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Tool + Expectation = Results

March 24, 2012

My acting life doesn’t consist of waiting at EPA calls, hoping an Equity member gets grazed by a pedicab on the way to her audition, enduring a slight injury (nothing she can’t bounce back from), but enough to put her out for the next few hours so that I can snag her audition slot which I will then proceed to flub up due to the fact that my warm up consisted of me sitting on a freezing floor for the past five hours, wearing shoes that I don’t like, overhearing conversations that don’t help and suffering from the psychological illusion that I am some sort of under dog, when in reality, that isn’t true at all.

I want to fill my time with enriching experiences that inspire and fill me.  Therefore, I’ve been having a blast traipsing around the terrain of what it is to be an artist in New York City.  This is how I’ve been doing it ….

TOOL:  Goal Setting
EXPECTATION:  To shoot for something tangible so that I use my time purposefully and effectively.
RESULT:

  • In September, I aimed to be cast in three shows by April 22nd (my birthday). I’ve been in five so far  (count the webisode I shot, and that’s six), and there’s still time for a possible seventh.

TOOL: Twitter
EXPECTATION: To become a part of the Twitter conversation.
RESULT:

  • I’ve been recognized at events before I’ve even introduced myself
  • I’ve gotten wind of auditions
  • I’ve won free tickets to Freud’s Last Session
  • I’m about to be involved in a play reading book club, and have found out about tons of networking events/shows/etc
  • I became a Green Room Blogger
  • I obnoxiously use hashtags in normal spoken conversation

TOOL: Networking Events
EXPECTATION: To meet the next person who will cast me.
RESULT:

TOOL: Workshops
EXPECTATION: To find people who share my passion of the true meaning of theatre.
RESULT:

  • I’m in love with Shelter Sundays and feel more alive every Sunday night than any other time of the week.

TOOL: Maintaining Industry Relationships
EXPECTATION: To work with the people I’ve meshed with again.
RESULT:

  • Andrew Squier of FullStop Theatre Collective and I are currently creating a movement piece
  • Jeremy Williams, director of the children’s theatre show I did, asked me to take over the role of Miss Julie when Convergences Theatre Collective takes Refracting Miss Julie on the road.
  • Of the six projects I worked on since September, I only auditioned for three.  The rest, I was asked to be in because they knew and trusted my work.

As “non traditional” as these “industry tools” are, they seem to be working.  For me at least – and that’s what’s important.  Decide what’s going to make you and your career happy and fulfilled, draw our your own map, and construct its own compass.

Onwards and Upwards,

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2012 10:00 am

    I have to agree with you on the super usefulness of twitter! Great work on getting cast so often in the past six months, you definitely seem to be keeping yourself busy!

  2. The Practical Artist permalink
    March 24, 2012 10:12 am

    The Redhead introduced me to the wonders of using Twitter as a professional tool. I still keep in contact/job-swap with someone who saw the RT when I needed overhire almost a year ago!

  3. California Triple-Threat permalink
    March 24, 2012 11:27 am

    You are a rockstar! Its so inspiring to see people achieve goals, and I think your goals are absolutely achievable too. Way to go!

  4. The College Theatre Dork permalink
    March 24, 2012 12:36 pm

    I’m loving your tools! The California Triple-Threat is so right, you are a rockstar!

  5. March 26, 2012 11:22 pm

    Thanks for the support fellow rockstars!

  6. April 10, 2012 10:05 am

    Hi Katelyn! Looks like you really had some amazing success so far! Can’t wait to see what happens next. So happy you made it to #Connect4 with On the Square Productions.

    • May 7, 2012 10:51 am

      So sorry for the delayed response but hey there! Thanks so much for reading. Everything that On The Square Productions does is stellar. Kiddos, look them up! xoxo

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