We are happy to welcome guest celebrity blogger Afton C. Williamson, who plays Susan in the new David Mamet drama Race at the Barrymore Theatre. Williamson, who has also been seen on Broadway in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, will blog for Playbill.com all week; her third entry follows:
So today is Wednesday, which means: two-show day! My Wednesdays are always pretty busy, but today is gonna be a marathon of sorts because I have to get a quick workout in here at the apartment (no time to hit the gym) then head to the show for the matinee, then in between shows, I have to head down to my manager's office to put an audition on tape, then back to the theatre for the evening show! WHEW! I'm exhausted just talking about it
I am also going in for another audition tomorrow, in addition to the one I already had lined up for Thursday, so tonight will be a long night of preparation and memorization for sure! It can be a little overwhelming when appointments start to pile up like that, especially because I have eight shows a week and like to be as prepared and familiar as possible with each individual audition. When I start to feel the pressure, I always make sure I do a li'l yoga that day on top of whatever workout combo I have scheduled. It really forces me to breathe and take time to concentrate solely on breath. It is such a huge help with super-busy days because I get off the mat in tune with all the positive aspects of my day and all the negative stress that seemed so overwhelming gets pushed aside. Plus, at the end of the day, it is such a blessing to have opportunities to audition, especially during the summer months, So I am not complainin'. The more on my plate, the better. I find that staying busy keeps me focused and driven. I just have to always maintain a healthy balance (working out really helps!) and get the work done.
So, I'm packing my bag for the entire day, which can a get a bit heavy on days like this, and preparing to head on out and conquer this heat! Did I mention, the "cool break" is indeed over, it's hot! Here goes nothin'. Ttyl!
Afton C. Williamson