I admit, I love working out to that song! Makes me think I am Sylvester Stallone in Rocky and I am about to kick some serious ass. OK this is what you all need to do- go watch that movie and be that inner badass you have always dreamed of being…just promise me you actually won’t hurt anyone. To give you some motivation, play the theme song, Eye of the Tiger and rock out to your heart’s content! I nerd it out all the time and do it. Yeah 70s!
Rocky came out in 1976. I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents eyes (my older sister wasn’t either). It is referred to as being a sleeper hit (it made $117 million at the box office and cost less than a $1 million to make). It also won 5 Oscars. I watched the movie a long time ago and then again just recently. Although I know absolutely nothing about boxing (despite having a punching bag in my garage) it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside watching it. As soon as I found out Stallone was the one who wrote the movie, I became an even bigger fan! If you google Sylvester on IMDb, you can see what little credits he had before Rocky and what they actually were (“stud” at party” being one). He probably got sick of lame auditions and not booking much so said you know what, f*** this noise, I’m creating my own awesome role. Yah Rocky Balboa was born! He was obviously a fan of boxing and probably knew a thing or two about it so he created what turned out to be a great film. Well done Syl.
Stallone isn’t the only actor to write his way to success: Brit Marling (Another Earth), Nikki Reed (Thirteen), Billy Bob Thorton (Sling Blade), Canadian actress Sarah Polley (Away from Her) and who could forget one of the best films, Good Will Hunting written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Those are the people I admire in this industry. They wanted it and they worked hard to get it.
One of the hardest things about being an actor is going through periods of draught. One minute you are running around the city going from audition to audition, booking some here and there and then notta thing! There are days when I wake up and think, please let me at least audition so there is that slight chance I will book a job. When I do book either a commercial or some indie film, I think, YES I am that much closer to never serving in another restaurant again! Woot woo. I want to be successful in the entertainment world. A working actor. I would love to see my name on the big screen and think, yes I have made it. Since there can be so much downtime in acting, the productive side of me said, create, create, create. SO what did I do?? Created my web series, Roommates. As of today, thanks to my lovely, amazing family and friends who graciously donated to my project, I have made my target budget for my short. It is official and as of March 30th, the cameras will start rolling. I have had a smile on my face all day thanks to that.
I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to those who donated and believed in me! Although my little film probably won’t get me an Oscar nod or Cannes screening, at least it is a stepping stone and hopefully will get my face out there! My next big project could very well be my screenplay and perhaps I will be the next Brit Marling. Write my own leading roles!
“That’s what Rocky is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood” – Sylvester Stallone