Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Taking one for the team...


2pm on a Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan...I find myself in front of a camera with a mouth full of Pizza Hut pizza. Im trying to make it look like Im enjoying this, and feeling like I'm due for an Oscar. As soon as they finish filming my VERY forced smile...I spit it all out in the garbage can...making sure all that oily nasty residue is gone.

The guy filming the audition said that seeing me spit out all that pizza into the trash was payback for the female bathing suit audition he had earlier in the morning. It all evens out...

When I heard about this casting, I figured I would just hold the thing in my hand and make a corny smile. I had to do that for a burger casting years ago...but lately I havent had anything similar. But no...I had to put that greasy thing in my mouth.

I'm making a promise to everyone here...If I book that job, half will go to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and the other half will go into a fund that will support more get-togethers like we've been planning. What if I was on national tv chomping on pizza? Yecch! Take one for the team, A!

Look at it like this. Some could say that Im a sell-out, but if I can take the money and use if for good...better, right? I mean, someone is gonna do that job anyways, so I might as well do good with it if I get picked. There are always lots of guys at these things, so the odds aren't that great. I told them about my diet though, so maybe they will find it humorous to hire me.
Still...I'd have a ton of explaining to do if everyone saw me smiling
with a piece of cheesy-sliced goop in my mouth.

I've thought about a similar issue with fur. Would it be better to do a job with fur, and then give all the money to PETA or the Animal Liberation Front ?
(I prefer DIRECT action, everyone...it gets the goods for sure.)

Or just not do the job, and no one benefits? Id like to take money from the beast and use it for it's own downfall. Talk about biting the hand that feeds me...

There is a get-together in the works from noonish-4 or 5pm on Saturday...Going to be half-food, half-art/galleries. Everyone who comes will LOVE it (I hope).

Cant wait to see everyone again.


13 comments:

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Fitnessdiva said...

Hi Anthony!
Can't wait to see that ad, it will be funny :))) (knowing that you are RAW)
Have a good day!

Karine
P.S. If you can tell us when it is gonna show up... It is a commercial on tv or in the print?

Jen said...

Ohh that's terrible! I couldn't imagine having to sit and be filmed with Pizza Hut in my mouth!! That stuff only tastes good because someone in a laboratory made chemicals that excite neurons in the brain! Gah!
I can see how people might think your work is hypocritical, but I think you make a very good argument! Maybe someday there will be a need for a Raw chain restaurant commercial model! Then you can actually smile and mean it!
Peace!! Stay warm!

Hugh said...

As an interesting test you could also replicate the photo of yourself with that pizza but this time with a slice of raw pizza! It would be fascinating to see the difference in the quality of your smile.

wyldegirl said...

here's my opinion on the questionable ads and jobs. . .
money is a form of energy as we all know- so let's say the pizza or fur ads are a form of negative energy. . . well someone is going to do it regardless and let's say you're the one, you secure that money and then put it towards some of the ideas you've mentioned (PETA for the fur ad, or healthy food/raw groups, environmental projects, sustainable agriculture, etc.) then you're turning that money into positive energy and sending it back into the world- changed and able to do more good. I think this is a choice that contributes more than refusing the job and therefore taking a passive action. Voices and energy must be heard and changed and spread and I think it's possible to "work from the inside". That's just my thoughts on the whole debate.
Cheers!

kara said...

I'm glad you are giving the money to a Free Tree Planting Foundation. That's very rebel of you! I have a question...how is your skin so perfect. I'm a girl and I don't even have as clear of a face as you.

Courtney Pool said...

I think that is the best ever :D

Anonymous said...

You can argue anything to bend it your way. That arguement will work for anything you do Anthony. Whatever. Tell yourself whatever you want. The people that comment on here will back you up. Just keep telling yourself that you make this hypocritical money to go for some greater cause. If you walk through shit, you will have shit on your shoes.

J. Michael said...

I don't mean to judge as every person is on their own spiritual journey, but I'm sure this will come off judgemental, but I would
go with "not doing the job".
I know its easy for me to write this since I'm not a model having to compete with hundreds of other guys for every job, but your view that if you take the job, you can at least give the money to organizations that undue the harm your promoting is no different than someone who is against guns, for example, working for the NRA, but giving his blood money to anti-gun organizations. Your job as a model is to entice people to buy or support the product your hired to sell. Just seems wrong. Sorry if it sounds harsh, but just my opinion.

Julia S. said...

It amazes me how many food companies have models/actors/actresses who never eat their food. I remember when I was a kid I was casted for a cherrio's commercial. Yet I hate cherrios. I didn't have much control then due to my money-hungry parents.

Yeah I'm sure the money is great, but as a "raw model" what is more important to you? Is the money worth it to you? Do you like being used as a puppet to direct more people to eat thier crappy cooked pizza? Knowing full well you'd never eat their shit?

Ultimately the decision is yours. It must be a hard job for a raw foodist to work in such an environment. God forbid a client want's you to walk down the runway wearing a fur coat. That would cause such a stir in the raw food community. I can see Peta now...

Dea said...

Anthony,

First off I appreciate your honesty. You don't have to explain anything and yet you choose to be open and honest. The pizza ad if you get it will be a one off, we live in a capitalist society and we all have to live. I totally admire those of us who are able to make a living working in green sustainable businesses but its not always the case.
I worked for 3 years for a defense contractor and I stood against everything they stood for, but I was and am still far from home overseas and I had to live. So thank you for your honesty and do what you have to do.
love n' veggies xo Dea

aanvals said...

Hey man, don't worry about it, we know what you stand for. Work is work. Passion is passion.

~aanvals

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