Feature Film Los Angeles Casting Call for Native American Actors

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming in Los Angeles, California.

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Máté Haumann Speaks on Society and the 20th Century

The early part of the 20th century was a time where women did not have a voice or a right to take ownership of their work. Colette is a film about a woman, Sidonie-Gabrielle, trying to get ownership after ghostwriting on her husband’s work. Hungarian actor Máté Haumann talks with ATM about women of this time.

 

 

ATM: How do you feel women were treated during the early 20th century based on the performance of the female characters in this film?

 

Máté: Gender equality was nowhere in sight. It was a different patriarchal society getting jobs was a lot different. Our society is still going through a massive transition in the light of this. This is a great thing. There should be a healthier balance. I am on for it. Bring it on. The whole change is brilliant.

 

ATM: Based on your answer in the previous question, explain how men were viewed. Was the perception on men correct or exaggerated by their society?

 

Máté: Back in the day, men were considered the know-it-alls of the family and thus society. As a Hungarian, I had a chance to feel what it is like to be a part of such patriarchal society. This is just how it was. Sometimes it did not work but at times there was a mutual understanding also. Take my mother for example. She is immensely proud of all of her children and how it all worked out between her and my dear father in mutual love and care. It was discussed and agreed upon. I was one lucky kid growing up. Thankfully things are on the move in our society. The younger generation is beginning to comprehend this breakthrough transition today. 

 

ATM: Describe a day as if you lived during Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette’s time. What would your daily schedule consist of? Family? Kids? Beliefs? Social life?

 

Máté: My character in the movie is called Count Muffat. I always thought of him as a larger than life socialite. That being said I didn’t think of him as a very constructive and collected person. More so someone who truly enjoys his status and not always to its best merits.

 

ATM: Did the economic system influence how any gender was treated?

                                                                                                                         

Máté: Some tasks and professions were considered more for the men than otherwise. There was a big differentiation in jobs. My character’s steady social status provided him with a different kind of ability as a nobleman.

 

ATM: In some sort of time capsule world, what would the 20th-century individuals converse about with people living now? What would people of 2018 converse with the people of the early 20th century about? What would early 21st-century men say to early 20th-century men vice versa and the same for women in both periods? Even children?

 

Máté: I would say there is hope and they should always strive to make their voices be heard. This is the motto of Colette. The motto is not to be led by anyone. I am displaying this with my actor’s mind. They should keep going, exploring boundaries, and also be pushing them. They should stand up and stand their ground.

 

ATM: Explain your desire to act. What about acting keeps you waking up each day?

 

Máté: The past 50 years my father has been and still is a well-respected actor in Hungary so it was inevitable not to live and breathe it in our home. It runs in my family. His dad was also an actor but did not do it as a profession he only did it for the love of it. I am ever so grateful to fate that I can be a part of this beautiful transition if not legacy. I cherish every wonderful opportunity that comes my way. I cannot see life any other way than being an actor. 

Samira Izadi Speaks on Money, Fame, and Reality

Trauma is a part of everyday life. When the life of Jim Carrey’s character, Mr. Pickles, on Showtime’s Kidding takes a hard turn, he must figure out how to handle his emotions in the midst of continuing to be an inspiration to children on television. Actress Samira Izadi recurs in this show and shares her thoughts on how we can learn from the story’s plot.

ATM: How does this show display people who are widely respected go through trauma?

SI: That fame does not shield us from trauma. It does not matter how one may look into the public realm. Especially with Instagram and other social media tending to show a perfect picture, it’s easy to forget that we are all dealing with our own battles and struggles. We have sadly seen famous people succumb to drug overdose and suicide. People like Robin Williams. We are all left so shocked because they seemed to have been on top of the world and yet . . .

This is what I love about the show. It does not matter if you have money, fame, and people love you. It does not matter. We are all human. We all have good days and bad days. Money and fame do not protect us from experiencing helplessness, sadness, or isolation. There was a study done a few years ago that revealed that the most popular future goal among children was to be famous. We live in a fame crazed society. With most public figures, we are mostly exposed to their good times and glamour. Kids think if they were this famous and had a ton of money their life would be better. “Kidding” reveals there is no guarantee that fame will fulfill you or make you happy. And it’s important for a show like “Kidding” to show a different narrative; a different side than the one we’re accustomed to seeing associated with fame.

ATM: I feel many people are attracted to the portrayed perfectionism of individuals working in Hollywood. 

SI: Right, the perception of perfection.

ATM: There are a lot of people who want to act just like you. They do not see the other side of how it is. Kids think this looks nice. You have to create a secondary self when you are in the limelight. This goes for people in Hollywood and Jim Carrey’s character. There is the “self” that is publicized and then there is the “self” that has been the “you” all through your life. You have to maneuver through both of the “self’s” daily. Whereas people that are not famous only have to concentrate on one “self.”

SI: I totally agree with you. A painter paints, a dishwasher washes dishes and a famous person sells a persona, a brand. Their job is to show us this secondary persona. This is their profession. If their brand is happy and glamorous, then it is their job to look happy and glamorous. Unless of course, they have the courage to show us a more authentic side. Which will inevitably have an impact on their career – both good and bad?

ATM: This is what people should realize. Once a person is let into the public eye there is no turning back.

SI: You could retreat. But if this is your way of making money and you do not know any other way to make a living, then yes, it could feel like you are stuck. But you are never really stuck. Few are ever really stuck doing anything, that’s just a story our minds make us believe.

ATM: Would you endure the same emotions on this show if you were Jim Carrey’s character?

SI: I would 100% feel I was coming undone. I imagine it would drive me to deeper levels of awakening and authenticity. Tragedy like the one he is going through. . . it is such a raw, vulnerable experience. And then to be in the limelight and to have to continue work in such a public way. I can empathize with his dedication to his viewers; to want to be there for the children who are relying on him. While at the same time he is trying to come to grips with his own pain. We’ll see what impact that has had and will have on him and his family’s life.

THE OATH: Hollywood Propaganda?

From the producers of

GET OUT & BLACKkKLANSMAN  

 comes a raw and riotous political comedy for divisive times

Starring Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish

 

 

A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal.  But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails.  As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times.

THE OATH in theaters October 12, 2018

Aleks Paunovic of Syfy’s ‘Van Helsing’

Aleks Paunovic discusses his role in the Syfy series Van Helsing and also expresses his aspirations and passion for The Red Cross/ImpactAnti Bullying Campaign.

ATM: Talk about your character Julius and his significance.

Aleks: I loved how it started from season one going into season three. It has really been an amazing kind of growth. I did not expect this at all. He started off as a recurring character. The breakdown of the character is this bloodthirsty vampire who not only going for victims. I needed more because there was just one level of the character, which was thirst and power. There was not a lot of emotion. I needed to find a grounding aspect as to why he would be like this. They developed a back story. It was interesting as the season went on as we started to investigate a little more. I got to really play with the fact that Julius started out as one-dimensional, angry, thirsty vampire, then he became a human. He gets to remember everything he did as a human. There was a lot of remorse, retribution, and acts guilt for him to be better. If he ended up getting killed because he was standing up for something he believed in, then he would have a smile on his face. He would do it for the right reason.

ATM: What is it about fantasy as a genre that drives you as an actor, such as War of the Planet of the Apes and others?

Aleks: It is interesting that it takes it out of an everyday life. Everyone deals with certain aspects of their life that is not original like anyone else. We all experience joy. The idea of it being a fantastical world where normal people do not get to see this. It is put into this light of Planet of the Apes and Van Helsing and it gets taken out of this context. This makes it really interesting. You get to enjoy the ride for these fresh eyes you do not see when not looking at the television. It is all the underlay of the stories we all know about such as greed. I like the aspect of it metaphorically being put into something such as the fantasy and sci-fi genre. It is still grounded in real feelings. It is finding a way to bridge the gap to when it affects a viewer and they connect to it. They do not know why. “Why do I connect to something and feel for this guy who is a vampire?” You connect the line and emotion to this fantastical scenario. I enjoy things like this.

ATM: Did like the fantasy genre even before playing these characters?

Aleks: Yes. I definitely did. I am a fan of getting lost in a certain type of story. I was never really a die heart sci-fi fan. When I did get engaged with it, it affected something in me that made me connected. Even though Apes is about having this relationship, it would touch in a way that I saw this relationship was in me with someone else. I like this kind of metaphoric and under the surface storytelling.

ATM: How are you able to get into these character’s mindset to portray these roles?

Aleks: I love looking at the scenario. What is it that this character needs? He would know it is fantastical. I connect it to something I need. I find a thread that I can connect with and tell a story that would affect someone else. It has to mean something to me to affect someone else. I am not just saying these lines or pretending this character is having a relationship with another character. I work in a way where I find these small little screw lines that affect me personally. I put my backstory and soul into it and open my rib cage and I am able to refuel this.

ATM: What different techniques or strategies do you use to go over your lines? How do you practice?

Aleks: I personally love to break down the script. I really try to find a script analysis. I like to find out who this character is and how I can connect with this character. It becomes much more easily as I understand this. There is a salvation and a grounding point. I take out all the punctuations and I go through the lines without any emotions or feelings behind it. I just want to see the line and read the lines. I then put the character behind it to have the interpretation of my own way with still giving respect to the writing. It just becomes a lot easier.

ATM: What was it about your early age mind that let you know you were destined to tell stories?

Aleks: It was such in an interesting journey I had. I come from a boxing background. I have three generations of boxing in my family. I love boxing and creativity in boxing. I never had it in my head that I was going out to hurt someone. I was a huge Muhammad Ali fan. I loved how he prepared and had such a great time before the fight. It was something about his charisma. He was telling a story about fighting when I did not even know. When he was fighting George Foreman, it was about how the swiftly moving boxer was going to destroy a heavy battening person like George Foreman. I did not realize this at the time.

In high school, I loved music and the idea of playing in a band. I loved telling the story of the songs. When we wrote a song it was honestly about something. The idea of there being another way I could tell stories. I really feel in love with film and television. Especially with the film and theatre aspect of being affected. The storytelling through film really affected and spoke to me. I did not know stories were a huge thing of my life until I sat into this career. I had dreams of different views on storytelling and this was what I fell in love with.

ATM: Talk about you being an active supporter of Red Cross Impact/Anti Bullying campaign.

Aleks: It really connected me to the supporters of bullying and realizing it. Everyone goes through this in certain parts of their lives. Even going into adulthood people get bullied into certain things. Especially if there is a personality against another person. This can really affect a person’s life when they are nurturing at a really young age. I have been a victim and I have been bullied in some way. Every kid has been bullied in some way. It could have been for three seconds of something they said to somebody. It could have been for a longer period of time to someone at school.  There has been some aspect that someone has been bullied.

For me being bullied, it was one of the earliest things when someone said something to me in front of a group of people. I will always remember this moment. It affected me with how I would react in certain comparable moments like this. It stayed with me. When this person said it they forgot the next minute. They did not realize they were doing it. It usually happens this way. I like the aspect of looking at the bully and seeing how we can help them. And nurture the vulnerability of a bully. They hurt so much that their only way of getting rid of a little bit of the hurt is to put it on someone else. It is almost a little bit of a release. They deal with things and go to school with it. They do not know have to navigate this. They are at really young and impressionable ages. They do not know how to manage. So, their best way is to kick it off of them is onto someone else. I like to speak with the bully. In this aspect, there won’t be any victims. It is okay to open up and be vulnerable.

ATM: Name one of the best moments in your advocacy with this campaign.

AK: It was a kid who was a really big fan of a movie I did called Numb. I did a screening in my hometown. He was about 12 years old and was very shy. I felt him being extremely shy. I was joking around with him. We talked about other things like movies, what he liked, and did not like. He said I read something about you and bullying. I asked what he thought of it. He said seeing how big and scary you are made me feel like I was not alone. I got one knee and told him you are not alone buddy. I was you. The way you are looking at me for advice, you are going to do this for someone else.

It’s ‘All About Nina’ with Andrew Kai

All About Nina is a film that explores the high measures one is willing to take to sustain a place in the stand-up comedy world. Andrew Kai talks about his experience in the film and gives some insight on believing in oneself.

ATM: What have you learned about a women’s process of getting into comedy based on the main character’s performance?

Andrew: The first scene displays it all. She says, “I am a woman and I bleed out of my pussy every month.” This is a rough quote. Everybody is like aww. She is like, “What? A guy can stand up here and talk about his dick for 4 hours. Everyone cracks up, but I cannot talk about my pussy.” I think this defines how taboo it is for women to talk about sexuality on stage or the things that are okay for a guy to talk about. This also transcends into other industries. People have this stigma about women not being funny, but they are. They are finally starting to get appreciated for their comedy. There has been a lot of progress of women in comedy, acting, and entertainment just in this past year. This movie is a huge example of this.

ATM: What is the process of how you rehearse your lines while at home?

Andrew: I try to read the script to get a feel of what the story is trying to put forth. I try to see how the character fits into the story. For this one, my character Cy is this trust fund kid who thinks he is on top of the world and has confidence. Nina hits on him and puts him in his place. My role is beneficial to the main character. It shows the juxtaposition of her before meeting Common’s character or how she deals with her emotions. It is not in the healthiest ways. There is alcohol and sleeping around with people who she does not know or like. She finds herself and explores her path after meeting Common. She faces it instead of putting up her guard. In terms of getting my lines out, it is sometimes hard. I did not have many lines in this role. I have pages and pages with the movie I have now. I sometimes sing them, do dishes, and say them out loud in different ways. I then home in on the where and put in some thoughts of what the character is thinking before and after the scene. It all falls into place.

ATM: How can you relate to the passion that is represented in Nina?

Andrew: We are getting into the business of the arts. It is hard and there is competition. Nina is facing even hard competition because she is a woman. It is a sacrifice you must make. I have a business degree. I had internships that lined me up for working real estate in New York City. I thought about being an actor at the last minute. It has been great. Giving up these opportunities were a toss-up and scary. You feel alone and that you made the wrong choice. You hope for the best. Just put your heart into your work and pray it works out. This is what she does.

ATM: Where would you be if not taking the risk to be an actor?

Andrew: Definitely wearing a suit on the subway in New York City to my real estate job in Douglass Elliman. I would be in real estate development and sitting in board meetings.

ATM: Do you question if acting was going to work out?

Andrew: Both of my parents are models. My father modeled for 25 years old. He had a huge career, and this sets up a huge example for me. This inspired my passion. I was a like a little model baby with my parents. I idolized them and saw all these people working. I saw him on T.V and in magazines. I had idolized it for the wrong reasons. I got out here and said I could do it. I got out here and saw it was difficult. There are so many actors in LA. It is crazy. They are trying to give it their all.

ATM: How do you position yourself to be different among the vast number of actors in LA?

Andrew: It is tough. My job is to book auditions. I am friends with a few actors. I put my friend on tape a few days ago. She kills this tape with emotion. My friend goes to slate her name. There is this certain desperation with the slate. I did not like it. People try so hard. I am also lucky too. I go after a lot of younger roles. I have this confidence of a 26-year-old who has been in the business world and has sat down with clients. I have a certain confidence and I am competing with children who get nervous. I am not nervous at all. I bring myself to the character.

Believe in yourself. Believe that you are enough. Some people do not believe this, and this is where they get caught up.

ATM: Express your most captivating and memorable moment in the movie.

Andrew: I just watched it again for like the third time. It was the last monologue where she is talking about her dad. I was crying my eyes out. My actual favorite scene is when she is smoking a cigarette in the shower. You see she is not dealing with life in the right way. It is about how people deal with traumas that happened in their life. She was abused and raped by her father. Nina keeps this inside and not talk about it. She is hiding it with sleeping around and drinking. I can really relate to this moment where she is smoking in the shower.

ATM: You can feel it with each puff of the cigarette.

Andrew: Absolutely.

ATM: How is it being in a profession where you give your true self to do great? You have to exploit yourself to put on the best performance.

Andrew: It is empowering to be vulnerable. Acting for me is therapy. I am saving money with acting and not going to therapy. I am looking in on what drives and affects me, and what I have rejection towards. I have seen this in my character and the other characters I have played. I am like a trust fund kid and a prick. I hate this kid. This trust fund kid has this crazy confidence. That he does not deserve. I must still drive into this actor and do it. This is who I am. It was interesting to not wanting to be this guy, but let’s accept it and do it. It is interesting finding out what you resist and want about yourself with the roles.

 

Grey’s Anatomy Rushi Kota

Rushi Kota stars on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He talks with ATM about his journey through acting and living the American Dream.

ATM: Do you feel the American Dream is even true?

RK: Wow. Absolutely. As a first-generation immigrant, yes. My mother brought my brother and me here when I was eight years old. She is the epitome of the American Dream. She has gone through a lot as a true pioneer. She truly believes that if you work hard, then you can make it happen.

ATM: Do you feel fame and money dictates whether a person has conquered the American Dream?

RK: Aw, man this is a tough one. Back when I was a younger person and looking at my mother as a role model, yes. Money means a lot in my family. Money was the meaning of success because we did not have it. Now, as someone in his early 30s looking at it, no. This dream has evolved. It is more than just fame and money. It is about making a change and becoming a better person. We live in a divided world. What are fame and money if you are not a good person?

ATM: Describe the moment you made the American Dream? Was it an unconscious feeling?

RK: It is funny you say this. I do not feel like I’ve achieved the American Dream yet. It is a working process. One thing always leads to the next. There are small incremental achievements. At this moment, I thank the Gods and Goddesses for blessing me. When I landed Grey’s, it was not that certain of a job. I got pinned for two episodes. I saw the email. I remember it very distinctly. I was sitting at my dining table. I was weeping. I was like “Oh my God! This is so insane.” Especially in a career as acting, it is not like one week you are booking this, the second week you booking that, and the third week you are super famous. It is not like this at all. There are months and months of absolutely nothing going on. Then, there is one week with total insanity where everyone wants to work with you or offer you a job. This is all at the same time and you have to choose.

ATM: What character did you like before joining Grey’s Anatomy?

RK: I definitely loved Christina Yang’s character. She was brilliant. She was a different ethnicity and someone I could finally relate too. I was a fan of hers.

ATM: Is your fiance your person?

RK: Yes, she is definitely 100% my person. She is not in the acting industry. She is a scientist and is doing something with her life by curing cancer. This is pretty amazing. Our dinner table discussions are two worlds colliding.

ATM: Why has this series been in good standings for 15 seasons based on your experience?

RK: It is always finding ways to push the boundaries and the limits. They work and create a lot of characters that the audience can fall in love with. This is the huge difference compared to a lot of others. You will not see a lot of other shows now that has been on for 15 seasons. This is a huge accomplishment.

ATM: Name two life-changing moments on set.

RK: I met Chandra Wilson on set on my first day. She said to me “You’ve come to play with us.”

ATM & RK: (Laughs)

RK: It is so simple, right. In my life as an actor and most actors, I could say confidently we take our work so god damn seriously. We forget we are playing pretend. We forget to have fun. This is a veteran actor who has been on the show since day one. She has found that joy to continue. This blew my mind open. I was like, “Woah, what.” I have carried this with me since then and every day. I told her how that this has changed my life.

Second, I got to work with Sarah Drew a little bit as she directed Grey’s Anatomy: B Team. This was very exciting under her leadership. We sat, talked, and shared stories between takes. She said something she learned as a younger actor. One actor told her that while in an emotional scene that you “learn to preserve your energy, measure your performance, and save it for your coverage.” Another actor told her “this is bullshit. Just give every single scene all you’ve got.” This kind of made me understand my limitations and when I can go full force. And when do I need to pull back and save something for a particular take.

ATM: What is your definition of fun in life?

RK: I am a huge EDM fan. I have frequently gone to Tomorrowland for the past two years. It is just a mecca of EDM. It is a 4-day festival where DJs from all over the world come to play in front of a massive audience.

ATM: How do you still work as an actor and have fun?

RK: Exploring and living life as much as you can. I sometimes trap myself in my apartment and office. I isolate myself with my thoughts. This is not conducive to me coming out there and experiencing different types of experiences.

ATM: This sounds dangerous.

RK: Yes, I know.

ATM & RK: (Laughs)

ATM: You should stop.

RK: It is like am a cocoon hoping to come out to be a butterfly. (Laughs)

ATM: What are good personal traits about your role on this show?

RK: I have been percolating on this for quite a bit. He has a way about himself. He is charming, confident, and can be cocky. There is a lot of insecurity underneath this that drives his actions. I think there is something in there where he is valuable to change.

 

 

Jeff Kim talks ‘Monsters and Men’ & Reality

Monsters and Men follows the change of a police officer’s life after being caught on camera shooting a civilian. His actions transform the life of the people around him. Asian American actor Jeff Kim talks about the film.

Interviewer: Gabrielle Alexandra Smith

ATM: How do you feel this film narrative mirrors the current issues in our society today?

JK: It is intriguing how the movie came together. A critic said they felt the film dealt with these issues in a superficial way. I am a little surprised by this. I felt the director Ray really explores many aspects of the Black Lives Matter Movement. It would have been easy for him to side one way or the other. He explored through three different characters. One character was the product of police corruption. You have a bad NYPD officer who has reservations about what happened. He is coming from an NYPD perspective. The character Zyric is a good kid trying to do his best to get out of the ghetto and see where he stands in this. His activism can really affect his life, family, and promising career.

ATM: What are the things you can get from the John David Washington character’s view who is the NYPD officer? Does it create a softer tone to these issues?

JK: Overall you walk away with the feeling that these things happen. This is not necessarily an angry feeling. You walk away with a better understanding of what is going on. A better understanding of some injustices going on in underprivileged environments. You are also understanding what it is like trying to be an honorable police officer. Also, how difficult it is to be an activist and sacrifice a lot of things in your life. Then, it leaves you with sadness because these things do happen and will continue to happen. It does not clearly spell how you should think. You walk away with the whole view of things and not just one side.

ATM: This might be obvious or implicit. Who are considered the monsters and the men based on the title?

JK: It is funny because this movie is being told through three main characters. The NYPD officer that shot an innocent guy selling cigarettes is clearly the monster. There is a little bit of a monster in all the characters. In terms of the characters, when using the word men, it means a person who is going out into the world and trying to live their life the best way they can. There is a female character playing an activist and is also pretty much central. She is very strong on her views and a pro Black Lives Matter activist. This character sees the world in one direction. She is doing a lot of good but supporting the character playing the police officer. It is amazing how much he brought to so many characters in such a short time.

ATM: How do you feel someone’s consequence impacts us all?

JK: It is extremely sad. This film brings out these people in the news stories that have friends and family. It is sad when something like this tragic happens to them. It is sort of unfortunate because the things that happen that proceed us in time influence what happens now. A lot of innocent people get injured. All these things that happened in the past might have made the police officers trigger happy leading to unlawful force. Who knows what these officers have to deal with on a daily basis? It makes them more prone to make mistakes on the job. It is complicated. A lot of things that happen in the past affect us in the present moment. A lot of the actions we take in the present moment affect the future in ways we cannot predict.

ATM: What are some scenes you looked at that that relate to actual stories?

JK: The man selling the cigarettes reminds me of incidents in New York, Oakland, and Baltimore. The protesting scenes reminded me of the protesting that happened in St. Louis, New York, and really across the country. A lot of scenes reminded me of scenes that happened recently. Also, the two police officers who were shot in their own parole car.

ATM: Do you believe this 1- & 35-minutes film gives people a visual of how society is currently?

JK: Hmm. It seems to be really close to present day America. It does not seem like a fictional version of America. It is interesting because New York is such a unique place. People do not realize how unique life is in some of these boroughs in New York. I spent a lot of time in Brooklyn. Nothing seemed false to me about the life Fernando depicted in the film.

ATM: How does this film show the next steps that should be taken in present day America?

JK: This is interesting. Ramondo does not really complete the story of any of his characters. Manny is sort of left in an interrogation room. Dennis, the police officer is left in a stressful marriage. We do not know what will happen to his family or marriage. Zyric leaves us with him sort of taking a stand wearing a Black Lives Matter T-Shirt to a baseball tryout. We do not know if this will negatively affect his career like Colin Kaepernick or if he will go on to be a star. It is an interesting question because we just do not know the future of these characters. We do not know where we are headed as a society in terms of these issues.

 

Jay Alexander of NBC’s ‘REL’

Rel is a new comedy series that focuses on a father who is rebuilding his life after his wife cheats on him. This show displays how a man takes the next steps with this situation. Jay Alexander is a part of the cast and talks about the significance of the comedy series.

ATM: What has been your favorite memory or scene on this show?

JA: My scenes of course. {ha-ha} We are only two episodes in. They did an episode that shows violence in Chicago. I am not from Chicago, but I am from Detroit. I used to live in Chicago. I saw firsthand what was going on. I liked how they took the time out early on to do something serious. It is like a statement episode in a sense.

ATM: Talk about your first thoughts about the story-line.

JA: I thought the story-line was great. I have been knowing Rel for a long time. I would say at least 13 years ago. We met in Chicago a long time ago. A lot of the story-lines that were written in the show were jokes he used to tell. This was part of his material from back in the day.

ATM: What depictions of fatherhood are shown in this series?

JA: Being there for children regardless of what the relationship is with the parent or mother. You have to always be there. I have kids in real life. He is just still in their life no matter way. Nothing is going to take him away from the kids. This is the sort of sense you get from how he interacts with his children. Rel’s life on the show is in turmoil, but he still finds time with his kids. This could be talking or giving them something.

ATM: What are the first steps that Rel takes to rebuild his life as a long-distance dad?

JA: He is trying to get integrated into his building. Rel is trying to get a fill for the environment and the characters he will run into. He is getting the sense of how fast information spreads throughout the community. He has to deal with this. Rel is trying to get a feel of where he is at and his community.

ATM: When you did have hair on your head what was the atmosphere in the barbershop? Did you experience gossip being the focus when you were at the barbershop?

JA: I still remember these days of going to the barbershop. I could have the sports conversation. I do not have these anymore. You do not really need to go to the barbershop for a beard. You can but you should know how to do this on your own. This was how I was taught. The barbershop is this space. The bar is sometimes this space. You get a couple of drinks and information starts flowing out.

ATM: Express more about your stand-up comedy career aside from this series.

JA: I used to work at a shoe store. A comedian would always come into my job. My friend would always tell me I was funny. He was telling me there was a comedian who has a show at Coco House comedy. This was a comedy place in Detroit in 2005. He was headlining down there and told me to head down to get stage time. I never headed down there. I was not scared, but I just got off work late. I was not sure this job thing was what I wanted to do. I wanted to travel the world. I thought about this. Two weeks later another comedian name Blackberry out in Detroit came into my job with flyers. He asked if I wanted to do stand up. He asked me. I just so happen to be at the register. This had to be a sign. I was practicing my jokes with the girl I was seeing at the time. She told me it was funny. I did six out of the ten on stage my first time.

ATM: How do you feel this show Rel continues the black comedy culture in television?

JA: It is displayed from a very authentic view. The story is being told by Rel. He is a real dude. I trust him. It is going to be told from a truthful point of view. He is not going to deviate away from the true stories or experiences. This is the way he goes on stage. He does not embellish it to be funny. It happened the way it happened. I can most definitely count on black comedy being told from a real point of view as supposed to show us that everyone made it. There are some families like this but there are people who go through real situations. There are people in real life deal with these elements.