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The Weight Problem April 6, 2015

When I went to audition for the college I attended, it was quite the ordeal. And not just because I had to fly cross-country all by myself or because I was auditioning for one of the best schools in the country. The school had arranged for me to stay with two dance majors while I auditioned. My mother and I baked cookies for the girls as a thank you. The looks on their faces should have been enough to warn me away. They looked at my cookies like I had brought demon spawn into their room. Then there was a little bit of moaning before they each took a bite of a cookie and shoved the rest on a high shelf out of sight and easy reach.

The next day was the audition. (more…)

 

How to Not Be THAT Actor February 8, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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There is a curse that all actors are subject to: the curse of the next job. Actors spend a huge quantity of time and money searching for the next gig. Theatre may seem glamorous, but really we are like migrant field hands or plumbers. We stay until the job is over and then move on to the next job… if there is a next job. The only difference is that we wear sequins and are required to smile.

Different actors handle this chronic problem in different ways. (more…)

 

Miming the Hooker (Rated PG-13) September 11, 2013

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I have only ever done one real TV audition. Mostly because I’m a stage actor, and partially because my one TV audition was so traumatizing. I don’t think I could do another without serious therapy. (more…)