Interview with Lawyer/Producer Shannon Harvey-Fung, Esq. (LEGAL FOX Web Series)

LEGAL FOX played to rave reviews at the June 2018 Web Series Festival in Toronto. It was also the winner of BEST MUSIC at the festival.

Check out award-winning Legal Fox TV™
http://youtube.com/c/LegalFoxTV

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this web series?

Shannon Harvey-Fung: As a ‘logical lawyer’ – an arguably un-creative path – I wanted to combine my legal knowledge with something fun (and also tend to a gnawing creative spark.) Doing this in my provocative fashion was unconventional. Therefore, I initially had some hesitations. Then I remembered the words of my mother, who died young and unexpectedly, encouraging me to always do what’s in my heart and not be overly concerned about everyone’s perception. Armed with that wisdom I began to take proactive steps to ‘just do it’ and put out the first rendition of Legal Fox TV™

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make your first season?

About 18 months. I mulled over the idea for a while and first made very amateur web cam videos with just the law instruction/ narration portion. I then clicked with a professional Director /Producer that helped ‘give birth ‘ to the creative baby. After that I did several episodes spaced a few months apart each.

3. How would you describe your show in two words!?

Informative and provocative (provocative – both aesthetically and intellectually 😉

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing the episodes?

Getting caught up in seemingly minor details. As an attorney it is second nature to over-analyze. I tried not to do that with the ‘scripts’ or production of the videos. Nonetheless, the habit creeps in. When it did I would remember a ‘soothing’ statement by Voltair … “Perfect is the enemy of Good.” At a certain stage you simply have to know when it’s ready to go, despite the fact that there could always be one more tweak here or there.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Overall, pleasantly surprised. Even the initial comment was very poignant and addressed something that we can only hope all viewers can be evolved enough to realize ( i.e. to not ‘judge a book by its cover.’) As the comments progressed they had a similar theme.

My jaw did drop upon hearing it the final comment, loosely comparing the ‘host’ to Stormy Daniels – quite hilarious.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this?

In my career I sometimes came across legal cases that appeared too crazy to be real. Also, I had an innate tendency to somehow make law witty and “sassy” (at least as was told to me by others. ha.) I very much enjoyed that aspect and began to make fun videos for selected friends and peers explaining otherwise mundane topics in an amusing way. Editors and a variety of other folks far more technically talented than me helped set the legal information to interesting visuals.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Legally Blonde. ha! So thrilled they’re coming out with #3.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I’m very happy that something like FilmFreeway exists. It’s a great aggregation tool and it’s very well organized.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

“Everything’s gonna be all alright” by Bob Marley. Brilliantly simple.

10. What is next for you? More episodes? Another series?

Definitely more episodes. The last episode of Season 2 is coming out next month and the topic is a super practical one. Stay tuned! Season 3 will then follow. I am also looking to grow or gain exposure for the media persona I’ve developed (“Legal Fox” – related to but created independent of the web series) by appearing in other networks and platforms and also obtain a demo reel as a Host and /or progressive legal correspondent.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Filmmakers Anna Maria Hozian & Brad Riddell (OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN Web Series)

OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN played to rave reviews at the June 2018 Web Series FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

What motivated you to make this web series?

As professors, we really wanted to get into the web series arena as many of our students are motivated to make them these days. Web series provide filmmakers and writers opportunities to develop an audience and to try their hand at the episodic arena. And as feature film writers, we wanted to try a different type of storytelling. Also, as suburban parents, we realized we had a goldmine of content – parents with good intentions who behave badly – that could last for season after season.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make your first season?

We started the ideation process in July, wrote and rewrote the script up to our shoot time, which was five days in December — and then the post process took another six months. The majority of our crew was either a DePaul professor or student, so we had to work around numerous schedules.

How would you describe your show in two words!?

CRAZY PARENTS!

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing the first season?

Time. If this was our only job, or our crew’s only job, we would have been able to move so much faster! But as something we did on the side and asked people to volunteer their help, it was tough to reach the finish line.

What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

WE LOVED IT! Normally, you only get the reaction of being in the audience and hearing laughs. The best part is hearing how people connected with the material and responded to it. We had so much fun making it; it was golden to hear how much fun people had watching it. We especially loved the teacher who said that that is exactly what she goes through time and time again. It confirms that we were on the right track with our instincts.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

How did you come up with the idea for this?

We brainstormed a number of ideas, but once we pitched this one, we knew it was right. Honestly, it came from talking to a teacher about a parent who was trying to do what was best for her and her child without realizing the ramifications on anyone else. It’s parents behaving badly for what they think is best for their child. We have a line that was cut (for now) that said, “When the sperm hits the egg – instant nut jobs.” We, ourselves, have been known to be nut jobs from time-to-time when it comes to our own children.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Anna: Shawshank Redemption or Little Miss Sunshine

Brad: I saw Star Wars so many times as a kid, nothing else has had time to catch up!

You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

We love it. Indie filmmaking life became 1000% easier when FlmFreeway came along, and anything that can make this insane process easier, is greatly appreciated.

What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Anna: Smooth by Santana (with Rob Thomas)

Brad: Pride by U2

What is next for you? More episodes? Another series?

Anna: I have a feature that has been optioned, so hopefully, we’ll get that into production soon. I also want to shoot a short this year and I’m working on a few new scripts. We also hope to write the pilot for the full series of Other People’s Children.

Brad: I’m raising funds for a feature comedy about an 80s Prom Reunion Party called LATER DAYS (https://bit.ly/2Kgazee), which I will direct, and I’m also writing a skateboarding comedy for a Hollywood production company.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Filmmakers Laura Commisso & Sarah Campbell (COOL GIRLS Web Series)

COOL GIRLS was the winner of BEST FILM at the June 2018 Web Series FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

You can watch the show on its website: http://www.coolgirlswebseries.com

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this web series?

Laura & Sarah: As emerging artists, we were eager to create our own characters and write about content that we thought was funny and relevant to us. We wanted to make something, but we didn’t want to wait around for permission to do it. In the end, we’re so happy we decided to go ahead and create Cool Girls. We’ve learned so much along the way, and its only inspired us to delve further into the world of film.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make your first season?

In the span of a year and a half, we managed to write and produce two seasons of our show. Season one was four episodes, and season two was seven episodes. We spent about three days filming each, and a couple months in post production.

3. How would you describe your show in two words!?

In the words of one of the FEEDBACK audience members “painfully real.”

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing the first season?

I think one of the biggest challenges as independent creators is getting people to see your content. Without a seasoned producer or network platform, it can be easy for your work to get lost in the algorithms of social media. Sometimes it can be discouraging when you put so much effort into creating something, only for a couple hundred people to see it. That said, this obstacle has definitely made us better producers. Because of it, we’re constantly approaching our work with a business perspective, focussing on our brand, and asking ourselves, “How can we stand out?”, or “What can we do better next time?”.

5 What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It’s always great to get feedback from someone who isn’t your aunt. It also felt good to know that our show resonated with people from all different generations. When we made Cool Girls, we wanted it to be for everyone, so it was reassuring to hear positive remarks from so many non-millennial audience members. And of course, we were so happy to know that our show made people laugh!! After all- that is the point!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this?

For us, the characters actually came first! Amber and Terri were originally created in a parody beauty vlog that we made a few years ago. We decided it would be fun to make light of the YouTube vloggers that were taking over our feeds, so we set up a camera and improvised the entire thing. From there, Amber and Terri were born, and the series came naturally afterwards.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Laura- Home Alone

Sarah- The Sound of Music

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

So far we’ve really enjoyed using FilmFreeway! We’ve found it’s given us a good insight into the nature of the festival circuit, and allowed us to get our content onto new platforms and in front of fresh eyes! As new filmmakers, the platform is extremely user friendly, and allows you to easily find festivals that may cater to the genre and style of your work.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

This is a hard one.

Laura- Here Comes the Sun

Sarah- Anything Elton John

10. What is next for you? More episodes? Another series?

Over the past two seasons, we’ve only seen Amber and Terri’s characters grow. We are constantly laughing out loud while thinking up ridiculous scenarios that Amber and Terri can fall into. I think it’s safe to say we will continue creating Cool Girls. We just have so much fun doing it. As for our next steps, up until now, we’ve made our show with virtually zero budget and a team of three people. After wearing all the possible hats, our next goal would be to partner with a producer and start to really build up our team. We’ve recently worked with some other artists in Toronto and have another one-off episode of Cool Girls coming out this summer! Stay tuned.. We’re just getting started.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Why do you want to be the President of the United States? (The West Wing S3 E7 Review)

Power should be confined to those who are not in love with it. – Plato

the_west_wing_season_3.jpgGONE QUIET, The West Wing Episode 7 from Season 3.

Directed by Jon Hutman

Episode written by Aaron Sorkin.

Story by Julia Dahl, Laura Glasser

As the 2016 US election came to an end, I couldn’t help but go back to my all-time favorite Network television show, “The West Wing”. The fantasy world of Aaron Sorkin/John Welles feels a lot safer to me than the actual reality of a Donald Trump presidency. No, this is not a Donald Trump bashing article. If you want to ready one, I’m sure there are 1000s to choose from in a quick Google search. My question is why Trump actually wanted to be the President?

Is Trump simply attempting to “Make America Great Again”? Or was their other reason why he ran? I think it’s an important question to ask even if Hillary won. And I’m sure Hillary didn’t run for 100% altruistic reasons.

In this episode of The West Wing, President Josiah Barlet (Martin Sheen) is having a day of waiting and contemplating. There is a US submarine filled with 1000s of Marine and Navy soldiers that’s missing in the Atlantic Ocean. It missed its check-in call and now the higher ups are wondering where it is. Barlet, a genius who is an expert at multiple subjects, is not an expert at Foreign Policy and the military. Barlet is more of a domestic policy president if you need to put a label on him.  In the 3+ years he’s been president, his knowledge has grown tremendously as he makes sure that his appointment cabinet and chief of staff (John Spencer) know what he doesn’t know.

In this episode’s conflict of the lost submarine, Barlet even invites his Assistant Secretary of State Albie Duncan (Hal Holbrook) to sit in the Oval Office to offer his 50 years of military expertise. Barlet doesn’t care for Albie and vice/versa but they make sure they put their egos aside for the sake of national security.

As the episode proceeds, Barlet’s key staff members mull over strategy for their re-election campaign. Barlet’s Republican opponent was asked the question of why he wants to the be president, and he failed miserably answering it. It is a tough question to answer “honestly”. And now the staff is attempting to come up with their own answer to that questions if/when Barlet gets asked.

The staff attempt to come up with a clever response, but nothing feels right. In the last scene, Barlet’s Press Secretary CJ Cregg (Allison Janney) asks her boss straight up: “Do you know why you wanted to be president”?

Barlet tells her that he’s been thinking about how we wants to answer this question all day – and he almost had it, but lost it in the end! The episode ends with Barlet, the man who’s smarter than all of us, not quite knowing why he wanted this job. But the genius of this episode is that the audience understands why. Seeing what he went through during the day, how he interacted with people and the conflicts that lay in front of him, not to mention the people he chose to have around him to execute running the country every day – gives us the answer.

For Barlet, this job is the ultimate exercise in intellectual stimulation. This is a man who can literally do 5 or 6 thing simultaneously. He is also an adapter and constant learner. Plus, he is an Obama-like communicator and can delivery a solid speech when need be. He has an ego of course, but it’s tame in comparison to Clinton’s and Trump’s. He’s not afraid to look bad or stupid in front of others if the right thing gets accomplished. He’s a genuine human being who wants what’s best for others. And because he’s a genius, he understands that perhaps his skill set would be good choice to run the country he loves.

Of course, Barlet isn’t perfect. He’s flawed just like the rest of us. But he understands how to do the right thing in his ideology. So the only complaint you’ll have about him is his political platform, which will always lead to subjective arguments. But his character is sound. And Clinton’s & Trump’s characters were the talking point of this election and the actual issues took a back seat. In fact, the issues weren’t even in the car.

Barlet isn’t a real person. He’s an Aaron Sorkin creation. Perhaps an amalgamation of FDR meets Clinton meets Eisenhower with a little bit of Truman mixed in.

The worry with Hillary Clinton is that she doesn’t apologize for her misdeeds quickly enough or not at all. A psychologist would summarize that she has the classic personality traits of someone who’s hiding something.

The worry with Trump is many things. He’s a man who seems to always be on the offensive. Never apologizes for a damn thing and seems to “stretch” the truth time and time again to suit his narrative. He’s a glass half-empty kind of guy. It’s going to be fascinating to see how he does, but also very scary. He seems to care too much about what people are saying or thinking about him. A psychologist would summarize that he has the classic personality trait of someone who’s simply a narcissist.

America needs Barlet. And they got Hillary and Donald to choose from. Not an ideal situation for 200 million people to choose from, which is why 80 million of them didn’t choose at all.

So hopefully a real “Barlet-like” politician is out there in 4 or 8 years. And they can be Democrat or a Republican. All we are looking for is someone who has character, and tries to do the right thing for everyone and not just for themselves.

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Interview with actor Charley Scalies (The Wire, The Sopranos)

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I recently chatted with veteran actor Charley Scalies on his career and where he’s headed next. Trivia question: How many actors have appeared in both The Wire and The Sopranos? (answer at bottom of interview)

Matthew Toffolo: You have acted on two iconic shows – The Wire and The Sopranos. How does it feel to know that your performances will be watched for generations to come?

Charlie Scalies: Humbling, very humbling. But the thing that really makes me smile is knowing my great grandkids, and beyond, will get to see what Poppi looked and sounded like.

Matthew: You worked on Season 2 of The Wire. A terrific season about the world of Unions and the decline of the middle-class in our society. It’s personally my favorite season. Did you expect The Wire to be so iconic even 13 years after you filmed your season?

Charlie: During filming, we hoped it would be nominated for an Emmy, especially when one reviewer said he couldn’t catch any of us acting. Highest praise. As for the “stevedores”, we had no doubt since we all hung out together just like a brotherhood on the docks. But David Simon, the show’s creator, felt its ratings were not high enough to even be considered. Of course, he was right.

Not until later, when the show was called out as being one of the ten best written TV shows of all time, did we came to realize that we might have been a part of a show that would not only be watched, over and over, but studied.

In 2014, I received an invitation from my alma mater, St. Joseph’s University, to speak to members of the Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence about my experiences on the series. I was gob-smacked to learn they were studying “The Wire” for its sociological implications!

Matthew: The Sopranos was already established as one of the greatest TV shows of all-time when you appeared in Tony’s dream in season 5 as Coach Molinaro. I’ve talked to a few actors who’ve appeared on the show and all of them have said how intense the set was, albeit in a good way. How many days did you work on the show and what do you remember most about those days?

Charlie: I appeared in only one scene in the “Test Dream” episode. It was just James (Jim) Gandolfini and me. The finished version lasts about 3 ½ minutes. We began at noon and wrapped at midnight. I believe there were around 8 to 10 different set-ups which, alone, would account for 5 to 6 hours. (Acting for film/TV is about 85% waiting, 14% eating and 1% working.) I wouldn’t describe the set as intense but it was very business-like, as is the norm based on my experience.

When Jim arrived on set, we ran lines. Usually, actors simply recite them; they don’t act them. I do not. I try to give it the same read as I do when cameras are rolling. Since I had the first line, I bellowed “I know you’re there Soprano! Well come on! You’re gonna do it, do it!” Jim was a bit startled but then smiled. If there was any tension or doubt in his mind, it must have been dispelled.

We didn’t read the whole scene. I don’t recall why. I approached him privately and asked if he had the opportunity to read all of it. He had not. Without comment, I pointed to his final line which, in my opinion, was beyond lame. He thanked me and had it changed. (I don’t think I am permitted to tell you what it was.)
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When we were finished, I asked for a photo and he graciously consented.

That smile is the real guy. I like to believe that his last thought was one of sadness that his young son had to witness his father’s death.

Matthew: What is your best memory of working with James Gandolfini?

Charlie: First a little background. The Coach was Tony’s high school football coach: the only man, beside his father, that Tony both feared and respected. In the dream, the Coach represents Tony’s conscience and he is coming to silence it.

Though this may be trite, I don’t know how to put it any better. He gave me everything I needed and I tried to do the same. When he first appeared in my doorway, it was Tony Soprano, not Jim Gandolfini. And I wasn’t Charley Scalies, I was Coach Molinaro. I spoke to him as I would my own son and he answered accordingly. At no time did I feel either of us was acting. It was that easy. He was a pro and I like to think I am, too.

As an aside, I did learn a valuable lesson, much to my embarrassment.

I had a line “You had all the perquisites to be a leader on the field of sport.” What I should have done –other than keep my trap shut – was to point to the word “perquisites” and asked “Is that right?” No. Mr. English Major had to show off his language acumen with, “That’s not the right word. It should be “prerequisites”. The response came back, “The word is correct. Remember whose dream this is.”

Tail between the legs moments are quite effective at bowing one’s head.

Matthew: You jumped back into the acting world 20 years after working a “regular job”. What regular job did you work?

Charlie: I was Director of Sales and Contracts Management covering several divisions of a conglomerate and left to form my own consulting firm.

Matthew: What motivated you to get back into the acting world after so long?

Charlie: During my high school and college years, while South Philly was producing the likes of Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker and Fabian, a friend and I formed the stand-up comedy act and played every Beef and Beer we could find. Like every other comedy duo of the time, we patterned our act after Martin and Lewis. Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People”, would call that “Benchmarking Best Practices”. Einstein would call it research. We called it stealing.

I also got involved in some high school and college productions until, between sophomore and junior years at St. Joes, I was struck by lightning.

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I met Angeline, a dark haired beauty from North Philly and, within a matter of weeks, the nesting instinct kicked in. Shortly after graduation, I took a “real job”, married my Angeline, and together we set out to happily create and raise five children. In the meantime, the spot went out and the curtain came down on my acting “career”. At the time, I didn’t know it was only Act One.

Act Two. Fast forward to 1991. Because I purposefully limited the range of my consulting to my immediate area, I was no longer required to travel so I was home every night: not a long trip – my office was adjacent to the family room. The extra time allowed me to go back to some theater work. It ranged from parish shows to community theater to dinner theater. I was Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Billy Flynn in Chicago and my favorite, The Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, where we got to perform the original movie score before 400 Hispanic children, between the ages of 5 and 9, none of whom could speak English. It was the greatest, most responsive audience of my life. After the show, we went among them – in costume – and they squealed and climbed all over us. The Tin Man said, “If I die now, I’d be fulfilled” I said, “Me too, but I hope God isn’t listening.”

I also got to bring my Angeline on stage where we performed a two person, one act play called, “American Coffee” by Victor Bumbalo. She was petrified but did a marvelous job!

How did I get her to consent? Simple, I said “I have changed hundreds of diapers, the least you can do is act with me.” I learned guilt from my mother.

Act Three. Tony Scipione was a high school and college classmate and a groom at our wedding. Tony was an even bigger Broadway “freak” than I. Shortly after Tony married Dianne, they decided to move to New York so he could pursue an acting career. Almost thirty years later they returned to Philly where Tony and a partner, Rodney Robb, founded “The Actor’s Center”. When I visited, I told him about my community theater dalliances. What followed was pretty much like this.

“Why don’t you turn pro?”

“I don’t know how to do that.”

”I’ll cast you in a few of our shows. Rodney’s wife, Edie, is a Talent Manager. She’ll see you, she’ll love you, she’ll send you on additions.”

And that is how it began.

Matthew: You have 5 kids. What’s the secret to being a good father?

Charlie: 1. Love their mother.

2. Spend as much time with them as you possibly can. Your work may come first but your hobbies come last.

3. Teach them to respect themselves and others and to work hard for what they want.

4. Listen to them. Don’t be their judge or their critic, be their teacher. Loudly applaud every success. Correct them quietly and privately. Hug them – a lot.

5. Your job as a father is to ultimately make them self-sufficient, i.e. not need you. When you hear, “Don’t worry about this Pop, I got it” and you believe them, you can be pretty sure your job is over.

Matthew: What haven’t you accomplished yet that you need to accomplish in the TV/movie world?

Charlie: I have written the story that I wanted to write. When I read it, and I often do, it makes me remember, smile and laugh – yes at my own jokes. That one is for me, my soul. If it doesn’t get produced, that’s OK. Joe Stefano knows I did it.

From a business perspective, I would like someone with expertise in the business and with adequate funds to turn it into a producible film. One of those folks might spark to the story and decide it needs wholesale changes. I am a business person at heart and I always bow to the one who puts his/her money on the line.

Matthew: If you could work with one director that you haven’t worked with yet, who would that be?

Charlie: That’s tough. I had the privilege of working with Terry Gilliam, who gave me the best direction I ever received. “I want you to act strange, but I don’t know that that means.”

And working with Barry Levinson was akin to getting a PhD in comedic acting.

Since you probably guessed I love comedy and larger than life characters who get to say outrageous things, I’d have to go with Danny DeVito (or Penny Marshall as a very close second)

Matthew: Who is your personal favorite actor of all-time?

Charlie: That’s like asking, “Who is your favorite child?” While I tell each of my five children that he/she is my favorite, you’re probably not going to let me get away with that here.

As a movie/TV fan I have many. But as an actor, there is only one: an actor who can read a line in ways I could never imagine. Christopher Walken. And I never caught him acting.

Matthew: What advice do you have for actors trying to make it in the industry?

Don’t expect that what happened to me will also happen to you.

Charlie: Treat it like your job, your business. Full time. No screwing around. Otherwise, it’s just a hobby.

Plan. Do. Check, Adjust.

· Make a plan with financial needs, goals and a timetable (with the help of your manager or agent).

· Follow the plan (Do it)- Toughen your skin. You are going to hear NO a lot more than YES

· Check/measure your progress against your timetable

· Adjust your Plan if you are not on target to achieve your goals

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Trivia question answer: 6 (actors John Doman, Michael K. Williams, J.D. Williams, Brian Anthony Wilson, Joey Perillo, and CHARLEY SCALIES)

The Wire is the Greatest TV Show of All-Time

The marathon continues.

Please don’t be down on Season 2. It’s a great season showing how the drug trade in Baltimore is really small potatoes compared to the rest of the world. The troubles run much deeper.

    Back in the day I did a video review of every single episode:

Season 1 is about the drug trade.
http://wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/the_wire_season_1.html

Season 2 is about Unions and the destruction of the blue color worker.
http://wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/the_wire_season_2.html

Season 3 is about how city government works.
http://wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/the_wire_season_3.html

Season 4 is about the public school system.
http://wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/the_wire_season_4.html

Season 5 is about journalism and the newspaper industry.
http://wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/the_wire_season_5.html

Top 10 Wire Characters:

10. Prez Pryzbylewski
9. Avon Barksdale
8. Jimmy McNulty
7. Ziggy Sobatka
6. Bunny Colvin
5. Cedric Daniels
4. Bunk Moreland
3. D’Angelo Barksdale
2. Omar Little
1. Stringer Bell