Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blowing My Own Horn (because so many assume the least or worst of us all)


I was part of the SAG Foundation Improv Comedy Workshop, which has led me to the following observation.

Maybe I should blow my own trumpet more often. But then with the way so many in this town over promote my actual experience may be taken as just an effort to be up to their standards. No one should worry about anyone else. We all have things to offer, gifts to share and crosses to bear.We are all human and we all have a right to study, perform, teach, and live life as we see fit.

Why do locals here in Nevada not respect that I was on the main stage with Shelly Long, George Wendt and Jim Belushi while I was a part of the Second City workshops in Chicago? What of my training with Avery Schreiber, Dick Wilson, Joseph Bernard and others?

I have not done a SAG Conservatory since Adrienne Garcia Mann stepped down as chair? 

I have not been asked. Charlie DiPinto and I did several as co-leads and they were very successful, and I did cold reading and on camera workshops on my own or with other local coaches. Why have I not been asked to return to the Nevada SAG conservatory which I helped get off its feet and running? 

My north side professional Chicago theatre experience, professional commercial and voice over background and my work with theater companies in the pre-IMDB era go ignored as some disgruntled (or jealous) actors toss stones without knowing the target they are shooting at.

I have taught acting here in Las Vegas, most of it full time, since 1990 with the focus of helping and promoting the student, the talent and not myself. I generally work for others instead of promoting my own name and inflating my ego.
 My faith tells me to help others. It is not for self gain, but the growth of others.

In that time I earned an MA in Communication from UNLV, am all but a thesis short of an MA in Theater, and have a PhD with distinction as a doctor of philosophy in education.

I worked on the national boards of SAG and now SAG-AFTRA to bring about the merger of the unions, expansion of Nevada's zones, to bring the unions into the digital age and to provide increased services both at the local level and available on-line for local Nevada SAG-AFTRA talent.

I currently teach through Casting Call Entertainment, the Boulder City Park and Recreation Center and private lessons. I also teach other subjects for college credit through the College of Southern Nevada
, Carrington College, Everest College and the University of Phoenix.

I am on the air, with my voice heard for 18 hours each Sunday as the local host for Nevada Public Radio statewide, locally on KNPR 88-9, and have been for 11 years.

Anyway.....consider this vented.

Seeing my fellow performers talk and perform as part of the SAG Foundation on-line web series made me want to take a moment to sing my own praise, blow my own trumpet and vet a bit on the word on the street I listened to but did not respond to during my campaign to be reelected to the National Board of

Screen Actors Guild.

Forgive me.

And thank you again to those of you

who voted for me. I am grateful, and humbled.

Art Lynch

Posted 9-14-11, revised 6-2-12

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