Moving right along in 2021!


Thrilled we've finally entered a new year!!  Albeit, it's been a rocky start, but I'm going to remain hopeful that things will look up once we get more of these vaccines out.

It's been a little slow with audiobooks recently, so I ventured into volunteering for Learning Ally.  They assigned me a doozy of an audiobook: City Spies by James Ponti.  It's got me flexing my Australian, Scottish, British RP, French and a wee bit of Russian accents.  It's been a blast to escape the world into this adventurous kid's spy book and it's been a fantastic way to keep my skills sharp!

Also, this month, I was happy to get some work doing some live-acting over zoom in a couple of mock trials for Loyola University, portraying some witnesses for 1st year lawyers and law students.

I believe new work will pop up soon, so I am trying to remember to enjoy this downtime and keep the anxiety at bay, as it always comes and goes in waves.


Here are a few things I was up to over the past pandemic year:

New Website!!  

I added short video clips and am featuring new Audiobooks on my homepage.  Narration is becoming as much a part of me as theatre/film.  I've been working with the non-fiction/business guru, Sean Pratt, a title completely befitting of him; glad to have finally made this commitment.

In October, to keep my self-tape and live acting skills sharp, I took an AMAZING class with The Forge  working with casting directors around the country, as well as a couple of Chicago casting directors I’ve never met.  Cannot say enough good things about it!

I’ve been grateful to SAG-AFTRA for providing some terrific online classes through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Locally, the SAG-AFTRA Chicago Kaufherr Center, along with The Acting Studio Chicago has had BRILLIANT  webinars interviewing our Chicago casting directors, creative artists and administrators in the industry.  I hope all Chicago actors have been taking advantage of as many of these as they can!

I might cry when I finally see industry friends in the flesh again. So if there happens to be an in-person job soon, hopefully that red-puffy-eyed look will fit my character.

Hoping this finds you safe and calmly chugging your favorite beverage~AmyJ

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