Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East & North London, Surrey (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 124 Saturday 29thOctober until Friday 4thNovember 2016.
If you have been reading this rubbish recently then you will know that I have been spreading my creative wings by being a supporting artist. Acting is something that I have wanted to do, but never thought that someone “LIKE ME” could do. Due to recent circumstances I decided that as I have some spare time why not have a go, what have I got to lose. Over the last month I have been involved in a number of short films, feature films, and TV shows just as background all for free. None of what I have done could really be called “acting”, that’s the next step.
Spooky Halloween moments in Surrey….
This week I went to an audition for a 2nd year Uni student film. I arrived at the Uni feeling very out of place surrounded by lots of young clever people walking around with their lap tops and tablets, in my day in education we had scruffy note book with wallpaper as a cover. The Producer and the Director who were both very young introduced me to a young actress who was auditioning for the role of the daughter, that’s right I was going to play a mother. We were filmed as we improvised a couple of scenes, which I really enjoyed. For a couple of years in the 90s I did a number of improvisation courses, I suppose i just like being stupid it’s something I find easy. It turns out I wasn’t good enough I didn’t get the part, oh well maybe another time.
Lego shield’s, its what they do at Uni.
Another thing that I have wanted to do for years is have a go at stand-up comedy. I’m not a joke person; I enjoy comedy where the comedian takes the P out of themselves. This week I did my first gig, standing up in front of about 90 people in North London telling stories about myself and people laughed. The audience was extremely friendly, everyone on or off stage were listeners to “The Iain Lee (who I met, what a lovely man) TalkRADIO Show” this meant that there was a tsunami of love as everyone wanted all the acts to succeed. Of course if I was to try doing it again I would definitely have to work harder to try make the audience laugh. Sunday night I traveled home on the tube feeling on top of the world. Anyone looking at me would have wondered what I was on, I’m surprised someone didn’t approach me for a little of what I had had. I’m up for the challenge of working harder to make people laugh; I’m looking to have a go again in a couple of weeks. I know that this is like throwing my self naked (what a horrible thought) in to the arena hoping that the Lions who haven’t been feed for a week don’t pull me apart limb by limb straight away.
Seen on the tube this week. Enjoying a Vampire Frappe…
I really have always been a creative person, in an ideal world that’s how I would make a living. But I know this is not an idea world….
And Now For Something Completely Different…
At Iain & Kath’s Performance Ring.
The clocks went back this week, that extra hour of sleep was amazing I always make the most of a free hour in bed. The result of this is that it gets darker earlier in the afternoon, I sit writing this in a Starbucks at about 4.30pm and the sky is getting darker. Street lights are on and car lights are reflecting everything around, which makes the environment look strangely pretty. In the past I preferred this time of year because I felt that I could hide in the darkness away from the stares of others that might want to judge me. But these days I’m a much more confident person who is trying to mix with people, and trying to make something of this existence. Not looking forward to when the clocks go forward as I’ll lose that free hour of sleep, I might bolt the door and try to keep hold of it until they drag that hour away from me. Any one else want a revolution.
Busy composing this “Bull Shine”.
In other news…..
The wonderful Christine And The Queens live at Brixton.
Saw a woman spitting regularly in to a plastic container on tube. Missed my stop late one night when reading a really old Doctor Who novel I hadn’t read in over 20 years, that’s how engrossed I had become. I need a sign around my neck asking people to throw me off at blah, blah, blah station. I rang a national radio station 3 times this week, it’s really quite additive.
After the gig, very happy.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching: “Asian Provocateur”, (Season 1, ep 1 to 6). “Class”, (Season 1, ep 3). “Crazyheads”, (Season 1, ep 3). “Damned”, (Season 1, ep 6). “Film Four: Fright Bites”, (Short Cuts, Night Cap, Wake, Squeal, Old gal, Tickle Monster). “Ghostbusters”, (2016). “Have I Got News For You”, (Season 52 ep 5). “How To Build A Human”. “Humans”, (Season 2, ep 1). “Humans: Synth For A Day”. “Nigel Forage Gets His Life back”. “Televisions Opening Night: How The Box was Born”. “The Apprentice”, (Season 12, ep 5). “The Apprentice: Honest Subtitles”. “The Apprentice: Your Fired”, (Season 11, ep 5). “The Brain A Secret History: 3 Broken Brains”. “The Golden Girls”, (Season 2, ep 25 & 26)(Season 3, ep 1 to 5). “The Graham Norton Show”, (Season 20, ep 6). “The Great British Bake Off: The Class Of 2015”, (Season 7, ep 11). “The Last Leg (Season 9, ep 4).
Seen Live on Stage: “Christine And The Queen”, (02 Brixton Academy).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (27/10, 28/10, 29/10, 01/11/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (27/10, 31/10, 01/11, 02/11, 03/11/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Live)”, (31/10, 01/11, 02/11, 04/11/16). ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (29/10, 04/11/16). “Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round”,(ep 70, 09/14)(ep 71, 10/14)(ep 72 to 80, 11/14(ep 191 & 192, 10/16). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 5, 14/10/15)(ep 17, 21/04/16)(ep 18, 28/04/16)(ep 23, 23/06/16). “Morrissey”, “Smiths”, “Imani Copola”, “Christine And The Queens”, “Pulp”, “The Manic Street Preachers”, “Muse”, “The Strokes”, “Placebo”, “Temper Trap”.