A recent string of gigs have revealed some choice Scottish phrases that I feel are essential to the successful running of any technical rehearsal. If only to lighten the mood when, for the fifteenth time in the day, the SAME DIMMER SWITCH HAS TRIPPED FOR NO APARRENT REASON!?! And that adorable picture of Ryan Gosling from standbyheygirl just isn’t doing it for you anymore.
You may, in situations such as these, be forced to shout out some words of frustration. Therefore my Green-Roomies I present to you some hilarious expressions from my hometown of Dundee, Scotland for you to use in your own theatrical endeavours. Or just in day-to-day life really. At the checkout line in Trader Joes. Trying to squeeze yourself and your backpack onto the N train at 6pm. Walking into Starbucks and joining a line that’s longer than the wait at Disneyworld…
1) Belter (noun)
A person causing frustration: Debbie, stop being a Belter and get on with the line reading please.
NB: Commonly mistaken in other parts of Scotland for a person who provides humour/ amusement.
2) Sake (exclamation)
Used alone as a noun. Taken from the expression “For God’s Sake”: The lunch order will be late again! Sake!
Very much honored that The Green Room is welcoming me to their team.
I am an Equity Stage Manager who resides and works in the New England region. Did try out NYC for a few years but found that I kept leaving it for work rather than actually living AND working there. I’ve been working professionally for 14 years now. Stage Management knocked on my door as early as Sophomore year of high school when I thought I was destined to be a scientist – Oceanographer to be specific. I come from a family of scientists and grew up on Cape Cod. But I wanted to help out with the school musical and the director assigned me the job of Stage Manager. From then on, I was hooked.
I attended Ithaca College where I could major in Drama and be able to experience every aspect of the theatre department at my leisure and take courses from other departments that happened to catch my interest. History was a huge draw. I managed to include several opportunities to work on a stage management team. Junior year was spent abroad for one term and on an internship for the second term. It was a test to see if I truly wanted to pursue a career in stage management. I returned to Ithaca feeling that this was the right path for me. Within a few years of graduation, I worked at 3 different regional theatres and at the third one, I acquired my Equity card.
As a passionate and now quite regular theatre-goer I’ve noticed myself getting more annoyed at some people’s obvious lack of respect while in the theatre. I wish there was a rule book that had to be read before they brought tickets (even though I’m sure people would just skip over it like they skip the terms and conditions!). And if there was such a thing I would hope this things were included (made for musicals):
- Turn up on time – and by on time I actually mean early. Don’t turn up when the show is meant to start; the show is meant to start then so please be in your seats. The show cannot start until the house is clear and everyone’s wish is to get the show up on time. Even worse is arriving after the show has started as trust me your fellow audience members will not be happy about standing up or their blocked view. Oh and try not leave during the performance unless it is absolutely required (getting another drink is not absolutely required!).
- Dress nicely – I don’t mean full on evening gowns or top hats but it’s meant to be an evening of entertainment so dress appropriately. I generally like to wear a casual dress or a nice pair of trousers with a smart top. I guess it’s just a respect thing. Read more…
Once upon a time… I auditioned for a show and got a callback. Fell in love with the scenes and music I got to prepare for them. Didn’t book the show.
Fast forward three years to LAST WEEK. I’m working 60 hours a week at three part time jobs and barely making enough money to pay for my new apartment that I just moved into. In between working so many hours and barely sleeping I was doing the crazy hustle that has been “audition season” in Los Angeles since the new year started. I was lamenting to a friend that I couldn’t seem to book gigs I was interested in, and every audition felt more and more like a dead end.
Not 24 hours after that conversation, I got an email asking me to step into a show as an immediate replacement for a girl who got nodes. (Sounds like a bad episode of Glee amiright?) The catch? I had 36 hours to pack a suitcase, find covers for my work shifts, and board a plane to Arizona. The show? Yes, the same director/producer/show that I had auditioned for and lamented about three years before (but a different production!).
Thanks to The Chicago Actor, who told me about Courtney Rioux’s free monthly coaching sessions, I had the universe finally answer my nagging doubts.
At least, that’s what it felt like when I had my session with Courtney. An actor and life coach, she was so bubbly and bright! Since we are a time zone apart, we had a forty-five minute phone call in which I went over all of my current life dilemmas which all stemmed from the fact that I’m graduating.
Instead of me just going over the same, stale concerns and crazy ideas I’ve been having, Courtney was there to give me feedback and offer up constructive solutions to support my schemes, especially financially. It was like having a tarot reading done for myself. Thanks to Courtney, I have plans for moving to a future city to pursue work as an actor-combatant. Until that goal is reached, I have my mini-goals:
- using my special skills to help with saving up to afford the move ($5,000 minimum)
- further developing and promoting my brand
- focus on networking so I’ll have relationships already built before I move
- do your research to decide where to move to!
Chicago has a lot to be proud of. More television shows are shooting here. There’s a fantastic theatre scene. And the improv community always has something going on. With that, there’s one big name that everyone in Chicago knows about, actor or not: Second City.
I couldn’t wait to get involved with Second City. I assumed that taking a class with them was vital to moving my career forward. As soon as I had the money, I signed up for their popular “Improv for Actors” (IFA) program.
It did not disappoint.
I learned that upon completing the IFA program, I was eligible to audition for the Second City Conservatory Program. IFA was two months. Conservatory is a year long commitment. While improv wasn’t what I was planning on pursuing, I thought that this would be a huge stepping stone in my career, leading to countless opportunities. Plus a big resume booster. So I auditioned.