Much has happened these past several days, so I'll take a moment to summarize each event rather than post individual entries for each.

  • As you've read, the Chichester Psalms with the Choir of St. George's Chapel went very well.
  • I was invited to audition for a principal role in the new dramatic thriller The Box. I did my research, preparation and practice. I arrived about 15 minutes prior to my audition time, but I could tell things were running a bit behind. So I waited patiently until I was called. there were three of us at the end, and all were auditioning for the same role. The woman called in prior to me was in the audition room for about 7 minutes. I can only assume she was given direction and may have had some questions about the side. I was up next. The casting director offered me a run-through, but after brief consideration I declined saying, "No. Let's just do it and see what happens." So, I was slated, I performed, and then it was done. The CD commented, "That was...great. Thank you." I was in the room for, perhaps, 90 seconds. The woman auditioning after me said, "Wow. That was short!" She was correct. I feel confident in the audition I gave and that I appeared professional, personable and relaxed. Now, I hope for a callback!
  • Over the weekend, I was Assistant Director for a short film tentatively titled "Fate Scores". The process could not have gone any more smoothly. The producer was excellent, the talent was professional and patient, the weather could not have been more beautiful or more cooperative, and the cinematographer knew what he was doing. I think the end product will be interesting to watch and beautiful to look at. More information on this film will be presented here and at aleciabatson.com as it becomes available.
  • My myspace page is finally up and running. If you'd like to befriend me, please do so!
Happy Halloween, everyone! Trick-or-treat safely!


This is my box

I've just accepted an audition tomorrow for a principal role in a new film entitled The Box. I believe it may be a dramatic thriller. The side I've been assigned is brief but seems to hold an important piece of information. As excited as I am about this opportunity, I'm doing my best to keep my head focused, and my research and practice practical. My goals for tomorrow are fourfold: I'll be professional. I'll be confident. I'll be the character. I'll be myself. All of my eggs are not in this basket.

Or this box.


Umah nayim

Yesterday's performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms went well! The choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle is quite good, very professional, yet very down to earth, which is refreshing. They produce a beautiful, unified choral sound, as well they should considering they sing for the Queen nearly daily. In addition to the Psalms, the Chapel choir performed four other selections as part of the prelude, which were appropriately Anglican in nature.

Oh, and the soloists weren't so bad, either. In fact, we all received kind and complimentary comments from audience members.


Something's afoot

As some of you know, I used to model shoes for shows quite regularly. I also did some print work now and then. However, as my career has evolved, shoes fell out of the picture, at least for a little while.

Yesterday, I received word that one of the shoe companies would like to work with me again. How fun! Tres chic! There is a shoe show coming up in a few weeks for which I'll be modeling various shoes and possibly clothing. (Is it open public? No. It's only for buyers in the shoe industry. Sorry.) The bad news? I completely stubbed my toe last evening. Blood, a broken nail, the works. Fortunately, I've got about five weeks to get my feet in first-rate condition. Just call me twinkletoes!


Hine ma tov!

I just got back into town after a brief trip to the Live Music Capital of the World and... exciting news! I'll be singing the soprano solo in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at Boston's historic Old South Church. Even more exciting is the fact that the featured ensemble will be the choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Friends Harry, Owen and Rebecca will be rounding out the quartet in the third movement.

(Some of you may not know that my professional performance career began at age five as a soloist in an oratorio for children. From there I went on to sing with myriad ensembles and earn two degrees in singing. Voice over, film and TV were additions to the portfolio as time went on.)

Are you interested in learning more? Want to attend the performance? Feel free to visit aleciabatson.com for all the details! I'd love to see you there.


No news is good news

Though I've had some tremendous audition opportunities in recent weeks, none of them have panned out for me. Perhaps I have not looked as the client wants. Perhaps I have not performed exactly as the client desired. Perhaps I haven't been in top form. Perhaps I wasn't in "the right place at the right time". Whatever the case may be, not working as often has afforded me time to review my skills and talents to determine how I can further improve myself.

I think people--and, in particular, non-performers--may not realize that utilizing a talent requires talent maintenance. Just as non-runners would not awake one morning declaring, "I'm going to run a marathon today!", actors, singers, painters, sculptors, writers, dancers and other talented people must actively maintain their "talent muscle" by exercising it daily and looking for new and creative ways with which to use it. We must always be available to use our skills sets in new and different ways, and not be surprised when asked to do something unusual.

Knowing that my primary skills are classical singing, dramatic acting, foreign languages and voice over, developing a methodology through which I can elevate my standard of performance is key. Creating new outlets through which I can display my skills may be beneficial, and finding a mentor off which new ideas may be bounced could provide a profitable constant.

As the Scout motto states, "Be prepared", and that I aim to be. Though I may not be working, I am definitely improving. See? No news can be good news.