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Working with the cast of Big Love.

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a part of the acting world. For me it started when I watched Wizard of Oz; The second I heard Judy Garland sing I knew I wanted to be just like her. I remember being the shy awkward girl from elementary school to middle school but as soon as I joined drama in high school everything changed for me. When I was in drama, I got the chance to be whoever I wanted to be. One day I could be a princess in an extravagant country and the next day I could be a peasant in the French Revolution.

The fact that I could be anything I wanted and, in turn, build the courage to stand on stage with no fear was the best thing for me.

When I entered college, I was ready to have a fresh start on my acting career. I wasn’t sure what to expect. In my first semester I got to dabble in and learn more techniques about acting that I never knew. Then in my next semester, I actually got to act in a couple performances for high school students and in-class performances. So, when a new director, Chris Cannon, came in I was delighted to see what he had in store for the program.

After Chris took over the first big production, I starred in Zoot Suit. It was a wonderful experience to be a part of that play because it was the first time I was part of a dramatic show. Also, for this production I got to dabble in what it was like to find concepts for actors’ hair and makeup.

Then one day, I think it was Acting 111, the class was helping critique each other’s performances. While I was giving critiques, Chris told me I had an eye for directing. After class I spoke to Chris about directing. He then asked me if I would be interested in directing for our next production of American Soldiers. I was delighted to join Chris on this journey; Although at first I was nervous and didn’t think I could do it. The summer leading up to production I was worried that I wasn’t able to live up to what Chris expected of me. When Soldiers came by I was excited to try this new aspect of my life and I’m happy I did it. It was one of my best experiences.

Directing is my favorite part because you get to see an actor start from nothing and then create a wonderful character with such depth.

While directing you get to envision these beautiful scenes in your head. After Soliders, I kept on with technical production but as I was getting ready to transfer I starting to doubt if directing was something I really want to purse. It wasn’t until I heard our next production would be Big Love, I thought it would be a smart idea for myself to get more experience as a director. When coming into Big Love as the Director’s Apprentice, I knew this time everything would be different. I wasn’t going in there with no knowledge, I was going in there with experience which made everything even harder on me.
During the production of Big Love, I learned more methods about directing but at the same time I still had doubt in my mind. But, as I saw each actor change, notonly as a characters but as people, I truly knew that this is what I wanted to do. The biggest thing I learned from Big Love was to let go and be real to who you are and I saw that in each actor. The time that I got to actually work on a scene or a character was amazing because I got to witness everybody’s commitment.

Directing is one of the most amazing things for me as it helps me be creative and at the same time I get to change people’s lives.

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During the production of Big Love, I learned more methods about directing but at the same time I still had doubt in my mind. But, as I saw each actor change, notonly as a characters but as people, I truly knew that this is what I wanted to do. The biggest thing I learned from Big Love was to let go and be real to who you are and I saw that in each actor. The time that I got to actually work on a scene or a character was amazing because I got to witness everybody’s commitment. Directing is one of the most amazing things for me as it helps me be creative and at the same time I get to change people’s lives.

So, how ‘bout you? Have you ever had something you knew you must pursue, but still doubted yourself at the same time?

Let me hear your story,

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Ally Woo

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