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Steve’s Acting Debut

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After several appearances on SpikeTV’s Bar Rescue, Spirits on Bourbon co-owner Steve Smith will make his acting debut on the big screen. Steve landed a role as Pastor Hanley in an upcoming Indy, full length feature film entitled The God Inside My Ear.

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The God Inside My Ear is a psychological thriller starring newcomer Linnea Gregg. It is written, directed, and produced by first time filmmaker Joe Badon. Badon is an illustrator, comic book artist,  and noise musician residing in Slidell, Louisiana with his wife and two kids. Badon has been working as a full time artist since 2009. He has worked on such comics as Terra Kaiju, Memouires of the Mysterious, Outside the Lines, The Man of Ten Thousand Eyes, Frankenbabe and on many other commercial and private projects. You can check out his portfolia at joebadon.blogspot.com  Joe says, “this film is a true labor of love. The God Inside My Ear is a script that I have worked on and envisioned for a long time. I’ve worked on feature films for years and I am very excited to finally work on my own film project and see it through from start to finish”. Joe’s influences for the movie are cult classics such as Carnival of Souls, Repulsion, And Eraserhead.

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For Steve Smith this is his acting debut. After being on TV several times with Spirits on Bourbon and Bar Rescue he explains that there is a big difference between acting and reality TV. “On Bar Rescue it is very easy to show emotion. When I was mad, I was mad. When Jon Taffer is yelling at you, it’s easy to get pissed. That came naturally. Acting is a whole different ballgame. You have to remember lines and get the emotion out all on your own. I have always wanted to try my hand at acting and now I have a newfound respect for those that do this as a profession. I am so thankful that Joe gave me the opportunity to read for a part and cast me in the film. You know what they say, there are no small parts.”

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Working with Director of Photography Daniel Waghorne, Badon hopes to have editing complete by October 2017 with a release date some time in November ’17. Submit the movie to every film fest that I can afford to submit it to. See if any studios notice it, Submit the movie to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Shudder and see if they want to buy it. Self distribute it through Amazon, Vimeo, Youtube.Slap on foreign subtitles and submit to foreign markets for distribution.

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Jon Taffer Brings Rescue Tour to New Orleans July 17

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Anyone who studied Jon Taffer’s bar rescues knows there is a method to the madness. If numbers are any indicator of success, 77 of 128 bars (including four that were sold to other owners) Taffer rescued are still open, including Spirits on Bourbon.

See: Spirits on Bourbon is Wildly Successful (Video)

And that’s just for the Spike TV show, “Bar Rescue.” His experience goes far beyond the statistics, though. In reality, Taffer has “opened, operated, and conceived” of more than 800 bars in 30 countries. Complies sucha s Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, TGI Fridays, Subway, Wolfgang Puck Express, Anheuser-Busch, and others have utilized Taffer’s know-how.

“This is what I do,” Taffer says.

Now Taffer is taking his expertise on the road with his Rescue Tour. Starting on July 10 in San Jose and concluding in Long Island, New York on August 24, Taffer will take his tour across America with a series of four-hour keynote seminars on how to be successful in the hospitality industry, particularly in the bar business.

The seminars will cover a range of topics within Taffer’s “bar science” philosophy, enhancing bar food, developing beverage programs, and perfecting guest experiences.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014. Picture by Brad Bohannan.

The tour is intended for anyone who either owns, operates or manages a small business within the hospitality industry. Businesses don’t just include bars, but also restaurants (quick service, casual dining, etc.) and any small business that wants to increase revenues and gain more customers. New entrepreneurs and hospitality business students are also welcome.

Specifically, Taffer will teach his “sales trifecta”, which includes growing new customer traffic, increasing guest frequency, and building guest spend (basically getting people to buy more of your stuff). Also, he’ll give some advice on hiring the right people for your business.

Taffer’s Rescue Tour will be in New Orleans on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located 2 Poydras Street. Tickets are still available at several price and access levels. Go to www.rescue-tour.com for details. 
10:30 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder check-In begins at Registration Area
11:00 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder Meet & Greet with Jon Taffer promptly begins
11:15 a.m. – General Admission ticket holder’s check-in begins at Registration Area
12:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour Starts
1:30 p.m. – 30 Minute Break
2:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour resumes
3:30 p.m. – Rescue Tour ends

More information about the events and future tour dates can be found at rescuetour.com. Here’s a video of Taffer’s upcoming Rescue Tour:

Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour from Bjorn Wallman on Vimeo.

And be sure to stop by 615 Bourbon St. before and after the seminar.  You might be able to catch Jon hanging out at Spirits on Bourbon. In any case, at least drop by and hang out for awhile.

Spirits on Bourbon is located at 615 Bourbon Street in New Orleans and is open 24 hours. Follow Spirits on Bourbon on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

-Written by David Minsky-