I know it’s been a LONG time since my last blog post. I apologize for that ☹  “Life” has been a little hectic with projects & personal “life” stuff.   My mid-year resolution is to improve on keeping the lines of communication open.

That said… my goal going forward is to post a short update every week.   This is just another way to share my artistic journey & life story with you.

4th of July

Abbi & I went to see fireworks on Saturday night.  As a father, I always strive to have a lasting positive influence on my child.  Needless to say Saturday was a perfect time to make memories! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best, so I didn’t get many good pictures.  However here is a quick one I was able to capture on my phone!

Newest Acting Project

I was recently cast in a play called “John Loves Mary”.   The show originally ran on Broadway in the late 1940s & was later turned into a movie starring Ronald Regan & Patricia Neal.  In this production, I was double case in 2 of the supporting roles.  Getting double cast always presents itself with some uniquely fun challenges! Needless to say I’ve been super busy with rehearsals,  prep, running lines, etc.  The show opens the last weekend of July!

Website Changes

I’m in the process of making some new & exciting changes to my website. Stay tuned for a big announcement in the coming weeks!

That’s all folks! Remember… don’t be a stranger! Let me know how you’re doing!  I would love to hear about your 4th of July.  Send or post pictures to one of my social media accounts … as they say…. A picture is worth a 1,000 words!

Abbi “modeling” a hat from my last show “Take Me Out”

Last Monday was a big day for the Brandt Family… the day the thespian torch was officially passed from one generation to the next… the day my daughter, Abbi, attended her first acting class.

Since long before Abbi’s birth I’ve been an actor. Some of her earliest memories are of attending rehearsals, “modeling” various costume pieces & helping me run lines.

The Big Confession

As we drove to Monday’s class Abbi was unusually quit. Finally, she confessed “Daddy… I’m nervous!”

Immediately I pulled the car over and made a confession of my own. This is how it went…

Daddy: Abbi, I’m nervous every single time I take the stage… But… only for the first minute. Then I start to have fun & the nervousness goes away!
Abbi: Really?
Daddy: True Story
Abbi: Really??
Daddy: Cross my heart
Abbi: Cool


My Wait

2 hours later I waited outside the classroom. It was my turn to be nervous. I could hear the sounds of laughter coming from inside the room, but couldn’t identify Abbi’s voice.

Was she having fun?
Did she succumb to her nervousness & fear?
What the heck was going on behind that door?!?!

Eventually the door opened. Children I didn’t recognize came running out… Where was Abbi?

I wait…

Finally her blue eyes appeared as she skipped out of the room…. gave me a great big hug… and said…

Daddy, that was so much fun. I want to do it again!

That’s my girl!