Tuesday, May 05, 2015
NaBloPoMo for May: PHOTO!
This should be fun: post photos -- or write about them -- all month.
MPB says that I have an eye and that's good to know. Taking snapshots on the fly has become another kind of journal. Just about every smart device I've got in my purse has a great camera on it so it's hard not to take a picture or squeeze off a video when something interesting pops up.
The thing is, I'm in the midst of giving myself a pretty severe makeover -- dental work, weight loss, hair ideas, and much more -- and all of it is forcing me to look at my physical self in a way that I find difficult. Or at least disconcerting. I was always too focused on technique as an actor and a vocalist to fret over something as seemingly frivolous as my image. I mean, sure. I'm obsessive about how I look in performance, I push for a healthy lean strong body but what it takes to do what I do on the stage is light years away from what I need to do to come off well on camera.
The thing is, I don't want to believe that talent doesn't matter -- even when casting agents say talent is only 7% of what they consider when auditioning actors. (WTF?)
I get it, I get it -- film/TV is a visual medium. My body was the first thing that came together. It was, and continues to be, hard work. Every morning, I start all over again, like Sysyphus -- beating my body into submission. No one can say that I'm not taking my visuals seriously. I have an eyebrowist, for crying out loud. Because it takes time for bones to heal, my dental work will be the last thing and it will take the longest, and it will cost me plenty. (What am I saying? It already has.)
Once I'm done, I'll never stop smiling. Never.
I have to take new headshots, I have to make an actor's reel, I have to make a 2 minute EPK/video and I have to take promo shots for my upcoming European tour. I need all of that as of yesterday. Yeesh. That's a lot of eye candy. Very necessary, though.
Here's the blogpost epiphany from 2009 that triggered it all -- Your Inner Svengali. And if you're curious about the snapshots I take or the images I like, you can find me on Instagram and that minimalist wonder, ello.
In the meantime, here I am goofing off with my girl Chicava Honeychild of Brown Girls Burlesque. I don't think we're capable of not having fun together.