Saturday, January 31, 2015

Opening Yourself To Others

I found myself really inspired by one element of the movie WILD. Reese Witherspoon’s character, Cheryl, tackles the Pacific Crest Trail by herself and as time goes on she gets farther and farther away from civilization. There are so few moments that she sees another person that when she finally does see someone, her needs are so great that all fear is put aside for the necessity of getting someone’s help.

Example: Needing food and a shower so badly that she got into the car of a strange man and rather than flee when she got nervous, she simply lied about having a husband on the trail ahead of her. Her survival instinct forced her to create community when all signs pointed to getting the heck out of there.

SPOILER ALERT (do not read if you plan to see the movie)

What’s possible when opening yourself up, against all odds, is connecting with your fellow human being - even if only for a moment. Cheryl is initially terrified that he’ll take advantage of her - a pre-judgment we’re all accustomed to heeding. Instead, he takes her to his home and his wife makes her a home cooked meal. This possibility of community kept being created time and time again, and it was beautiful to watch.

Obviously I know this can be somewhat idealistic - bad things happen in the world from which our defenses rightly protect us. But what’s missing from our world of devices and instant news is relatedness. - true relatedness, not just the kind where we’re aware of something but when we actually experience it.

I’m noticing that I’m only participating in the world at its periphery rather than jumping right in. I don’t know yet exactly how I want to address this issue, but I’ve uncovered a “blind spot” I didn’t know I had and the discovery has really been fascinating.

What about you? What do you think about your connection to your community? Leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Plays/Musicals 2015 - Read, Watched and Performed

My friend Amy Jo keeps a rather detailed list of shows she sees each year, and it seems like such an awesome snapshot journal of culture, time and artistic identity. I've decided to create two lists that I'll add to all year - Play/Musicals/Performances and Movies.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the titles listed below were read rather than performed or watched.

January 2015
RUMORS by Neil Simon (reading/performed)
*RAGTIME (musical reading/performed)
*OTHELLO by Shakespeare (reading/performed)
THE DIVINERS by Jim Leonard Jr (reading/performed)
The Salon Open Mic Cabaret (show/performed) - 1/4/15, 1/18/25, 1/25/15
GIDION'S KNOT by Johnna Adams

What plays/musicals should I add to my list? Leave a comment and I'll add it to my list!

Erin  :)



Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Movie Tally - 2015

My friend Amy Jo keeps a rather detailed list of shows she sees each year, and it seems like such an awesome snapshot journal of culture, time and artistic identity. I've decided to create two lists that I'll add to all year - movies and plays/musicals/performances. (Favorites are marked by an asterisk.)

Note: The list below only includes movies being seen for the first time (I have re-watched many more!)

February 2015
Her
Rumor Has It
Being Flynn
Non Stop

January 2015
To Be Takei (doc)
Living on a Dollar (doc)
*Still Alice
Chef
Frozen
About Time
*The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
*Boyhood
Birdman
Wild
Grand Budapest Hotel


What movie(s) do you think I should be watching? Leave a comment and I'll add it to my list!

Erin  :)


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.


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