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?


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