SPOTLIGHT: Actress Erin Drazin

FB_IMG_1532289125061Age: soon-to-be 26

Job: Full-time wife and mommy; part time dinner theatre actress with Riley’s Farm Theatre Company

Info: Riley’s Farm Theatre Company  Erin’s Instagram @the.drazins.three

How did you first get into play acting?

My parents raised us on musicals. I was singing Les Miserables and Camelot at age 7. I always loved jumping into a character when I was alone, but I was painfully shy in front of other people. When I was about 14 I became obsessed with all things theatre. I joined a musical theatre class that ended in a big recital, show-casing what we learned. I had a solo from Oklahoma, and I shook through the whole thing! It took me awhile to get over mistakes I’d inevitably make. But over time I cared less and less as my confidence grew.

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How does acting affect your life?

Confidence, for one! I started out “I-want-to-be-invisible-shy”. Theatre helped me let go of a lot of anxiety, and helped me be comfortable in my own skin. Also I believe theatre and acting has aided me in being a mom. I’ve always been very imaginative. As a kid I loved making up new stories to tell and act out with my siblings. Now it’s all the same as a mom, but even better! I get to feed my daughter’s imagination and watch it blossom.

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Do Christians have a place in secular theatre?

Theatre is often a very secular and sexualized form of art. There is a delicate balance between only doing church plays for fear of falling astray and totally conforming to this ever changing and demanding art form. I think the answer lies in the individual. Do you know yourself? Are you strong in your faith? Do you have limits and lines you will not cross?

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Any advice to someone who is interested in acting?

Get started! Find an outlet to see if it’s something you’re interested in. Community theatre is a great place to start and it’s usually free! For me I obsess about things until I do them. And some of those things have made a beautiful addition to my life.

 

 

 

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