Ramblings of an Errant Rogue

Trials and tribulations of an actor at large in Hollywood.

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Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

I am a living anachronism. I'm a "throw-forward" from another time. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful to have been born here in the 20th century, because it gives me the luxury to play with and explore that pull I feel to history. A few years ago I caught the computer virus and I was never the same. That's been a very slow recovery. Despite my strange attraction to the dark side of life (or more accurately, my romantic idea of the dark side of life), I am an extreme optimist. Like the punching bag clowns of old... you can knock me down, but I come right back up smiling. NOTE: No attempt has been made by the above statement to tempt fate.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Oh, I just realized that I didn't blog about the success of our medieval marriage ceremony!

It went off better than we hoped by all accounts! Of course I could nit-pick, 'cause I can be a bit obsessive-compulsive at times.... who knew I had "control issues?!" But I will try to upload the first batch of photos to the official site this week or next (The best-laid plans of mice and men) - http://wedding.lancejholt.com/

Man, this is frustrating....

I'm checking over the links I've set to my on-camera reels from the IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase) and to my horror, I find that my reels are choppy and not running smoothly! Don't know if my compression is fouled up or how long these have been like this... The lesson of course is to monitor your business tools closely! Aargh! If you have trouble viewing them (and you wish to, of course) Please contact me directly and I will see that you either get a link to a functioning demo reel or I can upload a compressed version for you.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Two days before we make the trek and step back in time...

August 3rd we pick up the van, pack it and drive up north to the Great Northwest.... oh, after I stop by Warner Bros. to audition for the role of "John Lennon" in the upcoming "Watchmen" film. Now my brother, Keith sent me the lead to audition weeks ago, but my manager could drum up no interest, so I proceeded to grow my "medieval beard" for the wedding. Now with two days to go and a great looking Van Dyke (if I do say so myself), I get called in for the Lennon role!

The last time I was called in to audition for "John Lennon" was for the film, "Chapter 27" and I was in the middle of shooting the role of Henry Morgan in "True Caribbean Pirates." My manager INSISTED that I shave my Van Dyke during our week off from filming.... needless to say, I didn't get the role and man, were the producers pissed at me! (Of course I DID check it out with my makeup artist before shaving the beard, but... you get the idea). As much as I would like to get this role, I simply can't shave for this audition. I mean, my wedding is a pretty big production too. Ellen loves my Van Dyke and yes, it does make me look more period-correct. I will be going to the audition with lots of "Lennon-like" photos under my arm. Just hope someone there has the imagination to see through the facial hair. Murphy's Law rules my household.

Interesting note: Mark Chapman is the actor who eventually booked the "Chapter 27" gig, which is fitting since he lost out on a television docudrama in the late 80's because his name was too similar to the murderer of John Lennon. I was at one of the first auditions for "Northern Exposure" and the casting director said, "Where were YOU when I was casting THAT show?!" So it just seems weird that our paths are crossing in odd ways.

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