Imma let Lumpy Space Princess introduce this post.
That’s right, guys. DRAMA BOMB.
Well, not really. Well, sorta. Today I'm gonna talk a little bit about bullying.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few decades, you know that bullying is a really serious problem amongst humans, especially younger ones. We are so afraid of people that are different than us or threaten us in some way. Our brains, unfortunately, are wired that way, and it’s hard to avoid being the type of person that ostracizes someone else at some point in your life. At some point, we are all the bad guy.
Some days you step up to the plate and Life just chucks the ball right at your head to get you to wake the hell up. Today was that kind of day for me.
My day job is a pretty great day job. They let me make my own schedule, they let me take four weeks off over the summer to go play horn in Missouri and California, they let me have red, blonde, and black locs without batting an eye. And it’s a production job, helping put on great community and education shows together around the boroughs.
Another reason why it’s great is that it keeps me hungry. It keeps me wanting more out of my performance career when I meet these accomplished artists and see them perform. And sometimes, when I’m really lucky, I get to hear them talk.
These are the Villalobos Brothers.
They are an incredible ensemble out of Veracruz, Mexico, and I’ve had the honor of working production for them on shows out at libraries this summer. They’ve got a big final show coming up, and one of the brothers, Ern...
Today I embarked upon a journey to a place I'd long feared and dreaded:
Open Casting Call
*cue lightning and thunder. this blog has a lightning-and-thunder intern, right?*
As many of you know, this past year I've been putting myself back into the theatre game; sporadic singing lessons, experimental theatre, improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade (thanks in part to their incredible Diversity Program). This summer I started taking real auditions, and so far it's gone pretty well- the two auditions I took earlier this summer both asked me to the call-backs (which I couldn't do becuase of my inability to get out of music gigs- womp womp).
Unlike the other two productions, which were small and sweet and reasonable, this particular one I took today was a behemoth of epic proportions. This was the thing my theatre friends who had left the trade warned me about, one of the things that drove them away from the business.
Let's start with my complete ignorance about how things like...