Hollywood’s Biggest Prima Donna

I have worked in Show Biz in the Sound Department, on set, for a very long time. How long? Well, let’s see, oh, carry the seven, multiply by 5 . . . over 320 years. In that time I’ve worked with some pretty big names, and some of those big shots had impressive demands. I…

So Use Your Backup Knee

It all started innocently enough with a sideways kick of my right leg. I know that many of us Boomers are dealing with chronic pain of some type in our everyday lives; a badge of honor that we have somehow been awarded, like a Purple Heart for maturity. My case is probably no different, but…

Show Biz And Marriage

I must confess that it is really difficult to describe some of the wacky commercial shoots I work on to the average civilian, let alone my wife. I have been on sets where we stuffed an old lady in the trunk of a car so she could bake cookies, had an actor wear a pair…

Christmas Starts After Thanksgiving, Dammit!

­I saw my first Christmas commercial ten days before Halloween this year. Well, okay technically it wasn’t a “Christmas” commercial. It was a “holiday” commercial with lots of red and green decorations, decorated fir trees in the house, snow on windows, stockings over fireplaces, presents, squealing children, Menorahs near the ham . . . but,…

Hollywood Habitat Hell

Holy smokes did we have a dilemma at the Brakeman household. It started a few days ago when the kids found out that I would be working on a PetSmart commercial. I had tried to keep this secret from them, for reasons that will become obvious, but their little snoopy eyes are everywhere. When they…

Show Biz Chimps

I have worked with many famous people during my many years of employment in Show Business. Oh sure, I could drop names like Beyonce, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Taylor, but I won’t. Besides, they have restraining orders – some lasting past their demise. But do you…