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he wants meryl streep

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alright just got back from my second interview.  it went alright.  i thought i had it with a totally kick ass in depth monologue, super serious, and everything.  i could feel the emotions swelling up at the right moments, i could feel my face getting hot, and tears about to stream through.  but then he stopped me!  in the middle of my monologue when i was about to peak, he raises his hand and says “i’m gonna stop you right there, i know you worked really hard on this, but …” and then he went on to say that he felt i needed more training.  :/  he asked me if i’ve ever studied method acting or when was the last time i had a class and how long were they.  and as i answered each question respectively: never, a few months ago i took improv, and they were about a few months long; i realized that he was right.  it’s true, i’ve never taken any method acting, it was always acting for the camera, commercial, improv.  and i dunno why i never really considered it, but i guess now is a good time as any.  he told me acting is like psychotherapy where i have to dig deep into my own experiences and kind of be able to transform those emotions with that specific experience into a button where i can push at any time, on cue, in front of the camera, every time.  it makes sense.  i had an acting teacher that told me i had the talent, i just didn’t know how to control it.  to act for tv, movies, for directors and producers, i have to give it consistently and professionally.

i really only have myself to blame for this.  i curse myself for not taking acting seriously for years and now expecting to get a theatrical agent within a month of being here.  silly silly rabbit, silly silly thi.  he even asked me if i was serious about this.   do i not resonate seriousness about this??  of course im serious! i guess it shows that i haven’t performed in awhile (the last time i really truly acted was a year ago).  blegh.  he did give me a list (a long ass list) of acting studios to train.  i’ve already picked out a cheap and good one, so hopefully the next time i audition, my “fat” won’t be showing.  i’m out of practice, i’m out of shape, and it shows!!

i asked him, “what do you want?”  and he says, “meryl streep.”  i laughed.  that’s meryl streep!  no one can touch her, let alone be her.  i don’t want to be meryl streep.  i want to be thi nguyen.  but i get what he’s saying.  i like how he’s pushing me and he wants me for commercials so that’s ok.  if i can book a commercial, that can pay for classes.  i already enrolled in groundlings and that was pretty expensive, and now i have to enrolled in a dramatic acting class, so money’s a bit tight.  but i guess when it comes to my dream, i have no qualms about throwing down.  gotta show i’m serious about this right?  wish me luck.  i really need it.  and maybe a hug too.


Author: MsThiNguyen

Thi Nguyen likes Netflix on rainy days, fervent discussions on crime mysteries and anything Star Wars. She is highly inspired to learn from all walks of life and is driven to work with passionate and creative people. Check out her creative process/progress and her videos at

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