If you follow the comment stream on the coverage of paid casting workshops on my ActingAnswers.com site, I’ve asked one of the commenters there, Mimi Jensen, to share with us her background.
In the interest of transparency, I’d like to know that all commenters are above board about who they are and what their stake is in this discussion so that we can all better understand each other and our viewpoints.
No response on who she was and what her background was, but lots of comments.
With Mimi, something didn’t feel right. She, who seems not to exist on IMDB, but knows an awful lot about casting and workshops, had some pretty strong negative opinions about them and I started to feel uneasy about who she was. And something occurred to me, which I hoped not to be true. Unfortunately it was.
On a whim, I compared the IP addresses, which are recorded when you post comments on any of my blogs, of “Mimi Jensen,” commenting on the ActingAnswers.com blog, with the IP address of Billy Da Mota, whose comments appear here on befreetochoose.org.
Mimi Jensen’s comments were recorded as coming from the IP address 18.104.22.168.
Billy Da Mota’s comments were recorded as coming from the IP address 22.214.171.124
Both the same. Strange. That means that both comments were sent from the same computer, or from different computers served by the same router – in the same physical location. when it’s a residential AT&T/Yahoo router serving the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena area of LA from their Irvine hub.
Which it is, according to WHOIS.
That’s really, really, really creepy. And so, so sad.
Because posing as “Mimi Jensen,” Billy Da Mota calls casting people, who do what he does for a living “secretaries and list makers [who have] so little input into the casting decisions, it’s laughable” and then says, in anything but a loving fashion towards the people he judges daily, “actors can be pretty dumb.”
All after he excused himself from the discussion here, only to return with a fake persona to continue.
So when you read “Mimi’s” posts, know that they are actually the submissions of Billy Da Mota (or someone using Billy’s network connection), not some disinterested third party.
And know that he chose to do that – it doesn’t happen by accident. This tells me a lot about his character, and makes me sad all at the same time.
I won’t be looking at him the same way ever again, because this is the second time he’s hidden behind a fake name, and tried to torpedo something I’ve created.
Maybe Billy will come clean about this incident. I really can’t think of any reasonable explanation, but I’m sure if there is, he’ll let us know.