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UWS, Manhattan
Interests: I'm an actor-student living in New York and trying to figure it out.
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I've got some good news to share. By Geofrey Kidwell (actor) Can I be completely real for second? Being an actor has been a struggle. In fact, it's been the major struggle of my life, more than coming out or beating my teenage addiction to Chicken McNuggets and Dr. Pepper. Hard. Really hard. Fun too. Don't get me wrong. I only mean to say that I'm not the kind of actor who booked a major gig right our of school or the one who had to decide between offers from every talent agency in New York. Nope. I'm the type... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Crazytown
You did miss me. Don't deny it. I see right through you. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) You guys! I'm finally back. After a month hiatus, I have returned to you. I'm sort of like the Prodigal Son, but fiercer...and I shower more than he did...probably. To catch you up, in the last month I: Went home to California and celebrated Christmas with my family Started wearing spandex leggings to the gym Drank many bottles of wine Went to St. Louis to sing at a travel industry convention and fell flat on my ass during the opening number Froze...because it's insanely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Crazytown
My bestie did something real cool for me the other day. Here's the story. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I've got a wonderful best friend. I've known her for fourteen years now and in that time, we've done all of the things you expect best friends to do: Pajama parties Mini-vacations Shared bottles upon bottles of red wine Slept with each other's boyfriends Grand theft auto Tax fraud Drug muling Bank robbery Just your typical bestie stuff. I'm a lucky guy to have somone like her in my life and to be totally sincere, I think about how grateful I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Crazytown
Just a suggestion. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) If I ever make it big, AKA: I no longer have to serve finger food at parties in order to pay my rent, the first thing I'm going to do, after buying myself a sparkly blue Beyonce cat suit, is donate a bunch of money to the folks at every major audition stuido in the city so that they can invest in walls that aren't paper thin and a whole bunch of soundproofing equipment. Sidenote: IMAGINE how gorgeous I'm going to look in this... Thin walls at audition studios are terrible for an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Crazytown
I'm at a loss for words. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I don't want to talk about the theatre. I don't want to talk about being an actor. I want to talk about Ferguson. But my mind feels completely jumbled and I don't know where to begin. So I'll just leave you with this quote from hip hop recording artist, Killer Mike (Michael Render). "I can’t expect you to understand, but I expect you to empathize. If you were horrified by the way that people were handled in South Africa during apartheid, or you were horrified by Nazi stop and frisks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Crazytown
A quick bit of advice for when you're feeling lousy. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) A word to the wise: Don't make major decisions about your life when you're feeling sick and emotional. I always get a bit weepy and melodramatic when I'm not feeling tip-top. Like the time I had Strep Throat and had a nervous breakdown watching a documentary about The Special Olympics. I woke up on Wednesday at about seven in the morning with that all too familiar tickly, full throat and sinus pressure headache. I thought, "Go back to sleep and get some rest. You have the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Crazytown
HEEEEEEELLLLLLP!!!! By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Okay, Universe. Are you listening? I would really like to book a show now. Pretty please. It's been about a month since my last project finished and I've been catering my little tush off. I've passed hors d'ouevres at tons of parties in the last month, and you know me, I love a party. I even got to wear this fun outfit. Can you tell how thrilled I was to be wearing such finery while also serving champagne to the One Percent? Dreams do come true. They really do. But I think it's time I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Crazytown
But give me a callback anyway. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Hey actor people! Do you know this feeling? Of course you do. We all do. But do you also know that other feeling? You know, the one where you're like, "I'm happy to be auditioning, but I don't think this is really the type of work I want to do." That feeling is usually followed by the one that reminds you that if you don't book the job, you're going back to passing hors d'ouevres at some stranger's wedding. As you know, if you're an actor here in NYC, it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Crazytown
Art isn't easy. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I've been thinking a lot this week (I know. I should be careful about that.) about the expression. "lost in translation." I was walking down 9th Avenue, which I lovingly refer to as New York's Gay Runway, and suddenly the phrase popped into my head. I started wondering about what it actually means and how so many things in this world, when explained with words, just don't match their emotional heft. Does that make sense? Recently, a few people in my life have been dealing with the deaths of loved ones. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Crazytown
You didn't ask for it, but I'm giving it to you anyway. The highlights of my week. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I don't know. Some weeks are just rough. Some weeks I float around this big nasty (and I mean that in the Ms. Janet if you're nasty way) city of ours and think, "Hell ya! I'm doing it. I'm such a champ." It'll be like audition..BAM! class...BAM! job...BAM!...gym...BAM!...dinner with friends...BAM!...awesome night with my boyfriend...BAM! I'm juggling all of the balls without the slightest amount of hesitation or reluctance and feeling pretty damn proud of myself - living it up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Crazytown
My Modest Proposal By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I've decided that instead of being someone who gets jealous really easily, I'm going to become someone who just gets angry. I figured that jealousy is never a good look. See! Look at Sophia Loren looking all kinds of jealous at Jayne Mansfield. #notcute But anger? Anger can be cute - sexy even. Have you ever seen Angelina Jolie when she's pissed off? Angry looks so good on her, right? It works on men too! And to prove it, I've tested it out on myself. As far as I'm concerned, I've never looked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Crazytown
My night at Lincoln Center By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) It's Wednesday as I write this and the week has been pretty fantastic. Monday, right out of the gate, I took the stage with one hundred twenty fierce, kick ass, amazing guys (oh...and these newbies named Andrew Lippa and Kristen Chenowethe..something like that), and sang the gorgeous oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, on the stage at Avery Fisher Hall. It was a remarkable evening for me. I predicted that I would be a bit emotionally caught up simply because the music is just so damn gorgeous. What I truly did not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Crazytown
What we artists do is incredibly valuable. Here's a little reminder of why. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I must confess that every so often, in my darker moments, I fear that what I do as a performer isn't important. I hear stories of people volunteering to join the armed forces, to put their own lives at risk, for the sake of their ideals, or the stories of teachers in struggling school districts working tirelessly to help young people receive the education they deserve, or medical professionals flying to famine-inflicted countries and I think... What am I doing? Really, what am... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Crazytown
A bit of info on a truly special show. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I didn't start working professionally until I was twenty-one, but in the last (clears throat) eleven years, I've done some pretty terrific work - work that I look back on with pride and a genuine sense of accomplishment. To be fair though, I've also done some work that was, shall we say, not so wonderful. Actually, who am I kidding? It was bad, like embarrassingly bad, like "Dear God, if I'm ever famous please tell me there isn't video footage that will end up on Access Hollywood"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Crazytown
Thanks so much, David! I'm really glad you connected with it. Makes me feel all warm and tingly!
How I conquered the beast. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Of all the letters in the alphabet, none had the fear-inducing effect of "P" and "E." In my younger days, I preferred to spend my time doing things that did not require me to grunt, jump, throw or sweat. But twice a week, every week, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School in Hermosa Beach, California, I stared down the monster known as... P.E. Class. Yes. That's right. Physical Education Class - the words that, for years, have struck fear into the hearts of many a Gay - like "cargo shorts"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Crazytown
Did you miss me? By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Well people, after two weeks off... That's right! THE BITCH IS BACK!!! I'm the bitch, but I'm actually a pretty nice guy, so please don't judge me. Summer is over. I wore my skimpy speedo for the last time, sipped that last glass of summer rosé and spent one last afternoon people watching in Sheep's Meadow. But now...oh I'm back in Myrtle Beach. At the last minute, I was asked to head back down to join my boys in South Carolina to sing the hits of the 50s and 60s. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Crazytown
Stop trying so hard to be a "serious actor." By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor...and kid) What did you guys do this week? Oh cool. That sounds fun. I spent the week hanging out with four toddlers. Yep. That's right. Two three-year-olds and two four-year-olds. And it was… TOUGH. Admittedly, I hadn't put my manny hat on in quite some time. I was definitely a bit rusty. But holy moly… When I was helping one put her shoes on, the other was trying to escape down the hall. While I was trying to get one to wash his hands, two of them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Crazytown
Wait...I don't have to. So why do I feel so anxious? By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) You know what's just the worst? Back to school commercials. I'm a grown man. I don't go to school. I don't have summer reading to finish. My days of playground politics are behind me. But still, every time I see a back to school ad touting the latest trends in tween fashion, I feel nauseous. My earliest memory of the End Of Summer Blues is from the last days of August before fifth grade. Krista Pepper, my down-the-block bestie, and I had just finished choreographing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Crazytown
I'm fucking broke. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I'm gonna get real with you for a second. There's a lot of really awesome stuff that comes along with being an actor: You get to wear make-up. No one questions you when you tell them you rehearsed - AKA played pretend - all day. When you tell someone you're an actor, they often think that means you're mysterious and deep. Every so often you get to dress up and go to fancy Opening Night parties. You meet lots of crazy, wonderful people. You get to make people happy. Along those lines, happy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Crazytown
I'm just not feelin' it, guys. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Another week, another blog post. Should be simple, right? Except for one thing… I feel like I don't have anything to say. I've been writing for Crazytown for about three years now and it's been a huge blessing. Quick insight into what it means to be Geoffrey Kidwell: I'm a creative guy, but for a long time (and sometimes even now) I struggled with accessing my creative voice. In college, I looked around at my fellow actors and always felt like I came up short. They were so interesting, so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Crazytown
I've learned to accept the fact that I'm a grown up...finally. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I turned thirty-two last Tuesday. Two things about that: Holy crap! How the heck did that happen? I mean, seriously, thirty-two. I didn’t mean to do that. I was minding my own business and then, out of nowhere, I’m…oh boy…an adult. And not a like a sort of adult. I’m a full blown, grown-ass man - the kind that pays bills, has some sort of new muscle ache almost daily, rents cars and has gray hair. It’s downright crazy. To be perfectly honest, and maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Crazytown
A quick trip down memory lane By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I’m writing this post on a plane from New York City to Los Angeles on Thursday, July 17th 2014. Seven years ago, on July 17th, 2007, I took a plane from Los Angeles to New York City. I was moving across the country to pursue my dreams. It certainly wasn’t the first time a bright-eyed boy packed up his (few) belongings and his (mostly empty) wallet and hopped a flight to the Big Apple, but on that day, seven years ago, I felt like some sort of musical theatre pioneer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Crazytown
Why it's important to leave the city we love By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I spent the day last Wednesday painting fences on a farm in Hudson, New York. I looked like Tom Sawyer - only I'm thirty-one and I was wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt. I spent the day outside under a blue sky with the sounds of birds chirping and only infrequently, the hum of a car in the distance. It was lovely. It was also really tough work, but in the end it was great to look back at one hundred yards of black fencing which had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Crazytown
The power of fried food. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I happen to really love empanadas. Delicious, savory beef wrapped in dough and then fried. I mean...right? Lucky for me, I live right on the boarder of Harlem and Washington Heights here in NYC. You've heard of Wine Country? Well this is basically Empanada Country. And no Empanada place in NYC is better than Empanadas Monumental. Lucky for me again, this delicious hole in the wall restaurant is about one hundred feet from my front door. I pass it everyday on my way home and last night, I decided to stop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Crazytown