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Lies! Fables! Myths Galore!

November 8, 2011

Not everything you’ve heard about this industry is true (or at least in my opinion).


Can you believe it?  You’ve been led astray.

Okay, let’s re-examine, shall we?

1.) The theatre world is one big, ugly competition

This is changing, people! I really do believe it, and to tell you the truth, I think a huge part has to do with the rise of social media.  We’ll get more in depth in a later post, but Twitter and Facebook have developed thriving communities of actors that are solely built on supporting one another.  It’s amazing and I love it because theatre is a collaboration and I always wondered when and how it turned into such a competition?  Check out the NY Actors Tweet Up on Facebook.  Ask to be invited into the group (Erin will let you in, I promise) and then head on over to Twitter.  Start by following my lead (@KCinNYC) and start playing around.  You’ll soon see the loads of support actors are dishing out to each other every day!

2.) New Yorkers are mean

Every person I’ve met that was born and raised in NY has been nothing but nice!  It’s the rest of the jaded melting pot that seems to sour the soup.

3.) Dress up for your auditions

No way, Jose.  Don’t get all fancy pants on me.  Just walk out the door that morning, feeling good about yourself.  At an audition, they want to see you and they want to see if you can engage and connect.  Ya don’t need a popped collar for that, yo!

4.) You shouldn’t eat cookies

Umm, not if each one is a chuck of HEAVEN!  Seriously, get your fat bum up to 74th and Amsterdam. Levain Bakery. Oh my good lord in heaven!

5.) Be careful not to say the wrong thing

This business is so … strange.  Nothing makes sense, so as Lisa Gold ( says, “You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person and you can’t say the right thing to the wrong person.”  Sometimes whether you’re the right fit or not is just in the stars.

(PS-  I 100% encourage you to attend at least one of her workshops.  Tight on cash? She gives a FREE one from time to time at Reproductions!)

6.) In New York City, you can get mugged

Oh wait, that’s true …

Now ya know!  What are some misconceptions you’ve come across?

(Please take the extra effort to click on this link.  This video is so lovely; it will just make you happy, I promise!)

Onwards and Upwards,

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 8:29 am

    Totally true! It also has to do with the energy your present. If you present positive vibes, I think NYC & the industry will respond well to you.

    Nice article 🙂

  2. November 8, 2011 9:59 am

    LOVE this! So glad a fellow artist is coming out and saying these things. I’ve found that I don’t need to “go all out” dressing up for auditions like I originally thought. That being said, I still think it’s a good idea to look presentable. I’ve seen way too many actors showing up wearing ripped jeans and t-shirts with logos.

    And I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve made from auditions! I mean, I don’t go to auditions looking to make friends. It’s still about getting the part. But on multiple occasions I’ve exchanged numbers with actors after the audition ended because we had such a good time reading together.

    Now…what is this blasphemy about not eating cookies??

    • November 9, 2011 11:19 pm

      Awesome Tony! That is so cool to hear. I have yet to make a friend during an audition. However, I don’t hesitate to ask someone else if they want to read together in the holding room if we have sides beforehand. Community, ppl – not competition )

      It is blasphemy not to eat cookies! Levain is simply the best. So amazing. I want one now ….

  3. Ruth permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:35 am

    Glad to hear that you’re finding a supportive acting community. That Levain video is not a good thing to watch when you’re on a diet!

  4. July 23, 2012 12:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Katelyn Collins.


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