…I left school not wanting to enter the corporate world, but without any other real sense of purpose or direction. I was a straight-A honors student who graduated into the world completely adrift, and therefore struggled for a really long time.Read More
I’m putting myself in the shoes of your potential clients as well. The people who would love to pay you for your work, if only they could find your contact info on your website.Read More
Voice acting IS acting.
If you don’t have the acting part down first, your road is going to be a much longer and bumpier one.Read More
As actors, so often, much of the work we do goes unseen. The training, the preparation for roles, keeping in shape, auditioning, taking classes, etc. Even the actual work we do may never see the light of day.Read More
Less than a month into the New Year, and I published another article! This one is about New Year's resolutions, and you can read it here on the newly redesigned MN Playlist website!
I always have more ideas, as well, so there may be more articles to come over this year. Fingers crossed!
Well, there has been no real time for reflection. Not really. What with that family holiday stuff, working solid since I've been back in town. Who needs to reflect? Okay, I probably still should, but I haven't had time to figure out numbers and such or finish my record-keeping for last year, so maybe let's just do a little bit right now.
I do keep track of my auditions. In theory. In practice, I have no clue. I'm really really bad at keeping my spreadsheet updated. Back when I started keeping track and trying to get myself to go to many many auditions just to get over my fear of them, I believe during my first year of having that goal I went to 55 auditions, and I thought that was a lot. Since then I've gotten a little more selective about my auditions, but I still think that 60 is about average. I might find out differently after I do my tally. I already know that my callback rate has gone WAY up over the past few years, so that's always a positive.
I was in only two actual full length shows (Crazyface by Clive Barker with Shadow Horse Theatre and Hauptmann by John Logan with Candid Theater). Crazyface took about three months out of my year, though, and the other about two months. I did one music video and World Commedia Day as well (which was a full two hour show, but improvised, so that should count for something, right?), and I did Chameleon Theatre Circle's season preview day, performing a piece from their upcoming production of Durang's "Betty's Summer Vacation."
Ugh, this might be harder. I know I did a scene from Butterflies are Free, one from Other Desert Cities, and then one from the movie Housesitter. I think that's it. There were a few others discussed and then shelved for various reasons. That's not the best record. Okay, that's a terrible record, actually. I will do better this year!!
With that in mind...
My next blog post is going to be about the roles that I'm working on for class right now and the challenges inherent in each. I've got three scenes on the books, so there's plenty I need to be doing to prepare for them. Research is one of those things I'm apparently terrible at getting myself interested in doing (though it wasn't always that way...hm, I wonder what THAT'S about), so writing about my roles here and the research into each will be a fun exercise.