Wednesday, December 31, 2008

NYC "Art"


In response to I Spy NYC’s blog about perplexing NYC graffiti- here is one of my favorites:


I cannot even put into words what delights me about this- it just does.

Once I saw some gang graffiti in Astoria that said, “Pita” (I was amused by the Greek influence.) Across the street from it was one that said, "Chicken." No joke- defacing city streets can make you hungry!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fantasy and Imagination


I learned something huge about myself last night, as I was trying to fall asleep. I have always thought I was incapable of having a fantasy life. (That’s crazy for an actor to admit, right?) I am pretty firmly rooted in the “here and now” and am not given to fanciful thoughts. This means that, while I know I am creative, I never thought of myself as being imaginative. And last night I figured out why: because I am SO GOOD at fantasizing that I get hugely invested emotionally and it becomes too real to me. When I sit and try to imagine what it would be like to to be married, or to be on Broadway, I get invested immediately and the feeling is too intense. So, I refuse to fantasize or play with my imagination because it is all too real. I settle for practicality handle my emotions and dreams through hard work. I couldn't believe it when I figured this out- imagine what is possible, now that I realize I have had the tools all along? =)

Monday, December 29, 2008

The "Ick" feeling


I hate that feeling when you realize you didn’t get cast in something. The feeling only lasts for a moment or so, but it is a little sickness in the pit of your stomach, and then you have a free fall feeling just for a second, and then a heaviness. And then it goes away. Today I saw a press release for a show I thought I might get, and the PR indicated that I didn’t. Ick. I did very well at the audition and I am thrilled to have met the director, so I know the timing or chemistry is all that was off (neither of which I can control.)

Oh well. Moving on!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

High School Survey


Just saw this quiz online about the SENIOR year of high school! If you are sadistic, you might copy and paste the quiz and answer it in YOUR blog!

1. Did you date someone from your school?
Yes, but we broke up in May right before graduation.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
No, sir!

3. Did you car pool to School?
No, I drove myself.

4. What kind of car did you have?
A 1980 Audi 5000.

6. It’s Friday night...where are you (then?)
Either working at the movie theater or at rehearsal, or perhaps out with my crew of friends.

7. It is Friday night...where are you (now)?
Relaxing after a long week of auditioning and coaching, usually at a bar with friends.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
I worked at a discount movie theater, where you could get a double feature for only $1.50.

9. What kind of job do you do have now?
I am an actor and a business coach for actors.
10. Were you a party animal? Not in high school. I didn’t learn how to live until I was 25 or so!

11. Were you considered a flirt you think?
Yes, I think people would have considered me so.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I was in our advanced choir. I also did a bit of marching with the band as a mascot (we were the Patriots, and I was one of the marching Minute Men for one season!)

13. Were you a nerd?
Not really- I was well-diversified in my interests, though I did do well in school. (Though, is the fact that I use "well diversified" an indication that I was, indeed, a nerd, or still am?)

14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
Never, but I was once kicked out of a class and had to register into another. Does that count? (You’d be surprised at the kinds of trouble I experiences, never my fault, of course!)

15. Can you sing the fight song?
I have a vague recollection of it, and could probably sing it if I had the lyrics in front of me.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s):
Mr. Brown, AP US History and Mr. Alstrum, Civics.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
Usually inside the MP (multi-purpose) Room, which is where band/choir practiced. Or outside, I did grow up in southern California, after all.

18. What was your school's full name?
Orange Glen High School

19. When did you graduate?
A woman never tells... =)

20. What was your school mascot?
The Patriots

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
I might, actually. I had some kick ass friends.

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
NO. Long story, but my boyfriend and I broke up 2 days before prom.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
Nope, as a direct result of the circumstances around our break up (can we say, felony?)

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
Perhaps- missed my last one because I was in Europe (darn!) but depending on the time of year I might consider it. Facebook has made it fun to reconnect with people, so I might go to rekindle those friendships in person!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Easing back into it


Just a quick update:

Word of mouth and previous work relationships have had some pretty nice results recently recently in getting me auditions and jobs. I just finished shooting a sketch video for the website New Year’s Nation (which will air sometime next week), for which I was recommended by a filmmaker I worked with 2 years ago. Last weekend I auditioned for a revival of a musical that ran Off Broadway in the early 80s, for which I was recommended by a friend of the director (who happens to be from the same hometown as me.) I also got invited to audition for a wacky interpretation of a classic play, which is being produced by a friend and colleague. I tell you, building and maintaining relationships is THE name of the game in this industry. Not only do you need to audition for new people, but then you need to keep in touch, develop the relationship, and stay on their radar. And doing good work can lead to future good work. It’s a wonderful part of this crazy business.

I’ll let you know how these progress...

AWOL- for a good reason


I have been away from blogging for a very juicy reason... I have been on jury duty, serving on a case! Those of you who know me know that I have a very good record of getting chosen to be a juror- try 3 for 3!

Anyway, the case should be wrapping up this week, and then I can get back to regular life. And I will be blogging about my experiences here, you’d better believe it...

AWOL- for a good reason


I have been away from blogging for a very juicy reason... I have been on jury duty, serving on a case! Those of you who know me know that I have a very good record of getting chosen to be a juror- try 3 for 3!

Anyway, the case should be wrapping up this week, and then I can get back to regular life. And I will be blogging about my experiences here, you’d better believe it...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Creepy Never Ends

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Got another creepy fan request:

Hi Erin. I'm writing to see how I might get a color signed headshot for my son.  He's a fan. I'd like to surprise him on his birthday.

He is a beginning cinematographer and part-time actor and is working on writing his first film script. He is finishing grad school this semester.

Can you honor this autograph request. May God bless you. AJ"

Strangely, this person did not leave their address for me to send said autograph. Nor did he give me his son’s name. Nor does the name“AJ” match the name on in the “from” line of the email (John Fox?)

Ick.

UPDATE: I have had a bunch of other experiences that I recommend being wary of- click here to check out my posts about them.


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Submitting Via Self


I am starting to think that if I am ever going to post regularly, I have to stop thinking that I have to write long, orations for every minor event. That’s daunting at the end of every day. I simply want a running commentary on what is going on in my career, particularly since my acting website is designed to talk about the jobs I actually book. The only place I talk about upcoming possibilities is in the “News” section, and I only keep the most recent information posted. So I need this blog for posterity!

Yesterday I auditioned for Mt Sinai’s standardized patient (SP) program. It seems as though they only hire new actors once a year, and only to fill abandoned slots from the previous year. This type of work is so much fun and is so rewarding that actors hold onto their slots tightly. This audition involved 2 contrasting monologues to be delivered in no more than 2 minutes TOTAL (which required me to do some clever cutting.) Then they asked me a few questions about my experience as an SP, and then we did an improv exercise to test my skills at keeping two scenarios going at once (hard to describe in a blog.) As I walked out of the room I heard the program director say that I gave a very good audition. I hope I can make it into the program this year. If not, I will keep trying for future years.

Today I had an audition for an HBO promo - this one involved playing a waitress at a hip bar, serving tennis greats Serena & Venus Williams and Billie Jean King. I was a huge tennis fan growing up (played for 6 years in high school and college) so this would be an awesome job. It was a typical promo audition- you go in, slate for the camera, then do the copy and leave. I was given pretty detailed instructions as to what they wanted, and then they gave me a redirect to see if I could do something different. They complimented me on my necklace (my necklace?) and then I was off. Between my actual persona and the two reads I gave, they got 3 distinct characters and I hope it bodes well for future work!

This coming Sunday I have an audition for a web series spoof, produced by some recent NYU graduates. A director I had worked with in 2006 gave me a heads up about the audition notice, and recommended me after I submitted. After submitting, he congratulated me in an email, saying they like my look and want me to audition. The audition will consist of improv, most likely. Should be a lot of fun.

So, who says you need an agent? I got all of the above auditions through self submission, and through maintaining relationships. Yay, me!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Never work with animals


This audition notice made me laugh out loud, but I almost missed what was so funny...
“Seeking a sexy, funny actress 18-35 for a spec commercial to be aired on national television. We will need you for two hours on Sunday 11/09 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00. You will be working with Samantha's dog from "Sex and The City," plus first class talent and crew...”
Can you find it?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Waiting Game


I am waiting for a film I shot this spring to be posted to my IMDB page. It’s like waiting for a new love interest to call after a great first date (3 days? I think this analogy has been influenced by the fact that the movie “Singles” is on TV right now...)

I keep hoping that if I check every day my Starmeter will magically rise. Maybe you can help with that?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

No job is ever safe


Yet another reason to never rest of your laurels. Even when you are talented, well liked, and on a hit TV show your job is never a guarantee. Read here about a shocking layoff on one of TV’s hottest shows. It is such a wake up call. I did a seminar with casting director David Vaccari of Telsey, and he said that no matter what level you are at, there is always some kind of struggle. First its trying to get an agent, then trying to get a better agent, then trying to get the TOP agent. Its trying to get into a great film, then its trying to get offered a great film without auditioning, then its trying to get offered a great film for more money than anyone else... and so on, and so on... It is at once mollifying and disconcerting ...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Get Your Magazines, Hee-yeah!


Um, the title above is written to sound a newsboy calling out magazines for sale. I don’t think I achieved the effect.

A few months ago I received a delightful surprise in the mail. I started receiving a magazine called Inc which has got to be one of the most awesome magazines for business owners. It came unsolicited, and there was no indication of how they received my information. The only possible clue was that the “address line #2“ included my building’s buzzer information, which I only release to people who make deliveries to my house. So, my information was either given to them from my postcard/business card printer, my custom blend coffee company, or it was handed out by Dominos Pizza (somewhat less likely than the first option.) I assumed that I was receiving what was a new magazine, and the free subscription was just to get me acquainted with it. But Inc, as it turns out, has been around for years. I searched through my credit card statements to make sure a subscription charge did not show up on there - to no avail. Somehow I got a free subscription.

Then, about 6 weeks ago, I started receiving Time Out New York. Now, my first year in NYC I had a subscription to TONY, but for the past two years I have opted, instead, to buy it on the newsstand occasionally instead of getting it every week. I inspected the subscription label- again, the address #2 line has the familiar buzzer information. I can only assume that this magazine is coming under the same pretense as Inc.

Today, I received the 2 most recent issues of Maxim. That’s right. Maxim.

I simply cannot figure this out.

Anyone else have this happen recently? Or, ever?

PS: Don’t even think about teasing me about getting Dominos delivered when I live in the city that boasts the best pizza on the planet. Just Don’t.

After 3 years, I finally made a commitment


You read that correctly. I have finally made a commitment to my residency in New York City. I have always been committed in my heart and mind, but not necessarily in my actions. But 10 days ago I rescinded my California drivers license and today in the mail I received my very first non-CA photo ID- A New York State Drivers License. What a weird and wonderful feeling.

I’m legal, dammit!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Polling Info for New Yorkers


For those of you who didn’t know, we have a major election coming up on Tuesday. =) But there aren’t only presidential candidates on the ballot, there are a lot of local political seats up for election. I believe that our vote has the most say at the local level, yet unfortunately the city of New York doesn’t do much to educate its citizens about who is running.

Tom just helped me find a pretty thorough website, in case you wanted to educate yourself before Tuesday:

NYC Voting Site: Board of Elections

Make sure you get out there and vote!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I Love Personality Tests


I just retook a Jung/Myers-Briggs style personality test, and came up an ENFJ, as usual. They are called Idealist Teachers, and those of you who know me know that this is a PERFECT description of me... Learn more about my type at this website.

What’s your type?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Take two of these and call me in the morning

I am going to Brewtopia tonight. My mantra, "Must eat lots of carbs beforehand, and drinks lots of water afterward..."

Awesome...

PS: I considered tagging/labeling this post "Health and Fitness." Would that be wrong?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Question for NYC folks


Why does it smell like Fruit Loops on West 36th St between 7th and 8th Aves????

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Let's give 'em something to talk about


Pre-script (as opposed to Post-Script): Many of my blog posts are written while I was sitting on the couch watching syndicated runs of “Charmed” on TBS. Long live the DVR.

I’ve had some pretty encouraging news for my career lately. I just shot a guest starring role in a web series called “50 to Death” - I will be in episode 6 where I get to show off a couple of notes singing (can’t tell you what the episode is about, though!) While I was on set, I met 2 grad students from NYU who seemed to enjoy the work I was doing. We exchanged contact information - one of them has a project he is casting and he was interested in having me audition (I ended up getting an appointment for Sunday.)

I also got an email from a composer/writer I know from the Bay Area (California) who has a pilot he has written. Here’s the email he wrote to me:

“Do you visit SF often? I may have a script for you. I actually wrote it thinking of you....“

Turns out the role is for the lead character in this pilot- and it looks like FUN! So, we are going to talk and find out how we could work the logistics of having me shoot it. How frickin’ awesome would that be???

What else... Oh, I have the agent meeting this Wednesday. Send me positive thoughts around 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Will Ferrell, eat your heart out


I know I am not supposed to laugh at this, but a homeless panhandler in the subway was suffering from "voice imodulation" problems, as described hilariously by Will Ferrell on an episode of "Saturday Night Live." This guy could not control the volume or pitch of his voice, delivering everything loud and monotone. I was biting my lip to keep from laughing- it was so funny.

If you haven't seen the sketch, it is worth the effort. View it here. Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

She's Funny, Folks


I'm shooting a guest starring role for the web series "50 To Death" today. It is produced by friends Norm Golden, Joan Barber and Jon Freda, and directed by Jason Sokoloff. Working on the series has been a hoot- it is improv based, much like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and is about 3 seniors lamenting ageism for folks in the age range 50 to death. I play a voice student who sees her voice teacher on the street, and offer her my granny cart so they can carry their groceries home. I get to be cute and funny- my favorite!

You can see the first two episodes on their website- http://www.50todeath.com. My episode is number 6, which probably won't air for a couple of months. Will let you know when you can see it!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This concerns me...


Is this because of the impending SAG strike? I shudder to think...

Audition Notice on Actors Access

"ROMANTIC COUPLES: Seeking men and women for background work, ages late 30s to 50s, to play romantic couples in a bed and breakfast scene for the new non-union Steven Soderbergh film 'The Girlfriend Experience' on Friday, Oct. 24."


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Is Harry Potter hairy?


I am killing my time in midtown, waiting to see my friend, Einar, in his first Broadway show. I am standing on 44th St and I notice a huge crowd gathered around one of the theatre's stage doors. A black
Escalade pulls up out front and I realize that Daniel Radcliffe just finished the afternoon show of "Equus" and everyone was waiting to get a glimpse. I can't resist. I stay put as people crowd around me, blocking my perfect vantage point.

You'd think that these people would be screaming paparazzi. But, no. It's simply theater lovers who want to show their appreciation. And that theory was proven when the door opens and Richard Griffiths walks out. The crowd threw up a roar, and I got a big grin on my face. How I love live theater, and how I love living in New York!

PS, if I hear one more person ask, "Where's Harry Potter?" I might scream. Though, come to think of it, why is HE taking so long to come out? He's NAKED in the show!

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OK. I'll elaborate


A number of you have wondered why I am being so covetous of information regarding my agent meeting this week, so I have decided to tell you the tale of what happened, WITH names. Google searches be damned!

As usual, I met this agent through The Network, which is a fantastic place to meet and get feedback from agents and casting folks (I do want to mention, though, that you have to do research and manage your expectations when going to these events - they are not free-for-all job fairs, and they are also not always high on the education list. You have to make sure your goals are in line with what is actually possible at these events, and only then will you find success. I will be blogging on this topic at my coaching blog- will post the link here when it is done. In the meantime, you can check out other posts about networking here.)

Anyway... the agent this particular evening was Christopher Silveri from Gilla Roos. He has recently taken over the adult legit department since the retirement of longtime agent, Marv Josephson. The seminar started with a Q&A, which was lively (this agent has great energy, which may have been because of the 4 Starbucks coffees he admitted to downing before arriving.) I asked Christopher which casting directors considered him to be a “go-to” agent for project, or who he had a great relationship with. He said that he gets along great with Jay Binder, Maria Higgins and the folks over at “Ugly Betty.” He mentioned that his first love is musical theater but he is vigorously pursuing TV work for his clients. He also said that he would only push film for a limited amount of actors, because many actors simply are not ready for film (yet think they are.) I found this to be very interesting, but I was also a little concerned. I am interested in musical theater and TV, but I am very interested in film so I need an agent who is going to be able to open doors in all of these areas. Christopher said that he is isn’t signing anyone right now- because he is building his own clientele and is not sure which direction he is heading in, he will be freelancing for a while and will see what happens.

I am number 13 on a list of 17 to perform that night, after the Q&A. I have prepared my usual monologue as well as several songs (he said he may ask for a 2nd piece to contrast our first piece.) Normally, the one-on-one time with a agent lasts 6-8 minutes at The Network- this evening he was taking between 10-15 minutes with each actor, which was awesome. As people came out I heard them mention that he was having them do 3-4 pieces, or he would give them adjustments and have them do the pieces several times again. The 2nd girl who came out said that he asked her to take her shoes off- saying that sometimes high heels make girls unbalanced and if they were flat foots they would be more centered and grounded. It was a bit of an odd request, but as a monologue coach I understand where he is coming from. After the 3rd girl came out, the agent came out as well and asked to address the group, which was rather unprecedented. He asked that all girl either come in with flat shoes, or with no shoes at all- that he would explain in the room, but that it will make for a better audition experience.

About an hour and 45 minutes after the Q&A it was my time to go into the room. I walk in and put my sheet music on the piano, but plan to do my monologue first. I introduce myself, and then offer to remove my boots (which had 3 inch heels.) He said, “Well, you can choose to remove them or not, I just think it usually helps the performance.” So, in a bold move, I said, “Well, I would love to leave them on and then get feedback from you to find out if I should have removed them. I think I can give a grounded performance, but if I can’t that would be amazing feedback to get.” He smiled and said, “Sure. ”

I did my monologue, and after I finished, he paused for a moment and smiled. “You don’t need any feedback, and you didn’t need to take off your shoes. Do you have a song for me?”

I sang the rock song, “Alone” by Heart. Again he smiled at the end, and said, “You sang that very well, but can I tell you something? Sometimes it will have nothing to do with you, but people will HATE that song. It will remind some people of their college roommate doing bad karaoke. And this will have nothing to do with you. Just thought you would want to know that. I would love to hear your contrasting song.”

So, I sang, “Somewhere That’s Green” to show a lighter, sweeter pop soprano sound. About halfway through I was getting bored with hearing myself! So I was very glad when I was done and I was able to take a seat. Christopher just looked at me and said, “You know what? I am not going to give you any feedback, because I want to be in contact with me. I think there is something we can do for you. You are a very good actor. You have a lovely voice. I would like to set something up with you, ok?”

Wow- that’s never happened before. I have had an agent tell me something close to that, (eg: “You are exactly the kind of person we like to work with- we’ll definitely keep you in mind for the future.”) but nothing as explicit that this. He looked over my resume again, and I mentioned that I was very interested in TV work. he said, “Yeah, I thought you might be. That’s good.” So, I told him I would call him to set something up the next day. And I did. And now I have an appointment to meet with him on October 29. As I walked out the door, having spent only 6-7 minutes with him, I joked that the other actors would be thrilled that I only took that short amount of time. He asked, “Oh, no! Am I taking too long?” I assured him, “No! Let me tell you something- the actors who have come out of here have felt like a million bucks. The other agents who come through here don’t take as much time with the actors, and we really, really appreciate it.” And, as I said, I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks.

Now, I have a few questions about their office before I would commit. I would want to make sure that he has a sense of what I can do in film, as well as TV and musical theater. I would want to make sure that if I go out of town on a theater gig, that he continues to have conversations about my work to the casting folks in NYC so that there isn’t a lull when I get back into town. I would want to see what his communication style is, and make sure that he can handle my “go-getter” nature. I am very business savvy, and sometimes that can alienate an agent whose ego is bigger than his brain (me being a go-getter means I make more money- duh!) So, we’ll have to meet to see if our two styles and visions match, but if they do, I could be freelancing with an option to sign by the end of the year.

In the meantime, I am meeting other agents, and am strengthening the relationships I have with casting folks. I continue to do good work, and I am practicing my audition and scene study skills almost daily. I am finally living the kind of life I always imagined as an actor. Landing an agent is one small piece of a larger puzzle, but it gets me into the next level of my career and I am looking forward to it happening very soon.

By the way, if any readers here have an agent, and want to make a referral for me, that would be awesome! The ones I have met recently, and who already like my work, are Joel Carlton, Michael Rodriguez, David Cash, Ben Sands, Jim Daly and Michael Boone Kelly. If you are signed with any of them and would like to make a recommendation, let me know! =)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Good news comes in twos


After the typical summer drought, the fall has been going amazingly well! After a great performance at a networking seminar, I have been called in to interview with a very good agency here in NYC (will protect the names of the innocent, since I want this blog to remain quasi-anonymous and don't want my blog to show up when that agent's name is Googled. You can, however, go to my acting website and see who it is...) I also have been given referrals for several mid-size agencies in New York (who I subsequently submitted to), so it is only a matter of time until I find new legit representation. I continue to be sent out by my freelance agent, Paradigm, for commercial work. This Monday I went in to audition for a Tide spot starring Tim Gunn. I did not end up booking the job, but my upward trajectory has been very exciting.

I have a possible project coming up that I am thrilled about. I recently became acquainted with an internet series writer/director who is in pre-production on a very exciting web series. We are in talks regarding a role that is being introduced in the mid part of the season. (I seem to be good at getting these- I have already been cast as a late season series regular for the web series, "Intersections.") I will be attending the table read for the first 2 episodes and will meet the production team, and if we make a good fit we will discuss the possibility of me coming on board. I love their writing style and the subject of the series, so I really hope we can make this happen.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fan request

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When you get an entry on IMDB, you may start to find that you receive fan emails from people who have looked at your page. It took 3 or 4 of these emails to realize that they were not sent in earnest - they always ask for a signed photograph to be sent to them, and they always talk about how my performance has made a huge impact on them. But, really, what are the chances that this guy from PA has seen my small role in “The Other Woman?” Not likely...

Here is the most recent one, which is much more effusive that the ones I normally get (it’s a little on the nutty side... and I didn’t change a THING)

Dear Miss [last name redacted]:

Hello, mam. How was your day (REALLY)? May I please introduce myself? I am Joe [last name redacted], a Retired US Army soldier ( 19734-1995 ) and veteran of " Operation Desert Storm" ( Iraq duty ). I was born in Trenton, NJ.Have I the HONOR of addressing the intellectual, exquisitely beautiful - and ( dramatically ) SEXY actress who so improved " The Other Woman" ( 2007 )? I noticed your email address in the credits on IMDB.com. I do hope my writing is in no way an impertinence or imposition? One never knows these days. I would hope you are feeling ( unconditionally ) nurtured and respected for WHO you are in your chosen self-identity? You have the power of CHOICE - in all endeavors. Your self-empowerment should always be defended, enabled, and supported - never hindered, supressed, or repressed. A gentle, sensitive, and empathetic LISTENER can help you. Could you PLEASE find it in your noble heart to send me a PHOTO? I am humbled in the asking of it - but it would be so VERY appreciated. PLEASE write back. My address is:

[address redacted]

Sincerest THANKS ! You humble me and you are GREAT!

Most Respectfully,

Joe [last name redacted]
SSG(Ret.),US Army

PS: Please stay tough, assertive, and DOMINANT in being - and expressing WHO you are.

Sounds a bit like one of those Nigerian scam letters, huh?

UPDATE: I have had a bunch of other experiences that I recommend being wary of- click here to check out my posts about them.


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cowboys in the city


I am waiting outside a Midtown Manhattan theater to see the Off-Broadway show, "Rock of Ages." I heard the sound of someone walking in tap shoes, so I turned to see who it was. It is not unusual to hear tap shoes while in the theater Mecca of the USA. What is unusual is that the taps were fastened to grungy white cowboys boots worn by a 80+year old Marlboro man.

Wish I could have scored a photo. Or a recording.

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Festivus for the Restuvus

I admit, I am a boredom blogger. When I am bored, I blog and blog and blog like there’s no tomorrow. But when things are great, I am out doing other... well, great things.

One of those great things was appearing in the most beautiful reading of the play, Avow“ (which I’ve mentioned in a previous post.) I got involved with this play when a dear friend contacted me and asked if I could recommend an actor for a reading being done of the play. I recommended a very talented actor I knew, who they ended up loving and casting in the role. Several weeks later, they lost their lead female actor, so they asked me if I was interested in reading for the role. I read the play, and could not believe how perfect the role was for me. So when I was officially asked to take on the role, I was ecstatic.

This past Monday and Tuesday we did the reading and as the director/producer promised, the audiences were captivated. As promised, with only 4 rehearsals we gave such a polished performance that the scripts almost disappeared (because, though we were holding our scripts, we had our eyes off the page enough that we were able to REALLY connect with our scene partners. It felt so good to develop such a strong character- and I was reawakened to what is possible in the theater. The hope is that we can find a way to built a production company around the show and tour the country, but that will take lots and lots of money. Do you have lots and lots of money for our show? =)

I also got some good news about a film I shot earlier this year. ”Tom and Jeraldine“ was made an official selection of the Big Apple Film Festival, which is running in mid November in, you guessed it, New York City. This is the first time a film that I have starred in is being screened at a festival, and I am thrilled! I am also excited because the screening makes the film eligible to be placed on IMDB. I’ll be sure to update you when that happens.

Hopefully faster than these last updates...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kicking back on the sidewalk


Not the best picture - I didn't want to make a scene by letting her know I had a camera. But if you look closely you can see that the woman has her feet up on the tree. Only in New York!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First leaf turned

The treasures you'll find


I took this pictures because it was odd (and cute) to see kittens in the hallway of the subway station. But upon examining the photo, the homeless man is far more interesting...


PS: Don't ask me what the drawing was next to him.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What a wonderful show!


I had forgotten how much fun it was to discover good, live theater. New York is amazing!

I was invited to see a show by the artistic director of the Judith Shakespeare Company. What an innovative company she leads! Not only do they keep classical theater alive, but they are committed to providing bigger and more plentiful roles to women, and are known for gender bending productions.

This one was no exception, and if you have a spare $19 (free for AEA members) I highly recommend going to see this show: The Rape of the Lock. It was a hilarious play within a play, and this device makes the classical verse very accessible. The play is being shown at the Duo Theater- a gorgeous space in the East Village, and runs without an intermission (so you have plenty of time to take advantage of the downtown night life.) I liked the show so much that I placed some votes for it at the New York Innovative Theater Awards.

Here is some information about them from the show program (the show closes soon- September 28.)

“The Rape of the Lock marks the first full production of RESURGENCE, JSC’s unique play development program which seeks to find, develop and produce new plays written in heightened language and verse, and which feature significant roles for women... In 2000 JSC sponsored two panels, ‘Expanding the Presence of Women in Shakespeare Performance’ and ‘Expanding the Presence of Women Directors,’ both featuring prominent women theater artists in conversation about women’s current status and possibilities in the business and the art form... The company trains young actors through its unique Apprenticeship Training Program, and has received multi-year funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and a prestigious Annenberg/NYCPAE grant to implement Shakespeare residencies in the New York City public schools.”

Look at me- this sounds like a review. And it is, kind of. Please do support this company - it will be well worth the effort!

A wonderfully fun show


I had forgotten how much fun it was to discover good, live theater.

I was invited to see a show by the artistic director of the Judith Shakespeare Company. What an innovative company she leads! Not only do they keep classical theater alive, but they are committed to providing bigger and more plentiful roles to women, and are known for gender bending productions.

This one was no exception, and if you have a spare $19 (free for AEA members) I highly recommend going to see this show: The Rape of the Lock. It was a hilarious play within a play, and this device makes the classical verse very accessible. The play is being shown at the Duo Theater- a gorgeous space in the East Village, and runs without an intermission (so you have plenty of time to take advantage of the downtown night life.) I liked the show so much that I placed some votes for it at the New York Innovative Theater Awards.

Here is some information about them from the show program (the show closes soon- September 28.)

“The Rape of the Lock marks the first full production of RESURGENCE, JSC’s unique play development program which seeks to find, develop and produce new plays written in heightened language and verse, and which feature significant roles for women... In 2000 JSC sponsored two panels, ‘Expanding the Presence of Women in Shakespeare Performance’ and ‘Expanding the Presence of Women Directors,’ both featuring prominent women theater artists in conversation about women’s current status and possibilities in the business and the art form... The company trains young actors through its unique Apprenticeship Training Program, and has received multi-year funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and a prestigious Annenberg/NYCPAE grant to implement Shakespeare residencies in the New York City public schools.”

Look at me- this sounds like a review. And it is, kind of. Please do support this company - it will be well worth the effort!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Me? Controlling?


Oh boy. Look at the role I just got called in for:

Joy: Late 20s early 30s. Joy is very pregnant, so anyone who has been pregnancy and knows what childbirth is like is wanted. She is going through a very messy divorce with her husband, Bill, whom she still lives with. She cheated on her absent, work-obsessed husband; her baby might not be her husband's. She is demanding, controlling and takes no bullshit.

I’ve played a role exactly like this before, and it is a hell of a lot of fun. Awesome!

Two's Company


Today was a good day for submissions- I got called in to audition for two projects. One is for a regional production of “South Pacific” and the other is for an NYU student film called “The Cookbook.” Here are the breakdowns- I love how specific they are! They are also pretty perfect for me, capturing two different corners of my personality...

Nellie Forbush, South Pacific: Naive, ebullient young nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is open, enthusiastic, and optimistic.

Gabby, The Cookbook: Gabby is in her mid twenties. She is successful, organized, together, slightly restrained. She has tightened up even more since her mother passed six months ago. She has accepted her mothers death and no longer mourns her. However, Gabby's memories of her mother are mixed, both warm and frustrating, and she has kept them locked away for fear of having to come to some conclusion on their relationship. When Gabby finds her mother's old cookbook, the memories come flooding back.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Readings and auditions


Things have been slow recently with auditions- mostly because the end of summer is always a slow time but also because many of the current auditions are for Christmas shows. But I have had a few auditions that have been good. First, I went to an EPA last week for “Wicked” which was fun. I had never seen this particular casting associate before, so it was nice to expose my talent and skills to a new set of eyes and ears. Next week is the Chorus Call for “Wicked” and I anticipate that the main casting director, and possibly the music director, will be there. Both of these auditions are for the 2nd National Tour, and I am coveting an ensemble role that covers Elphaba. Of course, I would also take the direct route of Elphaba, but the grim reality is that you have to work your way up in this business, and I am more than willing to start at the bottom (if you can call a Broadway Tour the “bottom.”)

The other audition was for a play called “Avow.” There is a showcase production of this show going up in Feb & Mar. Coincidentally, I am doing a reading for this show with a completely different company at the end of this month. Both productions are given a blessing by the playwright, Bill C. Davis, (author of Mass Appeal). I play the role of Irene, which is just about the most perfect role for me. It is enough like me that I feel comfortable going deep, but is different enough for her to be a challenge. Anyway, it was quite a trip to audition for a role that I have already won for another production. I had a great audition and got a lot out of meeting the production team (including the playwright!) - it’s one of those golden moment in the business when I realized my job is really fun!

I have not had many on-camera auditions recently, which makes me a little sad. I adore doing film and TV, but without an agent (and being union) these auditions can be hard to find. This is a good time of year to find an agent, though, and I have a great campaign getting ready to be sent. It’s my plan to have an agent by Christmas so if you, dear reader, have any connections - please contact me right away! =)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey Do


I’ve been sitting at a Starbucks for the last 2.5 hours, waiting for an appointment I have later in the day. I am sitting by a large glass window and am facing the street, where hundreds of people have walked by. I feel a bit like a monkey being observed through the glass, but the window goes both ways and they are being observed too. We are so completely on display, but at the same time, people in New York are so busy that they barely take a glance. I find it so interesting that the city is packed with people and yet I can still feel independent and voyeuristic.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Taking it for granted

It's amazing that through the course of my daily events I get to walk through Grand Central Terminal. I hope I never get used to this...

Mobile Blogging


The revolution has begun- now I can blog from anywhere!

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Growing up thoughtful

My mother always taught me to think for myself and make decisions based on a mix of my gut feelings and the facts at hand. She warned against judging others and falling prey to stereotypes and prejudices. This is the reason she and I can have detailed discussions about contentious topics, even when our opinions fall on the other side of the issue from one another.

Which is why it is so delicious that, sometimes, her being so willing to consider other viewpoints brings her to my side of the table. A lifelong Republican, my mother was poised to vote for Hillary Clinton this fall. She is not a fan of Obama’s, so she has reluctantly decided to vote for McCain. But this is what she recently wrote about McCain’s VP choice:

Subject: Republican VP Pick

We didn't get a chance to talk about the pick......I am pretty sure John McCain just handed the White House to Obama. I am hoping that in the next few weeks I will begin to understand the McCain choice better and will be able to make some sense of it. I would have loved to see in my lifetime a woman in the oval office but I didn't just decide to support Hillary because she is a woman. I supported her because I felt she was truly the best choice, would be moderate but with a strong foreign policy and of course to fulfill my dream of a female president. McCain's choice has deeply disappointed me. He could certainly have chosen a more qualified woman if he felt a woman was necessary to help him win. I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a presidential election. I guess I will just pout and sulk!!!!

Love, Mom



Man, I love her!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Those darned telemarketers...

I just got a call, and this is how the conversation transpired:

Me: “Hello, this is Erin.”

Them: “Erin? Erin Co--roin-ee- kat” (typical- no one can ever pronounce my last name.)

Me: “Oh, yeah. That’s me.”

Them: “Finally! Thank God! It’s been like pulling teeth to get a hold of you.”

Me: “Um, what?”

Them: “I am calling from the Police Officer’s Fund...”

Me: “I’m really sorry, but could you please take me off your list?” (I was a little perturbed by the way they had started the call, so why listen to their spiel?)

Them: “How... DARE you?!?”

(Silence, and I hear sounds of typing for about 10 seconds before they hang up.)

Yeah, so, note to telemarketers: The above is NOT the best way to approach someone if you want to get money from them.

Just a quick update for a busy gal!


Things have been going very well on the TV front. My 3rd episode of "One Life To Live" just aired on ABC- I played a maid from the fictitious country of Mendorra (and "under 5" role.)

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have spent quite of time at “Guiding Light.“ I play one of their trusty bartenders in their ”Towers“ bar and restaurant. Background work, traditionally, is not a very glamourous job but this is a really fun gig. I show up for either the morning or the afternoon segment, and sit in a dressing room by myself or with another actor. Since I play a bartender, I don’t even have to provide my own costume (which is usual for background actors.) When on set, I interact with the principal cast & crew so often that they all know my name. That makes working on set really awesome- it is such a fun and easy way to make a living!

I am also rather active in the theater right now. I am working on a staged reading of the beautiful play, "Avow." I believe it is the first production of the show in NYC since its run Off-Broadway in 2000. I play the role of Irene, which is an incredible role for me. I am also doing another reading of the full length play, "Pills" which explores the nature of anxiety and how it can affect even the most stable of relationships. I play the lead role of Sally.

Let’s see, what else... There haven’t been that many auditions I’ve been interested in, lately. July and August seem to have been pretty slow, though the audition calendar seems to be picking up after Labor Day. Hopefully I’ll have some good audition stories to tell you about very soon!

Now I have to get to bed- tomorrow I have a voice lesson and then I am going to start working on my monthly postcards to agents and casting folks!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Set Your DVR To Record...


My 3rd and final episode of “One Life to Live” is scheduled to air Tuesday, August 26 on ABC (check your local listings.) Look for me in the Mendorra palace, and watch me get taken by surprise by one of the young series regulars!

In honor of the occasion, I have uploaded footage from my first episode to my website- click here to view it.

To see other demos, you can go to my Demos Page, or get links directly from my Resume.

While you’re at it, head over to my IMDB page where you’ll see the first 2 episodes listed. (Every visit helps raise my rankings on IMDB Pro- so thanks for your help!)

Friday, August 22, 2008

"We Don't Want Actors for Acting Roles"


“Looking for REAL doctors, not ACTORS playing doctors! Please state your specialty and any other pettinent information in the notes page (ie: articles, CV)”

Um, what? Have actors become so bad that it is no longer acceptable to a producer to have an actor imagine what it is like to be a doctor? Or is it that the producer is too cheap to hire a medical consultant to make sure that words and actions are consistent with what is done in the industry?

I’ve been seeing this more and more and it just ticks me off. Next we’ll be seeing something like:

“Wanted: REAL people who imagine themselves in fictional situations, not ACTORS playing imaginative people!”

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Mooned You

You are The Moon

Hope, Expectation, Bright Promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Finally- update to IMDB


One of my episodes of "One Life to Live" is finally up on IMDB! The one I did one month before is not up yet, though. All together, there will be 3 episodes listed (my last episode is set to air on August 26.)

Check it out: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1859555/

Going to my IMDB page helps my rank, so visit often!

Fishy Fish

So, I have this thing about eating meat. I don’t eat it that often, and when I do, I don’t want it to look anything like the animal when it was alive. I know that is hypocritical, or more plainly, ignorant, but I just don’t want to know where my meat is coming from. I have a real problem eating things like lobster, king crab, calamari with the little tentacles (it’s OK if it is just the rings, though...) If I forced myself out of my prescribed ignorance, I would be a vegan, no doubt. But if I can keep myself blissfully unaware of WHAT I am eating, I can usually enjoy it.

My vegan and vegetarian friends hate me right now. But they’ll have their last laugh.

So, Tom and I tried this new restaurant called “One Fish, Two Fish.” (Well, it isn’t new to the area, but it was new to us.) The menu was huge, so we had trouble figuring out what to order. I finally settled on the stuffed rainbow trout, and Tom ended up getting a crustacean smorgasbord (wow- I cannot believe spell checker didn’t get me on that one!) My trout would be stuffed with their famous lump crab stuffing, which I was really excited about because of all things “fish” I adore lump crab.

So, imagine my surprise when my dish was delivered to my table, and on my plate was a fish. Seriously. A fish. With a head. And a tail. And... eyeballs. I started to get really shaky. My palms began to sweat. The server walked away and I looked at Tom and said, “Help me. Please, get rid of the head. And the tail. Can you please, just, chop them off and hide them, or something? I cannot look at this fish that looks like a fish!” I was speaking rather rapidly and I was light headed. I could feel the room start to spin. So, he grabbed the plate and chopped off the body parts and hid them under a napkin.

He handed the plate back to me, and I looked blankly at the skin. “That’s not edible, right?” I asked. Of course not, so I handed him the plate back, and he proceeded to pull the skin off the fish for me. I finally got the plate back in front of me and took a few deep breaths. “I’m fine,” I thought. “I can pretend all of that never happened.”

And then I put my fork into the fish, and realize it had fallen upon... spine. Ugh. This fish had all its bones!!!! I looked up at Tom and started to get tears in my eyes. I said, feebly, “I can’t do this. This is ridiculous. Why do they serve fish this way???” But after a few moments I chose to “man up” and de-bone this fish myself. I mean, It’s reasonable not to want to cut the head off something, but I thought I should be able to take the bones out of it. It took me 10 minutes, but I was finally able to settle down and eat something.

Except I couldn’t- I was exhausted! When I ordered a stuffed fish, I expected to get a more tender version of cordon bleu. Instead, I had to obliterate the carcass like a school dissection project, and it wasn’t done at that. I had to nibble my way through every bite, just in case there were small bones that I had missed. Who knew that I was going to have to work that hard to get a little bit of fish? With all of the muscle and precision I had to give to the thing, you’d think I would have won a medal when I was done. I was looking for applause, but of course, none came.

Had I known from looking at the menu that the fish would be placed in front of me with a gaping open mouth, I never would have ordered it. See, I have never, in my entire life, ordered a piece of fish that came to the table like that. Part of the reason may be that I grew up in southern California, which is not a huge fish place. The only fish San Diego is know for is the fish in Mexican fish tacos, or lobster from Rosarito Beach in Mexico. Since we import everything anyway, there is no reason to prove its freshness by delivering the entire body to your plate.

The second reason for my lack of fish wrangling is that my father HATED seafood. So growing up, the only time we would ever have fish was when my father went out of town for business, and my mother would, in her rebellion, cook fish sticks for us. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I tried things like salmon, and I wouldn’t even consider sushi until I was in my late 20s. (Now, salmon and sushi are among my favorite foods, and just about the only meat I’ll eat, besides bacon.)

My last hypothesis for my fish freak out was my limited experience with fish preparation at restaurants. Growing up, anytime my mother “acted out” and ordered fish at a restaurant she would have the server take the plate back if the fish had a bone in it. So I was groomed to believe that if a fish had its bones, the restaurant had not done their job in cleaning it properly. So, I entered my life on the East Coast a veritable baby in the ways of seafood.

In the end, I kind of got a kick out of the experience. As I mentioned, had I known that the fish would have arrived to the table that way, I never would have ordered it. But it is kind of thrilling to get through an experience that you never thought you would have. Trust me, I will never do that again, but I get a laugh every time I think of the evening.

That said, I apologize in advance to all of the future servers who will hear me ask, “Um, does it look like a fish when it arrives?”

Friday, August 15, 2008

To honor Priscilla Allen


A dear friend and fellow actor, Priscilla Allen, just passed away. She had been in a nursing facility due to a stroke, and I know it had been touch and go for a couple of month. This still comes as a huge shock to me, though.

She was probably best known to audiences as the "Two Weeks" woman whose head explodes in the movie "Total Recall." But to San Diegan's she was known as the Grande Dame of the theater. She was amazing. One of my favorite experiences of her was watching her do was the short play, "The Ventriloquist's Wife" where she commanded the stage in dual roles, with spunk and a devious charm. I also had the good fortune to work alongside her in many, many staged readings. Not only that, but I had the extreme honor of being on her Christmas Card mailing list. She would hand-make cards complete with photos of her scantily clad from her early performing days- and she would always write something suggestive and sassy, quite in contrast to the typical holiday card.

She will be sorely missed.



Thursday, August 14, 2008

A word about Feedback

I have been performing with a monologue that I absolutely adore. It just plain feels good when I am speaking those words. I feel charming, quirky, warm, funny and charismatic when I deliver it, and I feel like I am at my best when performing it.

I have used this monologue as my main introduction to who I am as a performer. And because it is so solid, the feedback I have been given has been very detailed and specific, and has generally been very useful. Most recently, I have been given an astute piece of feedback, but I have been having trouble implementing it. And the more and more I worked the feedback into the piece, the more “in my head” it became, and it started to lose the spark it once had. I became puzzled- how could incorporating good feedback cause my monologue to grow stale? It really concerned me, so I put it on a shelf for a while and didn’t use it (a while being about a month.)

I revisited the monologue again last week when I had 2 EPAs back to back that required similar monologues. And I decided to give myself a little test. I would go in for the first EPA and do the monologue to the best of my ability while incorporating the feedback I had gotten. In the second EPA, I would revert back to my old style, hoping that whatever feedback I was supposed to retain would automatically show up.

The result of the 1st EPA? Flat, flat, flat, flat FLAT! I could tell that the auditor could have cared less about my piece. Places that should have had laughter were met with silence. Ick. I had had it!

So...I took a big step for my own career and determined that, while valid, the feedback I had gotten could not be incorporated in the current monologue I was doing. Period. I would take it into consideration when reshaping it from time to time, but in general I chose to go back to my original delivery.

So... The 2nd EPA... this one was a combined audition for 3 Off-Broadway houses. And. I. NAILED. It. It was delicious! I felt like myself again, and I was so proud of the work I did. As many will tell you, confidence is ALMOST everything. They felt it. I felt it. And I felt like a million bucks coming out of that EPA.

The lesson here is that feedback that you get in a class is wonderful and valid, but it might not always translate well in the audition room. In the classroom, there is room to nit-pick. The teacher is there to shape the piece as a package, but also to enhance each of the moments within the package. But in an audition, all that matters is the package. The audition goes by so fast that all they can get is a general feeling- they aren’t there to pick apart the piece and see where there could be improvements. (It would be a special audition if there was that kind of attention!) Frankly, I think the auditor just wants to know that the actor is a) a good storyteller, and b) would be good to work with. Beyond that, they’ll see what they need to see in callbacks.

In the end, you have to be able to stand behind your piece as a reflection of who you are as a performer. Outside feedback is good, but it is OK to set it aside in favor of preserving the overall presentation. This was a huge lesson for me- and a relief! It is so nice to know that even if I set aside the feedback, I am still honoring it by giving it a good, solid try. I feel released from the burden of all of the feedback I have gotten over the years. Touchdown, Home Team!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Global Warming? Bah!


Um... someone needs to tell the skies above New York City that global warming is afoot. It is 69 degrees right now, and only stands to hit about a high of 84 in the next 10 days. I know that wishing for un-godly hot weather is odd, at best, but folks... in order to put up with the freezing weather of winter, I MUST have ridiculous heat in the summer. I need to be begging for cold weather to swoop in before it actually happens. That’s how it was the first summer I moved here, and I loved it.

Weather... get to it!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wow- 2 hits in a week!


After what seems like a huge professional drought from the summer (due, in part, to a couple of vacations), I have had an incredibly successful week. Thank Dog (sic).

First off, remember the web series I told you about a few weeks ago? As I mentioned, the producers invited me to meet with them to discuss the project and the role. The role I originally auditioned for was a supporting character in the first 4 episodes of the series. The producer said I was in serious consideration for the role, but in the end they wanted me to be in a role that has more longevity (!) The caveat is that the role is only talked about for the first 8-9 episodes, and then is physically introduced at the end of the first season. The coolest thing about this is that my character is talked about from day one and is the long lost love of one of the lead males. My character speaks on camera at the end of the last episode, and then in Season 2, I become a series regular.

How rad is that????

The 2nd hit this week was a CMAIL I got in my inbox from Actors Access (those of you who are actors in major markets know how fun it is to get a CMAIL!) The CMAIL was from the producer of a developmental reading I had submitted for. He told me that he knew from looking at my photos and experience that I was exactly what he was looking for, and was offering me the role without having to audition (!). I read through the play, and he was right. The role is perfect for me, she’s a little bit smart mouthed, a little neurotic and very vulnerable. It’s a short contract, just a few days of rehearsal and one night of a reading in September. I can’t wait!

It’s really awesome to have good news, after so many auditions and submissions that don’t go my way. I have 3 more EPAs that I am going to this week- and I’ll bet they go well, considering that I am walking on air of confidence!

Yay, Me!

This week this my 3rd anniversary of living in New York- Yeehaw! I am not sure how to calculate the actual anniversary. I came into town on the red eye- I left San Diego at 9:30pm August 4, 2005, and arrived in New York at 6am on August 5, 2005. So, I’ll probably just celebrate the whole week like many people do for their birthdays!

But there are two other things to celebrate. One- Aug 5 is my dear friend Courtney’s birthday. Two- she had a birthday party on August 5, 2005, where I met my boyfriend, Tom. So, August 5 is Tom’s and my anniversary - 3 years of dating! Tom likes to joke that he couldn’t DARE give me a chance to meet anyone else, which is partially true. I mean, he had also just moved to New York (from California... creepy coincidence!) and we were both unemployed. So, we got to explore the city together while everyone else was at work. Or, to be more accurate, we got to sleep in and sit on the couch watching TV while people were at work, and then got to go out and eat, drink and be merry until 4am!

Incidentally, I thought that all of the walking in New York would help keep me thin, but I didn’t count on the increased alcohol (due solely to the fact that I no longer utter “I can’t, I have to drive...”)

I really do feel like I am a New Yorker now, though I wouldn’t dare say that to a real New Yorker. Depending on who you ask, you either need to be in New York 5, 7 or 10 years before you get to call yourself that.

So, in honor of my move to New York from southern California, I will take some time to examine the city and notice the differences between my home with my hometown. Stay tuned... and in the meantime, take a look through through the archives to see other posts about the vast differences between the Left and the Right Coasts!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Do you have a blog?

If so... I would love to read it! Please leave a comment with the full blog address so I can check it out. We have to support each other!

My dad was so smart...


You don’t have to read all of this, but just glancing at the first paragraph you get a sense of what a smart and articulate guy my dad was. I mean, he worked at NATO, for cripes sakes!

Anyway, I miss him... that part doesn’t really seem to get easier.

(By the way, I find it funny that the name of the publication that this was written in is called the Air Chronicles... see the connection?)

Please support this writer!

Howdy! I need to do a little shout out for my friend, who just had a book published! Not only is she a wonderful friend and fantastic writer, but she is part of the Broadway theater community a dresser (she’s worked on a bunch of hit shows in the last 5 years.) So, it is important that theater folks show some support!

I went to her book release party, and she couldn’t have been more gracious and welcoming. Here is the information- the print version will be out in the spring but 2 versions in digital are available now. The more we can support her work now, the better it will be when the print edition becomes available!

Hex Breaker by Devon Ellington.
A Jain Lazarus Adventure.

Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.

$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.

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Howdy! I need to do a little shout out for my friend, who just had a book published! Not only is she a wonderful friend and fantastic writer, but she is part of the Broadway theater community a dresser (she’s worked on a bunch of hit shows in the last 5 years.) So, it is important that theater folks show some support!

I went to her book release party, and she couldn’t have been more gracious and welcoming. Here is the information- the print version will be out in the spring but 2 versions in digital are available now. The more we can support her work now, the better it will be when the print edition becomes available!

Hex Breaker by Devon Ellington.
A Jain Lazarus Adventure.

Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.


$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.

Visit Devon’s blog online for in depth views about her work in writing and theater.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Fancy-schmancy

One of the great things about living in NYC is how vibrant the culture is here. And not just theater- film, writing, art, fashion... it’s all here. Tonight I got a glimpse inside two of these worlds. In the late afternoon I attended a book release party for a writer friend of mine, and in the early evening I went to an invite only premiere screening of my friend’s film, Wake, held at Tribeca Cinemas. I got to dress up and drink sangrias and eat empanadas. I also got to see my name on a VIP guest list and stand in front of the movie posters to have my picture taken my several different photographers. It was almost like these parties were thrown just for me. Well, here’s to dreaming.

Oh, and by the way, Tom and I look really good together on the red carpet!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Feel like I'm on a roll...


Or is that “a role”...

I have had a bunch of auditions recently, and I have been called back for a few of the roles. It has felt... well, it has felt great. I have been so busy, in fact, that it has been tough to have time to write this blog. Each night this past week I have been spending time preparing for the next day’s audition. It is wonderful to be able to plan one day at a time and not get too wrapped up in the result of each audition. If today’s doesn’t net me a job, I have another one tomorrow. And so on. This is why I moved to new York- I could audition every single day of the month and never run out of opportunities.

More important than getting cast is getting to show my skills to a new batch of casting directors. I was able to meet Carol Hanzel and Judy Bowman, two independent casting directors that I had yet to meet in person. They have now been added to my “follow up” list and I look forward to keeping them apprised of my adventures in this wacky business!

I got a wonderful phone call from the casting director of the web series I auditioned for. The producer really loved my work, and decided that they would like to create a role for me in their project! I have a meeting set up with the director on Saturday to explore the possibilities. At this point, nothing is decided so the project or role could fall through. But it is so wonderful to meet someone who jives with my acting style- and I am open to whatever direction this is headed.

Another very exciting development is my involvement with a beautiful play, which I will be doing a reading of in September. This role is absolutely perfect for me- the character is strong, sexy, self-depricating, passionate, idealistic, and wildly vulnerable. Our current director has a huge passion for this show, and he is hoping that there is some way for the show to have a life after the reading. He has been in touch with the playwright, who has given the reading his blessing and will be in attendance. But the playwright is also in talks with another group who has some names attached, so it is likely that our version will end with the reading. The director did tell me today, however, that the other show’s participants will be coming to our reading, and that their show many not be fully cast. So, there is a slim chance that I may be able to move on with the project no matter who is producing. Here’s hoping...

Next week I am scheduled to go to 5 EPAs for various shows. It is a real struggle, sometimes, to wake up in time to get a firm slot in that day’s audition calendar. I know- sob, sob... but I tend to be a night owl and get all of my best work done after midnight (it is 1:46am as I am typing now.) If I go to sleep early, I am cutting into evening work time, and if I sleep a full 7-8 hours I cut into morning work time. Argh! But, as frustrating as this can be, it is the life I choose and I am thrilled with the choice. But I am just happy that I don’t have an audition in the morning!

House Potato

You know... It is very hard to find stuff to write about when I never leave the house. I guess that’s what happens when I work for myself and all of my work is done from home.

I am a boring boss. I should fire someone.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beggars CAN be choosers


I recently read a fun blog by my friend who talks about what it is like to receive uninvited solicitors at his home on a Saturday morning.

In New York, you don't get this at your home (yay for locked main doors.) You get this on the subway. There was a guy who had a REALLY good pitch on the subway one day. He said something like, "Hi, can I have your attention please. My name is Jacob and I have never done this before. I am not homeless nor am I sick. I have a good job but I am in a touch situation. I am married with two kids and we just moved to New York when my job transfered me. I start work tomorrow, but they just told me that I have to purchase a $400 insurance policy in order to start work. After all of our moving expenses, we don't have enough cash left. I already have $300 but I need the final $100 in order to start work tomorrow. Can someone please help me out?"

You should have seen the number of people giving money- he really tugged on our heart strings. It really was too bad, then, when 4 months later I saw the same guy, on the same train, giving the same speech. GRRR!!!!! I was REALLY pissed off, and wanted to warn these passengers that this guy was a swindler. But then I thought twice- if this guy has the balls to walk on a subway car and ask for money, and he does a good enough show to make people give, why shouldn't he profit? People feel better when they give money to those who need it, he feels better because he has made a quick buck, so who am I to stop it? I am ticked off that people are being taken advantage of, but at the end of the day, the only person who loses out is me because I am the only one who feel icky in the transaction.

So, much like my friend Mike who wrote the blog (referenced above), maybe I should see this beggar display for what it really is: a performance. My “realist” side doesn’t always let me look at things romantically, so this would be a real effort. But my time on the subway would be much more pleasant...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Coffee and a Nap

It is probably not a good idea to take a nap at 6:30pm, and then have a cup of coffee after I wake up at 8:15pm. That usually means that at, oh say, 1:45am, I am not really that tired.

I don’t really have much to say. I just know that I want to blog a little more and I have decided to ignore the “I don’t know what to write” mantra that goes through my head on a daily basis.

Besides, my mother always tells me that I have a fascinating life. So, I guess I should document it so that you can tell me if she is right.

By the way, I have two other blogs. Chances are, if I am not writing here, I am writing over there...

Acting Blog
Coaching Blog

Monday, July 14, 2008

I nailed the banana


Today I shot another episode of “One Life to Live” which completes my 3 episode arc in the Mendorra Palace. I imagine that they will bring me back to play other roles sometime in the future, but I am sure it will be a while before that happens. Soap operas are known from having the same actor play lots of different kinds of parts. I would love to get a shot at being a contract player, or at least a recurring day player. It would be a lot of fun to be on this set several days a week. It would be good for the bank account, too.

The most fun part of the day was working with the stunt coordinator, who choreographed a scene where one of the contract players subdues me and steals my clothes so she can walk around unnoticed in the palace. Of course, you don’t see any of the juicy stuff- only that she binds my hands behind my back. I also loved hanging out with the actors who played Cristian and Sarah. I got lots of insights into what it is like to be a contract player on a soap opera. It makes me want to look into doing them a little more seriously now that I am aware of the joys and pitfalls.

Oh, and with regard to the title of this blog, they call it a “banana” when an actor walks in an arc instead of in a straight line, which is usually for the benefit of a camera that is hidden behind a corner or wall. Walking in an arc also allows multiple cameras to pick you up as you move, which gives the director freedom in the control booth to use whichever camera they see fit. I cleared the set, doing a banana on the exit, and one of the actors gave me a thumbs up and said, “You f&*^ing NAILED that banana!”

God, I love this business.

PS: I just saw this job notice on one of my casting websites. I’m not kidding:

Looking for enthusiastic models + Actors who HAVE THEIR OWN CHICKEN SUIT for stock photography shoot on the streets in Manhattan or in Brooklyn. All models must sign model release form and have SS# or Tax ID# to complete tax forms. Approximately 4-hour session for $200 compensation paid directly following shoot plus cd with hi res images supplied within a month of the shoot.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

You look like...


One of my students just told me I looked like Hilarie Burton from “One Tree Hill.” In some pictures, I really do look like her, especially in her blonde years. It’s funny, too, because she also looks a lot like Naomi Watts, who I have been compared to. And it’s especially flattering since Hilarie is 26 years old. (wink wink)

I also got approached by an excited woman in a diner who said I looked just like Julia Delpy from “Two Days in Paris.” I don’t see that one as much as some of the others, but I will gladly add it to my list!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's Feel Good To Be Back

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Howdy, folks! It is great to be back. Let me start by saying that I highly recommend vacations- if you do it right, you’ll have gotten enough rest and recreation and end up really WANTING to come back to work. Of course, it helps to have a career path that excites and inspires you, but even if you have a “day job” getting away can really do amazing things for your spirit.

I spent 8 days visiting my hometown of San Diego, my alma mater Pepperdine University and its surrounding cities in Los Angeles County, and Vegas, baby! Talking with my theater friends in SD and being around industry folks in LA has refueled my fire for acting professionally. And I mean REALLY professionally, like earning a large majority of my income from acting (right now it is hovering around 50%.) I have also learned that the best way to feel good about your career is to talk to people who don’t get to be a part of your every day life- and then tell them about what you have accomplished. What might seem “ho-hum” to you will sound like the most glamorous, dream-filled life to those around you. And this is a good thing to remember! I sometimes forget that I have created a life where I pursue what I love, and I call all of the shots. It really is fantastic, and it often takes an outsider to shake me out of my limited view to see that, WOW, I am doing something incredible!

Some funny and great stuff happened in my career while I was on my trip:

- My first episode of One Life To Live aired on July 3 on ABC. On that same day, casting called me and offered me a third episode, playing the same role of “Palace Maid.” Be sure to check out IMDB to see when the episode is posted! (Click here to read my blog about the day on set.)


- While in San Diego at one of our old watering holes, my boyfriend Tom had a conversation with a woman who he knew years ago. He was a proud papa and talked about my OLTL episode, and she had actually seen it that day! It was awesome to be recognized (albeit, through Tom) - would love to have it happen spontaneously!

- I met with one of my friends who happens to be the mother of an actor from my all time favorite TV show. She told me that he is now living in NYC and she told him about my coaching service- not that he needs it, but she thinks he can certainly take advantage of my networking events. WOOHOO!!! Now, if I could only get her to introduce us... I would be reduced to a quivering teenage girl in no time.

- I was called in for an audition for a new web series, which is being cast by a CD that I met at The Network. My time doing the audition seminars has certainly paid off recently, as has my relentless follow up by mail!

Like I said... it’s good to be back.



Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Signed, Sealed, Almost Delivered


I have 60 postcards sitting on my desk, affixed with a stamp, a mailing label, and the shipping label onto which I typed/printed my message. I also hand signed it with my trademark happy face. Those babies are getting thrown into a post office box today and are being sent to the industry members I have met over the past year. I do this every month- every month to get my face in front of the people that I have met so that they remember me the next time an appropriate breakdown comes along. Last month I announced that I had a screening of a new film, I had been cast as a recurring U5 on OLTL and I was in final callbacks from a national commercial. This month I get to tell them to “Save the Date” for the airing of my first episode on OLTL.

I am now at a point, though, where with some of the casting directors it has been too long since I saw them last. I probably would not recognize their faces- they may not recognize mine. So it is time to find a way to reacquaint myself with them. I can do this one of three ways:

- Do an updated headshot/resume submission and ask for a general or pre-screen.
- Go to an EPA (for the theatre folks)
- Go to The Network and pay for a few seminars

The best bet is to do a combination of the 3. But first, I am going out of town on vacation!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Slacking off


Ok, so I have a confession to make. I have been slightly slacking off on auditioning recently. The main reason is that I have had a few weeks scheduled out of town, which makes auditioning very difficult (the auditions are either scheduled for when I am out of town, or they are for shows that rehearse or open when I am out of town.) The other, smaller, reason is that when I get ready to go to an audition I always find something else I would rather be doing.

Now, oftentimes this “something else” is very good for my career. The other night I was up until well after 2am trying to find a monologue to complete my repertoire. But being up that late precluded me from being able to get up early the next day to go to an audition. And last night I was planning to go to an audition in the evening- and instead I completed a set of 60 promotional postcards to announce to agents and casting directors that I have an episode of “One Life to Live” airing next week.

By the way, I am on “One Life to Live” next week. It is a very small role, 2 lines (which could end up being cut in editing)- check it out on ABC on July 3 (check local listings for time- it is at 2pm in NYC.)

Getting back to the “slacking” thing... So, it’s not as though I am laying back eating bon bons all day long instead of doing my job, which is to audition. But there are so many elements to the business that are screaming for attention that auditioning can sometimes seem like a low priority. Particularly when it is a “cattle call“ audition when you are just one of the many, many actors filing through the audition studio that day. As was the case with both aforementioned auditions.

I do make sure that whatever else I am doing is something related to my career so that I am always in forward motion. Now, if someone can just help me put watching ”Family Guy“ into this category, my life will be complete.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Widening crack


I just saw this headline on CNN.com:

Victoria’s Secret sued for thong injury

Um, seriously?

Taking the Plunge


(Borrowed from my coaching blog...)

I just read this blog entry, and it brought tears to my eyes. It is about a screenwriter who gave up everything to follow this passion he had for writing. (This entry is part of a larger blog about producing a film.)

Taking the plunge is not glamourous, it isn't safe, and sometimes it isn't a whole lot of fun. But, when you do it ANYWAY, in the face of all of that, or BECAUSE of all of that, you can find reward.

Read... and be inspired.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

When we were young


I was at a restaurant the other day, and I was sitting opposite a mom with her two young kids, each no older than 4. They wanted to go to the park, and the mother said, “Eat just a little more, and then we can go to the park.” The younger of the two picked up a french fry, took a teeny bite, and then put down the fry, saying, “There. Can we go to the park now?”

Um, at which point did I change from being a little person who didn’t want to eat to being a bigger person wanting to eat everything in sight?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Shooting a Soap Opera

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By the way, I am back from vacation, so the posts should be coming more often, at least until July when I head out for another week. Tis the season...

I have to find a way to talk about my adventures on the set of “One Life to Live” without giving away any spoilers- I imagine that the producers would not appreciate my giving anything away. Even if no one really reads this blog, it is amazing what people will search for online, and my blogs get added to the search engines within 24 hours of writing them. Simply writing about the offer of stand-in work for Naomi Watts triggers “Google Alerts” for anyone who loves Naomi so it would be no surprise if this blog triggers the OLTL alert.

So, instead of a long running narrative, maybe I will just give you highlights (don’t worry, I’ll attempt to make them just as amusing to read as my narrative.)

• When going into the studio, I got a little lost and begged a crew member to help me find the set. Turned out that the person I begged was actually a leading contract player on the show- she was without makeup and in sweats. Oops.

• I wondered how seriously the actors would take the dialogue, since this scene included a lot of “bad guy” talk. I got my answer- 4 takes were ruined because of giggle fits by the two leading men. Awesome.

• Um, yeah, so I had to make up a fake accent for the role. I was good. Very good.

• One of the guys on the show was so good looking I stuttered when he introduced himself. I’ve always prided (prode?) myself on being “better” than that. No. I stuttered.

• I almost didn’t get to do my scene. The scene right before my completed and one of the lead actors said goodbye and left, not realizing he had one more scene left. Luckily one of the other leads spoke up, and I got to do my two lines!

I shoot another episode tomorrow. More fun will be had by all!

UPDATE: AIR DATE FOR THIS EPISODE IS JULY 3!

UPDATE: Now that the episode has aired, here are photos. First, me behind the scenes:


And now, a screen shot from the episode:



Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.


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