Since my last post, I have spent 7 weeks in the A.C.T. summer training intensive, 1 week in Maine, and 2 weeks being a camp counselor for Mad Science. During that time, I also closed a show and started rehearsing for a second one.
Not too shabby.
The intensive at A.C.T. was life changing. For minutes at a time, I could see myself actually having the courage and accountability to be a professional actor. It looked good on me. Some of the ways I've been consciously and subconsciously sabotaging myself suddenly became clear to me, and I realized I no longer have the time or the patience for those things.
Moving forward, I choose to be a professional actor. It is my aim to eventually be paid for my work, and to make a partial living off acting. To that end, I have some goals for the upcoming year:
1. Be sure that the work I contribute to the project is something I'm proud of.
2. Get cast (and perform) in a play.
3. Get cast (and perform) in a Shakespeare play.
4. Become an EMC (i.e. earn at least 1 EMC point).
5. Build a book of 10 audition-ready monologues.
6. Do enough on-camera work to splice together a demo reel.
7. Get headshots that are a) accurate and b) something I'm proud of.
8. Only take roles that a) advance one of the above goals, b) are resume-builders (i.e. roles I might do again at a bigger house) or c) are on my bucket list.