Working as a singer or actor means so much more than filming onset or getting dolled up in one of my fancy gowns to sing with an orchestra... It means researching indie filmmakers and opera companies and people with whom I want to work so that I can begin to form relationships with them online and in real life. Most importantly, it means working with incredible people who believe in me and doing my best to perform and audition at my highest ability to make their jobs easier too.
In life and in acting, our perceptions of ourselves often color what we pursue. If inaccurate, success might wait in the wings for a long time until we come to face the way the world sees us - and perhaps the way we truly interact with others. Although I appreciate that one member of the class saw me as a "nurturing young mother," I suspect I will pursue the characters who live more savory lives than sweet.
A film audition for Funny the Movie rounded out my day, and the warm, inviting atmosphere of what must have been a very long day for those involved caused me to stop and consider the beautifully human and often generous side of the entertainment industry... Stereotypes about the entertainment industry and NYC would have us turn our tails and run if we ever dared to listen for too long. Honestly, acting is about connecting, and the city is an incredible place in which to do it.
Please join us as we remember our co-founder, singer, and board president,
Jeff Dinsmore, who passed away on April 14.
Sung by The Crossing
with Scott Dettra on the organ
Friday, May 9, 2014
at our home, the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Yesterday in Los Angeles, a wonderful tenor I know from my work as a singer in Philadelphia suffered a heart attack... My heart goes out to each of Jeff Dinsmore's dear friends and colleagues who watched as he passed while working, doing something he loved... My words are but air compared to the life led and now cut short while preparing to premiere a new work to the world. May we all honor the lives now lost by living ours each day.