I have always been somewhat of a loner, at heart. I grew up an only child and still, even now, like to lose myself in the recesses of my imagination. I have a fairly large amount of lovely, amazing friends, but I belong to no group or circle outside of my close colleagues and whatever cast I happen to be involved with at the time, and I don't necessarily NEED people around in order to be happy. With that said, I would largely prefer to have people around than not.
I recently went through a period unemployment by virtue of reasons beyond my control, and I have learned to find the secret blessing within hardship. My recent downtime has given me time to take pause and get back to doing what I came out here to do. Namely, act and make music. I feel that I am legitimately earning the "actor/musician" tag and that I am putting my talents to good use, not to mention further refining them and becoming the actor, musician, and person I was born to be.
I recently moved to Brooklyn after four and a half years in Manhattan, and I am absolutely loving my new surroundings.
My personality ranges from naive positivism to raging misanthropy, but I am most definitely not a fatalist and all in all I would describe myself as a fairly together chap.
I am nerdy, opinionated, and on ur internetz
I spend an unhealthy amount of time on youtube pining for instruments and amplifiers I will never, ever be able to afford.
I am a film nut. I worked at an independently owned video store for six years, and it was there that I educated myself on cinema of all kinds. My favorite directors are Bergman, Kurosawa, and Tarkovsky, but I love Bunuel, Herzog, Fellini, Renoir, Truffeaut, and countless others. I try to see everything in the theaters, as well. Great films I've seen recently in the last year: Let the Right One In, Thirst, Flame and Citron, In The Loop, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Gomorra.
I am also a closeted Brit and was reared on all things Monty Python. I've even been to Doune Castle, in Scotland, where they filmed all but one of the castle scenes in the Holy Grail. Somewhere, there is a picture of me banging two empty coconut shells together outside of said castle.
As for books, Cormac McCarthy. I also love Haruki Murakami, James Ellroy, Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Steinbeck, Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, China Mieville, Douglas Adams, Shakespeare, Iain Banks, and countless playwrights (namely Martin McDonagh, Brian Friel, Tom Stoppard, among others), and many, many others.
In terms of music, I am into everything save for mainstream, easily digestible tripe. My favorite bands are Faith No More, Devin Townsend, Agalloch, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Swans, Killing Joke, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Katatonia, Enter the Hunt, Cynic, The Cure, Rozz-era Christian Death, Mastodon, The Gathering, Breathless, The Jesus Lizard, The Smiths/Morrissey, Meshuggah, In The Woods, Bad Brains, NoMeansNo, Primordial, Thought Industry, Ulver, Deathspell Omega, Arvo Part, Dalek, Mr. Bungle, lots of 80s bay area thrash, d-beat, crust punk, the first three Manic Street Preachers albums (The Holy Bible is one of the finest rock albums of the 90s) and thousands upon thousands more.
Food: If I could have pizza given to me intravenously via an IV, I would do it. There's nothing quite like a good burger, either. I like good food, period. Indian and Thai restaurants are some of my favorite places, but I don't go to them nearly enough.
TV: the UK Office (miles ahead of the American version), Dexter, Firefly, The Thick of It, Justified, Kids in the Hall, Twin Peaks, Mock the Week (until Frankie Boyle left. It has since gone to shit), QI, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica (issue-based television in space, so far beyond what normally passes for sci-fi. It's legit drama), and nerdier things I watch in spite of myself, such as Eureka, Sanctuary, Farscape, et cetera.
My ever-widening "amoeba" of friends
yoga - it cures the misanthropy.
Fuckin' magnets! how do they work?
I eat like a nine-year old boy, but I exercise pretty regularly and drink a shitload of green tea, so it balances out. Also, I can be quite the force in a mosh pit. Once, I started a kick-line at a metal fest and nearly got the whole pit involved. It was a moment I am most proud of.
And one more thing for you, precious reader, to ponder: While walking around drunk at 2am in Carmel, California in the summer of '08, I took it upon myself to urinate on the door and door handle of the Thomas Kinkade art gallery. I then managed to charm my way out of getting arrested, by the cop who had pulled up as I was finishing my "bidness." The exchange, paraphrased only slightly, went as follows:
Cop: "You know that's not a urinal over there, right?"
Me: "Yes, but it's the Thomas Kinkade gallery."
Cop: ROFL ur cool a/s/l?
My humanitarian act/felony prompted me to found The Anti-Thomas Kinkade Terrorist Organization (The ATKTO, or "The Painters of Dark") the next day. It can be found on Facebook. Join the cause. Most likely, if you like Thomas Kinkade, you and I will never date.
I write with my left hand, but I do everything else with my right hand. My father and mother are both lefties, as well.
out and listen to obscure and/or potentially dark music, you are a fatty in a skinny person's body, or if you just like being a barfly in the "dive bar" sense of the word. Also, I think it's very important to be able to laugh about anything and everything. Humor is the force that keeps me going, and I love to laugh and make people laugh, regardless of how offensive or inoffensive a topic can be. So, if you have any good jokes to tell, send them over.
If you play an instrument (especially if you are a violinist and/or cellist). I am always searching for musical collaborators.
Also, a general sense of decorum is of the utmost importance. I was raised to say "please" and "thank you" and I can frequently be seen holding the door open for someone. Life is too short for rudeness, and rude people are the bane of my existence. If you lack manners, then I can safely conjecture that it simply is not in the cards. Nerdy girls are welcome.