Monday, May 15, 2017

Learning to Step Up My Social Media Game

Being an actor is virtually a lifelong career which, feasibly, you don't need to retire from as long as the roles keep coming and you have the stamina to continue in an often brutal industry. Regardless of your age, what every actor can no longer avoid is the value of social media. One's social media imprint is becoming a growing point of interest for casting as it lets them know if you can be, from day one, a source of publicity and potential audience members via your social media following. My challenge is to grow my social media presence organically.

It is cool that my talent managers are stepping up their social media game and announcing when clients book work. I like it because I feel a bit self-serving when I announce I booked a job. I know it is weird but I'm adjusting, embracing social media, and I'm learning this is all a part of being a creative professional in the entertainment industry.

I'm learning more and more about my own industry, what it takes to be an actor in the 21st century  and having fun in the process. I'm not interested in pretending I know what I don't know so, forgive me if I sound like a naive actor.

That said, I booked a pilot this pilot season entitled "Good Girls." The show has a great cast and if it get's picked up, I will be shouting from the rooftops!  It was a fun gig and the cast members I got to work with were sweet and frankly actors who you hope have every success in whatever they do.  Obviously, I hope that the show is picked up this fall for NBC's line up. If my character recurs as well, I would be a happy camper! Finger's crossed!

I am represented by Allen Edelman Management so if you want to check out the announcement the company made on my behalf,  check out their website: www.allenedelmanmanagement.com   

If you want to help me as I step up my social media "game" feel free to follow me on twitter: @KevinDArcy_Live



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Becoming A Member of SGI and a Nichiren Buddhist

As of February 25, 2017,  I took the plunge and began my first step on the lifelong journey of becoming a Nichiren Buddhist by receiving my Gohonzon. I have no idea what lies ahead but for some strange reason, I have faith this journey may be just what I need to transform my health, acting career, and life in general.

What has drawn me to Nichiren Buddhism and the lay organization of Soka Gakkai International is the idea that I must take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for my part in the Cause and Effect of my life experiences.

I have met a number of folks who have been practicing Nichiren Buddhism for over a decade. I look forward to seeing how my life unfolds on the path and just how much it will enhance my life for the better. Only time will tell. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When Your Brain Is Ready To Explode

AHHHH!

There are truly days when it feels like my brain just won't shut off! I have been having issues with insomnia and I will admit anxiety as I wrestle with fears surrounding my diagnosis of prediabetes, high cholesterol, and high creatinine levels. I have been making changes, from diet to quitting smoking yet it is hard to let go of the fear of not doing enough or the what ifs of potentially becoming diabetic or have serious kidney problems.

It is scary to be uncertain if I am on the right track. I hope I am but I have not lost weight  which concerns me as I have not eaten meat in what feels like forever yet nothing. Maybe it will kick in later. I will admit, fighting off depression has been impacting my ability to get an exercise regime going strong. Wow, anxiety and depression are a major roadblock but I just cannot let this
 roadblock lead me to a lifetime of having to take insulin.

AHHH. Need to come up with a serious strategy if I can get a good night's sleep. My brain is ready to explode if I don't get it together.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When Your Doctor Scares You Into Healthy Living

My life has bumped up against some major challenges since last I blogged. To say 2016 was a stressful year would be an understatement. As the year came to a close, my anxiety levels reached some dizzying heights. That said, I decided to start 2017 with a new frame of mind.

I scheduled a visit on January 5th to the doctor to start taking my health more seriously by starting an annual physical and chat with my new physician for tips on dealing with my anxiety.  On January 20th, I went back to get my lab results.

Bottom line, things are not looking good.

Now, from the perspective of looking at things from a glass half full, I am happy to say, I am HIV negative, and have no issues with cancer. But here's where things got very REAL.

My doctor said:

1. I am PRE-DIABETIC and my blood glucose levels are so high I am literally ONE point away from becoming a FULL BLOWN DIABETIC.

2. My blood pressure is good but my Bad Cholesterol numbers are dangerously high.

3. My creatinine levels are dangerously high which may lead to some level of Kidney disease.

Cue, jaw drop.

Doctor's Advice:

1. Stop SMOKING
2. Start EXERCISING MORE
3. Lose WEIGHT
4. Switch to a PLANT-BASED DIET

What can I say. Any delusions I was living under that I am a relatively healthy guy blew up in that moment. No longer could I pretend that my years of smoking was no big deal. The truth is smoking was my only tool for dealing with stress and anxiety. I didn't say this was a smart way to deal with stress but it was the choice I made and now I had a wake up call.

I am moving into March and happy to report I have been an ex-smoker for over a month and a half.  I've also been eating a plant based diet for a month and a half as well. Strangely, I have craved a cheeseburger more than a cigarette which no matter how you look at it a sign of success for a former chain smoker.

So why am I saying all this? Well, I am putting it all out on the table because, my fear of becoming a diabetic is real and very stressful.

While my dream is to make a living full-time as a working tv & film actor, this new reality has awakened me to the fact that I am more than just an actor. Duh... In fact none of that means anything if I don't have my health. Now again, being a diabetic is not like facing a cancer diagnosis but the fact is I don't want to be taking insulin everyday. In many ways this wake up call while stressful is my last opportunity to pull myself from the cliff regarding my health.

This has become my opportunity to make real changes for the better in all areas of my life. In so doing, this blog will become a space for me to channel my frustrations, map my journey and chronicle my ups and downs as I learn how to manage life without nicotine, on a plant-based diet and a ton of exercise.

This is truly one of those turning points in my life. With faith, hard work and many trips to LA Fitness, I may be able to transform my life for the better.

Wish me luck!