Last night, I completed Josh Pais' Committed Impulse class, and I really loved it because it made me stretch.
That's been the theme for me this year - good growth - and I love it because it informs all of my paid acting work.
It's funny how we can get stuck in a niche, ya know? And there's nothing like a good class - in any subject - to shake things up.
This past year I've been fortunate to study with teachers who are professional actors / directors and casting directors whose scope includes everything from Broadway to Hollywood. And again, they've all encouraged me to stretch by casting me in roles that I never thought I would play.
Like La Marquise de Merteuil in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."
Or Mrs. Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband."
Last night I played Christina in Adam Rapp's "Red Light Winter," and I never thought I would be "right" for that character, but it turns out... I was!
The work that's evolved in classes, doing these delicious scenes and exploring these marvelous characters, has opened me up in such an unexpected way.
And that's the thing that blows me away. There are no limits but the ones we place on ourselves.