It has been a long while since my last update. My sincerest apologies – sometimes you need time to adjust and process and… shall we say, regroup? Lots of productive things have been happening in all areas of my life, both professionally and personally. So let’s get right down to it.
This is usually a touchy subject for most people. Most actors figure that our art is a big enough religion to house, nourish, and fulfill us, right?
Wrong. The reality, at least for me, is that it is not. The business of “show business” has not been conducive to fulfilling me and nourishing me, not even housing me, as I believed and hoped it would. This is partly due to childhood adolescence, partly due to the big, hard, knocks of the big, bad city, and partly due to a gradual misplacing of my faith and worship… Oh don’t worry, I have not become some cloistered nun, although the thought most certainly crossed my mind…
It became apparent to me that there was something that I was missing. Something beyond this delicious ambitious drive I’ve had for as long as I can remember. And that is a reconnecting with the spiritual vibe that connects all things together, including my art. As Alec Baldwin mentioned in his Arts Advocacy Day 2011 speech:
“… I think that, more importantly, there is – and I always play this card hesitantly because I don’t know if it plays very well in this town – but there’s a spiritual component to the cultural work that we’re asking this government to do. I come from a business where we all know a great secret… And that is, that when most people lay dying in their final moments on this earth, they don’t think about that fabulous bill their congressmen passed for them. They think about that song, they think about that book, they think about that poem, they think about that scene from that movie, they think about that moment that man or woman had in that musical, or dramatic play. They think of dance, they think of the arts - The arts are what is under the skin and what is in the soul and in the hearts of people in this country…”
By reconnecting spiritually, I am able to piece together the epiphany that I am a vessel of truth. That the stories I tell are not for myself alone but for the world. That the world benefits on a powerful spiritual level from what I have to offer…
Every day, I make it a point to visit a church or cathedral in the city, doesn’t matter which one. I soak up the historical landmark with appreciation for the souls that built it reverently, and I spend an hour in silence meditating and writing my thoughts… I can’t tell you how peaceful and rejuvenating this process has been for me.
And so it is with great joy that I rejoin the world of social media with renewed faith and an even fuller heart than the one I had before.
The Rehearsal Club
I have the honor to announce that I have become the newest (and perhaps youngest) club member of the very famous, very historic Rehearsal Club. This “club” was famous for housing aspiring actresses in New York since 1913. It was also the inspiration for Edna Ferber’s play and film, Stage Door.
Last night, I had the privilege of meeting other club members and officers at the opening of Marymount Manhattan College’s production of the play itself. It was a wonderful experience getting to know these women. They made me feel so at home and were so excited to have me become a part of their sisterhood.
The play, although set in the 1930s, was an amazing reflection of the trials and tribulations actresses my age are still facing in their careers. All the archetypes of actors, both male and female, still exist today. Each character represents a similar story, experience, and struggle that me and my peers are dealing with. The club was created in an effort to shelter and support women striving to launch their careers.
Because of my strong belief in the empowerment of women in the arts, I knew this would be an organization I would want to support. I have been given the honor of joining these women in their efforts to market and fundraise their projects, and above all, preserve their legacy. If you would like to support the Club and their current project, The Rehearsal Club Documentary, please click HERE to make a donation and help them realize their goal of a full length, 2-hour premiering of this historic documentary on PBS!
Living the Dream.
Life is getting really good. I am excited to get to spend Thanksgiving at home in my Texan stomping grounds. Seeing my friends and loved ones. They are my rock. Upon returning, I get to sing Handel’s Messiah at the Church of Transfiguration (a.k.a. The Little Church around the Corner) on Dec 13th! Please come!
Thank you for reading this absurdly long post, but the fact that you still read should feel like a true accomplishment, don’tcha think? Until next time!