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... =)


  1. That's so exciting! I really really hope this works out for you!

  2. *Congratulations!* That is so wonderful! =D
    I hope to be in this same place at some point in my own career. Break a leg and blow them away!

  3. PS, I also meant to say "That totally ROCKS!!" =D

  4. AWESOME. You are a powerhouse. I adore you.

  5. EXCELLENT, Erin!!! Yeah - "work begets work" - actors forget that sometimes, but it is really so true. If you do good work, even if it's seen by one person who can be influential, it made it worth it's while.

    As for staged readings - a friend of mine told me a couple of yrs ago that it really helped her in terms of networking opportunities. You never know who you might meet!



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