My first major role on television was on the CBS soap opera, Guiding Light. I was 19 years old and I was to play the young mafia hothead Tony Santos. Growing up I had always been a fan of gangster films and this role was in every way a dream come true. At the time, Guiding Light was not only 1 of 10 soaps still on the air; it was the longest running show in the history of television. I remember being in New York City for its 50th anniversary and feeling so proud to have been part of something so great. Sometimes I can't even believe that this was ten years ago almost as much as I can't believe how much the television landscape has changed.
My time working in daytime is some of the most rewarding that I have ever experienced. Working day in and day out with the same people in an intimate setting created something like a family for me. When I came to All My Children after leaving soaps for 7 years I had not only forgotten how wonderful an actor's workspace could truly be but what an impact I could have on the genre's most quintessential part - the fanbase. Admittedly, I had gone into the role of Griffin Castillo not realizing how strong and vocal the fans had become through the Internet and social media. I quickly learned through those who welcomed me to Pine Valley with open arms and those that believed I was impeding on their beloved "Zendall" that the daytime audience was a force to be reckoned with. As I started to engage with them through Twitter and Facebook, I quickly realized what daytime television meant to them and their families. Soon enough I would learn what it meant to me as well.
There are now only 4 soaps left on network television. Quite a difference from when I first started working in daytime. I remember leaving the studio after we had received the news that All My Children would be cancelled and thought to myself, "this is too soon." The thought was not so much that my livelihood would be taken from me, but the family that I had grown to love in a relatively short period of time would soon be leaving me. My feelings were not only resounded by fans, but soon enough fans took action! Whether I was asked to join campaigns on Facebook or answer questions, one thing was clear to me, the daytime audience was not going to let another daytime show go down without a fight. This assertion was the inspiration which led to the creation of Paos Revolution.
Paos Revolution was created as a reaction to what has occurred in all media during the last couple of years. No longer does an artist need a studio or network to put out content that he believes in. No longer does a fan only get to interact with their favorite artist through watching them on a screen or writing them a letter. Now, more than ever before, everyone has a voice and we are all truly connected through advent of the Internet and social media. I believe that what Paos Revolution will offer is a platform for artists from every aspect of the daytime world to put out their content and share their point of view for those whom have shown so much love and support throughout the years. This blog is not only the first to grace the launch of our website but it's the first blog I've ever written. It feels wonderful to share my feelings about the genre in my own voice. I thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to hearing your thoughts in the future.
All My Love,