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.


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