Playwright, actor, and musician Deb Hiett discusses one of her most interesting survival jobs, many years ago in the heyday of the 900 number, and how it allowed her to flex her storytelling muscles and skills as a character actress. Featuring writing and performing both audio erotica and Quarantunes; creating stories; involuntary gag reflexes; an arsenal of accents; crafting monologues; being co-lead singer in the band Orson Welk; an extensive resume of appearances in film and television; the limited imagination of Tower Records; and the profitable power of delaying gratification. A perfect tale for these times of social distancing and self-isolation! (Length (23:10)

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  1. Speaking of Vancouver character actors, Human IMDb, I worked with Malcolm “Virgon Delegate on the Quorum of Twelve” Stewart back in my summer stock days.

  2. I love playing “Who Was That?” As an avid sci-fi fan, I often find myself playing a variation called “Spot the Vancouver Character Actor”, and I make a conscious effort to learn the names of favorite itinerant thespians. It’s gotten to the point that my friends sort of think of me as a human IMDB and will ask me about actors in things we watch before resorting to the internet. :-]

    (By the way, I recognize Mr. Morrison primarily from a short-lived show called Point Pleasant. He was really good.)

  3. Austin,
    Thanks so much for the “Just Showing Up” podcast, I can’t wait to see Mr. Morrison’s film. Especially home-hitting was the concept of thinking of the audition as the gig itself, allowing you to leave it behind and move onto the next project.

    Audition Story:
    I was doing a show with the wonderfully talented Michael Faulkner at A Noise Within in Glendale. Having been a huge RSC fan for years and years and years, I felt it was my duty to badger Michael incessantly about any possibility of upcoming auditions. I couldn’t believe my luck when Michael told me that RSC”s required Equity auditions were happening soon.

    I badgered, Michael gave me the info., I showed up – 80% in the bag!

    The remaining 20% of the audition was possibly the funnest “gig” I’ve ever done. I told a bad joke, did a monologue, played my banjo, and got to chat with two of my idols.

    You came to see Michael in the show a week or two later, recognized me in the lobby, and even remembered my name!

    Thanks so much for that, and here’s hoping for an opportunity to “show up” again.

    Kurt

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