I have been told that bad news comes in 3s, so I am really hoping that the same could be said for good news, because I had 2 awesome things happen to me this week and have my fingers crossed for a third.
First, I was offered a part in the slasher film I had auditioned for a few weeks ago. It wasn’t the role I auditioned for, but I was still really excited until I realized I would have to be ACTRA in order to accept it. I was slightly crushed when I responded that I was available and would love the part, but was unfortunately non-union. This didn’t deter them, as they contacted ACTRA, and since I don’t exactly have any lines, I can still play the part 🙂
Next, I got a part in a student film that Carolyne will also be a part of! This marks the first time that I have auditioned for something in person and been cast in the role I auditioned for. There have been variations where I did a self tape, or auditioned and got a different part, but this is the first time that I succeeded in the standard casting process. Combined with the fact that Carolyne will also be in it…I am beyond excited 🙂 The only downside is that I have to miss out on my family’s American Thanksgiving/Black Friday getaway this year. At least I will be in good company and doing what I love!
The third thing that I am hoping for is acceptance into a program I applied for last night. It would be a huge undertaking for me, and absolutely amazing. I will hopefully be telling you all about it within the next 2-3 weeks 😉
As for last night, I had class with Suzanna. My scene partner dropped out of this month’s classes, but I hadn’t done the scene yet with her, so it didn’t really change anything. Instead, I was with Lorraine, who got the part yesterday. It is from Thirtysomething, and for the first time in a while, I felt like I could actually be brought to tears when the stage directions told me to. We rehearsed a few times in another room, before doing it in front of everyone and the cameras. The tears came maybe a line after they were supposed to, and perhaps I only got teary eyed instead of actual waterworks, but I really connected with what my character was going through. It didn’t hurt that when I looked to Lorraine, she had tears in her eyes as well.
We did it a second time after talking about the scene and getting a little backstory, then did it a 3rd time, vocalizing our subtext beforehand. Although it’s still a bit weird to have to say it all out loud, I really think it helps to vocalize your goals before starting. When you have your goal with you from the beginning of the scene, you get a much more powerful performance 🙂
“Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.”