By: Jennifer Rudolph
Pam's journey at AGR began a few years ago. She came to meet with me for a Career Consultation as she felt stuck in her career and wasn't getting seen for the projects she wanted to be seen for. Pam is an actress with solid training and a magnetic presence. When you're around her you can't help but feel good and just want to watch her. The problem was that she wasn't marketing herself effectively and didn't understand how the "marketplace" (casting directors) were seeing her. I clarified that for her and told her she was the "vulnerable, quirky, neurotic, repressed/crazy girl next door who couldn't get it right." She was very 1/2 hour but could also do drama but would have to scale it back a bit for that. I told her to talk to her manager about what we discussed so that they could be on the same page and work together more effectively. She did just that. Pam's goal was to book a Broadway show. She had so much great training and some good regional theater credits but nothing was happening. She wanted to book a zany/emotional deep character in a hit show. I told her that it would take time but to do the next right thing in front of her that aligned with that. Now that we had her type down pat, she would be pitched properly and would manifest what she wanted.
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" - Seneca
Pam auditioned for the Tony Award Winning Broadway show A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER and booked it. She ended up understudying most of the female leads and ended up going on several times. The roles were right in line with the type we lined up. It was a dream come true. While working on GGLAM, Pam reignited a passion project that she co-wrote with her good friend/colleague Todd Almond called PEOPLE LIKE US. They put it up this summer at 54 BELOW. Todd hired director Moritz von Stuelpnagel and Moritz took a liking to Pam's work. Not long after, Moritz got tapped to direct the new play HAND TO GOD which ran Off-Broadway and was going to Broadway. He asked Pam to audition for the show and Pam ended up booking the lead U/S for both the female roles. I saw the show Saturday night and it is going to be a HUGE hit. It's dark, intelligent, hilarious and disturbing. It's Avenue Q meets Book of Mormon with a twist. The role she is destined to play? The EXACT type we layed out. Pam will no doubt get to go on and get the ovation she deserves. This will be the career defining moment for her.
So you see AGR'rs...it's all about knowing your "type", bringing your A Game, forging relationships, following your heart and taking the next right step in front of you.
You can't go wrong.
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