Living the Dream Podcast # 1
Elena Araoz, Part One
When I was in college studying acting, we were told that there was a tried and true path to being a working actor. A path every actor worth respecting has trodden.
Now that I’ve taught acting for fifteen years, and watched the whole business utterly transform in the wake of all sorts of new developments, I’m wondering if that path we were told about in college still exists.
That’s the purpose of this podcast series. Over the next year, I am going to interview actors from all over. I am asking all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. How are actors faring as the business both widens its spectrum but also narrows the amount of available work? How did their training help prepare them for each and every day?
In this episode: Elena Araoz, part one.
She’s an actress and director based in New York City. As an actress, she has appeared on television, in film, and in theatre Off-Broadway and around the country. As a director, she has worked internationally, Off-Broadway, and regionally for both theatre and opera. Some of her favorite projects have included directing in Beijing, Prague, New York City Opera, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Women's Project Theatre. And she teaches, too. If you think you’re firing on all your creative cylinders, you haven’t yet met Elena.
Theme song: by Chris Martel & Ben Patey.