Ask Brooke / March 2001
Do you get nervous in front of the camera?
As I gain experience and confidence in acting , I get more and more comfortable in front of the camera. Auditioning, in particular, has become much easier and way less nerve-racking!! The trick is to remain at ease and be yourself even if there is a lens, like 3 inches in front of your face and an entire film crew along with 100 other onlookers watching your performance! For me, acting in front of the camera simply gets easier with time and practice.
I've traveled to Los Angeles a few times and once to New York. I have family in Alberta whom I visited one summer. While there we traveled through Banff and Jasper National Parks and drove up to the West Edmonton Mall (it's really huge!) Montreal is a beautiful city in the province of Quebec. I've traveled once overseas to Zimbabwe to film a t.v. movie "Running Wild." That experience was certainly memorable and I'd love to travel to Africa again some day. New York City is also a favourite. There is a certain dynamic vibe in that city incomparable to anywhere else. I never thought I'd say it but, I LOVE NEW YORK! (Hah! Just like the bumper stickers!)
I know some actors have an aversion to watching themselves on film, but I don't mind so much. I usually have a pretty good idea of my performance so I tend not to be overly critical. I use it as a learning tool to see what works on camera and what doesn't.
In the future I'd love to be able to work with Susan Sarandon, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks or Brad Pitt. And I think either Rupert Everett or Matt LeBlanc would be a hoot on set!!
Actually, I'm not much of a net surfer except when it comes to research for school projects. But I use e-mail a lot to keep in touch with friends and family further away.
The last Animorphs book I read was #24 The Suspicion. I don't read them anymore, but they were especially helpful in getting into my role as Rachel on "ANIMORPHS"-- fortunately they were a good read too!
I missed out on a lot of actual class time, but being out of a school setting certainly didn't exempt me from doing any of the work. I was assigned all the same projects and schoolwork as my classmates while filming the series Animorphs, but (thankfully!) the teachers were very understanding and fairly flexible with deadlines. Most of my weekends and free time on set were dedicated to catching up on school work!! Also, I did sneak in a day at school here and there whenever I had time off from shooting.