June 15, 2020

I play the blame game when it comes to my keyboard. I just know I hit that letter. The fact the word is misspelled isn't my fault. I completely disagree with the physical evidence.

My wife read a recent post of mine and asked if I'd mispelled the word on purpose. "What...

June 1, 2020

The thing about the pandemic is the silver lining. Lining's, actually. Just when you thought it was safe to leave the house, I get booked on a voice over job out of the blue. I mean, silver.

I've done a fair amount of voice over work and it's great fun. Going into the s...

May 22, 2020

The Covid conundrum continues, though strict quarantine regulations are loosening. Of course, a spike in new cases is practically universal. But, hey, dollars over sense, right?

No, this isn't a political post. I leave that to my Twitter (@alistairmckenz1) account. If y...

April 24, 2020

For historical perspective, it's April 24, 2020. You probably knew that already based on the date of this blog. It's COVID 19 all over the place and that means Hollywood is standing still. (6 feet apart, of course).

A friend of mine sent me a message on Facebook. He'd s...

March 22, 2020

The other day I received an email from Pamela Adlon. For anyone who doesn't know, she's the creator, director, show runner, writer, star, etc of Better Things on FX. Normally, I'd be thrilled to get an email from someone like her, or actually her, but this time was a l...

March 3, 2020

Yesterday was blowy. Wind whipping things all over the place. Recycle cans, oranges, sticks and branches. When the wind comes down the hills and through our street it's something else.

Today, the sky was clear with a touch of summer in the air. As a barefoot runner, alm...

February 14, 2020

I want to share a little story about good intentions, bad execution and dumb luck.

I was at a union event listening to four or five Artio Award nominated casting directors. Very interesting stuff. One of them surprised us all by giving out an email address. "Anyone who...

January 18, 2020

Sometimes show biz has a moment of pure mundanity.(Just made that up)

Today I got word that my W-2 is ready for electronic download. Well, one of my W-2's, anyway. See, if one is lucky (or blessed) enough to book a gig the money can come from any number of places.

The bi...

December 18, 2019

It's coming up to the heart of holiday season. LA has been cold (for LA) and wet (for LA) and beautiful. It feels like Christmas.

I wrapped up shooting on a new Facebook Watch series called "Date of Honor." It's a comedy about ridiculously rich people doing ridiculous t...

November 15, 2019

Two days ago I got a call from my agent. I know. I started the last blog almost the same way. But, it's true. 

"Hey, Mike," says I.

"You booked a role. It shoots tomorrow," says he.

After much whooping and hollering on my part I asked which one. "Tall Man." That's great,...

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