Full disclosure — I am President of The Rebecca De Ornelas Fan Club. I would probably hold this title even if I weren’t married to her.
But, honestly, this is a full-on, serious, peer-to-peer interview, like all the rest on Coffee with Creatives. If you’ve seen the work Rebecca and I produce together, you know we don’t mess around or play favorites. If anything, we might hold each other to higher standards than others who we don’t know as intimately.
That’s one way in which we grow as creatives, to speak for myself, at least. We choose partners, professional or otherwise, who inspire and challenge us.
In this most recent episode of the podcast, I talk to Rebecca about acting (and producing, and writing) in both artistic and career terms. There’s a reason Rebecca is the first person I go to with any questions about my own work, process, and, often, just about life in general. She knows her shit. Now you can get a peek at the approach and expertise she brings to each of our collaborations, and to her additional work in theater, and as a writer.
Topics we hit upon in our conversation include:
- The importance of listening, to the process of creating a compelling character
- Stumbling into acting after years as a dancer
- Deciding to stop something, even if you’re good at it
- Undoing prior training that’s no longer serving you
- Why young actors don’t have to say ‘yes’ to everything
- How meditation has saved her life, and changed her work
- Why she likes getting older
- Combatting feelings of inadequacy, and the advice a friend gave her that has helped in this respect