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 http://www.erincronican.com.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Come Closer...

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Recommended Reading/Viewing:

Closer by Patrick Marber
Closer (the film)
Marber Plays: 1: After Miss Julie; Closer; Dealer's Choice


Earlier this month, I started rehearsals for one of my very favorite shows: “Closer” by Patrick Marber, the season opener for my theater company The Seeing Place. The show stars company members Erin Cronican (me!), Brandon Walker, Nick Velkov, and guest artist Elyse Fisher, and we are already having an amazing time creating this production!

At this point in the process we’re still doing table work -- talking about the situations that the scenes present and discussing some of the character work we’ll need to do to make the play gritty and real. It’s been really interesting for me. When I brought this show to the company with the hopes of producing it, I chose this role because I thought it would be very different from myself. After all, this character cheats on two different men in very painful ways, so I thought it would be interesting to get into the mind of someone like that. As we’ve started the table work, I’ve realized just how similar that character is to me in more ways than one. It’s amazing to me that we often have the same thoughts, dreams, and needs as people who do “bad” things. The question is - what will it take to make someone act out against what’s expected of them? It’s been fun to talk about what might drive someone to do the things that Anna (my character) does.

Next week, we start with breaking down the scenes and determining objectives and what kind of elements we’ll need to create artistically to make the characters believable. A lot of this will be done through improv, which will allow each actor to go deeper into the scene to find meaning and create a life beyond what is on the page. Within a few weeks, we’ll have the play memorized and will start layering in our accents (we’ll all have British dialects. Mine will be a slightly relaxed version of RP, the men’s will be Estuary, and out Alice will be a slight more refined version of Cockney.)

The show open September 21 and will run for 3 weeks, closing October 9. More details can be found here.

But that’s not where my work ends - I’m also producing this show, which means it is my responsibility (and that of the company members) to bring in funds and inspire audiences to attend. We have three amazing fundraising campaigns planned, all full of fun and merriment for those who choose to partake. Our first campaign is a fundraising party, which is being held July 23, 2011 in Astoria, Queens at 9pm. $5 cover gets you access to free food, a raffle, a tarot cards readers, advance season tickets, and $5 cocktails. Plus, I’ll be there, making a fool of myself, as usual. The event invitation can be found here.

If you cannot be at the fundraiser but would like to support our season, might you be able to make a $5-$10 donation online? Producing theater is extremely expensive - and on July 25 we have to write a $2000 deposit to the theater space. Every little bit helps - you can make your tax deductible donation by clicking here.

I’ll be writing more posts with an insider look at the rehearsal process. I’ll be sure to share some of my successes and struggles, and answer any questions you might have about producing and acting in such an intense show. I am excited about sharing this with all of you!

PS: How do you like the poster image? Designed it myself! :)


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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 http://www.erincronican.com.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

3 Things That Inspire Me: Vol 1

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I've been following an amazing blog, The Simple Dollar, for a while now - and I wanted to share with you one of my favorite features: Ten Pieces of Inspiration. Each week, writer Trent Hamm talk about 10 things that inspire him to (quote) "greater financial, personal, and professional success." I get so gosh darned inspired by his posts that I thought I would create my own "inspiration posts" in homage to his great work. So, without further ado, here is my first edition of "Things That Inspire Me."





#1 - Taking Photographs

Tequila. Another favorite hobby.
Not many people know, but I am nearly obsessed with photography. Obsessed enough that I refuse to buy a good camera and I practically ignore my point-and-shoot. Why? Because it is the one activity that can pull me fully off track from my commitments - indulging in the craft of photography is just that alluring. Observing the world and trying to capture it one picture at a time may be one of the more inspiring things I do. Sharing these photographs, particularly through groups & contests on Flickr, creates an immense amount of time suckage that my running of two businesses (career coaching and acting) can’t bear. But I do try to sneak in camera time every so often. My newest obsession is my Hipstamatic app on the iPhone. Click here to check out some of my photos...


#2 - Public Displays of Affection

Adorable.
Especially by older folks. (Seeing the scene above inspired me so much I took a photo.) I get inspired to tears when I see love and tenderness in the world. Today I walked past a homeless woman who has a baby kitten in her lap. The kitten was lying on its back, and the woman was absentmindedly stroking its belly. The kitten was in heaven, and I imagine the woman was getting some well deserved intimacy from this little being. If you take the time to look, you’ll find all kinds of inspiring displays of affection around you. (Though, I admit, you might also find people sucking face in a way that inspires you to curse them.)


#3 - Killing a Mosquito Indoors

I swear, the mosquito was THIS big!
I know this seems counterintuitive, considering this is an “inspiration” blog - but hear me out. I am one of those people who is like an ice cream float to mosquitos. They can just suck on me all day long to the exclusion of all others. I’m not kidding -- and the welts they leave are gargantuan. So, you can imagine my horror when I discover that one has entered my abode. One lone mosquito can make for many sleepless nights and several itchy limbs. Even though I have a college degree, run two businesses and have raised a dog for the last 16 years, I still get bested and outsmarted by these little buggers. So, on nights like tonight when I see the mosquito, I stalk the mosquito, and I successfully squish the mosquito -- you’d better believe that I run around doing the happy dance, singing, “Go Erin, it’s your birthday! Go Erin, you’re awesome!” If that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is...


Do you have a hobby that inspired you? Do you find yourself taken in by what you see in the world? Do you experience an insane amount of glee when you get rid of a pest?


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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 http://www.erincronican.com.



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