12 April 2013

My Former Career

In my past life, I had a career somewhat different than my current career as a wife/cosmetology student/blogger. (note: In my world, 'career' doesn't necessarily mean that you make money. That's simply because I rarely make money from anything I do.)

In my past life, I was a drama nerd. Actress. Theater geek. Call it what you will, but I was on the stage at any and every possible opportunity. And I loved it. The weeks of rehearsals, memorizing lines, stage makeup and listening from behind the curtains for your cue--that was my life.
To prove it to you, I took pictures of pictures. You're so welcome.

13 years old. I played "Secretary to the Devil" in our church's skit to the Carmen song "The Courtroom." Obviously, I thought I was pretty cool.

 15 years old. I played a straight-A high school student who finds herself assigned to be principal for the day when all of the school administration is called away suddenly.

 15 years old. Duchess Gloriana in "The Mouse that Roared." Decides to declare war against the United States of America, and, through a bizarre series of events, wins the war!

 16 years old. I played a bratty, ditzy cheerleader in "Baggage Claim." As if you couldn't tell by that stance.

 16 years old. I won first place at the Southeast Asia Forensics Tournament in the category of "Solo Acting" for my portrayal of Olga Vetrow, a passionate drama teacher. The most memorable comment that the judges left me was, "I really thought you were a cow." (referencing the fact that I spent part of the skit down on my hands and knees mooing and thereby teaching my students what it means to be a cow.)

 17 years old. My friends and I put together a little talk show that aired on our college's television channel. I swear, I didn't fall asleep. Fun fact: Angel joined the cast of the show in order to spend more time with me.

 17 years old. I played the wife of that guy. This role was somewhat controversial, as he not only put his arm around me, over the course of the play he kissed me on the head and we slowdanced. After the play I had to forcibly keep my Mom from finding my costar and giving him a good talking-to.

One role that I wish I had record of was also from college days. I was in a student film, the plot of which was that I was a very evil woman who asked a guy out on a first date to the restaurant owned by her ex-boyfriend. Chaos ensued. It was hilarious.

Obviously, I don't necessarily go for roles with great depth, and I don't limit my acting participation only to plays which fully classify as works of art. I'm just happy for any opportunity to dress up in a costume and be silly in front of a large crowd.

Hmmmm...maybe that's why I like blogging so much....

Anyways, I'll end today's post with a video of my one and only paid acting job, the culmination of my career. I acted as if I were a happy, fun-loving college student in a commercial for my college, and hey--for $8 an hour plus food, I sure wouldn't mind doing that for the rest of my life! 

Were any of you high school or college theater geeks?

Calvin Students' Fall Day from Calvin College on Vimeo.
SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I wasn't, but my husband was in some plays in high school (we went to the same high school). I could never get up on stage, I'm not built for the spotlight!

Veronica Lee Burns said...

haha these are some great pictures!
I will never being on stage... not my thing. I sit in the audience and that's my role. I'm sure of it!

Unknown said...

YES. Theatre was my life growing up, especially with moving a lot it became the one thing I could do anywhere. Then I went to Uni and majored in Theatre, which is how I met my husband. Theatre is also how i started going to cosmetology school because i was doing so much hair and makeup for shows and in classes i thought it would be a better idea than an expensive theatre degree.

Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose

Angi said...

Ah that's so cool! I've always loved drama but I was WAYYYY too shy in high school to ever actually be involved, haha.

Cate @ Wild Ruffle said...

I was totally a theater geek in my youth! So fun to learn this about you.:)

Unknown said...

I was a theater geek back in the days as well. It died in high school though. That's fun that you were in a commercial!

Janna Renee said...

I was in the Drama club and class for four years in high school! I tried to play back stage rolls like set design and costumes, but it was fun! I should see if I can find old photos ;) You are striking on stage!

from prosecco to plaid said...

Loved theater in school! Great photos. xo, Julie

Julia P F said...

You've got "sassy" down! What fun!

Suzanne said...

That is so cool you were in a commercial! Plus it looks like all you had to do was have fun : )

I was never in theatre in high school or university. It took too much time away from boys. LOL


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