Acting Up

Hi all,

As 2009 comes to a close, it makes me think about why I chose the artistic path.  I could have chosen any career I wanted, which many people around the world don’t have the luxury of doing.  I was born into a still very lucky country where people can make their dreams come true no matter what they dream.  We’ve had quite a blow with our economy and the depravation it has caused.  And as much as the future includes possibilities, it also involves great fear.  So on that thought, why would I choose a path that involves great uncertainty, and in a catastrophic recession to boot?  Well, the dream far outweighs the obstacles. 

People have told me the standard lines of “You’ll never make it,” “That’s a waste of your intelligence,” “What’s your back-up plan?”  And I haven’t really come up with a great answer to any of them.  But the point is: I shouldn’t have to.  Us actors, playwrights, directors, etc. shouldn’t need to justify why we’re in this industry.  There really isn’t any reasoning that would convince people who simply don’t understand.  There are certainly people who love and support the arts.  If you want to be in the entertainment industry, you have to put up with uncertainty, constant rejection, and sometimes, unemployment.  You have to go through a lot for a moment of glory.  But it means the world to me to create and be a part of something great, and have an audience cheering to boot.  Everything about the stage and the screen fascinates me, and I would be miserable if I chose not to be a part of it. 

Doing something “practical”, like accounting, would only be soul-crushingly boring.  ( No offense to accountants.  My cousin is one.)  On that note, the only unfortunate part is having to have a day job if you’re not a working actor, director, etc., which for some people is being an accountant.

I love this industry so much that I could never leave it.  And I hope to be greatly successful.  You have to do what makes you happy no matter what.  Life is too short to waste on not living your dreams.  I’ll see you at the theatre.

In Go-Girls news, we have most of the rest of the cast.  We still need to find a guy to play Brian.  I’ll have the cast list up once it’s finalized.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Other Side of the Table

Hi all,

Well, Monday night we had the auditions for The Go-Girls reading at the Miracle Theatre.  It was my first time on the other side of the table at an audition.  I felt strange watching people audition instead of being the one auditioning.  I have often felt in that position that I was facing a firing squad even though I clearly wasn’t.  The directors of the pieces told me that they want actors to be “the one” and make their job easier.  The fact that I wrote the play and that I knew exactly what part I’m playing made me relax a lot more.  It was really neat to see people auditioning with my material.  I felt very important.

There weren’t too many ladies who auditioned and some canceled at the last minute or didn’t show up.  The importance of punctuality and showing up for jobs and auditions has always been greatly stressed in every acting program, workshop, or class I have been a part of.  I believe that I owe it to myself to take advantage of every great opportunity that comes my way.  So many thanks to the ladies who auditioned.  I am honored by your interest in my play.

Anyway, my director found enough ladies for the cast and a possible man to play Brian.  So we’re good.  We will meet to discuss the reading after Christmas.

One funny part of the night was that it was really rainy and I came in drenched having parked my car a few blocks away.  Give it up for Northwest weather!

Auditions for The Go-Girls

Hi all,

Auditions for The Go-Girls have been scheduled.  Below is the audition notice from my director, Micki Selvitella, and it has been copied from the message on the pdxbackstage list at yahoogroups.com.

Auditions will be held for “The Go-Girls, Saving the World in Style”, on Monday, December 14th from 6:00-8:30pm at the Miracle Theatre. This full-length play is part of the “Pulp Diction” series of the Fertile Ground Festival. It will have a 15-min. preview on Sunday, January 24th, and will be performed as a Late Night reading on Thursday, January 28th at the Brody Theatre. There will be a 3 rehearsal commitment, in addition to performances.

 NEEDED: 2 female actors – early 30s, any ethnicity. 1 female actor – late teens to early 20s, Latina or Brazilian Portuguese speaker. 3-4 females actors – 20s, any ethnicity. 1 male actor – late 20s to early 30s, Latino, or a Spanish speaker.

“The Go-Girls” is written by Anna Sahlstrom and directed by Micki Selvitella. “Pulp Diction” is produced by (Tall) Matt Haynes.

 There will be some pay in the form of take-from sales.

If interested, please contact Micki Selvitella off-list at mickiselvitella@ hotmail.com. Please send headshot & resume, as well as a preferred audition time. Once your time has been confirmed, you will be sent a copy of the script, along with audition sides. Auditions will be readings from the script in 5-8 min. intervals. You will be paired up with a partner at the audition.

Know that you may also be considered for other “Pulp Diction” readings at the Brody – a great chance to be seen by several directors at once!

Thanks, Micki Selvitella

You’re welcome to come audition if you’re in the Portland area.  Please make sure to e-mail Micki directly with the requested materials.  Don’t message me about it.  This is just a reposting of the notice.

Anna on Fertile Ground Blog

Hi all,

My blog entry for the Fertile Ground blog is now up.  I listed the blog in my blogroll.  The blog entry is about my process of writing The Go-Girls.

Please check it out and tell me what you think.  I am so excited!

Also, I just registered the script of The Go-Girls with the Writer’s Guild of America.  You don’t have to be a member to do so as I am not.  Micki, my director, told me about it.  The website is www.wga.org.