Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Patricia Heaton on acting
Last month I was driving to rehearsal and listening to the radio. Our local NPR station, WCPN, has an interview show called "Around Noon" devoted to arts and entertainment that was on.
The show I listened to was a re-broadcast of a television interview with a local Cleveland audience by NPR host, Scott Simon with actress Patricia Heaton. I knew she was a television actress ("Everybody Loves Raymond", "The Middle"), but I had never seen either of these shows. She's from Bay Village (on the west side of Cleveland), so I thought she might tell some good stories with local interest so I listened.
In fact, much of the interview is devoted to her talking about the tough early days of her career before she hit it big on television. She has lots of wise observations about acting, auditioning, and life that a young musician taking auditions can learn from.
Here is a link to the mp3 of the show.
You can listen to the whole thing (about 53 minutes long) or start in about 10 minutes where she begins to talk about her career.
I found it very trenchant and filled with good advice for young artists.
If you listen, let me know what you think! It's informative and entertaining.