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Who is “The Idealistic Actor?”

February 17, 2011

Hi, everyone. I am very excited to be posting my first blog to The Green Room- I think this thing is gonna rock!

I thought I’d start out by telling you a bit about myself, and why I jumped at the chance to be a part of this project. First, let’s talk about this moniker: “The Idealistic Actor.” What does this even mean? As defined by Merriam-Webster:

idealistic (adjective): a theory that the essential nature of reality lies in consciousness or reason, or; the practice of forming ideals or living under their influence

actor (noun): one who represents a character in a dramatic production, or; a theatrical performer

I am an actor who is ever the idealist. I see the world the way it should be, and then I get my butt in gear and make it happen. Some definitions of idealism indicate a belief that goes against all conventional wisdom, and some think that is a bad thing. But if you look at our profession, I’d say most of acting goes against conventional wisdom, so I am all in!

I’ve been blogging about acting for years and years, starting back in 1998 when I created a page on my very first website. The website itself was called, “Erin’s Stress Relief Page;” the blog was called “Erin’s Daily Diary”  There was no such thing as blogging at the time, but I had this passion for sharing what it was like to be an actor. I blogged about rehearsal mishaps and show flubs, and encouraged fans to interact via my website’s guestbook. I also talked about my fears about growing up, being on my own, and wondering if I really had what it took to “make it.“

By the way, I really do think I invented the blog… =)

12 years later and I am still blogging, through my personal acting blog, The Erin Cronicals, and my coaching blog, Bite-Size Business for Actors. The blogs pretty accurately reflect how I spend my time – I am either working as a professional actor (SAG/AEA/AFTRA) or I am coaching actors on the “business” of being an actor. It is an amazing, fun-filled adventure, and one that never gets boring.

I am committed to posting blogs that are uplifting, offer inspiration, and hopefully bring some sanity to what is, often, an insane business. I am here to answer your questions on any topic related to acting, so feel free to post a comment here or shoot me an email. My inbox is always open to you!

PS: Some of you might wonder why I say “actor” when I am a female. As I tell others who inquire- you wouldn’t dare walk into a medical office and say, “Excuse me, ma’am- don’t you mean to call yourself a Doctress?” Why the gender distinction here? =)

Today’s Quote: “Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.” – Tom Clancy

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica @ Acting Adult permalink
    February 18, 2011 2:50 am

    I am SO glad you added that PS. It’s so true – there shouldn’t be a gender distinction in naming your profession. I find myself always explaining that to others not in the business.

  2. February 18, 2011 3:16 am

    I’m glad it’s something she brought up, too! It’s not something that’s ever bothered me personally, but it’s definitely something that we could all stand to be more conscious of, since it obviously is an issue to some!

  3. February 18, 2011 4:02 am

    Rock it, Idealistic one! Thanks for putting your voice into another location on the Internet – happy to continue reading your inspirational writings 🙂

  4. February 18, 2011 3:50 pm

    The Idealistic Actor – how perfect! I definitely know you to be an idealist…somebody who dreams it and does it. As always you are an inspiration. So excited to read your words on this new platform.

    BTW – totally agreed on the “actor” front!

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