I started doing theater back in high school and found out I LOVED it. I think partly this is because I find psychology so fascinating — I love getting into the mind of a character, understanding her motivations for the lines and infusing my performance with that interpretation. (This is also partly why I enjoy writing… and partly why I enjoy being a naturopath. I get to hear people’s stories and interpret their cases in that light.)
I haven’t actually done any theater since April, though, when I did a show with Musical Mayhem Cabaret, which was essentially a series of spoofs on songs from the 80s. After that I auditioned with Live Theater Workshop, but got cast in a show that I found to be somewhat morally questionable, so I turned it down. (Also, they cast me as a character who had an eighteen year old daughter, which I found slightly offensive. Seriously, do I LOOK like I could have an eighteen year old daughter?!)
Anyway, it turns out my boyfriend also has a background in theater and film, and because of his local connections, this weekend I found myself cast in a short film I didn’t even audition for. The director wants to enter it into a film festival on the first of October, so we have to get the whole thing shot today.
So here I am, hiding out in the bedroom-slash-makeup-slash costume room, writing my blogs and responding to patient emails while I wait for the director to tell me what to do next. 🙂
Fun thing about film versus theater: you don’t actually have to memorize your lines in advance, you just kind of learn them as you go and do multiple takes if you screw up. Way lower maintenance! (Also works out well, since I’ve still hardly had time to breathe since opening the new office, much less learn lines!)
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