I UNLEASHED MY POWER With Tony Robbins!

Last night I went to “Unleash The Power Within” seminar with Tony Robbins. It’s actually all weekend, so I’m just writing this quick post and video to show you how excited I was at 1am to have walked on FIRE!!

 
One of the little tidbits I walked away with is that PROBLEMS and STORIES can become addictions if you get love and needs fulfilled from them. I took a lot of notes, and maybe I’ll expand on it later.
For Now, I’ll just say “YES!!!” – See more at: http://www.youcantmissthis.com/2013/11/last-night-i-went-to-unleash-power.html#sthash.f4QsxTXr.dpuf

Actor Audition Story: “Quick! Can you do an Indian accent”?


http://www.BonesRodriguez.com

http://www.Entreperformers.com

 

I got a text from a friend at 3pm asking if I could do an indian accent to be a deli owner.

 

Sure I can. I’ve been asked to do that before, and frankly, the guys at my local Subway were SURE I was bengali, and have taught me a few phrases. Good enough.

 

Apparently, my friend is doing a short film and the actors of indian decent that they saw weren’t really able to do the scene to the director’s liking, so they were kinda desperate, and they were about to cut the scene.

 

“Let me try my friend Bones” she said.

 

I got the text. I was there 1/2 hour later.

 

I looked at the scene for 15 minutes, they auditioned me, and they asked me to do the part in a few days. The entire process took about 45 minutes.

 

I started to think about what that meant as an actor.

It meant that they were happier to go with a guy who looked “kinda” indian who could do the scene rather than cutting  the scene entirely.

It meant that unless my friend KNEW WHO I WAS, they wouldn’t have seen me,

 

It made me think about how often I am upset at Hollywood for not using Latino actors, or whatever, but maybe sometimes the few that they do see just aren’t doing what the director wants, so they find someone else.

 

Who Knows?

 

The point is, I got the job!

Actor Audition Story: “Quick! Can you do an Indian accent”?


http://www.BonesRodriguez.com

http://www.Entreperformers.com

 

I got a text from a friend at 3pm asking if I could do an indian accent to be a deli owner.

 

Sure I can. I’ve been asked to do that before, and frankly, the guys at my local Subway were SURE I was bengali, and have taught me a few phrases. Good enough.

 

Apparently, my friend is doing a short film and the actors of indian decent that they saw weren’t really able to do the scene to the director’s liking, so they were kinda desperate, and they were about to cut the scene.

 

“Let me try my friend Bones” she said.

 

I got the text. I was there 1/2 hour later.

 

I looked at the scene for 15 minutes, they auditioned me, and they asked me to do the part in a few days. The entire process took about 45 minutes.

 

I started to think about what that meant as an actor.

It meant that they were happier to go with a guy who looked “kinda” indian who could do the scene rather than cutting  the scene entirely.

It meant that unless my friend KNEW WHO I WAS, they wouldn’t have seen me,

 

It made me think about how often I am upset at Hollywood for not using Latino actors, or whatever, but maybe sometimes the few that they do see just aren’t doing what the director wants, so they find someone else.

 

Who Knows?

 

The point is, I got the job!

Improv Music Rehearsal With Freestyle Repertory Theatre

Improv Music Rehearsal With Freestyle Repertory Theatre

I’ve been performing woith Freestyle Repertory Theatre for over a decade, and we do some great improv work. While the other NYC schools are concerning themselves with “clever”, we’re working on storyline. Actual Stories, people.

But today, we used some of that “Go For It!” attitude and sat around a piano making up songs. We started simply, and didn’t try to make lyrics. We just sang “Lalalala” so we could get a feel for the way we each created music. 

Then we “foiled” each other by creating sounds that mimicked the others, but added to it musically.

Eventually, we added lyrics. characters, and STORYLINES so that we were doing counterpoint, and repeated phrases.

And then my head hurt.

But I look forward to when an audience gets to hear it!

We can’t actually WANT this, can we?

I saw this video from the good people over at UPWORTHY, which always sends out some great stuff:

The question is do we want a world where the people work their lives away while the profits from the companies they work for have record profits? The pay for an employee is SUPPOSED to be part of the expenses…

How can we create a world where the SYSTEM incentivizes the exploitation of it’s own people?

It seems that even when we mean well though, we dont always do a good job of it:

This video is about a woman who shoplifted to feed her kids, and a ploice officer who did an unexpected thing:

And now that the community came out to give her food and stuff, she’ll STILL be in the same situation. Fortunately, she got a job, but what about some SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE to make money instead of just giving her something to spend?

People need an OPPORTUNITY to learn and grow out of the situation they’re in, don’t they?

What if instead of charity and a job, we actually gave her SKILLS and knowledge to get her on her feet afterwards, so that it cannot happen again?

Bones Rodriguez On Television


Look! It’s Bones Rodriguez on Television!

I have been on TV a whole bunch of times now, and I have to admit it seems wild.

I remember the very first time I saw myself on TV it was on LAW AND ORDER: SVU, and I cried like a SCREAMING BABY out of happiness. 

I kinda freaked out that my crazy dreams were coming true!

Now, when I see myself on television, it’s like “Oh yeah, there’s me again….” Ha!

This playlist of videos includes my work on:

National McDonald’s Campaign

The Electric Company,

We Are New York“,

Fox and Friends,

doing a commercial with Alan Houston,

and even JERRY SEINFELD… but I’d prefer if you skip the thing with him LOL!

Enjoy!