There comes a time in each actors career when they have to make a change. Very similar to that MJ song, "gonna make a change, nanananananana." This time I AM talking about the man in the mirror. Here's the change: I've mentioned before that my roommate and I are planning on moving to LA in June - I'm also going to apply to grad school. Most of the auditions are in January. So I'm going to apply to yale, NYU and maybe Calarts. Why not? I don't have to go if I get in, and I've already said that my career needs a bit of a shock to the system.
There's also a trip to LA that my favorite networking studio is doing in January, meeting agents and casting people and so on, that would go down the weekend before the NYU audition, assuming I'm granted one. So I'd be fully exploring both options within the course of a week. As soon as I settled on this decision last week I felt a wave of calm come over me. Seriously, it was weird. Simultaneously I think I'm more comfortable owning my actor-ness than I ever have been. I've come to a peace with it. It's just what I do. That's it.
So November is my grad school application month, I'll fill them all out, pick my monologues, and let you all in on the process. Hell, I'll even videotape my rehearsals and let you guys watch them. Why not? Whatever happens, a lot is going to change over the next year, and I can't wait. I'll bring you all along for the ride.
-- Shawn Dempewolff