Q. Shay, Sacramento, CA
With regard to film making, what types of movies are you in interested in directing?
A. Because I have such an appreciation for the art of storytelling, I would have to say that I'm an admirer of most all films, regardless of genre, that are able to elicit a story, rich with fully developed characters while making me feel something. While I don't necessarily see myself directing an outer space, hi tech, special effects project at this early stage in my directing career, I still have respect for any film and filmmaker that can compel the viewer with the story and its characters. I am more prone to seek live action drama and/or comedy storylines at this initial phase in my directing career.
Q. Tom, New York, NY
Now that you're planning a segue into directing, which directors do you admire?
A. Names that immediately come to mind include the popular directors: Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen. And a director I admire that's not as known: Danny Boyle. Each of these directors, by virtue of the films they have made, certainly have their own unique and special style that fashions their work. However, the commonality they share, speaking as an actor and viewer, is their ability to weave a story by unveiling complex characters and intricate storylines through their "eye" and the lens. They are quite brilliant at producing imagery that impacts the viewer on many levels.
Q. Jerry, Buffalo, NY
How do you decipher when people have an agenda for you? At what point in your career did you learn how to identify people who want something from you from those who truly seek an altruistic friendship?
A. Everyone seems to have their own learning curve when it comes to identifying those who have an agenda – hidden or otherwise. In the entertainment business and in the world of celebrity, most people are quite bold in expressing what they truly want these days. It's not uncommon for requests and motives to be made painfully clear upfront. The degree of bravado runs deep and rich these days and while I'm still surprised at times by a couple of curve balls, I'm keenly aware in most encounters when there is disingenuous behavior.
Q. Rick, Atlanta
Fastlane was such a great show. Any comment on why it wasn't picked up for a second season?
A. Plain and simple: shows live and die by their ratings. While the show found a niche market, it was never able to develop a broad based appeal or large audience during the time slot and air day it was assigned. So as sad as it was to see it end, they canceled it due to the simple fact of low ratings.