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July 31, 2003

More Making an Ass of Myself

There is no moral to this story. I didn't learn anything from this experience. It was just a funny thing that happened.

A few months ago, I went to a restaurant (Fred 62 in Los Feliz) with my buddy Mikey Newman, and we saw two women at a booth goin through women's headshots. As we walked by, I was like "Hey! That one's pretty!" And we all chuckled.

When we sat down, Mikey was like, "Let's go back home and get our pix to give to them."

I was like "Hell no, I'm not walking THREE BLOCKS. I want to eat, and besides, they're not even casting men. And for all we know, they might be totally small time THEATER casting directors. I mean c'mon."

"Well fine. Then how 'bout draw our headshots on these big napkins."

"You're insane."

"So? And anyways, what else are we going to do? Eat and talk to each other? C'mon, it'll be funny."

"You're right. That sounds awesome." Mikey's a good artist, so his likeness was pretty good. Mine was horrendous. It looked like some kind of fucked-up muppet with thin, spiky hair. We also made fake resumes on the back, with credits like "When I make a shot in pool, I act like I'm not surprised", special skills like "fluent Swahili, car driving" and stuff like "AFTRA-eligible" and "Contact -- Islands restaurant (ask for Amir)"

We gave them to the ladies, who thought it was creative and hilarious. They were totally cracking up. We didn't try to schmooze or anything, or get their names, we just wanted to be funny and let them get back to work.

A couple days ago, my buddy Rahul took me to the casting office for Alias to say hi. The casting director was like "You look famliar". We couldn't figure it out. I realized the next day -- Fred 62. I called the office to make sure and she was like "Oh my God! Yes! That's where I knew you from! I still have those napkins! That was awesome! I came to the ofc and showed them to everyone and we all laughed! yay!"

So the moral of the story is, when you see someone who you think might possibly have some kind of pull, make an ass out of yourself. It just might come back to you.

Wait, I like it better when there wasn't a moral.

Read the archives:
My advice for current and aspiring actors (Feb '11)
So long, Amiricans! (Jan '10)
Vancouver! (Nov '09)
Politically Act-ive (Jan '08)
Welcome to the Desert (Jun '07)
In Flux (May '07)
"Which Groundlings show(s) should I see?" (Feb '07)
BackStage Article (Nov '06)
just for the heck of it, Luke Chueh (Mar '06)
Season 2 to come (Feb '06)
Seriously? (Feb '06)
SF Chron: you should be watching Campus Ladies! (Feb '06)
CL news: Giant bra is strapped for a home (Jan '06)
NY Times calls Campus Ladies Hilarious (Jan '06)
LA Times calls CL original and infectious (Jan '06)
Cheryl Hines TV Guide interview (Jan '06)
Hollywood Reporter loves Campus Ladies (Jan '06)
NY Times Business article on Campus Ladies (Jan '06)
OK, it's setting in (Dec '05)
Best... Problem... Ever! (Nov '05)
Gilmo my god! (May '05)
Kicking Aspen (Feb '05)
Goodbye WWRY (Jan '05)
Republicans -- the ultimate in Domestic Abuse (Nov '04)
Special K (Nov '04)
We Will, We Will, ROCK! (Sep '04)
We Will Preview You (Aug '04)
We Will Rehearse You (Jul '04)
Room Raiders / Summertime (Jun '04)
‘We Will Rock You’ Casting (May '04)
Nevermind Nirvana (Mar '04)
The Untitled Onion Movie (Jan '04)
Year in Review (Dec '03)
Second Bombay Dreams callback (Oct '03)
Bombay Dreams callback (Oct '03)
You're Not My Type (Sep '03)
More Making an Ass of Myself (Jul '03)
Shedding (Jun '03)
The Luckiest Man on Earth (May '03)
Snoopy the Intern (Apr '03)
In Pursuit of a Pilot (Mar '03)
The Real Amir (Feb '03)
Legally Blonde 2 (Jan '03)
Osama Yo Mama (Dec '02)
US Army Shoot (Oct '02)
Pimpin' the Studio Lots (Sep '02)
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