Journaling the Month: September 2017

A pretty quiet month all told - mostly promo work, this time in Dublin's RDS as well as gigs in Belfast.
A couple of low key auditions, which need to start materialising into roles - it's the one that you get that gets the next one, which is the worst part of being off the radar. I had a number of meetings regarding a Christmas job, which should be good. It's one of the quirks of #actorslife that you need to have your Christmas work nailed down by the end of September (although, ideally, you'd have it done by February).

Entertainment Wise

  • Busted out the Xbox 360, and have been playing Arkham Asylum (1 and 3). They are fantastic games, with the first one featuring brilliant voice acting from Mark Hamill as the Joker. His performance is considered one of the great Joker performances by Batman fans, dating all the way back to the Animated Series, which was my favourite cartoon as a child (along with Animaniacs). Paul Dini, who wrote the Animated Series, also wrote the games, which was a masterstroke by Rocksteady, because their game design, particularly the combat engine is unmatched. They knew they had a great mechanic,  so they married it to one of the most beloved proporties in pop culture. That is great ambition.
  • Derm McGuigan (Pasticheofskin), a good friend of mine, and frequent collaborator, has been caught up in YouTube's #Adpocalypse. On his channel, that I've appeared on a number of times, he reviews games and game trailers with commentary on top of the footage, contributing to the game's/movie's PR campaign by attracting attention to the release.
  • However, automated copyright strikes are being unleashed across the site, and demonetising his content, meaning he's doing the work, and the publishing companies are siphoning the revenue off him. YouTube started all this when companies realised they were appearing before terrorist videos, snuff footage and other undesirable content they don't want their brand associated with. Of course, YouTube (like Twitter) reacted immediately to corporate concerns, but doesn't give two quivering fucks about it's users or even it's content creators, the ones bringing eyeballs to the site (see Jim Sterling's pretty brutal breakdown of this).