Just a Quick One!

Hey guys!

It’s rather late, but I haven’t posted in a while and I really wanted to throw this one out there:

If you’d like more day-to-day updates, it’s best to follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@mrbradleyp).
The format just allows for me to post quick updates in my life without having to sit down for half an hour and write a full blog post.

Make no mistake, I’ll still be posting here! But if you’d like to hear more from me, it’s okay to get social! :)

Catch you in the morning!
-Brad

The End of Childhood.

It’s a scary thought, but things are going to change.

Things are changing every day, from the position of the Earth’s tectonic plates, to the rise and fall of the tides, to the way in which each one of us has to view the world. And really, I’ve been running from that. Psychologically speaking, the mind likes an equilibrium, a state of non-change, of peace. The thing is, that isn’t going to happen unless you’re complacent and happy with being led through life instead of leading your life.

So how do we keep changing?

We recognize that it’s necessary.

Puberty is a rough time for everyone, growing taller and wider, starting to discover yourself sexually. It’s so rough and awkward that even talking about it I feel like a creep. Yeesh. But really, we all get through it. Think of the “college years” as a second puberty, the time at which we start to grow into adults mentally and emotionally. It’s even harder to deal with this time, isn’t it? Now we’ve got so many new things coming at us, and we need to adapt more quickly. We need to support ourselves financially, we need to get ourselves up for that job we don’t want because it leads to the job we do want. We have to exercise, eat right, save money, find a future spouse if we want a family someday (it’s not like there’s endless time on that issue). And all of those things can be terrifying sometimes. They scare the Hell out of me sometimes!

…But you know… I kind of like having some of those things that I have. I have a really great girl in my life, and the future with a family doesn’t scare me anymore. The future scares me, but the parts with a wife and my family don’t. It’s not a feeling of being smitten, it’s just the truth: I am not scared of the parts in my life that will involve my plans for a family someday. I’ve realized that that thought isn’t one that scares me.

And exercise? Eating right? Those are things I can start right now, things I have already half-heartedly begun. It’s crazy to say that I’m scared to do those things now, because I know I can do them now. I’m already doing them! I know that I can manage that responsibility on my own right now.

Hell, I’m even getting up at 6:30 half the time now. That’s halfway there, halfway to my goal of waking up at a decent hour each day. There’s no need to fear the responsibility of that, or fear failing that goal. I’ve already accomplished it on quite a few days, enough that I can see a pattern of when and why I fail to wake up at that decent hour.

So what really even has a right to bother me right now? Sure, I can say that my finances aren’t in order. And I don’t have a job right now, just a long-term career path in a job that won’t pay off anytime soon (aka acting…try to keep up :) ). Now those two really are scary to look at for me, but it’s only two of six major things that used to scare me. More than half my work’s begun, and I can certainly do the rest. It’s going to hurt a lot taking those first couple of steps, but the pain will subside when I keep going towards it all.

Things are going to change. But they only change the way I want if I take the first steps.

-Brad

On the Set of “Rusty Fish”!

Hey guys! What’s happening? :)

I’m now starring in a short film called Rusty Fish! This project in particular is really exciting to me because I’m working with an amazing cast and crew, some of whom I even recognize from projects I’ve enjoyed watching! Livvy Stubenrauch is playing my little sister, and she was the voice of Little Anna in Frozen, Jin Namkung is playing my best friend, and he was in the most recent season of Arrested Development, and the Director of Photography is Brandon Mastrippolito whose credits include Modern Family, Veronica Mars, and Spider-Man! Needless to say, I’m excited to be a part of such a great team!

So far we’ve finished two days of filming, and it looks beautiful. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

To find out more about the film, you can check it out on Facebook!

I’ll talk to you all soon!

-Brad

Behind the Scenes!

In November, I spent my first time as a PA on set. For those who don’t know what that position is, he’s basically coffee-and-odd-errands boy. Any set can technically get by without a PA, but having one or more can make things move faster and more smoothly.

I ran out to get actors’ coffee. I played the lead’s hands in a few close-ups. I ran all the way to Staples, then OfficeMax, then a random print shop just to find the right kind of printer cartridge. I ran food and coffee upstairs to the crew every five minutes for ten hours. I carried metal chairs and tables, c-stands, sandbags, extension cords, and other pieces of heavy equipment from a truck two blocks away until it was empty, then I filled it again at the end of each night. I had no idea what I was doing, and yet I did just about everything I was qualified to do on that set, except act in the film itself.

So why would an actor seek out a position behind the camera?

You need to learn to respect every position on set. Every position. That, and now a producer out there knows how reliable and hardworking I am, which is a great thing to know about an actor when you cast them. Who knows, maybe she’ll cast me in an Oscar-winning role someday. Or maybe she’ll never give me an opportunity to act in a project. Either way, I’m still proud of how far I went to make sure the little things got done before they even crossed her mind. I can’t thank her enough, and I’d happily PA again for her anytime, whether it ever leads to acting or not.

It’s good to feel proud of yourself for something else once in a while. :)

-Brad

2014.

Last year, right around October, a lot of new things started happening for me. A perspective that I had been keeping for a long time started to crack and crumble, I learned new marketing methods for how to get in touch with people I want to work with, and on top of that, I started receiving payment for my acting occasionally. These changes have all come at once, and a lot of this past month has been spent trying to adjust to them.

For instance, I recently got my letter confirming my SAG Eligibility. Which is great news! It is!

But with it, there can be so many more questions and decisions! When do I join, what do I do until then, what do I do afterwards, do I need representation first, does this SAG card make my butt look big? It’s comically overwhelming most of the time, and although I’ve made most of those decisions and answered most of those questions, everyone still has an opinion on the matter. It’s not easy to stick to what feels right for you when everyone else has so much to say on the subject. But, for the meantime, I’m maintaining my “eligible” status until it becomes a hinderance.

Right now things are a bit hectic too. Specifically because, well, I’m in a hotel room in Salt Lake City. I’m on my way to Grand Junction, Colorado for the premiere of One Step Behind, the short film that helped me earn my eligibility back in October! I’ve never been to a festival before, and I’m not sure what to expect right now. I’m more curious than nervous, so it’s going to be fun! :)

Things have been changing though, that’s for sure. 21 is a good age for figuring out who you are, but all I know for certain is that I’m not the same. And I can’t go back, not happily.

It’s time to head out, so I kind of want to end on a quote that’s very dear to me, one that I get reminded of each year at this time.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

-Brad