Seems there were a few confused Nuggets, I guess, considering I got an email about this. So for the record, when you see blue font it’s me adding in my two cents cuz I can’t shut the heck up. This should help our next guest out when we get to the portion of this post where the word “swoon” is inserted IN BLUE.. meaning I said it not him. I’m not saying he didn’t think it. How would I know? (wink wink) Who am I to judge? Please welcome Lance Carter
My name is Lance and I’m an actor here in LA. I’m not married (never been), no kids and have a cat.
Since I’m originally from Maryland, going back home is fun. Last time I went back, I found out something really interesting. Apparently, I’m gay. I had no idea.
See, I was at my high school reunion mingling, talking to people, and just having a really awful time. The minute I’d walk away, I would turn see them whispering about me.
Eventually I go to the bathroom. I’m standing there peeing when the former captain of the football team walks in and stands at the urinal next to me.
I haven’t talked to this guy since like the 10th grade when he shoved me in a locker. And I think the extent of that conversation was me saying, “ow.”
He looks at me and says, “You’re gay?”
Now, all of a sudden he wants to talk? You’d think he would at least start off with a “What’s up?” Nope. He’s asking me if I’m gay while both of our hodads are in our hands.
Me: What are you talking about?
Him: You’re an actor.
Him: You’ve never been married.
Him: And you don’t have kids.
Then he looks at me, like all of a sudden he’s like a redneck Nancy Drew. “You’re gay, right?”
“No, jackass. I live in LA. No one is married in LA. No one even WANTS to be married EXCEPT the gays. Now if you’ll excuse me while I put my heynow back in my pants.”
I swear to you this happened.. ok, except for the last part. I didn’t say that but believe me I wanted to. (I actually thought of that while I was on the plane home to LA).
Things is, I get this whenever I go back to MD. No one ever accuses Matthew Perry (um nobody? Really?) of being gay. Not Jeremy Piven (
hack who owes his career to —>), John Cusack (swoon). Nope. You know why? Seriously… do you know why? Cause I have no idea.
Maybe they’re jealous? I mean, I felt bad for the Football Captain. His wife used to be so hot. She was the prom queen. Now she looks more like Larry King. Thanks! I’ll be here all week.
Is it that all married people want me to be as miserable as they are? Believe me, I’ll be as miserable as you eventually. Its just that, part of the reason I don’t want to get married yet is because I still feel immature. I still feel like I’m 18. I drink too much. I daydream all the time. I still fantasize about a radioactive spider biting me.
Lance is the mind behind the awesomeness of DailyActor.com where you can find everything from musings of Indy Directors like Zak Forsman (I’m a total Indy flick chick) to interviews with industry insiders like actor Armin Shimerman (ooh Quark I’m SUCH the Trek dork!). He is also a gifted actor, writer and does what I hear is a great stand-up bit. Thanks Lance, and for the record Clay called and said though he thinks you are way hot you are so not gay.
Kevin McKeever blames it on a sheltered suburban childhood consisting of Mad magazine, 8-track tapes of The Knack and the pathetic teams fielded by the New York Mets in the late ’70s and early ’80s. After a momentary flirtation with a pretentious Ivy League college, he took the road more frequently traveled because it led him to the one of the last places in America where the drinking age was still 18. Having been saved from corporate drudgery by a Midwestern girl on her own, he is now an at-home dad of three: a daughter battling both the rare autoimmune disease juvenile myositis and the more common “Daddytakemeshopping” Syndrome; a son battling evil Pokémon and Bakugan; and a dog in search of a better bully stick. When not contributing to DadCentric he writes his own blog Always Home and Uncool, makes stuff up for Polite Fictions and also poses as a non-syndicated columnist for his local newspaper.
(PS the first Nuggetier to comment telling me what the common thread in the title of this post, the opening quote and the title of Kevin’s blog is wins some sort of fabulous as yet to be identified prize)
Thanks once again to my “minor” obsession with Twitter (it’s getting so bad The DH suggested that I forgo the Swine Flu vaccine and opt instead for the Bird flu version) I’ve found a really great guy to feature in this little stunt I call MANuary. I’ll confess when I first started following his tweets it was a “girl” thing. Our guest today is, Ted Rubin (@tedrubin) CMO of e.l.f cosmetics. If I recall correctly I was trying to win something from the gang at @askelf or maybe I was just begging for help with my James-J-Braddock-esque under eye circles. As the story unfolds though I find that following Ted’s tweets is anything but makeup chatter. Sure he tweets about work related stuff but with a heaping helping of wisdom (Chicken Nuggets of WISDOM, hello!), a sharp sense of humor and an obvious pride in being a parent. I figured I’d hit him up for an interview, after all he seemed the perfect mix of what a girl wants and how a guy thinks. And he did NOT disappoint! GENTLEMEN and ladies (remember it’s MANuary) I give you my interview Ted Rubin…
We all strive for balance in our lives. I’m sure that is no different for you as a dad or as the Chief Marketing Officer of a wildly popular cosmetics company. What are some of the things you do to help you strive for that ever illusive balance?
With very rare exception, I never miss time with my daughters. I stay connected to my work but my time with my girls is my off-line time. Working out often is a key component in striving for balance. Being involved in social media is a great place to meet new people, keep in touch with friends and build on friendships. All of these things help to balance the hours spent working.
Life sometimes takes us down paths we could never have imagined we would travel. Did you start out with the goal of being the CMO of one of MY favorite cosmetic brands? (Ted starts out this answer with a really great laugh)
No, I started out in investment banking. From there I moved to a working with Seth Godin in a burgeoning new field called online marketing which has led to a whole new world of Social Media.
I love the sheer joy that you exude when talking or tweeting about your daughters. The joy you get out of being a dad translates even in the twitterverse. What would be a perfect day for you spent with your kids?
I love to take them skiing. It’s not just the fun you get from the activity I enjoy though. When I take them skiing it’s a time that is just all ours. I lived in Aspen for a few years and love to ski. When I take my girls they look up to me because I have this special skill. That really is a great feeling, especially as they are hitting their teen years now.
If women are from Venus and men from Mars, does working in an industry built around women make you feel like less of a Martian?
I think I have a better view of Venus from where I sit. I really enjoy working with women, especially Mommy Bloggers, which I don’t think is a bad term by the way. Women really own social media, they know what they like and don’t like. They aren’t afraid to tell you what you are doing right and where you can improve. I think Venus and Mars only really run into problems in romantic relationships.
One of the reasons I created MANuary was to give my female readers some insight into the mind of the MAN. Being in the beauty industry and a pioneer in social media you have what I think is a very unique perspective. So tell us, is there something that men find beautiful that might surprise us?
Well I can only speak for myself on this one, but I like muscle on a woman. I’ve known women who were really very fit but avoided any kind of toning exercises because they didn’t want to get cut or buff. A woman with great tone and shape, I find beautiful. As for some of the deeper issues, I think most men can agree on a few of these. Understand we need alone time too. Give us some space when we get home. Don’t ask me what I want for dinner, just make it and I’ll enjoy being with you to eat it. I love it when a woman does the planning, I show up and we both have a great time. For me it’s more about the company than the activity. One thing I don’t like and I doubt any guy does, is a last minute cancellation. Don’t call me at 4 o’clock and tell me you can’t make the 5 o’clock dinner reservation.
Being that it is MANuary here at the Nuggets of Wisdom I feel obligated to ask you a “guy” question. And being that I have NO CLUE what the heck a “guy” question would be I’ll ask my girlie version. What would be an ideal date? One geared just for what a guy like you likes?
Anything I don’t have to deal with, make it easy, relaxed and don’t over plan it. Not everything has to be scripted. If we can manage expectations everybody has a great time.
So Nuggetiers what great truths do we walk away from this interview with, besides the fact that Ted is AWESOME? Well I say it’s this. Stop over planning, let a few things go, don’t cancel plans, find balance, don’t be afraid of a little buff, go skiing and wear great makeup! Great advice to be sure. Thanks Ted!
Ted also writes a personal blog that is a great read as well.