an artist teaches ballet

new york

february 2018

a young artist babysits a toddler who likes ballet

she gets amazon alexa to play the nutcracker 

she tries to do a pirouette

he attempts to copy her

he seems to think she is a good dancer

she is honored

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an artist is hungry

new york.

february 2018.

a young artist is hungry after a long day.

she buys maraschino cherries.

she eats them on the street.

a man in the grocery store wakes up from his nap to judge her.

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an artist ponders time

new york.

february 2018.

a young artist goes on a drive and thinks about time.

she decides time isn't a resource to use but a realm to explore.

she writes it in her journal.

she thinks she is deep.

Elizabeth Couser
an artist flounders

new york.

february 2018.

a young actor starts auditioning again.

she doesn’t get called back a few times.

she cries on the phone to her mom and her partner and her college professor.

she is told she has a case of the februaries.

she remembers it's okay to be new at something.

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an artist returns

new york

january 2018

a young actor comes back from her regional gig and prepares to find a new job.

she researches upcoming auditions.

she panics.

she is not confident that she'll ever be hired again.

she does her laundry.

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Elizabeth Couser
an artist mimes

connecticut

january 2018

a young actor doesn't have any hairdressing tools for her play.

she also doesn't know how to do hair.

she makes up tasks to mime.

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an artist relates to her character

connecticut

december 2017

a young actor plays a woman who loves crafts and decoration.

the actor also loves crafts.

she becomes passionate about the christmastime set dressings.

she insists on creating a line of santa figurines.

she gets frustrated when someone intermixes the bell and snowflake window decals.

she demands candy canes.

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an artist explains

connecticut

december 2017

a young actor explains her show to a seven year old.

the seven year old says she is in a play for spanish class.

the seven year old isn't sure if her play is in spanish or not.

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an artist does research

new york

december 2017

a young actor prepares to play a baptist hairdresser in the south in the 1980s.

she downloads a pdf prayer calendar.

she downloads a guide to different kinds of rollers.

her roommate walks in on her watching a church service on youtube.

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Elizabeth Couser
an artist finds a subletter

new york

november 2017

a young actor looks for someone to move into her room while she does a regional gig.

she cleans the whole apartment to impress someone from facebook.

her roommates come home from work early to meet the potential subletter.

they pretend not to be desperate.

the girl says maybe.

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an artist trains her instrument

new york

november 2017

a young actor goes on an elliptical after not having worked out for a while.

she works really hard.

after several minutes of this, she concludes that she can do anything.

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an artist loses motivation

new york

october 2017

a young artist gets in a slump.

she makes a career-related to-do list and schedule.

she also makes butternut squash bread.

and granola.

she writes a bad song.

she watches lots of sports.

she loses her to do list.

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an artist joins a community

new york

october 2017

a young director sees some familiar faces at the opening night party for her show.

she feels like she is a little bit part of the theater community.

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an artist assists on a play

new york

october 2017

a young director is asked to assistant direct a new play.

she is very excited.

she takes a lot of line notes.

she foots a lot of ladders.

sometimes she ties curtains to pipes.

she feels a little insecure about voicing her opinions

but people are nice.

she learns some stuff.

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