So excited to give you a little sneak peak of some of the images from the photo shoot I shared about late last summer, care of the visionary folks at Medicine Tree Series.
A few days ago, I attended a milestone high school reunion in NYC. I took two planes, a bus and the subway to get there, and despite a mechanical difficulty on the first plane compromising my connection, I (breathlessly) made it.
Although the attendance from my year was modest, it was magnificent to see these beautiful people, many of whom truly looked the same and even “felt” the same. The same, but better.
So much has happened to all of us over the years and indeed so much is happening now: all manners of beginnings, endings and the intervening adult growing pains we all get to experience. Yet somehow we managed to show up to this event, to shake hands, hug, laugh, deeply converse or simply just see eachother: we who knew each other when we were still so innocent–barely teens and throughout the tumult of adolescence. We knew each other then and can bear witness to that now.
And to see each other again, as fully grown individuals (this can no longer be denied), was startlingly comforting.
So thank you, my sweet compadres, for seeing me then and now and allowing me to see you, too. And to those who could not make it, know that your presence was missed and that every good wish is sent your way.
High school was not an easy time for some of us, but I am certain that with all the grit and confusion, we sparked light (sometimes dimly, sometimes brightly) that helped each other get through it and ultmately become who we are. And who we are still becoming.
It’s been an interesting few days of auditions. This morning I did a self-tape audition/exercise for a class I’m taking. Self-taping has become a mainstay for actors these days (and lots of folks on the web, yes?). With very little experience doing it, I was ready to jump in and learn. So, early this morning I put on the makeup and dress for a neat period short film piece. It had to be early so my husband could help with the filming and lines before he went to work and there would be actual light coming from the (kitchen) window.
There’s a lot involved in this process! From background to tripod to lights and all the little things, I definitely have a number of notes to self regarding it all. Process.
It felt good, though. It feels good to care enough about my craft to do the “inconvenient” things. Cause there are a lot of those it seems. So while I can’t share the actual footage with you, below are a few stills and pics of the afterglow–taking advantage of a face of makeup before 9am. (I’m normally quite the natural one, if you haven’t noticed). So I hope you enjoy. And maybe I’ll link to some other audition footage I recently uploaded in the near future.
I had so much fun recently acting in a parody of the glorious series Game of Thrones, delectably entitled Game of Scones. This short film has an extraordinary (and massive!) cast and crew, passionately led by director Louis Allen and producers Yvonne Sayers and Lora Bofill. I play Caitlin Snark (of the famed Stark family on GOT proper). Fun times!
It’s been a year of intense stretching and the lessons that go along with that. And like any good stretch, I am now feeling myself come back to center. Hallelujah!
I’ve been thinking about the new year. Unlike the usual approach of envisioning what I’d like it to look like, I’ve been musing more in a body way: what do I want it feel like? How can I play with gravity more? How can I experiment with my environment in tiny potent ways? Inner and outer?
One of the ways I’ve dealt with some of the stress recently has been to fiddle around with my keyboard and voice. Here is a link to some of that. There’s an original tune (Floatation Diving) and an improvisation I did recently in my living room, named accordingly. There are a lot of ambient sounds (creaky, news papery, tea kettley, husbandy) that were all a part of the moment, the time.
May you complete this year with compassion and grace. And may the new year bring the sweetest surprises!
Please bear with me. I’ve been playing with some of the online magic dust around here, so things may or may not be where they are supposed to be, and the supposed to be’s are in flux as well.
I appreciate your checking in and I will continue the sweeping ‘n polishing as I can.
I am only human. My mental bandwith has limits.
Late September I began a graduate theater arts class at the local university. It’s a performance theory class, which is changing the way I view most everything. So much to read, digest, assimilate. But it’s really exciting! I’m with others who are digging into this thickly-textured material with me. With our wise and fearless professor, we are all lighting the way.
I am approaching my studies with an intimacy that, when it isn’t creating claustrophobic overwhelm, feels meaningful. Most happily, I am learning a new vocabulary with which to understand, articulate and create afresh.
So, lovely people, please know that while my absence has been deliberate, it has also been with very open eyes, glimpsing altering landscapes that I will share as the simmering progresses.
Happy October and November, too!