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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Monday, January 15, 2018

Angela Brown/ Canada's tech talent

Sept. 11, 2017 The Ladder: Angela Brown: Today I found this article in the Globe and Mail:

Angela Brown is president and chief executive officer of Moneris Solutions, one of Canada's largest payment processors.

I was always a numbers-oriented person. My first position was with Procter &Gamble, a great company. I was very involved on the manufacturing side and loved seeing the systems and the ways that things were put together. When I moved over into financial services, I was naturally involved in all of the IT build because all financial services are based on technology and big systems.

I found my passion in financial services. It's so current and so involved in the economy and the way that people conduct their lives. I really love that about the business. As I got more familiar with the systems and technology side of it, it's just been endlessly challenging and at the forefront of what's going on in technology in general. It's really an interesting place to be.

I'm proud to have had leadership positions on both sides of the border. I worked 13 years with CIBC, then moved to the U.S. and worked 13 years, growing positions. There's something to be learned about putting yourself into a different market, even one that seems as familiar as the U.S. market feels to the Canadian market. You learn something about yourself and about people and how to lead, and how to adapt your leadership. I'm very proud of the fact that I could do that on both sides of the border.

Despite having the best laid plans in the world, unexpected opportunities will pop up at any moment and these could be the opportunities worth pursuing.

You need to be open to what comes up in life, even if you think it doesn't align with your set ideals or vision. Oftentimes, what you think you know will get thrown out the window once you open yourself up to other roles or paths that weren't initially on your radar. Your vision will adapt along the way.

My advice to young people is that you have to stay open to opportunity. I did not graduate from my MBA saying, "This is what I want to do," but you take opportunities as they present themselves and start to discover where you fit and where your talents really seem to shine.

I think you pay attention to that as a young person and take advantage of different opportunities and be thoughtful about, if it didn't work out, why didn't it work out?
Understand what that means about what you should pursue in the future.

There are seasons for work and family, and you need to work realistically with those instead of trying to deny that they're there. And just take care of what's most important at that time.

I think that you are a better leader at work if you also have a very healthy personal life and a balance that you create for yourself. It's a matter of continually adjusting and saying, "Am I taking care of myself? How about my fitness? Am I taking care of my family? Am I taking care of business?" and constantly re-evaluating.

I've been very fortunate to have had some wonderful mentors through my whole career. Today, I still have mentors that I reach out to when I'm dealing with something and I need some different perspectives. I mentor a few people today, formally and informally. It's a great opportunity to share a few pearls of what these younger people could be thinking about as they pursue their own careers.

This is a technology-driven business, so I am reverse-mentored by young people on an almost-daily basis. A millennial or someone younger shows me something new that they've seen in the marketplace, a technology application or something interesting.

They don't always lead somewhere, but they're on the forefront of watching those things.
When hiring for my team, I look for people who are intelligent and have a passion for this business and the technology. They are not intimidated by it – they embrace it. They need to have some energy and I look for integrity.

I think I'm naturally an introvert that's had to, over the years, develop the ability to work a crowd, to be a part of a team. When you're the leader, we just had our sales conference and you need to mingle with these people and engage them and let them engage you. You just have to develop those skills. These days, I am more of an ambivert.

The best advice I've received was way back, when someone said to me, "Angela, always take the high road." It's great advice when you are competing and trying to figure out how you want to handle different situations. You'll never regret taking the high road.
This interview has been edited and condensed.

Oct. 6, 2017 "Canada emerging as magnet for tech talent": Today I found this article by Jared Lindzon in the Globe and Mail:

Though he had co-founded two companies previously and worked at LinkedIn's head office in Silicon Valley for six years, Vikram Rangnekar's H-1B visa did not allow him to start a company of his own on American soil.

Between the visa restrictions and the soaring cost of living in the Valley, the Indian-born entrepreneur and author decided last year that it was time to move his family to a new country. They first considered India and Singapore, where they had lived previously, and Melbourne, Australia, where they had family, or a totally new city such as Berlin. Then a friend recommended that he look into Toronto.

"We wanted a little more freedom and a reasonable path to citizenship, and it would have to be a city with a tech scene I could bet on," he said. "Surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly, Toronto is becoming a serious tech centre in North America."

In recent months, political turmoil and tough talk on immigration in the United States has caused many of its technologyindustry workers to consider viable living options elsewhere. At the same time, Toronto - and Canada, more broadly - is emerging as a tech powerhouse in its own right, causing a sudden reversal in the long-standing trend of Canadian talent moving south.

To the 37 per cent of American technology workers that are foreign-born and the 13 per cent that are H-1B visa holders, Canada has never looked like a more appealing alternative.

"Shopify saw 40 per cent more U.S. applicants in the first quarter of 2017 than we averaged in all of 2016," said Anna Lambert, the Ottawa-based company's director of talent acquisition. And when Toronto-based innovation hub MaRS Discovery District polled 42 high-growth companies based in Canada, two-thirds of respondents indicated that they had recently witnessed a notable increase in applications from the United States.

The sudden interest in Canada's technology industry is even becoming apparent in postsecondary institutions. Canadian universities witnessed a 25-percent increase in international applications for this school year, with the University of Toronto receiving interest from 80 per cent more American students compared with last year.

"Tech has always been about getting in early," Mr. Rangnekar said. "I think Toronto has that startup appeal - it's young and growing - and people want to be part of that startup story." Mr.

Rangnekar adds that it could have taken up to 20 years and thousands of dollars in legal fees to get a U.S. green card for himself and his family, but it only took a few months to get permanent residency in Canada, no lawyer required.

After settling into a home in the Leslieville neighbourhood, launching his startup, Webmatr, and surviving his first Canadian winter, Mr. Rangnekar detailed his journey in a LinkedIn post, providing some words of advice to others that might be looking to do the same.

"When I shared it initially on LinkedIn, it hit 20,000 views in two days," he said. "The most I had gotten [previously] was a few hundred, and it's still growing." Mr. Rangnekar received so much interest that he began an online forum called Mov North to help Americans and international tech workers bring their talents to Canada.

A recent study by job-search website Indeed found that the average U.S.-based job seeker looking to work outside the country sends 12 per cent of their applications to Canadian employers, but in recent months, that number jumped to 30 per cent among tech-industry workers.

Bryan Smith, chief executive and co-founder of Toronto-based big-data-processing firm ThinkData Works, says that he's seen a 50-per-cent increase in U.S.-based applications and a 100-per-cent increase in foreign applications over all in the past year.

When he asks foreign-based applicants about the sudden interest in Canada, however, many say it isn't in direct response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial rhetoric. Instead, the election lead many foreign workers based in the United States to the conclusion that immigration policy during his tenure isn't likely to make the already burdensome and complex process any easier.

"I think Toronto was off everyone's radar, and what's happening in the U.S. has expanded their search a little bit," Mr. Smith said. "Once they started looking [at Toronto], they liked what they saw, not just from a tech and a company perspective but from a cultural and living perspective."

Mr. Smith also credits efforts from government policy for drawing talent. "I think for the first time, at least in my lifetime, the governments at all levels are drumming to the same beat, which is bringing in high-class talent and setting up the support mechanism to get people here to start companies and add to the economy," he said.

"You can see that from [Toronto Mayor John] Tory all the way up to [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau; they're all on message."

Mr. Smith specifically applauds the federal government's Startup Visa Program, which helps bring immigrant entrepreneurs into the country. Karen Greve Young, herself an American immigrant and the vice-president of partnerships for MaRS, says the Startup Visa Program couldn't have come at a better time for a city and country emerging as a global leader in certain technology fields.

"There's a lot happening in artificial intelligence in Toronto and Canada generally with the launch of the Vector institute, the attraction of Uber's Advanced Technology Group, RBC starting a huge AI group and Element AI launching an AI-as-aservice product," she said.
"There's a lot of trends happening in key tech sectors where the centre of gravity is Toronto."

As long as Canada's borders remain more open to entrepreneurs and tech industry workers than its neighbour to the south and it continues to invest in early-stage high-tech fields, Ms. Greve Young is confident that the recent influx of talent marks a new stage in the country's innovation, rather than a temporary reaction to recent political events.
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Vikram Rangnekar, seen in Toronto on Thursday, was denied starting his own company in the United States because of visa restrictions, so he turned to Canada on a friend's recommendation.

NAIT- Digital Media and IT

Sept. 26, 2017 Digital Media and IT: This is a program at NAIT.  There are different majors like Digital Cinema and Visual Communications.  

I decided to look into it after I looked up the TV and Radio program there.  I emailed a woman who taught TV and she told me I can look into this program too: 

Based on the strong interrelationship between information technology (IT) and new media design, the DMIT program explores a dynamic range of current and emerging fields.

Students can build a pathway that is of interest to them and can create unique skill sets upon graduation, making them highly versatile in the job market. The DMIT Diploma is offered full-time as a 2-year program, starting in September.

Digital Cinema:

What to expect

Students in this area of emphasis should have an interest in the exciting and evolving world of fiction and non-fiction media production.

The Digital Cinema area of emphasis gives you real world, hands-on experience that will allow you to not only learn about filmmaking but also become a filmmaker and a creative entrepreneur. Courses prepare you for the creative, technical and business aspects of this rapidly growing industry while also introducing you to industry organizations and professionals that can assist you in launching your career.

Our in-depth and industry-directed courses will help you identify original stories and teach you how to plan, script, budget, film and edit these stories to deliver finished narrative fiction and non-fiction productions. Through all four levels, you will be mentored by award-winning industry professionals.

For aspiring producers, content creators and technical craftspeople, the Digital Media area of emphasis is highly focused on the business side of digital screen production. You will have the opportunity to develop your own transmedia production while developing a business plan that includes financing, casting and all five phases of production.


Common jobs for Digital Cinema grads are
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Cinematographer
  • Filmmaker
  • Film Editor
  • Sound Technician

My opinion: I watched the 4 min, video about the program.  It was good.  However, I am still not getting excited about filmmaking.

Visual Communications

What to expect

Students considering this area of emphasis should have a creative mind and an interest in design, typography, colour and corporate identity/branding.

The Visual Communications area of emphasis will give you the skills you need to be a professional graphic designer. You will learn how to create high-quality, eye-catching products by applying advanced design principles.

Courses will focus on two core software tools that will help you accomplish this goal: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Supplemental courses will teach you the practical and theoretical sides of visual design, such as colour theory, typographic history and the art of telling a story using characters and images. To round out the program, you will also take time developing a portfolio and learning the business side of this industry.

As a graduate, you will understand how to translate ideas into a finished product that clearly and creatively delivers a message.


Common jobs for Visual Communications grads are
  • Media Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Commercial Designer
  • Print Operator
  • Creative Director
  • Package Designer
  • Advertiser/Branding Specialist
  • Marketer
  • Front-End Web Designer
  • UI/UX Designer

My opinion: This sounds like something I can learn from Graphic Communications at NAIT.

Graphic Communications:


Digital Publishing Certificate: I like publishing.


The balanced combination of courses in this certificate provides you with the essential software and process knowledge needed to enter the world of layout and design. You will receive expert instruction and hands-on practice time in the classroom to help you develop industry-ready skills to solve unique visual communications problems.


A Digital Publishing Certificate will be awarded to students who complete the following twelve courses.

CCTD10 - Client/Designer Relations

Course Overview

Successful projects depend on a strong relationship with the client. This relationship can only be nurtured and maintained through a commitment to communication. This course focuses on the process model for multimedia development. It evaluates and discusses steps to the process in an interactive learning environment. Learn the process behind preparing for client meetings and successful team development meetings. By the end of this course, you’ll be comfortable with the essential concepts of building client relations and engaging in project communications.

Recommended: CCTO101 Windows Desktop Operating System or any other Windows operating system, or equivalent practical computer experience (browsing for files, using a mouse, average typing speed of 25+ wpm, using a word processing application).

CCTD910 - Project: Digital Publishing

Course Overview

As the final course in the Digital Publishing Certificate, students will utilize their skills in vector and raster image manipulation along with using design knowledge to complete an industry themed project from start to completion.

Students will use the various Adobe software products to create a completed pdf for print and web delivery. The course will also guide students through the proper work flow and process of creating a professional document with clear visual communication. Students will also gain the tools to communicate design theory in order to create, critique, educate and defend design concepts in order to maximize efficiency and production when working in a team environment.

Recommended: To be eligible for this course you must successfully complete all other required courses in the Digital Publishing Certificate.

My opinion: I see they are teaching the same computer programs I studied in Graphic Communications like: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.  The 2 classes I listed above are the ones specifically for this program.

Interior Design Technology: My friend/ neighbor Jessie was in that program.  I met her back in 2004.  Now I looked her up on Facebook and I may have found her.  She told me it's not about decorating your home:

Learn the relationships between functional, technical and aesthetic elements in interior environments with an emphasis on commercial spaces.

ENDS1100 - Introduction to Construction Documents and Detailing

Course Overview

This course covers the basics of technical drawing using hand sketching techniques, while introducing the fundamentals of light frame wood construction. Construction materials, methods and Building Code requirements are incorporated into the preparation of a set of drawings for a small single family residence.

ENDS1120 - Design Studio I: Introduction to Design and Presentation

Course Overview

Students will explore the design process through the elements and principles of visual and spatial design. The studio will focus on design process and the communication of ideas through 2D and 3D presentation.

ENDS1150 - Math and Structures

Course Overview

This is an introductory course in structures and mathematics and is intended to provide a foundation for concepts encountered throughout the program. It includes basic structural principals and systems as they apply to building forms and students will be able to identify structural systems, forces, and loads. In addition to learning structural principles students will develop proficiency in basic technical mathematics pertaining to measurements, algebra, trigonometry and geometry with an emphasis on spatial acuity and graphical solutions.

My opinion: This doesn't sound very interesting.

David Eddie dating advice/ Gordon Hecht

Mar.  6, 2017 "My boyfriend has two kids. Am I selfish for thinking I should come first every so often?": Today I found this article by David Eddie in the Globe and Mail:

The question

I have been with my boyfriend for a year. When we started dating, he made it clear his two teenage daughters, of whom he has custody, were top priority and that his job as an air force pilot was his next priority. I believe his immovable position on his priorities are largely the result of an ex-wife who was controlling and demanding.

But this past week was our one-year anniversary. We were supposed to celebrate Sunday, but on Friday he announced his 18-year-old was suddenly coming home for the weekend.

He decided to spend Sunday with her. The situation has left me feeling hurt, confused and a little hopeless. When can I count on him when he consistently chooses the wants of his kids over the needs of his partner? Am I selfish or wrong for thinking that every so often I should come first? I know he loves me and he shows it in many other ways, but this has been a big issue in our relationship.

I should add that the girls like and approve of me and are understanding of our relationship and what it entails. But he seems blind to this and irrationally fearful that our relationship might drive a wedge between him and his daughters, who adore him and want him happy.

The answer

Of course he should have observed your anniversary. Of course there are times when you should come first. Of course he should make an effort to make you feel special.

But before I go any further I want to focus on one word in your question: “Needs.”
Once I asked a friend of mine with three kids if he wanted to get a dog. I thought his answer was funny: “The last thing I need is another set of eyes looking up at me, full of unmet needs.”

(He’s since acquired a dog, by the way.)

In any family, naturally there are going to be all kinds of ways you need each other. But you have to be careful with that.

I say this as someone who has run afoul of it many times with my spouse, and elsewhere: you do not want to be someone with “needs.” You don’t want to be the one who “wants to talk.”

I learned this in university. I yearned and pined for my incredibly sexy girlfriend Francesca . Beautiful, voluptuous, Sophia Loren-like – whereas I, well (see accompanying column picture). At first it was equal, but somewhere along the way I got the lower hand and became the one who always “wanted to talk.”

And of course the more I “wanted to talk,” the less interested she became in me. She started to flirt with a BMOC (Big Man On Campus), this hot actor guy.

And the terrible gnawing feeling in my gut got even worse! To the point where I found myself in the bushes outside her dorm room, sick with unrequited desire for my own girlfriend, as her laughter, prompted by Mr. BMOC actor, floated out the window like the tinkling of tiny bells.

It so happened in one of my classes we were reading both D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Both are about the terrible consequences of getting the lower hand in love. In Anna Karenina, the titular character gets the lower hand with Count Vronsky and commits suicide by throwing herself in the path of a railway train; in Women in Love, Gerald gets the lower hand with his lover Gudrun and winds up lying down in the snow and freezing to death.

Reading these books, 20-year-old David Eddie realized: “This is serious! I have to get my mojo back, or at least pretend to.”

So I “faked it until I made it,” pretended to be all disinterested with Francesca – and it worked! She started coming to me more and more, and our relationship became more equal.

Sad but true, at the heart of many relationships is a power struggle, and that sounds like the case here. You have to get your (female) mojo back. Stop “wanting to talk.” Stop talking about your needs.

Once you definitively have your mojo back, then, and only then, should you have a heart-to-heart talk to him. Tell him you were hurt he blew off your anniversary (justified). Tell him you appreciate he’s a good father to his daughters, but every once in a while you would like to feel special and like a priority.

I can almost give you my Dave Eddie Guarantee™ he will pay you more attention. But realize also some people are just constituted that way: not so ceremonious. You say he shows you he loves you in other ways. So let him do that. It might just turn out to be enough.

Jun. 5, 2017 "Should I intervene in my friend’s flip-flop flings?": Today I found this article by David Eddie in the Globe and Mail:

The question
I have an ex who remains a business partner and good friend. He’s a friendly person and well-liked. He is also a 30-year member of AA and acknowledges he has an addictive and impulsive personality. In the past five years, he has gone out with two different women.

One off-and-on for 3 1/2 years, and one off-and-on for two years. The difficulty is he keeps breaking up with one to be with the other and vice versa. He has split with each of them at least five times to be with the other.

A month ago he retired and moved to a smaller town with one of the women, who also wanted to move there. They seemed to be having a great time and I thought all was well. It turns out he is constantly texting the other woman and this weekend he came to town to see her under the guise of visiting his daughters.

Early on, I found it mildly amusing but now I am sick of it. He could be close to abandoning his lease and moving back to town to take up with the first one again. Is it attention seeking, ADHD, just impulsivity or is it an addiction? I have told him I don't want to hear about it any more and to see his AA sponsor. Aside from counselling do you have any ideas?

The answer

Fret not: I am the last advice columnist on earth ever to say to you or anyone “seek counselling.”

Whenever an advice columnist says “seek counselling” I think: “The person did seek counselling! You! And you failed them as all other so-called counsellors no doubt will.”

My other thought: once upon a time there were “philosophers.” Self-proclaimed, also, doubtless, but nevertheless: Socrates, Epictetus – purveyors of wisdom, in their minds anyway, for better or worse.

Now we have “life coaches,” counsellors and (no offence to me/others in my profession) advice columnists, all probably hanging on by an even thinner thread than you are, telling you: do this, do that. Beware!

Your question raises another question and that has to do with “sex addiction.” I suppose, with a gun to my head, I would be forced to agree it’s possible there’s such a thing. David Duchovny – of a) X-Files b) Californication fame – was supposedly a “victim” of this dread affliction.

But personally, I feel highly skeptical about it.

I of course believe and understand and respect, if that’s the way to put it, addiction in its many forms. I have known many people addicted to all kinds of things and it’s serious and it’s real and, of course, it’s no joke. You can ruin your health and career and sanity and family and everything else you have going for you.

But everything in this life, despite what many might say, is not a “syndrome” or a case of some treatable affliction or addiction or disease or something ending with suffixes such as “–chosis” or “–pathy” or “–ism.”

Some things are just moral choices. And this strikes me as one of those.

It’s not clear to me you need get involved in your friend’s wishy-washy back-and-forthing. But if you do want to (and, to be honest, in your shoes, I would, and I think it’s the right choice, the strong choice, and if you do I think you’ll be doing him a favour), I would sit him down and say:

“You’re embarrassing yourself.” Furthermore: “You are wasting at least one of these other people’s time and that’s a sin.”

This has always been a big thing for me. At the age of 27, I lived with a woman in New York. I knew

I had to leave her eventually – no sexual chemistry – but felt guilty and therefore dragged my heels.

Until I had what I felt was an important realization: “I’m wasting her time.”

I told myself: “Use the counter-guilt of wasting her time as a springboard against the guilt of leaving.”

So I left – rather abruptly, it must be said. But I could’ve wasted another 10 years of her life – so happened it was her child-bearing years – and she could’ve then pointed to me and said: “There goes the guy who ruined my life.”

Basically, she’s not sending me any thank-you cards, but I did her the favour of not wasting more of her time than I had to. She met some dude named Bob and they have two kids together – teenagers, by now, I suppose.

My point? Tell your friend to stop wasting one or both of these women’s time, because it’s just wrong: We only get so much time in this life. Figure out what he wants, stick with it and let whoever he’s not interested in get on with her life.

My week:

Jan. 8, 2018 "Hope is a call or text away": I found this article by Donna St. George in the Edmonton Journal.

It mentions this site umttr ( you matter).

Jan. 10, 2018 Feed Opportunity: I saw a commercial for this:

The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security (“the Centre”) collaborates with other organizations and individuals to advance food security. We are seeking to raise the profile of this pressing social issue, advocate for critical policies and invest in programs required to make sustainable improvements.!page=who-we-are

Safecheck Advanced Food Safety Certification: I was in this class for my restaurant job.  They paid for it.  I was there for a day and at the end of it, there was a test.  I passed and now I can put that on my resume.

My work has also paid for my ProServe.

Mon. Jan. 8, 2018: Job interview at a fast food place.  I like it and would work there if I got hired.

Tues. Jan. 9, 2018: Social event.  It was fun.

Wed. Jan. 10, 2018: I went to a job interview at an eye clinic at around 8am in the morning.  It was 2-3 min interview.  I would work there if I got hired.

I then went home.  I then went to the bus stop and met a young woman named Victoria who was a student and worked at a homebuilding company.

I then did a 2nd interview at a law firm.  It was like 25 min. long.  I would work there if I got hired.

Mid-season TV shows: Now onto the fun stuff.

Mary Kills People: This show came out with a 2nd season

"Single mother Mary Harris is an ER doctor by day, but by night she and her partner, a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death who help terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms."

My opinion: I saw the season 2 premiere and I was surprised 4 times in it.

The X-Files reboot: I saw the season 2 premiere and it was average.  It came out in elementary school and my sister and a couple of my friends watched it then.  It was not until summer 2000 when I was 14 yrs old I saw a few episodes.  I did watch the reboot when it came out last year.

Burden of Truth: This show came out this week and I just saw the pilot.  I will record all the episodes.  It was solid.

"Big city lawyer Joanna Hanley returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls suffering from a mysterious illness."

Peter Mooney (Nick from Rookie Blue) is in it.  I follow him on Twitter and there are these bloopers where he's promoting the show with Kristen Kreuk (Lana from Smallville).

25 seconds in:

Mooney: You're in wardrobe and I'm in civies.

Cardinal: I saw the season 2 premiere last week.  A red- haired woman gets shot in the head and survives.  She has no memory of what happened.

Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the case grows more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer's next victim.

Gordon Hecht: I was watching Cardinal, and I saw this good- looking guy at the bar scene 5 min. into the episode.  I watched the ep and deleted it.  I went to to find him, but he wasn't listed in the ep.

I go to TV on Demand on my Telus (you can't fast forward).  I can play the episode and have the TV off.  I wrote down the names on the closing credits.  I the recorded it again on Sat. night when CTV re-aired it.  I then looked up the names on the closing credits.  The name Gordon Hecht was by the character name Luke, though in the episode they never said his name.  

On imdb, the credit wasn't on it.

I went on Google and I really had to study his face.

Here it is:

These pictures do not do him justice.  He has different hair on Cardinal:

This is him on Murdoch Mysteries and is a average picture:

Here is a 2014 YouTube video of him singing:

Jan. 10, 2018: I made this comment on the video:

To Gordon: Hi, I saw you on "Cardinal" and I thought you were really good.  You need to create a website and get on Twitter to get more publicity for yourself.  You need more pictures and videos of you on the internet.

Then today he "subscribed" to me so he read my comment.

Facebook: He is on Facebook and we have a mutual friend, MADTV actor Ron Pederson.  I have never met Pederson.

Mark Walberg donates money to Time's Up: I just posted this article by Elaine Izadi
onto my blog.  It's about how women actors are not getting paid the same as male actors on the same projects.

Then I found this article:

Mark Wahlberg and his agents at WME have spun hard into damage control mode today, announcing that the actor—who was recently blasted in the public sphere for negotiating a $1.5 million reshoot fee on Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, while his co-star, Michelle Williams, was paid only a few thousand dollars for the same rushed work—will be giving the entire paycheck to Time’s Up, as a donation in Williams’ name. This is per The Hollywood Reporter, which quotes a statement from Wahlberg: “Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money In The World has become an important topic of conversation. I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”