As I wait in the Non-Equity lounge for monitor to call my name, I thought this would be a great time to properly update you, my lovely readers, so you can get the skinny on what’s been going on with me on the acting grind.
I’ll give you the short and sweet version: I am happy. Happiness is not always easy to come by in this city. You’ve gotta fight for it. You’ve gotta focus on your target and fearlessly claim what’s yours… I’m referring to the pursuit of happiness, which can be pretty freaking brutal in this town. This is especially true of the life of an actor. Many times our happiness lies in the pursuit of our ambitions… An appetite that, if not kept in check, has the capacity to overrun our lives with work.
Ambition took hold of me when I decided to enroll in two different acting classes: 1) A Scene-Study class at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages under the enormously talented Denis Butkus (Much Ado About Nothing), and 2) a Shakespearean Monologue Class with the lovely and magnificent Claire Warden (Midsummer Nights Dream) at The Shakespeare Forum… To summarize in just a few words how beneficial these classes have been to me is difficult in and of itself. It has been such a rewarding experience working with so many talented individuals and making the most amazing discoveries about myself and my process. Immersing myself in both classical and contemporary text has been wonderful and has filled my belly full of stories, both wondrously inspiring and heartwrenchingly painful.
I’ve always prided myself on being such an independent spirit. Never really needing to rely on anyone for anything. Must’ve been a survival mechanism I picked up from living here. But lately, I’ve let in a lot of love into my life in the form of wonderful friends. They’ve always been there, but now they are pouring in and I’ve never felt so much relief.
I remain incredibly loyal to my UH alum friends, all who I shamelessly get drunk with every Thursday night. From the start, they have continued to be so loving and supportive and I’m so happy I have them for family. Also, the love and support I continue to get from my friends at The Shakespeare Forum has continued to thrive and I’m so happy to be united with others in our love of poetry.
One friend I have to acknowledge is Mechelle. Mechelle is an actor who for the past several months has been my beloved accountability partner. This means that we have been having meeting weekly, discussing career goals, and holding one another accountable to them. This might sound boring to the untrained ear, but Mechelle has truly become one of my best friends here in the city as a result of our relationship. I owe a lot of creative & emotional support to her for being there for me and vice versa. To have someone become such an integral part of my life has been wonderful… I do not want to let her go!
Other friends have come from surprisingly wonderful places such as: my Mastermind group– I created this group after taking my business course for actors and thought it’d be a smart idea to find a way to keep in touch and stay active in our careers… The group is now comprised of 60-something actors, all who are seeking support and accountability. Looking forward to setting up our first mixer “Cinco de Mayo” style!
Sorry for the long post this time! Please stay tuned for more and I’ll do my best to keep it short!