Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Questions That Tell You Who You Are

So excited to announce that I have a couple of new projects under my belt, and a few new ones coming up. I just shot an industrial for Illumina, have 2 scenes “in the can” for the feature film, “Buddy Parker,” and shot a pivotal scene in the season finale of web series, “Redheads Anonymous.”

Shooting for Illumina, at a lake on Long Island
Not a bad place to work, eh? 
I’m looking forward to performing in Adam Shapiro’s “Nothing Normal” at the Metropolitan Room on November 9 and again at Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages in December. And November 16 & 17 my theater company is doing a “first look” developmental reading of our new play, “The Stranger” adapted from Camus’ novel. I’ll post more details here as they become available.

Today’s Life Perspective

I found an article that talked about 7 important questions that, if you answer them honestly, help you get a sense of your personal mission. The next step, after answering the questions is to start implementing these things into your everyday life. I thought it would be fun to explore and share. For those of you who also have blogs, I would love to challenge you to answer the questions for yourself and then come back a leave the link in my comments section. :)

What would you do with your life if you didn’t have to pay the bills?
I would be doing pretty much what I’m doing now - I would be still be acting, running The Actors’ Enterprise, and producing/acting/directing with The Seeing Place Theater. One thing I might do different would be to hire and train other career coaches so that more actors get the benefit of this kind of coaching. That would free me up to travel (both for business and pleasure) and spend more time with friends and family.

What cuts you the deepest?
I get pretty upset when I think about crime brought on by prejudice. In particular, I’m passionate about changing the national conversation about the LGBTQ community to promote love, tolerance and acceptance. I’m passionate about people of all religions being able to come together and accept each other’s differences. I’m vigilant about helping underserved communities have a voice. And I am causing a revolution in the way actors are viewed in our society - we have value and actors who have dedicated their lives to creating worthwhile, professional art should be valued and paid like professionals. With all of this, I believe that “passion” and “vigilance” isn’t enough - the only thing that will make a real difference is action.

If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? 
• I would call everyone I love and let them know what they mean to me.
• I’d eat a shit-ton of cheese.
• I would sing all of my favorite songs until I’m hoarse.
• And to top it off, I would sample every favorite wine, bourbon and tequila - not to get drunk (I’d want to be lucid on my last night) but to get those flavors one last time.

Who do you love and why do you love them?
There are way too many people to name, because I am very lucky to have a lot of love in my life. But I’ll start with the first few that come to mind:

Mom - Of course I love my mom because she’s my mom. But I also choose her as my mom. She’s open minded but opinionated, which means I always learn something when I talk to her. And she loves me unconditionally.

Dad - My father passed away in 2006 and I still ache for him. I love him because he made me believe that anything was possible, and that I was a super hero.

Sean - My brother is awesome. Good, true, kind, talented, strong, generous, loving. I cannot say enough good things about him, and that’s why I love him. He makes me proud to be his sister.

Brandon - My boyfriend, who I love not only because he’s just about the only person who hasn’t run away from me after seeing me at my worst (which makes him remarkably patient and resilient) - he’s someone who has big ideals and allows others to share in their glory. Also, he’s pretty cute.

Candice - Every time my best friend looks at me and says, “I don’t know what I’d do without you,” I’m overwhelmed with emotion. I didn’t know that someone other than my mom could offer her love so openly, deeply and freely. I am the luckiest girl on the planet to have someone like her.

Dean - My oldest and dearest friend from childhood. I love him for so many reasons, but the one that comes to mind was that when I couldn’t have the prom of my dreams my senior year of high school, he crafted a special evening just for me which included: taking me flying (he had a pilots license!), putting together a mix tape with music especially for the flight, and preparing dinner for me at the beach at sunset. Though dating never really worked out, we’ve remained dear friends and I will never forget the way he makes me feel.

What do you quote?
They say that when looks at favorite quotes, what strikes you most is who you are. I would say that’s pretty true, given the faves I’ve listed below...

“Talk does not cook rice.” - Chinese Proverb
“The always say time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol
“Even if you’re on the right track yo’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx

In those rare but life-changing moments, how do you act?
I’m not sure if this is something to be proud of, but in life changing moments I go into fix-it mode and start helping everyone else. Where it becomes tricky is that it’s sometimes at my own expense. In order to handle crisis I tend to become quite analytical and logical, which means my feelings get pushed pretty far away. I work and tend to others until I’m exhausted, which allows me to hide from how I feel until the feelings become too big to ignore. I’m working on that.

What do you think about most?
Some say It’s the little things that add up and create who you are. If that’s true, I’m part nachos and part sushi. :) But seriously, I think about making a difference. I think about having enough money to survive. I think about yummy food. I think about desperate love. I think about artistic expression. I think about death, and it scares me. I think about injustice. I think about challenging my own perceptions.

Challenge: For those of you who also have blogs, I would love to challenge you to answer the questions for yourself and then come back a leave the link in my comments section. :)

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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

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