Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It pays to show up

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." - Woody Allen

This has always been one of my favorite quotes, and it's so true! Today I had rehearsal for a demo recording of a new musical, and one of the actresses didn't show up, so the writer asked if I could pick up the part. Well, sure! How fun! And how versatile! I get to play "the crazy nun" (what IS it with me and nuns?) and the femme fatale. VERY cool!

I look back at the work I've been doing the past few years and so much about it has been "showing up." If I didn't go to the Equity audition for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, I wouldn't have got the callback for The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun. And if I didn't do NUN (I was up for another show as well), I would've missed getting the NYMF Award and getting to do the Bound for Broadway concert last December!

If it hadn't been for Bound for Broadway, I wouldn't have met director John Znidarsic, who brought me in for Hell's Belles, which gave me the opportunity to play Judy Garland and Janis Joplin, AND introduced me to so many wonderful people and possibilities.

(The Hell's Belles cast: me, Elaina Cope, Omri Schein, Deborah Radloff, Alicia Sable)

One of the Off Broadway shows I did this summer was because a friend from Hell's Belles recommended me to the director for a staged reading of another show. Heck! The gig today was for the Hell's Belles writer, who's working on a new show called Argentina Rumpus.

So, boy, does it pay to show up! I've been going non-stop since last December and feel so fortunate! All this good stuff is a reminder to keep going, to keep working on my craft, and to keep hitting those auditions. It's all part of the process of making dreams come true. :)

Make your dreams come true!


Isabelle Palmer said...

Thank you for this post, it is a wonderful example of the advice you gave me in your comment for me! =) And it fits right in with all the other reading about the business that I've been doing tonight.

Thanks for your positive, cheerful, inspiring attitude! =D

Laura said...

Rock on, Isabelle! Go get 'em! :)