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The road to Red Velvet Cake War has not been an easy one. When a mutual parting of ways with a cast member happened, I took on the role of Peaches less than 3 weeks before opening. I was off book in 10 days. I learned a WHOLE show in 10 days. Wow. I had no idea I could do that. Because of time constraints, I felt like I was focusing on line memorization and had not quite settled into the character the way I would’ve liked to. Then one day, it just clicked. I found my inspiration for this character – Dolly Parton. It all made sense to me. Sunday was one of my best performances. Not just for the run of this show – but maybe EVER. I love Peaches. I will be sad to see her go come April 13. There are 6 performances left! Plenty of chances…

I laughed in Toni Suttie’s face the day we met in person the first time. She said the word “modeling” and I burst out in laughter. She introduced me to people as an “actor, comedian, model”. I was flattered and yet somewhat horrified. But, here I am. Acting. Doing comedy. And now – a bit of modeling. Who knew? Certainly Toni saw that way before I did. First off, I had little respect for modeling as a profession. I read an article many years ago when a famous supermodel was quoted, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $30,00.” When I think “model” I think skinny, spoiled, diva, ego-maniac. All of that changed the day I met a gorgeous woman named Mary Mackey. Mary has been modeling for a very long time – and STILL is. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Her love of God…

Many people ask my advice for getting started in community theater. While today’s post may relate directly to MY community, the same principles should apply anywhere. Just do a little research via Google, and you’ll find names of your local theater companies. Portland is a very artistic community, and I am excited to be a part of it. I check Criagslist & Oregonlive listings for upcoming auditions daily. When I find those auditions, I research them further to make sure they’re legit (i.e. if the theater company has a website, it’s usually a pretty good sign). I always make sure meetings are never one on one and in a public setting. Community theater is great for people who are exploring acting. You don’t necessarily need a headshot or resume in this phase. These shows are for EVERYONE – veterans of the stage and beginners alike. No, it is not a paying gig and it…

Allow me to tell you a bit about the play I am in! The Red Velvet Cake War, by Jones, Hope, & Wooten is another riotously funny southern-fried comedy you won’t want to miss! The Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas host a family reunion on the hottest day of July. Throw together the usual family participants, a court-appointed psychologist, a one-eyed suitor, and a determined neighbor for a fast-paced romp through a family reunion full of eccentric personalities. A jaw-dropping wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake as two of the ladies vie for the affection of Sweetgum’s newest widower. You’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun! (I play a bimbo. Again. So funny! My character’s name is Portia Louise “Peaches” Verdeen Belrose. Need I say more?) Please join us for these upcoming performances: (loads of fun and terrific concessions, including red velvet…

Allow me to tell you a bit about the play I am in! The Red Velvet Cake War, by Jones, Hope, & Wooten is another riotously funny southern-fried comedy you won’t want to miss! The Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas host a family reunion on the hottest day of July. Throw together the usual family participants, a court-appointed psychologist, a one-eyed suitor, and a determined neighbor for a fast-paced romp through a family reunion full of eccentric personalities. A jaw-dropping wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake as two of the ladies vie for the affection of Sweetgum’s newest widower. You’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun! (I play a bimbo. Again. So funny! My character’s name is Portia Louise “Peaches” Verdeen Belrose. Need I say more?) Please join us for these upcoming performances: (loads of fun and terrific concessions, including red velvet…

When I was a kid, I would get up early to watch tv on Saturdays before my family was up. Though, I am sure most kids watched cartoons. For me, it was old-school Soul Train. What?! I am funky! I would get up and bust a move in my living room. I had done this for probably months until one day someone crashed my party. Enter the big sister. Carrie stood behind me, Ninja-like. She was stealthy! (Still is.) It wasn’t until an inevitable spin when I noticed her. She stood, grinning that sly grin, and her icy blue eyes stung my soul. She sauntered over to the couch had a seat and said, “Go on. Dance for me.” Embarrassed but fearful of “Scary Carrie”, I broke it down. I took her to funky town. I made her promise not to tell our folks (though I am not sure why…

As I mentioned the other day, I go on a minimum of one audition per week. This is just a rule I have put in place to keep myself from getting rusty and to help me grow. As you can imagine, I do not get cast in everything I audition for! I know, this is shocking some of you. I mean, who DOESN’T want to hire me? Well, a lot of people, actually! I love auditions. I love the process. I love to act. I love meeting new people. I learn something every time even though I don’t get cast every time. I think a lot of people give up too easily because they lose sight of this fact: it ISN’T personal. See, artists hold their art a little too close to their heart sometimes and forget that it’s BUSINESS. Treat this like a job interview. Pet peeve: people who…

In November 2011, I performed in a show called The Green Room, and it was an amazing experience. It was the first production for a new theater company called Mask & Mirror. It was also my first (non-church) production. I worked with some amazing people – and to be honest, I miss them terribly! I call them my “greenies”. So, allow me to gush a bit as I inform you of their current happenings as well as my own! I had the opportunity to see my greenie, Arleen Daugherty, play Emilia in Othello. This woman is brilliant. Anyone who can tackle Shakespeare and make it feel and sound believable is a genius. KUDOS! I saw my greenie, Greg Prosser, in Harvey as Dr. Chumley. I think being in a show with him, I didn’t fully realize at the time what incredible stage presence he has; I was caught up in…

I often say that it’s “good for a person to get in over their heads every once in a while”, and I do. Believe me, I do. I also like to say “it could be worse”, because no matter how BAD something may be – it COULD, in fact, be worse. It was my intention when I started blogging just over a year ago that I would write about each and every audition and share what I am learning. However, I am a bit busier than I anticipated in my rookie year and well, I go on SO MANY auditions that I have lost count and it would be impossible to write about them all. One thing I have held myself to is: a minimum of one audition per week. Every week I research open casting calls and submit my headshot & resume, make my appointment or show up for the…