Friday, August 9, 2013

3 Things That Inspire Me: Vol 3



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.






#1 - Strangers
Photo by Erin Cronican

As much as I claim that I’m an introvert and that I would rather be alone than with a group of people, I have a special fascination with people watching. I am ALWAYS surprised. Sometimes for the better, and often for the worse, but I always feel so alive when I observe something, or someone, I’ve never seen before.

Photo by Erin Cronican

#2 - Pretty Lights

Photo by Erin Cronican

I’m not sure when I developed “bright shiny object” syndrome, but I can’t resist taking photos of colorful lights. It’s a pretty common occurrence that when out for an evening you can see me separating from the crowd to take a photo of a lamppost or a candle. I can never seem to capture the full beauty in a photo, but I sure try.

Photo by Erin Cronican

#3 - My Healthy Body

Photo by Erin Cronican

Let’s be honest. I treat my body like crap. I feed it terrible fuel with a distinct lack of nutrients. I fill the tank with way too much alcohol. And I don’t give it the workout it deserves. And yet, day after day my legs me where I want to go, my arms reach out to hold those I love, and my hearts beats wildly when I get excited by something. What an amazing vessel of spirit and machine that goes on supporting me despite its flagrant misuse by me. I’m going to do my best to honor it a little more each day.

Photo by Rob Boudon

Note: The last time I posted in this series I talked about my dog, and she ended up passing away 3 weeks later. It's been very difficult living without her, but I feel so lucky to have had the time I had. She was a constant source of inspiration. So, this post is dedicated to her.


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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.




Sunday, February 3, 2013

Welcome 2013: Year of Expansion


Today is February 3, 2013. It’s my first real day off since the holidays - due mostly to the fact that I technically run 3 businesses and a business owner’s work is never done (especially when that work is being done from home.) You’d be surprised how amazingly difficult it is to carve out “me” time when you love your work as much as I do. It’s takes just as much discipline as doing my work oriented tasks - crazy, right?

There are a lot of favorite things I like to do in my life. The short list:

Singing
Writing
Helping people find their joy
Cuddling
Thrift store shopping
Taking in art (movies, theater, TV, museums)
Reading

Writing is something that I do the least, and it’s one of the things I enjoy the most. I love to collect my thoughts into words and share them with others, and yet I rarely carve out time to do that. I also like reflecting on my life, so the new year is always an inspired time for me.

“Year Of” Theme: Expansion

My friend, Michael Ian Cedar, wrote a blog post about creating an inspirational year. So I thought about it, and I discovered that what I really want more of this year is EXPANSION.

I did a search for artwork on “expansion” for this blog, and came upon the tarot card for The Sun. in one description:
“The energy of The Sun combines splendor with foundation to provide happiness and exuberance. The Sun gives us the love of life to help us to build upon the foundation of our reality.  It also provides us with an awareness and insight into the agendas of those around us to help us make important decisions with regard to how we would like to live our lives.”
When I take the time to think about it, I have a lot of amazing things going for me - a wonderful boyfriend, great apartment, a day job I created for myself which allows me to be an actor full time, an amazing theater company that allows me to play the way I want to play on a daily basis, a loving family, super-awesome friends… the list goes on and on.

But even with all of that, I sometimes can feel stagnant, like I’m just maintaining what I have and not really growing or changing. That’s where I came up with the idea of expansion. I want to take what I have and just reach out a little further. It reminds me of stretches I do in yoga or dance class - taking the position I normally take, and then just pushing it a little bit further than I think I can go. That’s what expansion means to me.

More specifically:
  • I’d like to make sure I’m carving out more time to be a friend to the people I love.
  • I’d like to read more: plays, books, articles, papers - so I can soak up learning.
  • I’d like to be more mindful about my body, mind and spirit.
  • I want to make a more comfortable living, both from my acting income but also my coaching income.
  • I’d like my theater company to make more of an impact in the community, going past the boundaries of producing theater to really reach audiences on a regular basis.

Reflections:

I stumbled upon another blog where there was a contest to share personal answers for common questions. These can be answered on a yearly basis and then compared from year to year. Here are my answers as I look back at 2012 and forward to 2013.

Love is: Comfort.

I’m grateful for: Having a roof over my head.

I believe: that everyone has the possibility of having what they want.

The world needs: More people who take action.

I hope for: Financial security.

Life depends on: Being aware.

Sex invigorates my: Ability to be emotionally open.

Hold on to: Your moral code.

I crave some: Personal time.

The moment is: NOW.

It’s time to: Exercise. More.

Believe in: Your own power.

Trust that: Today can be a great day if you let it.

My success depends on: The success of others that are important to me.

My appreciation is: Something I could show more frequently.


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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, December 18, 2012

Update: Debuts Galore!


This quarter has seen some amazing things for my career, both on and off stage. I have been brought on by Backstage Magazine to be one of their "Advice Experts." My first article, "10 Sacrifices an Actor Makes" was so popular it became a front page headline article in the November 21 issue. (click here for article.) You can see all of my articles here.

I just premiered a new solo cabaret called "Great (Un)Expectations: A Story of Sass and Satisfaction." It debuted at the Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages (which also featured solo show from Karen Akers, Robert Cuccioli and Adriane Lenox.) I will most likely bring back the show in the spring due to an amazing review: Rob Lester of NiteLife Exchange says:
"Regulars at the long-running Salon open mic know Erin as one of the most wonderfully strong and reliable deliverer of musical theatre material. I heartily recommend her show where she fulfills the promise she consistently showed at those open mic nights. (She also shone brightly in another Napolitano-directed revue, Smile on My Face: The Songs of Richard Eisenberg, also an entry in the Urban Stages series.) Erin is a breath of fresh air: a clean and powerful sound, an intelligence presence in interpreting songs of more recent vintage, finding interesting acting moments in the lyrics and not shying away from emotional depths. Her autobiographical patter is frank, unpretentious, and revealing – as she shares her professional and personal goals and how she achieved them. She's a consistently focused and caring singer..."
At the same festival 3 singers and I also reintroduced audiences to “Smile On My Face: The Songs of Richie Eisenberg”- it's a wonderful show that will have one more performance on February 7, 2013 - you have one more chance to see it!

I just closed a critically acclaimed production of LOVE SONG with The Seeing Place Theater, which I directed and also appeared in as Molly. This is my first time directing a full length play in NYC, and I was incredibly honored that people loved the play. Here are some of the things that critics had to say about my/our work:

J Scott Mitchell, Reviews Off Broadway- "Enter Molly, played by Erin Cronican, a burglar with an attitude...Ms. Cronican’s character Molly benefits from lovely writing, and she gives a nicely restrained performance. A burglar that stirs emotion in wounded psyche, and then responds to it, is a tough act to render believably."


Peter Filichia, Filichia on Friday - “I always get to the Seeing Place Theater whenever this young, ambitious company does a show. Even after only a few productions, I learned that Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican are two wonderful actors in town...”
Jennifer Szulman, ReviewFix - "Molly, played by Erin Cronican also Director of the show, soon becomes the light that brightens up Beane’s dark days. When she is around, nothing bad can happen. Cronican and Walker, still riding high from their summer success in “The Lover” and “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” are a joy to watch. The relationship between Beane and Molly starts to parallel Joan and Harry’s. When things go well for them, Joan and Harry see progression in their communication as well."
Zak Risinger, Theatre is Easy - “The ensemble works exceptionally well together and I would be hard-pressed to single any one performance out over the other. Every performer is putting 101% of their heart and soul out on the stage and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. I hope that The Seeing Place Theater continues to push the boundaries of theater in the off off Broadway community by producing thought-provoking, smart, and well-acted theatre.”

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My musical theater collective, ACTOR-OWN, is still going strong. For the past 2 years we've done private readings of the musicals like, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Rosabella), CABARET (Sally Bowles), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Clara) and LEGALLY BLONDE (Elle Woods.) ACTOR-OWN certainly allows me to stretch my skills and develop strong connections to characters I'm destined to play. Visit my Demos page to hear vocal clips, along with some other live tracks. I also have more clips from film, TV and cabaret.

As always, you can check out this acting blog for stories and adventures about my time as an actor here in New York City. You can also check out my coaching blog: Bite-Size Business for Actors, which has a bunch of tips & hints about how to go about building an acting career. Finally, you can check out the other blogs where I'm a contributing writer: The Seeing Place: Our Craft, Our Process (which is about the art of acting) and Backstage, which is more business-driven.

And you can check out my Demos Page to see some fun clips and videos from the stage & screen.

Keep on rockin'!

Erin   :)

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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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