Sorta Weekly Update – 22 Jan 2013 (Cos it sure ain’t gonna be weekly all the time)
So, (as usual ) I was right! My second weekly update (take two of it for those who heard of my earlier fail) is already late! I do kind of have an excuse – it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day yesterday so my week only really begins today.. But, as I probably won’t have an excuse in coming weeks, I have decided to rename my Weekly Updates, Sorta Weekly Updates (or SCOSWU – Sam Clark Official Sorta Weekly Updates). In what was a quiet week work-wise I managed to stay incredibly busy and caught up with a lot of new and old friends. I’ll try to keep this brief but I am also trying to arrange something special for you guys so please read on. Here is the sorta week that was.
As is the norm these days I had my weekly dialect class with the wonderful Anna McCrossin-Owen. Last week we worked specifically on my first audition for 2013. For the first time I decided I was going to arrive at the audition as an American. This will be standard from hereon in and basically means I speak with an American accent from the moment I set foot in the building (even if I bump into an Australian friend). Once my final audition scene is complete I can then break back into my Aussie accent. The method behind this madness is that the casting directors won’t actively listen for any dialect issues (of which there are very few these days) and will instead be focused on my acting. This will hopefully not only impress them but also give me a better chance at landing my next role. I’m pleased to say my first attempt went well.
I also had two great sessions with my personal trainer Joel Crandall. Joel is incredible. He works all sorts of wonders and has just finished up as strength and conditioning trainer for the Cirque Du Soleil performers on IRIS. Not an easy job to come by so I feel very lucky to train with him! I am getting balanced and strong and adding in a few extra hours of training of my own has definitely improved my overall fitness.
Will Rogers State Beach at Sunset…..To keep up to date with all my pics make sure you follow me on Instagram @samjclark
It feels silly to say considering it is the middle of Winter (and I’m sure I’ll get some virtual death stares from those of you in the UK) but it had been quite cold in LA until last week. To be fair, I’m talking about lowest max temperature of like 12 degrees celsius – clearly nothing to whine about. But this week the sun came back and we had a few beautiful days up around 27 degrees. I made the most of this, hiking and going to the beach and the park to do a bunch of exercise. The most epic day of exercise was definitely down at Will Rogers State Beach, just north of Santa Monica. I took this photo at the end of about 4 hours of non-stop beach volleyball, gridiron, AFL, Frisbee and even a swim. That’s right – swimming int he Pacific ocean in the middle of winter!
Love to hear how your Winter/Summer is – why not send me a message or pic on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?
I caught up with a bunch of friends but two I hadn’t seen in a long time were Bob Morley and Aaron Jakubenko. Both lads you should recognise from Neighbours among various other things. It is really crazy how many Aussies there are over here!
Two others who I spent a bit of time with this week were Ben Nicholas and Tim Phillipps. You obviously know about Ben from my last update but Tim is a mate from school days who was also on Neighbours and has had a bunch of success since. Just last week Devil May Cry (in which Tim plays the lead character Dante) was released – check out this YouTube clip to get behind the scenes! Stoked for all his success! Anyway, we went to see Gangster Squad at the Grove and while I was waiting for the lads to arrive Mark Wahlburg arrived for an Extra interview – check out my Instagram for an aerial pic. I really enjoyed the film – it was great to see Aussie Sullivan Stapleton dong his thing and R Gosling, S Penn, J Brolin were all fantastic as usual. Emma Stone was beautiful and my crush on her has definitely increased once again though Jennifer Lawrence is still in #1 place!
Love to hear your thoughts on the film?
We also caught up and watched the 49ers beat the Falcons in a great game of Football and then watched the Ravens upset the Patriots. The Superbowl is on Sunday, Feb 3 and will be my first ever Superbowl in the US! I can’t wait.
More importantly than all that is Australia Day celebrations this weekend! I’m really gonna miss not being home for this but have celebrations to attend here in LA. I will fill you in more during my next update!
It’s also been a big numbers week! My Street Joy Cover broke 500 views, My YouTube Channel is 5 people away from 2000 subscribers and has over 500,000 video views, My Instagram is but 9 people away from 2,500 followers and Twitter is fast approaching the 14,000 followers mark. Facebook is still well in the lead with almost 26,000 likes but it seems you prefer to contact me via twitter or Instagram? (Perhaps you can pop online and let me know which way you prefer to stay in touch with me so I can get a better understanding of where to focus my efforts!) All this cannot happen without your continued support and online interaction so I thank you immensely for your efforts and love! As a thank you I’d like to set up a TwitCam for next week. You will be able to get a sneak peek at some cover ideas I have and we can just have a general chat! It will be at 1.30 PM PST on Friday February 1. (Converts to London: Feb 1 at 9:30 PM GMT, Brisbane/Adelaide/Sydney: Sat, Feb 2 at 7:30 AM EST/8:00 AM CDT/8:30 AM EDT) This was the best time I could choose for all countries involved – I apologise to anyone who can’t make it!
Why not hit me up with a Facebook wall post or a tweet if you are able to make it?
Oh and I have a sweet audition later this week that mixes my Aussie heritage, Music and Acting! Would be stoked to get involved in this project!
Until next time,