Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's fun to be an actor: Part Two


I am sorry it has been so long since I updated you- I imagine that those of you who check daily have been frustrated by my absence! The good news is that when I am away that long, it usually means that I have been busy with acting!

To catch you up on some past stuff that I promised you- I have a very cool experience with a fellow blogger who has been deeply involved with the arts in New York (both in theater and film/TV) as a writer and as a dresser/wardrobe guru. She and I got together over cocktails on a Thursday afternoon, and we talked about theater, acting and how actors and writers can help each other out. We traded offers of contacts, and then she invited me to join her backstage while she drops in to say hello to the folks at Wicked. Wicked, as in the number one show on Broadway, Wicked. As in, the show I have seen twice and I am dying to do someday. THAT Wicked. What a great gift she gave me. Not only did I get to see the gorgeous costumes up close and in person, but I also got to stand on the stage (a raked stage, mind you) and look out into the empty audience. It was a defining moment. So, thank you, Fellow Blogger- you rock.

Some other fun things that have been happening:

I got cast in the lead role for a independent short film which shot this last weekend (this is different from the most recent audition I talked about.) There were a lot of “firsts” for this film. It was the first project where I have had to be semi-nude (the camera was at my back and showed me sitting and dropping my towel, with only my back showing.) Of course, the camera only saw my back but that meant that the man playing opposite me saw my front! Luckily, I bought some “pasties” so I could cover up my most private parts of my chest, so it really wasn’t that big a deal. I don’t have any moral objection to nudity, but I am incredibly shy and I wanted to make sure that I was portrayed in the most positive way, since it would be preserved on camera forever more! And it was- the director and crew were awesome. The second thing that was new was that I got to do some fighting on camera. I got to do a combat fall, I got to shout and throw things, and I even got to break a bottle over someone’s head. Twice. We used breakaway bottles that are made from sugar, which looks convincing but doesn’t injure anyone. I was incredibly nervous that I was going to break something or someone with all of the physical stuff I had to do, but it all turned out ok. The project looks like it will be really good, I am looking forward to seeing it screened very soon.

I have started doing charitable work with a local theater as a part of their outreach program. The theater was founded by a friend of mine from college, April, and I am thrilled to be getting to know the company. This Monday we went to a nursing facility in Chinatown and sang 1950s songs and read copy from traditional radio commercials from the time period. I was sharing the stage with several Broadway actors from the shows Rent, South Pacific and Passing Strange, and it was both humbling and thrilling to be singing with such a high caliber of talent. They were very complimentary of my work, and it is amazing to I feel like I am exactly where I need to be.

In other news, I just quit my “actor survival” job so I can focus on my coaching and acting full time.And while it is scary to have to generate all of my own income, it is also amazing to think that I will only be doing things that I like to do, and I have full control over how I plan my days. Seriously, people- with a little hard work, tenacity and patience you can live a life you love. I am living proof that it can work if you want to badly enough!

Have any of you, dear readers, had anything inspiring or fun happen to you this week or month regarding the acting or the arts in general? Please leave me a comment and let me know- I would love to hear from you!

5 comments:

  1. So much fun to hear about your successes!

    Let's see... inspiring... arts... OH! Chloe giggles every time I make fart noises!

    That's my girl!

    :-)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed yourself so much.

    Was Telly, by any chance, one of the RENT actors? He's wonderful.

    Good for you, quitting the day job. You know I'm a big advocate of that! You can do this.

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  3. It was Telly! He is a very gifted singer. I am very excited to be working along side him and the other company members!

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  4. Fab blog! gonna check your backpages.

    re: going full time with your profession.best thing to do,good for the soul and good for your drive!

    Paul (Uk Actor - full time lol)

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  5. Thanks, Paul- and welcome!

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