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Let Me Touch You(r Roots): A Commercial I Shot

For as much as I talk about acting and writing and auditions and dating Claire Danes, sometimes I forget that ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE IN MY LIFE. So just so you guys know I’m not completely making it all up (except the Claire Danes part — we’re not dating…we’re engaged! Congrats us!), here’s the long cut of a commercial I was in for Clairol’s Root Touch-Up, a fabulous product that I will fully recommend to all of you just as soon as I figure out what it does or where to get it. Enjoy the video.

Now tell me, men of the internet, what’s your favorite feminine beauty product that you’ve ever endorsed on television? Leave your answer in the comments section…for me it’s probably that Clairol Root Touch-Up commercial I did, but I’d have to think about it.

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Dustin

 

I can't believe it's not butter! ...Because it's not butter. It's a hair product.

I can’t believe it’s not butter! …Because it’s not butter. It’s a hair product.

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The 9 Stages of Creation

The writer/creator/artist lifecycle has nine very distinct stages:

1 — Get idea, think it’s great or hilarious or whatever.

2 — Write/produce/create idea, still really excited.

3 — Get about 80-90% finished creating/writing/producing idea, begin to loathe all aspects of the idea, doubt the goodness of any idea you’ve ever had.

4 — Stop working on idea altogether, now convinced you are the least-intelligent person ever…person’d…Christ I can’t even think of the right word to replace person’d, so I guess we’re just gonna leave that word in there. Question any and all accomplishments and ideas in your life, convinced everything you’ve ever written, produced, performed in, created, suggested, or said in public or private is worthless shit that even Hitler would be embarrassed to claim as his own.

5 — Finish project just so the hours you’ve poured into it won’t feel like a complete and utter waste. Contemplate sitting in running car with your garage door closed until sweet monoxide-flavored release takes you to a place away from all pressure of creativity, a place whose only language is high-fives and ice cream.

6 — Submit project to boss or internet, lock self in Y2K bunker to avoid the imminent mockery of strangers and the ostracization of your family/loved ones.

7 — Pretend your idea/project/creation never happened in the first place, make all dinner reservations under assumed identity.

8 — Many, many years later, look back on created product/idea/written work/project and get mild enjoyment from it, wonder if you might’ve been overreacting initially.

9 — Come up with new idea, repeat entire process; oblivious to the new, fresh Hell you’re about to willingly subject yourself to.

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Dustin

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30 in 30, Day 10: Penelope’s Quest

As you may or may not know (or care), I wrote the audioplay for the radio-show-style adaptation of a children’s book called Penelope’s Quest (shout out to Marsha Zimmerman who wrote the awesome source material we adapted this from). I was also able to voice one of the characters and do some light producing and co-directing for the project. As part of my 30 in 30 project, I wanted to share a small sample of this project with you (for copyright reasons I can’t share the entire thing, but it’s a great read/listen for children, and I encourage you to check it out if you have interest). Hopefully if you have a child you’ll enjoy it, or maybe if you just have an inner-child you’ll enjoy it…or maybe you just want more of my voice to listen to, to help you fall asleep at night. That definitely wouldn’t be creepy.

Penelope’s Quest audioplay excerpt (approx. 5:00 minutes):

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30 in 30, Day 5: Everything I Know in Life, I Learned from Bugs Bunny

• Laughter is the best medicine…but it’s also the best weapon.

• Dressing in drag can get you out of most problems, but will typically create many more in its place.

• Carrot juice is pretty damn good.

• If you’re the right combo of funny and cocky, you’re unstoppable — even the people that hate you will like you.

• Never underestimate the power of a well-executed musical number.

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The Most Oscarful Time of the Year

For someone who has literally nothing to do the vast majority of the time, I sure do seem to stay crazy busy. It feels like this is the first moment I’ve had to breathe in half a year. That said, let’s make some Oscar picks, shall we?

Note: Categories are presented in no particular order, and picks are being made regardless of whether or not I’ve see all the films in a given category.

Best Actor:
Right away I’m torn for several reasons.
—George Clooney probably gave the best performance in Up in the Air, but he’s won so much already that it’s almost boring to see him get it.
—I like Jeff Bridges, but I think Crazy Heart is overhyped and not that great of a movie.
—Morgan Freeman seems like the go-to guy since you know he did a good job, and likely has the fewest years of eligibility (aka life) left in him.
—I don’t like Colin Firth, and furthermore can’t in good conscience select someone whose resume includes Love Actually, What a Girl Wants and the Bridget Jones series.
—Jeremy Renner did an ok job in Hurt Locker, but it’s just not the kind of character I like to see win.

Pick: Morgan Freeman. Eh, why not? Besides, he might smite us if we don’t give it to him.

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