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My self-summary
Hello hello. I am an aspiring actor/would-be musician lazing about in New York City. I moved here from the central coast of California (Steinbeck country!) on October 15, 2006. I am an unabashed film/theater buff and I love to read. I despise conformity and I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. I could think of nothing more boring than to be "normal." Intellectual pursuits are a strong part of my life; I have always considered it a strength to have a wide frame of reference and "know" things. I've been finding it increasingly disheartening to find that my generation simply does not do its research, and that our collective frame of reference is in danger of becoming smaller and smaller.

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
What I’m doing with my life
I recently started a new job at an amazing coffee shop in the east village, and I'm loving every minute of it. I go to yoga five days a week and I play a shit-ton of guitar. I plan on recording a solo acoustic-ish album in the near future. I'll be sure to whore it out once it is completed. I am also in the slow, slow process of searching for musical collaborators for what I hope to a full-fledged band, at some point.

I spend an unhealthy amount of time on youtube pining for instruments and amplifiers I will never, ever be able to afford.
I’m really good at
I have been playing guitar and singing off and on for about 17 years, and I am a human encyclopedia of all things having to do with film, theater, music, or literature. I like to think that I am a pretty decent actor, but like most things I feel that there is always room for improvement. I also come from a background of tea drinkers/tea shop owners, and I even worked a sadly defunct tea shop in East Midtown for about three years, so I am capable of making a mean cup o' tea and I can pontificate about it accordingly.
The first things people usually notice about me mellifluous actor's voice? I have no idea. I have been told that I have an "interesting" and "expressive" face, which I take as a much better compliment than if someone were to call me "cute" or "handsome."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Most likely, this part of my bio will change regularly, pending laziness.

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.
Six things I could never do without
My guitars/voice (I am listing these as one thing as I usually don't use one without the other)
Good Food
My ever-widening "amoeba" of friends
My parents
yoga - it cures the misanthropy.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Guitar riffs, my hopes to be a good and respected actor/musician, sex, why landlords are assholes, offensive humor, and the logistics of going as Stephen Hawking for Halloween.

Fuckin' magnets! how do they work?
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out at a bar, watching a movie/play, or reading in bed.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sported long, luscious metal hair for five years. It was the kind of hair most girls would kill for. For the last two of those years said metal hair came with accompanying big-ass Jesus beard, culminating in my dressing up like Jesus Christ for Halloween at one time. At the time of the release of The Passion of the Christ, immediately after which I had somewhat of a makeover and turned into a Backstreet Boy, I wanted to gather 12 of my friends together, have them dress up like the 12 Apostles, and go to the movie in full-on JC regalia. I would have then sat in the front row with my entire train and occasionally shout "Bullshit!" at the screen. Sadly, I didn't get the chance as my hair would be cut the following week. Perhaps if Mel Gibson ever makes a sequel I can fulfill my dream (Jesus II: The Resurrection!).

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.
You should message me if
You enjoy film, tea, and good conversation, or if you like to hang
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.
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