It's the first day of my commercial acting workshop. I am late and nervous.
I check my teeth and hair, but when I try to push open the door to
the room, it won't open. I see the teacher sitting on her desk, she
glances over at me. I wave but she continues talking to the class.
Wow, she must really dislike tardiness, I think to myself. I push
on the door and knock again.
"Is this the commercial acting class?" I ask.
There is a look of confusion on her face and she looks away.
A change of energy and rustling takes place inside the room.
Finally a young woman walks to the door, turns the knob and pushes
the door towards ME.
Oh my god. I never even bothered PULLING the door!
I walked into that room so embarrassed and tried so hard to regain
my dignity despite a few amused looks.
I like it. It is challenging. I am not a good actor and I feel
so vulnerable putting myself out in front of people like that.
But that is what I enjoy about the class. I love trying new
things and placing myself outside of my comfort zone. I get
a kick out of the improv part of the class. I can be as wild
and silly as I want.
The teacher is an older, tall, blond, ultra-skinny woman who
wears heavy eye makeup. There is a strange glamour to her.
She wore a butterfly in her hair and has a light brown, curly
haired dog named Pancake. When I first saw her, I wasn't so
sure that I was going to like her. But her teaching method
won me over. She puts her students at ease and pushes us
without hurting us.
She is also a former Doublemint Twin. One of the cute blond
long haired girls back in the 70's. I'm pretty impressed
by that little tidbit.