The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 87

The Toke Talking Podcast is up NOW! Come listen to me go on about exercising, food eating contest, people that stand on escalators and much more random madness to start your week off with a laugh. Have an excellent week and if  you enjoy the show feel free to show me some love by following, liking or sharing with a friend.

-PEACE

It’s Low Budget BUT It Should Be Fun…

Happy..Thursday?…Yeah…I know, I know…Let’s just carry on alright. We all know I suck with the timing of these things lately. How has everyone’s week been so far? It’s been a little hot out here in LA LA. Definitely not anywhere near as hot as back where I call…called?… home, Miami is definitely hotter. It was uncomfortable to sleep those first couple of nights but besides the heat my week has been fantastic so far. I had the most EXCELLENT weekend that smoothly transitioned into another one of those “Holy shit, I will remember this day forever…or until I get old and senile and can’t remember how to poop let alone this” days. Monday I got to work as a DGA 2nd AD on a Commercial for the first time since receiving my acceptance letter. YAY!!..well almost yay…it’s like half a yay more of a YA! There’s still a few other steps in the process to fully be in…in. My days were accepted and now I’m on the hunt for 150 days but as a 2nd AD. The ways to acquire these days is still a bit odd to me and honestly seem like a giant pain in the ass for a lot of people. Out of the 150 days 75 have to be on Commercials and most people who work on TV and Film don’t have many of those contacts. Weird right? One would think that they are all sort of the same but no no. There is those that work on Commercials and those that do TV and Film and rarely do you find people who do both seamlessly. I was fortunate enough to have worked on many commercials when I first got out here and still have many of those contacts so hopefully I can snag those 150 rather quickly but who the hell knows what’s going to happen. I’m not really a fan of how tough they make this process after the initial 600. I was told it’s structured so that it can weed out those that can’t take it but I don’t know if that works. I mean I’ve worked with some pretty terrible people who it may have taken them forever to get the days but they did and now they are working. Just fucking up shit everywhere they go. HA! I’m just saying I think the process past the 600 should be reevaluated and restructured to help people who really deserve to be out there working because then hopefully they get in and weed out those that have snuck in and aren’t good at their jobs. I’ve seen many great people stuck in what I’ve heard a few refer to as “DGA Purgatory”. It’s a terrible place where PA’s that worked their ass off for years to collect 600 days now wander around aimlessly trying to get another 150 days over the course of another bunch of years for some. Alright that was the longest into ever…let’s get into this shall we?

“It’s low-budget but it should be fun” is one of those texts that one receives from time to time and if you’ve been in the business long enough you know this really may mean “We have no fucking money and this is going to be a shit show”. I remember doing a few jobs when I started that used this phrase and I will tell you this much they were ALL shit shows. No crafty, drop off lunch or some fast food burgers, 16-17 hour day, multiple departments sharing trucks, terrible locations. Did you notice the first 2 examples I stated were both food related? That’s because I love food and so do most people and when you don’t have good food for people to graze on as they work through YOUR 16 hour day they get angry. Anger leads to frustration and stress. Before you know it everyone is in a bad mood and just trying to wrap this thing up so they can forget this atrocious fucking day.

HELPFUL TIP: FEED YOUR FUCKIN’ CREW

I’ve never done a helpful tip but I thought I’d start…or this may be a one time thing who knows. See the thing is that in this industry just about every show is only one monkey wrench away from it itself becoming a shit show. I’ve been on really great sets that worked efficiently and seemed to be the perfect dream job only to have one small thing go wrong that ruins the entire day and even the rest of the show in some cases. So since every show seems to be so close to being a disaster when someone calls or texts you and right off the bat is already saying shit like “low-budget”, “should be fun”, “It shouldn’t be bad” which we know is code for this is a shit show, we all automatically assume that this will INDEED be a shit show. The show hasn’t even started and this person that’s hiring crew is already observing how terrible it’s going to be. It’s almost like an internal defense mechanism that springs into action to prepare you mentally for the hell that you’re about to go through. It’s as if admitting that it’s going to be horrible will make it a bit less horrible because when you’re in the nightmare you can tell yourself and others around you shit like “I told you it was going to be tough”.

That’s going to do it for this one ladies and gents. Thank you for stopping by and checking out another post here on We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you spending sometime to read more of my madness. Have a fantastic rest of your week, till next time…

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 85

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 85 is up NOW! Come listen to me go on about weather in LA and Miami, this passive aggressive person at work, Toys R Us shutting down and much more. Have an excellent week everyone.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 84

Did you see this Fucking Dragon?! Happy Monday! Come check out Episode 84 of The Toke Talking Podcast NOW. This week I go on about Jurassic Park, peoples sudden obsession with Soccer, Unfriending and much more random madness. Have a great rest of your week and if you enjoy the show please share the comedy.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 83

It’s a day late but don’t you worry because Episode 83 of The Toke Talking Podcast is up NOW! Come listen to me go on about exercising (Yeah I know right? Me…talking about exercising), people who claim to hate water, my weekend adventures, I give you a short Incredibles 2 review and much more random madness to entertain you. Have an excellent week and if you life the show don’t forget to subscribe.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 81

June is here and so is Episode 81 of The Toke Talking Podcast. This week I go on about Solo, I discuss the Rosanne drama, the NBA playoff and I share a funny tale from the past of a particular situation that my uncle and myself found ourselves on one shitty day. This and a lot more of my random madness can be listened to now right here at We’re Not Rolling, Soundcloud and iTunes. Have an excellent week everyone!

-PEACE

Experience Over Money…

Happy Tuesday! How was everyones long weekend? I apologize to those that had to work yesterday. I had BBQ all 3 days. Which is one of my favorite food groups….Yes…I consider BBQ a food group in my life. HA! I don’t believe I have ever had anything off a grill that I did not enjoy. Veggies, Fruit, Crab, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon, Pizza…mmmmmm! It’s all simply amazing. I think I may gill some chicken breast today as a mater of fact. I mean I’ve already gone 3 days might as well keep the streak going. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

I realized the other day when a friend of mine hooked me up with a job that I have never written about some of the rules that I set for myself when I began working in this business. These rules that I slowly built on over the years have helped me keep a sane mind about this business. The reason my rules even popped up in my head was because this gig was breaking one of them however it also brought another one of my rules into the same argument so I thought I’d write about it. Shortly after accepting the gig I asked my buddy about the payroll company and he let me know that it takes this company a month to pay out. This was a deal breaker for me. One of my rules is that I don’t work for companies that take more than the customary in every other FUCKING business in this country 2 weeks to pay me. If some of you are wondering how long that rule has been working for me in the 12 years I’ve been in this business I will say that have not worked on show that did not pay me weekly in the last 5 years. WEEKLY! How a company gets away with taking a month to pay its employees is beyond me. However one of my other rules that came into play during this current situation was that I don’t back out of job. Once I agree to work on something I am committed. I don’t jump off shows. Now if a gigantic opportunity arises say I’m working on a 3 day show and I get called for a 3 month show I would first ask if I can miss the 3 days on the 3 month show and if not then I would talk to my boss on the 3 day gig and see what they say. If they say they need me those 3 days then I’m there because like I said, I don’t back out of gigs. If that costs me the 3 month gig then so be it. I’ve been doing this a long time and I now another show will pop up. I won’t sit there and whine about losing the 3 month gig like so many do. It’s work, get the Fuck over it. Some people miss out on jobs and complain like they lost a puppy if they don’t get it. I will say this though, I don’t work for anyone who would advise me not to take that 3 month gig and if I ever did then I would never work for that person again after that because if they are willing to hold me back from a potential better opportunity for myself, in this example the 3 month gig then I don’t want to work for that person. I like working for people who want everyone to succeed not just themselves. I think if more people had rules of their own they wouldn’t have such a sour taste about this industry in their mouth but unfortunately many chase the money in this business before chasing the experience, which is the rule I want to elaborate on.

I don’t chase money. I don’t know why that is such a far-fetched concept to everyone in my life but to date every time I tell this to someone this they look at me like I’m from Mars. I get the allure of money. It fills our life up with nice stuff, vacations, shelter…everything really. One definitely needs money to live which is very unfortunate because there are many that will never have money and millions that die because of it around the world. Money is the root of all evil may be one of the truest sayings ever. I have first hand witnessed people change once they started making better money. I’ve seen good people morph into shallow terrible representations of their formal selves once they stopped having to constantly check on their bank account to see if they can make that impulse buy. It sucks. I don’t like what it does to some people and I think that’s why I have always been reluctant to let money be a driving force in my life, like most do. This is odd for me because money is always one topic that most people can relate to when talking to one another. There’s many sayings like “As long as you’re getting paid” and “I’m just here to collect a check” that I could never relate to. Sure I’ve done it from time to time but over the years I’ve slowly stopped having to rely on jobs that made me feel like I was just there to get paid and instead were jobs that I enjoyed the simple experience of being there. So when I realized years ago that I would rather have a better experience on a gig than worry about the money I was getting paid this made my decision on which shows to take a bit easier. This rule also helped me avoid working with people who I did not enjoy working alongside which I find many people do. There are hundreds if not thousands of people in this business right now working for bosses that they absolutely hate but that continue to hire them and so they feel they can’t say no. FUCK THAT! Say no! I’m just saying there is no amount of money that is going to buy back your sanity if you let this business destroy it.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you spending some time here reading some of my madness. I hope you all have a fantastic week and make sure to stop by on Friday for an all NEW “Fuck It Friday” post that may but will probably have nothing to do with the industry as I’m trying to venture out into new territory by blogging about broader topics. Alright everyone be good and till next time…

-PEACE

Dress The Part

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are you? Things in my world are alright. I’m still enjoying the freedom of not having a weekly job. I have worked a few days..TWO…here and there but besides that I’ve just been basking in me time. I wake up and go to sleep at all ridiculous hours. I have no set eating schedule and rarely make plans that fill up my entire day. It’s what I hope my life could always be. Unfortunately money is the one factor that always fucks that up because just existing costs money. So I’m sure sometime soon I’ll find a more consistent level of employment…we’ll see. Anyhow, let’s get into this shall we?

I remember when they introduced uniforms at my elementary school. I was NOT happy with that decision. I fucking hated wearing a uniform. At the time I wasn’t thinking about the benefits of school uniforms. It actually wasn’t till I was an adult that I even noticed all the good they can do in a school environment. I’m not going to get into the details here but this is a good topic for the podcast that I will address next Monday. Alfredo will be joining me again for those that listen to the show. Yes, I just plugged my podcast midway through my blog post. It’s my website I do what I want to. HA! Back to the uniforms, I just hated that they were so formal looking. I’ve never been a fan of formal wear and not because I’m a slob. Don’t get me wrong when it’s getting dressed up time, I will happily dress up for the part. I enjoy looking so fresh and so clean clean in a bad ass tux or suit for formal gatherings as much as anyone. However I’m generally not a fan of it all the time because it’s not comfortable. If I have to choose between Sandals and Kicks I will always go with the Sandals. I like shorts and I fucking LOVE t-shirts. I own so many t-shirts that I once worked on a 3 month show where I never wore the same shirt twice. I’ve never counted but just off this little experiment one can gauge that I have at least 90 shirts. I actually had to cut myself off from buying them because I was buying 2-3 shirts a week at one point. The point of all this is that if I had a job that enforced a dress code that required me to be in a button up and slacks all the time I would probably end my life. I remember when I was a kid I had a job at Sears where I had to wear a button shirt, slacks and a fucking tie all the time. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want to just hang myself every time that blasted thing went around my neck.

There is no dress code in the Film Industry and it’s one of my favorite aspects about this crazy world. Sure there are some exceptions like many live shows that require you to wear black so you can just blend into the darkness and not be seen by the crowd but for the most part one can wear anything they want. If there was an over all outfit that I would say most the people I work alongside wear all the time it would probably be a shirt and cargo shorts or pants. I think that is the goto film crew look. That would be followed by shirt and jeans. Then of course there’s everything else that I’ve seen people wear on set over the years. I’ve seen people wear kilts, chaps, dusters, tuxedos, formal dresses, all types of hats. Just all types of clothing options that one would never think they would see in a “working” environment. I’ve seen wardrobe stylist and dressers wear some of the coolest outfits I have ever seen in person on set.

I will say this though, there is definitely a “look” that most people adopt once they get into certain departments that once you’ve been in the business for a while are very easy to identify. For example, there is what I like to call the Producer/Higher Up look. Which entails a nice suit jacket, button shirt and jeans. It’s the, I want to be formal but also look cool at the same time look. Grips, Electrics and Production all usually embrace the Shirt/Cargo look because those pockets come in handy for all the shit we carry. However as far as Production there is some variations amongst them. There is for example those 1st A.Ds that like to dress up. They’ll come to set rocking a button down, long sleeve shirt, jeans and boots like they’re about to hit the bar for the night. This is usually the DP’s look and honestly I think some 1st are just jealous and want to show that they too can dress up. 2nd AD’s usually follow whatever their 1st does and in most instances where I’ve worked with a nice dressing 1st their go to 2nd is like their mini version. Since I work in Production I’ve seen a few PA’s become A.D’s, Camera Assistants, Producers Assistants and I must say I do enjoy watching peoples transformations. I’ve seen many go from they’re comfy cloths to what I call the stuffy look. I enjoy watching people do this because it’s something that I know I could never do. I have never changed my wardrobe for anyone or anything. It’s just not in me. I actually don’t think I could ever work in an environment that would try to control what I wore. I’m not saying there is anyone telling these people they need to change their style. I think some people just feel it’s something they need to do because everyone does it. It’s that dress for that job you want not the job you have way of thinking. That saying doesn’t really work in this business because the higher up you are doesn’t nessesarily  mean that they want to dress up and don’t. I would love to Direct some day and if I was to dress up like a Director one could argue that I already do. Casual as Fuck.

 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I hope you have a fantastic week and make sure to come back again to check out New and Older post soon.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 79

What up?! Shortly after starting this Podcast I dreamed that one day I would be able to host guest over the phone. Well that day is finally here. Episode 79 of The Toke Talking Podcast is up NOW! This week I have a great friend of mine Rob Cohen that I’ve been meaning to get on the show for a while. Come listen to us go on about kids being jerks, the Film Industry, Star Wars, Marvel and a whole lot more. Have a great week everyone!

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 78

Happy Monday! My best friend Trino joins me on this weeks dog barking interruption filled Episode of The Toke Talking Podcast. Come listen to us ramble about silent letters, our first cars, the show Atlanta, we discuss the possibility of video recording the podcast and posting it on Youtube and much more of the usual random madness you’ve come to expect from this show only with two people talking this week. Leah, our Googling corespondent, friend and special guest also lends her skills to let us know if the lottery does any good for anyone besides the winner. Come start the week off with a laugh.

-PEACE