Had the pleasure (and mind blowing experience!) of meeting @JessicaADomingo at CJ’s birthday party today. What a voice. It was sooooo nice meeting you! Still a bit starstruck that it happened… And thank you so much for the autograph and the CD. Jammed to it on the way home tonight. Loved it!!!! :)
Well, tomorrow’s the last day of my intermediate acting class, and it’s really got me thinking. There’s just so much I gotta get off my chest. It’s not that I’m sad or depressed or anything, I just feel like I wanna express a few things. In fact, I’m very excited!
Let me start off by saying that this class was just REVOLUTIONARY. I really mean that. It really did help open up a whole new perspective on acting, and I do feel that it proved to be a very useful tool that I can utilize as my journey goes on. It allowed me to immerse myself more in my craft, and I do think it made me a lot busier as far as analyzing a script and developing a character goes.
But it’s also made me miss performing even more. I’m just getting this whole whirlwind of memories from past shows I’ve done, and fantasizing about what the future could bring for me. I think about all those auditions I did that I never got a callback from, but had a lot of fun doing anyway. I think about my MP Drama days, my time with Shakespeare Northwest, and that one time my alma mater asked me to return once more to fill a role.
It’s funny, cause that stint with MP Drama after I had already graduated really did wake up that thespian side of me. Doing Legally Blonde with them really reminded me of why I loved performing. It’s the thrill. Hearing the audience applause and laugh just makes me happy. Being recognized for something I love doing is half the greatness. But it also allowed me to immerse myself in a world where reality doesn’t exist. All my troubles and stresses get wiped away. This escape from reality is one of the hallmark reasons why I love acting in the first place.
But it also makes me think about the friends I’ve made through acting. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m grateful to have met every single one of them. My former MP Drama and Shakespeare Northwest cast mates really have inspired me. Watching them do their thing on stage just brings me so much joy and inspiration. I can’t even explain it… there’s something special about watching you friends/colleagues perform. Not to mention that they are so much fun to be around. I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet and work with next, and surround myself with the greatest company while being inspired at the same time.
Back to the intermediate acting class. There was only four of us in that classroom, including the professor, so there was a lot of room to do a bit of bonding, and boy they were such a joy to work with. Very intelligent individuals, and pretty darn good actors too! Not a dull moment went by in that class. As I’ve reflected on my journey and prepare for the end of this class, it really gives me the confidence to say that an actor’s life is definitely for me.
Les Misérables’ current Jean Valjean, Ramin Karimloo, and the man who famously originated the role, Colm Wilkinson, will come together for a special charity performance in the new year.
One more video
Too fricking cool. The man who originted the role of Jean Valjean passes the candlesticks to the current Jean Valjean. The fact that Colm Wilkinson is Ramin’s “hero” just makes that even more special. Legendary.