Working In The Elements…

Happy Friday! How is everyone on this fine day? I’m fucking pumped that it’s Friday because I worked all week. I know you may just be like “So?” but I haven’t been working 5 days a week lately and when I do I realize that I don’t miss it and that it’s not how I want the rest of my life to go. I’m not a fan of routine for too long and I think I’ve grown tired of the “Usual” 5 day work week. Continue reading “Working In The Elements…”

Lock It Up…

Happy Tuesday! Yes that’s right, Tuesday. I know things were a little crazy last week and due to some unforeseen circumstances I was forced to adjust the day I put out last weeks Tuesday post but all is back to normal…well as normal as can be. Continue reading “Lock It Up…”

Caring Doesn’t Pay…

Happy Friday! I just worked a full week for the first time in 4 months. That’s crazy…I mean I wasn’t planning on it working out that way. If you read the blog weekly you would know that I thought I was going back on a show that well…I didn’t. So here I am in the world of the unknown, jumping from show to show. It gets so crazy at times that I forget exactly what it is that I’m on. Continue reading “Caring Doesn’t Pay…”

Right Place, Right Time….

Hello, welcome to We’re Not Rolling Old and New visitors. How was your weekend? I had both a good and bad weekend. Let’s get to the bad first because well..it always sucks. It was bad because I have lots of family and friends in Florida that stayed there for Irma. This fucking Hurricane gave me the most stressful 10 days I believe I’ve ever had. I was really worried about everyone. Continue reading “Right Place, Right Time….”

Living The Dream…

Happy FriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiDAY!!! We made it! Another small life repetitive triumph. You know every Friday that I write that on all my social media platforms “Happy Friday” “Cheers to Friday” some corny crap like that before I take a break from it all on the weekend, I think…”People that work on the weekend must really, REALLY hate that phrase. Continue reading “Living The Dream…”

Apply Here for Passive Aggressiveness…

Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? I day played yesterday…which is really today…I’m currently sitting with the BG in holding typing this. Which is pretty convenient I must say. It’s been a pretty easy day so far and its suppose to be short so here’s hoping because we did have an 11am call. If you haven’t listened to yesterday’s Toke Talking Podcast make sure to check it out. I have a good friend on there that works at Marvel and gives us a few cool stories. Alright enough jibber jabber let’s get into this shall we?

First I’d like to clear up that was not the end of the Jibbering and Jabbering because that is really what I do best. HA! Moving on! I had originally written this out and then thought…why not just make the meme so WALA! Feel free to spread it amongst the internet. I know it’s an old one but do these things (memes) really age? Hmmmm. Passive aggressiveness, a condition that although I’m guilty of committing myself I try with all of my will to never do it at work because well…IT’S WORK! I don’t get upset at work or when I do, it last about 2 minutes before I realize that I’m at work and how ridiculous it is to get upset. If I was a surgeon, a cop, a judge…someone whose job has a direct impact on others lives then I can understand being stressed out. However making a TV show or a Movie…not as stressful. I know, I know…producers and some of you others out there are probably bent out of shape over that comment because they’ll claim that I will never understand the pressure of producing a movie and worrying if it’s going to do well. To which I reply this, I can guarantee that I would still give as much a shit as I do right now. Because one thing I can guarantee for Fucking certain is that my personal stress level is not going to help the movie do better. Laying in bed stressed out and taking my anger out on others is not going to help the movie do better. A long time ago I figured out how silly it was to get stressed out or angry over matters that you have absolute zero control over. I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t know this already but it’s a lesson that when I learned I never let it go. This is a good one too..

However getting back to the levels of Passive Aggression in this industry. Some of you out there seriously should wear a GoPro chest harness all day so when you get home you can review the footage and see first hand what a whack job some of you are. I thought of writing about this because there is no way in the world that anyone can go on any set and not overhear or observe at least one passive aggressive move. Today, at the TOP OF THE MORNING! Everyone is just hanging out at breakfast and this one special crew member gets there, eats and then just hangs out. I see him walking around while other crew members are all loading into vans. Well what happens next, the last van leaves for set and the van that we’re using to transport the BG to base camp (Which is not near set) gets back. I jump in the van with the BG and guess who comes strolling up to get in a van and wants to go to set, it’s crew member guy that was just hanging out watching all the vans leave till he was ready to leave to grace the set with his presence. He wants to go to set and so the driver tells him “There will be a van that goes to set coming shortly. This van is just for the BG for base camp.” Then this very amazing human being in response vomits this garbage collection of words  “Oh really, the BG is more important than the crew. Ok cool.” and shuts the door. Dude really? First let me make it absolutely clear that not ONE of you out there are any important than anyone else. I get that they write your name next to a title and you feel that gives you some type of super power that makes you better and more important than other people but NEWFLASH “You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”-Chuck Palahniuk

If you don’t like something don’t be a fucking child and say you don’t like it and then don’t do it. It’s really that fucking simple. However don’t do it and then act like a ass while you do it spewing your anger through in every sentence you utter. It’s not other peoples problems that you aren’t man or woman enough to say how you really feel. So instead you hide your true feeling in little annoying responses and I really think some of you should seek help for. It’s not cool to be a dick to people covertly like that. We work a lot of hours and I understand that at times we do get a bit heated and shit gets said. I’m not talking about those, one and a while moments, I’m talking about people that do it all the time. I’m talking about people that have this reputation. People whose middle name should actually be Passive Aggressive. Hahaha! Lighten folks, it’s just Film Making.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out another post here on the ole We’re Not Rolling. I truly appreciate all of you, even if you don’t read my blog you too are appreciated. Have an excellent week everyone. Make sure to stop by and check the Friday post for one last laugh before the weekend. Be good to one another and next time your head starts to boil and you feel a smart ass comment about to come out of your mouth STOP and think about pizza, cheeseburgers, puppies, chocolate…basically anything that makes you happy. Hopefully the thought will bring some awareness to what really matters in life, hint…it’s not your job.

-PEACE

FREE STUFF…

Happy Tuesday! Before we get ahead of ourselves no, I don’t have free stuff to give you. I actually contemplated calling it FREE STUFF HERE..but I held back. I wish I did have free stuff to hand out…hopefully one day either this blog or podcast or something will bring me some money and then I can give out stuff to my 100’s of adoring fans. Hahaha! I’m such a nincompoop. Someone called me that today and it reminded me about how much I love that word. It’s one of those adorably funny insult name words. It’s sort of like “Fool” only slightly more adorable. I remember when “Stupid” use to be funny. Hell, we had a friend whose nickname was “Stupid High”. The name still can be funny in the right circle but call the wrong person “stupid” and you’re in for a long defensive rant on why it’s not ok to call people “stupid”. I feel like lately everyone is so turned around with all this NOT NORMAL SHIT that’s going on, what’s ok to say and what’s not ok to say that we are losing the fun of jokes. I’m strictly talking within a persons group of friends though. I still think you should feel out any group before joking about anything anyone might be touchy about which now days are getting to be a very large list. Times are just a little tense right now. I’m Cuban and while I always found it funny every time I get into a raft of any sort at a water park, pool or beach and most Cubans can see the humor in it like my friends. I am willing to bet right now that there is some Cuban woman losing her shit at a resort because they offered her a raft for the lazy river and she felt she was an insult to her heritage. That was a LONG intro. Reading is fundamental right? I don’t know about reading my shit but still it’s reading…even if it is a terrible use of grammar you can learn from my mistakes and therefore write better that me. I. GOT. YOU! HA! Let’s get into this shall we?

I love free stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s a sentiment I share with most folks which is nice because it makes me feel normal amongst all the other crazy thoughts and feelings that I think I don’t share with the common every day Joe or Jane…Is it Jane? Is the female equivalent of “Average Joe” “Average Jane”? I know it’s John Doe and Jane Doe. What am I talking about? Shit! Alright back to it. One of the perks of working in this business is definitely all the free stuff. I believe I did a post on swag like wrap gifts and shit like that but I’m talking about all the other free stuff. I’m talking about the 9lbs of Nutella that Crafty hands you on the last day because if not it’s going to go bad. I’m talking about the prop beer mugs and the “prop” beer. I’ve seen set pieces like rugs, chairs and tables that were bought for a commercial go to crew people all the time. The caterer at times will wrap up 25 pieces of fried chicken for you to take home after lunch wraps up instead of throwing it out. There really is an amazing amount of free crap that we get working in this industry.

When my roommate and myself were working on Music Videos I remember our kitchen most the time would look like crafty. We would have a 3lbs tub of pretzels and twizzlers all the time. We would aways have 2-3 cases of water and muthafuckin SHASTA! If you don’t know what that is you should google it. We never stole the stuff, it was always just handed over to us at wrap by production companies. They would usually scavenge through it to take what they needed for the office if they had one but other than that most the time it was a free for all. I remember there was a time there that we did not buy trash can liners for like 8-9 months. Believe it or not that all adds up over time. Little things. All about the little things.

Although through time one does learn not to just blindly take free stuff. At least I did. I remember back to year 1,2,3 in this business I wouldn’t hesitate to take anything that was free. I would love wrap time just because I knew I was going to be going home with a bunch of free stuff. I didn’t care how useless it might be. Look at this portrait of a stinger (Extension Cable for those non industry folks)

I got this on a show about a year or so ago and it’s just been sitting in my living room. Why I took it when it was offered? Because it was funny. Why do I still have it? Because it’s printed on a very nice canvas and I feel bad tossing it. Plus maybe there’s like a hard-core 728 loving bastard out there that wants this bad boy for their 728 themed living room. If so hit me up in the comments, email or any of my 100 social media outlets. You need to come pick it up though. Geez look at what this thing has become, a freaking craigslist add. Talking about stingers when we first moved into this place we had came into a slight problem when we had our first pool party, there was no power for the music. Luckily I actually have 300 feet in stingers that I got at a backstage sale. I also have 8 director chairs that I bought for $6 each, 13 folding chairs that I got for free and like 15 layout mats. Hahaha! That gear right now has helped me host about 20-25 parties at my place. I tell you folks it really is like living a dream…

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another weird and wacky post here everyone. I recently just hit 6000 views here at We’re Not Rolling and I sincerely want to say thank you to everyone that’s “Stopped by”. If you have not listened to yesterdays podcast please make sure you do. I had on 2 actor friends and went on and on about not only the film industry but also the music industry..OOOOOOOhh..look at me getting all diverse on my show. HA! Don’t be fooled it’s till me stumbling over my words as I try to formulate a thought while reading my plans for the show that looks like chicken written scratch..that’s worse than chicken scratch by the way. It actually entails strapping a pencil to a chicken and having them try to write for you. However it was a very fun and entertaining episode and I think y’all will enjoy it. Have an excellent week of work and I’ll talk to you all again on Friday.

-PEACE

 

Just When I Thought I Was Out…

Happy Friday!! How was your week? Are you glad it’s almost over? I’m actually typing this up at 3AM L.A time TODAY (Friday). I’m usually a little better at making my Thur deadline for an early Friday morning post but every now and then I have real life situations or activities that interfere with that said deadline. Yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to go and finally check out The Dudes Brewery in Torrance where a good friend of mine has been working now for a year or so after leaving the Film Industry. Yeah believe it or not everyone there is actually people who get out of this crazy world we all work in and successfully made the jump to a totally different profession. That’s what today’s post is all about so let’s get into this shall we?

I think at some point or another everyone that works in this business has contemplated just calling it quits and trying out a different line of work. I believe the same can be said for anyone working anywhere really. I was a cook for 5 years prior to going to film school and getting into this business. I had a lot of great times but I remember by the end of those 5 years coming to the conclusion that I never wanted to work in another kitchen again. I’ve always said that no matter how much you enjoy or love doing anything, if you do it enough you’re bound to grow tired of it eventually. That includes stuff that one my do recreationally as well. I love snowboarding but if I did it everyday it might lose its appeal. Repetition in general can cause boredom and unfortunately our business is no different. A lot of people who don’t work in the industry have this misconception that everyday on set there’s a new adventure awaiting us all as we stumble onto stage as all type of ridiculous hours. I’m not saying I haven’t lived through some great adventures on set because well…if I had not I doubt I would be writing this blog…it’s kind of the point. I’m just stating that it’s not always as fun as they make it look on those Behind The Scenes Blu-ray extras.

I’ve actually known of quite a few people who have left the business and gone on to bigger and better things. Funny enough a lot of those people have gravitated towards the alcohol business. As I said above I have a friend that I use to work with that finally called it quits last year and got himself a job at a brewery. He always loved beer and brewing and after I forgot how many years in the business he decided to give into his true passion…or maybe his next passion. Who’s to say he might not get tired of beer as well and find something else to pursue. I think that’s how a lot of us work. We need to keep learning and progressing and that means developing new interests and therefor forming new passions. His last day was also quite epic as he won a very large 5 dollar day bucket. The day and timing couldn’t have been better written if it was in one of the shows or movies we work on.

I also have 2 other ex fellow crew peeps, one of which opened his own bar and another one that actually opened his own brewery. “A Simple Bar” and “Lincoln Beer Company” respectively. If you guys live or are visiting L.A you should definitely check out both. I do find it amusing that all three of these guys went into the booze business. I always joke that this business drives people to drink and here these guys actually got into making and distributing alcoholic beverages. Now that I think about it there is actually quite a few brewers that I work with or at least people who consider themselves brewers. It’s certainly an interesting field that I can see how one can become involved with. I mean who doesn’t like drinking? Besides those that don’t of course, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with you…I’m just saying you’re not like the rest of us and we shall judge you every time you don’t drink. Hahahaha! I’m totally messing around everyone, I myself must say have drastically pulled back my drinking the last couple of years.

I think it’s the hours that make people find a different profession after working the film industry for a while. I know I’ve written about it quite a bit on here from time to time. It is just a lot to ask of a person when one actually breaks down the hours. I believe that most businesses work on an 8-10 hour work day for everyone. Let’s just say 10 for argument sake, if you work 5 days a week that’s 50 hours a week. There’s only 120 hours in a 5 day span and we work minimums of 12 hour days. That means that this business can soak up 60 plus hours our lives per week. Once you account for driving time into that I think one can see how someone can grow tired of this industry after just a few years. I think it’s just too much to ask at times. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on the shows I have over the last 2-3 years that for the most part kept it to 12 hour days but that’s really a rare case. Most shows go well over their planned 12 hours everyday.

I can’t say that I too one day won’t follow along with all these free birds that have made it out of the business. I really do love working in the industry but like I’ve said before I love life a lot more. I got into this business because I believed that I wanted to be part of the hollywood system. I thought that I would like to work in the studios as a director and just go around town directing different episodes of all these shows like many directors in this town do. The longer I’m in the game though the less I believe that is what I want. I’m a very stubborn person at times and I think the mass amount of cooks in the kitchen that surround a weekly director on a TV show would make me bananas. While I understand that film making is a collaboration of several peoples work I also think people should try to stick to their so-called job on a set at times. I feel that writers, producers, show runners, network execs will at times step on the directors toe’s since they are usually only there to direct that one episode. While I understand that the higher-ups on shows at times have a better understanding of how the show should run as oppose to the visiting director I just find at times the director is more of a voice for them than actually working independently on his vision of it. I’m just an observer at this point and this assessment can be wrong but I know from what I’ve seen at times that directing tv shows for the networks might not be a goal of mine. I’m not saying I wouldn’t give it a try if given the opportunity. I’m just saying from the outskirts it doesn’t look like my cup of tea. I’d rather fund or try to find funding for something I’d like to direct myself instead of directing someone else’s vision with them watching and co-directing over my shoulder. Just direct then…why not? I’ve worked with several writers that really should just direct the episode but instead sit at village basically directing through the “Director”. Is it because it’s tough to make that change? I’m asking anyone out there that may know. I’m not in the writing world but is that a tough sell for writer’s? This business has a nag for labeling you with a certain job title that is tough at times to break away from because change is scary…HA! As an example I know several 1st A.D’s that want to direct and have shared stories of how they have to keep mentioning it to the network and higher-ups to take a chance and let you direct an episode. They told me they do extensive interviews and meetings. I get it, it’s a business. However I would love to know if writer’s too face this challenge if they would elect to direct an episode or is it easier for them if anyone out there knows and would like to share their knowledge in the comments.

That’s it, That’s the post for today everyone. Thanks for once again stopping by to check out the madness. I just wanted to share some success stories with all of you in case you had a rough week and are once again contemplating maybe just not going in on Monday…or ever! I know it’s scary to think about a career change the longer a person has dedicated to said job but that fear should not control you folks. It’s never too late to try something different so if you have a calling I say go for it! So motivational today huh? Look at me being all positive…HA! That’s because I’m on vacay. We’ll see if that positivity remains intact when I start working again. Have a great weekend and make sure to come back on Monday to listen to a NEW episode of The Toke Talking Podcast.

-PEACE

 

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 21

 

Episode 21 brings back my best friend and one of my favorite people to ramble with Jimmy Ramirez. I wish I can tell you some of the stuff we went on about but it was so much that I don’t know where to begin. We definitely go on about working in the business and some unhappy people we work with along with some other shit to bring you a laugh during your commute or after taking a nice toke of your own. Come check out the NEW Toke Talking Episode NOW! SoundCloud People Click HERE

Talk To My Boss…


Happy St. Patty’s Day Friday! I’m actually writing this on Tuesday at work..WHAT?!! Yeah that’s what happens when I get a good topic or in this case someone did something ridiculous and I must write about it. So I’ll edit the rest of this intro Thur. Continue reading “Talk To My Boss…”