I heard about this film from Jimmie Fails himself. I mistook it for another film that I went and auditioned for but turns out, it was for another title. I had no clue at first that this was something Jimmie was working on. Slowly it sparked my interest. As time went by, I started seeing Google posts online about the movie, having had won the Sundance Film Festival 2019 for the best film.
Now that Phase 3 has ended and Spiderman: Far From Home has cleared out any missing links to Endgame, we can finally seek what's next on the Marvel List. The list of films goes on as they tackle titles such as Black Panther 2, Dr. Strange 2, The Eternals, and even a future Riri Williams (Iron Heart), the next in line to be Iron Man. Hate to love it, but it really looks like Marvel is pushing the massive diversity within the next Avengers. But, there is one particular film that has been announced that'll change the levels of history for Marvel and those who have grown up with Marvel comics and the films. After 12 years, starting with the 2008 Iron Man, they will finally introduce Shang Chi, the first Asian lead to take the major screen for Marvel and the first Marvel film to have majority Asian talents, as to Black Panther how was. Shang Chi is known as the "Master of Kung Fu," a Chinese Marvel character known for his ability to master Kung Fu and a weaponry-based wushu style, also declaring his ability to duplicate himself. Shang Chi later becomes an Avenger and part of The Agents of Atlas.
I have had arguments and debates with other fellow Actors behind the scenes about Method Acting. Method Acting was the first style of Acting I picked up freshman in college. I read books from Stella Adler to Uta Hagen. As I grasp certain methods and teachings, I come to find myself grasping the idea of Methods, but I just felt it wasn't a natural or genuine process. Then I came to fully understand the concept of it; what Method acting to me is. A system to construct an emotional foundation built within your personal experiences to develop a character, or yourself.
Becoming an actor in this day and age is difficult. Not everyone will get it and perceive you as not thinking "practical." Who in their right mind wants to do it? I love a challenge and I tell myself, as long as I know I choose not to stop, I'll be fine. But what cost does it have on my lifestyle?
"Think twice before you get that tattoo!" I was told many times. I was also told that I would never get any casting if I had any tattoos. It was very discouraging hearing this from close friends or fellow colleagues. But, they were wrong. My advice is, if you do hear such a thing, ignore their words. Your mission in your acting career is to find where you stand as an individual and what work you are going for. For years I have feared that my tattoos would only get in the way of castings. For a time being, they were. It was just extra work they had to do to cover them up or adjust fittings to cover them up. Then I realized that maybe I was going into work I just wasn't comfortable doing. I needed to find castings that will appreciate my canvas alongside my performance. Although, this was challenging. Auditions rarely ask for talent with existing tattoos, but it never stopped me from being an actor.