by Ellen Keith
A Day in the Life of an ActressNovember 12, 2012 No Comments »
6:00 am—alarm goes off, turn it off, go back to sleep
6:30 am—second alarm goes off, hit snooze, go back to sleep
6:45 am—third alarm goes off, turn it off, get out of bed
6:45-7:00 am—get dressed/ready for school
7:00-7:10 am—eat breakfast
7:15 am—drive to school
8:00 am- 2:18 pm—go to classes
2:30- 4:00 pm—drivers education
4:00-5:30 pm—go out and eat dinner with cast mates
6:00 pm—call time
6:00- 7:00pm—frantically get into costume, make-up, hair, and warm up for the performance.
7:00-7:30pm—traditions with the cast and crew in the back of the theatre
7:35pm—the show begins.
I step on stage and time stops. I step into the lights and for the next hour and a half I’m no longer Ellen Keith—secretary of the junior class—I’m Cookie Cusack, an older woman who’s oblivious to her surroundings and plagued with a chronic back spasm. I’m a chief with a loving husband and high class friends who got themselves stuck in a sticky situation.
The worries of a 17 year old high school girl are all but gone from my mind and I worry about the police walking up to the door and how in the world I’m going to cover up an attempted suicide.
The day in the life of an actress isn’t particularly extraordinary; I wake up, go to school, do my homework, eat, and hang out with friends. However, the moment I begin to prepare myself for a performance, my day transforms from the boring routine it normally is into an excitement that allows me to know I’ll be up on stage, doing what I love, for an immeasurable amount of time. And when it ends, I know I’ll be able to do it all over again tomorrow.