I had a hard time motivating myself to leave my house this morning. I woke up later than usual, I took longer than usual to get ready for work, and instead of heading to my office I convinced my roommate that we should go downstairs and get coffee. It took me three trips from the elevator to my front door and back again before my feet hit the pavement.
Unfortunately, and this is not the first time this has happened, my iPod was dead. I forgot to charge it last night again! An iPod is like a weapon on the streets of DTLA. When I want to ignore people [or pretend like I’m not eavesdropping on conversations] I put my headphones on and try to get lost in the music. Time and again, though, I must employ my acting skills because I have no juice in the iPod battery.
What I’ve learned from my actor friends is you must stay in character at all times. My character today was “girl walking to work listening to music.” That means I can’t acknowledge other people when they are making comments in my direction, I can’t respond to questions, and I must maintain a somewhat glazed and contemplative look as I walk down the street as though I am already running late.
What I’ve also learned is that I’m a bad actor. Continue reading