The Jewel Tone Mafia

This is a topic I’ve really, really wanted to write about for a long time. I finally got the inspiration (as well as the extremely clever term being used as a title) after talking to a fellow actress at the UPTAS who shared the same feelings I did. For those of who who may not […]

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Real Emotion

​EMOTIONS. It’s a big term, and not just because I put it in ALL CAPS. Whenever onstage, actors project emotions to portray their characters in order to make the audience believe and empathize with their characters. Emotions are such a huge part of acting, some acting studios/schools offer courses titled “emotional preparation” (when in fact they […]

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Queen of Quirk

​Whenever I did an acting workshop or lessom wherein the instructor advised me of my “type,” I got several answers. Powerful lawyer, no nonsense cop, Lady Macbeth (I wish), bunny boiling mom, etcetera. However, one adjective always came up and stayed with me: quirky. This word immediately conjured up images of actresses such as Zooey […]

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When You Look Me In The Eyes

​ “Eye contact occurs when two people look at each other’s eyes at the same time. In human beings, eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication and is thought to have a large influence on social behavior.” [See Wikipedia, the most reliable encyclopedia in the world] As this excerpt suggests, eye contact is an […]

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Act More

Recently while I was on break at work, I overheard some of my coworkers discussing a certain actor (I can’t remember his or her name, but that’s not the point). As they were bemoaning the bad job they believed this actor did, one particular phrase stood out: “I mean, (s)he wasn’t acting enough. When I […]

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LOUD NOISES!!!!!

On a recent trip to my parents’ house, I borrowed (stole) a book titled Solutions For Adults With Asperger Syndrome. My reasons for taking the book were threefold: One, I’m an adult (in body, not always in mind) and I have Asperger Syndrome, if the book wasn’t made for me, then who? Two, I find […]

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Acting With My Face

Our faces. The first things people see when they look at us (hopefully) and the mirror through which we convey our reactions to others and our emotions. As actors we rely on our faces to express joy, horror, sadness, and much more. It’s one of our essential tools. So why is it that as an actor I […]

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Dealing With Rejection: Let It Go

“Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you the role/audition slot at this time.” If you’ve ever heard these words, or received an email containing this statement, then congratulations, you’re an actor. Yes, a legendary part of this business is the process of rejection: of trying our damndest to out-sing and dance every person and to […]

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