Here's to 2010!

Happy New Year!  2010… Wow…. Stanley Kubrick would be so disappointed. 

Yet again, another year has flown by and what a year it has been.  My wife and I have so much to be thankful for.  What continues to amaze me about our year is the choice we made to move here to Cape Cod, MA and leave CA.  So many challenging things and wonderful things have come from this enormous move, and I have learned even more about life, about myself, my artistry, and what’s really important.

If you have been following my blogs and updates, I know I sound like a broken record, but I am so proud of my wife and children and how they have embraced this very difficult move and have adapted so well.  All of us have made some wonderful friendships, the kids are thriving in school and my wife is again teaching music in our community, not to the degree at which she did in CA, thankfully, but at least music is in her life again. 

As always there is much to look forward to in 2010.  The most exciting news is one of my screenplays is beginning to get legs and is being read by a big time studio (and no, it’s not Plymouth Rock Studios).   I can’t say too much at this early stage because I don’t want to ruin my chances by revealing anything too soon.  Let’s just say, I had a very inspiring phone call from a producer of a very high caliber and he has passed my screenplay onto a very well known studio and may be considered for a movie deal.
Now, having mentioned this, remember,  I’ve been in this business for 22 years, and I also understand that as fast things get attention and become “hot,” it also could die out and get “cold” pretty quick.  The hardest part for me is the waiting game.  It seems like I have been preparing and waiting for this moment all my life.  All I can say is how validating it is as a writer and an artist to receive a phone call from a respected producer to discuss my story and listen to his stories.  

Yes, I am extremely excited about what 2010 will bring, and at the same time, I am prepared to continue to move forward with my life adventure no matter what comes my way.  Because in the end, I already have everything I really need to sustain my life and my creativity.  And that is my beautiful family. 

For those of you who have been following the news about the plight that surrounds Plymouth Rock Studios just know this - What’s happening with the studio is not out of the ordinary when trying to build a multi-million dollar studio.  This is actually pretty common in the business.  Look at Pixar.  They didn’t exactly start off without a hitch.  This is a business of power, control, egos, and money.  Lots of money.   Let’s face it, when some people aren’t invited to “play,” they will lash out and try their best to sink the ship.  It is unfortunate that some people have started to attack the studio and everyone who works with the studio.    I have been hired on as an independent contractor to teach my on camera acting classes which I have done with the purest of intentions and anyone who has taken a class with me understands this.  Through my work with the studio, I have made friendships with many of the “former” PRS employees and these are real people.  People with wives, husbands, children… yes, families.   Genuine people, who like me, only wish to continue to make a living with our talents, passion and respect for the performing arts and live in MA and not have to move to New York or Hollywood, CA.  

Well, from my humble perspective, I have been employed for the last year by PRS and I have been able to provide shelter, food, and comfort for my family through my passions to inspire and teach the craft of acting for film and TV.  My classes alone have generated over $5,000.00 of donated food for the Plymouth Food Warehouse and through those donations we have fed over 2,000 families.  Some of my students have already found work in major motion pictures and not just as background talent, we’re talking speaking roles.  So anyone out there who has seen and tasted what life could be like if the studio survives understands how ANY studio will only bring more work to this state and that is a good thing and exactly what we need to plug in our economy, and what’s so wrong with that?

One of my mentors once told me, “Remember, the “audience” can be fickle and can turn on you in a heartbeat.”   And all I have to say about that is….. welcome to show business, MA. 

Trust me, in this business nothing is guaranteed.  I also know my days with teaching for the studio may be numbered, and I am completely ready to go solo and continue without the studio support.  That’s the business.   But I don’t look at this as a failure at all.  The way I see it is this… I was employed for a year for a start up studio and my world in MA is so much larger because of it.  I’ve made some incredible friends and have taught so many wonderful, inspiring and beautiful people.  My students have written letters of support, brought me cards, gifts and taken me out for lunch to say thank you.  I have made a positive impact in my new community.  And, this is far from over and I do hope the team at PRS can make this happen.

So, the long short of it, to be honest with you, this is most likely my last session of classes for the studio, and you know what?  I’m okay with that.  No one can take away what the experience has given me and the people I’ve met and now know, and as you can see by this website, I seldom place all my eggs in one basket.   Before I moved to Cape Cod I was an artist and I will remain an artist.  That has been a constant in my life.  Plymouth Rock Studios is just another wonderful experience for me in my journey with my artistry and I am thankful for every opportunity they have given me and I wish them all the luck in the world to make this studio happen.

So here’s to more dream catching in 2010 and to my screenplay that WILL sell and be produced.

-Write on,
Kevin Lasit

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