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The Other Side of Auditions: Part 1

Last winter, I interned at one of the major casting companies in Chicago, Paskal Rudnicke Casting, and it was the best experience of my career. Normally during the school year, I’m a substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools, so you could imagine how thrilling it...

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07 September
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I Vs. We

There are two schools of thought when it comes to improvisation. One is to support yourself and trust your ensemble will support themselves. The other is to support your ensemble and trust they will support you. I went to a show at a well known...

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17 August
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Book the What, Now?!

If there’s one thing that’s changed in my career since moving to Chicago, it’s my outlook on auditioning. Auditions – getting them, prepping them, and of course DOING them – make up about 75% of my job. It makes sense, if you think about it....

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03 August
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Welcome to Chicago!

So, you’ve decided to be an actor . . . I saw a “How to be an actor” video once from the early ‘90s and it started that way. I about died. This post is devoted entirely to new Chicago actors. I’ve compiled a list of my...

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20 July
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Happy Anniversary, Chicago!

It’s hard to believe I moved to Chicago two years ago this month! I think it’s safe to say I’ve learned more in the past two years than I have in any other chapter of my life. Through curiosity, risks, pain, successes and failures, I...

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06 July
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My First Commercial

(Warning: Lots of cursing in this one . . .) Back in April, I worked on my very first commercial, and it was everything I thought it would be. Pretty. Fucking. Amazing. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up and give you a brief timeline...

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15 June
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Let's Get Naked. Or not.

Let me start with a word of warning. If you ever decide to write a blog post about nudity on stage, do not Google image "Nudity On Stage" at a Starbucks. Now on to the post . . . I’ve seen a lot of plays recently...

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01 June
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The Game of Tetris

A casting director reached out asking me to audition for a fantastic play. The stars just seemed to align. I have a great working relationship with her, the play is wonderful, at least one well-known actor has already been cast, and I fit the specs...

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18 May
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Protégé

For the past seven months, I’ve been working with a talented and creative group of artists in a workshop called the Protégé Program with Shattered Globe Theatre. We have met two to three Saturdays a month in four-hour increments and collaborated with a devised showcase...

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04 May
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"everything ends somewhere."

On Friday, March 27, a dear friend of mine from college, Meredith “Moey” Shuppy, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. I heard the news from a mutual friend via text, and somehow, when I got his text saying, “Call me when you can. It’s important,”...

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20 April