Actress in the rough.
The profession of acting has been maligned throughout the ages. The actor has been considered foolish not only when he was clowning on stage but even for having chosen to be an actor - a vagabond or hobo strolling through life without importance or worth. He has been denied burial ground and has been accused of prostitution and other varieties of immorality, egomania, vanity, ruthlessness, hypocrisy, toadyism, to name a few. Even when his gifts were recognized as extraordinary, his talent was looked upon as an accident of nature. When the public turned him into an idol, they treated him like some rare species behind bars. They poked into his private life and examined every detail of it with the audacity and curiosity they might have exhibited while watching monkeys at their most intimate moments in the zoo.
What a fun question!
Firstly, let me state that I am not a musical Theatre person. I mean, I greatly enjoy watching musicals, but I, in no way, shape, or form, have the chops to do a musical. I really admire those who have the talent, so big round of applause to you!
That being said, I reached out to my top musical theater friends for their advice. Here is what they said:
Molly Densmore (actress/singer): “Maybe something from the show if they’re okay with it? Come out of the Dumpster is a cute one…”
Cassie Nadeau (actress/singer): “a similar music style and character-ish would be “notice me horton” from suessical the musical”
D’ariel Barnard (actress/opera singer): “for school and community theatre, as long as they don’t state “nothing from show” walking in strong with exactly what you want to sing in the show shows dedication, as long as you’ve done your work :) you can also look for other works by the same composer”
I hope this helps! Let me know how the audition goes!
…GO GET THE JOB!!
My mom is thinking of retiring soon and immersing herself in the Voice Over world. Naturally, she’s turned to me, her actress daughter, for advice.
Just ran across this article again, and, while it’s promoting a class (that I have never taken - no endorsements here!) it has some fundamentals that everyone should think about when going into Voice Overs.
Also, I have attended a seminar by Joan Baker. Her and her husband really know their stuff.
What a great Birthday!
Reading some Shakespeare in Central Park with friends. Nothing is better than Shakespeare and a tan!
Then my sister took me to see Road to Paloma, starring and directed by Jason Momoa. There was a Q&A after. He is so funny, and truly genuine.
Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday, and came out to celebrate!
I was already going to promote this article, because Secret Agent Man is my boy.
But it pulls an extra special heart-string for me because I’m always so curious as to what to write in my submission to capture the attention of my reader.
I know it may seem hard to believe, but I am a horrible writer. Seriously, why are you even reading this?! (But really, thanks for following!) I feel like I can show my personality so much more in person. I love to meet people and get to know them.
In this digital age, I’m learning to transition to “meeting” people and “getting to know them” online.
This article balances a few key points on what to write and what not to write in a submission.
Did you find this helpful? What are your tips and tricks when writing a submission?
Happy Fourth of July, Everyone!!
The Globe Theater
I recently went to London for a little “workation”. But, that doesn’t mean I skipped all the fun!
The Globe Theater was doing Titus Andronicus and Antony and Cleopatra in rep, and I saw both. I just had to! I bought the groundling tickets (where you stand for 3 hours), and I have to say that it was totally the best “seat” in the house. Especially for Titus. They really made use of the space with the audience and played around with us so much.
The top picture is (obviously) The Globe from the outside. In the bottom right corner, you can see Titus himself!
The bottom picture is from when I went to see Antony and Cleopatra. It was Sam Wanamaker Day, and they did some presentations and the cast hung out for a bit after.
These plays were the best Shakespeare I’ve ever seen; totally funny and sexy. I did not know the stories of these plays specifically before going in, but I got every word.
They also did an amazing job of making use of a bare stage. As you can see above, Antony and Cleopatra had some upper areas to play with. Titus had the same stage, only everything was covered in black. With one threadbare rug, or ornately carved table, they were able to create a place so specific that I knew exactly when we were in the forest or at the King’s castle.
If you live in London, or if you plan on going anytime soon, I highly recommend seeing these plays!
And as always, send me pictures!
How does this system continue to operate?
If you only read one article on my blog, this would be the one.
I don’t know how often I stress training as the #1 focus of actors. But, I’m not naive, and I know that some “actors” are just in it for the fame or money. That’s how businesses like this make money.
I responded to a follower’s question last year and mentioned some places in NYC that charge money to meet agents and casting directors. I advised to take these “classes” with a grain of salt. This Clyde Fitch Report article clearly explains why that is.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, your own advice or experiences, or photos! I love photos!