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Camp Nano

So a month ago a friend of mine announced they were doing Camp Nano and I was interested in participating myself. A few short minutes later I had created an account and signed up to do it too!

Right now I'm writing a play that I actually started back in college, but left it unfinished, due to being inspired to write a different play at the same time as well as having a bit of a writer's block in trying to think of what could happen next. However when I looked over it I got inspired to finish it and I also got to thinking how did I ever come up with this idea!?! It was amusing to read and reinvigorated my passion to write and continue it.

The plot of this play is kind of like Revolution but with a hint of comedy and doesn't focus on panic or chaos but more so how would a family adapt to no technology. So this isn't a new but it's my take and I look forward to seeing how it ends up. Who knows maybe I'll do a stage reading of it when I'm done to get a good read of it.

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Transformation

It's been a couple months since I've updated here.

I'd like to think the year is getting off to a great start, I've put up my website (www.whoismarkdrum.com), I'm dancing in a showcase at Alvin Ailey, I'm attending this year's Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C., and I'm relearning my native language.

Change is never easy and doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and I'm continuing to make the positive changes I want in my life. I can say I'm learning from experiences whether it was good or bad, I can admit when I'm at fault or was wrong and I'm just overall trying to be happy.

Isn't that what everyone wants? To be happy?

I can say that I'm keeping up with my resolutions and continuing to find more reasons why I love where I am. The next few months I've filled my calendar with events and I've even scheduled a little vacation in between! However I'm still pursuing acting and I say that I'm a blogger but I haven't blogged much. So hopefully more post will come to fruition and I'll continue to share my story to those who want to read.

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My website!

I finally decided that this year would be the year I would put my professional website up. It will house my acting and photography stuff.

I'll still use this to blog and to post photos too.

But I'm glad that I'm getting my resolutions for this year in motion.

Progress, slowly but surely!

Check it out

www.whoismarkdrum.com

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Opportunities Abound

It's a new month and I'm really excited because I've just been working hard to pursue what I love and it's slowly coming together.

I'm part of an AMAZING organization, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and this year I've finally paid my dues (literally) to become a professional member. I had been a part of the organization through the International Thespian Society as a Junior Thespian (Troupe #88331) and Thespian (#Troupe 6513). Now living in New York, I've been asked by the Chapter Directors of the state to be the new Student Thespian Officer (STO) Coordinator. Which I was thrilled to have been asked and honored to have been consider. I of course humbly accepted and now I'm getting to work with a great group of kids. Though I'm still relatively new to the role, I have plenty of leadership experience and hope that I can make an impact.

Also with the organization, since the National Festival, held every year at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, I've been making a push to reach out to other state festivals/conferences to help out. I'm happy to say that I'll be getting to go to the Georgia Thespian Conference in February to teach Beginning Hip Hop. I'm really excited for the opportunity and it'll be my first time visiting the GA Thespian Conference. Hopefully this will be the beginning of more to come! Here's a link of me dancing during a Hip Hop Class at Alvin Ailey taught by David Terry to see my moves.

I also had the privilege last month to help out with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids annual Flea Market. It was great getting to be a part of the event and help out! So many theatre goers at the event supporting the cause! Here's a pic from the event, where I was at the EdTA table along with this year's International Thespian Officers (ITO)

Last month I made my debut on a New York Theatre at The Flea Theatre performing in #serials@theflea in a show called, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dragon," by A.J. Ditty. The best part of doing it was the show was selected to come back this month and I'll get to perform with it (hopefully) in two weeks. It just needs to survive this next week and I have a good feeling it will! The writing and the cast has been great! Plus the audience has been very receptive and loving it! However it will have to place in the top three against four other shows!



I've also been cast in another Flea Production in The Cutthroat Series: Grand Guignol Duels - Night Terrors in the show "The Blind." I'm excited for another great opportunity with this theatre community. I look forward to the rehearsals and the experience! 

Besides my theatre involvements, I've finished another year of blogging as a freelance writer for CBS Detroit for the show Big Brother. Now that it's been announced for two more season, only continues to fuel my desire to be on the show! But I'm thankful for the opportunity that I've had to write and even though I'm not getting paid for it, I'm doing it for the experience. Plus the byline isn't so bad as well as the exposure I've gotten. I love reading the comments (both positive, negative and random) as well as emails from fans of the show. I get into weekly conversations with a friend of mine who now lives in Canada about the show! Check out all my articles on CBS Detroit!

My job has been good too! I've been giving the opportunity to train the new hires as they start with the company. It's always great being able to mentor and resource for my new co-workers. Plus I'm thankful my job has been able to work with my passions of acting and be able to have a "survival job" and do what I love. 

This weekend I head back to Michigan (or home you could say) to be the photographer for a friend's wedding. I am honored and excited for this opportunity. This will be my third wedding I'll be photographing. I'm just hoping the rain won't be an issue as this will be my first outdoor wedding I'll be doing, but rain or shine I will be capturing the moments! I look forward to the challenge!



My "Dear Anonymous," post was very therapeutic and much needed. I was finally able to get all the emotions I wanted to get out. But it's shown me that it's ok to make mistakes, friends come and go as well as you can lose touch with some but then pick up where you left off. Ironically after I wrote that post I looked over it and thought, "Man this sounds like a good monologue," and laughed.

But keeping up with my New Year's Resolution, to always stay positive which hasn't been easy however many of my coworkers are annoyed with my positivity so I must be doing something right! 

All in all, NYC was the right decision. I may be working my butt off, but I know that with determination, drive and passion I can achieve my goals and dreams. Though it may be in a different form, I take all the experiences and learn something from them. Again trying to stay positive. Who wants to be sad and negative? I know I don't!

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Auditions in NYC

So there was one resolution that I know I should have included, but I see this as more of a life goal than just a year resolution. You could honestly say that resolutions shouldn't just be a yearly thing but a lifelong betterment of oneself right?!

Anyways a goal of mine is to work on Broadway and be hopefully one day (sooner rather than later) be part of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Now there was a really great article I just found from Backstage that explains how to join AEA.

Then there is another caveat, trying to find out the auditions.

With social media I feel like it should be easier right? WRONG! I look at the linsk and some are for different states or they're looking for "EQUITY/AEA" members and/or I just don't fit what they're casting for.

A friend of mine has said they've even still submitted their stuff for shows that call for EQUITY people only. However for me, I feel like that's some sort of taboo or they'll just throw it out the pile when they see my resume and it doesn't say I'm a EQUITY person or even an EMC (Equity Membership Candidate).

Which then lies the issue of auditions. Do I do what my friend does and submit my headshot/resume too? Do I sacrifice my time to wait in the lines with everyone else who may not be union and give it a shot?

My inner child voice says, "YES!"
But the logical adult voice says, "No!"

And I feel conflicted. However it's a new year and I know I can't get a role without auditioning or even just getting a chance to show my stuff.

I'm just rambling....
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tl;dr
I want to be a Professional Actor that is a part of AEA & SAG-AFTRA. Auditions stress me out. I will be auditioning for anything and everything I can. New Year, New Opportunities!

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Day 299

It's been a few weeks and I can't believe that I've already been in living in New York for a little over two months!

Learning a lot about myself and trying to live the dream.


Adrian Wilson (look him up on Google+) did an awesome event at the Apple Store in SoHo last week and from it just reignited my fuel to continue to do what I love. But it also got me to thinking that I should blog more. Since I call myself a blogger, I should be doing more of that! Also I love to take pictures and I'll start posting more photos here as well!


My family came to visit to see how I was doing in the city and while visiting we took a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. While on the ferry, I took this show of NYC! 



I've been trying to find some Filipino food in the city and luckily I have found three places! With the help of my co-worker back home and my own search, I was able to find them. 

Maharlika & Jeepney are sister restaurants and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The selections are great and their menus vary from lunch and dinner. 

My lunch when my family came into town! 
If there was a fast food restaurant that I would go daily and feel no regret it would be Jollibee! It's a Filipino company! It's the Philippine's version of McDonald's but even better! They have a burger, chicken and pasta menu. Plus something new that I discovered they serve SPAM sliders!

Located in Queens, NY - worth the trip!



So the new Pokemon X & Y games came out and I'm a fan of the series since it's introduction back in 1998! The game is really fun and it continues to challenge me. However just like every time I play the series, I get bored after beating the Elite Four. Even though there are more fun things to do after, I just get bored and move on. We'll see how long it takes for me to get bored with this series. After four days I've complete all the gym leaders and am training to defeat the Elite Four. I'll be honest, I totally use the strategy books before hand instead of going blind. I want to make sure my Pokemon are leveled up higher than the Elite Four or at least enough for me to win as well as the Champion.

I think I've done a really nice recap of what's been going on.

I will try blog again later this week about more things!

It's almost November and the year is slowly coming to a close! 

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Day 280

I've fallen off the personal blog wagon. But I definitely kept up with my Big Brother blog for CBS Detroit. I will admit however that I didn't blog about the "recap" episode because it was just a filler and nothing really needed to be said about it.

Anyways 70  80 (UPDATE: I can't count...lol) days have gone by and there have been a lot of things that have happened!

Biggest thing...

I've moved to NYC!

Thankfully with my job I was able to transfer and get full time! Which has been a blessing and I've even found my apartment right before going into my first day of work! 

This is the first time I've moved to a big city, lived with roommates and used public transportation to get to work.

I love it! I'm a city type of person and as much as I loved suburbia I love the city life! I've been here for almost a month and during August I had an interview for the position then finally accepting the job! 

Sad to leave the friends and family but this was a much needed change!

I could even check this off my goals list! Moving to NYC was one of them! The other thing I was able to accomplish this summer was skydiving!

I can't wait to see what the future holds for me out in NYC!

Big City, Big Dreams!

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Day 210

200  210 (UPDATE: I can't count...lol) days already this year! How crazy is that!?!?

As always, I've neglected to blog on here, but I had thought about posting within 30 days of the last one but that didn't turn out.

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Summer has been literally a roller coaster of emotions. I even went to ride roller coasters this past week. After going with some friends from work and going on the rides, it hit me that, it's ok to go through all the emotions, just as long as I enjoy the ride. I can't keep living in fear and I just need to take things in stride.

I have had some not so great things happen recently some of it is my own doing and some just wasn't meant to be, but I'm learning. I'm a young adult and living my life. It may not have been the life I dreamed of when growing up but it's still my life!

I think the one constant this summer has been my blogging about Big Brother! I'm literally a die-hard fan, without being too crazy, if that even makes sense. I don't subscribe to the live feeds, but I support the fan pages. Granted I should really purchase the live feeds, but that's one expense that's not worth just for three months when I've got student debt and living my life to worry about. Big Brother is that nice escape and really shows that I am a good person, even though I have a very strange fascination with being on a TV show that documents everyone's life for 24/7 for three months and trying to win $500,000. I guess you can say that's the competitor in me. I'll be really sad if the show gets cancelled, but I'll be honest, there are other reality tv shows out there, yet Big Brother has a place in my heart!

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I've been on and off the getting fit wagon. I keep seeing my friends heading to the gym and I'm here just lounging around. When I see their progress it makes me jealous and makes me get my butt into the gym. Then I remember I'm not trying to be a gym rat or a meat head. I'm just trying to feel physically fit and have a body I'm happy with. I'm slowly seeing changes and I can only hope that when I continue to keep going that I will see the results I want. My weakness at the moment is my diet and motivation. Right now my eating habits could be improved but I'm doing fine with where I am, however if I want to pack on the muscle weight, I need to change my diet and continually exercise to burn the fat and build the muscle. Let's be honest to change my diet that means I need to honestly eat more which costs money and with my current financial situation that doesn't seem like it will change anytime soon. So I'm making due with what I go. On the plus side, I'm seeing abs, people have noticed that I've been working and I'm feeling good about myself. So it's a win-win.

Until next time
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Oh and here are my blog posts for CBS Detroit for Big Brother 15!
Check them out!

Read all my blogs for Big Brother here!

P.S. I'm really excited for the new Backstreet Boys album that's being released tomorrow.

Get ready 2013

A new year's resolution of mine....

A blog a day....it may be short or long or somewhere in between entry, but I shall write everyday. So expect to see 365 entries next year!

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Newvember

Well it's officially November on the East Coast and I've decided that I'm going to take this month to really focus on getting in shape.
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The show I'm currently in "Woyzeck," by Georg Buchner adapted by Audra Lord being performed by The New Theatre Project has been an amazing experience! The show wraps up this Sunday, Nov 4. Performances are Thurs-Sun with two shows, 8pm & 9:30pm. 

I recently auditioned for Canton's 2013 One Acts Festival being done through TLC Productions. After braving a grueling two hours in a very chilly room I finally was able to audition for the two one acts I wanted to go for. However I had to wait a day to find out if I got cast. Fast forward and I get a phone call while at work. I was offered the role of Tim in "The Replacement" by Jacob Zinke. I was ecstatic to find out and was very honored. Looking forward to doing the show.
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I digress again, I'm going to start working out again, so I'll post my "day one" photo here later today and then we'll see my progress through the weeks. Which will accomplish multiple things; 1. Showing if I make improvements to my shape, 2. Blog more frequently, 3. Work out again and have a motivation

So we'll soon see how this goes!

I'm going to stay positive. New month and new goal!

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A Much Needed Update

I honestly can't remember when was the last time I actually blogged. I apologize for the lack of blogging here. I have been blogging about CBS' Big Brother for CBS 62 Detroit. Which has been an incredible experience to say the least! I've learned so much from my time blogging about Big Brother for the local station. It's been a great and I think I've gotten good (and bad) reviews from it! I take it all in stride.
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I went to my second wedding. It was about two years ago when I went to my first one as an adult for my friends. So surreal, but very much happy for Ray & Lindsay!
Lindsay, Ray & I
The Fraternity Brothers with Ray
I spent a week back in Colorado for the wedding, relax and have a vacation so to speak. I enjoyed catching up with friends and Fraternity brothers.

Climbed a Mountain and my first 14er
During my last day in Colorado, I decided to go with some of my fraternity brothers to climb a mountain. It was an amazing and challenging climb. Having never climbed a "14er" I was definitely up for the challenge! I had a little bit of altitude sickness it didn't stop me from climbing to the top. Fun Fact, I have a fear of heights, so climbing this mountain was somewhat conquering the fear. We'll see if I climb another 14er in the future, but for now I at least climbed one!

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While on the flight to Colorado, I got a phone call from the New Theatre Project in Ypsilanti. I had recently went to a callback for their first show of the season and I was selected to be in the show! I of course accepted and was so thankful to be cast! I'm looking forward to the show. More details in another blog later this month.

Even though I haven't blogged I've been doing a lot. Hopefully soon (or with self motivation) I'll update again maybe the end of this week or next week!

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10 days until Christmas

So I've definitely neglected on blogging the past few months. However it doesn't mean I didn't want to blog, it's just been very busy and I've procrastinated on blogging as well as many other things.

Let's see if I can sum up two months and get everyone caught up with today.

October:
So I had submitted my headshot and resume to be an extra in a film back in Sept, got cast as an extra for a DISNEY MOVIE with A-LIST ACTORS and an awesome Michigan raised director! How cool! Shot most weekdays in October and then carried on into Nov. Between the filming and working at my retail job, I was lack of sleep but getting paid.

November:
Not such a great month! Other than filming a few days and then heading to Colorado for my fraternity, I got sick! BIG TIME! Even having to stay in the hospital for nearly a week and getting out on Thanksgiving. Then attempting to go back to work had been fun and being on medication was the icing to it. Slowly but surely I got my energy back...very slowly.

Beginning of December:
Flew back to Colorado for the State Thespian Conference. Had the honor of being an adjudicator (judge) for middle & high school theatre students. Was able to see old friend and catch up as well as see some upcoming talent. Hopefully gave students constructive criticism to work on and commented on success they had. The experience was very humbling and learned a lot.

Now:
Just had an audition today, felt totally great about my audition, unfortunately didn't get cast. However helped me get back into the audition mode. Holiday shopping has been sporadic. Wanting to also send holiday cards and grad school application need to be accomplished.

Again notice the pattern of procrastination. However in time, things will get done.

Keeping positive and I'll try to get more posts up!
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Goal Setting for September....and beyond!

As summer is winding down, school is starting back up and I'm just working....

But really I'm also needing to get cracking hardcore on studying for my GRE which is next month!

Here's a little list of things I'd like to accomplish for next month:

  • Study for my GRE
  • Figure out which schools to submit my scores to before knowing the actual results
  • Join a Gym and work out
  • See a play or musical or both and AUDITION!
These are the things that are a priority! Here are some other goals I'd like to do:

  • Read some books (other than plays)
    • Specifically classical but open to recommendations
    • To get some inspiration for monologues for auditions to Grad Schools
  • Ask professors, advisors, colleagues for letters of recommendations for Grad Schools
  • Take photos
Some goals for the not so distant future:
  • Prepare for my fraternity's chartering
  • Get more volunteer experience or internship opportunities
  • Teach a workshop, be a guest artist, or do something creative or in a leadership role
Always good to have these written down and then once accomplished to strike them and have the validity knowing I've done it!

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"Summer" to do list

June is getting closer and closer which means...SUMMER! Can't wait for nice weather!

So my to do list for summer goes as follow:

  • Study for the NEW GRE
  • Work Out
  • Audition, Audition, Audition
  • Get job(s)
  • Blog more on markdrum.blogspot.com
  • Hang out with friends
  • ROAD TRIP!?!?
  • Find a job(s)
I've got some realistic and some fantasy goals...But I'm determined to try and do most if not all on this list.
Obviously doing GRE will be done, but studying....gotta work on that...haahaha

I recently have been reminiscing high school and how I did Cross Country Running. I miss that. So I'm going to try hard to start running again, but hopefully not get any stress fractures in the process. I would like to have the opportunity to audition for shows, films and commercials...but I'm going to have to also do a lot of reading of different plays, literature and watch different films for inspiration for different types of monologues.

Getting a job is still a priority....because I need to take the GRE and that isn't free nor is grad school unless I get a TA/GA position, which I'm hoping for. But also with no job = no money to do road trip or even hanging out with friends who may live a ways away from me. Plus I need to get my plane ticket to visit Greeley in Nov.

However I have made progress on this list. As mentioned before I've been applying for jobs and playing the waiting game...Still do that. Waiting...but I'm also applying for other jobs. I've even just submitted for a job that's in another state. So we'll see how that goes...I am ever so thankful for my residents this past semester as well as the department of Housing & Residential Education at the University of Northern Colorado for giving me a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Today I purchased a GRE study guide book as well as a No Fear Shakespeare and No Fear Canterbury Tales.

It's funny I've had conversations with a couple of my friends about how I'm not a fan of reading...but to clarify I'm not a fan of reading required things...like the GRE however I want to get into Grad School and a good one at that so I will need to do my best to work on studying and reading for that. Now literature for me will be difficult, but luckily I took notes from my previous classes on some books I should look into. So I'll be looking to those for some inspiration for books.

All in all, staying positive and living, learning and loving life!

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