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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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Has anyone installed this work with a WordPress based web site? 
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Last September I was the lead in a short film PTSD (http://youtu.be/eHvi5dEmmlY). A few days ago, its producer called me in for a role in a new movie and saying, "The moment I read the script, I thought of you." 

The next day, I auditioned for her, along with the writer/director of a new work, "The Opera of Mr. Wong."  The role is supporting one, but I like the fact the role requires very nuanced exposure of a character who drives an important part of the plot by his emotions, not by words. They liked what they saw and the writer/director sent me a note containing welcome encouragement.

We will meet again today and see if we can agree on the usual details. 
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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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Last September I was the lead in a short film PTSD (http://youtu.be/eHvi5dEmmlY). A few days ago, its producer called me in for a role in a new movie and saying, "The moment I read the script, I thought of you." 

The next day, I auditioned for her, along with the writer/director of a new work, "The Opera of Mr. Wong."  The role is supporting one, but I like the fact the role requires very nuanced exposure of a character who drives an important part of the plot by his emotions, not by words. They liked what they saw and the writer/director sent me a note containing welcome encouragement.

We will meet again today and see if we can agree on the usual details. 
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Even though I'd paid the monthly fee the previous day, in cash, at the carrier's storefront agent, my wife's phone stopped working. Mine on the same carrier. I'd also paid mine and was working. So I called tech support using my phone.

Got the usual guy in India. "Good morning sir. My name is Ken, what is the number of the phone you are calling about."

"1-xxx-xxxx" (Of course it's Ken. It is ALWAYS Ken.)

"Thank you sir. What is the problem?"

"it's my wife's phone. I paid the monthly renewal for the phone but it's not working."

"Do you have that phone now?"

"Yes. My wife is sitting here and she has the phone."

"OK. Tell her to go to a working phone and call us."

"But you and I are connected right now. She is sitting here next to me with the phone. Why can't we just go ahead right now?

"Do you have the phone?"

"My wife is sitting here with me. She has the phone. But I just told you that."

"Sir, do you have the phone?"

"Listen please, I am going tell you very clearly for the 3rd time. My wife is sitting eher next to me and she has the pone. Is it possible you are asking me something else and we have a bad connection. Are you asking me if I HAVE  (Henry-Apple_Victory_Edward) her phone.?" 

"Yes sir. Do you have the phone?"

"Ken. This the fourth time I am telling you. My wife is stting here and she has the phone. Please stop asking me that same question."

"I apologise sir. Do you have the phone in your hand?" 

"Do I have the phone in my hand? Why did you not ask me that before now? And why does it matter if it is in my hand or hers? She is sitting next to me with her phone in her hand. The phone is turned on. But it is not connected to your carrier." 

"How many bars does the phone show?"

"Let me understand you. You know the reason I am calling is beacuse the phone has no connection?"

Yes. How many bars does it show."

"You want to know how many bars an not-connected phone has?"

"Ken. Why are you asking me such stupid questions? How many bars would you think and not-connected phone is displaying?"

"Sir, If you do not want to provide the answers to my question, I cannot help you trouble-shoot the problem."

"Ken, I am going to go lie down for a while until my head stops throbbing. In order to do that,. I am going to hang up, like right now."

And I did. 

Later that day, I took my wife's phone to the shop down at the corner. The techie looked at the glowing screen and said, "Press and hold the power button. When it asks if you want to power off, touch yes. Wait until the screen goes blank. They go through the usual power turn-on steps."

I did. The connection showed 4 bars.

He said, "Yeah, that happens all the time with that carrier. If you let the service expire and do not renew it before it expires, you can't have the phone turned on when you finally pay the renewal. To get past the service block, you have to either be turned off at the time you pay it late, or  you must pay, then turn it off and restart it."

Maybe I should call Ken and tell him about that. Ahh, but he's probably busy helping someone else. 
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I was about to write a post explaining why I am no longer using Twitter and will be moving to G+. But the former journalist in me insists on using a more informative and accurate verb than "move."

"Shoved" feels just about right. 

About 6 months ago, as my acting and singing career started to take off, I was excited to use Twitter to share its ups and down, its frustrations and satisfactions, its almost daily failures and its modest, occassional, but deeply satisfying, small successes. 

I tweeted about blown auditions, thrilling moments when I left the room knowing I had impressed the auditors, and the rarest of all, those few precious times when I booked a role in a movie or was called back to sing again for a show. 

Then came to a wonderful time that began about 4 weeks ago when I earned a principal role in a new English-language opera the Boston Tea Party Opera) that will have its World Premiere in New Fucking York City on August 9th, 2014. Earning that role was the culmination of 18 months of singing lessons with a remarkable teacher (Rebecca Ruivenkamp-Thompson) performance coaching by the amazing and patient talent of Steve Davison and the support of my understanding wife, Margarita. 

The tweets attracted followings among friends, family, fellow performers and even a few NY musical theater professional casting directors and agents.

All the things Twitter is good for, right?

Then starting just over a week ago, I started to get a series of strange emails confirming that someone was trying change my Twitter password. The messages said if I did not ask for that, I should follow the link and report it to Twitter, which I did, taking care to make sure it really was to a genuine Twitter address. 

Then I got notice of someone trying to open a new account with a version of my user name and my usual email address. I made the same report.

Then, a day later, my Twitter account disappeared. All of it. Even the user name. No follows, no followers, no tweets, not even an account. 

Since then, Twitter has not responded to the early reports of attempted hacking nor have they answered a single email asking for help in restoring my account. 

Yes, I have received the standard computer generated emails that basically say you are on your own. Do this, do that, but none of it relevant to the clearly reported fact of a destroyed Twitter account.

Bottom line. No more Twitter for me.  Facebook? You're joking, right? 

Nope, from now on, it's just G+ and my personal web site (JoeHarkins.com).

btw - tix for the Boston Tea Party Opera are now available at the NY Fringe Festival web site (http://www.fringenyc.org/)
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Education
  • Dickinson HS, Jersey City
    1950 - 1951
  • St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City
    1947 - 1950
  • St. Jospeph's Grammar School, Jersey City
    1944 - 1947
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March 30
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just a harmless old guy (but watch your back if ya mess with him)
Introduction
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
Skills
Aside from thoe needed for the web site business, I am a singer ("legit" baritone A-G) and a pretty good actor.
Employment
  • 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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Currently
Jersey City, NJ
Previously
Chicago, Wheaton, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lemont (all those were Illinois)
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