Posts Tagged ‘Music’

I’m trying to stoke the fire by sticking my rod in many pots….wait…my iron is hot…strike while the fire is hot…I’m not good with sayings. ¬†What I’m trying to say is I do many things. I even work as a background actor (should be called background stander, walker, pretend talker) for TV shows like Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, The Rick Mercer Report & Nikita. ¬†Watch close and you’ll see me on screen for one to two seconds. ¬†I used to work for video game studios as a 3d artist (well I still do). ¬†But I decided to pull away from that, and become my own boss and take control of my future (by exploring many avenues.)

All I wanted to do in this post really was just highlight and post links to the things I do in hopes that you fine people (all three or four of you) will check them out.

1. 3D ARTIST & VIDEO GAME MUSICIAN : I work as a 3d artist and video game musician. I’ve worked for several studios and I am now working freelance full-time. I even started my own company! Please check out my site here and feel free to recommend me!

2. TV SHOW HOST: I created a video game TV show with my friend, Brian. We started very modestly (and are still modest, but growing.) Me and my comedian buddy Tom host the show. The show is called QuickCharge TV and currently airs on Rogers TV in the Waterloo Region as well as Guelph, Brantford, & Stratford (Where Beiber is from! Woah…that’s in Canada). Please check out our site and subscribe to our youtube channel!

3. VIDEO PODCAST HOST: I host a baseball podcast that focuses on the Toronto BlueJ ays called, “Back in Blue”. Nick and I discuss and even do fun skits sometimes. Please check it out and check out me as Skip101, where I play a “baseball expert”!


4. STAND UP COMEDY: I’m an amateur standup comedian, doing shows where and whenever I can. I’ve been doing this for two years and it has already opened up some amazing doors. The world of standup has been hilarious. ¬†I love it when people are¬†surprised¬†to hear I do¬†stand-up. Wouldn’t want it any other way. Check me out!

5. ¬†BACKGROUND “ACTING”: ¬†More like background sitting around and waiting. ¬†While I love being on professional sets (so much to learn) I rather enjoy the little things…like all you can eat peanut butter and jam sandwhichs…all day every day! ¬†It’s been cool being a part of so many tv shows and movies. ¬†The pay isn’t great, but when I’m sitting around waiting to be called to set I’m usually just¬†working¬†on 3d Art on my laptop. ¬†Win, win.

Here is a skit where I can be seen chatting it up and casting a ballot on the Rick Mercer Report. ¬†(I got to meet Rick, very nice guy!) ¬†(PS, I’m the guy who you probably think looks kinda black.)

Well, that’s all the stuff I do, for now. ¬†Oh, I also blog for Huffington Post Canada! ¬†So the stoke is indeed in a lot of fires (thats how you say it, right?). ¬†Basically, I’m just trying to work hard and follow everything I’m passionate about…and I’m desperately hoping it will evolve into making at least a decent living.


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Just a Pretty Song…

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Other
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Jazzanova – Little Bird (feat. Jose James)



Hey guys,


My little brother has released his debut album! ¬†It’s called, “In This Dream”. ¬†It’s getting great reviews and radio play! ¬†Please check out his site, give his single, “Another Day” a listen and if you like what you hear buy his album on iTunes!



Single “Another Day”


Post theme tune: Radio Head РSeparator

“To¬†every action there is always an¬†equal and¬†opposite reaction” – Sir Isaac Newton, a.k.a “The Newtonian One”

…Yes, using quotes is an incredibly easy way to sound like you’re at least somewhat intelligent, I know. ¬†But believe it or not, this is not a ploy. ¬†It actually has meaning. ¬†The quote is “Newtons Third Law of Motion”, and not only does it apply to physics, but when I¬†consider¬†it while reflecting on the decisions I’ve made and the new paths I’ve taken during my transitional last year or so, there’s a real connection.

A lot has happened to me over the course of the last year — difficult endings, new beginnings, opportunities missed, opportunities seized...a lot has changed, a lot has happened. ¬†Enough so that I felt the changes were significant enough to document. ¬†And the best way to document shit these days — Blogging…or is it cooler if I say it like this…Bloggin’. ¬†Yeah, I’ll call it Bloggin’. ¬†I feel like some sorta internet hipster…wait…hipsta’.

Alright, I’m getting off course already — Focus Reid’s brain! ¬†Focus!

The world has seen great change in the last year; so has my little life. ¬† All¬†during¬†a time where, according to society, (a.k.a my Mom) I should be reaching stability — ha, stable? ¬†My life is anything but…However, I’m taking chances, and doing what I can to obtain…I don’t know what I’m trying to obtain, but whatever it is I know it’s gonna be cool as shit! ¬†Taking chances, trying new things, not having stability, well, it’s all scary and¬†exciting¬†at the same time.

Here is a quick list of some significant things that have happened to me over the last year:¬†¬†Buy chance I had an amazing opportunity to be a¬†correspondent/Host on one of my all time favorite TV Shows, ‘The Electric Playground’, I lost my job as a 3d Video Game Artist, ¬†I started my own business where I create 3d Art, Music and Sound Effects for Video Games, I got a gig hosting a new web show called QuickCharge.TV, I’m writing and acting in a web series with an awesome team, and last but not least I have tried my hand at, and now perform STAND-UP COMEDY! (And I don’t suck…honest.)

Without going on too long I’d like to go over why I came to the decision to try¬†stand up¬†comedy. First of all, I’ve always admired comedians. ¬†I won’t bother listing my favorites off…ok I will…nah I won’t; it’s a pretty generic list anyway. ¬†You get it. ¬†But I’ve loved comedy and laughing for as long as I can remember, and¬†stand-up¬†is something I’ve always wanted to try but never¬†thought¬†I could. ¬†Performing¬†stand-up¬†would become my version of ¬†skydiving. ¬†There came a point where I¬†realized¬†if I could do this, ¬†if I could put myself out there and just¬†perform on stage for strangers, then I could do anything. ¬†And I really wanted to do it — But I didn’t have the balls to; how would I find the strength to give it a shot. ¬†Well, it came in the form of a couple of rejections really.

Now, it should be¬†duly¬†noted that I am a HUGE video game fan.¬†¬†So when I attended a Video Game conference in my hometown of London, Ontario and got to meet the keynote speaker, Victor Lucas, who is the host and producer of ¬†the shows The Electric¬†Playground and Reviews on the Run, as well as being the owner of Greedy Productions — well, I was really excited to say the least. ¬†I’ve been watching his shows for years! ¬†They were a major reason why I chose the career path of making games for a living. ¬†At a party after the conference I saw Victor, and I had the chance to introduce myself; so I did. ¬†“Hey Victor, my name is Reid. ¬†I’m a huge fan of your shows and just wanted to say hi to ya.” ¬†He was very polite, and after small talk he said, “Hey, have you ever done T.V. before? ¬†You might be good for our show.” ¬†In my head I was like holy crap…is he drunk?

A couple months later (It was¬†February, 2010) we connected, and to make a somewhat long story short, I was asked to audition for the show (The Electric Playground), in Toronto. ¬†I’d never done¬†anything¬†like this before, but I knew I could do it! ¬†I had a good audition; it was intense! ¬†I was not told in advance what I would have to do. ¬†Upon¬†meeting him and the crew we had a quick interview, then the on camera stuff happened, and it happened quick! ¬†I had to interview him, as if he were himself, then bam, he interviewed me, then bam, I interviewed him as if he were a game developer; he plays the difficult dull interviewee on purpose, trying to see how I’d handle it, then bam, I had to review a game, then bam, one last time, I have to review a game that I hated. ¬†It all happened so fast, but I did pretty well (I’d do SO much better now!) ¬†After all was said and done wanna know what one of my main problems was?…My ‘Ontario’ accent. ¬†I know, right? ¬†I don’t really want to get into that, it was a bit frustrating. ¬†The Electric Playground team is a Canadian crew by the way (for the most part), but some things I was saying¬†weren’t¬†sounding generic ‘American’ enough. ¬†I know again, right? ¬†Example I pronounce Mario like this – “mArio” they corrected me and wanted me to say it like this – “mAUrio”. ¬†Grrr, fair enough…anyways, after all the intense stuff, Victor took the time to talk to me more, 1 on 1, and he had some really great, encouraging and flattering words to say. ¬†I really appreciated this, however, ¬†I was pretty sure I wasn’t getting the job at this point, and this stung badly. ¬†Mainly because before hand, I just felt…I truly felt like I was going to get this DREAM job. ¬†And further more, I felt like for the first time in my life,¬†everything¬†that has happened leading up to this day – the good, the bad, the ugly, had happened for a reason. ¬†It was the first time I felt like I might believe in that whole fate mumbo jumbo. ¬†The¬†feeling¬†didn’t last long. ¬†And honestly, it still hurts to this day that I didn’t get that job, because I really felt deep down that I was going to get it, and when I have feelings like that they are usually right. ¬†After an already rough last few years I thought it was my big break. ¬†It wasn’t; at least not at that moment. ¬†After this amazing opportunity that kind of slipped out of my grasp things sort of fell apart.

A week later I lost my job. ¬†No income, still pretty heartbroken from not getting the Electric Playground Tv Host gig…now what am I going to do? ¬†Comedy? …Comedy…yeah, comedy! …Here goes nothing…