So I've just returned from Santa Monica where, no joke, I was mobbed by autograph hounds. These autograph hounds were in the fourth grade, and there's an extremely high chance that they didn't actually see any of my work. After all, how many fourth graders are fans of Tech TV? Maybe two.
There's this really great program out here called The Young Storytellers foundation. They team young kids up with Hollywood screenwriters (some are actually from Canoga Park), and for six weeks each kid works with his mentor to create a script. Week seven is showtime. They get to see their scripts come to life with a star and a Swisher-studded cast. Tonight was the big night for kids at Pacifica Community Charter.
I found out about it through my friend Joc whose boyfriend heard about it through one of the organizers. Word went out that they needed celebrities to come down and read. I'm guessing they were short some actors because I somehow made the line-up.
I think we performed about seven or eight different scripts. I narrated a few, and during the course of the evening played such characters as "Nurse", "Carla", "Alien w/ a Watch" and "Riley the tiger". That role was difficult as it required an Irish accent. I may have done an Irish tiger with a Mexican accent. I can't be sure exactly.
Many of the other actors boasted film and popular TV credits. I can tell you that "90210" has more cache than "Unscrewed". Regardless, it was a fun time. And you can really see the potential in a lot of these writers. Lot of creativity and humor.
After the show I told one of the young boys that he should remember me when he makes his first feature film. Know what he said? "Give me your telephone number so I can call you." We're doing lunch next week.
See, this town is all about networking. I'm getting a head start by developing relationships with these budding writers and directors. Granted, it might take about twelve years of schmoozing for this to pay off, but it's gotta be worth it, right? I mean, if I'm a pen pal with a kid for most of his or her adolescence, they've got to cast me in something. Don't they?
Anyway, for any working writer/actor types who would be interested in participating, it's a lot of fun.