Sassy Actress, with a Side of Quirk

Life Musings by a Real Drama Queen

Vacation (a la Go Gos)

Hey there good lookin’. It’s been a while. But seriously. I think that if I was as commited to writing every day as I am to drinking coffee daily, I would be blowing up your feed on the reg.

But here I am now, back from my vacation, ready to catch you up on all of the crazy interesting minutae that is my life. I entitled this post “Vacation” primarily because I just added it to my song repetoire. I needed a fun, upbeat pop song for upcoming auditions. My voice coach asked me what I liked to jam to as a kid and in the moment all I could think of in the moment was Britney Spears. *Praise*. As much as I love me some Britney, I just didn’t feel like any of her songs fit my voice or the hole in my book. So then I went home and pondered my childhood, as you do, and I remembered that my mom loved the Go Gos. I even did a lip sync in 4th grade to “We Got the Beat”. I loved the Go Gos and it just seemed natural to add a song of theirs into my book. 

I picked “Vacation” for one very specific reason. Does anyone remember the Rugrats movies? I loved the Rugrats and the movies just exacerbated my love for them. In one of the movies they played the song “Vacation” and I sung it for months! And I sang all the wrong lyrics with pride and felt such glee whilst doing so. My choice was clear. “Vacation” all the way. It fits beautifully in my voice, especially after changing it to a higher key, and my voice coach added lots of flair to the ending (thanks Eddie!). I feel like a rockstar when I sing it and it makes me think of the kickass Rugrats cartoon from the good old days of Nickelodeon. I have trouble sticking to the actual lyrics though because I am positive my made up ones were pretty great. 

So now I have stellar material that I feel great singing and I am so pumped for auditions. But guess what? There are no effing auditions! Okay, that’s an exaggeration. There are some auditions. But because I am choosy and only go to auditions I am REALLY right for, the pickins are slim. I got typed out of the one audition I felt SUPER right for, which sucked majorly since it is the only one that felt appropriate for me this past month. I skipped Prather Entertainment’s open call because, again, I wasn’t really the right type for any of their productions and a little birdie from the inside told me that they were looking for very specific types. So what’s a girl to do? I am trying not to mope but I think the only thing worse than going to auditions and not getting cast, is trying to go to auditions only to find that they don’t want to even see you. In the first scenario, at the very least you get to practice your material, meet new people, and have some fun doing what you love to do. When you get typed out or they aren’t seeing nonunion, it feels like you have gotten all dolled up for a hot date and you wait for what seems like forever just to find out that the hottie ditches you for the prom queen. It sucks majorly.

But, to end on a high note, there are more auditions in the future and I have never felt more confident about myself or my material. I will wait patiently for the right audition and when the time comes I will kick some major ass. For now I will just have to enjoy this little “vacation” from auditioning and focus on other things…

LIKE MY SHOW! You heard it right! I have been rehearsing this past month at the Players Theatre in the West Village with the Literally Alive children’s theater company. I announced it on my professional website a couple weeks aggo, but I also wanted to officially announce it here! We open Stone Soup the Musical this weekend. I play a character named Grace who is a nervous wreck until she learns to take a chance and break out of her shell. I sing a really great duet in the show (plus other awesome songs) and I know it is going to be a ton of fun. Though it is a children’s theater piece, it really transcends all ages, so if you are in the area or have children in your life, bring them to the show! We run from October 9th-November 13th. 

For tickets, visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/961649 

Thanks for reading! I hope to be writing more as I really love it, so if you like my (inconsistent) blog posts, please share! I love having new readers that aren’t my parents…

Ciao for now!

xoxo 

D

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I think I’m too quirky for Disney…

Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself I’m sorry
I hope that you’re well

I had to. I have no control, especially when it comes to Adele. The baby I babysit likes when I sing it, which means I obviously have to sing it whenever humanely possible. HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDEEEEEEEEE!

I am not apologizing. What I am doing, however, is finally writing a freaking blog post, because it has been, you know, only 4 months or so since my last one. Consistency is key my friends, key. Notes on how to be a great blogger from yours truly.

So what spurred this blog post? A couple of solid, but mediocre auditions. The mediocrity stems from a couple of things. I feel like I finally have material that rocks and shows me off perfectly, and yet I haven’t been able to fully trust myself with it in the audition room. I am confident and prepared, but as soon as the accompaniment begins, I seem to lose focus or just plain get spooked by the material. Do you know what this means my friends? I think it just means that I need to continue to use the materials until it finally clicks, every single time. Easier said than done. I always considered myself a fantastic auditionee, but lately I feel like a novice! I guess that goes to show you what a couple of weeks of inconsistent auditioning can do! If you don’t stretch those muscles, you will never become flexible, ya feel me?

I think another reason I am feeling a bit mediocre is because I am trying to fit a mold that just doesn’t fit quite right. I went to a Disney call today since they were searching for Rapunzel (Hello, Tangled is THE BEST princess EVER!) and the breakdown implied a feistier, more interesting princess than the cookie cutter idea so many people attach to Disney. That being said, as I sat in the audition holding room, I couldn’t help but feel like a Frenchie rather than a Sandy. Or a Regina instead of a Sherrie. Or a Lady Edith instead of a Lady Mary (though I feel more like Lady Rose or Tom than anyone else, but that’s besides the point). The truth is I am much too quirky for those calls. I need to either become princess material or really hone in on my quirk, because let’s be real, nothing is worse than being in the middle. Let’s band together to stop mediocrity! Embrace the crazy (or sanity) you possess! Let’s make bigger, better, and more specific choices! That’s my goal for the rest of this audition season.

Now, all that being said, I think my auditions today were pretty good. And honestly, part of my trouble is that I need to stop giving a shit about the girls in the holding room anyway. Who gives a hoot if everyone is a Jackie and I’m a Marilyn?

So that was my day. Auditions galore! I also have some fun news. I will be doing a couple of shows in Michigan this early spring! Official news will go out on my website soon, but I’m really excited to be working for a small theater company that’s providing quality theater to a town that might not have access to it otherwise. And I am going to be doing a play AND a musical! I am embarrassed to say that I haven’t done a full-length musical since my junior year of college, which was about 4 years ago (AGHHHHH!). I am very happy to be getting out of the city for a couple of months, even if I am heading to the tundra that is Michigan.

I bought some really delicious apples this week. Lady Alice apples are legitimately better than Honeycrisps. I wanted to share the wealth of apple knowledge to the people I love most.

I bid you adieu! Eat some apples!

xoxo

D

 

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