Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Tom and Jeraldine" - Trailer

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I just got a copy of the trailer to my short film, "Tom and Jeraldine" and it came out great! The film premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival last year, and has gotten a great response by everyone who has seen it. I hope you enjoy the trailer!







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, November 24, 2009

Don't sit too close to the TV

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I was thinking about my dad tonight when I started getting a little blurry eyed while watching TV. Sometimes my contacts get dry, and after staring at a screen they start to blur. As I leaned closer to the TV, I could hear my dad’s words in my head, “Don’t get too close to the TV. You’ll lose your vision.” If you ask me, it’s a classic Catch-22. Or, chicken vs egg.

I watch a lot of TV. I mean, A LOT of TV. As an actor, I make it my business to be familiar with all of the shows running in primetime (and all of the daytime dramas too.) I only need to watch a show 2-3 times to get a sense of the tone and structure of the show, but I make an effort to watch as many NY shows as I can in any given week. I’ve been working so hard in rehearsals and with performances that I had a few weeks of shows backed up - it’s been wonderful but exhausting! For the record, here are the shows I follow each week:

NY Based Shows
Gossip Girl
The Good Wife
30 Rock
Castle
Mercy
One Life to Live
White Collar
Royal Pains (on hiatus)
Law & Order/Law & Order SVU/Law & Order CI (I catch a couple of episodes a month)

Shows shot elsewhere
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Flash Forward
Glee
Eastwick (if it returns!)

Reality TV (egads!)
Project Runway
America’s Next Top Model
American Idol

Then there are the TV shows I catch because I am flipping through channels. I won’t even get into those.

No wonder I don’t have time for blogging... =)

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 done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What is acting?

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A quote from Ruth Gordon (1896-1985)

“I wanted to be an actress in 1912; I want to be an actress today. That walk from the darkness backstage through the door or opening in the scenery where I make an entrance into the bright lights with that big dim mass out beyond, which bursts into applause, then the first terrifying sound that comes out of my throat, which they describe as a voice, but that first instant it is the siren of terror and intention and faith and hope and trust and vanity and security and insecurity and bloodcurdling courage which is acting.”

I just closed two shows- and now I have some free time to think, and blog! More to come...

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 24, 2009

Dorian's Personal Stylist

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This week, I appear on an episode of “One Life to Live” - here is a rundown of my 5th experience on the set as an “Under 5” (U5) player...

I was cast as the “Florist” and was excited to pick up my script and see what scenes I would be in. Happily, my 5 lines were spread out over 3 scenes, which adds up to more possible screen time. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say that Dorian is preparing for an event and is her usual demanding self, and me as the poor florist gets the brunt of it! A few days before the shoot, I got a call from one of the producers who said that the character had been changed from “Florist” to “Stylist.” I was instructed to replace any reference of “flowers” to “shoes” and I was told that the costume would also be changing. As the florist, I would have been given a pair of khaki pants and a polo shirt. As the stylist, I would get to wear something a little more fancy- awesome!

I got to the studio for my 7:15am call time (ugh!) I went into the dressing room, dropped off my stuff, and then went to the green room for our “dry” - which is a dry-run blocking rehearsal where the actors can quickly go over the scenes/staging with the director prior to getting ready. I met Erika Slezak (Viki), Tuc Watkins (David), and Robin Strasser (Dorian) who all took the time to shake my hand and introduce themselves personally. They are exactly what you would expect them to be- gracious, talented, focused (and gorgeous!) What I didn’t expect, and was delighted to see, was the sense of humor they had about their work. We laughed a lot during this first rehearsal, and the blocking of the scenes went very quickly. Tuc, in particular, as David threw in some improv-ed lines of his own, and had us in stitches.

I was done with the rehearsal at 8am, in time for me to get into hair and makeup. One of the things about being a “U5“ character is that the scene is focused on the main players, so the U5’s makeup/hair is generally nondescript, so as not to pull attention. The stylist and I joked about how “severe” my hairstyles have been for every episode that I have done (as I mentioned, this was my 5th time on the show.) As far as makeup, because of the cameras and the lighting, the color of the base makeup is dark, and it is thick! And with every facial expression, deep creases appear on the face that look comical when seeing it in person. But, strangely, it has always looked perfectly fine on camera. Here’s a sneak peak from behind the scenes:


The costume above is actually mine. U5 roles on the show usually involve uniformed characters- cops, doctors, EMTs, bartenders, waiters, etc. Because I was a more upscale character (a stylist) I didn’t have to wear a uniform, so they asked me to bring some clothing that I felt comfortable wearing on set. I often prefer that- at least I know I’ll look good because it’s something I’ve purchased! Plus, the unions have negotiated a little bump in pay when you provide your own costume- so getting that extra fee is not too shabby. I finished up with hair/makeup around 9am, and got into my costume by 9:20am.

Once I got onto the set at 9:30am, things progressed very quickly. As I mentioned, I was in 3 “scenes” with 5 lines spread out over those scenes. (I put scenes in quotes because it is really just one scene broken up into pieces throughout the episode.) Those of you who follow the show know that Dorian is a hysterical character- she’s impulsive, passionate, and quirky, and this scene is no exception. I count myself lucky- often, U5’s get one line that is a throw away (a bartender saying, “Coming right up,” or a nurse saying, “I’ll be right back.”) But I feel like I got to do some more fun stuff- we’ll see how many of my reactions make it into the episode.

When you are shooting a soap on a traditional 3 camera/proscenium set, you perform all of your action toward a bank of cameras that are rough edited (turned on and off) by the folks in the control booth. There is usually a camera capturing a wide shot of the room (often used in the first part of the scene to help establish the location); there are 2-3 other cameras that pick up the action of the individual actors. When you are in a scene with multiple lead actors, U5’s won’t often have a lot of camera time- it is more important to focus on the key players. But there are several moments in this script where it is just Dorian and her stylist, so I think I have a good chance of being featured well. The first 20 pages of the script were staged and shot within 40 minutes, and I was out of costume and on my way home from the studio by 10:20am.

I really, really have a blast working on the soaps. Despite what people think, the actors give honest and raw performances, and do remarkable things in a short amount of time. There are a huge assortments of team members who make the shoot possible, and they have always been so welcoming to me. You really get a sense that they love their job, that they feel like a family, and it makes me root for the show even more strongly. In this age of DVRs, there’s no reason you can’t cuddle up in the evening and take in a good soap opera. Well, you can at least do it when I have something airing!

My episode is scheduled to air October 28 (Wednesday) on ABC. On rare occasions, they may move scenes around, so there is always a slight chance I’ll be airing a different day. But hopefully it will run as planned. Please tune in, and be sure to check out the credit on IMDB!

You can read about one of my other shoot days at “One Life To Live” by clicking here and clicking here.

Also, the Soap Opera Network has started following me on Twitter, and posted a news item about my upcoming episode of “One Life to Live!” Check it out here.

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.

They do it in England too

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As most of my faithful readers know, as a service to other actors I post all of the strange fan letters/requests that I receive, particularly those that seem a little odd (for example, people who claim to love my work in a movie that has only shown at a NY festival, and they are in the Midwestern USA. Or England. Huh.)

I get tons of “thank you” emails and comments from readers who have been contacted by the same autograph seekers. It has been wonderfully validating to see how useful the sharing of information has been for others. So, in the spirit of helpfulness, here is another fan request I received via email (the full address has been redacted, but the rest of the email is exactly as received...

dear erin
Just a short e-mail to say that i am a great admirer of your work.
It is with much interest that i would like to know your favourite leisure interests.
Would you please consider sending me your autograph, it would be much appreciated. My snail mail address is:-

GRAYDON WALL
[specific address redacted]
WEST MIDLANDS
ENGLAND

Blech.

Does anyone else think the language of the message sounds eerily similar to the Nigerian scam letters?

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, September 29, 2009

Andy & Groucho

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It's been a busy, busy month! I have had a ton of auditions, a number of callbacks, and booked & shot an episode of "One Life To Live." Be sure to check out credits like these on IMDB. Yesterday I did a reading of a brand new play by Jo Ann Tedesco at the famed Torn/Page Salon. I have had several key meetings with agents, and am looking to find the representation that is going to be perfect for me. It's been a whirlwind- both fun and exhausting!

I'll be using some of my acting skills in a unique way in the coming months- I have been hired by a training firm to work with corporate executives on their management skills. As an actor, I will be doing partially scripted/partially improv'd scenarios to help these executives develop better communication skills. Sounds like a great mix of my acting and coaching skills!

"Cold Souls" is still in theaters - check out their website here, and check out this page for showtimes around the country.

To close, here is a link that I use to describe my acting career:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol

I also found a really funny quote, and I liked it so much that I’ve added it to the back of my business cards along with the Warhol quote:

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx

I think those sum up my personality pretty well...


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, September 12, 2009

New York City's Lack of Box Stores

I love living in NYC, but there are so times when I miss big box stores like COSTCO. Besides the free samples and the ability to buy 10 jars of spaghetti sauce for only $20, it is also the mentality of the shoppers that I miss- there was some pretty good people watching in these places!

In honor of COSTCO, I thought I’d share this internet joke that was just passed along by my friend, Michelle....

Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant? So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Costco won't let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"Better" than others...

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I was recently contacted by an awesome blogger who notified me that our two blogs had been listed on another blogger’s site as being good sites for those interested in show business. The funny part of this story is that our links were posted in the COMMENTS section, because the readers felt that the original blogger was, in their words, someone who was fake and just wanted to get attention. The blog is so questionable that I am not posting its link, but I wanted to give a shout out to the commenters for their positive comments about my blog. You guys rock!

Here are some of the comments they left on the blog:

Comment #1

Here… better “acting blogs”:

(our links listed)

They’re either funny or informative or both, if you’re actually interested in show business for real.


Comment #2

I just checked out that website http://www.erincronican.com/ and she is so balls ass ahead of [name redacted] that it’s not even funny. She is acting in so much shit “[name redacted] style“ that she’s gonna have a little yellow buddy soon. Did anyone alert her to this site so she understands how truly gifted she is??


If you are visiting my blog for the first time, welcome! I’m here every week...


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 done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Technology of disappearing...

With as accessible as everyone is today through social networking, it is kind of amazing how easily you can make someone’s presence disappear too. Block someone from Facebook (or if someone blocks you) and it’s like they never existed. You don’t see them in friend lists, you don’t see their posts, all wall communications disappear. It’s almost like the friendship never happened...

Erin Cronican Update: Volume 3

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I posted this update on my website as well as on my Facebook Fan Page, but I thought I would go ahead and post it here as well.

Life is good, folks. Life is good. I have had a bunch of wonderful things happen recently that I am excited to share. First of all, I have several agent meetings set up for next week, and it is my hope to add someone new to my team in early September. I will be sure to let you know more when things get solidified.

Last weekend I completed production on the short film, "Peace Aqua." It’s a touching project, and the new friends I made are consummate professionals. I also learned that no matter how much sunscreen you use, if you shoot in the sun for 8 hours you ate likely to get burned in odd places.

Friday I was called by the casting office at "One Life To Live" and was offered another Under 5 role on the hit soap opera. This time I am playing a florist. I pick up my script on September 8 and shoot on September 11. I can't wait! Be sure to check out credits like these on IMDB.

As most of you know, a movie I have a small part in just came out in theaters. "Cold Souls" starring Paul Giamatti is in limited release, and you can see me in the theater scenes as the Assistant to the Director. Unfortunately, the scene with my lines was severely shaved down, but I still get some screen time (unlike a few of my co-stars who were cut out entirely. It is always so terrible when that happens!)

I have been spending my Sunday evenings at the Algonquin Salon, which is an open mic event at the famed Algonquin Hotel. I started recording the songs - you can listen to these live recordings here. If you’re free from 7pm-10:30pm, we’d love to have you stop by! Be sure to arrive by 6:30pm if you are interested in singing (and bring sheet music in your key.)

Check me out - I'm taking over the webosphere!

Erin on IMDB
Erin on Twitter
Erin on YouTube
Erin in Facebook
Bite-Size Business for Actors


Keep rockin' and rollin'...

Erin =)


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.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Acting on Location

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The alarm went off at 5:15am on Friday morning, and I quietly got myself ready to catch a cab and be at the transport van at 6am. We were headed to The Hamptons for Day 1 of a four day shoot of this 11 minute short film. The sun had not yet come up as the 12 of us crammed into the van, ready for our 2 hour trek to Rogers Beach in Westhampton. A large platter of goodies was passed around for breakfast- bagels, danishes, fresh fruit, juices and water. As usual, someone mistakes butter for cream cheese and curses the darkness as he takes the first bite of thick butter. Why they neglect to label the condiment tubs is beyond me, because that always happens! There are only two actors in the van- myself and the Tony Award winner who plays my fiance in the film. He regales us with stories of his numerous times on Broadway, and I fight to keep a cool smile on my face while inside I am bursting with joy. As I like to tell people, I am swimming in the pond with the big fishes, and it feels heavenly.

We arrive at our location around 8:30am. We were there so early that the public restrooms were not open, so I changed into my costume, a bathing suit, in the back of the van (thank goodness for tinted windows.) The actors and makeup/wardrobe department set up shop at the public gazebo overlooking the ocean. Not a bad way to start the day. The first 45 minutes is spent trying to cover my co-stars tattoos and a few of my bruises with heavy duty makeup (my bruises came from an incident between myself and a rogue MTA bus door, which chose to close prematurely.) Because it was a beach scene, my makeup and hair we done quickly and naturally, and we were sent down to set, which was at the water’s edge.

When we reached set, I was delighted to find that the film would be shot on the RED camera. There was only one scene to be shot for the majority of the day, but this scene opens the movie so a lot of attention was paid to getting the elements just right. Wide angle lenses were used to capture the location, and my opening sequence involved me running from the water to my co-star who was sitting up on the sand. It’s been years since I had to run barefoot on sand and I had forgotten how taxing it is on your legs and feet! It has also been years since I spent any kind of extended time in the sun - and we were on set without shade from 10am-5pm. And no matter how much sunscreen you put on, when you are baking during those midday hours, the sun will find a way to win. I have splotches of minor sunburn on all major parts of my body. Hopefully those don’t show up on camera - it is shot in HD, after all!

My co-star and I had a great time playing together in the scene and giving some depth and complexity to the characters. In between set-ups, the crew was kind enough to spray us with mists of water and held umbrellas over our heads so we wouldn’t get overheated. We had lots of onlookers wondering what our project was about, and between the attention of the crew and of the beach-goers, I felt a bit like a movie star. At 5pm my co-star and I were wrapped for the day. The crew still needed several shots that didn’t involve us, so they arranged for transport back to the city via the Hamptons Jitney, which I had never ridden before (they serve drinks and snacks on board!) I did my best to stay awake as we make the trip back, but as the sun set I found my eyes grow heavier and heavier. My mind kept seeing pictures from the day as I say to myself, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

I shoot my final scene on Monday, in a mansion in Connecticut. I’ll be sure to let you all know when you can see footage from the film...


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, August 15, 2009

Your Life in Song

Found this on Facebook and it sounded like fun! So here’s my version...

ONE ARTIST, ONE SONG!
Using your favourite artist, see if you can answer each question using one of their song titles.


Artist: Toad The West Sprocket

Are you male or female: One Little Girl

Describe yourself: Butterflies

How do you feel about yourself: Nothing is Alone

Describe your current boy/girl situation: Don’t Fade

Describe where you currently live: Little Heaven

If you could go anywhere you wanted to go: Walk On The Ocean

Your favourite form of transportation: One Wind Blows

Your best friend(s) is (are): Nothing Is Alone

Your favorite colour is: Pale Blue

Favourite time of day: Nightingale Song

If your life were a TV show, what would it be called: Scenes From A Vinyl Recliner

Describe the world's current predicament: Whatever I Fear

Where do you suspect you might end up in the afterlife?: Little Budda

What is life to you: Always Changing Probably

What is the best advice you have to give: I Will Not Take These Things For Granted

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Big screens and small recordings

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Today I saw myself in a major feature film- Cold Souls, starring Paul Giamatti, which opened in theaters yesterday. I play a very small role, the assistant to the director, who was played by Michael Tucker. Not much of what I shot remained in the film (including my whispered dialogue to the director) but there I was, larger than life on the big screen. What fun! The movie is funny at times, touching at times, and it is beautifully shot and acted. I'd suggest going to see it if you get a chance.

I had some other good news this week. I booked a leading role in a SAG short, being shot in The Hamptons and Connecticut at the end of August. The audition was great- my instincts for the role must have been dead on, because after the first read, the director exclaimed, "That's exactly what I wanted!" It's that kind of response that energizes you and keeps you in the game. There are lots of times that, even as a good actor, you just don't offer what the creative team wants. It doesn't mean you're bad, you're just not what they had in mind. So it is always so wonderful to connect in the audition room.

I am on my way to meet up with a composer who is doing a demo recording of a musical he wrote. It's been running quite a while in NJ, but he now wants to consider a NY production and needs a top notch recording of the key songs to help shop the project around. Today I am taking a listen to a couple of the numbers I am doing- looking forward to that!

Beyond that, I have a few meetings set up with agents to help me navigate the waters as my career grows and progresses. One in particular is promising, but all agents in the office have to sign off on new clients and I haven't met them all yet. I am waiting for the next step (which is to do a vocal audition) which isn't for a few weeks. I'll let you know how things progress.

I've been enjoying keeping up with you all on Facebook. Hope to see you there on my fan page!


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, August 4, 2009

My new postcard


One of my "special skills" is that I do graphic design. I am especially proud because it matches the colors on my website and this blog. Thought I would share!

Oh, the Fake Fans You'll Find...

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Just got another one of these “fan” requests:

Hi Erin,

I am a fan of you and your work as an actress. I hope you are doing well and wanted to know how I can get an autographed photo of you. I tried to write you a while back, but never heard anything and wanted to try again. Thanks so much for your time. I wish you continued success and blessings :) Take Care and have a great week.

~ (name redacted)
Boaz, AL (full address redacted)

At least this one included an address. Most of them don’t, which leaves me scratching my head a little. Seriously, it’s not that I think I am not worthy of having a fan, but I’d have to really drink the Kool-Aid to believe that this someone wanting my autograph for legitimate reasons... =)

UPDATE (8/26/09): Check out the comments on this blog to learn why I post these kinds of fan requests on my blog. To see other fan letters (and their comments) click below:

Creepy Never Ends
Really- Who Are You?
Fan Request

Actors who are forewarned are forearmed!


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, July 28, 2009

Subway etiquette

A note to the man standing next to the center pole in the subway car...

Please do not lean the entire length of your 6'3" body against the
pole when there are passengers standing nearby.
I don't need your sweaty back resting against my hand, nor your armpit
squeezing my fingers. You have two appendages, complete with opposable
thumbs, with which to steady yourself. Please use accordingly.

Thank you.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Spreading The Love

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I just want to give a “shout out” to my friend Joan, who gave me a bit of a boost last week, and its a gift that keeps on giving. Last Sunday, Joan sent me this email about a project that is auditioning soon (the show’s information has been removed - I don’t like to mention auditions specifically!)

“I'm going to suggest you go to the audition for [show redacted].  It's an EPA at Equity-  Part of NYMF.  It's the show we did last year.  You can look up the website and check out what some of the music sounds like. [Name redacted] is the composer and librettist.  You would be perfect.  The subject is very dark and the music is very demanding and the story is beautiful and moving.  I may be back, depending on whether they can adapt to my out-of-town schedule.  I'll send the composer a message that you will be there if you are going...”

I immediately thanked her and said that I would, indeed, be at the EPA. In my reply, I attached my headshot and resume so that she could pass it along when making the recommendation. I was thrilled to be able to go into the EPA knowing that they had already heard about me from someone they know and love (Joan!)

A few days later I happened to notice that this musical created a fan page on Facebook, so I became a fan. They posted a status about upcoming EPAs, so I left a comment telling them how excited I was to come in, and wishing them luck through the production process.

Today I received a call from the show’s casting director asking me to come in to the invited call for the musical. Yippee!! Not only am I excited that I get to come in with prepared materials from the show (always a bonus to the skip the EPA round and go right to the invite!) but I am also getting to add a new casting director to my roster of folks who know my work. This casting director has done tons of projects for well respected theaters who specialize in new musicals, so getting to know him is a huge asset for me.

Who knows what exactly made the phone ring with the appointment (Joan’s email, my becoming a fan on Facebook) but it most certainly would NOT have happened without Joan’s thoughtful recommendation. So, thank you, Joan! I try to make recommendations like this all the time for my friends in the industry, and I hope you will all consider doing the same. Recommendation karma is great!


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.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Social Networking

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I took a small break away from blogging to refocus my marketing efforts so I can accomplish more while doing less. So, I have been simplifying my communications and social networks, and I think I have my channels down to a reasonable amount. One focus has been to shift my attentions toward those networks where I can “kill two birds with one stone” - reaching lots of people with minimal effort. Here are some of the places you can find me:

First, I have broken down my Facebook presence into 3 groups, my personal profile (of course), but also My Erin Cronican Fan Page (for acting stuff), and My Fan Page for The Actors’ Enterprise (for my coaching service.) As of Tuesday, my personal profile will be just that... personal (for those folks I know personally.) So I needed to create two other pages where people that want to keep track of my acting and coaching careers can do so, and the Facebook Fan Pages seem to be the best ways to do this. Anything I do on those pages gets added to the fan’s news feed, so it is very easy to keep in touch without having to go to the actual page. And it allow the fans to keep up with the exact information they signed on for and mot have to wade trough anything else. Just because they know me through acting does not mean that they will want to know about my coaching stuff, and vice versa. So, it makes sense to separate those out.

As far as other social networking, I also do this blogging (as you know) which is separated into those three categories- my Personal Blog: New York Cronicals (mostly about daily living in NYC), my Coaching Blog: (Bite-Size Business with The Actors’ Enterprise), and my Acting Blog: The Erin Cronicals (which you are reading now!)

Here are some other places you can find me:

Erin Cronican on Twitter - which will be used specifically to share resources with actors across the globe. And Erin Cronican on YouTube - this includes all of the videos that I am a part of, including film, TV, cabaret, and web series that I am a part of. And, of course, there is always my personal website, and my IMDB page.

I am sure you are wondering how one could possibly update all of these sites. One of the tricks to maintaining these kinds of websites is to focus each network on one specific type of communication/update. On my Facebook Fan Page for Erin Cronican, my focus is sharing basic updates on what I have been doing, which I will be doing daily. On this blog, I focus on giving fuller accounts of what I have been doing, but I do these updates less frequently (about 2-3 times per week.) My personal website is designed for folks I don’t know well who are looking to learn more about what I do an an actor. So, when I have an update, it will be fairly simple to figure out where I need to start.

But, sometimes I choose social networks specifically because they have a user base that I can’t find anywhere else. There are people who love to use Twitter or YouTube exclusively- they don’t use anything else. So, in order to catch their attention, it makes sense to bring some of my information to where they are at. Thus, even though I have videos on my personal website and status updates on Facebook, I am duplicating those on YouTube and Twitter so I can reach those audiences.

So... that’s what I have been working on the past few weeks, and now that all of those things are set up, I can get back to blogging! So, please feel free to reach me on any of the sites listed above, and leave comments so I know you were there!


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.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The word is spreading

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I just found out that my name was mentioned in a column on Broadway World called “Cabaret Chronicles.” Every Sunday evening I spend time at the Algonquin Salon, which is an open mic event for singers (musical theater, jazz, cabaret- you name it!) One of the talented singers who also attends each week, Miss Jenna Esposito, writes the Broadway World column and, this week, listed my name as one of the performers she enjoyed at the event. Here’s what she said:

As usual, the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel was filled with fabulous folks and terrific entertainers, including Deb Berman, Sean Harkness, Ray Jessel, Erin Cronican, Dana Lorge, and the fabulous guest co-hosts of the evening, Christine Pedi & Matthew Ward!

To see the full article, click here.

I was just stunned to have found this (thanks to setting up a Google Alert for my name...) There are usually 40+ singers during this 3.5 hour event each week, so be singled out with 4 other stand outs plus the incredible co-hosts makes me feel very special. Last week’s theme was “Comedy Tonight” so I sang my version of “Everybody’s Girl” from Steel Pier. Those of you who know the song know that the song was originally meant for someone in their 40s or 50s who is reclaiming her sex life, but I performed it in more of a quirky, ingenue-y style and I was overwhelmed by the positive response. I am heading back out there tonight - the theme is “Summer in the City” so I am still trying to figure out what I want to sing!


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, July 7, 2009

General Update- Yippee!

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Things have been going very well so far in July. I have had several callbacks for theater projects, one of which is for a brand new musical being workshopped by an Off Broadway company next month. This callback is on Thursday, so I'll be spending the next few days working on music from the show. It is so exciting to work on new material! I am also focusing on my film shoot for this weekend - the final preparations have been made and now it is up to me to do some background work with the character so I can bring a full emotional life to the scene work. I'll post clips when the film is completed.

Next Monday I start production on my web series, Poor Elise. We are working with an archivist to record the beginning moments of putting together this project. We are starting with some behind the scenes interviews, and we are also filming a rehearsal of the first scene of Episode 1. We are also in the process of creating the trailer, which will include the amazing visuals and original music that are hallmarks of the show, and we are discussing adding some voiceover for Elise so the audience can be introduced to the wacky lead character. Sometimes I can't believe this project is really happening- the response has been amazing in the industry and we have some very heavy hitters on our team who want to see it succeed. If you want to get Fan updates, sign on to the Fan Page on Facebook.

I just got word that a web series I shot, 50toDeath, has just been added to IMDB so I should be getting my episode added soon. You can take a look at my IMDB page to see when it is posted.


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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

LA steals NYC acronym


Um, so I was just on a message board, and a post-er’s profile showed his location as “WeHo.” I can only assume this means West Hollywood, stealing the acronym idea from NYC (and London’s) SoHo.

Yeah... so - how does one pronounce that?

‘WEE-hoe’ - This is one step away from Weeble Wobble. Maybe it’s a baby Weeble.

‘WAY-hoe’ - Sounds like another swear word in Spanish (which might be needed in LA. I am a Southern California girl. I learned Spanish swear words before English ones.)

‘WUH-hoe’ - That just sounds like someone garbling, “What, hoe?” Sounds snarky, if you ask me.

What do you think?

Friday, June 26, 2009

"Convincing Icelandic Required..."

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A few days ago I submitted for a short film, with this character description:

FEMALE (EARLY 30s)- A woman of Skandinavian (blond and blue eyes) appearance. She is determined but polite, open to new experiences but on her terms. She is as pleasant and elegant as the American image of a nordic woman, but upon knowing her better, she diverts in surprising ways from the more gentle facade. Convincing Icelandic accent required.

I just received an email from the casting director asking me to come in for an audition on Sunday (yay!) My boyfriend’s mother is Norwegian (as is the rest of her family) and I have visited Norway, so I think I can bring some of what I have learned into the audition room. But I am going to spend a little bit of time on the International Dialects of English website to see if I can get some hints and tips from native speakers (though they don’t have Iceland or Norway up there, so I think I will have to be satisfied with Denmark and Finland.)

What fun!


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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

On Fire on IMDB

My Star Power on IMDB is getting better and better- check it out!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1859555/

I am waiting for the day that fans decide to start talking about my work in the discussion forum at the bottom of the page. Of course, I’ll cry and cry if it is negative, but I will know that I made it.

(UPDATE- JUNE 29: My Star Meter jumped 20,000 points thanks to you all. Keep up the great work!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Part "Lady", Part "Party Animal"

As actors, we are constantly looking for ways to define ourselves, to find that special spark that makes us complex and charming. I just took this silly Facebook quiz, and the results are so dead on that I might steal some of the phrases for my own bio:

Erin completed the quiz "What Decade Fits Your Personality Best?" with the result 1920's.

You are classy, not afraid to go against the norm, and love to celebrate the joys of life. You love to be in the "right now" of society's latest "new thing" and because of that you exert the latest fashions and put a high priority on having a great time. After all, you deserve it after all the struggles you have gone through in life thus far. You have a little rebel in you, although you don't overtly show it because you keep yourself and your standards classy, sophisticated, and elegant. And chances are, you have a thing for jazz music. You are a perfect combination of lady-like and party animal.

Check out a bit of my current bio to learn more...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Men are weird


I was at a coffeeshop yesterday and I overheard a man ask a woman, who was standing in line and presumably a stranger, "Is your hair naturally curly? Can I touch it?" That’s weird enough, but the creepy factor went off the charts when he asked, "Did that hurt? No? That's weird- hair is supposed to hurt when you touch it."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Typical Day in the Life of Erin

Here’s a breakdown of what I did today, which gives you a good idea of how I spend my time as an actor:

9:30am: Wake Up (I stay up late, so waking up later is a must...)

9:30am-10am: Still waking up, browse internet and answer emails. Goof off on Facebook.

10am-10:45am: Do some final preparation on a scene for an audition today

10:45am-11am: Walk the dog

11am-11:30: Do my hair and makeup, and get dressed for the audition.

11:30am-12:05pm: Travel by subway to audition, save time by doing makeup on the train. Have this experience while traveling. I always get a good laugh when I am with New Yorkers.

12:05pm-12:50pm: My audition is scheduled at 12:15 and I arrive early but they are running behind. The audition monitor (the person who checks in) cannot find my name on the list because my last name is spelled Corcoran instead of Cronican. Story of my life.

12:50pm-12:55pm: There are at least 20 other girls there ahead of me. By 12:45 I still hadn’t been seen, but I get brought into the room at 12:50. We are asked to do the scene once, my scene partner was asked to demonstrate a bunch of different accents (which she did very well!) The writer asks us to switch roles to hear me do one of the monologues, and right before I start, the casting director gets up and walks out of the room. I can easily gauge the casting director’s interest in me- guess I won’t be getting this one. No problem, though, because I have had a bunch of auditions recently.

12:55pm-1:30pm: Travel back home via subway. I am almost halfway through the book, “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. I highly recommend this book. Stop at Taco Bell before heading up my 4 floor walk up. I justify the Taco Bell because of the 4 floor walk up, and repeat the justification like a mantra with each step I take.

1:30pm-2:00pm: Scarf down food while checking email.

2:00pm-3:00pm: Coaching a student (did you know that I am a business coach for actors?) She pays for a new set of sessions through a package deal that I have, which means I am on schedule to make my salary goal for this week.

3:00pm-3:30pm: Read through a bunch of industry websites and Blog/RSS Feeds, including Playbill, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Showfax Forums, Backstage Forums

3:30pm-4:00pm: Go through casting websites and submit myself for projects, and enter audition information into my calendar.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Warm up my voice. Start working on a handful of new songs that have been given to me by my musical theater teacher.

5:30pm-6:00pm: Go to the store to pick up stuff for dinner, which I will be making for my boyfriend in a rare evening eating at home. I haven;t used the stove in at least 3 months- I am not joking.

6:00pm-6:30pm: Prepare dinner.

6:30pm-7:00pm: Eat dinner, catch up with my boyfriend.

7:00pm-7:30pm: Downloaded 4 software updates for my gorgeous Mac computer, including the brand new iPhone 3.0 software for my delicious iPhone.

7:30pm-8:00pm: Revise my privacy permissions on Facebook in anticipation of launching a brand new Professional Page for Erin Cronican, the actor. I will eventually encourage the shift of “friends” over to this page as “fans” - especially those folks that I have never met in person (which happens a lot when you have done web series and are a career coach.)

8:00pm- 3:00am: Return emails, start planning the rest of my evening and decide to write a blog about how my day looked today. Here’s what I have left to do between now and 3am when I finally go to bed:

- Finish this blog and upload it
- Start emailing my students who I have not seen in a while to see how things are going with their career
- Continue working on a website that I am designing for one of my students (did you know that I do design for actors?)
- Send receipts to 3 students for recent payments
- Write an email to 2 actors to thank them for referring their friends to me
- Respond to 2 voicemails left today
- Pet my dog and make her feel loved
- Slip in a Yoga DVD and do a bit strength/flexibility work
- Watch 2 New York based TV shows that were recorded on my DVR between yesterday and today
- Walk the dog


Whew!

One would think that I, as my own boss, would be able to build more leisure time into my schedule. Wish I had time to do other things, like go out to coffee with friends, walk in the park, go to museums, etc etc etc. But I love my work, and I love that I can schedule things depending on my mood- so I have nearly nothing to complain about!

Do you have a soundtrack to your life?


I heard a guy on the subway playing the theme to "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" through his cell phone, and he punctuated the tune with "Yeehaw!" and vocal imitations of gunfire. He got off at my same stop, and transfered underground to my same connecting train, all the while doing the sound effects and holding up the phone to have everyone hear the music. In an odd way, it felt like I was in a film and this was my soundtrack.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Named #3 of American Acting Blogs

My Google Alert just send me a message about a website that listed a link to my blog. Turns out, it is a Lithuanian website that has chosen 5 American acting websites as great resources for actors!

Here’s what was said about my blog (translated from Lithuanian by Google- the translation is a bit choppy):

The Erin Cronicals. This option is in fact a pure blog. Here, the actress is a woman, writes about his acting career. Regularly updating the blog every time, still mentions the important moments of my career, what happened in the last days, to where it was adopted or the luck to play a small role. Following this actress is always a record of inspiration, I hope not only to me. Glad to see that someone good luck cause aktorystės career, it shows, however, that it is not impossible. What can we know, perhaps it will ever become a superstar.

Click here for a link with the full translation.

I am thrilled that folks can find some inspiration from this blog - I find inspiration just writing it!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I Heart Momentum

Momentum is building, which is such an awesome feeling. Yesterday I had a callback for The Full Monty. They asked me to sing again and to read some sides. They initially wanted to hear the same song as I sang at the first audition, but in my quest to show some diversity, I offered them a different song and they happily accepted. After completing that and the sides, they thanked me for coming in, and as I grabbed my music from the accompanist the director whispered something the choreographer, and then they said, “Can you come back tomorrow for movement?” Usually these words are like the kiss of death for a “singer who moves well” but knowing that this was not a dance show, I was very glad to accept.

Today was the dance call, and it was awesome! The steps themselves were easy, the point of the audition was mostly to see what kind of personality and attitude we could add to our movement. I really did well, kind of outdoing myself considering that I am not a “dancer” dancer. But, amazingly I came off as one of the strongest dancers there, which is a really nice way to end a round of auditions with this company. They have 7 AEA contracts for the show (and I am AEA) so now it is a matter of how those contracts pan out. It could be that they have to fill other roles with AEA actors. Or, it could be that they like me enough that they want to spend one of the contracts on me. Regardless, at this point the decision will probably have nothing to do with me. But I could actually feel a certain star quality oozing out of my pores- that kind of relaxed confidence is something I want to carry with me, always.

In addition to this great set of callbacks, I received an email from a playwright who got my name from a web series producer that I worked for this spring. She had asked him for some recommendations for a play she has in the Fringe Festival, and he gave her my name along with a few others. What’s awesome is that she is using an actual casting director who I have met and have been courting for over a year. And now she has sent my information to the casting director and told him that she wants to see me. Yippee! Doubly awesome is that I had already seen the role posted on Actors Access and had just submitted, so I know I am perfect for this show.

I did a dance call last weekend for another Fringe musical, and I am following that up with a vocal audition this weekend. The show is campy but looks like it would be a lot of fun. The dance call was HARD, but luckily the character I am called in for is not one of the dancer roles. But I think I held my own, and I plan on blowing them away in the vocal audition.

I also got called by a filmmaker who was giving me a callback for a film I auditioned for months ago. There is a little bit of nudity in the project, so I am not certain I will take the role if offered- it will depend on what kind of creative control I have in the process. For a deferred pay project that is protected by SAG but isn’t part of a full contract, I am more nervous about what can happen to the footage that DOESN’T get used. So, I may bow out depending on how things progress.

So, I as I have said before, I am busy busy and am enjoying every minute of it!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Know Your Composers

I had an audition for an agency last week. I was referred to them by one of my gorgeous co-stars from the musical, Socks, which I did a reading of in April. The first phase of the process was to go in to sing for the agents, and the second (should I advance that far) will be to go in for a formal interview so we can get to know each other and see if our strengths compliment each other. Before I move forward with the story, I first want to tell you that actors will often go through MANY of the first phases before getting to the formal interview and it has nothing to do with how talented the actor is (or isn’t.) Often, it is more related to the fact that the agency needs to have an opening in the actor’s type category in order to progress. If they already have 10 girls just like me, it makes no sense for them to add me to their roster. So, I look at this experience as a fantastic way to show my stuff to a new group of people in my quest to develop my fan base.

But, I digress. For the audition, they told us to prepare 2 contrasting songs plus a monologue, and to bring our book of music. But they seemed to be running a little bit behind, and I started to notice that the later we got, they no longer asked actors to hear a second piece (and the girls in front of me had good voices, so I don’t think it was related to their talent.) So I wasn’t surprised when I went in the room and they only asked for one song. But here’s where I got a real surprise. For this audition, I decided to bring in a brand new song that I had never done at an audition before. Normally that would be a fatal move, but I am so passionate about the song and its fit in my repertoire, and I hired an accompanist to work with me earlier in the week to make sure the song was ready, so I felt confident going in. When I walked in the room I got a very warm greeting. The two agents were looking over my resume, and were happily discussing some of my credits. I put my book of music in front of the pianist, opened up to the page of my new song, and started to give a tempo. The pianist stopped me before I could finish my first sentence and said, “No problem. I know.” I turned to look at him... and it was the composer for the song I was singing.

Let me say that again. This brand new song that I had fallen in love with was composed by the pianist playing this audition.

No pressure or anything! Actually, I thought it was hilarious. I started laughing immediately, and said, “Oh, hi Brad, composer of the piece I am singing!” The agents caught wind of this, and I giddily told them that the pianist had composed my song, and I joked, “If I wasn’t nervous before, I suppose I should be now!” But, actually, it was awesome that he was playing. Part of what makes an actor nervous in a singing audition is wondering if the accompanist will be able to play your song well. So, I knew I had that thing in the bag! Plus, I think it is awesome when something unexpected happens in the audition room. One- it makes for a good story, but Two- it gets you out of your head in the into the present, and you really get to show your personality under pressure. And I am someone who is not thrown by an industry giant in the audition room- I thrive on it. I think that is something big that I have to offer, and I was thrilled that I got a chance to show them my poise.

I gave it everything I had, and thought I did great. I hit all of the emotional high points of the song, let the story come through, and had some wonderful dynamics - showing some powerhouse belting but also some sweet, soaring soprano. I then did my monologue and did fairly well (I’ve done it better, but I hit the critical points and did what I needed to do with it.) Now it is a matter of them choosing to bring me in a second time - but like every audition, you leave the room and don’t look back, because second guessing yourself or trying to predict the future can make you go mad. I know that if they need someone like me, they’ll call. Simple as that.

On a side note: right before the agent audition, I had another audition for the show, “The Full Monty” which has a short run on the Jersey Shore in August. I told a friend of mine that since I had my full attention on the agent audition, I would likely do the audition beforehand in such a relaxed and “I don’t care about this” way that I would probably get called back. And, sure enough, I got a call last night asking me to come to callbacks this week. For almost every other kind of job interview, you really want to show them how passionate you are about getting the job. In acting, you almost always are more desirable if you could take it or leave it. It helped that my voice was in great shape and the person before me... well, she wasn’t very good (I hate saying that, but it was true.) So I was positioned to do well from the start (I sang a rockin’, high belt version of the rock ballad, “Alone.”) The contract doesn’t pay very much, and I would be take out of town (and the action here) for 6 weeks, so I will really have to think about it. There are no shows Monday and Tuesday, and the theater is only 2 hours away by train, so I may consider coming home on our days off (which may be a really good compromise.) I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Props at Auditions; and Fibbing

I did a commercial audition a few weeks ago for Panera Bread- and the casting director asked us to bring our own chopping knife to be used at the audition. All of us actors in the waiting room had strange looks on our faces as we came into the studio- it was a little nerve-racking to carry a large knife on the subway (!)

Once in the room they gave very little direction- they told us that we would be asked to do a “model slate”- where we say our name for the camera, then turn our body’s 45 degrees to the left, turn to face 45 degrees to the right, face forward and show our hands to the camera, and then the casting director would ask us a question to answer. I did my slate, and then the casting director asked her secret question: “Do you like to cook?“ For some reason, I completely lied and said, ”Yes“ and then, as I could hear crickets filling the silence, I realized that they wanted me to say more. So I made up some BS about loving to cook Italian food, and how I prepared it with vegetarian sausage. To this day, I think it would have been infinitely more interesting for me to have been honest: I actually hate to cook, because when I am hungry, I want food right away- I’m too impatient to cook an elaborate meal! I think I could actually be good at it, but luckily we have a tiny kitchen with limited counter space, which makes it easy to avoid cooking altogether. I really wished I would have been brave enough to say how I really felt- it would have been infinitely more interesting! People can smell inauthenticity a mile away.

This particular spot was to promote their non-bread items in their restaurants, like Chef Salads. So, after we slated, we were also instructed to use our handy dandy knife to prepare a chef salad, using many of the ingredients they had laid out in front of me. I could choose from things like celery, ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, etc. I thought I did an awesome job cutting up all of the ingredients. Never mind that I am terrified of knives, especially those used to chop stuff, so in that way I really hit a milestone!

I wasn’t cast for this one, but add this experience to the ”We do WHAT for a living?“ file!

Monday, June 1, 2009

So THIS is what that feels like?

I am in a really good place right now. Things are moving forward very nicely in all aspects of my career - in both theater and film I have been getting auditions, getting callbacks, and producers from the projects I don’t book are keeping me in mind of other projects. I really couldn’t ask for much more right now. One situation, in particular, has me saying, “WOW.” So I thought I would share a little bit about my experience.

First off- I am not going to be mentioning specifics about this show- no only because I am a wee bit superstitious about posting info before it happens, but also because of the evolution of this project (you’ll understand in a few moments.)

I am in heavy consideration for a 2-person musical, to be premiered at one of the festivals in NYC this summer. Now, there are tons of fabulous women who will. no doubt, submit for this project so I have no idea if I will actually be cast. But the producer of the show recently saw me do the musical reading of “Socks” and after a very nice, long conversation after the show, he mentioned that I may be right for this new musical he was producing, and asked if I might be interested in learning more? I, of course, said yes and thus began our relationship. And THIS is where I come to the point of the story. A producer has seen my work, and liked it so much that he has made it his mission to have me book his show. He is slowly selling my talent and skill-set to the director and writer, who are the final decision makers when it comes to casting. (The creative team worked on the show in another country, and they are premiering a revised, English speaking version here. This producer is on board for the first time with this production, so he doesn’t have as much pull with casting as a traditional producer might.)

Regardless, to have someone have such confidence in you is downright amazing. I mean, it’s what we all hope for when we do these readings where people get paid subway fare and are served donuts during rehearsals!

Picture this- I have been sent the script and the music, which the producer has asked me to keep “hush hush”- stating that no other actors would be given this information, he is simply trying to give ME a leg up for the audition. I have had conversations with him about how I would develop the character- something you don’t often get to do, even with new material. He pitched me to the director and called me later that day, saying, “Good news! I showed him your website and he loved your look and your voice!” When the casting notice was posted, not only did I NOT have to go through the process of submitting, but the producer called me JUST TO GIVE ME A HEADS UP THAT IT WAS BEING POSTED. I mean, really? I kind of shake my head and say. “So THIS is what that feels like? To be sought after?”

I have someone in my corner who believes in me as a talent, in whom he has a vested interest. It truly is the best feeling in the world. So good, in fact, that I will be fine if I am not cast, because I knew I had everything in the world going for me. Everything else is up to chemistry and logistics, and I cannot control those. If this project doesn’t work. I still have someone who is a fan, and I’ll sure as hell bet that we’ll work together sometime soon. And that feeling absolutely kicks ass.

I guess the moral of the story is... Do Good Work. Wherever you can do it. Be gracious to those you meet afterward, because you never know where it will take you. Be someone people will want to promote. And I’ll be sure to let you know how that turns out for me... =)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

All Soaped Up

Oh, lordy. Today was a good example of how busy I have been recently- and with lots of acting stuff! I shot two episodes back to back for “Guiding Light” today (to be fair, it was only a couple of scenes, but it did involve being on set ay 7:30am.) I got home from the shoot at about 2pm, and barely had my shoes off before I got a panicked call from the folks at “One Life to Live” needing a last minute girl to come in for a night club scene. So, I had to gather up 3 choices of clothing to show to their wardrobe department, grabbed by high heels, and left the house to go back on set. I finally got home at around 9pm utterly exhausted.

I want to get back to blogging more frequently, but I always have so much to say and not enough time to do it in. So, for the next few posts, they may be shorter than you’re used to, but at least we’ll be in touch!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NY Art

I really enjoyed this online exhibition by Peter Funch, showing people on the streets of New York City... with a twist:

http://www.v1gallery.com/artist/show/3

(It appears that this website is a rotating exhibition. If the link no longer leads to Peter’s work, you can find it on his own website under “Babel Tales.”)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Erin Cronicals - The Newsletter

Hey folks! Wanted to give you a heads up that I am revamping my Fan newsletter into the New and Improved:

Erin Cronicals- The Newsletter

(those of you who are as kooky as me may appreciate the reference to “Spaceballs - The Movie” in my newsletter’s new moniker...)

Here is what you can expect from this newsletter:

• Full announcements about projects as they happen
• Special invitations to shows I am doing
• Silly puns and plays on words
• An interesting quote that tickles me
• Links to all of my groovy sites so you have them in one place (yee-haw!)


Here’s what you CANNOT expect:

• Confetti to come shooting out of your computer when you open the newsletter
• The end to human suffering (after all, not everyone likes puns.)
• TOO MANY messages (I will keep the communications down to a dull roar.)


If you haven’t joined- why doncha jump on board? You can click here to sign up in a jiffy.

See you around...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Good Ol' Brain Power

I am listening to a 90s station and am wondering how I can rid her brain of song lyrics by the likes of Wilson Phillips and Tony Toni Tone. Seriously- I need that extra space.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Socks Are Forever!

I am having a blast in rehearsals for "Socks," which has an all-star cast. I play a well-to-do cashmere sock named Cassie who is thrust into Sockland and ends up being the savior who librates them all from the evil, Hacker.

Wanna come?


A BARNETT-McFREDERICK PRODUCTION
DIRECTED BY STEVEN SMELTZER (National Tour: Great American Trailer Park Musical )

Book, Lyrics and Music
Sharon Barnett (Bowery Follies)
Michael McFrederick (Bowery Follies, Around The World In A Bad Mood)

TUESDAY, APRIL 21st- 7PM
AND
SUNDAY, APRIL 26th - 2:30PM
Doors open 1/2 hour prior to curtain
Wine reception to follow performance

SAGE THEATRE
711 Seventh Avenue (between 47th and 48th Streets)
Manhattan, NYC

RSVP by April 18, 2009 to erin @ erincronican.com
LIMITED SEATING- all reservations must be confirmed


STARRING
(in alphabetical order)

*BRENDA BRAXTON (Broadway: Chicago (Velma Kelly), Tony Award Nominee Smokey Joe's Cafe)

*NICOLA BLACKMAN (UK : Lion King (Shenzi) , International Tour: Mamma Mia (Rosie)

*ERIN CRONICAN (National Tour Revival: Suds, The Rockin' 60s Musical Soap Opera (Originated role of Cindy), CW: Veronica Mars (co-star)

*JADE HICKS (National Tour: Rent (Alexi Darling/US Mimi)

*JEFFERY W. HOLMES (Off Broadway: National Comedy Theater, Seven Angels Theatre: Buddy (The Big Bopper)

*MATTHEW LABANCA (Broadway: Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frankenstein cover), Children of Art. National Tours: Crazy for You (Bobby)

*SIMON PEARL (Broadway and National Tours: Les Miserables (Gavroche)

*ADAM SHORSTEN (currently working Off-Broadway with producer Timothy Child's : Erotic Broadway, NBC: Grease: You're The One That I Want (Danny Zuko Finalist)

*TIMOTHY WARE (Broadway 2nd National Tour: Mamma Mia (Sky)

* Members of Actors' Equity Association

Monday, April 6, 2009

Stepping into a new Type Category

I got new headshots recently, and one of the shots I was looking to get was to show my strong, sassy side. Now that I have this shot, I am finding myself being called in for very different roles than I am used to. Here are some of the breakdowns for auditions that I have coming up this week:

Short Film:

'Grandpa' is the story of Frankie, a small-town stripper who must finish her shift at the club after finding out that her grandfather has just died. An exploration into the surreal experience of grieving in place where grief is taboo, Frankie's day takes a dramatic turn when her grandfather appears in the club, culminating into a breathtaking and magical scene of redemption and regret. 11 min.

FRANKIE (FEMALE) - A pretty mess of a girl, Frankie is in her late 20's. Despite her childlike sweetness, she's been thoroughly beaten down by the world and has seen EVERYTHING during her 10 years working in the sex industry. *Having a dance background is a plus but not required. *Though this role suggests nudity, there are no nude or semi-nude scenes for this character.

And, another Short Film:

This is a neo-noir short about an unhappy woman who meets a man in a bar and the relationship that ensues. Think Blue Velvet/River's Edge/Last Seduction. Nudity: The developmental portion of this project WILL NOT contain nudity. However, depending on how the script takes shape there WILL MORE LIKELY THAN NOT be some nudity in the shoot for both Morris and Iris.

IRIS (LEAD): Quirky, 29. A girl with an edge and a secret. Super Sexy, perhaps unconventionally. Again, refer to the movies I've listed, but I'll see everyone. She is trying to escape her unhappy life, and is perhaps reckless in doing so. She is the object of any man's obsession but is a little girl with big dreams at heart.

I have never been the kind of actor who would be called in for “sexy” roles, nor for “she’s a mess” kinds of roles, though I always submit for everything that is in my age range. So my auditions have been taking a very interesting turn. I also have never really been a fan of nudity (more for aesthetic reasons, not moral ones) and normally do not submit for those. But it seems that these producers might be easier to work with on making sure the nudity is tasteful and doesn’t go any direction I don’t want it to. Film is forever, and the last thing I want is my naked body out there in the universe without some sort of control over it!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

You look like...

This morning I receive two messages from colleagues who said I look like Sarah Paulson. The first message:

"...I'm watching my “Studio 60” dvds at home and had I known you had a starring role on that show, I would never have asked you to read such a small part at the table read.  And for that...I am sorry..."

(This was a bit of a joke- I was invited to do a table read several months ago, and was given some small roles to read because the main roles were already cast.)

Then, not 5 minutes later, I got this message:

“The chick from Cupid reminds me of you...”

I actually saw Bobby Cannavale (who plays Cupid) on the street yesterday, and he did a double take when he saw me, and then gave me a smile. I am wondering if he thought the same thing?

Take a look and decide for yourself...

It’s nice to know that people who look like me are getting work- it means my look is marketable and I am going to ride that wave as far as it goes!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shooting "Poor Elise" - test scene

Yesterday while everyone else in NYC was outside frolicking in the spring air, I was indoors in a location set up to be a dingy, motel room, shooting a test scene for my brand new web series, Poor Elise. Our series is a huge departure from what you normally see online. Not only do we have an amazing script and dedicated crew, we have high production values, including stop motion animation, post production graphics, and a kick ass soundtrack (performed by our very own 9-piece chamber orchestra and composed by our Co-Executive Producer, T.C. Crosser.) The filmmaking style will blend aspects of films like “Amelie” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” - highly artistic, and not always based in reality, with flashbacks and dream sequences. Plus we have me starring in it, and THAT isn’t being done online either... =)

This test scene was developed to allow us a chance to test our equipment and team work, and give our post production folks something to work with as we develop our production plan. For the actual production, we will be reshooting the scene, but for this one we hired a fantastic actor for me to play opposite. It was a lot of fun! I cannot really give away the plot, or else I’d be giving away a “reveal” for our pilot! But I will say that the scene was shot in a sort of film noir style, complete with cigarette smoke and mood lighting, as only a shady motel room can have.

To learn more about the project, you can visit our website. You can also become a fan on Facebook!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Got another audition

I just got called in for another audition through Actors Access. Here’s the character:

Female, 24-30. Sharp, businesslike, and sentimental at heart. Must be very strong with language and comedy.

Here’s what I wrote as a cover note when I submitted:

This could not be more perfect for me! I am savvy, direct and empathic, and comedy is my baby. Can't wait to meet you! www.ErinCronican.com

It is nice to know that my marketing efforts pay off! =)

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Tribute to Mom


I just found this survey online and decided to answer it about my mom:

1. What is something mom always says to you?
People will treat you the way you let them treat you.

2. What makes mom happy?
Getting a call from her children.

3. What makes mom sad?
When she doesn't know if her children are safe.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
By telling goofy jokes.

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Shy.

6. How old is your mom?
I know but I am not telling.

7. How tall is your mom?
5'3".

8. What is moms favorite thing to do?
Play tennis, if only her knees would let her.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
Read and play sudoku.

10. What do you think mom will become famous for?
Making people feel welcome.

11. What is your mom really good at?
Trivial Pursuit.

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Getting jokes.

13. What does your mom do for her job?
She's enjoying early retirement.

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
Beef Chimichangas.

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Her perseverance.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Wilma Flintstone. Sensible, Patient, Gorgeous.

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Go shopping, watch movies, drink wine.

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We have the same facial expressions in pictures when we don't smile.

19. How are you and your mom different?
She is tan. Really unfair.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
She always listens, and makes me feel important.

21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
Maybe New York City, now. But Greece and Italy too.

22. How do you know that Daddy loves Mommy?
Well, I knew that he did because he was broken without her.

23. What is your mom’s favorite color?
Hmmm.... this one I don't know. I know she likes to wear blacks and browns and corals and some turquoise. I know she likes to have the yellow piece in Trivial Pursuit. She likes roses in the pink family. I don't actually know her favorite color, though.

24. What is mom scared of?
Snakes, though she is getting better and better about them.

25. What is mom’s favorite TV show?
Survivor, The Biggest Loser, American Idol. Hmmm... all reality shows, huh?


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