I remember hearing this quote when I was 18 and trying to decide if I wanted to get a BFA in Dance or Acting. I stumbled on it again recently, and am reminded of how much I miss musing over Martha.
Its weird but true … check it out …
Well Top Studios filming of the short “Death of a Boy” went off without a hitch.
-accidentally pulling the trigger of the gun during a take … (don’t worry there were no bullets) but … let me state that no character gets shot in the story though … oops
-watching my co-stars jump out of the bushes in ski masks
-amazing gluten-free pizza from craft-services.
NOT SO FUNNY PART:
-having duck-tape taped to my mouth for hours, ripping it off, reapplying, and ripping it off again for what felt like a million takes … ah, the life of an actress.
Check out some on-set pics. And a huge thank you to all of those who supported. I’ll keep you updated on future screenings and festival info.
Last night to see Shakespeare on horseback! If you are free, please come out and support this amazing show … 28 wonderfully talented actors, 9 majestic horses, plus an adorable mini, a llama, great music, the magical words of Shakespeare, all under the gorgeous night sky. Tickets are only $5-10 at the door and proceeds go to Saddles for Soldiers, Saddles for Serenity, and equine therapies helping to change the lives of people living with disabilities!
WHAT: Equine dell’ Arte presents “O’ For A Horse With Wings”
WHERE: Shadow Hills Equestrian Center
10263 La Canada Way
Shadow Hills 91040
WHEN: TONIGHT, show starts @7pm
The phrase originally started as a war slogan of Delaware River shipyard workers during World War I. By World War II the slogan was widely used, usually referring to the United States’ relationship with the Allies. The phrase also became relevant in Hollywood during this time as an emphasis on networking became (and remains) an important part of career-building for actors. I’m one of the many artists who would argue that it‘s both. It’s not only what you know, but it’s not only who you know either. It’s like the adage “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation”; you have to create opportunities, but when those opportunities come, be ready. This is why you find a class that you treat like a gym; you workout every week or even every day to prepare. I’ve always been of the mindset that when you put all your energy into your work, opportunities will come.
What I mean is, when you are focused on your craft … people will notice. Sometimes the work literally is the means to the end. When you are in a class you are surrounded by other like-minded, dedicated professionals. Recently, an actress I know from a class in New York several years ago asked me to audition for her film project. This is not the first time I’ve gotten auditions in this way. I’ve gotten jobs, asked to be a part of readings, and invited to events, all by other actors I’m in or have been in class with. I believe these opportunities came because, in class I showed up with dedication and work ethic. I think sometimes we are so focused on meeting the right casting director or the right producer, or having the right agent to get us work, that we forget the resources we already have by simply being a part of a community of other actors. These actors work too. They meet people. They write. They create their own projects. Treat everyone you meet in class as a professional, as “someone you should know.” Treat your class as your job. When you do, the people “to know” will take notice.
I’ll keep this short because its simple. Like in any other profession, as actors, we strive to be the very best at what we do. We train so that we know how to breath, listen, react, speak, behave. This kind of rigorous dedication to craft can also breed a need to get it right. We leave an opportunity and think, That didn’t go right. It didn’t go the way I planned, and then we chide ourselves for not being the best, and let this preoccupation with perfection override our compassion for ourselves as humans. We aren’t perfect. We make mistakes. I do my best, should be the way of thinking not, I am the best. Especially when we reach a certain level in our careers … we have booked some pretty great gigs, we’ve trained at some of the best schools, we are riding high. After that, when we make a mistake, we think … That shouldn’t happen … I’m a professional. I’m on the level. Well … that level doesn’t exist. News flash! Even an actor who works everyday, as a lead on a TV show, f—ks up sometimes. What we have lost sight of is our beginner minds. Remember when you are first learning to do something, when you have no experience doing that thing before? You are a true beginner. Like when you first tried to learn a language, or ride a bike. If you are ever around any babies who are learning to walk, watch them. They are focused and fearless. Beginners have no preoccupation with getting it right. They simply want to learn it, to get it. And they have an intuitive understanding that mistakes are inevitable. How are you expected to do a back-flip on your very first attempt?? Try to approach things with a beginner mind. Get back to it. Because in that state, the hunger for learning is more important than the need to already know it; You actually listen better, learn more, and give yourself the freedom to get it wrong … which for an actor … is vital.
“My illusions didn’t have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But, my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!
A dear friend and fellow actress is adding producer to her long list of amazing credits and accomplishments. She now heads-up Well Top Studios a new production house, and cast me in their first project Death of a Boy, a dark-comedy short film about the fear of commitment. Very excited to be a part of this crazy-creative group spear-headed by writer Chris Cusano! Stay tuned for the funding campaign and check out a pic from after our first shoot-day.
I was one out of 200 actors chosen to become a company member of Equine dell’Arte! Its classical theatre on horseback here in Los Angeles. The company helps to raise money for various organizations and benefits the training of therapy horses for people with disabilities and special needs, those recovering from substance abuse, and veterans dealing with physical and emotional trauma. First show is in September!
“The love story takes your breath away, but leaving you wanting to explore more of the romantic blitz between the two characters.”
Here is the link to the full review: