WHAT WORKED FOR ME

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I’ve decided to do something fun: I’ll be hosting an acting workshop next month (Sunday March 15th & 22nd). I’ve called it WHAT WORKED FOR ME because it just that, a collection of things, big and small, that have worked for me in the acting profession.

This workshop will focus on self-promotion and auditioning technique. It is built to give actors at all levels the skills to (1) promote your work efficiently, by converting self-promotion into opportunities, and to then (2) capitalize on those opportunities with strong auditioning habits.

If you’re in Halifax next month and want to take part, send an email to glenmatthewsworkshop@gmail.com to reserve a spot (spaces are limited).

For more info, head over to the Facebook event page @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1540750282866249/

Thanks guys, should be fun.

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NOVEMBER ROUND-UP

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The Coast, Halifax’s beloved weekly newspaper, 20 years going, recently released their Best Of Halifax Awards, and the people of this fine city voted for me as the “Best Male Film/TV Actor“! A huge honour for which I am all sorts bashful. Read the write-up below…

If you attended the Atlantic Film Festival this year, you may have noticed that Glen Matthews is a machine. He had a busy year, and AFF was evidence of that—six movies he worked on, including Saving Face (which he wrote, directed and starred in) and features Heartbeat and Lure put his face all over the silver screen that week. With all his spare time (har har), he also worked TV shows Sex and Violence and Seed and won a competition to appear in a Robert Rodriguez short. He does it all, but says perhaps it’s time for a breather. “I realized a few months ago that I think I’m ready to take a step back from acting,” says Matthews of what’s next for him. “I feel like I’m at a buffet, and I’m making the responsible decision to not eat any more. I’ll always act, because I love it, especially with friends, but I’m ready to find that next passion in my life.”

Original post: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-male-film-tv-actor/BestOf?oid=4452250

In other news, FLAG ON THE PLAY picked up it’s third consecutive win for Best Web Production!

OUTLIER FILM FEST:
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Halifax! Your next (and perhaps final) chance to see my latest writing / directorial effort, SAVING FACE on the big screen will come as part of Outlier Film Festival on Saturday, November 29th. The film will be paired with DEAD SNOW 2, also known as “the zombie-Nazi film”. Always an honour to be paired with zombie-Nazis.

The festival has put together an absolutely jam-packed schedule of bizarre films, so check it out: http://outlierfilmfestival.com/2014program/

UPDATEDEC. 16 / 14: SAVING FACE has won the Outlier Film Fest’s Audience Award for Best Short Film! Huzzah! http://outlierfilmfestival.com/

SEX & VIOLENCE SEASON 2:
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Production has started on OutTV’s second season of SEX & VIOLENCE. I cannot confirm if I will be violent and / or sexy (no spoilers), but I will be taking part in the show again.

Missed the first season? Well don’t you worry because iTunes has the entire thing! See? I told you not to worry. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/tv-season/sex-violence-season-1/id885170105

TOP 20 IN N.S.

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D’aw shucks, The Chronicle Herald has named me one of Nova Scotia’s “Top 20 Twenty-Somethings” in their annual round-up of young folks in N.S. who are kicking some butt.

I’m actually really honoured by the selection and happy to have had a chance to tell the Halifax film community how awesome I think they are via newspaper article…

TAPPING INTO FILMDOM’S WILD WEST

by Elissa Bernard

Filmmaker and actor Glen Matthews, 26, moved back home from Toronto to be part of “the real emergence of quality films that are coming out of here.”

“I was missing all these great roles!”

The Halifax-based, Lunenburg actor starred in Josh MacDonald’s The Corridor, a hit on thehorror/fantasy film festival circuit, and in all three of Jason Eisener’s films, the cult favourite Hobo with a Shotgun, the earlier Treevenge and Eisener’s first film Streets of Domination, which has never been released.

Matthews is editing it. “I think Streets of Domination is the most [ambitious] no-budget film made.”

Matthews shot videos with his friends when he was a kid dreaming of being a pro wrestler. “I moved to Halifax at 19 to pursue a career in graphic design and started taking classes at Neptune, and I met Jason Eisener and he put me in a film, so acting just happened to me.”

Down on his luck in Toronto, Matthews wrote a short film, Room Service, which he shot in Halifax in 2012 with actors Vanessa Walton-Bone, Molly Dunsworth, Samantha Wilson and Mauralea Austin.

“It was an amazing experience. I cast people I respect and know. I plan on having two more shorts in the can by next fall and the dream of dreams is to do a feature eventually.”

Room Service, the tale of a middle-aged woman confronting her husband’s mistress with unexpected consequences, premiered at the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala at the Atlantic Film Festival in September, and won best short film at the Parrsboro Film Festival.

“The next couple of short films I’m playing with are absurdist, a little bit. Holy Motors, that was probably my favourite film this year. I’m hoping there’s a resurgence of really fun but arty films.

“I follow the Walter Gretzky quote, ‘Don’t go where the puck is, go where it’s going to go.’”

Matthews will be on stage next spring in Poem for the Smallest Boy, written by his girlfriend, Halifax actor-writer Kristin Slaney.

“I love Halifax because I’m in control of my own career. Here, it feels like the Wild West. I can talk to filmmakers. There’s more of an open dialogue between everyone.”

(ebarnard@herald.ca)

Direct-link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/317513-tapping-into-filmdom-s-wild-west

*Photo by Ted Pritchard.

HOMEWARD BOUND


Today, it is with overflowing jubilation that I announce that I am moving back to the place that I call home, Halifax, Nova Scotia at the end of August.

It’s been almost three years since I announced my departure from the sea-bound coast here on my blog (Fare Thee Well, N.S.), where I posted a photo of Luke Skywalker, standing outside his home, staring out at the binary sunset, meant to signify a wild and epic adventure of my own, looming on the Ontarian horizon.

Comparing my expectations with what actually took place in the last thirty-four months, not only did I not find my Darth Vader to do battle with, I feel like I missed my flight out of Mos Eisley spaceport.

Enough with the nerd-metaphors.

Toronto’s been a frustrating experience professionally (as well as personally).

In the months leading up to my move to Toronto, people told me that Toronto’s a competitive town. I assumed that what they meant was that you had to have talent to “make it” in Toronto, which I was more than okay with. I have a healthy level of confidence in my talents (as evidenced by my internet blogging fueled narcissism).

What I’ve come to learn, is that Toronto is a competitive town, but not in the ways that I expected, but instead, in “it’s who you know” ways. I unfortunately signed on (and foolishly stayed signed on for two years) with an agent who I had come to learn was not all that good at getting me any auditions, which is fairly problematic in this industry.

I’ve since signed on with Patrick Yang at Oldfield Talent, and have been constantly lamenting the fact that I didn’t sign with him thirty-four months ago.

I have come to respect the beast of Toronto, and after almost three years, and only a play and a Fruit Roll-Up commercial to show for it, I’ve decided I need a break from the beast.

I know I probably sound incredibly jaded right now, but that’s not where I’m coming from. I had to take this leap at that point in my career, and I’m happy I did. It’s all a part of the process, and I very much plan to be chipping away at this process for a very long time to come.

So when I say I’m overflowing with jubilation regarding my return to Halifax, I mean it. This wasn’t a failed endeavour, it was just part of the process.

I look forward to returning to my “small pond”, and taking advantage of the supportive, tight-knit community, furthuring my pursuits as a filmmaker, being close to family and friends, and most importantly, living under the same goddamn roof as my girlfriend again (we’ve been doing the long-distance thing for almost three years as well — don’t get me blogging about that).

In closing, to all the people I worked with in Toronto, thank you, there’s a handfull of you who I’m dying to work with again, and very much plan to; to my peers in Halifax, thank you for your relentless support which has always brought me to “Aw shucks”-levels of humility; and thank you to my girlfriend Kristin for trudging through the long-distance shit with me.

Bring on Darth Vader.

Update – July 11, 2012: So my girlfriend pointed out the fact that it’s only been [almost] two years since I left Halifax. Excuse me for not being a “calendar man” *elaborate air quotes*.

T.O. MONOLOGUE SLAM


On Sunday, April 29th, I’ll be hopping up on the stage of Trane Studio for the upcoming edition of The Toronto Monologue Slam (www.TOSlam.com) where a selection of Torontonian thespians take to the stage to perform a monologue and be judged by a panel of industry professionals. At the end of the night, a champion is crowned.

If there’s anything I love, it’s being judged.

I will be performing a piece from a work in progress by Kristin Slaney.

If you’re anything like me, then this sounds like one hell of a fun time, so on Sunday, April 29th, skip evening mass and come on out to Trane Studio at 964 Bathurst Street at 8:00pm and take in some staged soul bearing.

You dig?

NEW REPRESENTATION


What may seem like a small bit of housekeeping to most, is one hell of a great bit of news that I wish to share with you: I am now represented by Patrick Yang at Oldfield Talent Management Company in Toronto.

I really couldn’t be happier to sign on with Yang and Oldfield, given their excellent reputation, and am looking forward to many, many auditions courtesy of their assistance. Hoo-ray.

Stay tuned.

FYI, I’m still with the lovely folks at The Cassidy Group in Halifax.

BUSINESS MAN


I’m pleased as punch to launch HAPPY FROWNY DESIGN & MEDIA, an array of services that I will offer specifically tailored towards artists. Services include: graphic design, website design, editing, etc.; providing an affordable option to artists looking for promotional assistance.

The website (happyfrowny.com) has been launched and I cordially invite you to come give it a look, and shoot me a line if you have any questions! Do that.

Hooray for small business ownership!