Friday, January 27, 2012

When It Rains...

Have you ever noticed how good news tends to arrive in two's and three's?

Yesterday I got word that the musical Hell's Belles will be doing a round of backer's auditions (readings for producers) at the end of February or first week of March. I'm so psyched to play Judy Garland and Janis Joplin again!

I also got a call to take on a yummy role in a new short play for a festival, so that's exciting!

And I had a great audition this week for Playwright's Horizons. I tell you, the connection of being in the moment and supporting the playwrights words with my voice and action... felt fabulous!

When it rains, it pours!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Meryl Streep's compassion for characters

I've been feeling like a rose in bloom - in the Winter no less!

So much good stuff going on. Good growth.

After working consistently on stage through Dec. 2011, I'm now back to game-planning, taking my next steps: researching classes, teachers, audition material, nurturing ideas for solo shows and web shows.

Always open and receptive to inspiration.

Which leads me to the great Meryl Streep.

There's a delicious interview with her in the December issue of Vogue. She's a big history buff, supporting the National Women's History Museum, and a Force of Nature in all she does. I was interested to learn she is a shareholder in Community Support Agriculture, "proselytizing for  safe, organic, ecologically sustainable food." I love the pic of her above that Annie Liebovitz took in the broccoli field at Sol Flower Farm.

And there's food for thought for actors. Meryl says, “With any character I play, where she is me is where I meet her. It’s very easy to set people at arm’s length and judge them....but to live inside that body is another thing entirely. And it’s humbling on a certain level and infuriating, just like it is to live in your own body. Because you recognize your own failings..."

At 62, she joked that she was probably the oldest person ever to be on the cover of Vogue.

But I LOVE that! What a great testament to beauty - inside and out! And it makes me think of all the women in my life like my Mom, my grandmother, even dear friends who've hit 60 and have kept on blazing trails.

(Mom and me)

I like what Meryl says about growing older: "I have always liked and been intrigued by older people, and the idea that behind them lives every human trauma, drama, glory, jokes, love.”

So keep on living out loud, no matter what age you are. Blaze your trail! ;)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Breakthroughs in 2012

3 days into 2012, and a consistent message has appeared. 3 times, no less!

It's about perceived barriers, and how people will often put up roadblocks before beginning to pursue a goal.

They'll say, "I'd really like to have that, but I can't because...______ (fill in the blank)."

Look around that roadblock. What's on the other side?

A barrier only has the power to stop us if we let it. And more often than not, what we perceive as a barrier is just a small hurdle or a speed-bump.

So look at perceived barriers in your life, and empower yourself to go around, jump over, walk through or push past them.

Like one of my favorite songs from The Doors says, Break on through to the other side!

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