Landing the Role of Kate

A chronicle of my actventures

Real Life Getting in the Way

As it turns out, I will be leaving Orlando to go back to Portland in five days, and will be on call for the contract in Florida. This means I had to tell the crew at Vengeance that I’m not going to be able to be in the film.

The good news, I got my head shots back. Once I’m back in Portland, I will rendezvous with Trisha to decide on which ones are the best. Though I did stick one up on the blog as you probably noticed. She’s also going to help me decide on which workshop to take in Portland and give my acting résumé a look-over.

Speaking of my résumé, I figured that I should give you a summary of my previous acting experience. Yes, I do have some. Check it out after the cut.

I started acting in middle school at age 12. My best friend and I loved drama class so much that we took it both semesters, even though it was the same class again. That year we were both in Annie, though he had a much larger part than I did. Singing is far from my forté, so I got jammed into the chorus as a nameless maid at Daddy Warbucks’ house. As a testament to my professionalism, despite my lack of leading (or even supporting) role, I was always at rehearsal and paying attention even if I wasn’t in the scene. This paid off. One day at a particularly long and tedious rehearsal, one of the sixth graders was off running around when her part came up. The director screamed for her and she was no where to be found. I was standing there and the director barked at me, “Lorena, this is your line now.”  I had my first speaking part! My line was “Can I take your coat, miss?” Pretty snazzy stuff, I know.

Fast forward to 8th grade when they did Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. I didn’t even audition. Instead I was a techie on the high school production of Cinderella. I was the curtain girl and it was a blast. Love me some Roger and Hammerstein. Then I was off to high school where I just stopped doing drama all together and started playing water polo and pursuing my writing (which is what I now do for a living).

My senior year of high school I participated in a dual enrollment program at University of Central Florida, which basically meant I was going to UCF full time and checked in monthly with the high school counselor. At UCF I took Theater Appreciation (that is, theater 101 for non-majors) and had to perform a song and dance for extra credit with an assigned group. I went back to my bestie from 7th grade, who had since gone on to a performing arts magnet high school and landed the role of Javert in Les Mis and was on his way to studying acting at Miami (and now is living the starving artist dream in LA), and asked him for a song we could perform. Well, he suggested “Seasons of Love” from Rent. Remember what I said about my singing abilities? Yeah, combine that with my group’s extreme distaste for performing/standing in front of a group of people. “Seasons of Love” wasn’t gonna work. So, I switched to Les Miserable‘s “Lovely Ladies”, slapped some blood red lipstick on, and belted out the whole song myself with my group murmuring along behind me. So, if you ever hear the words “think I’ll drop my anchor in that harbor over there” come from my mouth, you now know why. And yes, I did get an A in the class. During my year at UCF I also took Film History, which kicked off my film studies that continued through the rest of my college days at University of Florida.

So, frosh year orientation at UF, the student adviser suggested I minor in theater because I already had that Theater Appreciation class and I was taking Acting 1 my first semester. No thanks, I’ll stick with my English and Spanish majors and no minors. How I regret that decision now! But, I did do that acting class, which was actually really helpful. We had to do a couple monologues and then a partner scene. My partner and I were given a scene from Arsenic and Old Lace. It went well.

The next semester I took improv and fell in love with it. I joined the UF troupe, Theater Strike Force, and performed improv and sketch comedy for the next two years. I’m not that bad of a sketch writer either, people laughed at my sketches anyway.

So, that’s the summary. Here’s to adding many more experiences to it in the new year!

-Lorena

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December 23, 2009 - Posted by | Beginnings, Gigs | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. i continue to be impressed… i look forward to the day when i can say “ahh, i knew her when…”

    Comment by ambushed by twilight | January 6, 2010 | Reply


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