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Yesterday I auditioned for a role in a very interesting movie. The creative team included the Casting Director and the show's Playwright-director. I was asked to imrpov a scene along with a young woman who has already been cast. went well.  I liked the improv. 

When we were done - and the audition was over - I asked the Director "I think I recognize your accent. Where are you from"

She said "Australia - specifically Snowy Mountain."

I said "They have a great jazz festival there every year don't they? Would you know my son John - the jazz pianist and singer?"

There was a moment's beat as she glanced at my resume to confirm my name and then she burst out "John Harkins? You are John Harkins father? OMG. John Harkins. Everyone in Australia LOVES John Harkins."

I was offered the role the next day and I happy accepted it. But to be serious - I know I gave a solid improv at the audition. She would not risk their movie just because she like's John's work. 
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What kind of a ballet movie is all closeups?
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I cannot express how excited honored and thrilled I am to have had a small part in this excellent project. This is the 24th video I've worked on as an actor in the past 22 months - and it is also the best. The kids are awesome. Thank you Mendy Pellin and Yaakov Shwekey.
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Just booked movie #17. It will be a one-day shoot in Pt. Pleasant later this month. My scenes will take place in a bar but according to the script two other cast members will take dip in the ocean. One of them survives and walks back to the bar.

That's for the plot of the movie. But how in hell an actor is going survive walking in and out of the ocean while it is so cold is beyond my imagination. Usually scenes like that require more than one take. I shiver to think of it. 
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Oh the unexpected sadness and the joy of the same moment.

Saturday was the last performance of the show in which I made my NYC stage debut in a musical. The shows were almost totally sold out but we were part of a festival of shows and additional performances could not be scheduled.

On the bright side many friends were there at each performance. They waited in the lobby until I came out to great me with hugs and warm praise. The laughter and applause during and after each show was a thrill. 

Most exciting was the festivals producer and CEO who came to me and invited me to sit down with him next week to discuss "doing some movies together."  I LOVE doing movies almost as much as I love singing and acting on a live stage.

What a drug it is to entertain. Where has this been all my life? 
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I just updated my profile headshot. No more beard or mustache. I am still confused when I look in the mirror. 
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Need a Santa for a commercial? a party? Here's a shot taken Oct 14, 2014 at a fitting in the the New York Toy Museum. On Oct 30 we'll be shooting a 2 minute promo for the NYTM shows. I'm going to be doing corporate events all through this season.  
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The word "theory" - when used in a scientific discussion - does not mean what it means in normal conversation. Context matters when you hear a word. 

A common example of this concept is the word "sanction."

Depending on context it means the exact opposite. For example:

1 - Well established and respected law sanctions (approves) the use of deadly force to protect one's self from an armed attacker who threatens bodily harm. In other words - if a man with a knife is coming at you and says he's going to kill you - it's OK to shoot him. 

2 - There is a sanction (prohibition) against the use of deadly force merely to protect property of modest value. In other words if you confront an old lady on crutches who is stealing a loaf of bread it would probably get you convicted of manslaughter if you killed her.

Same word "sanction."

In scientific terms the word "theory" does NOT mean this is a guess or soneone's weird idea. It means - after testing the idea by repeateded and repeatable experiments - and by examining all the evidence we can find - this is what we know. (know means "what we can prove.").

The theory of evolution is what we can prove over and over again from evidence that anyone can see about the history of life. It is the only rational explanation for the various forms of life. (rational means it can be proven by reason - by using our brains and examining the facts). .

All life is connected.

All life has a shared history.

All life has common elements.

All life has processes of survival and reproduction adapted to its niche in the environment. 

The adaptations are seen in every fossil record. Every piece of evidence explains and reveals the environment that existed at the time it was left behind. When an environment changes that form of life is replaced in that niche by something better adapted to that new environment.  

Those are facts.
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This is the Audrey Hepburn I had the privilege of interviewing. http://travelthenet.com/columns/clips/hepburn.htm
The truth of the matter is that Ms. Hepburn lived another life, far from the spotlight that continues to frame her in many a pop-art poster.
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Rehearsals for Betty and Mortie are now at off-book. always scary point.

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Santa bookings are going VERY well. For photos of recent gigs and a reservation form, see www.SantaMyParty.com.
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just a harmless old guy (but watch your back if ya mess with him)
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After a few peripatetic years (actually, decades) - and more than my share of failed marriages - I returned, about 20 years ago,to the neighborhood in which I was born. I am not likely to leave other than prone and, as Cleopatra once said, "I am not prone to argue."

The strange thing about that attribution is, the English language and its puns did not exist at the time of Cleopatra - and would not, for a few thousand years more.

Regardless, back home again, I have found the occupation, the avocation and even the wife I had long sought under other moons and in other clothes. 

In the first few days of 1994, my last business partner took off with contents of the bank account and bankrupted the company we had struggled to create. On the way home from the closed and locked office, a chance encounter on the subway with an old friend got me involved in building and hosting web sites. 

I now have clients in 7 countries. Some of those clients have been with me since I started.

Along the way I have continued the freelance writing that has gotten me published in some very fine publications.

I have 5 wonderful children, each as handsome or beautiful as anyone has a right. Each is successful and respected. If any has ever been in jail, I am unaware of that, as they have had the good sense not to call me for bail.

There are also 6 excellent grandchildren. Some of those have already shown great skills and talents. All are seriously loved and respected.

I am blessed, which is quite an admission, coming from a stone atheist. 

Since early 2013, I have been exercising my rights as a senile citizen by exploring paths that were passed by 60 years ago when I was 20.

First, I became a Finalist in Hoboken's Annual Frank Sinatra Contest. Then I began studying singing with a really excellent teacher. I also began auditioning for musical theater, plays and movies in and around NYC. 

Since my first acting audition, this past September, I have appeared in 16 (yes, SIXTEEN) short and students films. Some were non-pay, some paid expenses and some actually paid a few bucks. In early March 2014 I worked (for genuine money) as a character in a commercial made by MTV World, for Intel (the computer company). 

I'm still auditioning for NYC musical theater roles. It's tough, the competition is strong and highly talented but I love it and I still think I can get on stage. 

Stay tuned. 


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Actor, Singer, Design, Build and Hostweb sites
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Aside from thoe needed for the web site business, I am a singer ("legit" baritone A-G) and a pretty good actor.
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  • BuildingHosting.com
    Design, Build and Hostweb sites, present
  • Western Electric, Lipton Tea, Carpenter Steel, Earl of Old Town, Blakeslee, Hercules Chemical, Herculite Fabrics, Fabrico Manufacturing, Samuel Moore, Kelso International, Puerto Plata News, Santo Domingo News,
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