Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Two Miles Of Sharing

I can't think of a better way to fire up the blog again, than by sharing photos of today's extravaganza!  My son, having been invited to join Zach Bonner in finishing up his cross-country walk to raise awareness of homeless youth across America, put in his two miles of sharing.  Walking alongside young and old alike, the beautiful Santa Monica day was pristine, the perfect weather in which to get the word out.

Marching across pedestrian walkways in droves to Zach's destination on the Santa Monica pier, the group trekked one of America's cities wearing the highest rate of homelessness as a badge..

As Zach spoke, not full of self-aggrandizement of his own remarkable achievement, but of the statistics associated with homeless youth, one could not help but take note of the homeless individuals about the pier itself.

There they were, unassumingly present, mostly unaware of all of the hub-bub, involved in their own self-absorbed state of being.  The mayor gave a brief address, detailing several families of single women living in their cars, with their children.  Heartbreaking.

Zach's efforts have not gone unseen.  Corporations have aided in funding for various homeless measures nationwide, and Office Depot has generously gifted "ZachPacks" - backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, and the like, in an effort to put a tangible note on the streets that those who live there are acknowledged.

Congratulations, Zach!  The mere two miles we put in were but a drop in the bucket.  May the fruit of your labor be rewarded by greater knowledge of the need to intervene in this growing problem.

Friday, July 2, 2010

When Night Falls . . .

Grueling heat indexes; humidity to high heaven; dusky takes and reels . . . all of these my son, The Actor had accomplished with nary a complaint.  Last night was a first, however ~ filming in the inky black of night.

Crewmen and women, tugging and pulling on heavy equipment stood silently during takes, and moved with dexterity between them.  Crickets began their song, and baby frogs began hopping across the cement floors of the cityscape.

The cast moved between their places, to a makeshift seating arrangement; all illuminated by floodlights piercing the darkness.

What a process, this filmmaking!

Friday, June 18, 2010


We were scheduled for filming at the Riverwalk.  It was an especially steamy afternoon, and the crew set up a makeshift tent on the lawn overlooking the water, and the walk itself.  All the moms had taken up a seat on the cement staircase nearby, just below the actors and actresses seated under the canopy prepared for them.

Curious passersby soon began meandering through.

One particular woman stopped to inquire of all the goings-on.

She was told, clearly, as to what she was viewing, right down to the 'star power' of those she was looking at.  One little girl in particular held her keen interest.  That little girls' Momma had just finished detailing the daughter's latest resume' endeavor, a popular show on network television.

The stranger peered under the canopy with her hungry-to-see eyes.

Those eyes, growing wide, turned to us with amazement.  The woman spoke:  "Why you're RIGHT!  That is her!" 

 . . . as if we didn't know, or had somehow misspoken . . .



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Gang Takes Shape . . .

Eight days into filming, the gaggle of teenagers that comprise the cast have begun to show their true colors.  Friendships are being formed over on-set jokes du jour, and the close proximity in the hair and makeup trailer.

Perhaps the signature definition of the project thus far has been the remake of "Wanna Be A Billionaire" . . . so far, us parents have been innundated to such a degree that we can now sing the song in our sleep, and play the chords verbatim.  :)

So it goes . . .

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Grueling Work Week

The Actor engaged his trade under some intense conditions this past week.  Extreme and unseasonably hot and humid weather beat upon the cast and crew as they worked outside tirelessly to capture the scenes necessary; followed by a series of days wherein they stood for hours on their feet, with very few breaks, on concrete floors.  Nary a word of complaint was heard from any of them - it was great to see such a fantastic work ethic from them all!

It was also Dad's first time on set, as he took my place at the close of the week, experiencing first hand the detail and nuance of what it means to be behind the scenes in the production of a movie.  All in all, we couldn't be more thrilled with the professionalism of the production company, the hard-working crew, and the noble character of the cast.

Here are a few snapshots from the week!  Enjoy!  :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

One Project Begins, As Another Is About To Release!

What an exciting way to start off the Summer of 2010:  beginning work on a new movie project, on the cusp of last summer's efforts about to be released!  Don't miss this flick!  It's going to be a fantastic show!  Coming soon to a theatre near you!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Warehouses, Wood, and Work

What do you get when you combine the three items listed in this blog title?  You get The Actor and his fam, on location, ready to put forth some cinematic effort!  :D

We arrived yesterday to discover some very comfortable accommodations waiting for us.  I might just be in a photographers heaven, there is so much architecture and character to the area!  See for yourself:

The courtyard of this warehouse-turned-condominium building is a sprawling area, with many quiet nooks.  Some reserved for outdoor entertainment; some for quiet reflection; some for simply enjoying nature . . . the privacy afforded here is an urban-dwellers dream!

Even the feral cats think so, as they slink out into the open areas to steal away food left for them by renters and homeowners.  This sly sire of a cat thought he was watching us undetected, hidden away in the lirirope . . . but we knew he was there!

Of course, there was plenty of evidence to remind us we were in the heart of the city!  Such as the water tower, which loomed large above the courtyard, it's tall, lanky legs being hidden by the landscaped trees and shrubbery:

And, who can forget the night time city scape that is always mesmerizing from the top floor:

All the outdoor amenities and visuals are certainly wonderful . . . but indoors?  Oh. my!  

Today on tap?  Wardrobe, rehearsals, and meeting the others!  It's going to be a grand day!  :D

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ramping Up . . .

The Actor just received the request from The Wardrobe Department for his measurements ~ I'm almost afraid to pull out the tape measure, lest I find my little boy has grown even more!

Also, the preliminary schedule has landed in the inbox.  Not too many days hence, we'll be On Location!

WoooHooo!!  :D

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Good News, Bad News Game

The completed project my son, The Actor, filmed in the first quarter of this year has successfully rolled out onto the television screens of multitudes in the past four weeks.  The experience was a unique one, as it was our first step into the ratings game, and all that comes with being a project for a major network.

I think it goes without saying that anyone associated with a project would like to see said project move forward, as it means employment, and a finished product that can lead to other things.  However, as the Big TV Network Execs would have it, The TV Show is not returning for a second season.  We received this news after hanging in the balance in this wise ~ only four of the six episodes were shown.  The window of :thumbsup: opportunity slim as the edge of a dime.

Reviews.  The good, the bad, the ugly.
The numbers.  High.
The Ratings.  Low.
The Cast.  Involved with their fans via internet in a manner, the likes of which I had never seen before.

In the end, no dice for a second season.  We officially received this news on Monday.

Now, The Actor is a solid child, one capable of great feats of emotional maturity during a season of life that can be labeled turbulent for many.  When he received the news, his disappointment was present, yes . . . but so was his presence of mind to move on, move forward, let it be.

I find this so amazingly lovable about him.

So it was that we began Tuesday with a fresh slate.  A new horizon stood before us.  What manner of project would now paint the platform?  On tap:  an audition for tape, a pilot.  Only . . . The Actor was uncharacteristically under the weather.  

We bided time and tylenol, in hopes that he'd revive with enough energy to produce a tape worthy of the project.  The day waned long, and it appeared as though we'd have to arise early in the morning to complete the task.

Not so fast, said the ringing phone, after supper.  Team Israel was calling, and the news was good!

The Actor has booked a film, we're happy to report ~ and it will be shooting practically in our back yard!  New Orleans bound, the news is as a river of water in a dry place, the shadow of a rock in a weary land.

When one door closes, another opens.

Celebrate with us!  :D

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Worth Their Weight In Gold

Acting Coaches.

Acting Coach.


Our Favorite Acting Coach.

We need him.  He fills a vital role in the audition process, and relieves the parental unit any undo stress and strain within the parent/child relationship.

You know ~ the age old dynamic of one's child listens better to someone else than the parent?  It operates even within the bounds of putting an audition on tape.

As the Mom, wearing multiple hats comes naturally, however, some hats are best left to a professional.  In the entertainment industry, that's how it should be:  the Acting Coach coaches the Actor, the Mom drives.    Case in point:

Thanks, Patrick!   We love you (and miss you!)   :D

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sensational Sixth Grade

Sixth grade marked a turning point for my son.  It was the year our family began homeschooling in earnest.  Sure, his older sister had homeschooled her senior year of high school - but that was different.  This?  This change to the schedule was prompted by various reasons, brought to the forefront by Hurricane Katrina.

Little did we know, those years ago, that the decision to home educate would be such a benefit to our family's forward motion to come.  Without the flexibility provided by homeschooling, we'd be sitting ducks in this industry.

Yet, elementary school held alot of pleasant, memories for my boy.  So, when the opportunity to give back, and reconnect came along, he was all over it with joy.

Here are photos from a recent book signing at West Wortham Elementary school ~ my son donated a copy of the novel upon which his upcoming movie is based.  Then, he gave a presentation about what it is like to work as a thespian, and the importance of reading.

Here, he is educating the class about scripts, and how they are read and written differently.  He directed this set of children in a small scene from the movie.

Ready for some Q & A ~

Handwritten notes with an autograph!

Some favorite and past teachers:  The Librarian, Mrs. Debbie; Gifted Class, Mrs. Trigg; and Third Grade, Mrs. Martin:

The event was enjoyable for everyone!

Monday, April 12, 2010

For Posterity's Sake

What a thrill it was to see my son, plastered all over the front page of the local newspaper!  Since the online version of the article will disappear for all but subscribers in a couple of days, I've decided to keep a copy here, on My Son, The Actor.  :)

All text to come, Copyright the Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS:
Southern star

Saucier teen’s sitcom, movie ready to premiere

 - rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

SAUCIER — When he’s not chillin’ with friends or playing paintball in the piney woods of Saucier, Israel Broussard is hangin’ in Hollywood with actors and meeting teen hearthrobs.
The contrasting lifestyle is like a roller-coaster ride for the 15-year-old South Mississippi native. His rural neighborhood’s so quiet you can hear the birds sing and the crickets chirp. It’s no longer unusual for a limousine to pick up the budding actor for a flight that lands him in the hustle, bustle and glamour of Los Angeles.
“It’s been way cool,” said Israel.
The teen with tousled hair and boy-next-door good looks is here at home with his family now, awaiting the releases of his latest acting jobs in a television situation-comedy and a movie directed by Rob Reiner.
He has a recurring role in “Romantically Challenged,” an ABC sitcom that debuts at 8:30 p.m. on April 19. The star is Alyssa Milano from “Charmed,” a long-running television series. The movie, “Flipped,” premieres in September.
In the sitcom, Israel plays Milano’s son, Justin. Six episodes have been filmed and he’s in two of them, including the first episode.
“If the audience likes it, I’ll be a season regular,” he said.

In a visit at Israel’s home this week, he was barefooted and wore jeans and a My Chemical Romance T-shirt. He likes rock music and posting messages on Facebook and just-for-fun videos on YouTube. He says his 2-year-old brother, Keller, “always steals the show” on the videos. Israel doesn’t seem to mind.

Israel, his mom and younger brother went to Los Angeles in January to tape the pilot for the sitcom. They rented two rooms in a home owned by an actress.
It’s his first appearance in a television show and it’s filmed before a live audience. The first day on the set, he didn’t know what to expect and the crew was too busy to tell him. He was handed a page of lines and told to memorize it in 30 minutes. He did and felt good about how it turned out.
The second day, he moved about during filming and accidentally hit Milano. She flinched but stayed in character.
“I felt bad about it,” Israel said, “but she’s just amazing. I’m learning a lot by working with adults who have a lot of acting experience. One take is all you get when it’s recorded live.”

Israel has a supporting role in “Flipped.” The movie is about friends with opposite personalities who have feelings for each other. It’s set in the late-50s to mid-60s and was filmed in Ann Arbor, Mich. Israel plays Garrett, best friend of the lead male character.

Israel said he knew he was in the right place when he drove up on the set the first day of filming. He saw a big truck with “Meathead” printed on the side. Israel recognized actor-director-producer Rob Reiner’s nickname from “All In The Family,” which debuted 15 years before Israel was born. Israel plans to be in Hollywood for the movie’s premiere.

“I love Hollywood, but after about a month of being away, I miss it here,” Israel said. “They have no trees or lakes. They have dry mountains and freeways.”
Israel likes both lifestyles but hates home schooling. It stunts his social life, he says, though he realizes it’s the only way he can pursue an acting career without uprooting his family.  His mother, Angela, put aside her Mary Kay cosmetics business to be a full-time homemaker, tutor and chaperone for Israel’s business trips.
She and Keller travel with him. Their longest trip so far lasted six months. His father, Gil, a computer programmer for Hancock Bank, stays home with Aubrey, Israel’s 17-year-old sister.

Israel is one of seven siblings. Four of them are adults who’ve left home. His family shares a large mobile home across the road from Riverline Lake. Their wooded backyard is perfect for paintball.

Israel became an actor by a stroke of luck. He tagged along to community theater productions with Aubrey. At 12-years-old, Israel performed in “The Miracle Worker” in Biloxi and “To Kill A Mocking Bird” in Gulfport.

In late 2007, his sister heard about a talent agency’s visit to Biloxi. She wanted to try out for a role on the television series, “Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Israel auditioned, too. His sister didn’t get the part, but a talent agent signed him up for possible acting jobs.

“That was the hardest night of my life,” said Israel. “I hated it for my sister.”

A commercial he made for Walmart in 2008 is still airing. He’s the guy holding a laptop computer.
“Twelve hours for two seconds on screen,” Israel said, “but it was worth it.”

He then filmed a commercial for ABC’s “Opportunity Knocks” reality game show and played the lead role in “Flyboy,” an animated/real-life short film not yet released.

In 2009, Israel spent five weeks filming “Flipped,” his first movie.

In one scene, his lines were a tongue-twister and he had to speak while walking through a crowded school hallway without bumping into others. “It took 20 takes for me to get it right,” he said. “I felt bad about taking up everybody’s time.”  Months later, Rob Reiner took him aside and showed him the clip. Israel’s mother said Reiner wanted to reassure him it’s the finished product that matters.

Israel has attended two invitation-only fundraisers for celebrities. They introduced him to experienced young actors, including Kyle Massey from “That’s So Raven” and “Corey in the House.”

At two auditions, Israel was one of two actors in the final round. One was for the role of the son in CBS’s “The Good Wife.” The other was to portray actor Ashton Kutcher as a young teen. The other guy was selected both times.

But one of those directors told Israel he “glowed the room” with his audition.

“That was worth the experience,” Israel’s mother said.

With professional work to his credit, he’s now able to study scripts and tape auditions at home and send them to agents via the Internet.

“I don’t look at it as competition,” Israel said. “If they like me, they will hire me. If they don’t, another part will come along. It’s hard work when the filming starts, but I really enjoy it. I’m having fun.”

SunHerald Photographer:  Amanda McCoy

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Celebrating Other's Milestones

My son was showered and ready to go in fifteen minutes flat ~ a record, really.  It came at the close of a busy, whirlwind kind of day, one that culminated in a social event that was sure to please.

And please it did.

We arrived at the posh digs with the multitude, all seeking a place within at the various functions that were going on.  Navigating our way through the myriad of hallways and foyers, we finally found our destination, and the reason why we were there.

The Vocalist had released an album.  A teen songbird, celebrating alongside his production team and musicians.  There were plenty of folks out to celebrate with him.

Among those present, were familiar faces:

The Manager, and the Management Team:

Friends known . . .

 . . . and friends found new . . .

One thing was quite certain.  My son, The Actor, had a very, very good time!

In two weeks, The Vocalists' album will be released at Wal-Mart stores nationwide!  Stay tuned for news on "Whatever You Need"!
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