If I wanted the easy life, I would have never in a million years picked this profession. The countless hours of hard work that I do while those that work 40, 50, 60 hours a week are asleep or on vacation are almost unfathomable. I’m not complaining about what I do, nor am I knocking anyone else’s choice of work. I just feel it necessary to communicate how hard this life actually is. But life IS hard, right? And anything worth having is worth working for, right? Some people, (friends and family), joke about the red carpet, award shows or the easy life, but they couldn’t be any further from my own actual reality. There are no delusions of fame and fortune, no paparazzi. I’m up early, working hard in the gym on my physique for action/romantic roles, constantly dieting to keep my abs. After all, I need to be able to take my shirt off without getting embarrassed! Then it’s off to my day job for 4.5 hours, if I’m lucky, instead of my job, I’m at a film set to shoot. When work is finally done, if there are no auditions, it’s back home to either work on character development for a film I’ve been cast in, writing a screenplay, perfecting an accent or studying old films until midnight. Weekends? What are those? I’m usually on set filming somewhere or training with an acting coach. That’s it, no glamour, rinse then repeat. And with all the NO’s you hear in this industry, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. I know there is no guarantee that I will ever make it to the big leagues; chances are very slim. I do this for the love of freedom of expression, for creating art. Getting discovered by a major studio is a foggy, unlikely dream. I don’t do it for that. I do it because I love it; and will continue to, so I will keep doing it.