“Silence your inner critic.”
This is what No Filter director Toff De Venecia always tells us when he sees even the slightest bit of self-doubt in our performances. It’s true: we are our worst critic.
That’s why I’m so thankful he talked me into joining this production. It’s been such a milestone in my life. It’s not that it was my first time to be in theater (aside from my role in a kindergarten play as “best friend of bida”), it’s a milestone because it taught me to say yes to trying new things.
Yes to lowering your guard
Yes to making new friends
Yes to new opportunities
Yes to things that scare you
Yes to humility
YES TO HAPPINESS
I have made new, true friends with these people. We’ve become such a support system that we wake up to about 200+ messages on our chat group every single day. Sharing some of the photos we’ve shared on that group:
There are a LOT of photos in that group, most of which should be kept within our circle because they are VERY unflattering (I think we have daily contests for best pangit face) and/or crazy (during one of our many nights out). I really do cherish this group, I didn’t think I would grow so close to a group of people I’ve only known for a short amount of time. Is it too soon to call them FAM?? Okay, for all y’all totally un-hip peeps: FAM is a term used for people very close to your heart, obvs it’s short for family. Yup, I keep in step with today’s slang because I want to be able to relate to my teenage sister and brother. Haha!
Going back to #TEAMNOFILTER, there’s something about theater that kind of forces you to dive into a sea of strangers and come up for air, just seconds later, with a formed intimate bond. For all of our improvs, we have to have “mutual consent” — that means we have to feel if one person is about to talk and make their punch line. We all have to feel each other out and kind of meld our minds in that moment. It’s the only way improv will work. Going out and getting to know each other outside of rehearsals was integral to our show becoming a huge success. There’s no one trying to outshine the others, everybody is rooting for everybody to give their best performance each and every time. We’ve cried and have allowed ourselves to be vulnerable in front of one another, and so our trust is rewarded with this diverse group of great people who will be there to always tell you, “you can do it!”
Thank you so much to everybody who caught my opening (and closing weekend).
BACKSTORY: When we learned about No Filter getting a second run in October, Toff got all our schedules and I told Toff I was going to be in Europe from October 10-25. He moved the opening weekend a week earlier so I could be a part of it. It’s the sweetest thing. You know what, this isn’t even confirmed, I’m just making it up because there are no shows THIS weekend so it only makes sense that I assume I mean that much to the production. LELZ I know, I’m such an echosera. #shameless
If there’s anything you must filter about yourself, try to make it your inner critic that keeps telling you that you will probably fail. I did just that when I said yes to this project when it was just, as Toff says, an idea. No script, no details, just an idea. Now I have these small victories. I’ve got a theater play under my belt, I’ve made new friends, I have learned the value of saying yes to things outside my comfort zone. Yes to new experiences.
And tomorrow I fly out to Paris for my Honeymoon.
Is this real life?❤️
Catch the next shows featuring my gorgeous alternates Lauren Young and Carla Humphries and the rest of the wonderful cast of #SandboxNoFilter!