Thursday, January 1, 2009

Playing real people

I saw “Milk” on Monday, and was absolutely blown away. What a great film, and what a great job Sean Penn did. I have not yet gotten a chance to play a “real” person, and I am wondering how good I would be at it (I came close when I did “The Wizard of Oz” and was asked to revive Billie Burke’s performance.) I have always been really good at mimicking voices and accents, but when I do so it feels like a hollow performance. I am preparing for a developmental reading of a play where I need to have a valley girl accent. When I do the accent perfectly, the acting suffers. And when I act, the accent suffers. Therefore, I have to do a lot of preparation so I can do both at the same time (like walking and chewing gum at the same time?) I can only imagine what it must be like, then, to have to do a honest portrayal on a real person. Anyway, I loved “Milk” and I would welcome the challenge of researching someone and affectionately portraying them. Yay for Sean Penn- he is a pleasure to watch.

And now for a new feature for the Theatrdiva...

What I Did For My Career Today
I have created this new section for accountability and motivation... sometimes I’ll get through a whole day and think, “I didn’t do anything for my acting career today!” when in fact, I did. Or, sometimes I feel like I do much of the same thing day after day. If I write about it, I might notice the trend sooner and spice things up by throwing in something different (liek, perhaps working on accents AND acting!)

So, here we go...

1) I went to the gym and did 35 minutes of intense cardio
2) I went through 2 casting websites and 1 casting newsletter and submitted for 3 projects
3) I re-read a play in preparation for an audition
4) I blogged! =)
5) I sent out invitations to a bunch of production folks- I am starring in a web series this year and I am setting up a networking event so our executive producer can meet some NYC production folks when he is in town. So, if you are involved with anything BEHIND the camera, shoot me an email and I will send you further details.

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