Call me crazy. Yeah, I probably am. Juggling the roles of wife, mother, actor, and more is not for the weak of heart. But I'm not complaining! I've worked very hard for a long time to get to this point. I love my family, I love my work. Not only am I the swing for all six women in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at the Walter Kerr Theatre, having performed one third of the entire run (that's a lot, in case you were wondering!), as well as a professional makeup artist, my most recent adventure is putting together an original show at 54 Below. It is a song cycle of fifteen songs, playing three different characters. Because, why not make life a little more challenging?
Here is what my average week looks like:
7:00am: I have the luxury of sleeping until 7am most mornings. My four-year-old and husband are awake by 6am, and let me sleep the extra hour until my husband has to leave the house for work. When that happens, it's mommy time.
7:00-8:00am: Feed the child, wash the child, dress the child, snuggle the child. Make myself somewhat presentable to get him to pre-K.
8:15-9:00am: Sometimes I get to fall into bed for another hour, but most mornings this is when I get ready for the day.
9:30am-5:00pm: Once a week, I continue my work as the key makeup artist with celebrity photographer Jordan Matter, which I have done for the past eight years now. Since I'm in a show, I only have Tuesdays free to work with him, so I get two to three photo shoots in between.
9:30am-4:30pm: Most actors have other things they do to support themselves outside of acting — makeup artistry has been my saving grace. The other days I have scheduled rehearsals for the 54 Show, for three to four hours in the afternoon. Of course, auditions come into play every once in a while making my schedule even tighter. But it's the business, right? Better to have auditions than not! If i'm lucky, I'll get to run home and pick up my son from school.
On Fridays, we have understudy rehearsal from 1:00-5:00pm. Each week, I play one of the six different characters I cover, and usually, do multiple tracks in one rehearsal. I have had my share of my brain feeling like scrambled egg, but it has been a year now, so I feel like I have a handle on what I'm doing. Even so, swinging is hard!
5:30pm: Head to the theater! Good thing I live relatively close. As I write this, I'm sitting in my dressing room, preparing for tonight's show where I will be playing Sibella, one of the best female characters ever written in musical theater! I'm a lucky girl.
11:00pm: Home sweet home. My husband is usually awake for a little while longer, so we get to spend just a bit of time together, catching up on our days. Frankly, I'm usually so tired by this point I get into my pajamas first before sitting down with him!
I love Sunday and Monday evenings, when I get to be home for dinner with my boys, and am able to tuck my little guy into bed. Although this Sunday and Monday evening I will be in dress rehearsal and then performance for Hat, Hat, Chapeau, my show at 54 Below!
I cherish these times together and have to constantly remind myself that I won't be this busy forever. I'll be getting my Sundays and Mondays back after this week.
Many women in our industry ask me, "how are you doing it all?" and think I have somehow found the answer. The answer is…I have no idea. I'm just winging it, hoping I don't mess up anything too badly. It is a constant balancing act, and not easy. Sometimes I get sick. And I definitely get tired. But if my worst complaint is that I have too many amazing things in my life, I think I'll just have to suck it up and constantly count my blessings. Blessings, indeed.
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