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Actors Kool-aid

27 Oct

Oh Geeze- louise. Apologies for the coolness of this past week but I must be frank with you, I have another writing gig brewing. Eeeek! I feel pretty scandalous about the whole thing, but it has been pulling a bit of my attention. And now I’m all turned around, can I rehash material for one another? Do I write the same thing twice?? Do I neglect to inform my readers on one or the other end??? These are all very serious questions for a very newly published writer. In the meantimes while I figure out the dynamics of the new addition to my writing relationship, I will fill you in on the deets. It’s for a site called 10 Best and it’s pretty much what this blog is all about only… mildly more censored.

Phew- now that thats over. Tonight we are on our way to go see a friend of mine at Groundlings perform in an improv/sketch show. By we, I mean myself, my room-mates, my Guillaume and my friends K.D. and C.D. The show we are going to see is by a friend of mine from Groundlings named Eric L. coincidently we both went to University of Miami and while we never crossed paths in that sphere, well here we are now. I can’t tell you how much I love being peers to these incredibley talented wonderful people. I think maybe the sterotypes hold true and their are actors who are repulsed at the idea of being drowned around all this talent but frankly how much worse would it be if you were drowned in a puddle of untalented people?? It’s so inspiring to be studying with people that make you go “wow” and I have to say my class at Groundlings really does that.

Class is going well, it’s been a bit strange thought because our proffesor has been under going some health issues (after yesterdays surgery, he should be better though !) so we’ve had pretty much every different teacher at Groundlings. One of the founders, and some guy that I recognized as “the nicest guy in the world” from my brief affair with How I met your Mother. Just a lot of really swell people. Anyways, the class mates are awesome as well. Huge talent in the room and I feel like I’m making a lot of progress.

There is something really addictive and drug like about acting. You go through these bought of dormancy and waiting that make you want to scream with frustration and then auditions that have made me so freaking high I have cried after them- I know that sounds essentric but its true. Overall there is just a feeling of being so alive, even the lows, when they happen are comforting in their aliveness. Mostly though its the respect gathered from my peers and other actors that is so “inspiring” you just want to melt. There is always someone to blow your mind and those are the moments I am most happy to be alive, whether it’s by the awesome power of a wave, a snuggle fest with Yogi or an amazing performance of an actor. I’m completely electrified with potential and you might as well commit me into an assain assylym because I have drunk the actors kool-aid.

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Audition results

3 Oct

So far Southern California seems to fit like a glove. Even after living in seven different cities since my 18th birthday, there is no place like home, like the beach. So, after a morning of surfing, still high from the salty air we reached our computers to find out our audition results for Groundlings. By some random fluke of performance confidence I had managed to persuade the instructor that I had serious Improv skill. My two compadres, unfortunately, had no such luck. It’s amazes me how fickle this business is. I think there must be a direct correlation between your ability to tolerate rejection and your success. I felt a little guilty but I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t pleased that all the hard work is paying off.

I signed up for the next available class. Starting today, October 3rd. There are three levels to Groundlings. Most people end up having to repeat a level if they want to move up. But ifyou get through all three levels, you get a certificate that confirms you are ruler of the universe (at least that’s what I like to imagine). As for today, I just get an invisible pin that says “not too shabby” and that works plenty for me.

Auditioning for Groundlings

1 Oct

After my first not-so-epic audition, I decided to to heed some advice. I decided I really had to jump in and signed up to audition for Groundlings. This and UCB are the two best Improv schools in LA and possibly, the universe. There were only three audition spaces available for the next two moths so myself, Guillaume and one of our house mates Tad all signed up.
Luckily in Improv there is nothing to prepare because the auditions were the next day. We show up early and spend the next half an hour sitting in the theater lobby decorating our name tags and making terrible jokes to eachother trying to prove how witty we were.
The walls were adorned with photos of their students, including Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig in hilarious costumes and I cursed myself for not coming with a cape. We were led into an audition room where the class spent the next hour and a half being fabulously ridiculous (some more than others). The instructor would pair you into groups and tell you the relationship (i.e. step sisters) and give you an activity, sewing. Or he would give you an emotion, i.e. rage, and an occupation, pastry chef. And all simultaneously we would spew into monologues of rageful pastry chef. If you’ve never tried this before, you should. Just don’t be surprised when a neighbor tries to have you committed.
We cruised home in mild traffic in the lazy afternoon sun, each entertained by our private day dreams. The easy part was done, now we had to wait.