Batman in a Red Snowsuit

You think about your costume for months before the big night. You finally decide on Batman. You have to convince your Mom not to sew you a costume but to buy the real one from the store. She does. You try it on the night before. You really look like Batman. You wear it to bed. Halloween day you arrive at school as Batman. Thirteen other kids are wearing the exact same costume. But that’s OK. This is only a dress rehearsal. Tonight you will hit the streets of Gotham armed with a flashlight. You can’t wait.

You get home and prepare for nightfall. The sky darkens. You mount up. Your sister looks silly in full ballerina attire. But you aren’t going with your sister. Wait. What? Your mother insists you’re going with your sister. This does not help the Batman persona. Fine. Just as you are about to leave, your mother tells you it is freezing out there and hands you a winter jacket. You protest that your costume will be jeopardized. It’s no use. She is zipping you up and covering your glory. Your black leggings and mask are all that is visible to the eye. You never pictured Batman in a red snowsuit. You knock on your neighbour’s door and hear the words you never want to hear on Halloween, “And what are you?”
“Batman”, you mumble under your breath.

You arrive home 2 hours later with a pillow case full of A1 Contraband. You will spend the next 6 days devouring 4 months worth of candy. Life is good.

Why I Am Taking My Kids Trick-or-Treating

I have friends who avoid Halloween because of its roots in the occult. For a while, they managed to convince me that I should avoid this night of devilish revelry as well. Indeed, I have spent a few Halloween nights hiding in my kitchen for fear of the 6-year old knocking at my door.

But turning off all the lights and hiding in my own home felt wrong. This is the only time in the year where all the families in my neighbourhood are out meeting one another. Is this the time I should be hiding?

What about the whole occult thing? As a Christian, isn’t it wrong for me to partake in something whose origins are in the occult? Here’s a thought:

It’s wrong to do anything that violates your conscience. That is the compass God gave you to navigate your way through life. But I’m pretty sure that if you dig deep enough, everything has its roots in the occult. Perhaps the electric guitar was invented for devil worship. Maybe curtains were first used to block out the light so vampires could romp around the living room. Maybe the knife in my kitchen was designed to be a murderous weapon… so what? I use it for slicing bread. And I’m not going to throw it away. Kids in Halloween costumes are happy because they get to dress up and eat candy. That’s it.

If going out for Halloween would violate your conscience- leave your lights off. I’m going trick-or-treating. And I promise not to toilet paper your house ;o)

To Slap

I am in the middle of watching the movie Sideways. Paul Giamatti is amazing. I just realized something. Everything I need to be a great actor is in the eyes of my scene partner. Its all there. Watching, listening, believing what they say, not believing what they say…

Two weeks ago I had an audition for a new television series. The casting breakdown stated that the Producers and Director would be present. Yikes. That always unsettles me.  But I made up my mind that I was walking into that room thinking about one person. Not the producer. Not the director. Not the casting director. The one person I need to focus on… is the reader. That seemingly insignificant person reading the lines. I need to MESS WITH THEM! I need to move them. To listen to them. To challenge them. That is my goal. So I walked into the room and instead of being intimidated by the panel behind the desk, I was totally focused on the most important person in the room, the reader. My goal in an audition is to disturb, startle, disrupt, break, woo, slap, sting, stab, offend, love, and win the heart of the reader.

It was a great audition. I didn’t get the part. Rejection is part of the journey.

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