"You can’t be the vulnerable, transparent, raw person required to be an artist and then cover that up and meet the world with armor on." - Queen Idina
What I love about photography, and it’s the same thing I love about acting, really, is that it forces you right into the moment. Where you can’t be distracted. Where you can’t be thinking about other things or ahead of yourself or behind yourself.
Well, where did I get the inspiration? I got him from…all over the place. The thing is, as an actor, you find that you can draw inspiration from everywhere. I could draw inspiration from today, if I was looking. He’s evil and he’s awful and he’s a villain, but he’s human, ultimately. And every villain was a baby once upon a time. And all babies are vulnerable. And, so, you have to find the baby inside the villain, in a way, and then build it from the ground up, and think, well, where is that?
We had a blast!!!! ; )
The cast of Changes featuring:
All the Way to Crawfordsville
by Le Wilhelm Directed by Tanya Fazal
with Jackie Torres & Lydia Kalmen
by Laura Rohrman Directed by Liam Ewing
with Marcy Agreen and Franziska Kniffka
Tompkins Square Park
by Jason Nunes Directed by Eric Leeb
with Alix Cross & Janelle Stein
J Doe No. 127
by W. LaBier Jones Directed by Tiffany James
with Gregory Cioffi Jessica Kent & Rachel Kemp
The Snow Storm
Written and Directed by Moshe Goodman
with Moshe Goodman and MacKenzie Smith
Thanks for the smiles! ; )
TThis week I had the pleasure of working on an original play called Tompkins Square Park which takes place in New York City. It was an incredible journey and I learned a great deal during production. When I first received the script, I was immediately intrigued. The story was a bit different from other scripts that I’ve read and I wanted to learn more about the character through the subtext.
Tompkins Square Park is an impactful story about friendship and loyalty. A young woman named Libby has difficulty facing different challenges and adversity, so she decides to conquer her fears in a bizarre manner. Her best friend, Maura is extremely protective and will do just about anything to help her friend.
Cast as Maura, I delved right into the part. Maura is a sensitive, yet strong woman. It was fun discovering her voice, learning more about her relationship with Libby and the issues that she faces in trying communicate in unpredictable circumstances.
Libby is played by Alix Cross and the play is directed by Eric Leeb, both professional, talented people who are absolutely wonderful to work with. I enjoy the fact that the environment and my colleagues are constantly changing within the in the entertainment field. New sets, ideas, co-workers, and scripts fascinate me and stimulate my mind. I’m always thankful for the new experiences and friendships.
I also had the pleasure of meeting the playwright, Jason Nunes at the opening of the show. Needless to say, I was very nervous! I really wanted to bring his characters and his vision to life. It was important for him to be pleased with the outcome of his creation. The meeting was amazing and he was quite happy with our work. It is significant when the writer states that I accurately captured the persona of the character, tells me that I nailed the role overall, and executed the vision wonderfully. After such a conversation, I can breathe easier.
It’s such a great feeling to hear the audience respond with laughter, and know that they are fully engaged in the performance. To know that the director and playwright are happy is the “cherry on top”.
Janelle Stein and Tompkins Square Park Director, Eric Leeb
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
AUDITION TIP: When you are prepping your sides, notice what is the most obvious choice and then choose something else. 99 out of 100 actors are choosing the obvious. LIKE if you would like to be the 1% that STANDS OUT (in a good way)