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Life is hard…

In Broadway Usher's Life, Inspirational, Screenwriter's Life on August 20, 2011 at 4:29 am
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… So here are a few tips to make you smile:
It’s late at night and you’re channel surfing, you come to that film you have seen more than a dozen times, but you like it so much it makes you smile… so, watch it! (mine was “The Unsinkable Molly Brown“)

Whether you’re on a diet or not ( and for me it seems always), and you pass an ice cream or gelato place and the flavor showcased is your favorite flavor, you know the one that makes you smile… so, have a scoop! (mine is cassetta gelato from GROM here in New York City)

You’ve been dying to see that film that’s been playing in the theaters, but you just don’t have the time. You know the film, you think about it and it makes you smile… so, make the time and go see it! (mine was “Midnight in Paris“)

A family member or friend has been wanting to spend time with you and you do enjoy their company, in fact they make you smile… so, spend time with them. (mine was/is Joni)

What I’m getting at is that in today’s life… where things can be so hard either emotionally, financially, personally, or health wise… we all need to do things that make us smile and add more joy to our sometimes difficult existence.

Give to yourself… be selfish… make the time or decision, but treat yourself special… because you are.


“I’m heading to… um.. wait a sec, I think I know where I’m going…”

In Actor's Life, Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Inspirational, Screenwriter's Life on March 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This past week I saw two shows on Broadway:   WONDERLAND, a new Frank Wildhorn musical, a modern retelling of ALICE IN WONDERLAND; and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN based on the film with Leo DiCaprio and brought together by the creative team from HAIRSPRAY. Both shows had their lead on a journey. In WONDERLAND, Alice, separated from her husband had to find her way out and back to her daughter. In CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Frank Abagnale Jr. the 17-year-old con artist and forger was looking for a secure family life as well as being on a constant run from the FBI agent vowed to catch him, Carl Hanratty (I must add a top-notch performance by Norbert Leo Butz exploding in a musical number titled “Don’t Break the rules”).

What I’m getting at here is we are all on a journey, and only a small percentage of us actually know what that journey is. We all have general journeys of working, paying our bills, and securing a retirement life for our golden years… but speaking in detail… what is your journey?

I can help by adding… my journey, is first to grow as a person.  Hey Jeff! That’s to general, it belongs in the paragraph above.” OK, I’ll accept that, moving on… my journey is to be as best a screenwriter I can be and sell a screenplay or two or more. But wait! I have another journey, to be a popular blog writer. I also want to write a book, I’m also open to acting again, Wait I also am exploring a detox cleanse to help me shed a few pounds.

What’s happening here is we all have MANY journeys. Some intertwine, some not. But sit back, and think, think about the journeys you are on… where you are headed, what you are involved in. Sometimes just thinking about something and reminding ourselves why we are here… gives us a clearer picture of who we are and how we fit in.

Smiling in NYC.


Don’t settle for anything less.

In Cable TV, Inspirational on March 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

As I drank my cup of coffee this morning I thought “this really tastes good”. And it’s not by coincidence either. Store brand coffee beans were OK but not great. So, while at one of my day jobs that has an operating Cafe, I tasted their coffee and it was really good. No friends, I mean really, really good. The brand… Intelligentsia, was a bit on the expensive side, but when I noticed that Gourmet Garage here in NYC stocked that brand, my wheels began to turn. I bought a bag of those coffee beans, along with a bag of Gourmet Garage’s own house coffee beans and decided to mix them. I took action and made something work… (for me) that I wanted, but didn’t want to spend the money for. In short, I didn’t settle.

I don’t settle for things anymore. I search out ways to make everything work for me. How did I get past settling… I sure didn’t wake up one morning and say “I’m not going to settle anymore… that would be too easy. So honestly, I don’t know how it started. Maybe it was about 10 years ago, while watching Sex & The City (one of my acting credits). The episode was Broadway Actor Nathan Lane playing “Bobby” a Cabaret singer with very gay tendencies. He announced his engagement to “Mitzi” a very wealthy Hampton’s Socialite. While everyone scoffed at the obvious mismatched pair. They seemed very happy to have each others companionship. At the end of every episode Sarah Jessica Parker did a voice over saying something that reflected the mood and tone of the episode and the situation she found herself in. This episode her voice over said ” Some people are settling down, some people are just settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less.

On my computer I have a program called “Stickies“, computer generated post it notes, and for years a stickie in the down left corner on my screen read the above quote. That simple quote affected me so, that I kept it with me for so many years and began to believe in it. I am now one of those people who refuse to settle for anything less. You can be too.


Wonderful cappuccino… oh yes a film and a play also.

In Broadway Usher's Life, Off Broadway Shows, Pictures, Rants & Raves on January 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Yesterday, after working (as an Usher) and seeing again for the second time OTHER DESERT CITIES

at the Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center (Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Linda Lavin, Thomas Sadoski and Elizabeth Marvel all in amazing performances of an extremely well written, modern American play by Jon Robin Baitz) I took in a double feature at NYC’s famed Film Forum.

Other Desert Cities dived into my emotions with a family of five that i was so totally able to identify with. Not that I have 5 family members like those characters, but I was able to touch within myself elements of each of the characters. From the I accept the way things are, but I don’t want to talk about it of Stacy’s Father, to Stockard’s I have everything under control”, to Linda’s “So fucking what” to Thomas’ Hey, I got my own issue’s too, to Elizabeth’s Can’t you hear me, my brother died?! Kudo’s to a play that has affected me so. Rumor has it, that Other Desert Cities will hit Broadway in the Fall, catch it now at Off Broadway prices, but I’m already thinking this play will be nominated for many TONY AWARDS.

Being a lover of film noir, the Film Forum is having a Fritz Lang festival so I took in a double feature of THE BIG HEAT and HUMAN DESIRE, both with Glen Ford and Gloria Grahame. The Big Heat was OK, but Human Desire was wonderful. HUMAN DESIRE (1954) Zola’s La Bête Humaine à l’Américain: busy Gloria Grahame gets adulterous to save hubby Broderick Crawford’s railroad job, then gets new boyfriend Glenn Ford to provide the alibi when jealous Crawford gets murderous himself.

As I left the theater I felt so complete from the cathartic sobbing session while watching Other Desert Cities (having buried 2 brothers myself), to the fulfillment of watching a film noir piece that was so iconic and the conversation I had with the stranger seated next to me, to the warm smile the attendant gave me as she  passed to me a tasty decaf cappuccino that I quietly took into the theater to enjoy with my 85% cocoa bar.

It was a satisfying day for me, hope yours was too!

In New York City with Jeff.

Love the way some people dress…

In Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures on July 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

One of the nicest things about working at Lincoln Center is the array of individuality which is seen….

Young, in love & stylish….

Don’t they look great!?

The night before…

In Actor's Life, Pictures, Rants & Raves on January 19, 2009 at 4:26 am

It’s the night before the inauguration and I already feel the buzz in the air. This is an exciting time to experience history being made…

Got though the holidays… nothing better than to spend them with people you care about & love being around.

Have an audition on Thursday for an independent film, going to the festivals… good role, will shoot for 3 weeks in Cape Cod… don’t know what I’d do with the “survival” jobs… I guess I’ll worry about that if I’m cast.

Cat has my tongue tonight…
I’ll leave my buck at the door on the way out doc.

-Jeff in NYC

What I Do For Love

In Actor's Life, Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures, Rants & Raves on November 17, 2006 at 4:07 am

What I Do For Love
Thursday November 16th, 2006

I was having a rough day, with a heavy finance meeting at my survival job until…

So I’m watching this great classic and each and every performer should be given a Tony award especially my favorite, Deidre Goodwin the actress who played Shelia, the aging chorus girl. AND the tears flowed when Cassie played by Charlotte D’Amboise, performed “Music and The Mirror”… AND when the cast did “What I Did For Love”… AND… the well known number “One”.
BUT the show is so dated and I was left with a void where I should have had been filled with a catharthsis of emotion.

The words to “What I Did For Love” are so strong to me … here they are:

Kiss today goodbye, The sweetness and the sorrow.
Wish me luck, the same to you.
But I can’t regret
What I did for love, what I did for love.

Look my eyes are dry. The gift was ours to borrow.
It’s as if we always knew,
And I won’t forget what I did for love,
What I did for love.
Love is never gone. As we travel on,
Love’s what we’ll remember.
Kiss today goodbye,
And point me t’ward tomorrow.
We did what we had to do.
Won’t forget, can’t regret
What I did for
Love What I did for Love
What I did for…
Love Love is never gone
As we travel one
Love’s what we’ll remember
Kiss today goodbye. And point me t’ward tomorrow.
Point me t’ward tomorrow
We did what we had to do. Won’t forget, can’t regret
What I did for love. What I did for love.
What I did for love

It made me start to think…. here I am, 50 years old, a heavyset balding, jewish boy from brooklyn… and I’m still struggling to make it as an actor. Oh I have some decent credits… but I want to be a full time working….ACTOR. No wait I want to be a star! Yes, I do… I want to sign autographs, and I want it all.

I have my production company which is starting to pick up some momentum, but where, when, how am I going to get my stardom?
Sounds foolish doesn’t it? But that’s all I know and desire…. I’m not complaining… and I really have it pretty damn good!
My survival jobs are great and bring in enough income for me to only work Tue Wed Thur… now that’s not including the ushering, but that doesn’t count… that fun to do. Who know’s if I’ll get what I want… but I really enjoy the process itis taking for me to get there. For example: my schedule for the next few days is:

I have vocal class at 11:30am, then I’m editing a short film for a buddy which is going to festival, then I’m going with a friend to see another friend in an off off Broadway show. And on Monday I am shooting footage an actress which I’m designing her Press Kit for DVD…. Not bad
Yes I am thankful and grateful for where I am, even though I do want more…. God I hope someone else is reading this…
who can understand what I saying……..
Time to become a couch potato and veg abit….
Thanks for listening to me Doc……
Oh, the best news of the day….. I’m going back to Paris… April 12th – 19th….and I’m renting a studio apt for less than I paid for the hotel I stayed in last time…
That’s my life here in New York City.

August 2nd, 2006

In Actor's Life, Rants & Raves on August 2, 2006 at 7:04 pm

Today I had another audition for The Sopranos, this time the role of Dr. Uri Rosen, who tells a cast member (I’ll keep it a surprise) that they have lung cancer & 3 months to live.

When I first received the scene from my agent I saw that there were a few medical terms in it, so I sat online looking for both the phonetic spelling for proper pronunciation, and the meaning in the context of the sentence. No problem was able to do that.

I walked into Walken Jaffe Casting drenched like a wet blade of grass. The heat was actually hellish here in New York City today.
But I was surprised when Meredith Tucker (Casting Associate) recognized me from my last Sporanos audition for Tony‘s Real Estate Lawyer a few months ago. She addressed me directly by name & chatted abit. That put me in a total state of comfort and I knew I was going to ace the audition. Although (and here are those horrible demon voices in my head speaking), I was there for the role of a renowned doctor & I wore tan slacks and a green & white checkered shirt… the other guy was wearing a white shirt & tie! Forget it! I’ll stand out then in a green checked shirt.

I listened as the other guy went in and I thought his delivery was too relaxed and quiet. I went in very calm & focused. I sat in the chair in fornt of the camera, slated my name & began. After the first take Meredith said I needed to speed up, that I was taking too long with the dramatical pauses. The second take went great. She commented on the detached air I had and it worked well for a doctor who has to tell many people that they are going to die. She asked me to keep in mind that because I had to tell many people, the words were almost systematic. The third take went perfect & she said it was excellent, no need for another take.

As I rose again she mentioned it was good to see me, so I added a little banter chat. As I left the building I went straight to a card store, purchased a Thank You card, filled it out, inserted one of my postcards for her personal wall by her desk & mailed it right away. I felt great.

That’s my life here n New York City… and how is your?

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