Let's begin with some positive information, seeing how it's been an age since I last did a blog post.
First off, I AM OFFICIALLY AN EQUITY MEMBER NOW!!!! After 6 years being stuck in EMC hell, I am finally a member of Actors Equity Association. This has been making my acting career so much better here in NYC so much more exciting. The number of auditions I go to and get seen as has improved greatly. Next week alone, I'm already scheduled to attend two Broadway calls. Yeah, I'm pretty excited.
As an actor, I always have to continue my education. Last night I just started my second session of Actor's Therapy with Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez. Not only are they helping my beef up my music book, but they are also helping me to gain confidence in my abilities as a performer. I would get into my lack of confidence, but that is for another blog.
I've also been working out more lately as well. As I've written in previous posts, my weight is something I have been struggling with my whole life. Since returning from my tour, I've been trying to focus on self-improvement, and tough though it is I feel that it is working.
Okay, now story time.
A couple weeks ago, I was attending a big EPA audition (Equity Principal Audition, for those who need a refresher). I was up that morning feeling confident that I would nail it. It's a show that I know and the song I had selected was one that I had used at many auditions. My confidence that morning was what did me in. I felt so sure that I was ready that I neglected to fully warm-up.
I get in the room, I start my song, it's going smoothly...and then I get to the money note. A note I've hit hundreds of times. That morning, however, was not one of them. I royally botch the note. I sounded like a dying whale on that note. Needless to say, I finish the song, grab my book, and scurry on out as fast as I can. The moral? ALWAYS WARM-UP!!!