Keep your Day Job!

I’m posting this as sort of a side note since we have so much time on our hands. I give many presentations at colleges and small groups about making a living in the entertainment industry. As for myself I learned a hard lesson back in 1991. I worked for one of the top video production companies in Ohio, and then an economic crisis took place. Many video production companies and cable companies in the Columbus area went out of business, and some larger companies bought them out. I was affected by the shutdown and lost my awesome video production job. I was faced with trying to find another way to supplement my income. I eventually did and it taught me a lesson. While many of us love being in the film and entertainment industry, we always have to face the fact that it is a very volatile industry. The decisions made in the entertainment industry are always made by people who make arbitrary decisions or decisions based on factors outside of their control.

People who work in other Industries have what you might call job security, although many of those jobs are not as glamorous and fulfilling as those in film and entertainment. As I always say to my students and listeners at my speeches, make sure you have a side gig. Do not put your full trust and hope in making it in the film and entertainment industry because those kinds of success stories are few and far between. It is really a major hustle to find clients or projects to work on every day of your life in this industry.

Some people are successful at it.

As you can see in times like these, it is very difficult to continue to produce film and entertainment material and make money off of it. People who finance this industry, are scared, saving their money, and not investing in projects. So as a wise man once said, no matter what kind of Superstar you think you are in this industry, don’t quit your day job. Just a small piece of advice for someone who got burned when his thinking went along those lines. This business is hard enough without a major crisis, and it is always gut wrenching when you have to rethink your plan at an inopportune time.

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Revolution is not on your schedule.

So now, people are saying we the people SHOULD NOT harass our corrupt politicians when we see them in public.
 
The same motherfuckers who live above the law, get free healthcare, and make millions from lobbyists and speeches to their super pacs and “social groups” after they leave their lifetime of “service”.
We should let them eat quietly, and escape to their high priced condos so they can continue to avoid the reality of life in America.
 
Really? Fuck that.
 
Revolution and protest are not possible with informal meetings and strongly worded letters. It amazes me the people who think that a protest needs to be scheduled to accommodate work schedules, sleep, or your commute to work.
 
I am sure the colonists would still be colonists if they kept “requesting” the British government to fuck off during the revolutionary war.
 
Some of ya’ll people tickle me with that fantasy.

Black is Black

For those on the other side who think thou dost protest too loudly about our current state of affairs…….

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My blackness is not something I can lend to you to try on so you can see how it feels. I don’t look for racism where it doesn’t exist.

My friends span every shade under the sun. But when racism is jammed in my face by those supposedly running this country, I will not be silenced. I will not stand idly by. I will constantly, consistently, and vehemently call out the racist, fascist, authoritarian bullshit some of you seem to think is “harmless payback” for 8 years of a black President.
So don’t ever try to tell me that you think I am overreacting to the racist psycho in the white house.
And again, you have problems with what I post, feel free to delete my black ass from your feed, your friend’s list, and your life.

When is Opportunity ever wrong?

I hate to tell the unfortunate prospective actress who couldn’t get her audition done according to my parameters, there is one truth in the business of film:

Opportunity will not continue to knock on your door until you are ready. Part of success is being ready, all the time.

Success is not waiting for you.
Success will not adjust to your whims, notions, desires or needs.
Success is borne of sacrifice and hard work.
Success is annoyed by the constant barrage of “I’m, not ready”, “Maybe next time” and “I’ll give it a shot when I’m really ready for this.”

Honey, don’t waste any more of my time. Don’t waste any more of your time. You’re not built for this. You don’t have the drive, the desire or the talent for this.

In fact, you have just sent your career down a deep, dark hole from which it will never emerge. If you really wanted to succeed, you would have done what was asked and not resorted to excuses.

If you agree to audition, you will have 24 hours to complete it. That was plainly stated before you agreed to produce a taped audition.

I have had several submissions from actresses who grabbed a camera phone, got the script, and stepped up and got an audition sent to me. Some of them have been cast.

And you?

God, how many times do I have to see this movie?

#OUT

Career Killer

And the wonderful audition nightmares continue.

An actress emailed me about six times during the day Friday begging for a chance to audition for a role we had open this week.

An actor screwed us by bailing out of his role 24 hours before the shoot, so we made it clear anyone submitting, they would have until that evening to submit an audition video.

No excuses, no second chances.

So, after finally emailing her the dialog on Friday afternoon, she was reminded I needed a demo within a few hours.

6pm…7pm…10pm..nothing.

At midnight I get an email from her stating she had fallen asleep, and “did not get around to it”.

She then complained that the notice was “Way late”, in other words, I did NOT give her a fair shot to audition for the role.

It was, for all intents, my fault she fell asleep before doing her damn job.

Wow. Really? IS it my fault you don’t have what it takes?

Honey, many of the folks now working for me could do an audition within an hour.

This past week, a young lady snuck into the boardroom of her day job to do an audition, and she got the role.

Do not ask for opportunities then make excuses for why you did not take advantage of those opportunities.

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#Careerdone

The Un-United States

The American people are not children who need to be talked down to or made to feel as though they need to be scolded or taught a lesson.

The President is not our BOSS and we are the ones who have the ability to FIRE him. he is our employee, not the other way around.

We did not elect a king, or emperor, or master of time and space. We elected a President.

The constitution applies to all of us equally, even the newly elected president.

There are three branches or government, the judicial, the legislative and the executive. They do not operate independently. That’s called checks and balances.

A successful president is one who explains to the people what his intentions are, and then CONSULTS with the people before he executes those intentions.

It does not mean he has to divulge secret details, or even change his mind, but an explanation on an unexpected or controversial action can go a long way in keeping people from being very very pissed off.

When you execute major legal, civil and ethical actions over night and then just throw them out there, why would you not expect a knee-jerk reaction?

We are partners in this thing called America. The sooner our “leader” gets this memo, the sooner we can stop all the yelling and fighting and get this place called AMERICA back on track.

That’s all for now.

#OUT

Actor’s Boot camp! You need to be there!

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Saturday, Feb 4, 2017, at the Sharonville Cultural arts center.
Sharonville Cultural Arts Center
11165 Reading Rd.
Sharonville, OH 45241
4 pm to 8 pm!

TICKETS ARE $49 and can be purchased at our website www.cinemalexzikon.com.

 TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $60!!! BUY EARLY! SPACE IS LIMITED!!!

THE VENUE HAS INFORMED US THERE IS SPACE FOR NO MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE!
SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM OF our MAIN website PAGE FOR THE PAYMENT LINK,
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You CAN ALSO MAIL MONEY ORDERS TO:
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If the venue and times are changed, we’ll let you know. If the event is canceled, you’ll get an immediate and full refund.
Here are some details:

Each year, millions of spring actors submit auditions to casting directors. One in ten gets it right. The other 9 continue to make mistakes that cost them time and money.

While casting agents can offer you the opportunity to audition, they cannot always show you how to properly present yourself to producers, directors, and film companies.

William Lee, CEO of Cinema Lexzikon productions, is an award-winning film producer/writer/director whose film 3 Knee Deep spent 19 weeks at the top of the Red Box action film chart in 2016. His films Code Black and Demons rising are also worldwide film releases, available in rental stores and every online and big box retailer in the world.

His current film “Straight Outta’ H8” is pending release by Redbox in 2017, and he is currently working on “6 Feet Below Hell”, a high action zombie film.

For more than 40 years, Lee has guided actors to successful careers by using common sense and straightforward business advice. That advice teaches actors to understand acting as a business, not just an art form.

If you think talent alone is going to get you noticed, then you really need to attend this seminar.

This seminar will cover:
How to prepare an audition video that gets you noticed—Understanding contracts—Avoiding rip-offs—Acting in Union and Non-Union films—Why talent is not the biggest factor in getting a role—Why you should avoid extras work at all costs—and Going to L.A. and becoming fabulous, famous or homeless.

Actors will also be asked to do cold reads, and participate in group activities to practice the techniques Mr. Lee will present to you.

SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR THE SEMINAR:

EVERYONE GETS A CINEMA LEXZIKON SWAG PACKAGE, with memorabilia from past films and events.

And A FEW lucky TICKET HOLDERS get a copy of the RedBox DVD for 3 KNEE DEEP.

And a special exclusive screening of our next Redbox hit STRAIGHT OUTTA’ H8!!

and REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

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Trump..Twitter…oh boy.

Funny during his 8 years in office, Mister Obama got called every word in the book, including the N Word and never once did he get into a twitter fight with people who put that garbage out there.
 
Please Mister Trump,there is an old saying that goes “Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it!” You trashed every politician, Republican and Democrat who ran against you.
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  You won.
 
Be the adult in the room, enjoy your victory and go do the damn job you were elected to do.
 
This country is based on free speech, and just because someone even remotely offends you doesn’t give you the right to make them out to be un-American on an enemy of the state.
 
Please, if i missed the announcement that Joe McCarthy and his anti-commie crew was back for a second round, please let me know!I
 
I mean, do you honestly have the time to take on every american citizen who disagrees with your world view? When will you have time to solve the medical crisis, oil prices, wars in the middle east, poverty, crime, violence, corporate entitlements, infrastructure–RACISM?
 
How about the WALL you said you were going to have the Mexicans pay for, and now you want us regular Joe’s to foot that bill? You said you were going to REPEAL Obama care, but wait: now it’s reform, then it’s adjust, now it’s, no damn idea!
 
STOP TWEETING AND START WORKING ON REAL ISSUES!!!
 
I don’t give two craps about what some actress thinks about you sir, but it’s her right to voice her opinion. And instead of just staying above the fray, you engage her by calling her a bad actress? Really? REALLY?
 
Dude, this ain’t high school!! Perhaps you’d better start worrying about what the Koreans and Chinese are going to say about you. what will your response be? “Bring it on?”.
 
Can’t wait for the explosive result of that cluster fuck.
#OUT

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MOVE ON.

    Here’s the bottom line, then I have to move on from this political shit.

I have always believed in having a balanced opinion about issues. That pisses some people off, especially my acquaintances who hold far leaning views on either liberal or conservative sides. Look we may be friends, but I am not going to put aside my beliefs to keep “friends” happy. After all, I have to live with myself.
I believe everyone in this world has a right to an opinion, but I do not believe everyone has a right to be an arrogant ass who inflicts harm on others, in order to get their point across.

I believe in the right to protest, and my protest has always been against injustice in this world, no matter who is perpetrating it.

While I did not vote for either of the two candidates, I have always felt we should acknowledge the winner and move on, no matter how much I thought it sucked.

The person elected President has never been a force that affected my daily life. Furthermore, I may think our current elected President is the scum of the earth, but I also know that until he takes office and performs his duties, I cannot judge him AS PRESIDENT.

I believe the system needed a shake up from someone who was not a political hack, much of what Mister Trump talked about, including another look at the possible conspirators behind 9/11 was a positive move against a dangerous shadow government. However, Mister Trump’s good ideas are always “trumped” by his abusive language and behavior. In short, the right idea, the wrong man for the job, in my opinion.

What is most glaring is that Republicans don’t seem to realize they do not have a Republican President.

While liberals are worried about the next four years, I’d say the Republican party is in for a few surprises as well. Look at his track record. Dude was a supporter of a woman’s right to choose, he supported the Clinton campaign, and a lot of his friends and acquaintances were from the left. It’s interesting that this fact has been ignored for the most part.

Give it some time.

For some reason, we all seem to make it through four or eight years of a Presidential figurehead. Hell, I survived Reagan. I think you guys will be just fine.

Furthermore, the other candidate carried a multitude of personal and professional issues that could not be ignored, and should not be glossed over in trying to paint a picture of us versus them. Look at the record without the rose-colored glasses of your political leanings, and you will see that while she did not carry herself in such an offensive manner as did the new President, you’d have to be extremely naive to believe she IS without fault.

Her unlikeability factor, tied in with her status as one of the establishment’s elites was a death knell from day one.

Fake smiles, scripted speeches, pollical answers, and the unwillingness to admit personal fault are the earmarks of of someone who is unwilling to change. Less political answers and more genuine compassion and understanding for people who are pissed off at what you represent, is the way to win an election.

She didn’t get it.

Her campaign behavior is full of clear signs that nothing has changed inside the beltway. Indeed, she was and is part of the establishment that has made American lives a living hell.

In the end, the election is over, we got what we got. Deal with it.

Asking for recounts is a pipe dream. Move on. Love your families, respect your neighbors, protest peacefully and work for change within the political system. And maybe four years from now, you will figure out that the two political parties you keep putting in power are NOT THE ANSWER to our society and its problems. But really, I think we’ll be right back here, with half of you backing your “puppet” and the other backing the other puppet. THE SYSTEM is fixed. Repeating the same mistake will never fix it.

Doesn’t make one damn bit of difference to me. I have come to realize one thing, and it has always reflected my beliefs and how I think and feel. This speech was given by John F. Kennedy, and it is what I truly feel. Anything else is useless banter.

“Our problems are manmade; therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again…And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”–John F. Kennedy

#out