Posted by: nancykenny | February 9, 2011

The Publicist’s Dilemma (Part 4)

Remember how back in Part 2 I briefly touched on the difficulties with being both an actor and a publicist for a show? (No? Well then go click on that link!)

Well, recently, with Little Martyrs, I’ve discovered another issue: even though I am a performer in the show, I don’t want to be interviewed about it. It’s kind of weird, since I love talking about the show, but I feel that when I have my actor hat on, it takes away from my publicist abilities (and vice-versa) because, you know, I only have one head on which to rest my chapeau. So at the well-attended media call for Martyrs, I wanted to take care of the media folk – introduce them to cast and crew, set them up with interviews, make sure they have everything they need, stuff them with cookies, ect – but I had to do all this in an elaborate costume since I was involved in the scene we were presenting (an unavoidable fact as I am in almost every scene). I found it hard to then turn that switch off and be a good actor when what I really wanted to do at the time was make sure the lights were alright and that the cameras were getting all the good angles.

Two days ago, another media outlet asked to “talk to one of the actors” – of course I could have done it myself, but I also had to think bigger – and so I submitted our most popular cast member, who recently sold out a run of her very own less than two weeks ago at the GCTC Undercurrents Festival and whose name would carry more weight than mine – as difficult as that might be to imagine😉

I’m very lucky this time around that I have four other actors, as well as a director whom I can send out in my place. I just wonder what it will be like when I’m the actor, producer & publicist for my own one woman show…

Little Martyrs runs from Feb 9 to 19 in the Ottawa Dance Directive – Studio A


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