Audition for Bright Health

* Pop audition for Show Cap (Project X)

* Conversation with Jim. Went well...

* IMDB restoration

Friday, August 4, 2017

* IMDB upgrading, working on photos...

* Basketball...

* Storage payment...

Saturday, August 5, 2017 

* IMDB upgrading, working on photos...

* To my surprise no callback for Thursday's audition

* Low spirited day

* Bob Marley and D'Angelo marathon

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week 358: Worse after Worst

Weekly Written Review 

I can't write that this was a terrible week. It was actually a good week. Got some new photos taken that will change the course of my career. Plus, I had an audition in which I'm highly anticipating a call back for. Not to mention a feature film audition that wasn't bad. I'm not sure if I'll hear back from them but I appreciate the process I established and that I allowed my self to read from the sides. On Friday I even got requested of something I didn't have to submit for. Basically I was requested because of my good work from another project.

All in all it was a good week. How things turned worse is in the ending. First of all, last week I had a talk with my landlady about bringing my stuff back into my garage space and she gave me the approval. On Saturday, I borrowed Kevin's van, unloaded my belongings into van, came home and began the process to unload into my storage. My landlady saw me and asked a weird question. She asked where did I go grocery shopping. Then she asked about paying rent. By the time I grabbed my second batch of belongings she totally flipped the script on me. All of a sudden she doesn't want me to bring my belongings back in. Moving stuff ain't easy. This was frustrating but I didn't even argue. I repeatedly said, "what ever makes you happy." At one point she wanted me to sign a contract that I wasn't going to ask her for relocation fees. I can understand that to a degree based off of what she recently went through but her completely changing her mind after I went through so much trouble to move my stuff is unacceptable. I hold no hatred in my heart but she certainly burnt a bridge with me. All I know is that A Change is Gonna Come SOON. These are certainly the last days of this kind of life. I'm also confident the purpose of this fiasco will reveal itself in due time

Sunday, July 23, 2017

* Left LuLu's early. I wasn't pleased about something that happened last night.

* Lazy sleeping day

Monday, July 24, 2017

* Actor Spot wardrobe consultation

* Pop up audition for Tru TV's Laugh show

* Tennis...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

* Audition video sent

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

* Actor Spot photo shoot

* Zipcar

* Samsung audition

* Returned clothes to Ross

* Returned to Acting Class with Arielle

* On the way home I gave one of co-Uber passengers my card, then randomly she asked me if I ever went to UCB. I told her I actually received a scholarship with them twice. She immediately responded by saying, "I read about you on your blog." I was wowed by her response. That's crazy. This girl was from New York and has only been in LA for two months. On Facebook I later found out it was through my blog she found out about the scholarship and also got it twice. Great for her. Go blog. This inspired me to put my blog back online. About a week or more ago I took my blog off the search engines. This made me realize that even though my blog looks incomplete because of Photobucket's ridiculous policy change I should still keep it live. This blog still has the potential to inspire.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

* Audition: Morning coffee

* Basketball...YMCA

* Audition prep

Friday, July 28, 2017

* Project request...

* Audition: Feature film - Dutch

* Lunch with B

* Pool party with B attempt and fail

Saturday, July 29, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA

* Van pick up at Kevin's

* Unloading my belongings from my storage into the van.

* Attempt to bring my belongings back into my garage fail

* Tear drop...AUDIO RECORDING...sleep

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 357: Fasting and Obcessing

Weekly Written Review 

Everything about last week made sense this week. The reason for my 3 nights of homelessness was revealed in one meeting. My past week struggles by default made me a morning person. On Monday morning I realized I was up early. So why not attend the Acting Spot meeting I've been procrastinating for a while. I mostly missed it because auditions started to pick up and interfere with the original appointment. I missed other days because of morning laziness. I finally attended the meeting on Monday and it opened my eyes so wide I haven't been able to shut them since. To be point blank, my head shots suck. They're simply not up to par and they haven't been. I immediately scheduled a photo shoot. No more amateur head shots by friends. I'm long over due for professional head shots. This reason alone made my 3 nights of homelessness worthwhile.

Aside from my head shot revelation I decided to start a fast. I thought about fasting from my Nintendo Switch and television but I don't play it much or watch much TV. So I'm fasting from anything sexual. Which includes porn, masturbation and any form of activity. Not that I was engaged in much but its my brutal decision. They're pros and cons. The pro is that I can use built up aggression and channel it into my work ethic. This won't be easy but it's the most drastic thing I can think of right now.  The fast will be over when I get a career break through. I'll use fair judgement. While doing that I'm also obsessing with become an actor. I'm obsessing by doing simple things that I should of been doing a long time ago. As simple as watching acting Youtube clips and a daily basis. That's a game changer. Knowledge is power and talented people make good money.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

* Finish-line VO audition

Monday, July 17, 2017

* Acting Spot meeting...(Career changing)

* Storage room cleaning/organizing...donated clothes

* YMCA/lifting....

* Tennis

* First night back at my garage since last week

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

* First morning back at the garage since last week

* Audition video sent

* Storage/clothes photo prep

* Library...casting profiles upgrades...reel upgrading..actors access restoration

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

* Downtown swap meet clothes shopping...T-shirt pick up

* Free commercial workshop

* Storage room

* YMCA..lifting...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

* Basketball...YMCA...lifting

* Food 4 Less


* Linkedin grind

* Acting tips Youtube searching. I should of been doing this long time ago.

Friday, July 21, 201

* Splatoon 2 pick up

* Accountant payment for IRS

* ADR Pick ups

* Landlady talk..moving back in

* At LuLu's

Saturday, July 22, 2017

* Completed WaW photo album posting

* Trader Joe's

* The Originals

* Audition audio sent

* Lego Batman

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week 356: 3 Nights of Homelessness

Weekly Written Review 

In 2011 and 2012 I got my first and second taste periods of homelessness. I got by decently slipping into buildings and a theater. This experience was not as graceful. This homeless experience was as authentic as it gets. During the day I was fine. Joining the YMCA was the wisest decision I made in this transition. I spent my days there. I enrolled at the YMCA Downtown LA but the one in Hollywood is where I spent my time. That location was perfect. Walking distance from Trader Joe's, my storage room, and the library. The most valuable room discovered was the Social Room. Most of the day it's empty. I noticed the schedule and I took naps there until the next yoga class. After a certain time I jumped in the Jacuzzi followed by the sauna and showered. I even started lifting weights there a little bit. I wanted to play basketball but I wasn't quite there yet mentally. Nonetheless, when the Y closed at 11pm, that's when things got difficult. I didn't have any creative sleeping ideas. I had no place to slip into this time. This time I was Straight Outta Place.

It wasn't easy. The nights are long. Most places are closed and getting comfortable in this situation is not in my nature. My first homeless night was the worst because I had on basketball shorts and a light sleeveless shirt. It got cool that night. I later learned it was simply best for me to just keep moving. I did a lot of walking. There worst thing that came out of this experience was sleep deprivation. Not knowing how long I would be in this situation I became concerned about how my eyes would look during auditions. Aside from that my spirit was strong and I wasn't discouraged. I can survive through any situation and I did overcome this one. See final thoughts below.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

* Submitted 3 audition videos at Kevin's house

* Moved stuff out of the garage and into my storage. Thank God Kevin offered his van.

* Hanging with Kevin

Monday, July 10, 2017

* Garage-ment Day

* Prayer vigil, pizza and celebration. The city came and left. The nuance tenants are gone and the city didn't pay attention to my area.

* Said goodbye to my landlady with love

* Storage organizing...then donated clothes
* Trader Joe's

* Tennis...

* Night at LuLu's

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

* Audition: America Greetings Card. I did no lip syncing as I was instructed. Terrible!

* Audition: Multi Sclerosis related role

* I got the times mixed up with these auditions but it worked out great.

* Attempted to acquire a motel voucher. That failed!

* YMCA...

* Trader Joe's, Patio/Social Room discovery, Jacuzzi, Sauna,...

* Homeless Night One Begins 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

~Homeless Morning~ 

* Denny's

* Nap at Shatto park. I didn't do that for long.

* Killing time at Wilshire/Vermont.

* Bus/train ride...killing more time

* YMCA/Social Room sleeping

* Storage room sleeping

~Homeless Afternoon~

* Library - New home search

* Lunch..Trader Joe's

* Started lifting weights

* YMCA Social Room nap, Jacuzzi, shower

* Homeless Night Two 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

~Homeless Morning~ 

* Rode the train until it stopped at Union Station

* Denny's...fell asleep and woke me up

* 5am back at YMCA opening...sleep in the social room until about 7:45am

* Took a nap outside the YMCA court yard

* Got a boost of energy from a random LinkedIn message

~Homeless Afternoon~

* Lifting weights

* Jacuzzi, Sauna...Steam room

* Lifting weights again

* Homeless Night Three 

Friday, July 14, 2017

~Homeless Morning~ 

* Slept on the rain until it was time to get off

* Attempted to sleep at Seoul Park in K-Town but that was unsuccessful

* Turned down a gig that tried to put me in the background of a shoot when I was promised a lead role. Turning it down ended up working completely in my favor later in the day.

* Attempted to get food at Subway but I just ended up sleeping there until they woke me up

* YMCA 5am room nap

* Storage room...

* Returned to my old garage. Picked up mail and returned to old spot. I ended up eating, napping, printing and producing an important Voice Over Audition (Code word D) while there. I got the notice at 4pm and it was due at 5pm. I completed it just after 5:30pm. If I didn't turn down the background gig from earlier I wouldn't had the opportunity to send it my work for this life changing opportunity.  

* Before I left, I said bye to my landlady and she said I could return to my stop. Hmmmm. This homeless thing may of just ended. It's not confirmed yet.

* Spoke to MaTown, Kevin and Pam on the way to Hollywood. I forgot the YMCA closes early on Friday.

* Best sleep all week at LuLu's

Saturday, July 15, 2017

* MaTown's birthday

* Audition: Pacific Source Health Plan 

* Weight lifting...

* Basketball at the YMCA. I was straight balling. In one game my team was losing and I hit 3 back to back 3 pointers and basically won us the game. The opposing team couldn't stop talking about me. All my teams one all our games.

* At LuLu's

* Splatoon..Splat-fest

* Audition video sent (Magic 8 Ball)

Final Thoughts 

It's been a while since I wrote final thoughts. Most likely the first time this year and even longer. Moreover, it doesn't take much to get into homelessness. Getting out of it on the the other hand is something serious. As each day passed I thought about fancy words I would use to convey my experience on this blog. However, by the end of the week a way out was offered to me. That totally changes my thought pattern. It's still not confirmed but God willing I'll be back in my old place next week. I could write more but I don't want to. I want to enjoy the rest of my day. I was homeless a few days ago for Pete sake. All I'm saying after being a loyal tenant for 5 & 1/2 years things never should of went this way. Oh well...maybe the reason will reveal itself soon.

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 355: Garage Mission Accomplished - Now is the Future

Weekly Written Review 

Breathe in.....Breathe out....This is it. This is the very last time I will be blogging in my garage. On Monday, July 10th my garage for the past 5 and 1/2 years will no longer be my garage. I'll be entering the realm of the unknown. At this very moment I'm a bit uneasy. Mainly because it's Sunday (July 9th) and I have to go borrow Kevin's van. Moving is not exciting. The process is drooling but we all have to go through it. As side from the moving, all this week I've been excited about the future. This week I existed with great new found energy. I don't recall having energy and confidence like this before. Because of the challenges ahead I've made some adjustments, such as join the YMCA. That's one of the best decisions I've made in a long time (Only second to becoming my own barber at the start of this year). It's motivated me to wake up early, play basketball and shower in the same place. I've never showered at a gym before. It's great. I did that twice this week and both times I went straight to an audition afterwards. The exercise elevates my energy and state of being while at the audition.

In approximately 24 hours I'll be a rolling stone but I truly believe this type of transition is necessary to enter into the next chapter of my quest. Last week my tone might of been a bit on the complaining side. I'm still not fond of certain things within this situation pertaining to my landlady but I believe it was suppose to happen this way. Mainly because my mission is accomplished in this garage. From my web series to my festival I got it done. It all ended in December of 2016 and since the start of this year I haven't been as productive in my space. I've been sleeping a lot. Sometimes playing my Nintendo Switch much longer than I should. To be frank, watching a bit too much porn. There I said it, I normally use code words but I'll just come out and write it. I'm not talking about long periods but just too frequent if you know what I'm saying. Some of these signs are parallel to my life after my late night show in 2010. I didn't want leave Pam's condo but when the blessing ended it was time to go. Very shortly afterwards I relocated to LA. I know the signs and after 5 & 1/2 years it's certainly time to go.

The silver-lining...the shining star of this situation started about a month ago. When I was having a depressive moment in my bed and I got a random email from Twilight Talent Agency. A few days later I had a new agent. Within a weeks time they started getting me multiple auditions. It's barely been a month now and they have been working abundantly hard for me. They're getting roles that are truly fitting to my personality and character. I'm thankful beyond repair. Wow! Thinking deeper about my current situation I have no idea of what kind of state I'd be in right now if my new agent didn't magical appear.  It's miracles like this that fortifies the existence of God.

My time is coming. I'm getting auditions that will temporarily relocate me upon booking. Just this week I had 3 auditions like that. My time is now! Yes homelessness waits but it's temporary.. As a matter of fact, this transition is purposeful. All things will reveal itself very soon. I'm patient and passionately excited about my future life ahead. Whatever state, city or county it will be in.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

* Lazy day...

Monday, July 3, 2017 

* Best Buy/Target computer research

* LuLu's

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

* Target/Dollar store...watching Okja, The Originals & Power

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

* Extra Space Storage fail. Attempted to get my storage there but as I inquired an associate nearby stated that the storage in the size I wanted was just taken. On the other hand, this disappointment birthed a better idea in a better location.  

* Audition - Financial Literacy Game

* Two notices

* Pick up MaTown's laptop birthday gift.

* Coffee Bean computer set up

* Post Office

Thursday, July 6, 2017

* YMCA...Basketball and shower. This was my first time showering at a gym and it was great.

* Audition - Evil Things. Great response from the casting director. She said it was a great audition and that it was worthwhile way to end her day. Something like that. Hopefully my mishap on a particular form didn't mess things up.

* New storage in Hollywood.

Friday, July 7, 2017 

* Audition - Case De Flores

* and shower

* Kevin calls and offered his van for my move. I can now save a few dollars on the Zipcar rental.

* Audition preparation for tomorrow

Saturday, July 8, 2017 

* Completed 3 audition videos from Twilight.

* R&J project * Dark Patch * Play The Fulte

* All my auditions are from Twilight right now period. Twilight is putting in the work for me. I even had to turn down an audition today from LG. Not only because my plate was full but it also required golf skills. something I don't have.

As the quest continues...

The future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

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