Tuesday, March 20, 2012


7. What is your dream job and why?

My dream job.  So, here's the thing.  I pretty much already have my dream job.  I can't make a living off of it yet (KEY WORD!), but that doesn't mean it's not my job.  I'm an actor and I LOVE IT!  There's never been anything else in my life that I've never gotten tired of doing at some point or other.  Acting is like a drug.  Of course, it's nice to have a short break every once in a while, but inevitably the bug will be back.

Now, ideally what I'd like to do in that particular career path is one of several things:

Sitcom.  Series regular.  Something family-friendly that runs for 6-8 seasons and gets picked up for syndication.  In fact, if I could do several sitcoms that would be even better!

Movie career.  Obviously.  I feel like I'd be a nerdy, mostly comedic, male Meryl Streep when all is said and done.  Or like the boy-next-door geek version of Johnny Depp.  I'd be ok with that.  (Not that I consider myself on their level, but that I'd like to have a similar career - lots of really fun, meaty, charactery stuff.)

Educational TV.  This is probably my #1 wish.  I want to have my own kid's TV show.  Think Bill Nye meets Reading Rainbow.  A reading show geared toward kids in 4/5/6 grade.  Comprehension strategies.  But zany and quirky and fun like Mr. Nye.

Any combination of the above would be great as well.

I also wouldn't mind a career where someone paid me to travel the world eating good food and experiencing all the luxuries of life.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

AP History Exam.

Having a broken arm and trying to wash my good hand in one of those sinks with the push-button faucets that only run water when the button is pressed.

The series finale of Full House.

But seriously, looking back on my life I've had it pretty good.  I suppose I've had my share of unpleasant experiences - the death of family members, friendship drama, broken bones, moving, coming home early from a mission, acne, getting fired, conflicts between church doctrine and personal feelings, but all in all I've had a pretty cushy existence.  I mean, I've never even had an in-grown toenail.  I realize I may be cursing myself by saying that "out loud", as it were, but whatever.

I think a lot of "experiencing hard things" is how you look at it, and I tend to be a glass-half-full kind of person, so I don't really perceive the difficulty in life.  And certainly, after seeing a family of 5 living in a space the size of my current bathroom, or knowing two little kids who lost both of their parents within 2 years, or watching friends who's parents are going through a divorce, I have very little to complain about.  With war, disease, mayhem, decay, tragedy, and hunger happening all over the place, I honestly can't say that I've ever gone through anything very difficult.

And chances are, if you're reading this you've probably had about as hard of a life as I have.

Kind of makes you realize the responsibility you have toward those who are less fortunate, doesn't it?

D&C 82:3 - For unto whom much is given, much is required.

Let's go out there and make the world a better place eh?!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

5 - Being busy.  Downtime is nice, but when all I have is downtime I tend to get pretty melancholy.  Having a job, friends, auditions, places to go, and people to meet makes me very happy indeed.

4 - Sleep.  I work weekend nights at my job, and much of the time have other things to do on the weekends on top of that, so I often arrive at Monday craving sleep more than any other thing, and when I finally get to crawl in bed with no expected wake-up time - that, my friends, is bliss.

3 - That I did it.  I up and moved myself to LA to live the dream. No regrets.

2 - Family and friends.  I group these two together because I consider my friends as family, and my family among my best friends.  I know that there are literally a couple of hundred people I could call if I ever needed anything, and that's pretty cool.  They keep me going, lift me up, make me laugh, and generally just make me pretty dern happy.

1 - I don't mean to sound like one of those overly-zealous evangelical types who home-school their children out of The Bible (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my style), but the thing that makes me the most happy is my belief in God.  Just knowing He's there, He loves me, He sent His Son to die for me, and that I hopefully* get to return to Him give me so much hope and happiness.  Just sayin'.

Other things that make me happy:
The Griddle
fun pants
Don Swayze

*See this post, item #3.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

1 - Calm down.
2 - You know all those cool clothes you're buying from thrift stores and such?  Keep them.  In a few years you'll want to give them away.  I get that.  Instead, put them in a box and store them at Mom and Dad's, you'll thank me later. - Oh, and add some cardigans to the mix.
3 - Go kiss a few people.  Don't get too rowdy or anything, but seriously. Kim's into you.  Holly will reveal this in about 6 years.  And drama/speech competitions are a great place to meet people and have some fun (keep your pants on) without too much commitment.
4 - Enjoy this while it lasts.
5 - One Voice tour senior year - lighten up.
6 - Consider alternatives to a regular full-time mission.  I know you live in Richfield and may be ostracized by some for such wayward thinking, but in the long run, I think it may be a better choice...even if it means you won't speak another language.
7 - When you get to college do a semester abroad or a semester at sea.  Doesn't matter when, and it's ok to go into debt for it. (And remember - Disney college program Spring of '04 - it'll change your life.)
8 - Also when you get to college, just major in theater.  It's what you love and ultimately what you'll end up deciding to do with your life, so get a jump start on it and move to LA as soon as you graduate.*
9 - I know friends and stuff are causing you some emotional pain right now, but it gets better.  Promise.  Oh - and be a little more proactive about friends during college - I know you feel like you always have to be proactive, but suck it up and make it happen.  You'll ultimately be happier.
10 - Hummus.
11 - (sorry) Mom and Dad really are awesome.  I know communication isn't a strong thing for any of you, but just talk to them, they'll appreciate it, and you'll benefit.  Fact.

Other things I might add if I were given more than 10/11

Don't get a gym membership, just get P90X.
Invest some time in learning to play the ukulele.
Facewash.  Every day.
Lindsey Bird will be a good friend in a few years - do with that what you will.
Go ahead and dye your hair green/blue once.

*Although, to be honest, you go to some pretty cool places, and have some once-in-a-lifetime kind of experiences, and you'll meet some of the best people you'll ever know during your years between college and LA, so be sure to think hard about this one.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Advice from the call center.

So, my "day job" is working on the receiving end of an infomercial phone line.  Glamorous, I know.  But seriously, it's a great company to work for, they pay me too well, and the schedule can't be beat.  Plus, because of employee perks, I might have a 6-pack for the first time in my life by the time summer rolls around.  Look out Dockweiler Beach, you're not ready for this farmer-tanned, hair-covered goodness.

But I digress.

I've picked up a few helpful tidbits should any of you ever have the desire to call in on an infomercial.  It will speed up the process and provide a friendly, pleasant experience for all involved.

#1 -
Speak loudly and clearly.  The trend these days is to mumble and speak in soft tones.  Not helpful.  I need to hear what you're saying, and if I can't I'm going to ask you to repeat yourself until I can.  Just start out speaking loudly enough and you'll save us both a lot of trouble.  On that same note - if I say something like, "I'm having trouble hearing you" and there's nothing wrong with your end of things i.e. you're not on the speakerphone etc., that's your cue to speak up.

#2 -
Be friendly.  I have to deal with grumpy, brusque people all day.  Don't be one of them.  You don't have to buy everything I'm trying to sell you, but don't get bent out of shape that I'm selling you stuff.  It's my job.  You can't honestly say that you didn't know it was going to happen, so just be pleasant and help take my stress level down a couple of notches.  If you're going to be grumpy, just buy it online.

#3 -
If you have a name that is not spelled in a normal way, just spell it out.  Don't expect me to know how to spell it.  Especially if it's a name like Ashley or Jason, but you spell it "Ashleigh" or "Jaysen".  If I ask you your name and you just say, "Jason", I'm going to assume you spell it the normal way.
(Funny story here.  I had a guy called in, I asked his name and he said, "R-O-Y Klophenstein".  Why on Earth he felt the need to spell "Roy" but not "Klophenstein" is beyond me.)

Thanks in advance.  May all your infomercialing* be successful.

*Don't get the pajama jeans.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


#3. Describe your relationship with your parents.

What an interesting question.  Especially because I know they'll be reading this, but I've vowed to myself not to hold back - not that that means you two have anything to worry about.  ;)

I think we've all had moments when we vowed we would never again grace our parents with the honor of our affection.  In fact, my father often said it's his goal to have his headstone read, "Here lies the meanest Dad in the whole world." or something like that.  Many of you know my father and I think 99% of you would agree that he can be an intimidating man - even though he can't understand why.  Because of that I never fought with my parents (with my Dad because he's intimidating, with my mom because then I'd have to deal with my dad - who's intimidating).  I'd just get angry on the inside and brood for a while until I got over it.  My family has TONS of checks in the "plus" column...communication just isn't one of them.  Honestly, I wish it was.  I wish we were the kind of family that talked to each other all the time, and shared anything and everything, and all that jazz.  But we're not.  And that's ok.  That's not to say we never talk, or we don't share things.  We just don't as much as other families.

As you get older you gain more perspective and when you look back at your childhood you can see that your parents weren't perfect.  But you can also see how amazing your parents were in a lot of ways.  It's a good learning experience.

One of the most amazing things about my parents, that I am grateful for on a daily basis, is how supportive they are of all of their children.  Some parents like to live through their children, or give them far-too-practical advice.  Not mine.  My parents have always encouraged us to do what we love, explore our interests, and follow our dreams (with just enough practical advice thrown in to keep us grounded).  In all my years of acting, at least one of my parents has come to see me in every single project I've been a part of.  Most of the time they came more than once.  It was the same for band concerts, my older brother's sporting events, little bro and sister's singing recitals - everything.  Always there. I know that if I say something like, "So...I'm thinking of moving to LA to pursue acting..."  I won't get an answer like, "That's so impractical.  You can't make money as an actor.  Why don't you just stick it out as a teacher, you like it don't you?"  Instead my father says - in essence - "Hm.  You should get some advice from your agent about that."  Seriously?!  How cool are my parents?! And it's not just me.  My older brother is a dentist, my younger brother is pursuing a career in hospitality...I think he still wants to be a wedding planner, my sister is a licensed cosmetologist who wants to open her own salon, and all along my parents basically just say, "Hell yeah!"  I cannot say how important that has been to me.

So, I know I was supposed to describe my relationship with my parents and just ended up telling you all how cool they are.  But that's kind of the same thing, right?

Parental top 3:

Dad - 
My dad is pretty much good at everything - sports, arts, cooking, computers, history, yard work, the out-of-doors, handiwork, whatever, my dad can do it.
My dad has a KILLER testimony.  Unshakable.  It's quite inspiring - and a very good thing as I've had to lean on it a time or two.
My dad is fiercely loyal to his family.  Even though his family (both that of his wife and children, and that of his parents and siblings) is a bit cray cray at times.

Mom - 
My mom is bad-a**.  One time she got punched in the face by a ghetto black woman while defending her children.  True story.
My mom has the best laugh on the planet.  Ask anyone.  I LOVE hearing my mom laugh.  It totally brightens my day.
My mom is unbelievably talented.  She has such a good eye for things like design & fashion.  She could have her own TV show.  In fact she should.  Let's start a petition.

Basically I love my parents.  They gave me my love of the arts, my work ethic, my testimony, my borderline obsession with Disney, and my cute little button nose. I get to go on vacation with them later this year and I am SO excited!

Two cheers for Ma and Pa Barnett!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


#2 - Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

1 - I am TERRIFIED of being ejected from the atmosphere.  Completely irrational, I know.  Nevertheless.  For some reason the thought of speeding away from the Earth makes me short of breath and semi-paralyzed with fear.  Ironic since at one point I wanted to be an astronaut.  The only place I can think of that this might stem from is dreams that I sometimes have where I'll be riding a roller-coaster and we get de-railed and go sailing off into the air hundreds or thousands of feet above ground and come hurtling back down.  A disturbing glimpse into my psyche.  This is so much of a thing that when we went to Magic Mountain in High School on Band Tour I could not bring myself to ride the Superman ride.  Couldn't do it.  I'd be interested to see if I could now.  It's only like an hour away, I ought to try it.  I also had a hard time the first time I rode "Mission: Space" at Epcot, because you basically experience being launched into space - even though it's only a video.  I had to keep reminding myself to breathe.  I also remember a scene from the first Hulk movie where a jet fighter is rocketing into the air and ends up leaving the pull of gravity.  Had to take a moment there too.

2 - I jump pretty much every time I hear a door slam.  This comes from my former downstairs neighbor who was ca-ray-zay.  I have since come to learn that he is addicted to drugs and such - which explains his behavior.  More than once I was awakened from blissful slumber at unholy hours of the morning by Mr. Neighbor slamming the doors in his condo and screaming at the top of his lungs.  Apparently he was trying to get my attention, and figured that rather than waiting til the next day and popping up to have a word with me, he'd just scare the ba-jesus out of me instead.  (He thought I was running my washer/dryer at 3 AM - which was completely untrue.)  So, I now cringe with fear a little bit every time I unexpectedly hear a door slam.

3 - Ima get a bit religious on you now.  I'm honestly scared that I won't be successful at life - not all the time, mind you.  Generally I feel like I'm on the right path and headed in a direction that will get me to that heavenly abode in which I want to reside for the eternities.  But sometimes I'm a little bit scared that I'm not gonna make it.  I'm going to come up short somehow.  But in the back of my mind, I somehow think that's not really how it works...

I may or may not also experience varying degrees of fear with the following:

mean dogs
unexpected bugs
drunk people
authority figures

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I LOVE colorful socks, even though they tend to smell worse than white socks
I think probably once a day I am terrified at the thought that I moved to LA to be an actor
I want to learn to sail
I am an astronomy nerd
One time I was a hand model
I used to play 5 instruments with some degree of proficiency
Poppies are my favorite flower
I'm about 99% sure that in 2011 I felt lonely more days than not
I have broken more bones than the rest of my family combined
I got my first gray hair when I was 19 - it's taped in my journal
I am good at punting (like river punting, not football punting)
By traveling to 3 hemispheres (NW - where I live, SW, and NE), I covered all four (N, E, W, S)
I have a great-something-grandmother whose first name was Speedy.  If I ever have a daughter, that name's at the top of my list
I love the sound that leather-soled shoes make on hard flooring
I only went to middle school/junior high for 2 years
Every car I've ever owned - yep all 2 - I've bought from family (Phin isn't technically a car, so I don't count him)
I lived through a hurricane
I'm a lot hairier than you might think
When I was little I wanted to change my name to "Brad"
I have only kissed 2 girls outside the context of the theater

A list.

I never know what to write on this little blog of mine.  Today I found some inspiration.  A list of 30 questions to answer.  I'll do them one at a time until I finish.  It may be a while.  Feel free to leave comments with your own answers, or post them on your blog, or write me a hand-written note telling me all about them, because, I mean, who doesn't love getting mail?  The thing I like about them is that they're not necessarily just sunshine and rainbow kinds of questions.  You can get into some pretty real stuff here - which I plan to do.  You've been warned.  :)