It is Brelby tradition to dedicate the month of November to giving a platform for our artists to share their stories. This month our annual Blogathon theme returns to its roots with a visit back to the topic of “My Brelby Story.” We’ve grown a great deal over the past few years, and many of our original bloggers have moved on to new careers, new lives, new challenges, and new cities. Enjoy this year’s series with 30 Days of Blogs.
An email. One simple email and an amazing working environment, changed my life and future. Hello people of the Internet, my name is Terrence McNulty. I’m sixteen years old and I am currently attending Metropolitan Arts Institute, and want to pursue acting as a career.
My Brelby story starts with my theatre teacher, and Brelby company member, John Perovich. He had emailed me one night and had come to me the next day asking me if I wanted to audition for this show at Brelby called, Wolves of Sherwood. I didn’t know what to do, I had only started theatre that year. I was honored, of course, that he believed that I was ready for theatre outside of school, but I was also scared. I had never done theatre outside of class and now he wanted me to perform outside of school?! I didn’t know what to expect. What I wasn’t expecting, however, was the cozy environment the people at Brelby created. Everyone was genuinely nice, not like the cut throat actors you see on TV. I made friends. They made me laugh. They made me feel like everything was going to be okay. I got the part of Cassian Locksley, and my Brelby experience got even better.
Everything I know about a professional theatre environment, I learned from Brelby. I learned to get off book fast, write down good stage directions, and learned the all important rule: don’t touch other people’s props. But I also learned how to laugh at my own mistakes, how to support one another, and how to have fun while still being a professional. Brelby gave me a second home to go to, both on and off stage. They accepted me for who I was, when I was just learning about myself and they never made me feel like an outcast or that I was just a performer, to them I was a friend and even family.
I could not have asked for a better first experience. Brelby somehow combined the essence of the comfort of family with the professionalism of a theatre all while putting on an amazing show! Everyone taught me so much and I’m happy that I am continuing my acting career with them. And, I thank them for making me realize that acting is something I want to pursue as a career.