On To The Next One

Who: Annie Harold
Age: Early 40s
City: New York, NY
Profession: Actor, professional unemployment person

Annie barley lets me get a word in. She’s got enough energy to provide electricity to a small village. Not conventionally beautiful yet you can’t miss her, with her long, forest-thick hair, that raspy voice, and of course, her mind that just speeds through ideas and thoughts and coincidences and fate and destiny and on and on. I soon learn that unemployment is about to run out for her. I wonder if she deals with anxiety by rattling off the way she’s doing?

I forget the coffee in front of me while I watch Annie dip her buttered Cuban bread into hers. I can’t look away. Annie is single and has a 5 year old son. I learned that the hard way – “I’m not in a relationship! No, no. Who told you that? No, no, I’m single. And sooooo thankful to be, cuz let me tell you something – ” She’s a “well known” actor around town. She doesn’t do much auditioning when it comes to theatre. Readings, workshops and some indie projects fills her days, but not her pocket. Why not, I ask. “I’m lazy. It’s the small stuff that gets actors ahead. I don’t wanna do them. It’s boring,” she laughs and then dips.

“I’m at as many readings as I can be. Gotta support, right? Gotta be seen, haha.” She’s got a point: an actor’s life doesn’t stop once your hired. Jay Z taps into it best, “It’s on to the next / On to the next one / On to the next one.” She’s a real New Yorker, been here her whole life. I ask her if she’s ever experienced living in another city at all. “No, no. What for? I love New York. Shut up with that,” she jokes.

If you’re not going to bother with the small stuff, why bother going half way? I ask nonchalantly. She looks at me for a moment. A long moment in the life of Annie Harold, it seems. I realize the sip I take from my coffee is probably my first in 5 minutes. “Shut up with that,” she says. She nudges me and chuckles loudly.

We sit in silence.

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.