Featured Artist Series: Showcase Winner De-anna Edmondson!

DAEMarching ever forward in our Featured Artist Series, I bring you inspiration to lift you up from Down Under! (My apologies to the entire continent of Australia).

Cast It Talent’s April Showcase Winner, De-Anna Edmondson, resides in Goldcoast, Queensland, where she recently moved from Western Australia. When not acting, she partners with her sister Shaina in a face painting business.

De-anna caught the bug early. “I was very young when I decided that acting was the only thing I wanted to do,” she recalls. Her family rallied behind her. “They told me to do whatever made me happy, to follow the dreams I wanted… The best advice I have from them is to give it a good shot and if it doesn’t work out, at least you gave it everything you had.”

Over the years, De-anna has taken multiple acting workshops, which she says greatly boosted her confidence. There she learned the business of acting, honing her technique and learning to network. At times she feels like she’s still catching up, explaining, “I wasn’t in a position to start acting as soon as I wanted to when I was younger, which meant I’m still learning a lot about this industry. I had to move to the other side of the country to have a better shot…” Though De-anna struggles with the trials of building a career and missing her family, she knows what she signed up for.  “…the things you want to do don’t come easy, and you have to sacrifice a lot if you want a chance.”

In her small home town, De-anna lacked access to agents or even small acting opportunities. Rather than use the excuse, De-anna took her career into her own hands, searching for open casting calls online. Her first audition came through Cast It Talent in 2013 for Star Wars. “…from then on,” she says, “I would continuously search up the latest Talent Searches on the Cast It Talent website.” Last year, following a self-tape submission to a Warner Brothers feature film (only her second self-taped audition ever), she snagged a callback.

“[Cast It] has helped me beyond belief! In acting workshops they tell you to ‘just get out there’ and audition, but I found self-taping was so easy and a lot less nerve-racking, I didn’t start live-auditioning until this year. I love the Open Talent Search feature the most, it’s so great to know that bigger productions want unknowns and take the time to make an Open Call. It taught me how to self-tape.”

From there the showcase submission was a natural progression. De-anna’s first attempt was a tape she had done in a workshop, but one she admitted she did not feel represented her best work. The next month, she went all out and submitted something she had written. This time, she struck gold.

Riding the confidence boost of her showcase win, De-anna is catapulting herself into the next phase of her career. This fall she and several other actors are making a pilgrimage to L.A. to study Stella Adler, connect with industry professionals and learn the ropes of the business. The trip and the group are meant to be a sort of industry immersion boot-camp, and De-anna is raring to go. When asked what might be her advice to actors looking to follow in her footsteps, De-anna said, among other things, “…don’t be afraid to put yourself out there…too often when you tell someone that you’re an actor they laugh and tell you it’s not a real job – which is so disappointing but NOT true.”

De-anna’s story is shared by so many of us. In the face of rejection, overwhelming odds, difficult circumstances, it sometimes feels obligatory to define oneself by insufficiencies. How many times have each of us thought we lacked experience, training or opportunity? If De-anna had allowed her fear to become her voice, she would never have taken those workshops, submitted those self-tapes, moved from Western Australia or joined the L.A. expedition. Yet each of these things built her confidence and yielded more opportunities. So today let’s take a leaf from her book and remember that risk-taking is the blood of our business. Furthermore it is up to each one of us to seek those risks in the first place.

 

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Rachel Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

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