Friday, June 19, 2009

Men are weird

I was at a coffeeshop yesterday and I overheard a man ask a woman, who was standing in line and presumably a stranger, "Is your hair naturally curly? Can I touch it?" That’s weird enough, but the creepy factor went off the charts when he asked, "Did that hurt? No? That's weird- hair is supposed to hurt when you touch it."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Typical Day in the Life of Erin

Here’s a breakdown of what I did today, which gives you a good idea of how I spend my time as an actor:

9:30am: Wake Up (I stay up late, so waking up later is a must...)

9:30am-10am: Still waking up, browse internet and answer emails. Goof off on Facebook.

10am-10:45am: Do some final preparation on a scene for an audition today

10:45am-11am: Walk the dog

11am-11:30: Do my hair and makeup, and get dressed for the audition.

11:30am-12:05pm: Travel by subway to audition, save time by doing makeup on the train. Have this experience while traveling. I always get a good laugh when I am with New Yorkers.

12:05pm-12:50pm: My audition is scheduled at 12:15 and I arrive early but they are running behind. The audition monitor (the person who checks in) cannot find my name on the list because my last name is spelled Corcoran instead of Cronican. Story of my life.

12:50pm-12:55pm: There are at least 20 other girls there ahead of me. By 12:45 I still hadn’t been seen, but I get brought into the room at 12:50. We are asked to do the scene once, my scene partner was asked to demonstrate a bunch of different accents (which she did very well!) The writer asks us to switch roles to hear me do one of the monologues, and right before I start, the casting director gets up and walks out of the room. I can easily gauge the casting director’s interest in me- guess I won’t be getting this one. No problem, though, because I have had a bunch of auditions recently.

12:55pm-1:30pm: Travel back home via subway. I am almost halfway through the book, “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. I highly recommend this book. Stop at Taco Bell before heading up my 4 floor walk up. I justify the Taco Bell because of the 4 floor walk up, and repeat the justification like a mantra with each step I take.

1:30pm-2:00pm: Scarf down food while checking email.

2:00pm-3:00pm: Coaching a student (did you know that I am a business coach for actors?) She pays for a new set of sessions through a package deal that I have, which means I am on schedule to make my salary goal for this week.

3:00pm-3:30pm: Read through a bunch of industry websites and Blog/RSS Feeds, including Playbill, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Showfax Forums, Backstage Forums

3:30pm-4:00pm: Go through casting websites and submit myself for projects, and enter audition information into my calendar.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Warm up my voice. Start working on a handful of new songs that have been given to me by my musical theater teacher.

5:30pm-6:00pm: Go to the store to pick up stuff for dinner, which I will be making for my boyfriend in a rare evening eating at home. I haven;t used the stove in at least 3 months- I am not joking.

6:00pm-6:30pm: Prepare dinner.

6:30pm-7:00pm: Eat dinner, catch up with my boyfriend.

7:00pm-7:30pm: Downloaded 4 software updates for my gorgeous Mac computer, including the brand new iPhone 3.0 software for my delicious iPhone.

7:30pm-8:00pm: Revise my privacy permissions on Facebook in anticipation of launching a brand new Professional Page for Erin Cronican, the actor. I will eventually encourage the shift of “friends” over to this page as “fans” - especially those folks that I have never met in person (which happens a lot when you have done web series and are a career coach.)

8:00pm- 3:00am: Return emails, start planning the rest of my evening and decide to write a blog about how my day looked today. Here’s what I have left to do between now and 3am when I finally go to bed:

- Finish this blog and upload it
- Start emailing my students who I have not seen in a while to see how things are going with their career
- Continue working on a website that I am designing for one of my students (did you know that I do design for actors?)
- Send receipts to 3 students for recent payments
- Write an email to 2 actors to thank them for referring their friends to me
- Respond to 2 voicemails left today
- Pet my dog and make her feel loved
- Slip in a Yoga DVD and do a bit strength/flexibility work
- Watch 2 New York based TV shows that were recorded on my DVR between yesterday and today
- Walk the dog


One would think that I, as my own boss, would be able to build more leisure time into my schedule. Wish I had time to do other things, like go out to coffee with friends, walk in the park, go to museums, etc etc etc. But I love my work, and I love that I can schedule things depending on my mood- so I have nearly nothing to complain about!

Do you have a soundtrack to your life?

I heard a guy on the subway playing the theme to "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" through his cell phone, and he punctuated the tune with "Yeehaw!" and vocal imitations of gunfire. He got off at my same stop, and transfered underground to my same connecting train, all the while doing the sound effects and holding up the phone to have everyone hear the music. In an odd way, it felt like I was in a film and this was my soundtrack.

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