This year has been a busy one for me. So when things slow down, sometimes I get a little depressed or think I am, all the sudden, lacking talent or beauty. Yes, I may be know as “Mama DiMarco” in my community, always cheerful and helpful…but I am not perfect. So when I get in those slumps, I start being even more proactive. What auditions are out there? Large or small parts. Are there any features or student films going on? And/or I start creating my own projects, writing, directing or producing. So I was pretty down a few weeks ago, and I found a small role in a feature coming to Neah Bay, Washington. I submitted myself, a video audition which was only a couple pages. I thought nothing would come of it…then I got the call from the Director and he wanted to cast me! This indie feature, small cameo role, shoestring budget, took me to Neah Bay for 2 days of filming and has become the most incredible filming experience in my life to date. We filmed for 6 hours on the OCEAN! We had whales swimming alongside us, we took the boat into caves, coves and under cliffs. On land, we filmed in hidden bunkers, were 4-wheeled into shooting locations and our cabins were on the ocean shore. THIS is what they mean when they say “there are no small parts, only small actors”. Many actors may have looked this role by. Many actors may have wanted more pay or not want to do an “indie feature”. But we need to keep honing our craft and what better way then by DOING and BEING. On top of all that, my director even threw a curveball my way and asked if I could add one of my dialects to the role. So I let him hear what was in my accent arsenal and we went with British. We wrapped yesterday and now I am back home still smiling ear to ear. Keep your eyes peeled for Lydia, the British Scientist in Legends from the Sky, a UFO Native Thriller.
From the outside in, it is always easy to assume how one is doing. I have had a busy and blessed year so far. I have an incredible husband, loving family and mighty friends. But all of that being said, the past few years have been some of the hardest years in my personal life.
In our careers, as actors, we see each other at events and always ask “How are you? What are you doing?” People want the answer to the first question to be “I’m GREAT!” As for the second question…well, it’s sometimes genuine or loaded with a deeper subtext. I feel we tend to tell each other “I’m GREAT!” because that is easier, because that is what we may feel is expected, or needed…
I have very few really close friends, those I would tell anything to. This is my choice, since, as an Actor, so much of our lives are public. I am blessed to have a huge group of good friends, who I talk to, play with and love dearly. And then there is the amazing Theatre and Film community full of people I know and admire.
But I wanted to post because I was recently asked “how are you?” Before I quickly responded with “I’m GREAT!” I looked at them a moment and asked “Do you want the truth?”…they said they did and I started to cry, and I started to share, and I felt free.
This was not one of my closest friends, or even a friend I see often, this is someone in my life, who in that moment, really did want to know how I was. It is moments like these that make me think, and feel. It is moments like these that remind me, when we are truthful with our emotions, we experience an amazing freedom.
I know how easy it is to put on that mask, to smile and nod and move forward in life. But if we all took off our masks, never assumed, and let go…I imagine us all exhaling for the first time, together.
So, I really want to know…How are you?
I started acting at a very young age. Growing up extremely poor, my mom worked 3 to 4 odd jobs and my big sister and I would have to entertain ourselves. I often would do impersonations to make my sister laugh; I love to make people laugh. My favorites were Robin Leach, Hulk Hogan and Pee Wee Herman. One day I was spotted by a talent agent, as I was dancing around doing my Pee Wee act in a shop. The agent approached my mom…the rest is herstory.
I’m writing today because I find that I am constantly learning, honing my craft and expressing more and more of my own life through my art. I get lost in each role, whether it’s on stage or screen. Recently I was asked “Why did you quit doing Theatre?” This person knew I had just wrapped the feature film The Device. I replied “I didn’t quit Theatre!! I just came off of doing The Foreigner at Village”…Rewind to 2013, I’m on stage as Gabriella in Boeing Boeing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. After the show, I see a friend of mine and they ask “So you’re not doing film anymore?”…
After my last show, I did think about taking a “break” from the stage and throwing myself deeper into film work. I auditioned a ton, networked even more and I’m now slated to do three more films this year! But then some amazing Theatre opportunities crossed my artistic path and my heart swelled with excitement. How can I pass these up? So I am diving into those opportunities as well.
I am an ACTOR. I am not just one thing, film actor or stage actor. I am an ARTIST. For the past 30 years I have continued to hone my craft, train with professionals and learn from each project I do. I am a STORYTELLER. Each person I have become on stage or in film has become a part of me. Each time I get to BE in those moments, telling each story, I forever change and grow.
I understand why people may ask me if I have left one medium or the other. A show can take 3 months or more of your life in the Theatre. A film can shoot for 15 to 45 days, then hits festivals, sales, theatrical release and more. But know that I could never walk away from either of these platforms that I love. I also know that saying no to great opportunities, great scripts, is silly. An Actor shouldn’t shut those doors that are opened to them.
As a teacher, and head of the Youth Division at our company, Mighty Tripod Productions, I tell my students, every audition is a job, every gig is an opportunity, and every day is your own. As Artists, we should stay on the path that we love, a path that inspires and fulfills us. Today was a good day because I found myself at peace. At peace with my life, with my career and my path. That doesn’t mean I will get lazy and assume things will just fall into my lap. That doesn’t mean that I won’t feel a bit empty about that part I didn’t get last week. That doesn’t mean that life is flawless and birds are flying around my head signing a pretty song. All it means is I am happy.
Today I feel at ease, proud, excited, blessed and thankful to just BE. So if any of you are wondering, let me introduce myself…My name is Angela Marie DiMarco and I am an ACTOR.
The Importance of Being Earnest as Cecily (Village Theatre)
Worst Laid Plans as Betty (Film, Creative Differences)
TRAUMA a Mighty Tripod Film
The Taming of the Shrew as Bianca (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
SIFF 2014 Opening Gala (Seattle International Film Festival)
By Gods Grace as Karen Taylor (Film)
Jesus Hopped the A Train as MaryJane (Azeotrope at ACT)
TRAUMA a psychological thriller (Mighty Tripod Production)
Together Forever as Robin (Film, At First Sight Prods)
Boeing Boeing as Gabriella (Seattle Repertory)
The 13th of Paris (Seattle Public Theatre)
The Foreigner as Catherine (Village Theatre)
The Device (Horror film)
Together Forever is the other mighty short film I was lucky to be a part of. Meet Robin and Jenna, two women in love, living in the day and age of marriage equality…but when is it the right timing? When are things perfect? This was my first time working with the lovely Carollani Sandberg, who was incredible as my leading lady. This was also my first time being directed by the dynamic duo, Lindy and Kris Boustedt. This was a magical evening, we told a story about love and life. I cannot wait to share this film with the world.
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While on stage at Village Theatre, I have been filming on my one day off a week, Mondays. Those days off lead to creating two mighty short films that I am beyond proud of. The first was Miles, a thriller about a man trying to help a woman lost within. I got the chance to work opposite my husband, David S Hogan. We were directed by the phenomenal director Jeremy Berg, who also directed Trauma. Miles is currently in post and will screen in a festival near you! For more about Miles…
The New Year has started off with an artistic bang! Excuse my lack of posting but I have been a busy bee. I am so grateful for the amazing projects I have been working on the past three months. During all the filming and coaching my Mighty Tripod students, I have been on stage too! When I say busy, I mean BUSY. To wrap up 2013 I started rehearsal for The Foreigner at Village Theatre. I had the honor of being directed by Brian Yorkey again. He is not only an award winning writer but also an incredible Director. I stepped into the Southern Belle shoes of Catherine. The show takes place in the 80s, so I have big hair, bright clothes and demand attention on that stage. With over 70 performances, it has been a wonderful experience with a MIGHTY group of artists. We close this Sunday, March 30th at the Everett Performing Arts Center. “I’m gonna miss you no end” ~Catherine Simms