Kung Fu is an artist living in Albany who specializes in Hip-Hop music. He is also my brother. Setting himself out on a journey to being one of the greatest lyricists, Kung Fu brings a fresh and creative take on rap. He takes pride in crafting lyrics based around his life, his teachings from our father, and the respect he has of being a good man.
He recently released his mixtape, "ALL THAT IS NOW" over on datpiff.com. Its free to download and listen to, and I highly recommend giving him a shot, not just because he's my brother, but because he is good at what he does, and he takes pride in his hard work, every thing an amazing artist should have.
From tracks like "LAID BACK" that detail a smooth relaxing beat to the lyrics of just enjoying his music and let your stress flow away, to tracks like "CANNONS VS FIREWORKS" which has a childish comic book feel to its rhythm, and sings about standing up against those who don't want you to succeed, and to embrace who you are, true geek and all, his music can reach the soul and spread a smile across your lips.
He knows the importance of working hard, and following your dreams, never putting it on the back burner, which can be noticed in his song "PIPE DREAMS" so you know he'll be chasing this dream to the end. He is undergoing some work on music videos currently, which will further bring his upbeat music to life. Being an actor, I've noticed a lot of similarities between my journey in my career and his, and I'll always be looking for ways to promote him along my travels. Hey, if dreams come true, someday we'll both be in the entertainment spot light working together on a project.
Until then, jump on board the bandwagon of some true hip-hop before it becomes famous, and give his mixtape a listen. I'm sure you'll love it.
Find it HERE.
In honor of "Throwback Thursday" I want to say some words about a theater group that I owe so much to. Confetti Stage is a community theater in downtown Albany that really helped develop who I am as an actor, as well as my drive to continue acting. Not only is each and every actor that passes through them fantastic, but the main core that remain are some of the most inspirational and loving friends I've made.
I first worked with Confetti Stage back in the beginning of 2013. I made the decision to audition for their production of Othello. Out of all the choices one makes in their life, there are only a handful that you can look back on later, and clearly state, "That was a life changing decision." And my decision to audition for Confetti Stage was exactly one of those decisions.
I was cast in Othello as Othello, and from there my view and my drive for acting was defined. Every actor, every director, every stage manager, and every single tech crew extended their hearts and their hands with a welcoming smile, in every production, and I'll never forget the embrace this community left on me. From late night rehearsals working hard, to cast bonding over jokes and god times, to motivational speeches to fight back the opening night nerves, I never wanted it to end. Confetti Stage shows what it means to have heart in what you do. And they show what acting is all about.
Though I love and appreciate all the organizations and people I've worked with since I decided to be an actor, Confetti Stage is the one group I can call my home away from home. There are so many people who are apart of this community that I cant list them all but I send my thanks and my gratitude to them all. I can hope only the best for anyone who enters their doors, and hope the rest of the acting community gets a chance to be apart of their inspirational spirit.
Working with them has always been a blessing, and nothing less than a good hilarious time. This video is one we did as a an Indiegogo campaign last year, but it shows how great spirited and fun to work with Confetti Stage is. Check out their shows sometime, and their Facebook and Website!
This blog serves as an update on the crazy journey I will endure as I follow my dream of acting as a career, because who knows? Maybe this will be my origin story.