Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A message from Pro...

Above photo: Steve Pro during his visit to New York in April 2007.

Ya wanna know what's going on with Pro? Well, just check out this recent e-mail letter from Pro:

Some of you know pieces and some have no idea. There is no rhyme or reason for this. In September 2006 while working on my laptop out of the local coffee shop in Dodgeville (Smallville) I answered an ad for *ahem* middle aged men needed for a photo shoot for Blaine's Farm and Fleet (a mid west Sears type store) I responded and reported for duty, we shot all day on a local farm and now yours truly is on the stores hang tags. Shortly after the ad agency was trying to track me down for some follow up shots (they miss placed my info) so they checked with the local talent agencies here in Madison. The young lady at the Rock Agency informed them that I was not one of theirs but I looked familiar. It turns out that young lady was Borka my neighbor across the hall in my condo. She finally realized it was me and knocked on my door, asking who I was signed with. Well, no one. I did the Farm and Fleet shoot as a lark. Well The Rock agency signed me and through them and on my own I've explored this new adventure. Over the course of 2007 I landed work in local print and commercial work a couple of independent films and one Hollywood pic, a little film called The Dark Knight. I shot two day's with director Chris Nolan and actors Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart. It's glorified extra work but I had some lines. Well things continued to snowball and through my agent I auditioned for IMTA (you can check it out on line) a twice a year competition one in L.A. and one in NYC. it is a week long event where you perform in front of dozens of agents, directors, and managers. Each performance is a competition with a chance to win awards (like the Oscars) with the award ceremony held Saturday night in the huge auditorium (thousands in attendance) when all was said and done The Rock Agency made an amazing showing with one of ours (Amman, remember this name you'll be seeing more of him) winning Model of the year and coming in second for actor of the year. Yours truly competed in nine competitions: commercial print, theatrical head shot, monologue, sitcom, soap, commercial, ready for your close up, cold read, team fashion. Well, I placed in the top ten in all, while winning first for commercial print, second for head shot, fourth for my soap reading and we placed third for team fashion (which we choreographed the day we arrived at the hotel, not bad). The awards are nice but what's important are callbacks which when all was said and done I met with nine agents/managers My agent was very please with the old guys showing. I have some decisions to make over the next couple day I'll work with my local agent to determine what's best for me at my age and who I'll do best with. The hardest part of all this was not sharing it with the people who mean the most to me but I wanted to make sure it was real and something I was serious about. I hope you understand. Now that the cat is out of the bag I'll keep you informed as things unfold.

Much love,



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