Welcome to The Mile Ground.
This title refers to the part of town where I grew up (in Morgantown, West Virginia) but it also represents a concept: Sooner or later we all must navigate our way down a tricky or treacherous road in life and the choice is ours whether or not we survive the journey.
…The path may be long or short, but regardless, each person’s experience is unique and legitimate. One mile could be an easily achievable (and avoidable perhaps) stretch of distance for one person – say a runner, or one who is driving a car – yet for someone else who is hindered in some way (illness or injury perhaps), even walking several feet could be overwhelming and ongoing struggle. Another way of looking at the mile ground is that one man could easily walk a mile in minutes while a small insect might invest its entire life in the attempt. I suppose the point is that we all have obstacles and whether they seem monstrous or have simply been covered up or placed on a back burner…they are OURS and we have the CHOICE to let them influence the nature of our existence or to live deliberately, meet them head on and become better for it.
I want to give you my story. This is the first of many. Yes, I decided that enough is enough and as an actor I will make my own opportunities, instead of waiting and hoping for others to offer them to me… but this isn’t just a project in which I get to act . And it’s certainly not a money thing. True Indie passion projects rarely ever are.
I want to tell a real story. Full of compelling, visceral, engaging and authentic truths. Because that’s what I’ve encountered on my journey thus far and that’s what I believe you as the audience deserve to experience: something substantive…something to sink your teeth into, to make you think-hard, to push you to question, to inspire you to want to be better and to connect.
Sure, studios and big budgets can dazzle with familiar names and fancy faces (many of which I – let’s be honest- LOVE and admire, but still lol) … they can distract with bells and whistles and overwhelm with fabricated cacophonies and catastrophes and mystifying special effects… but I’m tired of being distracted. I prefer substance, don’t you? Just a little?When you really think about it? Don’t get me wrong, I WILL be going to see WONDER WOMAN and I often enjoy a good (GOOD) blockbuster and I wouldn’t hesitate at the opportunity to play some kind of superhero. But! I also love stories about actual humans, regular heroes, predicaments that we can easily relate to and that make us examine our own intentions and objectives, and evaluate our core values and ultimate purpose. I want to tell THAT kind of story.
Ultimately, I believe there’s a profoundly unique story within each of us. Expressable through any means really- not just the arts. The way we live, one-on-one conversations, simple discourse… We all have a story to tell. What’s yours?