How #Showbusiness is Like #CandyCrushSaga

364254066_640We play it so much we find it hard to sleep at night without getting to the next level. It’s the most successful mobile app of all-time, and people have even been diagnosed as clinically addicted to it: CANDY CRUSH SAGA. I was thinking about this last night in my delirium at 3;00 in the morning because, come to think of it, show business is a lot like the popular candy app. In this business, like the game, some levels are going to seem easier than others. There will be times when we as actors book one gig after another just like going up the levels in Candy Crush. There will also be times when we’ll need a little nudge from friends and family to give us extra lives in order to move to the next stage, there will also be those damned people in the game that are like the gosh-darn chocolate fudge that smother your dreams and try to keep you from your goals. You can’t get to the next level by not meeting the task at hand. If the game wants you to “clear all the jelly” or “move all the ingredients to the bottom,” why would you waste your time trying to just match the same colors together?

We have to remember the objective of our personal journeys and what we need to do to meet our goals. Eventually, we will get to the next level, but occasionally, we’ll be stuck on the same level for months (seriously, I was stuck on level 65 for 4 months.) Not working sucks, but it’s the nature of the beast.  Dry spells are going to happen in this business, but with hard work and determination, along with some concentration and a little help from our friends, we will persevere and make it. No matter what your goal is in this business, it’s all attainable. Everyone’s Candy Crush Saga/Show biz journey is different. Embrace it.  Hopefully this post made sense. It totally made sense in my head. If you play Candy Crush, think about the parallels for a minute. Now if I could only get past Level 76…

The De-Stress Show That’s #TooCute to Handle

After Monday ends, and the stress of the work week starts, you got to come home and relax.  What better way to relieve your frustrations than watching adorable animals? Especially baby animals. There’s a show I discovered on Netflix Instant last night and I’m currently binge-watching the cuteness that unfolds. Animal Planet’s Too Cute is just what the name implies. It also features puppies and kittens of various breeds during the first 10 weeks of their lives…and it’s ADORABLE. I’ve been spending the entire time going, “Gah!!!!!! Awwww!! Sooo cute!” at the screen. I never knew there were so many breeds of cats and dogs. Thanks to the awesome narrator they have in veteran actor Henry Strozier, it’s fascinatingly educational too. Plus, it’s really entertaining to hear him say really corny dialogue.  It’s the perfect show to relax with in the evening. So go watch some cuteness.

Fun Fact: The show’s narrator,Henry Strozier, is famous for playing the  cranberry farmer in the “Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice” commercials. He is also a narrator for PBS  including  and the show”1900 House.”