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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Flickr Photo Game

Thanks to Court for letting me know about this:

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name


1. Erin tells a secret, 2. ~Holiday Wishes~, 3. In the Glen of the White Bird, 4. Reminder Of A Honeymoon, 5. Who's the hottest male celebrity?, 6. WIRED, 7. Lake Matheson, 8. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”, 9. Times Square, New York, 10. Follow the red line, 11. Hope... Espoir... Hoffnung..., 12. Modeling

Click here to see the larger version of this mosaic.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Have been on vacation...


I am just now getting back into the swing of things after being on vacation. Look for some posts, coming soon!


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