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Frederick Williams, frederick.williams.79

Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Nancy Mosser Casting Agency
  • Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania

I grew up in a family of seven sisters and brothers. I'm the second oldest. We lived most of our lives in the public housing system. It was a real experience. The family was disfunctional but we managed to get by the best we could under the circumstances. I'm a little restless in that I always reach outside my comfort zone. This is not always the best for everyone but it has been good for me. I also love people. I think that with all the bad that is brought out through the different medias, there are still good people in the world. Fred’s Journey: Chapter One 12/16/2011 Dear Readers, today we share with you the words of Frederick Williams who plays “Fenris” in There Are No Goodbyes. Today Fred writes about his background and experiences getting into acting. We will have more stories posted in the coming weeks. Enjoy! The Journey to There Are No Goodbyes: Chapter One Meeting in the Park: Frederick Williams ("Fenris") and Matthew King ("Oliver") My journey leading up to this movie was for the most part just a fantasy of mine. Like everyone else, I wondered what it would be like to be in a movie. I’ve never been a shy person by any sense of the word from the time that I was young. Growing up in the Roger Young Projects on Buffalo Road in Erie Pennsylvania, set the pace for my creativity, but that is a story within itself. I took a number of public speaking classes from the famous Dale Carnegie to Effect Presentation during my academic years and was always considered pretty good. I always seemed comfortable with people. This gift always placed me in jobs where I was interacting with others. I became a religious lector about 12 years ago in the Catholic faith and a religious education teacher for 7 years. While preparing for my upcoming Sunday readings from the Old and New Testaments, I would consciously put myself into the character of the reading to get a realistic feel for the times and person. It helped and some of the other parishioners said that I should seek out expanding myself in doing voice commercials or something of the sort. I thought about it but didn’t act on it for a few years. Then one day while surfing the internet in 2002, this was after the company that I worked for many years shutdown, I was looking for job opportunities and came across a talent seeking website and decided to set up a profile through them to see if there was any chance I might be able to seek out an opportunity in commercials. Of course this wasn’t free. I signed up for about 6 months. Uploading profile pictures that I had my daughter take and building a resume so producers and directors could see what they were getting. One of the requirements of using this website was if you wanted to upload pictures, you had to pay the monthly fee. This didn’t set well with my wife however, so I dropped the monthly fee, but I did manage to upload a sufficient amount of pictures to give people a good look at me. That’s how I entered this network. For a time thereafter, I was able to communicate with directors through the site’s e-mail. From time to time, I would receive invites to come and audition. The problem with this was, you had to pay your own way and at a time when I didn’t have a solid job that was not something I could afford. I received e-mails as far as Texas inviting me come and try out for different parts from commercials to movies. I tried to convince these directors and producers to pay my expenses to come and try out. That I could be a diamond in the rough. HAHA. That didn’t go over well. They all told me that they had heard that song before. Frederick Williams ("Fenris") in his office. Then one day this director sends me a note that he is a local Erie, PA director putting together a feature film in Erie and that if I’m interested let him know and he would send me the contact information, script and auditioning times. I told my wife about this local opportunity that wouldn’t cost me a dime. She became a little more supportive of my endeavors and said I didn’t have anything to lose. I told her I was going to give it a shot. I was really excited but a little apprehensive at the same time because at my age, who in their right mind would want to start such a career if it were to work out. Well, I threw caution to the wind saying to myself, “Oh what the hell” and I replied back this director (John C. Lyons of Lyons Den Productions) and the process began. I’m going to end this portion of the journey for now but I will continue on soon with Chapter Two: “The Audition”. The Journey to There Are No Goodbyes: Chapter Two By Frederick Williams (“Fenris”) Frederick William's audition day photo As I told you in Chapter One of my journey, I replied back to this Erie Pennsylvania director for the information needed to prepare for the local auditions. He sent me a website to go to that contained all the information. i.e., location, script sides, audition dates and times. Of course I went to this website immediately and printed everything out for review. The information packet contained a synopsis of the movie and a description and approximate age of each character and their basics. Well of course I was scanning the list for a character that could be a fit for me. I found this character “Jimmy” interesting and looked for the sides that contained his part. Without going into the scope of the movie, “Jimmy” fit the character I wanted to try out for at the audition. I took the script over to my wife to show her the character I was going to try out for and she thought that it could be a good fit also. Actually, she was cracking up on me because I was being so serious. I then sought further needed support from my daughter who chuckled and said, “The Jimmy part is fine Dad”. At that, I reviewed the entire packet, reading every bit of information including the sides for all characters. There was this other character that was interesting to me. His name was “Fenris”. I was apprehensive about that character and settled with “Jimmy”. I had about three weeks to get ready for this audition so I immediately went to work studying the script and the scene. I separated myself from my family trying to put myself into this character. This “Jimmy” character was the neighbor and friend of the lead character so I wanted to try to fit the neighbor/friend concept. You see, I didn’t know how to do this other than to be myself. I never auditioned for anything before this except for job interviews. So I looked at this as being just that, a job interview. I plan a course of study to practice at least two hours a day which I thought was enough time to get this part down. During this time, I would peek at this other character, “Fenris”. Not to get this character down or anything, I just would read through all the scripts but spend a little more time reading the scene containing “Fenris”. November 27, 2010 was the First Open Round for the Auditions and I was questioning whether I should take off work to go to an audition that I may not get a part in this movie. I had studied pretty well, but I guess I was feeling the weight of failure on my shoulders. I decided to blow it off and go to work that day. After work I called the director and left him a message on his voice mail asking if there was any chance an aging African-American male stood a chance at his next audition and that I had missed his last audition date. The next day there was a message left on my answering machine stating I should come down and try out. I want you to know had it not been for that call; I probably would not have gone to the Second Round of auditions. I arranged my schedule so I could attend the Second Round of auditions on December 4, 2010. I was worrying all day about this audition and my wife said, “Don’t bother, you don’t have anything to lose anyway. Just do your best.” The auditions were scheduled for 3-7pm, so I got myself together with script in pocket and headed out the door to arrive at 3pm sharp. When I got to the auditions, which was being held at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall, I found a host of people there. All ages, sizes and ethnic origins. I walk in in amazement because I’ve never been at an audition before. They took my picture while I held a number up to my chest. I thought I was under arrest. Then I went upstairs and was greeted by a guy named Bill Vitanyi who asked me what character part I was auditioning for. When I told him, “Jimmy”, he handed me a script. I told him I didn’t need it, that I had brought my own. Then he said take a seat. Open audition day one I looked around, nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof. I noticed a young man sitting by himself in the corner, so I decided to join him. I introduced myself to this young man and we chit chatted about our experiences with the acting arts of which I had none. I found most of the people there were of the acting profession. Now, that made me feel really out-of-place. After a while, this guy comes out and starts to look around the room. He then turns to me and said, “You, come to with me, I want to try you as Fenris”. Well, I was shell-shocked at the thought of auditioning for this character. I told this guy who I’ve never met, (who I later found out to be director John C. Lyons.), that I hadn’t practiced for this part although I was somewhat familiar because I’ve read through all the scripts. And that I only practiced for the “Jimmy” character. He said he had the “Fenris” script in the room, so just read through it for a moment, and go through it with this other guy who is playing the character, Oliver. Well, you might have guessed it. I was terrified and tried to rely on my lecturing skills to get me through this. It didn’t go well. If I were to have given myself a grade, it would have been a “C” at best. This guy then said thanks and told me to back to the waiting room and he would bring me back in for the “Jimmy” audition. At that, I said something that I can’t remember exactly, to redeem myself and left the room to await the audition I came there for in the first place. When I returned to the other room, I told the young man I was sitting with that I had just blown up an audition. But I still had this other audition that I can make up the difference. After a while, it seemed like forever, I was called back to do the “Jimmy” part. I thought that went really well. This guy then said thanks for auditioning; we’ll be contacting everyone within a week as to the outcome. I thanked the guy and the panel for letting me auditions and left for home. When I arrive at home, my wife asked me how it went. I said, “I thought the “Jimmy” audition went well but this guy who I assumed to be the director had me do this ” Fenris” part and sabotaged my whole audition.” I’m going to leave you now, ending this chapter but I’ll be back soon with the last chapter of “The Journey to There Are No Goodbyes“. Chapter Three – “The Surprise” The Journey to There Are No Goodbyes: Chapter Three By Frederick Williams (“Fenris”) A week had gone by with no contact results from the last round of auditions. I was anxious to hear whether I got a part or could be used in any scene of “There Are No Goodbyes“. This no response lingered on through another weekend and I told my wife that I must have done pretty badly. I then sent the director a thank you note on my website, that started all this, just to remind him to get back to me. I use this approach on job interviews also. Most of the time it worked in my favor, but unfortunately with a position being filled with another better suited individual. I’m sure a lot of you know what I mean. Times are tough. Well anyway, by Tuesday of that week, I had given up on any response and confined myself with the fact that these things probably happen all the time in this industry. I was a little pissed off. Now assuring myself that nothing ventured, nothing gained type of attitude; I proceeded to forget about this and placed my priorities back on the task at hand. This was getting back into the routine of work and family responsibilities. That Wednesday, on my day off, I was checking my e-mail inbox and there was a message from Lyons Den Productions. Hell, I almost jumped out of my chair and I hadn’t even opened the message up. I guess I hadn’t put it out of my mind. When I opened the message, it said “he”, the director, wanted to do a screen test on Saturday for this character “Fenris” and to wear a suit. This screen test he wanted to have on the Bayfront in the lobby of the Metropolitan Authority Building at noon. ”Surprise”!!! I was so ecstatic I called my wife immediately and told her that I may still be in the running for a part in this movie. She said, “That’s good but don’t get your hopes up.” I thought about it and said to myself, “She’s right”. So, I gathered my senses and thought about it and said to myself, “It’s only a second interview; I’ve been on a ton of those.” Then I got back to the message. He said, “Wear a suit”. I e-mailed him back and asked him what color suit I should wear. I gave him a list of all the colors I had and he responded back telling me to wear a black suit. He also attached another script to practice. As you might have guessed it, I was excited by the second audition and terrified by the fact that I only had three days to prepare. I started going over this scene like a maniac trying to remember the lines correctly. It has been a long time since I had to memorize any speeches and there was no way I could get this scene that fine-tuned by Saturday. So, I decided to use a book (a prop referenced in the scene) to hide the “Script” in so that as I turned the pages, I wouldn’t miss any lines. I had this good size picture book titled, “The Life of Christ”, that was just the right size. What a “God Send”! This was my back up. By, Friday I was feeling comfortable because of crutch that I had created for myself. That evening I was checking my e-mail and there was another message from Lyons Den Productions, with the director telling not to worry so much about the memorization. Well, this didn’t ease my anxiety level one bit; I still wanted to do a good job, so I stuck to my game plan to use the book as my crutch. It was Saturday. The day of putting all my eggs in one basket and the day of reckoning had come. I had to work from 7am to 4pm. I let my boss know I had an appointment at 12 noon; so I needed an extra hour for lunch and would be back to work no later than 1:15pm. I had my suit laid out, my shirt starched, tie pin set aside, black shoes polished to the tee. You would have that thought I was going courting or something. The last time I felt that much pressure was when I was in high school and East High was meeting McDowell. We were both undefeated. (I’ll let you readers do some research on that 1969/70 football season.) Anyway, it was terrible trying to work with people (retail) and get into character for an audition. Well, I showed up on time at the lobby looking like a preacher carrying my “Life of Christ” book, with the director and his director of photography already there waiting. There was another gentleman there who was introduced as the “Oliver” character. His name was Matthew King. The director told us to practice while he and his D.P. set things up. I then told him I brought this book with my script inserted between the pages to help me on my lines. He told me that that was a good idea. I then explained to Matt that this book I brought with me contained my lines. He said he had his memorized which made me sink into the bench we were sitting on. I told the director I only had an hour; I had to be back at work. He said, “Well, let’s get started”. We went through the scene. It didn’t go well at all. I looked at Matt and said, “We’re going to get this.” I just have to relax a little. We ran through the scene again. It felt a little better. But it wasn’t good. I looked at my watch and said to Matt, “We have to nail this, if we don’t, it’s just too bad. I have to get back to work.” We did the third try and at the end I kept on walking in the direction of my coat telling the director and the D.P. I had to go. He said that last scene was good and thanked me for taking the time out to do this and he would be in touch. I then thanked all parties involved for letting me get this far and headed out the door as fast as I could. I want you to know that I made it back to work on time with the weight of the world now off my shoulders. I gave it my all. Back at home that day my wife asked me how the audition went. I told her all things considered it went okay. Not great but okay. We never talked about it after that day. About a week later it was morning on my day off and the telephone rings. I usually don’t get any calls, mind you, I didn’t recognize the voice. The gentleman on the phone said, “Do you know who this is”? I had only talked to this director twice. I said, “This sounds like the director”. He said, “That’s right.” He said, “I have some bad news and some good news”. I said, “Okay”. He said, “The bad news is that I have someone else in line for the “Jimmy” character”. The good news is, “Would you play the part of “Fenris?” At that moment, I think I said, “You’ve got to be kidding me”. He said he was not and to tell my wife if she was around. She was in the dining room when I told her. She said, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” So we went back and forth with this for a while, while the director listened. Then he said, “Tell your wife that we’ll be using you for the next year and that he was going to make me into a star.” The director then told me the filmed audition was really good and the character is a major part of the production and the year ahead is a huge task and asked me if I was up to it. I said, “Are you kidding me? I’ll do my best”. He then told me to enjoy the rest of my day and he would be in touch on scheduling and different things that will be going on in this production. I told him I would tell my employer so they would be flexible in the ensuing year. We never said goodbye. He only said that he would be in touch. What a “Surprise”. Well friends, that’s my journey up to this point. Like you, I can’t wait to see this movie. I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey and I hope that you’ll enjoy the movie, “There Are No Goodbyes“. Friday, September 21, 2012 Chapter Four – The Journey after “There Are No Goodbye” by Frederick Williams. After the April 2012 screening of the movie, “There Are No Goodbyes”, there were a few aftermath parties of celebration and a newly found birth of a different me. Suddenly, I found myself wanting to see if there was a hidden talent in me or was this a fluke. A one song wonder, if it will. My wife and I had talked a little on occasions about stage acting and that she knew of some of her co-worker’s friends that were in the Erie Playhouse and maybe I should look at that to check my talents seeing that I’m fast approaching my retirement. This could be a part time passion to keep me busy while still working part time. You see, I’ve finally won her over as a fan after a 9 year journey to this point. Anyway, there were a couple of opportunities that came and went that gave me a chance to see if anyone had taken notice of me during the course of making the movie. One, a part in another indie feature film that I auditioned for but could not be a part of because the logistics couldn’t be worked out with my current employer. Then , there came a 10 week opportunity to be a DJ on a local AM radio station so I could be heard and not seen. In my previous chapters of my journey, if you have read them, my long term pursuit is to do voice overs and voice commercials. This was a 10 week joy ride. And I had a blast. It proved to enhance my popularity a lot. Well, one day as I was doing my usual promotional support of organizations that help our social community in the Arts Entertainment and other interest, I get a e-mail from John C. Lyons of LyonsDenProduction (June 24, 2012 to be exact.), about an upcoming play to be directed by one of the local theater production companies, “All An Act THEATER PRODUCTION”, directed by David W. Mitchell. The play that “ALL AN ACT THEATER PRODUCTION” was to performing is a classic by John Steinbeck, “Of Mice and Men”. I knew well of this great classic and John, who has now become my friend and confidant, thought that this would be good for me to tackle. You might be asking yourselves, “Why didn’t the director contact (Fred) me directly and why go through John”? Another casts member sent John an e-mail wondering how I would feel about playing the part of a black ranch hand with racy ethnic dialogues in the scenes. John forwarded me this e-mail which humored me because I don’t have that kind of mind set. At the end of the forwarded e-mail was the director of the upcoming play’s phone number. I called David W. Mitchell, the director and we talked and laughed and I told him that I would love to be a part of his upcoming production but I’ve never done anything like this before. He said, “Don’t worry, I’ll direct you through it”. I then told him that if we could work through logistics with my employer, we can get started. David provided me with all the information that my employer needed to work through the scheduling changes to accommodate the play’s production. And by the way, they did the same thing for me in the making of the movie, “There Are No Goodbyes”. This is September 21, 2012, the beginning of our last weekend and the ending of this classic play and the ending of this journey. It has been a blast and learning experience me. Now off to who knows where! Thank you all. Friday, September 21, 2012 I’ll keep you all posted as the journey begins its next chapter. Chapter 5 The feature film, “Underground Railroad” produced by Grant Larson Productions, LLC . During the final week, (September 29, 2012 to be exact), of the John Steinbeck play, “Of Mice and Men”, in which I played the role of “Crooks”, I received an e-mail from my good friend, John C. Lyons of “LyonsDenProduction”, that another feature movie was about to be made in the Erie area and here is some contact information for anyone on his social network circle to pursue if they were interested. I guess I’m my own worst critic. But, this I thought was another opportunity for me to see if I could be an actor with a little talent. People from the audiences of the play that I was ending had said that I did a great job as the character “Crooks”. But of course, I want to prove it to myself. Prior to my receiving John’s e-mail on the upcoming movie being filmed in Erie, I was invited to the September 19th “Fall 2012 KICK-OFF PARTY FEATURING, MOREFRAMES ANIMATION”, at the Erie Art Museum sponsored by John’s and Erika Dauber’s newly organized “Northwestern Pennsylvania Film Society”. This is where John introduced me to Mary Larson of “Grant Larson Productions”. Right before our introduction I had met a guy at the cocktail table where I was getting a soda pop. My name tag happened to fall off my lapel and this guy picked it up and handed to me and introduced himself as “Tom”. We chit chatted a while, then I went on to my introduction to Mary. John told me that I should make my introduction to her, it would be good for me, (little did he know how much) and he then proceed to walk away as he was one of the principle people responsible for this Kick-Off Party. So he had to mingle. Mary told me that there was to come, in the very near future, an audition announcement for their upcoming feature film. So I gave her my contact information and while doing so this “Tom” guy walked up and started talking to Mary and me. Then, I find out that this guy wrote the story to this upcoming movie. I found out later that his full name was Tom Fox-Davies. Okay I thought. This is good. I then invited the both of them to my final weekend of performances by “ALL AN ACT THEATER PRODUCTIONS”, “OF MICE AND MEN”. On the day that I received the e-mail from John(September 29th) about this upcoming movie, I sent a resume of my acting experience thus far and all other contact information, along with photos and videos, to the “Underground Railroad” e-mail address to be considered for an audition. On October 2, 2012 I was contacted by Tom Fox-Davies, the writer/actor of the movie, “Underground Railroad” as to my availability through the 24th of October. On October 5, 2012 I was contacted by Tom as to where the auditions were being held. They were being held on the 6th of October at their Larson Text, Inc. building. I was right on time for that audition. It went well. They told me that I was the perfect character that they were looking for to play the character “Frank”, their farmer. They said this character was a major supporting role. I was ecstatic and told my wife that I’m going to be busy once again in my pursuit of acting. Once again she told me to enjoy myself. That’s nice. That Sunday, October 7, 2012, I received a call with the logistics needed to be coordinated to proceed with the filming of my character on the 11th through the 13th of October. I called my boss at work right away to inform him of what was happen so that he can start the process of rearranging my work schedule. Well, my employer once again came through to help me out in this area, making the schedule changes necessary for my involvement in the project. Thanks. THE DAY FILMING START: It was early and exciting. This production company had a complete staff, which cover everything from make-up, wardrobe, camera staff, and coordinators at all functions of filming. From that initial opening day of filming , it went like clockwork through the entire filming of “Frank” ending at 10:15pm Saturday October 13th. At this point in the journey, only time will tell as to how this film will fare along the post production and screening process. All I can say now Is that it was great being a part of this film making and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Thank you Grant Larson Productions, LLC . , for letting me play a part in this film. Facebook Friends, this chapter isn’t over. I’ll be updating it as the post production process continues in the making of the movie, “Underground Railroad”. Well readers, I’m back this December 22, 2012 on the cuff of Christmas Eve, with the continuing journey of “The Journey to “There Are No Goodbyes” and “Beyond”. As I left off with the making of the movie, “Underground Railroad”, it is under Post-Production and that entails a lot of work. I’m told by both the executive producer (Tim Larson) and director/writer/actor(Tom Davies-Fox), that post-production is going very well. Once again, I will keep you informed as I get updates. Since filming with the “Underground Railroad” team I decided to make myself known on the new circuit circle of (want-to-be actors) by befriending a number of casting agencies and networking clubs. By doing this I found that there were announcements of casting call for upcoming films being posted by these groups. Very interesting! Now, I had a vehicle of promotion that I didn’t know was available on the network. I immediately went to work doing some personal introductions which led me to a casting call posting that landed me in a casting “Dinner Gala” in Pittsburgh’s William Penn Hotel in November for the upcoming feature film, “Foxcatcher”, starring Channin Tatum, Steve Carrel and Venessa Redgrave. That was exciting and a lot of work and it was the first time that I had been paid for any involvement in any movie. Well, this really opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities that may be out there so I quickly went into promotional mode. While doing this, I was asked to participate in a charitable Christmas play, “A Pirate’s Christmas Carol”, by “Theater On The Move”, a new theater group, which I accepted this opportunity to do something for a good cause seeing that I have been so fortunate thus far. While finishing up this play, I received notification from this casting agency asking me to apply to their agency for representation. I was jumping with joy at this because now I would have some help in my self-promotion, which by the way is a lot of work. The agency is “Collective Castings “ of Pittsburgh and you can check my new page address on FB. I have now updated my FB to reflect my current status and will continue on this journey log as things progress. Merry Christmas everyone and stay tuned for Chapter 6. I hope it will be as interesting as Chapter 5. Chapter 6 “There Are No Goodbyes” and Beyond. The Journey. Well, out with the old and in with the new. I’m talking about the year 2013. This year started good start for me and my family. Everyone was healthy and that was a Blessing. As the old year was ending, I was visiting the POW Network page of Facebook, for aspiring actors in the tri-state of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and saw a posting for casting auditions for an upcoming movie to be filmed in Morgantown, WV. I immediately sent an e-mail package containing all the required information. To my surprise, I heard back from the casting director in about a week. At the time, I was just finishing a play, “A Pirates Christmas Carol”, that you may remember from reading about in my chapter 5. This conflicted with the date of the auditions that were scheduled to be done in Morgantown, WV. I e-mailed the casting director back as to my commitment to this charitable Christmas Play that will conflict with his auditions and to my surprise, he e-mailed me back and said to let him know when the play was scheduled to end and he would reschedule auditions in Pittsburgh for myself and a few other actors with similar conflicts. When the play ended, I immediately e-mailed the director, and he said that he would be working with a casting agency out of Pittsburgh, that would arrange the dates and times of the auditions. By this time, the director and I had developed a bit of interest through him understanding my commitment to completing my Christmas project. With that we e-mailed back and forth creating and on-line communication which, I think put me in a good comfort zone with him. With that being said, he e-mailed me two scenes that I would be doing for the audition. The “Character” was that of a priest called, “Father Jones”. I had originally sought to audition for another character but the director thought that I should audition for the priest character based on the information that I sent him. Well, at this point in my journey, I’m not going to be choosey in any opportunity. This movie, I was told, was going to be a step for me which meant that this casting director was going to give some of us unknowns an opportunity to compete with some better actors for the support and principle roles of this new movie. This was a great opportunity. I immediately went to work on the character of “Father Jones”. I excluded television, radio, and any other distractions from my daily routine to absorb this character into my being. My date, time and place were January 11 at 12 noon at Nancy Mosser ‘s Casting Agency in Pittsburgh. It was Friday, January 11th and my day off. I was ready for this audition mentally and physically. I had prepared an outfit suited for a not so typical priest. You see, “Father Jones” is progressive in nature and appearance but strong in his conviction to his faith and comical in his outgoing nature. I arrived at the casting Agency at 10:30am. It was raining cats and dogs in Pittsburgh. I went to the door of the agency to see if it was open and a guy inside informed me that the doors would not be opened for auditions until 12 noon. At that, I went be to my car nervous but in character, to further prepare myself and to await my audition. The auditions were only scheduled from 12 noon until 3pm. That is why I allowed myself enough time to get there and prepare. At high noon, I walked into the agency, got my photo taken and filled out the proper paperwork. I was the first audition. The scene of the audition called for a female journalist to be with “Father Jones”. When the casting caller called for the actors, she took the girl in and left me out. She said that I would be next. Since I was prepared I didn’t think too much about it and waited my turn. It took about 10 maybe 15 minutes, which seemed like an eternity to me. And then the other actor came out and it was my turn. As I went in, I was introduced to the others present by the director, who we both could now put a physical face to our names, and was told to introduce my character and begin when ready. The panel consisting of the director, the Agency owner, an assistant of sorts, and the director that I was in contact with in getting to this point. They had their own journalist character that was to play a part in the scenes. At that, I gathered myself and went directly into one of the scenes. The first scene! As I went into the scene, the stand-in actor hesitated as she was fumbling through her script. Well, this immediately knocked the nervous edge off of me because I was prepared to go straight through with the timing intact. I was angered by the stumble of the other character but walked around her hesitation and we proceeded with no other flaws. The panel told me that it went fine and that they thought that I did a good job and they had seen enough. At that, I told them that I was prepared to do the second scene. I really wanted to do the second scene because it had a funny side and I could make up for the mistake of my partner from the first scene but they dismissed me saying that they didn’t need any more. I then thanked and shook hands with everyone on the panel for giving me this opportunity, and proceed to my car for the 2hour drive back to Erie. The audition took all of 15 minutes and I was pissed off that I couldn’t do the second scene. I drove all the way back to Erie in silence. Never turning the radio on the entire way home. When I arrive back home, I immediately sent Joe and company a thank you note to show my professional ism along with a comment on the second scene. The next week Joe e-mailed and told me that if I wanted to video the second scene and send it to him, I could. He also told me that he had gone on the website of our movie, “There Are No Goodbyes”, and watched the full trailer which he thought that I did a great job. At that, I told him since he had the audition tape plus our full trailer to review with the panel, videotaping the second scene wouldn’t matter much. He agreed and said that he would be in touch one way or the other. It is now January 26th and I’m still waiting to hear the results. This is all for now. It’s only the beginning of the year. I’ll keep you readers updated as this year progresses. Well friends, I’m back to continue on with this years’ chapter 6. Guess what, I got a call-back note from the casting agency for the movie on February 28th to contact them for another audition. I couldn’t responded sooner than I did. Yes, that means immediately, and I got an immediate response back giving me a new character (Wayne)and sides to prepare for the next audition. The next audition was scheduled for March 8th from 1:40pm to 1:50pm. Once again, I went into prep mode to develop this new character into me. I arrived in Pittsburgh to audition a second time for this different character early. I looked like a detective and I was ready. There were only a few auditioners there and my time came up quickly. I did the scene with Joe, one of the producers and the director and associates looking at the their monitor screen. After the scene, one of the directors asked me to try a different scene with a passive irritating mood with another participating character. He liked it. He said that he liked my natural manner. At that, the panel of viewers thanked me for coming and I thanked them for letting audition a second time, and left with a feeling of confidence that I had done the best that I could do. Now, it was all up to them and wait for their response. Time went by and I didn’t get a response so I sent Joe an e-mail to inquire whether or not I fared well at the audition enough to get casted. I found out through discussions with some actor’s group that this is a no no. You should never contact the casting directors. Let them contact you!!!! You have to have patience in this business and I’m going to have to learn to be a little more patient. On March 30th, I got an e-mail from Joe saying that they have a couple of small roles that they wanted to try me at, if I was interested. I was estatic! I didn’t care what the role was, I wanted to be a part of this film project. This means that the door has been cracked and just maybe, I’ll get some exposure to move to where I want to go. Yes!! Joe said that filming would start August 3 – September 13th. Well, this put me in a more relaxed mode and during the waiting period for a response, I had been asked to participate in an upcoming play being performed by “ALL AN ACT THEATRE PRODUCTIONS”. I had worked with this theatre group in “Of Mice and Men”, and I just love the directors, David W. Mitchel and Larry Lewis. So I jumped at this opportunity to help keep me in tune for any other future roles. Larry Lewis was to direct this upcoming play called, “The Sensuous Senator” by Michael Parker. I was asked to play a policeman in this hilarious farce of a comedy. Of course I accepted and we started rehearsals on April 1st, with the opening show to begin the first weekend of May 2013. Rehearsals for the play went well and the opening show was a success with the audience almost falling out of their seats. It went like that for the entire first weekend. The director and all of us had no idea that the play was going to go over that well and Larry Lewis, our director, wished that he had extended the show for another weekend. Unfortunately, Larry only scheduled the play for three weekends and not their normal four weeks schedule but still what a start to a good year. The last weekend of the “Sensuous Senator” play, I received my date for filming, the character (Wilson, a police officer) and the sides or script for the scene, from the casting director of Mountain Wind Production who was producing the film. August 16th was the day and I had plan to be there a day ahead of time. I contacted the director of this and they arranged for me to stay at the Hotel with them on the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown Wv. I arrived in Morgantown as schedule and were met by Joe and other casts members. We all went out to dinner and afterward I decided to go to be for a fresh start for the filming in the morning. Filming started early the next day and I was ready. They had me detailed to the 10th and I must say that I looked pretty good as a cop with as machine gun. Then came the surprise. Joe told me that he had to eliminate my script due to cost but that I would be used as a principle cast member. In other words, I would be seen and not heard. That didn’t set well with me but I was on set and I was going to do my best in whatever the scene would try to achieve. It was a good scene and I made my part look like I wasn’t taking any crap from anything or anyone. We were deep into the woods and it was early morning, misty. And I want you readers out there to know that when the scene was over hours later, I went down in a blaze of glory. And that’s all that I’m going to reveal at this point about the movie. Well, after lunch with Joe. the crew, casts and director, I bid them farewell with a thank you of appreciation, and went back to the hotel for my preparation for returning home. Arriving home late that night I summed up the year thus far as being pretty good for me as an actor doing things without a manager but by self-promotion only. Remember from my beginning chapters, I want to have fun with this and thus far it’s been fun. Now, during this same time period, auditions were announced by director Nicholas R. Kikola of All An Act Theatre, for the William Shakespeare’ s classic “MacBeth” which I had already auditioned for and had only found out about my being selected to play one of the Thanes just before my Morgantown WV project. I had never read any Shakespeare but reviewed some Youtube videos to familiarize myself with the Thane characters. This was going to be a challenge me and one that consisted of a great cast of local actors that I had never worked with. Nick, the director, had participated with me in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Me”, so we had a very good working relationship from the very start. I want to tell you guys that we only did six shows starting the weekend of September 13 and ending on the 22nd of September. That was the best acting theatrical experience that I’ve ever had the priviledge to be a part of. Simply a wonderful experience to be a part of. Its October now and this year has been has been great for me. What I didn’t tell you guys, was that I went into semi-retirement mode on July 1st to pursue my passion in acting/voiceovers and to get more involved in the arts and entertainment industry in this area. At this point with no other commitments, I decided to channel my energies with the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania being directed by my friend and mentor executive director John C. Lyons. John is also executive producer and owner of Lyons Den Production,LLC. , and the curator of the “Filming at the Art Museum Series” as well as the “Edinboro Film Series”. I’ve also taken the time to help now Judge but then Attorney Bob Sambroak with his TV commercial campaign as one of his voices in this past November’s election. As you’ve been following my FB post, you already know of my role with the Lyons Den Production in the movie, “There Are No Goodbyes”. I’ve been one of its promoters’ in full force. “There Are No Goodbyes” made its debut this year on the film circuit starting with the Athens Ohio Film and Video Festival on April 14 and the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in Mckees Rock, Pa. on June 16. And in July it went public for sale or rental on DVD. All is good for the movie out of Erie, Pa. If there was a flaw in this year’s journey, it was the breaking of my car windshield on the way home from the Anthens Ohio Film Festival, when a stone kicked up from a passing truck. It sure got the attention of John C. and his wife Dorota. On August 19th John C. Lyons asked me to help in introducing the Film Society of Northwestern Pa. to the public on an interview set with WSEE Television at the Bayfront Sheraton which was one of the film locations used in the making of his movie, “There Are No Goodbyes”. This really got the ball rolling for me. I’ve been a promoter in films in this area and in the production of filming in this area every since I’ve been a part of the Lyons Den Production Organization. Most recently, the final filming scenes, filmed in this area by Grant Larsen Production of their movie, “Underground Railroad” in which I played the role of Robert, a retired attorney. In November of this year I was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania with my emphasis’s focusing on marketing and promotion of film production in this area. And at that I want to conclude this chapter of my chapter 6 journey. For those of you who have taken the time to read the first 5 chapters, I hope that you’ve found them interesting, informative and educational. For me it has been fun. You may ask yourselves, “Will there be a chapter 7”? I’ll answer that with this comment. “There will always be another chapter, whether it is written or not”. Have a Merry Christmas and may the year 2014 bring each and every one you the Happiest of New Year. Frederick.

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