Fall Bounty

Hi all,

I have some good news. No, I didn’t get on a television series. I was cast in the Christmas Carol production at Theatreworks in Peoria (Arizona) as an adult ensemble member. No, I don’t think I have any lines, but they do pay and my costume is going to be professionally-made and awesome. They are a professional company and hire Equity actors, but are not yet an EMC theatre. This show is going to be a way better experience than American Pastorela was last year with no disorganized script, no cramped stage, an actual crew, no DIY costumes, and no broken props. On Saturday, I found out that I got a callback for the film project I auditioned for two weeks ago, the one with Gay Gilbert. I am really happy about that. I haven’t acted in anything since last March.

I’ll also be auditioning for the productions of South Pacific and The Man with the Pointed Toes at Hale Center Theatre. Those begin rehearsals after the run of A Christmas Carol. So, yes, things are looking up. I just hope that I can book some major jobs some day soon. There has been a setback or two with my SAG short project, so we can’t begin on it yet. Well, I thought I would have more to say, but I guess that’s all.

The Proust Questionnaire

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my memory, my vision, my family, or my money. Being hungry or homeless.

What is your current state of mind?

Organized chaos.

What is your favorite activity?

I have lots: reading, playing Final Fantasy, eating good food, hanging out with friends, and YouTube.

What historical figure do you most identify with?

Queen Victoria.

Which living person do you most admire?

Nelson Mandela.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Gambit and Rogue.

Who are your real-life heroes?

Grandma and Grandpa, the fire-men and policemen who gave their lives on 09/11, strong women everywhere.

What is your most treasured possession?

My mind. My teddy bear.

When and where were you happiest?

I hope that moment is yet to come. Going to drama school in London would be a close second.

What is your most obvious characteristic?

My big blue eyes.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Self-loathing. Could I stop it, please?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Selfishness, followed by stupidity.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books, music, gourmet food, cute things, and taking way too much “me” time.

What is your favorite journey?

Getting lost around Southwest Louisiana with my Mom.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My lack of chin and my squishy tummy.

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?

Self-preservation. Tough love, second place.

On what occasion do you lie?

Only when absolutely necessary. I’m not very good at it.

Which words or phrases do you most over-use?

That’s okay. Excuse me. Sorry. I meant… If you don’t mind. It’s nothing. I don’t know.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was taller.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

When I get La Famille filmed and distributed and it ends up totally awesome!

Where would you like to live?

London.

What is the quality you most admire in a man?

Kindness.

What is the quality you most admire in a woman?

Supportiveness and determination.

What is it you most dislike?

Mass-murder, hatred, selfishness, disrespect, bullying, being patronizing, and incompetence.

What do you value most in your friends?

Loyalty and faithfulness.

How would you like to die?

As quickly as possible with a procession of angels.

If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?

A poodle.

If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?

I wouldn’t want to come back to live on the earth. I’d want to be a guardian angel.

What is your motto?

Love is the greatest thing you can give anyone. If you’re not here to make the world a better place, then you don’t deserve to be here.

Who has been the greatest influence on you?

My parents, grandparents, the Jesuits, multiple heroes, books, TV, Films, Broadway, and the global village.

Learn to Do It

Hi all,

Today’s blog title comes from the Don Bluth animated film, Anastasia. By the way, Mr. Bluth now lives in Arizona and runs a community theatre. They pay a stipend so I might one day audition for them, but I’m not sure as I don’t want to do community theatre anymore. Anyhow, I have been auditioning for some shows and student films, most of whom actually pay. I auditioned for some ASU films at the University for Advancing Technology, another production of A Christmas Carol, and another ASU student film. For all these auditions, I have had to be flexible. The two student film auditions expected a monologue, which they didn’t tell me in the casting notice, but being the pro that I am, they never knew it as I already had a monologue ready to go. For the Christmas Carol audition, I knew I needed to have two songs prepared, and prepared they were. I was only one of two people I saw there who actually had material prepared. I read part of a scene and had to do a Cockney accent on the fly. Then they went into my two songs, but the first began strangely and for the second, one of the directors just picked a song from my notebook and we went right with it singing in parts. Now that is flexibility! I also have an upcoming audition this Saturday with veteran casting director Gay Gilbert. I have been wanting to meet her for a long time. I like auditioning for things, but I really wish that I was auditioning for major SAG films and Equity theatre productions. My agent says that I will be possibly hearing about an audition soon.

I saw The Dining Room from the Carefree Theatre Company, the production that I auditioned for but did not get cast in. They were so nice to give me a comp ticket and it was a really good production. The scenes all happen in a dining room and involve different families and really crazy situations. It was mostly really funny and poignant when it had to be. I look forward to auditioning for their future productions as I heard they are doing some awesome plays next. They perform at the Little Theatre at Phoenix Theatre. Right now Phoenix Theatre is in the last week of the run of Spamalot. I wanted to get tickets, but most of them are sold out.

I had a great weekend in LA. I got to go back to Third Street Promenade and buy some travel-size honey. I didn’t know they came that small. Then I went to The Grove Farmers Market and enjoyed gumbo, a salad with pecan dressing, and jalapeño cornbread from the Gumbo Pot. I have always loved visiting these places and I even posted a picture on Twitter of the sunset over The Grove, with a view of the CBS lot. I wasn’t able to see the two friends I had planned to see, but I talked to one on the phone. He has been a SAG actor for a long time and he told me that the situation in LA has gotten somewhat worse since I was there. Gas prices for one are completely awful: $4.19 a gallon!A number of shows and movies are now being filmed on-location as it has become cheaper for production. Because the tax incentive bill didn’t pass in Arizona, many of those productions won’t be coming here. There are four feature films this past year that have filmed in Arizona, but those productions were mostly cast out of LA.  No news yet about my SAG short.