Thursday, May 17, 2012

No, I'm Not Dead

… But, I was sucked into the black hole that is SELF PRODUCING, and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

It’s funny - you hustle for months to get work that is financially rewarding and artistically fulfilling, and when you finally do, all of the marketing and promotions you’ve been doing to cast aside and all of the sudden you’re like… holy crap, it’s been 7 months since I’ve updated this blog. […puts out hand, slaps own wrist…]

And the thing is - writing is one of my favorite things to do. It’s certainly in my Top 5 if you include singing, eating yummy food, playing my with my dog and canoodling with my boyfriend. (Yes. I said canoodling, and the computer did not try to autocorrect it.)

There are a lot of wonderful activities I’ve cast aside in my efforts to grow my businesses /endeavors (What are those, you ask? Why, I manage a/an: acting career, coaching business, theater company, open mic, musical theater collective, networking event). Some of the top activities I’ve been neglecting but am hoping to return to:

I love to read. I have about 50 books on my shelf that are begging to be read, including (but not limited to): In Defense of Food, Under The Dome, Getting Things Done (ha), The Good Soldiers, Odd Thomas (a suggestion from my brother), and A Deeper Darkness- a book by JT Ellison that I won as a perk for donating to the Kickstarter campaign of Jeanne Bowerman and Michael Bekemeyer.

I love to watch movies. I have to be honest… this is something I haven’t really given up in all of my busy-ness. It’s one great way to unwind at the end of the night. Netflix and Apple TV are my buds. I watch good movies and bad movies with equal glee. Recently watched: Religulous, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Giuliani Time, Primal Fear, Memphis, and Season 6 of Weeds. I’m also (finally) introducing my boyfriend (known hereafter as “The Boy”) to LOST.

Ehem… exercise. Most of the time, when I am working I tend to ignore my body and its pleas for exercise and relaxation. This, despite following the tweets of the amazing Gini Martinez, who reminds me daily to pay attention to my body. I now run every other day with The Boy, and am looking for other fun ways to keep me body, mind and spirit running in top snape (suggestions are welcome in the comment section!)

I love to shoot photos. I don’t have great equipment. I just have an old point and shoot. But I am so inspired by the word around me that take some sort of camera with me wherever I go. I especially like photographing cityscapes, nature, bright, shiny objects, and taking photos of ordinary subjects in interesting ways.

When I started this blog, it was a way for me to keep in touch with people back home (San Diego) after moving to NYC. I talked about my life here, and also talked about my career as an actor. Somewhere along the way, I stopped talking about life and just talked about acting. And then I stopped talking at all.

It doesn’t excite me to pressure myself with, “Ok, you said you were gonna blog. Now do it. And make sure it markets you well.” However, it DOES excite me to set aside time each week to express myself in writing, something that fills me with joy.

So, I’m committing now to creating a habit of writing for myself, and sharing that with others. I’ll write about what inspires me, including the awesome people and projects I come across in life and via my social networks. I also plan to write about what infuriates me, and what kind of action I can take to combat those things (I’m nothing if not action-oriented.)

And, hey, if you get to know me a little better through the process, that’s pretty cool too.

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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


  1. Yay! I am glad you're back!!

  2. We are soooo overdue for karaoke.

  3. Anonymous - I'm glad I'm back too. Thanks for sticking with me! :)

    Zach- This is the truth. I hear Karaoke Cave is pretty awesome, so I'm excited to join you soon...

  4. Welcome back! You should totally read Odd Thomas! Unfortuantely the books got weirder and weirder as the series progressed but the first book is so good.

    I'm just starting a book called Attack of the Theater People which is about a guy who is "too jazz hands for Juilliard." HAHAHAHA! I'll let you know how it is when I'm finished.

  5. Thanks, Tony! I'll let you know how the book turns out for me. And I'll have to check out the other one you suggested! :)


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