Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The wait...

My life is full of waiting. For those of you who know me, you know that I also work as a rental real estate agent in NYC. I've been at the same brokerage for the last 3+ years. I lovingly refer to it as "Masad Property Group". It's me surrounded by 30+ 25-35 year olds frmo Tel Aviv. Its like the "Wild and Crazy guys" SNL sketch, but with AmEx black cards....its like........Did you ever see that career builder commercial with the legions of hopping, howling and flailing chimpanzees? If yes, read on. If no, click here, and then read on. So that's what my office is like.

The middle eastern mentality, specifically the Israeli mentalilty has saturated my office. At times its great (they all earn great money and it pushes me to succeed). But certain things like....oh, i dont know......flushing the toilet....ever, seems to escape them. There is also a notable absence of what I call "predication words". Predication words are used in business to make things seem more palatable, but more often than not, they are used because the speaker has no ballz. The z was intentional. Statements in typical American business are like this "Kindly close this client when you have the moment vis-a-vis our initial discussion." Israeli business sounds like this "You take apartment now! Good deal! Yes!"

I really do enjoy most of my co-workers. I especially enjoy my broker. He is a total shark, but for some reason he has a soft spot for me, and I usually come and go when I please, provided that I check in every now and then. All of you actor/waiters or substitute teacher/waiters have it all wrong. Real estate is the only way to go for NYC actors.

Now, here is where the waiting kicks in. I have a client that I have been working with off and on for the last 4 months. He is a married dude with a condo in a swanky UES location. He has a McMansion in the Hamptons, his daughter is an amateur equestrian, he has a midtown office. He is also banging his assistant. He wants to take a "corporate apartment" around the corner from his home. Okay.....corporate apartment, right. But I dont know what implicit, or for that matter, explicit understandings he and his wife have together. All I know is this guy is willing to pay 6K+ a month for a bang pad. He has been stringing me along for a few days about putting in an application in a swanktastic 2 bedroom. He was supposed to show up a half an hour ago, to put in an appliation. Ring ring. PhillyRay picks up the blackberry. Oh, its his assistant. She tells me that she is trying to convince him to take a smaller apartment because "Who knows where he will be in a year." (Are they getting a divorce?)

Hey assistant, go fuck yoursefl.

#1 she is a home wrecker, and I am willing to turn the other cheek on that. But now she is trying to be a deal breaker. Nuh-uh. Not cool. Is she afraid that him spending an extra 6K a month will take away from their candlelight dinners at Le Bernadin? It smells so.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Starting things out

I am a 26 year old actor living in Astoria, NY. I enjoy my life most of the time. I have an incredibly supportive (read: emotionally speaking) and loving wife and parental units. I feel as if my acting career is about to take off in a huge way and I want to chronicle it. If I make some new friends or somehow gain a following (large or small) then hey, that's always a good thing. Writing at one time was a great way for me to get things off of my chest and this is an attempt to return to that.

About three years ago I answered a craigslist ad (don't all terrible/amazing stories start this way?) for a talent agency looking to take on new talent for NYC and Philly. I am not from Philly, but I figured "If I can get a SAG day player job, who cares about taking the Fung-Wah down there?" So far this agent has sent me on perhaps 15 auditions, all but one down in Philly. And of those 14 Philly auditions, 11 have resulted in call backs, and of those 11, 0 have ended in having work, but there were 3 extremely close calls. 15 auditions in three years is a joke. I understand that Philly is not as competitive of a market like LA or NY, but c'mon. 15? The woman who heads up the agency is sweet and all, but afteral, "who is working for who?"

My other agency is NYC based and works in movies, TV and theatre. The word on the street is that this woman was at one point in time a legend, but she went through a rough patch after her husband died and now she no longer pulls as much weight. I have been with them since June, and they have sent me out on 5 auditions. No call backs. I have been sent out for 2 feature films, and HBO show and a video on

I also started to freelance with a very large, respected and bi-coastal commercial agency. I met up with a V/O agent there on Friday. And now, today, Tuesday, I had two voice over auditions (one for a fast food chain's dollar menu and one for a shitty upstate NY beer (hint: they used to sell "cream" beer)). I am exited. I believe that all I need is a foot in the door. So like I said, for the time being I am freelancing, but as soon as I land something, or get consistant call backs, its signing day for PhillyRay.

I am not sure of the exact point of view of this blog as of yet. I think I will let this develop its own personality. Or, perhaps simply chronicle what my day was filled with acting wise - a digital diary of sorts. We shall see. My goal is to write something at least 5 days a week.