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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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Word of the Day: noetic of or pertaining to the mind. http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/archive/2014/03/21.html

NM4L9196 (2)Numerous times have others complimented how clearly I enunciate, and even the hard of hearing appreciate my vocal quality.  One more reason for auditioning to become an audiobook narrator. The four hour (each way) drive from University to my hometown each weekend began a journey as an avid audiobook listener.  “The Three Musketeers”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Fahrenheit 451” were a few of the first listens.  Ever since, ‘talking books’ have been a staple, devouring self-helps/spiritual in times needing guidance, Shakespeare whilst doing dishes, and financial investing books as I dye my hair.

In Los Angeles, I was honored to be a part of Tsunami Radio Theater, a group that recorded independently written stories, and was recognized with the “Rising Star: Hardest Working Actress” award.  Time in the studio with such an amazing crew of gifted voice actors will always remain a fond memory.  This month I focus toward the future, and hope to become a narrator for Audible.  On Tuesday 18 March, I audition in New Jersey and am immensely excited.  You as my WordPress family are consistently supportive and I truly hope to have marvelous news to report soon.

Last year I took a course with Audie (the audiobook equivalent of the Oscars) Award winning narrator Johnny Heller, which is where i learned of this amazing opportunity to audition to be a part of the Amazon team.  The path Life takes is rarely the one envisioned, but when we appreciate the journey and the divine route being guided through all the ‘wants’ and desires, sometimes it is good to realize the right here-right now is enough.  My wants list includes a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and a puppy- those are the items this little self feels would make her happy.  In truth, I am already happy, and thankful to have created this Freedom for myself to take a chance to say “Yes!” to a Life that allows me to work on a schedule that suits me.  Sometimes I wish to be a smidge more focused, but that is just another “want”.  Thank you all for your good vibrations from around the world.  Please accept my gratitude.

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I have not known where to begin.  Multiple events have transpired and yet I remain with simply no clue how to cover them all: a blog for each? is that enough for a whole post by itself? has it been too long? am I suppose to keep-up with “behind the scenes” 411?  Therefore, as I often do (or do-not, to the point) when a perfect, easy solution evades me… I refrain from forward momentum and make mac n’cheese or chicken noodle soup, pondering the options.

"in the booth"

“in the booth”

Let us now begin with “The Million Second Quiz”: exhilarating and balanced by being challenging. A twelve hour LIVE shift made the combo deliciously exhausting.  As a voice over artist, I am experienced recording in a sound studio with only my auditory craftsmanship to carry me.  As a theater performer, LIVE is the name of the game; stepping onto a stage butterflies of possibility propel at the same instant catch your breath.  I could literally trip and fall, forget a line, the other guy could forget his- and there we might be in silence… where do we go from here… and that ‘anything could happen’ truth and connectedness is what feels like a roller coaster we stand on line for hours to share.

Standing-In for Seacrest

Standing-In for Seacrest

The Quiz was unique as a disembodied interactive voice, sans true rehearsals, asking questions LIVE to contestants battling to make it to/stay in “The Money Chair”.  I would speak clearly, and slowly- that was key because the pre-determined random questions handed to me every other hour (I was on for an hour, then an hour to prepare, whilst the other questioner queried contenders) were limited: RUNNING out was simply not an option.  Hence, I repeatedly heard “Slow down” directed in my headset.  Watching online, one could witness the impatience on the faces of would be millionaires as we took time to enunciate every multiple choice answer.  There was a script, and Ryan Seacrest is the one paid to ad-lib.  Eventually the twelve hours overnight shift required jumping jacks around 4 A.M., but the camaraderie of having a seat on such a Great Adventure was an overall blast!

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We are a beautiful breed.

For Beauty we bleed

Our Souls on the page

Knitting words in moments

of Truth unspoken–

haze of day’s rage

when Happiness remembered

Knocks tauntingly

rattling the cage

we somehow choose

to live this life contained

within deception’s brain.

Why does True Beauty bring

Eyes wide and Light Bright

make us squint and close.

Our ears, in the sand combing

onion skins thin cries

cutting o’lives lies

by Lending Honesty

and Listening to LOVE

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Skyline drive

 

golden velvet liquid ripples

become lavender smoke

grows silence pre dark’s crowning

blessing time `s near broke.

keen aim ablaze propels

Nature’s gentle admiration-

profound Magic smiles-

to steady thoughts of calm creation.

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SundanceOn-set, talking with others tends to be easy- the outgoing side of my nature shines, making people laugh and enjoy the energy brought instantly.  However, another part of my nature enjoys quiet time.  Thankfully, when I was blessed with a commercial (turned out to be with J.Lo for Verizon) the energizing upswing was in full force.  I wonder now, if the “diet” I was utilizing (a book by nutritionist Haylie Pomroy) helped push those hormones in the positive direction.  Please, forgive the tangent.

Point being, the commercial paired me with an adorably freckled boy, Cameron, who looked like he could have been my kid.  His actual mom and I hit it off, having a poignant conversation-exactly what my little self needed to hear that day.  (Love those moments in life when you realize what is happening is the best medicine for you, and, truth is every moment IS that best cure.)  Thanks to the guidance of BBR Productions: I offered an exchange of information- handing the lovely mom, Whitney, my business card and we ended up connecting through Facebook.  This was months ago, and yet this week she messaged me: “Hey!!! Can u call me right now!!!!! I might have huge audition for u now!!!!”  Well, with that many exclamation points, I did not delay.

Though I had just crossed the threshold, home from filming on “White Collar”, having woke long before sunrise, I eagerly called her. She told me about a new game-show, “The Million Second Quiz” with Ryan Seacrest, auditioning for a questioner. Her agent had gotten her this opportunity, but she could not commit to a 12 day stretch of 12 hour shifts because she has children.  Two o’clock nap-time postponed, I raced, running in three-inch-wedge-heels to catch the train before departure… then sat waiting as it pulled away from the platform a good three minutes late.  Alas, the important part is I made it, happily in the rain!  It is required for the questioner to have good diction, smooth reading, and to remain confident with unfamiliar words- not providing a “tell”, right or wrong, when reading the answer choices: I got the part.

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