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Gkidwell
UWS, Manhattan
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Interests: I'm an actor-student living in New York and trying to figure it out.
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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
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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
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What to do when you aren't sure you're a part of it all. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I hate feeling like I'm on the outside looking in. Growing up, I felt that way a lot. Stephanie Gabrieli, Wendy Warner and Kyle Warren were the popular kids in school. They invited me to things every now and then, but when they did, I felt like a guest. I tried my best to be a part of it all - whatever IT was. I even let Wendy dress me one day before we went to go see Three Ninjas. (A terrific film.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Crazytown
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Unless you're some type of nudist, in which case, I don't think this metaphor will apply, but please read anyway. I like the idea of a naked person reading my blog. Okay. Here it goes. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Shhhhhh.... Do you hear that sound? Something is stirring. What can it be? Wait... Can it be true? Is it...Is he...Finally...? Yep. I'M HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! And my dear reader, I have missed you so much. Not that I actually ever see you in real life, but you know what I mean. I am back in NYC. I got here on Wednesday and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Crazytown
Shaking things up a bit today. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) The honest truth: I didn't feel like writing this week. But don't you worry! I've still got a few thoughts to share with ya. This week I'm talking about trust. Take a look! AND NOW...THE WEEK IN WHITNEY HOUSTON!!! Here's our favorite diva doing her famous Love Medley in Japan. Enjoy!! Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Crazytown
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How about we stop taking it all so seriously and just have fun? By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Remember how easy it was to play pretend when you were a little kid? Chris Clark and I used to play X-Men. He was always Wolverine and I was Cyclops - even though I wanted to be Storm. Obviously. The definition of fierce. We'd run around his backyard, thwarting maniacal plans and fighting evil. We'd always win, but not before one of us was seriously injured at the hands of Magneto or one of his henchmen. It was pure joy. I never considered... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Crazytown
How I got back in touch with mine. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I've never really thought of myself as an ambitious person. I went to school, got good grades, made good friends, did well in college, traveled a bit, but not because I was attempting to set myself up for success. I think I did these things because I just thought they were the right things to do. Like, of course I was going to get straight A's. That's just what you're supposed to do. And it wasn't even like I felt super pressured by my parents. They just wanted... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Crazytown
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What's a few hundred miles, right? Turns out, it's kind of a lot. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I didn't know what to write about this week so I texted my boyfriend, Andre, for some advice. Btw: He's really cute. Wanna see him? See? Ugh...I can't even handle it. Anyway, I asked him what I ought to write about and he told me I should examine long distance relationships. I'm down in Myrtle Beach doing a show - have been since January - and he's up in NYC writing music. He's a composer. Go ahead and check out his website. I... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Crazytown
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How are you so funny? By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I love funny women. From Lucille Ball to Gilda Radner to Tina Fey and all the fabulous funny women in between, there is something about a woman with a whip-quick sense of humor that I just adore. I even love women who don't mean to be funny. (I'm talking to you Michelle Bachman.) My latest funny lady obsession is Amy Sedaris. As far as I'm concerned, she can outfunny any top shelf male comedian any day of the week. No question about it. She came up in the improv scene in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Crazytown
"If you're not interested in doing a play in a living room, then you can't be interested in doing a play on Broadway." By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Do yourself a favor. Watch this interview: Okay...watched it? Great. Now go back and find the 48:00 mark. You there? Let me tell you something. One of my first jobs out of college was with a singing group that sang Christmas songs in nursing homes. After that I joined a small - like teeny tiny - theatre company called, The Ark Theatre. We did shows that were seen by maybe thirty people at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Crazytown
Feeling lousy? I've got the solution. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Y'all, I didn't know what to write about this week. I was suffering from acute, professional-level, insidious writer's block. I couldn't think of a damn thing. Everything felt repetitive or derivative or some other kind of "ive." Try as I might, the answer would not come. I felt like I was back in Geometry class. (Side note: When I was in high school, there was a rumor that my Geometry teacher did porn and if it hadn't been for my family's lousy dial-up AOL internet connection, I would have investigated.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Crazytown
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Well... By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I wasn't going to write about this. Honestly, I just didn't really want to seem like that guy who's looking for sympathy and attention. Not that I don't love attention. Let's get real. Something about this particular situation made me want to stay quiet. Believe it or not. But then...I felt like I couldn't get my mind off of what happened. A bit of background: I live in New York city. I'm a musical theater performer, which means when I'm in New York I wait tables, cater, nanny, teach swim lessons and generally do whatever... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Crazytown
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Books are powerful little things, aren't they? One particular book has acted as a friend and an adviser to me throughout my life. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) When I was in the third grade, my brother performed in our elementary school play. He was in the sixth grade, so obviously he was super cool. It only made sense that he would play the title role in... My brother's performance was groundbreaking, Gielgud-level work. I assure you. It was the best performance you never saw. But that's not really the point. The show was absolutey thrilling. I can remember sitting in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Crazytown
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I'm tired, y'all. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Gurrrrrl, the last two weeks have been tough. I'm not sure if you noticed, but last week's blog post was a repeat. Are you pissed? Please don't be. I have serious guilt issues already. I'm a middle child AND I'm Catholic. Feeling guilty is basically my default setting. It's just that the last two weeks have sort of kicked my ass. About a month ago, my lovely company mananger, Lisa, walked into the dressing room and told us four guys that we had been hired by a casino in Michigan to do a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Crazytown
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Playing to a small crowd By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) There are moments when an actor steps on stage and looks out onto a fully packed house. Two thousand seats, maybe. Full. To capacity. The heart starts to race. The adrenaline gets going. Suddenly the high notes don't seem so high. The triple pirouettes feel like singles. He rides the wave and comes out on the other side feeling exhausted...in the best way. The whole stressful process of putting up a show seems worth it. No, not just worth it. It seems glorious. Or...kinda like this: But it's not always like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Crazytown
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Look, Stress. I get it. You're here to stay. But don't you dare mess with my sleep time! By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Picture this... Last Tuesday night, I finish my nightly glass of five dollar Merlot, bid a fond goodnight to Rachel Maddow and get myself all cozied up for bed. Ten thirty rolls around and I'm quickly falling asleep. Perfect, because we have ten A.M. shows down here in Myrtle Beach. Senior citizens love their doo-wop tunes and they love them bright and early. I'm all set up to have a restful, restorative sleep, which will hopefully result in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Crazytown
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Here are a few tips and techniques to consider. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) People just LOVE when a guy sings super high. Look at Michael Jackson or Prince or Pavarotti or those Castrato dudes. (Don't know what that last reference was? Not to worry. I've Googled it for you. Be warned: it's gross.) Better yet, take a look at this insanity: Like...WHAT?! The point is that people go just nuts for a tenor - for big high notes. And the show I'm currently doing is full of 'em. Eight times a week, my fellow castmates and I belt our little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Crazytown
This post is about becoming and remaining grateful. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Turns out learning twenty-six songs, with full staging and choreography, in two weeks is pretty damn difficult. I suppose I knew that before I came down to Myrtle Beach to start rehearsals for my latest project. I knew that putting up a show is tough. In fact, it's kind of a miracle: A whole bunch of people get together and one guy is like, "Here's a bunch of money. Go put on a show." Then another guy says, "Okay let's meet everyday for two weeks for eight or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Crazytown
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Nothing is permanent, folks. And that's awesome. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Suzanne Anderson moved to Colorado when we were in the third grade, but until then we were best friends. We spent practically all of our time together. From playing house to hide and go seek to dress up, we were rarely apart. And then one day, Suzanne's mom told me that she and Suzanne were moving to Colorado. The memories I have after that are hazy, but there is one that remains fresh in my mind, as though it happened yesterday. I'm standing at the end of the driveway... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Crazytown