Monday, February 17, 2014

It Just Takes What It Wants!!!

Last week I was in Memphis for UPTA. It is my third time attending the auditions, and my third year out of college. I noticed how different I feel since the first time I nervously did this thing. I sat in the same waiting room I've sat in twice before, but the jitters weren't there. I joked and got to know some of my fellow actors. I crouched down in front of the heater and discussed body problems with other actresses (Because that's what we do. We're women.) I had no problem mentioning that this year I was forgoing the sky high heels and instead opting for the old lady Naturalizer shoes complete with Dr. Scholl's gel insoles this time around. Someone said I was the honeybadger of UPTA. As in "honeybadger don't give a shit!! It just takes what it wants!" I took it as a compliment. But it's not that I don't care! I just decided that I'm too old to try to be someone I'm not, to try to get cast as something I'm clearly not right for. I just sold myself, which is a lesson that takes time to learn. I had some wonderful callbacks and am hopeful that my time as a server will come to an end. (Or at least be put on hold for a while.)  I got to hug some wonderful people that I only get to see once a year if I am lucky. I ran into people I haven't seen in years. And I received a compliment from someone who gave me my first professional job. He said how much I've grown and how my choices in material are better every year. It meant a lot to hear that and I intend on keeping that memory fresh for the next several weeks/months when I continue to audition. I was lucky enough to see three of my dear friends from Little Rock as well and although my time there was far too short I was so glad just to hug people who I really feel I can talk to about anything. Good things.

Tomorrow I am performing as a part of Larry McKenna's New Voices Cabaret Season 3. I'm super pumped. My set is full of sarcasm and dry humor and my laughable love life. You should come. Or at least watch the video when it gets posted. :)

UPTA Mascot

On the Blue Plate Cafe menu. Apparently my wine and cheerios habit is a sin. Oh well. Cheers.

He was seriously considering spraying me. Not cool.

The sweetest little pup in her happy place.

I found my best lady friend!

Poor Sinovia does NOT do cold weather.

This is the only picture I was allowed to take of us being remotely friendly-like.

Monday, February 3, 2014

I Got A Feelin

I'm so excited!! In a matter of days I'm going to Memphis and I get to get out of town for a while and see SO many dear friends I haven't seen in a long time! UPTA has always been such a positive experience for me. It feels like a theater reunion less than an audition. I can't help but smile to think after a day of auditions I will get to see SO many old and new friends. SO many hugs. I can't handle it. BUT WAIT, there's more, you say? One of my best friends is going to pick me up in Memphis and we're going to drive to Little Rock and crash for a few days where even MORE BEST FRIENDS await. I'm one lucky girl. Time for an awesomely long weekend full of friends, drinks, and high belting. What more could a girl ask for?*

Temple Reunion last year! Love these guys.

(*Answer: A Margarita. You can always ask for a Margarita.)