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You’re Better Off If Your House Burns Down

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It’s the lingering that kills you. Or kills me. I just want to know, is it Yes or is it No?

Is it done? Is it over?

Just tell me.

I hate not knowing.

I do a pretty good job of walking out of auditions and not letting my mind linger on will I get it or won’t I. My mind and spirit have reached a good place when it comes to auditions, not so about projects that I’m already attached to. Once I’ve got real skin in the game, I want to know:

Is this thing happening?

There are two podcasts I’m recommending today. I’ve enjoyed both for a long time, but yesterday—listening to them both back-to-back on a north-bound A train after getting some kinda-bad news, they were really helpful. And comforting. Because they reminded me I’m not alone in either my experience or my disappointment and sadness in the death of a project. 

The news I got was not unexpected. That’s where my first recommendation comes in:

Martini Shot from KCRW Radio

Martini Shot is a weekly short-form segment—available as a podcast—hosted by writer and television producer Rob Long. It is—as its tagline states—a wry take on real life in Hollywood. 

It is always funny. It is often directly applicable to life in theatre, particularly commercial theatre. 

In this week’s episode… Well, here’s Rob:

This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the best way to stay enthusiastic and creative and energized in the entertainment business, and that’s to have your show canceled and need to come up with something new.

Takeaway #1 : You always know. Really.

Takeaway #2 : You’re better off knowing, or…

Why you want that house to burn down to the ground.

Head here to give Rob a listen.

The second podcast I’m recommending is:

The Ensemblist

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I don’t know why you are not already listening to this podcast if you are not already listening to this podcast. 

I just don’t. 

Fix that. 

Listen and read. 

I mean it.

The Ensemblist team have been on podcasting hiatus for four months but their website and blog have been super busy during that time and now they’re starting to release some of those blog entries in audio form. 

Very, very smart.

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The first of these includes a really wonderful account of what it feels like when one job ends and you don’t have anything lined up.

It’s by Aaron J. Albano, who I had the pleasure of working with at Cats.

His is the first segment of Episode #107: This Spring On Broadway. 

Aaron really nailed this topic.

You can read it here, or give it a listen here

I’m trying to bring my audition zen to rest of my work life. It is a process. 

It is all a process.


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Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.

Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.

Full bio hereTeaching resume here.