“Homeland” role

Working with Mandy Patinkin on “Homeland” was the highlight of my career in 2017.

When the casting director texted me and told me that I’d be working with Mandy, I geeked out. I grew up on “The Princess Bride,” so he’s one of the first actors to make an impression on me.

He had a lot of dialogue in another scene that day that he was working on when we were introduced, so I said hi and then kept to myself.
After we worked on our scene for a bit, he loosened up with me; he couldn’t have been nicer.

At the end of the day he gave me a hug, congratulated me on the scene, and then said “Call me and offer me a job when you’re a big star someday.”

I’ll never forget that.

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Silence Falls

Rain whispers
And the cars they pass
And I watch
Faceless drivers inside going and going.

And I realize I am one of them
But where am I going
And once I get there
Must I go further?

I don’t know
And thinking about it frightens me
I am so deeply tired
I find that I want to stop.

If I can look from a safe place
Maybe I’ll see where I am going
But I have lost my way
The black is around and under me.

I think I will pull others down with me
So I run deeper into myself
Where questions won’t reach
And silence finally falls.
-ijs

Hello, 2018

2017 went out with a bang, and 2018 is already off to a strong start thankfully. At the end of last year, I put together an “overview” video talking about some of the projects I worked on as well as my plan to head out to LA for an extended trip this spring. You can check out the video here

Since traveling to LA and living there for a couple months is expensive, I threw together a GoFundMe campaign which you can check out HERE if you like. I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask how they could help out with my trip, and that’s where the idea for the campaign came from.

Depending on how my LA trip goes–who knows, maybe I’ll land a role that keeps me out there!–I plan to move to Atlanta in May. I’ve worked so much in Atlanta (and it really has become the Hollywood of the southeast), it makes sense that this would be my next move. I’ll miss living in Nashville, but I feel like the bigger markets are calling, and I’m ready to stretch my wings.

Onward and upward, friends.

Distraction

She wanted my heart
but all I could give
was my body
and so we drank a bottle
then played that song

and I held her
while she rode me
into the morning
threw the alarm clock on the floor
and we followed it
while our heat went up in shadows
on the walls

She asked me to stay
unable to see
she was talking to a ghost
and in the morning blue
I closed the door
and walked out of her life
and left her alone
wearing nothing but her makeup.
-ijs

a fun little commercial shoot

I got the chance to goof around on set with some friends a little while ago. The casting process was ironic because during the callback, I was flying to Los Angeles for a separate casting while the director for the commercial was flying from LA into Nashville. When I realized what was happening, I tweeted at Seth Worley and told him I was bummed to miss his callback. Wonder of wonders, I ended up getting the gig anyway.

This also marked another chance to hang out in front of the camera for my DP friend Chris Adams.

And yes, there were a lot of busted takes from all the improv that went down.

Here’s the end result.

Maybe I Waited

I suppose (maybe) I liked the way
You haunted the halls of my heart
Whispering your cold, dark pain
But maybe there are better places (now)
To find my inspiration.

I think (maybe) I’ve drawn that well dry
Coming back once too often
And it’s possible I kept searching those depths
Because I thought to leave it
Would kill a part of me.

It’s time for you to go
(let me be)
Because you’re already gone
A tortured ghost
Snatched by yesterday’s breeze.
-ijs