Explanation Time

Dear friends and supporters,

I write to you from the middle of the longest 50in50 hiatus yet.  I’m very sorry for my absence.  Have I lost all of my fans?  Has anyone even noticed?  We’ll see.

I’d planned a very long explanation but I’ve run out of time for one, so here it is, straight up:

I ran out of money.  I don’t mean simply that I ran out of money for 50in50; I mean that I ran out of money for life.  (Oof.  Hard to admit that.)  That’s not to say that I had zero money.  Zero money would be awesome.  No, I had negative money.  In other words, the ugliest four-letter-word of them all: debt.  Specifically credit card debt, which is the maybe the worst kind, aside from the kind where guys with lead pipes come after your kneecaps.  Anyway, it has been an exhausting period, as I’ve been working my ass off trying to make my way back to that coveted zero dollar mark.

In the meantime, I’ve been auditioning some (strike while the iron’s hot) and doing a few plays, which has been good, but it’s further distracted from 50in50.  And then something kind of amazing happened…

I was offerred a job as a writer for Gizmodo.  This move may surprise a lot of you, but in addition to the acting/writing/directing/editing/blahblahblah I also happen to be a gadget geek.  In fact, I’ve been writing for PC World for the past year as one of my main sources of income.  Long story short, I have decided to take the job.  It’s an incredible opportunity to write, creatively and fix my financial black hole at the same time.  I’m very excited about it, and I start tomorrow morning.

This represents a small shift in perspective for me.  I’ve always considered myself 60% actor and 40% writer.  Taking this job will effectively reverse those numbers, if only in my mind.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  I think it’s a chance to grow as a writer and expand my audience in a way I’ve never been able to before (Gizmodo gets millions of views every day.  In fact, it’s one of the top ten most visited blogs on the web).  It’s going to be a major shift in lifestyle (going from freelance to an 8-6 schedule in an office), but I’m approaching it as a new adventure, which will be challenging but also a lot of fun.  We shall see…

Let me state, unequivocally that I am not done with acting and that 50in50 WILL be completed.  It’s maddening to have paused for so long with only five more to do, but I want those last five to be very special.  The plan is to take some time to get the hang of the new gig, get my money right (as Kanye would say), and then finish 50in50 in a blaze of glory.

In the meantime, to tide you over, I will soon be releasing the director’s cut of Bill Pullman’s Celebrity Meltdown, which will contain several minutes of previously unseen hilarity.  If you are new to 50in50 check out some of my FAVORITE EPISODES, or you can view the COMPLETE LIST, chronologically.

Again, I thank you for you continued support and patience, and I sheepishly apologize again for the long delay.  If you supported the project via Kickstarter, you still have buttons, DVDs, etc. coming to you.  I haven’t forgotten.  If you want more frequent updates, you can follow me on Google+ or Twitter.  I have very much appreciated your emails and comments over the past months.  It really means a ton to me that people still ask about and care about this passion project.  I promise you, the best is yet to come.

Much love,


8.1.11  1.15am

~ by 50in50 on August 1, 2011.

18 Responses to “Explanation Time”

  1. I swear to God, this very afternoon it popped in my head that I hadn’t seen a new 50in50 in forever, and was thinking “that lazy, good-for-nothing, son of a….”. Congratulations on the job, great to hear life is on the up, and good to know we still have five more to look forward to.

  2. Congratulations on Kizmodo. Just visited that website. It should be good fun to write for. And be sure to get review copies of lots of gizmos! As for 50-in-50, I suspect you set your standards so hi for the last 5 that it was too daunting. Just wait for some new episode to write itself when the time is right. [
    As for me, bouncing around Europe for a couple months as part of my little job.]

  3. Always love the updates Brent. Superb news that you’re also a writer too – had no idea. Mihir and I are always looking for your next 50 in 50 episode, though now it’s what 50 in 72? Now I’ll check periodically at Gizmodo for your authorships. And don’t let the 60/40 ratio slam your ego too hard – my own 60/40 ratio from dancer to museum marketer has taken me a couple of years to adjust to but i still swear that the 40/60 ratio will again will be flipped, as it will again for you I’m sure.

    love from DC,


  4. Congrats on the new development! Looking forward to your remaining episodes :-)

  5. Hey Brent,
    I’m pretty sure that most of us have gone through the running out of money thing. It is not fun and it usually changes or at least adjust the path you are on. I am very excited about your new adventure. What a great opportunity for growth as a writer. I’ll be watching for your articles. As far as 50/50 goes, it has been a long time, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

  6. Way to go Brent! I have mad admiration for you, as always, my friend. My faith in you never dies! Congratulations on the new gig and if anything, I’m sure it will fuel the creative spirit…hope to see you soon (happy early birthday – will be in ny too late for that unfortunately).

  7. Hope you’re doing alright dude. Can’t wait for the upcoming videos. Stay strong man!

  8. Hey man. I’ve been a supporter since the beginning. I can’t wait for the last five, I shall be waiting with bated breath. You’re videos have made laugh and cry and every person I have showed them too has become a supporter. But congrats on Gizmodo!

  9. Dude, how are you? I hope you’re still coming back! We all miss your vids.

    Hold in there!

  10. I’m speechless.

  11. Hope you still have those last five vids coming up soon. :)

  12. Everybody miss updates on this blog.

  13. Would have loved to have seen the last 5 vids…hope all is going well for you =)

  14. Hi there Brent! I just wanted to let you know about a brand new project called The Fusion Energi Adventure- A video submission contest where you’ll tell us what YOUR ultimate roadtrip would be like. We’re looking for eager and enthusiastic actors and entertainers to submit their videos for review.
    The winner will receive an all expenses paid roadtrip, a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, and a reality tv pilot. To learn more, visit:http://fusionenergiadventure.com Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine: @winanadventure

  15. It is Useful Information for All – Keep It Up Thanks For Sharing

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  17. Heartened by your sad story, I have gone through a similar phase. Wish you all the very best for future ventures. Hope you are doing well.

  18. Come back damnit! When I was a young actor in acting school you were a delight to watch. I know it’s nearly a decade later… But, if you ever come back and finish what you started, I’ll be here to watch.

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