This afternoon whilst on set I enjoyed a cup of peppermint tea with the beautiful and talented actor Carrie Robinson.
Our chat revealed that she is pure gold, and that I appear to have penis envy…
MJW: What kind of tea do you prefer between peppermint and black licorice?
CR: As much as I like black licorice because it’s so naturally sweet… peppermint tea has never failed me. I’ll go with the mint
MJW: Let’s have a cup of that then.
When did you start acting and where are you from?
CR: I started being involved in plays early on by auditioning at the local Play House and then in plays at school. I’m from Canada and have lived in a beautiful city called Vancouver since I was about ten years old.
MJW: Sounds like fun! What do you see as the most difficult part of the craft?
CR: In a business where there are more actors than jobs… the biggest challenge is to believe in yourself 100% of the time and to give your best 100% of the time. When I learned this, which is an ongoing process, I felt a lot of joy in my life, excited to audition (the majority of an actor’s work) and even more passion for my craft.
MJW: Fierce industry indeed. It’s very sink or swim isn’t it… What are your qualifications?!
CR: Haha. I took workshops and classes as a kid at the Play House and at a few schools Vancouver. Right now I have 1 more year at the Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory in New York City. I love New York!
MJW: New York is an intoxicating place indeed!
Do share what you are you working on at the moment.
CR: I’m in Conservatory training for another year so every week I do a lot of Voice, Speech, Alexander Technique, Masks work, Scene study, Movement, Dance, Stage Combat and even clown work! I’m preparing for a Clown Caberet performance that’s happening in the next few weeks in New York City. I’m excited because I have 2 paintings in the piece and my classmates are playing live music in the show as well as clowning around themselves! After that I’m off to Canada to shoot a short film!
MJW: Busy lady, clearly able to hustle like the best of us. Who do you want to work with in the future?
CR: I learn something from everyone I work with. I have a lot of classmates that have challenged me and also believed in me so I know our relationships will last into the future. I really love all my teachers and coaches.
New York is great because Broadway becomes a playground for being inspired by great actors. I recently got to sing beside Chuck Cooper as he coached me for a song – he has a great presence and a voice from the heavens! …. I saw Daniel Davis in “Dance of Death” a Strindberg play in NYC the past month, so I would be head over heels if I got to be in a project with him in the future!
MJW: Rather. Tell us a funny story on set please (apart from the current one we are creating at the minute).
CR: haha okay. This is more of a cute story than a funny one, but on a short film called “Moving” was shot last summer we were working with a small dog. It made me giggle every time the little dog followed its cue and went out of the frame. It was very professional.
MJW: I’m really glad that you get your best experiences from the canine family.
You are also a law graduate.. What kind of advice can you share with those that have academic degrees that are hoping to pursue acting?
CR: Do what you love. Challenge yourself to train harder than you ever thought you could and collaborate and produce work for yourself. Come to New York!
MJW: That would be lovely if only everyone could afford such a journey, both in terms of travel and production costs…!
When you aren’t challenging such pursuits and training at some of the top conservatories of the world, what kind of music do you listen to to chillax?
CR: All kinds.
I’ve been really into Mindy Gledhill lately in the mornings because it’s so upbeat. I like finding new music by listening to 8 tracks and other people’s radio mixes.
I’ve been a consistent John Lennon fan for as long as I can remember.
MJW: Ditto, good tastes. His songs certainly do have a way of resonating with us actors. I especially love “Jealous Guy” even though I’m not a guy. Though I do get jealous of guys. Perhaps that is penis envy?!
Alas, I have regressed…
…Speaking of subjects of the heart: do you think you will find a Prince Charming and live happily ever after? I know that I sure do!
CR: Of course – girlish daydreams die hard!
Prince Charming where are you? I’m waiting.