Acting in Plays, Singing/Actress
Hi, I've always been a huge fan of the performing arts and I don't really know where to go or where to start. In 13 and I am very interested in being an actress I was wondering if you could help me and btw I'm in Florida
Hi, Angeli --
Thank you for the question.
Becoming an actress starts with being aware of the basic tools of the trade. Before it is an artistic experience, communicating a character to an audience is an athletic experience. You have to be heard, understood, be in top physical condition, and when you are in a professional theatrical situation -- to deliver as many as eight shows per week. Just those factors alone will dictate everything you do and every choice you make between now and the day you graduate with a BA in some branch of the performing arts.
On the other side of all this creativity and study is you becoming a very well-informed business woman. No matter the avenue -- whether it’s film, stage, opera, the concert hall, or a ballet company -- you absolutely must understand the Business of the Performing Arts or you will be totally lost. Don’t be a lamb in the woods! In other words, you need to know more about what IT is than any agent who might one day represent you or any producer who might one day put you through a grueling series of auditions before saying, "Sorry. Next."
Read the biographies of performers you admire in the fields that attract you the most. And not just from the past five years! And not from a summary on Wikipedia. Go to your Main Library and start reading. It’s free.
Every performer has a story to tell. Check below for my articles on HuffingtonPost.com and Examiner.com. Most are interviews with international celebrity artists in a wide variety of the performing arts. My latest is with Swedish composer Matti Bye whose ensemble is accompanying several films being screened at the Silent Film Festival here in San Francisco at the Castro Theatre. One of them features the legendary Greta Garbo in "The Joyless Street". Greta Garbo rose out of poverty and obscurity to become one of Hollywood's most dazzling stars. The more you know about how other performers "made it", the more you will understand why and how to study and to train in the field of your choice.
Your most important assignment right now is to earn the kind of Academic credits that will get you a full scholarship to the University or Conservatory of your choice. Concentrate on that. Because? Education is everything. Only you can make that happen.
I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out my web site: http://FabulousFilmSongs.com
I'm also an entertainment and cultural critic for HuffingtonPost.com – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield
and Classical music reviewer for Examiner.com – http://www.examiner.com/user/4557381/articles
. Let me know when you're ready to come to San Francisco for some vocal coaching. I’m also available for lessons on Skype.
See my interview with popular TV host, David Perry, on "Ten Percent":
Below are links to my articles and youtubes on the San Francisco Bay Area entertainment and cultural scene:
On “The Joyless Street” at the Silent Film Festival—An Interview with Matti Bye
THE GERSHWINS AND ME – A Conversation with Michael Feinstein
Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony’s Tony & Maria in “West Side Story”
Nathan Gunn Is ‘Yeshua’ in San Francisco Opera’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”
Natalie Dessay on ‘Becoming Traviata’—French Soprano bids ‘Adieu’ to opera stage
‘Tales of Hoffmann’ Fizzles at San Francisco Opera
‘A Grand Romance’—A Spectacular CD from pianist Jeffrey Biegel
Philippe Sly Debuts In 'Cosi fan tutte' at San Francisco Opera
Nicole Henry redefines the '70s with her latest CD, 'So Good, So Right'
THE GREAT GATSBY—F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic goes Three Dimensional
'FILLY BROWN' — An Extraordinary Film from Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos
Nonsemble 6 presents Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire' – in corsets
Tenor Noah Stewart Debuts with Berkeley Symphony in World Premiere of New Work by Steven Stucky
Marnie Breckenridege, A Modern Soprano for Contemporary Opera
A Profile of Choreographer John Neumeier and his "Nijinsky"
Peggy Cummins Honored at San Francisco's Noir City Film Festival
In Conversation with Peter Gallagher – Coming to the Venetian Room
Melody Moore steps into Tosca — Opening Night at San Francisco Opera
'Moby-Dick' opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation with Composer Jake Heggie
'Drama Queens' – A Conversation with Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato
Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera
A conversation with Joshua Bell, featured guest artist at opening of SF Symphony, 9/19
Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford duke it out at The Castro Theatre's 90th Anniversary
Samuel Ramey is Leo the Great in San Francisco Opera's 'Attila'
Tom Judson Is Making It Big In San Francisco
A Look at Gennadi Nedvigin, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet
Organist Christopher Houlihan Makes A Powerful Debut at Davies Symphony Hall
RICHARD WINSOR – An Interview With the Star of 'Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in 3D'
DEANNA DURBIN – The Leading Lady of NOIR CITY, Wednesday at The Castro Theatre
KRISTIN CLAYTON– A Conversation with "The Diva" of Teatro ZinZanni
CUBAN BALLET – An Interview with Octavio Roca
A Look At "Giselle" with Ballerina Lorena Feijóo
ZUILL BAILEY – A Conversation