How To Create Your Own Work (with Nora Perone)

In today's episode of The Performer Podcast with Michelle Thole, I've interviewed Nora Perone all about... 

How To Create Your Own Work | The Pitfalls Of Edinburgh Fringe Festival | How To Overcome Lack Of Action

 

I realised pretty quickly that the traditional actor grind was not really for me.
— Nora Perone

Nora Perone hails from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. She moved across the pond to London to complete a Master of Arts in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. While at Central, Nora discovered her love for comedy writing, eventually co-founding Streetlights, People! Productions with Jen Coles.

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Passionate about teaching as well as performing, Nora is the co-founder and resident acting coach of Catherine-Perone CoachingIn addition to her work with CPC, Nora has taught with Kingston University Collegiate Music, Perform! School of Performing Arts and NCS - The Challenge.

Nora spends her time away from the theatre watching videos of dogs (or occasionally petting real dogs), listening to the Harry Potter audio books on repeat, eating copious amounts of Thai food, and laughing at her own jokes.


Rejection isn’t the hard part..... the hard part isn’t getting the auditions in the first place....
[The hard part is] not getting a chance to even be rejected.
— Nora Perone

The Show Notes

 

CONTACT MICHELLE

Watch Michelle's FB Lives -  The Sunday Show

 

CONTACT NORA

TWITTER: Streetlights PPL  #crazyassfangirls | Nora aka 'Nurassic Park'

INSTAGRAM: Streetlights PPL

FACEBOOK : Streetlights prods


 

PODCAST CONVERSATION TIMELINE

2:20 - Intro

2:55 - Why did the dream come from?

7:56 - Nora’s career roadmap including her Snickers commercial fail

10:14  - How Nora started her theatre company

13:42 - What you need to put on your own production

21:08 - Nora talks about the pitfalls and triumph of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

24:00 - Nora’s newest project

 

LINKS/PEOPLE MENTIONED

 

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama | Dr Horrible - Neil Patrick Harris | Ordinary Days Musical | Adam Gwon Rodgers and Hammerstein | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Rachel Bloom | Drayton Arms


 

QUOTES OF THE PODCAST -  Nora Perone

 

4:41 - It’s better to keep chasing something, than settle for something that you don’t want. 

6:55 - Learn how to play everything so that you can go out into the world and probably play one thing 

9:37 - I realised pretty quickly that the traditional actor grind was not really for me. 

9:47 I can take the rejection I didn’t enjoy putting the power to control my life into other peoples’ hands - constantly   

09:56 - I don’t want other people to decide if I’m working  That’s not how I wanted to spend my life. 

15:10 - I figured out how to do it, by doing it…and I really don’t know how to do it.  

18:44 - If I act faster than my brain can keep up to be afraid of….

18:52 - there is always a point in a project where you have a point of no return - when the tickets go on sale or send the casting announcement. There’s that point where you’re like ‘oh, God, I can’t go back on this now’.  

30:26 - Don’t wait around to be discovered…..

31:04 - You can’t expect someone to pluck you out of obscurity, and give you a career, you have to make you’re own way. 

31:40 - Rejection isn’t the hard part, the hard part isn’t getting the auditions in the first place....not getting a chance to even be rejected. 


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Michelle

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