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From Stage to Screen.

 From Stage to Screen.

 All I want to do is act, sing and dance preferably in front of an audience and ideally for a living.

 For 30 years. From 1990, when I earned my first stipend for acting,  to 2020, when I wrote a show about Catherine Hayes, the Swan of Erin, I was able to work in the field I loved, on stage.

The stage is a magical place where lights, costumes, makeup, and most of all, the words of the playwright can transform you into whoever you want to be.  Hero  or  villain,  rich or poor,  beautiful or horrible,  It's all possible on stage.

The stage gives us enough space between the actor and the audience to create illusion. 

 When I was a senior in high school, I got to play Grandma in Edward Albee’s, American dream. I was only 18, but by changing the way I dressed, the way I moved, and by adding a few lines to my face with makeup, I was able to play 80.

On the other hand, I don't consider myself to be a particularly beautiful girl, but with makeup and confidence and costumes, I've played many roles like Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Madge in Picnic, that specifically call for the character to be beautiful.

Remember that commercial? 

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV?”

Well, I like to say,

 “I’m not a beauty, but I can play one on stage.”

(I'm not a brunette.)








  But here we are in the age of COVID-19.

The theaters are closed and I can't even sing in church, which for years offered me a place to share my voice with people who cared enough to listen.

I’ve  spent almost six months now sitting back and feeling sorry for myself.  That is long enough.

It's time to do the one thing I must do in order to practice what I love for an audience.

I must get over my fears of how I look and sound on camera.

I must go from stage to screen.

For the next 30 days, I am doing a video a day on the topic of making this shift.  If you find that your work or something you love to do requires you to get in front of a camera, whether it's for YouTube, Zoom, or even Tic Tok, I hope that you can learn the skills and find the confidence you need to make this shift.  

As always,

Dare to Shine.



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