Of course, too often we don't follow up on the plans we make at age ten, even when we know they represent more than the proverbial passing fancy. But when one proves very capable in academics, a chorus develops comprised of teachers, guidance counselors, etc. whose voices together raise in a chant of "become a doctor, lawyer, rocket scientist -- you know something worthwhile." In any case, it seemed nothing in the arts could possibly represent a respectable occupation. And someone graduating a year early with a class rank of #1 is the last person who should want to throw her life away on art. After all, it's the duty of such people to make a difference in the world.
Well, at least that make a difference thing was something that we all agreed on. And, finally, several years after finishing high school, I finally decided that the arts were indeed my way to make a difference after all. As a result I enrolled in an acting class, and then another...and another...
Below (clockwise, from
left): Horatio -- John Armstrong,
As my first thoughts of acting had centered around film, I was most anxious to give this medium a try. Thanks to a tip I received in one of my acting classes about upcoming auditions for a feature being shot in the Reading, PA area, I showed up for an open call and was astonished to land a speaking role my very first time out. Entitled The Ballad of Susanna Cox, the film is an historical tale dealing with the injustice practiced upon an indentured servant in the early 1800's. A fascinating piece and another wonderful experience.
Ultimately, I've gone on to embrace writing as a far more "active" pursuit than acting, though I continue to tremendously appreciate the latter art, not to mention plays and films as complete works. In fact, one of my proudest projects is a screenplay entitled, Taking the Fall (Bad Kitty Films screenplay competition quarter-finalist/Key West Indie Fest 2005 Screenplay Winner) for which I also wrote all the lyrics to the soundtrack.