Thursday, February 24, 2005

NECESSITIES

I am back. That’s right, after one month of nothing, it is time to get back in the blogging saddle and bang away on the keys about my so called crazy life i.e. “John’s Journal”. Now I promise that this one will not be a sappy sad reflection of negative events but more of a “moving on”, “got it out of my system” entry. I will say though that I was so surprised at the repercussions of my last “Softer Moments” entry. I was just feeling the need to get all of this crap off my chest, not looking to make waves or turn heads.

“Softer Moments” meant so much to me as far as honesty, though at the time I didn’t consider it to be more than just a scratch pad of emotions and thoughts strung together to make what I felt was very little sense. I submitted it to the people at Televest, our PR agency, who always proof read it and make sure that it’s not too obscene or gives any plotlines away too early. This is all done with very little communication between us; I type it, then send it, they read it and post it…done. This time though, I received a phone call from them asking if I really wanted to post this piece of “honesty” for all to see? “Yes, that’s what I signed on for by doing this journal series; my life and all the moments that are in it, both in good times and bad”. Personally I just couldn’t keep writing about all the so called bubble gum “I’m on a daytime soap” or “my life is perfect and glamorous now”stuff (though there have been and will be times I have to, LOL). NO! I am a regular guy who has an AMAZING opportunity to work with truly amazing individuals (writers/directors/actors/etc.) while living in a very hard city, facing everyday problems and concerns just like everyone else. That’s the real John Driscoll and if people don’t like or agree with me then please don’t read or respond to this journal, it’s that easy!

As comments poured in, we (Televest and I) realized that I may have hit on something that was a breakthrough. I really couldn’t say too much about it, but maybe, “Wow, that’s pretty cool” and then as I read all the supportive posts and stories similar to mine, it hit me. I am not alone when having these days and yes, I will get through this, so don’t be so hard on yourself (but also don’t forget it either)!

“All of us have had issues regarding friends and plans. Please do not be too hard on yourself. The reasons we do things are always a mystery. But try to take comfort in the fact that most people, myself included, can relate to your situation.” –NHFan

First, I want to say that I admire you for putting your feelings and emotions out here for everybody to read. It takes a lot of guts to open yourself up the way you have.”-Susan

“I also wanted you to know how much we appreciate your hard work on GL. We really do! I'm an actress too, and I know that when you mess up one thing, thats all you can think about. You may eventually get that one line right, but then the rest of your scene goes to hell. But just to let you know, I've never seen you have an "off day" on GL. You always do fantastic work.”-Erin

I read your post about work and it's kinda strange to read. I mean, most of the times we don't think about acting as a "job". I mean, we just see waht's on the air and that's it. Keep your chin up, I've watched you a couple times and I think you do a terrific job!!! Maybe I'll finally stop watching Days and make GL my soap of choice. I've heard such great things about it since Ellen Wheeler took over.”-Matt

These were just a few of the many responses that were received and I just have to say “THANK YOU” from the bottom of my heart, sincerely, for all your time and efforts responding to this. Whether you’ve been with me from the beginning “kick-off” blog or just tuned in because of the article in "Soap Opera Weekly" (I’ll get to that shortly), it makes no difference, your thoughts and opinions are read and taken into account and certainly appreciated.

As for the article that was written in “SOW”, well that came shortly after “Softer Moments” was posted. I was surprised actually that they (SOW) wanted to interview and get my thoughts and comments about this one in particular. I really don’t honestly remember all that I said and I’ve been so busy that I actually haven’t read it yet, but apparntly the gist was good and obviously so was the response. Let me just say if it wasn’t mentioned in the article that the meaning of “SM” wasn’t to point fingers at anyone or make anyone out to be a bad person, but rather my personal issues and thoughts about a certain work day in my life. I do want to thank SOW for taking the time to read my posts and sit down with me to understand my reasoning for it, when, because of the nature of the business and the rush rush rush of deadlines, we sometimes don’t get an opportunity to explain certain actions that are then misinterpreted.

Unfortunately, I must cut this Blog a bit short as I am at work, BUT, never fear because I’m back in the Blogging saddle with brand new crazy adventures. Trust me when I say that my next one will be STELLAR (and longer)! Most of the cast will be heading to Las Vegas this weekend for a charity event appearance so there will be stories to tell along with my thoughts and input as well as yours about the Daytime Emmy Awards and your thoughts on the nominations!!!! So sit back and get ready for more literary excitement with me. All the best and thanks again to all!

26 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

John,
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post on your blog... It's nice to see the "real" person behind an actor we see on tv daily. Plus, it helps to know that while it seems like you have a great life (charity events for ex) or a great job that you look forward to going to everyday, it is still nice to see that you are the same person with the same struggles we all face.

I've really enjoyed your scenes with Lizzie lately, and I'm glad the writers are finally giving you some consistent airtime! Thanks for posting and I'm looking forward to meeting you in FL in April!

February 24, 2005 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I have read by blog from day 1 and I have to say I am really enjoying it.
Watching the show day in and day out is one thing but to read what really goes on behind the "actor" is enlightening and almost let's us think we know "you"
(Oh and we love you too!)

Thanks for posting, John.
Can't wait to read the next one.

February 24, 2005 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger gloria said...

Dear John, (I've always wanted to say that LOL)
Anyway, I think you are doing a wonderful job on GL. You have absolutely made us love Coop.
I know it's tough to make mistakes in front of your superiors but I am sure they didn't get where they are without making a few themselves. It is good to know that you care enough to care.
They know a goldmine when they see one and you are one.
Keep up the good work.

February 24, 2005 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger gloria said...

Dear John, (I've always wanted to say that LOL)
Anyway, I think you are doing a wonderful job on GL. You have absolutely made us love Coop.
I know it's tough to make mistakes in front of your superiors but I am sure they didn't get where they are without making a few themselves. It is good to know that you care enough to care.
They know a goldmine when they see one and you are one.
Keep up the good work.

February 24, 2005 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

John,
I hope you have a blast in Las Vegas! I'm glad you realize how much everyone enjoys your blogs. It's great you're letting all of us get a glimpse of the real you. The fluff stuff is nice, but it's so unusual to get a soap star to open up in their own words. Glad to see you've gotten more screen time too!

Lynn
Maryland

February 24, 2005 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Kates said...

John,

Softer moments are essential. We all go through them and the real friends are there for us when we do. I am glad you got through yours. You are so loved!

Katie

February 24, 2005 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger marie said...

Dear John, I think your a great actor and love your work on GL. I think Coop and Lizze are amazing together. I also enjoy reading your blogs. It's nice to see the person behind the soap. I wouldn't feel to bad about "SM" because everyone feels like that at least one in their life. I thought "SM" was a great blog because it let people know that your more then just an actor. I can't wait for your next blog. Bye

February 24, 2005 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

John,
I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better after you blog entry "Softer Moments." The words that you shared with us was truly inspirational. Sometimes stupid, bad, or even weird things just happen. But all of these experiences just make you stronger as a person. But your honesty was truly heartfelt and touching, and I'd just like to thank you for allowing me to be apart of it.
Keep up the great work on GL. Coop's scenes with Lizzie have been AWESOME!
Much love,
Amber

February 24, 2005 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Shanna said...

John,

Hey there!

First of all let me say that "SM" was great. It shows that "John Driscoll" is a real person who has good days and bad and can make mistakes and get past them. He's also someone who can be happy or sad; and you don't just represent the character you play on GL.

Thank you for sharing with us!

Secondly, I too am one that has been with your blog since day 1 and its great that you want your fans to see the real you -- Thank you!

You are doing an AWESOME job as Coop and I love to watch him with Lizzie... I've said this before but I'll say it again; Coop sees the person Lizzie is that no one else will take the time to see.... I love it. Can't wait to see more.

Hope you have a great time in Vegas and can't wait to hear about it. Have Fun!!!!

Continue the great Job! Hope to see you again in Oct.

Take Care,

Shanna

February 24, 2005 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Sassy said...

Dear John,
I was ecstatic to see that you'd updated your blog. I truly enjoy reading your adventures and misadventures. You put a human face on actors. Truly, the society places all actors on the pedastal (me included), but it's incredibly interesting to see that actors really are just normal people working their jobs. I came in late for your blogs after reading the Soap Opera Digest article, and I read all the archived comments you've left. I enjoyed reading each and every one of your entries. I appreciate that you're willing to share everything with us (your fans).
I'm very excited with the direction GL has gone with your character. Coop and Lizzie's scenes are one of the highlights of the show and I'm glad that Guiding Light is using you, not putting Coop on the backburner. Now I'm going to do the cursed thing that I always try not to do, but I'm going to ask you for an autographed picture. Yes, this makes me a ditsy fan, but I would love to have an autographed picture.
I hope you have a great time in Vegas, and a safe trip getting there. And I absolutely cannot wait until your next blog.

Vona

February 24, 2005 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hey John,

It was great reading another blog from you. You and Crystal Hunt have had some amazing scenes lately. Not since the very beginnings of GusH (Gus and Harley) have I been anticipating the possibility of a romantic pairing between two characters. You're both very talented and always have awesome scenes together.

I hope you had fun in Las Vegas. I'm sure you'll have lots to write about. Until then, take care and don't work too hard.

Susan

February 24, 2005 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi John,

I wanted to say that I have been reading your blogs from the start and I think it is great that you are doing this. I really hope you are planning on going to the Marco Island events in Florida so I get the chance to meet you. This will be my first time going to any type of Guiding Light event so I am looking forward to it. I cant wait to meet you and the rest of the cast.

I am glad to know that things are going good for you and I hope you have fun in Las Vegas. I am looking forward to hearing about it. Keep up the good work on the show. You are doing terrific.

Lisa

February 24, 2005 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Cynn said...

John~
You know, sometimes it seems like u really are a real person! It's good to know that you're not going to try to cover up whatever it is that is going on in your life at the moment. Anyways..just wanted to say hi. Have an awesome time in Vegas and LA! We're still on for the 17th, right?
Love always,
Cynth

February 25, 2005 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Lhf said...

I stumbled across this blog this morning from my own and kinda got sucked in. Some of it was like reading my own blog. It is so refreshing to read posts about someones flaws and insecurities that isn't my own. Best I can figure you are on a soap, but not one I watch (sorry). You sound like a really honest and down to Earth guy and that is a gift to find. Thank you for sharing your life - it makes it seem less nutty that I do the same knowing others have the same idea. Being yourself is hard to do even when your life isn't ever in the spotlight and so it must be tough when it is. I think I will bookmark this blog since it is so hard to find one as real as yours. Thank you for that.

--Lindy

February 26, 2005 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

John,

Nice to see you updated your blog. I find myself checking almost every day to see if there is an update. I can only imagine how busy you are and the fact that you take the time out to do it is really a great thing.

I know that you will have a great time this weekend! Please come back with lots of fun stories.

Anyway, I have to admit I was surprised that you singled my post out in your newest entry. Too bad I had an unfortunate typo. Oh well...

I really do believe that you are writing from your heart and that makes your entries very meaningful.

Take care and email me if you ever get a spare minute. Love to chat sometime...

February 26, 2005 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hi John,

I just wanted to tell you that you're absolutely wonderful on GL, but it's so refreshing to see someone so open and honest about their feelings, especially in the entertainment business. You've showed us that you're normal, just like the rest of us.

I know you're busy and probably don't have time to respond to everyone who posts a comment on your blog, but I was just wondering if you're considering having an official website? As a website designer, I think you definitely deserve a website to showcase your talent.

Thanks again, John. Best wishes.

February 27, 2005 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

John,
I just wanted to tell you that you are doing a wonderful job on GL. I enjoy watching all of your scenes. You are a very talented actor.
I want to thank you for all the honesty you put in your entries. I really appreciate that you want all your fans(like me)to see that you are just a regular guy. Keep up the good work. God Bless

February 28, 2005 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Christina2005 said...

I would just love to hear how your weekend in Las Vegas went. We love the show, especially the scenes between you and Lizzie. Please let us fans know more about your personal life. What were you like as a kid, teen, etc. Also is there a love interest in your life?? We would love to know.

February 28, 2005 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger AnaPaula said...

Hey John!
Just waiting for the laundry to finish up from my weekend in Vegas. I had a blast and I hope you did too!! Dancin' with you at the luau, and that special pose with you. LOL You and Tom are just a riot! I could just listen to you both all day. My friends were lucky enough to get the lunch with you both, and I'm bummed that I can't go! :( Ohh well, I know you guys will have a blast and I can't wait to hear all about it!

I'm so glad that you post on here as the REAL John Driscoll. I guess that's why so many people are drawn to you, because you're just so real, so down to earth. (I know, sounds cheesy right? but it's true!!) It's great that you're just so honest and willing to share things with us. It's always great hearing what you've got to say. Take care of yourself!!

hugs,
Ana

February 28, 2005 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey John,

I just wanted to say thank you for coming to Las Vegas and being so incredibly sweet. I had an awesome time, and I hope you did too! It was great to finally meet you. And I hope to see you again soon.

Erin
erin42@starmail.com

February 28, 2005 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger bnb86 said...

I must confess I'm not avid or up to date regarding Your show GL.(I have looked for your character though)
You should be commended for sharing what you feel when you feel it.
Before celebrity the glitz and such. you are human. I think that was very nice of you to share.
You've got character without the character (Coop)

Best of luck always!

March 2, 2005 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey John! I’m back from Vegas so I finally got to read your much anticipated blog entry. I had worried that after “Softer Moments” ended up being highly publicized you may have been a little shy about this whole blog thing. But you’re a brave one—not many people would put themselves out there as you have. It speaks volumes about your character.

Anyway! On a lighter note, I had a blast in Vegas—mainly because you were there. You were a lot of fun as always, and I was glad to be there for my friend Paula to meet you for the first time. She was greatly impressed! Before we went, she kept saying she couldn’t wait to meet you and Tom, and she was not disappointed. Also, it thrilled me to see that the GL crowd FAR outnumbered the other shows—maybe even all put together! That was a sure demonstration of the spirit of the show that you were all willing to turn out for a great cause (and for your fans).

On the Emmy note, I was a little disappointed with some of the noms. I know you had said you wanted Tom to be nominated “for the good of the show” due to his intense storyline this year. So, while I would have liked to see you nominated, I am happy for him and (in my humble opinion) if he doesn’t win there is just no justice in the world. I am still utterly confused and sorely dismayed that Beth Ehlers did not get her nomination. If it was up to me, she would not have room to put them all…but my goodness, all my bias aside—this was her year! But, on a good note…GL had the most nominations out of the CBS clan, and I don’t even remember the last time that was the case. I know GL gets jilted in the time slots in a lot of places, but I am thrilled that the show is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves.

I’m going on and on here, I know, but I have to say one more thing. Yesterday’s GL was the one where Coop “rescued” Lizzie from jumping/falling off the roof—once when she didn’t need it and once when she did. WOW! That tape will get a label and be preserved until the end of time. It was a great episode and you and Crystal both were incredible (maybe at least your leading lady will get her Emmy this year, eh?). Coop and Lizzie are my favorite storyline right now, which is really saying something when every storyline is absolutely riveting. Seeing that absolutely adorable smile on your (err, Coop’s) face is the icing on the cake. So, in a nutshell…I love it!

Before I have a novelette on my hands, I’ll close this out. I’ll be waiting with great anticipation for your next VA visit. Don’t forget Ricky’s cabaret in April—you should sing! Hopefully I’ll see you again before October gets here, anyway.

Take care and keep the blogs coming! HaHaHa!

Amanda
@michaelparkfans.com

March 3, 2005 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

John,
Candice's here.Well it's nice you posted I like many was worried when you did not post anything.I just wanted to say that I am in love with Cozzie..I just received a bear and named it after that lol.

Dont forget about our date in October..heck if you go to the softball game which I think is in June or July..I am going to that too so we can have two dates lol.

March 3, 2005 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Hello John,
I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any of the rest of your entries YET haha. But wow, you must be liked. Lots of comments and whatnot.
I'm only a 23 yr old girl, and I still have no idea whats going on around me. Just kidding! That made no sense..sorry.
You seem like a sweet person, if you want to talk sometime, just comment on my blog..thing.
Virgina kicks buns<3

Keep blogging.

xoxo<3

March 12, 2005 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Lara-Ann said...

Hey john doe!
Whats going on? Not a lot here- okay a lot here. I have been reading your blog for a while- and thee's been a few times where you have asked about music. And I just got a great CD- I just posted a link on my blog!- It's jeremy Camp. You are obvisously a type of Christian so you may like it. It's kinda rockish and edgy. He's fun to mello out to or clean the house with. So you can check out his website at www.jeremycamp.com. Oh, I'm sure you know Bethany Joy Lenz-Once played Michelle, now is on One Tree HIll- For sure- you can DL samples of her songs, she has an amazing voice and the lyrics are just awesome to beat with. I'll bet you'll enjoy Jeremy Camp though. You should check him out.

March 13, 2005 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

John,
Well I have only started watching GL again recently, and I was pleasantly suprised when I saw you. I have been home a lot recently and going through some rough times. I look forward to GL everyday, as it is a nice break from the norm for me. I do wish they would give "Coop" more airtime.

Anyhow, I just wanted to give you a few words of encouragement because you really do a wonderful job. Also, I would love to have an autographed picture if you have any. Thanks for being so real in your entries. I have truly enjoyed getting some insight into your personality. I must say... I definately like what I see!

Ashley

March 14, 2005 at 8:25 PM  

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