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The theatre community was just amazing in Chicago. There was a joke about Chicago – leave 4 actors in a room together for 10 minutes and they’ll form a theatre company. Maybe that’s said about every town, but I loved the “we-can-do-it” feeling of Chicago. If you had a play you wanted to do, SOMEONE would rent you their water-stained basement in which to do it.
You mentioned a personal podcast, and honestly, I keep up with what actors are putting out there on their blogs, their MySpace pages, their YouTube channels to such an extent that they don’t even have to send me notifications of such content. If an actor has something really cool and innovative going on, we’re gonna see it. And while we might not have an immediate need to cast an actor who has impressed us, we will remember that actor when the time is right.