Monthly Archives: January 2013

“Are you an agent”?

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In the past few days, I’ve gotten some questions regarding the entire #francisondegrassi campaign.

First, let me start by saying, I’m not an agent. I have a background in acting and writing. So, I suppose I have qualities an agent would have.  In the case with Francis,  I simply  saw a person who had potential and merely brought a certain audition flyer their way.  But, I’m just an ordinary guy. My hope, when all is said and done, is that I might have at least one television show on the air.

Second, I wasn’t the genius to create the #francisondegrassi tag, either.  That was all Francis. In fact, it’s all him.  He’s the guy doing the work. He’s getting his name out there, brushing up on acting techniques, asking the right questions, maintaining his healthy lifestyle… all the while still hopping on the school bus in the morning.

You may have heard me say “I’m his manager” or “I’m his agent.” That’s simply a inside joke as it were.  However, I have no problem offering feedback to someone. But I am not in the position to get you “famous.” If you want an actual agent, you just have to look in the right places. Be weary of craigslist postings and things like that. Honestly, the best way to get an agent is by networking. The act of getting the agent isn’t through networking, but finding a CREDITABLE agent is.

Now. If you’re here wondering where all the NEWS is.  I know. I want the news too. But, I just remember this little saying:

No news, is good news.

EDIT: For those wanting updates. Francis did get a response. But he is not allowed to disclose the details of said response.  Season 13 begins in JULY. 

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407238_4339286554267_2075814815_nSo, this is a really, really interesting story. So, as a writer/actor, I had my hopes of working on DEGRASSI one day. Of course, I’m not Canadian, so my chances are extremely slim.

Not very many days ago, I was cruising the website YOUNOW, which is like Skype, but live and you can chat with several people at once. And, I saw this guy, FRANCIS SAUVE broadcasting. He was an engaging guy and seemed really popular with all the people watching. I noticed he was from Canada, too.

Now, in my experience, all actors have a THING about them. It’s something you can see and feel. And, I saw it in Francis. I talked to him a bit and low and behold, he had acting aspirations, and was planning to move to LA after high school. And so, I just told him, “Hey, you’d be great on Degrassi.”

Francis checked out the link I sent him about auditions and he seemed interested. He asked me to help him try to get on the show. Now, I’m not ‘in the business’ as it were, but hell, I thought, I’d help him anyway I could. So, I made sure Francis watched the pilot and knew who CRAIG MANNING is.

Francis had the idea to start a hashtag on twitter, #francisondegrassi. He hoped it would trend. Francis is popular on younow and he got people tweeting it. And I thought, just for kicks, we should try to get Stephen Stohn in on the deal. (The Degrassi Producer.) It was a long shot, but I believed in the kid and he just promoted the heck out of himself, and I’d help him out with the Degrassi facts and such.

And earlier today, while live on air, Francis suddenly got excited. “Oh my god. Wow. Holy….” He started breathing hard and we were all asking him what was going on. He showed us his phone, and the one and only Stephen Stohn had followed him and tweeted him, asking him if he had an audition tape!

The rest is Francis’ story to tell, but I am extremely excited for him. I can’t take the credit though. I just saw the talent he had, and shoved him in the direction he needed to go. His fans got him noticed and BOOM.

Of course, the writer in me is already imagining who Francis could portray on the show. The badboy? The popular kid? The possibilities are endless, really. I’m a true believer that Francis will be what Degrassi has been looking for since the original cast left. Degrassi needs another male that can really, really connect with the audience and be a front runner in the storytelling.

Will Degrassi have found the next Craig Manning?

Time will tell.

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Degrassi.

My, oh my. Where has the time gone? This poor blog has been neglected, clearly. Bad, writer, bad!

 Let’s get to the point, shall we?

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 Today, I want to talk about a little show, DEGRASSI. You may have heard of it. It actually was a continuation of another series and was at first called DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION. The show did what some shows do, and that’s follow the children of the once main characters of the previous show.

 Well, DEGRASSI has been on the air since 2001 and has won many awards and has a strong fan base. I started watching the show when it was in Season 10, but over the past 6 months, I’ve been watching the earlier seasons.

 I love the show because it provides a pretty accurate interpretation of the life of a teenager. Admittedly, the show has lost some of its shine in recent years, but hey, it’s in it’s 12th season. So, that is to be expected.

 I want to talk a little about how the show was when it first began in 2001. This was when cell phones were of the flip variety and Facebook wasn’t even invented. I mention this, because Degrassi’s first storyline is a brilliant one, but it’s something that couldn’t really be done now, with the current technology.

 Emma Nelson, who when the show began was 12, was emailing Jordan, a boy her age who shared the same interests as her. Emma was head over heals for the boy and jumped at the chance to meet him when he asked.

 As the story goes on, the audience learns that Jordan isn’t a kid at all, but instead a pedophile who manages to trap Emma in his hotel room. Emma’s friends manage to crack her email and discover Jordan is a fraud and race to the hotel to save her.

 For 2001, this storyline grips you. Yes, this kind of thing still does happen in real life. But, back in 2001, it was a lot easier to hide behind a mask on the internet. It has more believability. Looking at the story from a written perspective, the writers have very little time for you to care about Emma. The only strength they have is tying her to her mother, who was a well loved character as a teen on the other series.

But, the writers make a fleshed out young girl, and you do care for her. Emma loves the environment, means well in every respect, and is simply a victim of falling in love with what she believes to be a boy who cares for her .

 This is the storyline that I love most on the series and I think it is the one that is done quite well.

 f you have yet to see DEGRASSI, do yourself a favor and rent it on Netflix. Just get the first disc. Just check out the very first episode and see if you don’t get addicted.

 In my next entry, we’ll examine the series further and discover why you should be watching it.   

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