Friday, February 8, 2008

Shakespeare, a Teachers Pride, and long Acronyms

Do you ever look at your life, see how amazing it is, and then wonder why your head feels like it's going to explode? That's how I've been feeling for the past month, but especially for the last week. I guess there's just a lot going on in my life right now. It's a matter of, not to much of a good thing, but too many good things. Between 19 credits at school, 25 hours of work a week, a play opening, while starting rehearsal for another, preparing for KCACTF next week, and finding precious time to spend with my girlfriend, I'm totally burnt out! I've been running on about four hours of sleep for the last two weeks and it's taking a toll. Don't thing that I'm complaining, because I'm not. My life rocks the hizzouse. There's just so much rocking that I'm getting a headache. After next week I should be able to catch my breath. As You Like it will have closed, and ACTF will be finished. I'll still have rehearsal for a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, but I don't think that is going to keep me insanely busy. There is hope on the horizon.

As You Like it is going really well. This is only the second Shakespeare that I've ever done, and the first since High School, but it's going really well. I've received a lot of positive feedback for my character, and I feel better and better about it every night. They put me in tights again, so that could explain the positive feedback. I guess they've gotta sell tickets somehow. *wink*

I'm really excited for KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) next week. We're headed to California to compete for the Irene Ryan Award, participate in countless classes, and workshops, network with other actors, watch some good plays, and just have a good ol' time. Last year was a blast. I'm sure this year will be just as awesome.

As a random side note school is going pretty well, I'm doing a fairly good job of staying caught up in my classes, but some teachers can be really lame. I was trying to tell my political science teacher that I was going to be gone next week to find out what I needed to do and he told me that I needed to talk to him in is office. When I asked him what his office hours were he told me that they were posted on his website. And I know it's not a big deal, but was really that hard for him to say, "From 11:00 - 3:00"? No, it wasn't, but he is the teacher so he can. That's all. That's my rant.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Life Thus Far: An Intro to my Blog

I've never had a 'blog' before. Unless you count a blog a cheese or something. So, I'm pretty excited to have this thing up and running. I don't know what I'll be writing about, or how often I'll be writing. I kind of imagine this as a sort of online journal. Nobody even knows I have this yet... so I don't imagine too many people will be reading this. If you do happen to stumble across this page please don't take anything you read too seriously, and don't judge me because I have terrible grammar. I love to write, but I just can't remember all the rules.

Anywho, you have found my blog. My name is Travis, and I am an actor. (Someday I'm going to say that in the openings of the SAG awards.) Reall I am though, an actor. It took me a long time to work up the guts to tell people that acting is what I really want to do with my life. You get a lot of strange looks, followed by "what else do you like to do?" when you tell people you want to act. But I love it, acting is my dream and I told myself long ago that I would do my best to live my life with no regrets. If I didn't at least try to become an actor, I would spend the rest of my life wishing I had. And that doesn't sound like much fun at all.

There are a few things I love besides acting. I love my family. I love my wonderful wonderful, most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful girlfriend. I love God and His gospel. I also love (but on a different level) the rain, minesweeper, music, guitar hero, the lake, fudge, laughing, popcorn, and back rubs.

My life now consists of school, work, acting, my girlfriend, and church. I'm incredibly busy. (Too busy I'd say.) But most of the time I'm happy about it. I like having a full plate, and I hate being bored.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll write more soon.