Let's Get Down to Business
Here it is.
The first blog post.
The beginning chapter.
I feel like I should write some grand speech about how I’m feeling on the last night before I become a full-time working actress. I should pour myself a glass of wine and raise a glass to freedom. To adulting. To being financially independent. To the growth I’ve had thus far. To adventures yet to come.
I was in pajamas by 8:15pm, took a NyQuil for my cold, am on my 5th mug of tea, and this NyQuil is making me feel super woozy which means I’m gonna have less of a filter so you’re welcome in advance for whatever I end up typing.
But, like, it’s basically the same thing.
Hi everyone. My name is Cat and I am an actress. I just recently graduated with my BA in Musical Theatre from The University of Northern Colorado. I have spent the last 8 weeks at my parent’s place resting and exercising and eating well in preparation for what begins tomorrow: my first day of being an adult actress.
In February I went to the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions conference in Memphis, TN and auditioned for work in front of many casting agents, theatres, etc. from across the country. One thing led to another and now I'm one of the lucky few to join the Resident Company at the Greenville Little Theatre in Greenville, SC for the next year.
As a Resident Company Member I will be working full time for the theatre. This does not just include performing. This includes helping out in shops: Costumes, Scene Shop, etc. It includes the mainstage shows, ushering, the children’s tour. I’m thrilled to have the chance to commit myself full time to doing what I love and passionately believe in.
I love performing. I knew before I “knew” that I was meant for the stage. I distinctly remember going to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at North Shore Music Theatre when I was very little. Perhaps 6 or 7 y/o? I informed my mother sitting next to me that I wanted to perform like those kids on the stage and she informed me that I should be wary—being an actress is hard work.
Moms are smart.
Fast forward a few years, I’m in community theatre. Fast forward another year, I’m in The Jungle Book with North Shore Music Theatre. Fast forward through all of middle and high school because nobody wants to relive those years: just know that I was in a lot of shows. Fast forward to 18 and this ginger is driving cross-country to Greeley, CO to join forces with the most amazing people to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre. Four years later this young ginger is sitting on an awesome floral sofa in her apt in Greenville, SC on the eve of her first day on the job.
I knew that I knew that I knew that I was meant to be on stage. It was where I felt the most peace and where I felt the most joy.
I think one of the quickest and best ways to feel full and fulfilled is to pour love and stories into the hearts of those people you come in contact with. Theatre presents me with the opportunity to do just that for hundreds (if not thousands) of people at a time through utilization of the gifts I was lucky enough to be blessed with.
At any rate, I’m going to stop this post here. In the coming weeks anticipate an influx of awesome blog posts talking about life as an actress. I’ll be talking about things. You’ll be reading about the things I write about. This sounds like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.