July 14, 2019

"Hey," the email to my acting studio began "is anyone around to put me on tape today?"

That was it.  Not signed.  Not addressed.  Nothing.  It felt more like a booty call than a business email.

Our studio gets several emails and phone calls daily, with requests for taping, info on classes and everything in between.  And because I've now been teaching for ten years, I can tell what kind of student - and person you...

September 24, 2017

I know you've heard that common proverb - "Necessity is the mother of invention."  That's why we have Peanut M&M's - some genius realized that some of us women gots to have our chocolate and our peanuts in a candy-coated shell or else we'll go crazy.  Oh, and that's why we have electricity and all sorts of other stuff too.  If there is a need, a smart human being will figure it out.  

But for all of us in th...

January 2, 2017

Now that we're beginning a new year, it brings to mind our hopes and goals for the year ahead.  Many of us spend time thinking about what we dream of in the future - that perfect job, relationship, house, vacation, etc. - and how wonderful our life will be when those things happen.

In class we do several immersive-type exercises where we commit to the mode of a character, whether it's an improv game or a scripted scene.  We lit...

December 18, 2016

When I was in my twenties and I had made the decision to become a full-time actor, my approach to life was much different than it is now.  Because I had made a career move from office worker to artist, I thought that gave me permission to live a free-form life.  Party til 2am on a weeknight?  Sure!  Sleep all day, any day?  Why not?  My thinking then was I'd pull it together if an audition came up - but the auditions were few...

September 7, 2016

Wow.  The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival happened this weekend.  I saw a funny, funny play Between Calls by Rory Lawrence.  Rory's writing cracks me up, and the actors were fun-ny.  Some were my students.  I was extremely entertained by this talented group.  Kudos.

Then Karleigh Chase performed her brilliant one-woman show Memoirs of a Painted Woman on Saturday night.  I wasn't there - I've seen it several times...

August 1, 2016

Hey look - it's been three months since my last post!  Have I been that busy?  Well...yes and no.  I'm in an undisclosed location finally writing the book I've been threatening to write for years.  So that's good.  But notice, I'm not writing that book right now.  Because I'm procrastinating.  Because I'm in a little slump.  Because the last chapter I wrote wasn't perfect.  See where I'm going here?...

May 2, 2016

I remember feeling like an outsider all throughout grammar school.  I had skipped first grade into second grade early in the school year, so at 6 years old I was surrounded by 7 and 8-year olds who teased me merciless about....everything.  My age, my family's embarrassing pet name for me (which was leaked unwittingly by a family friend) and particularly my outspoken desire to excel in school.  I was called "Brain" with the sam...

March 26, 2016

The business of acting and maintaining your life while doing the business of acting can be a drag.  Some of my students have several jobs, drive hours in bad traffic to an audition just to say hello on camera and hand in a headshot, and share all kinds of stories in class about long hours on a set in bad weather with just a (donut/bag of chips/cold pizza) to eat.

 

These are the times that try our souls and for some of us, make...

February 17, 2016

Yes, you read that correctly.  When you audition, not only is it not your job or your concern to book that job, it's none of your business.  "Huh?  What do you mean?  But I'm actor - I don't just want to book that job - I need to book it.  I've got rent/mortgage to pay.  I've got to impress my agent.  My ego needs a boost, and so does my IMDB starmeter.  I want to make my ex jealous for dumping me.  And...and......

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St. Petersburg, FL 33712

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