Bald Tires, Movie Stars, and Volunteerism

by joesloanie

So here I sit at the tire shop getting new front tires for the ride. Noticed the belt peeking through the rubber a few days ago, I guess that means it’s time.

Other than scary tires, things are really, really good! The internship is going exceedingly well. The staff at Jane Owen PR are getting to know me and I really feel like I’m fitting in. Somehow I seem to have found a potentially great match for who I am and what I do right off the bat. Knock on wood and all, but so far California hasn’t failed to exceed my expectations in every way imaginable (including how expensive everything is out here, lol).

So, what else is new? Well, I was in a movie

A friend of mine, Ashley Eberbach, lives in Los Angeles and just so happens to be a spectacular photographer and award winning filmmaker. Do yourself a favor and click her name right there above ‘n check out the awesome! Being the good Mid-westerner that I am I got in touch with her shortly after I arrived in LA. She came up to my grandparents’ house in Topanga where I’m staying, walked in the front door and said “I want this in my movie!” while referring to the seven foot diameter California Live Oak tree that grows through the living room.

The living room where I'm staying, featuring Sloan's Oak. So thankful for this place.

The living room where I’m staying, featuring Sloan’s Oak. So thankful for this place.

I was like “Let’s do it!” The plan was in motion.

Before making any commitment with Ashley I wisely consulted my Aunt Mirm. We discussed the idea and she sent me a filming contract and questions about insurance, etc. Long-story-short, on a Saturday morning several weeks ago there was a crew of 20+ people, the “Lights, camera, action!”-type people filming a movie in my grandparents’ beautiful home. And they even brought coffee. Score!


Oh yea also, Ashley gave me a short speaking role with a friggin’ close-up in her film. Not bad for being in California for less than two months, huh? For never having acted in my life, I think I did well.

So in other news, the beach is nice. Pretty sure that’s a constant around these parts.

Lastly (for the moment), I got the opportunity to volunteer at the annual Topanga Film Festival last week. It was a really positive experience and showed me that while I love Ann Arbor dearly, what I love most is the warm sense of community and the synergy that comes with people acting positively as a group.

Many great things can only be accomplished this way.

Hope everyone is doing well! Thank you all for the love and support!