Currently on the Broadway Tour of Cinderella as the Evil Stepmother, Beth received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi. She was hired by CNN in Atlanta and later transferred to their offices in New York where she worked while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In the following years she learned it ain’t all 5-star hotels; sometimes it’s no-star hotels, but it’s the work that matters. Beth makes it a point that if a director pulls you off to the side for a note or for a tip, then it means that they see something in you. They want you to improve and are looking to talk to you again. You must also be tenacious, if you see something you like that another actor, ask them what they are doing to put themselves on their level.
The advice that Beth would give to aspiring actors is that you must subdue all of your fears and that you must make a good relationship with every single person you work with. You are always investing in yourself and investing in the people in the room. It doesn’t matter if the person is dismissive, you must make sure you greet them and remind them of you, but also move out of their way quickly.
“The show business is the one career that there is no set path, you can choose your own path.”
In This Episode:
2:20- Were you acting while working for CNN?
4:07- How did you get into school at AADA after working for CNN?
7:45- What was the AADA program like? Beth talks a little more on her story of how she got her first start right from graduation.
12:08- What were the thoughts in your head when getting your dream job? Was this all you had in mind?
13:57- Do you think that one should invest into four years of study at university? Or would this time be better spent by going out there and just auditioning?
18:34- You say that the life of a professional is all about the work that matters, can talk a little bit more about this please?
21:04- How do you get each of these show and tour opportunities one after another?
24:03- What is the lifestyle of touring like?
25:47- When and how did you get into your regional theatre credits?
27:56- Beth and Eryn talk a little bit about her dialects and accents, and even demonstrate some for us!
29:36- How is the training and the acting in soap operas different from the usual?
31:06- How is camera work and stage work different?
33:02- Where did you get your film training from?
35:26- Beth talks about her sketch comedy experience and the components of that field.
36:42- In a few productions you have been in, you have understudied some roles. What was the preparation for the understudy like?
38:05- How are you able to keep a steady schedule and having to balance out all that you have on your plate?
40:20- Do you have any additional advice that you would like to give aspiring young actors?