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For months KatrinaPerkins52016I have been typing, recording (audio notes usually when GENIUS strikes while driving, or there is no way I could take enough notes to communicate), and jotting down “Musings”.  I have amassed three or four documents consisting of several single-spaced pages each, and numerous audio files patiently waiting to be converted.  Inspired this week by a comedian out networking with a comrade visiting and performing from LA- these separate drafts were combined into one and I began organizing the amalgamated material thus far committed to pages.

My ‘To Do’ list has: ‘TRANSCRIBE’ [Oi tedious: play, type, rewind, listen, type, repeat] and ‘MEMORIZE COMEDY SET’, diligently scrawled on it, reminding me to create progress in this arena. With a printout of the combined pages, I am now slowly editing, one page at a time, and it is proving quite fun. The other day, this activity was my sole occupation while standing on a train to an audition. Reading over the first page only, jotting notes [action/additions/direction] in the margin, crossing out stuff that no longer felt good, drawing arrows to move a chunk to another spot easily transitioning or even directly related, and then re-reading the edits finding a few more changes and that ones already in place felt right. Today, I relayed those changes into the new whole-draft; I’m getting excited to practice, to time this first page … and hear, myself, how it flows.

A year or so ago, someone told me I reminded them of Amy Schumer.  I had absolutely no clue to whom they were referring. Looking her up, I inferred they were calling me fat. A rude assessment, I know, but the truth of the moment was, in hindsight, I think they were saying I was funny (and perhaps that I resemble her slightly). In the time since, many people, time after time, on-set and elsewhere have asked me if I am a comedian. I don’t know if it is the Universe urging me to Focus, helping, hinting over and over again, that this voice of mine is worth sharing, because, after all, #LaughterIsTheCure 
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This week I went to Two casting director events.  A panel of four outstanding women in entertainment and a Master Class at the Tribeca Film Festival; so much learning.  It was getting to know each one a little.  I like them, and they will like me too, when we meet one one one.  Time, patience, persistence, more patience, and research- research is where each of these opportunities began.  

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What a busy little warming up and getting out of the home (finally) the month of April has turned out to be.  Last year was my first, treading water in Brooklyn.  This year the training wheels are off, a year to learn the ropes, when I could have prepared and researched ahead of time- hind sight … I must be Living, because I am definitely Learning.  The first event, Wednesday past, was discovered researching a respected casting director.  She has twitter, who knew, and so does her assistant!  Who knew times Two!!  Oh hey, and good timing, because she happens to be on a panel: Women Entertaining Change, Professional Women & Entertainment, Media & Communications.

Without hesitation, a ticket was procured to this brilliant opportunity. The fellow attendees, specifically, the five other women sitting at the table with me (it was almost entirely women in attendance) were making moves for them selves- producer (Carmelle Denneman of Georgia Peach Productions), writer, attorney, actress- which also serves to inspire others: certainly me.  Then guess what, aforementioned research snowballed into Tribeca, Directors series class with Jodi Foster!  Sold out.  But then   …   …   a FREE Master Class with Casting Director Ellen Lewis and Ellen Chenoweth moderated by Bernard Telsey !!!  Tribeca how I love thee.  

I have the perfect question.  Now, too late, so Polish, flub-darn-it. This CD happens to be attached to a movie (temporarily on-hold) with Meryl Streep based on Terrence McNally’s 1995 Broadway play, coincidentally, titled Master Class.  Preparation, and marination, and time.  Too busy to set aside time to formulate a quality question; Wah.  Lesson learned: Imagination, day dreams, brainstorming, and most specifically: time set aside with the goal of achieving and cultivating cleverly crafted questions … these are the strength training equipment of the successful business.

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Inspiration. I am posting this for myself to re-read tomorrow morning 🙂 [with tea! Cheers!]

Thomas J Bellezza• “Busy Bee”

They call me the “YES” man. Just keep swimming! This is a motto I learned from a fish. Always stay in motion, like a shark does to keep on breathing. For me, working in entertainment is a constant fight forward finding/creating the next job. Growing up in entertainment “NO” was a normal answer. To get that mysterious “YES” a change in my life had to be made. No longer was I waiting for others to “Help” me to succeed. I ran from the idea of relying on a Record Label, Agent, Manager, etc to give me a chance to prove myself. It was my job to prove myself and no one else.

In life, it is about proving your worth on your own. Rise to the top until you cannot go any further. The secret is to run your life like a business. You want to be…

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Katrina Perkins‘Wordpress Wednesdays’: clearly, a mere brief success, a couple o’cameos at best. [From this I shall learn, change, try an alternative.] Despite having Tuesdays “off”, normally (aside from taking the 90 pound pup to the vet for chiropractic and cold laser treatments, and cleaning laundry, etc.) – quite naturally, I then, Thankfully, proceeded to have the BUSIEST March [bleeding into April [truly it was more average actually of the on-set variety, and I logged more days in the MD’s office than ever before] on record. The documented history of Katrina Perkins, actress: since beginning this acting journey by taking the chance and creating the full-time availability required to say “YES!” every time Casting calls, texts, or emails. Wait for it . . .THREE TIMES AS BUSY, I was IN FACT!

Again, Grateful, so full of Gratitude, well, it is my pleasure to say I am still smiling, and only just recently recovered (ever so slightly) from the exhausting lack of sleep from repetitive 3 a.m. alarms to report to set by 5:30 in the morning. I chose this… And I keep choosing it. AND I hope to be even twice as busy as all that in March 2016!  Which might just happen (here’s hoping, hoping, hoping, fingers crossed, and touch wood) if, neigh, WHEN a certain Jimmy Fallon produced television pilot is picked up for a whole season by NBC.

‘May BE Mondays’ will prove sustainable if I listen to the results (or lack there of) and respond, just as in the best and most authentic acting, and real life.  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Simple Brilliance of Einstein! It is indeed time for a change!  Write it during the week; type it up, add a photo, and schedule the post to be published on the weekend. That is an idea, anyway. I am stronger than this; I can be as consistent with WordPress as I am with showing up early to pursue the passion that is being on-set and creating entertainment!!

P.S.  I wrote this about two, almost three, weeks ago… May may IT BE the month of Mondays manuscripts 🙂

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• Head up, looking outward

This morning I was awoken by my puppy, again. This nine month old Rottweiler is an alarm all himself. Every morning 6:30 AM; or Pee-O’clock to him. It means; feed him, take him out for bathroom time and then on a walk if he so demands it. He demanded it. I was very tired at this point and kind of wobbled along with him with my head down at the ground. Tired on more than one front. Emotionally, stressed, business, and life in general. That’s true for a lot of people. We get warn down. And I am a workaholic, so stopping to breathe is difficult. But I kept my head down, between the cold, and the lack of care to look up.

At one point I decided to look up, stretch my back, and stand tall. Why lean over with this feeling!? What I…

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The real judgement free zone: working in a field you Enjoy, regardless of “quality”. Progress is proof of quality. Where were you last year; closer, more often to where you truly want to be next year? Or doing the same old unhappy rut, wishing for more. Do!!

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• A Bit Part

“But you were background.” Yeah, it was a bit of a bit part. And you know what? That’s the point. I was doing one more thing greater than a person who wished they could be in this business. Being an entertainer is bit part after bit part. Because we are never truly satisfied with just enough. Anyone action is more than zero effort with working background on a TV show, movie, playing guitar on a small stage in front of ten people, or even telling jokes to less than a few laughing future fans. These are all successful moments in an entertainer’s life. Doing what they love, and living within the field of their interest. A bit part, but a big part forward. But what is the point of doing little things?

Starting at the bottom is an accomplishment greater than never starting at all. All…

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Exuberance!

One day on-set, toward the beginning of my NY endeavors, a fellow extra queried had I worked on Saturday Night Live?  I had not.  Had not, in fact, even noticed actors other than the the cast, guest host, perhaps the musical performer, and the cameo of a former-castmate, appeared on the live sketch comedy show airing every Saturday at 11:35pm on NBC for the last forty plus years. There were never breakdowns on the websites, and blessed was I by this kindly networking moment when a background-actor in-the-know shared knowledge to must snail-mail a headshot directly to the casting director at 30 Rock for consideration.  I have since worked SNL a handful of times in the last two years.

The very first time I was called to work, then casting director, Mat McCue rang me asking if I could make it to a rehearsal the next night, Friday, at eight o’clock, and was available all day into night Saturday.  Indeed I was, and enthusiastically replied in the affirmative.  Having no idea what to expect– I realized just now- I think I blogged about this first time on the live show- so let us skip ahead to the most recent, non-live, though airing on-line video.  James Franco was the host and the skit is here —> SNL Franco/Jason  . . . for your amusement!

Upon hearing the premise of the sketch, I asked “So I had some kind of a sex-change, right, that’s the joke?”  “No, no, no,” they assured me, “it’s just a silly out of nowhere, how, now they are talking about this woman, who is she? moment.”  I am not sure to take this as an insult or a compliment- I am a handsome woman… a man-ish face; I always have been a tim-boy.  I joke, I kid!  ALWAYS do I love the energy at SNL: the perfect combination of live theater/film/television.  The writers and performers create fearlessly, inspiring hope and possibility.  If I can’t laugh at me, I have no business being in entertainment!  Hope you managed a jolly good laugh!!  One day I hope to REALLY appear on the L!ve show!

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Bad Seed PosterFriday is opening night for a naughty 1950’s play by renowned writer Maxwell Anderson.  ‘Bad Seed’, the last Broadway success before his death, is a devilish mother/daughter tale of secrecy and murders. Anderson wrote numerous plays, and movies including ‘Death Takes a Holiday’, ‘Joan of Arc’, and Hitchcock’s ‘The Wrong Man’.  A masterpiece play, adapted from William March’s long-awaited novel “The Bad Seed”, it ran on  Broadway five months and was later made into two movies.  Studios changed the ending in the first version, because the 1956 audience could not accept such an appalling conclusion where the villain … (no spoilers), and it was nominated for four Academy Awards- including ‘Best Director’ for British Mervyn LeRoy.

Having been asked to audition by the director of this 2014 incarnation, I watched the second, color version of the movie, with David Carradine among the cast, dressed and practiced my best Southern accent, then dutifully showed up to try out for a part. Producer/director, Henry Brewer, immediately offered me the role of the mother and sent me home with a copy of the play.  Mrs. Christine Bravo Penmark is a woman, a character, I strongly did not like.  I was repulsed by her, and because of this intense response, I knew this was going to be a challenge, a good opportunity to stretch me beyond bounds of comfort.  One of her first lines is “I’m not very self-sufficient.”; Completely not me, and this ‘weakness’ is probably what turned me off to start.

Neither of the movies does justice to the play, something is lost even though Anderson is responsible for the screenplay.  Much of the Broadway cast was in the original black and white movie, but I turned it off half-way through supposedly due to a distaste for the acting style of the time, with one exception- the actress who plays Mrs. Daigle- Eileen Heckart, who won a Golden Globe for her performance.  My undertaking thrills and terrifies me, because the part is grande- the tale truly is twisted and violent- and the emotions are quite extreme.  Breathing life into fully experiencing these six days of Christine’s life is well worth all the work.

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Forgive the absence not posting for ages.  I miss many of you, to name only one: Ralph at bluefishway.com, and smile fondly every morning as I reach for rice milk to cool my tea!  Since last posting February/March life has continued, much to do and too few hours in the day, as it tends to be.  For five months beginning the first Thursday of June, I was part of a work-share (I traded two hours of work weeding, planting, shoveling, etc. for an overflowing bag of Fresh produce) on a local organic farm.  “If you like to eat, thank a farmer.”  How many people have even met a farmer? farm girls

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I have also excitingly adopted a puppy two months ago!  He is a lovely runt of a Rottweiler who has brought much love and sleeplessness to my days and nights.  Though I grew up in a household of large dogs, this is the first I am tackling a beast as an adult.  I relish the challenge, love learning and caring for this little, swiftly growing, now 5 month old baby.  Pyriel5M

Nine/ten days ago I deliciously celebrated a birthday.  As a Libra, not knowing much aside from the struggle for balance and ease to which unbalance occurs, indecision is supposedly one of my traits- fitting and most accurate.  When I would decide on a super topic to write about, say a movie worked on this time last year, then insecurity of how exactly to write to fill a word count or if the topic was interesting or chance redundancy or lack of a photo. I vow to do better, because this WordPress family brings me smiles and giggles and much supportive encouragement with genuine interest.  Once advised to post weekly, I felt too much pressure to deliver quality content; hence making a personal adjustment of a goal for once a month- too much space/time was created, not working either.  So, here I go, a new resolution of every ten days, on the 9’s.

Deepest sincere thank yous to all for sticking with me so patiently. Thinking of you frequently!

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