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TFN Video Blog - Artisha: Selling the Farm to go to The Actors Studio Drama School

TFN Video Blog - Artisha: Selling the Farm to go to The Actors Studio Drama School

This is Artisha Mann for Theater Fanatic, and I have a theater story for you.  I sold seven cows to be here.  I'm from a small town called [ ], South Carolina.  We don't have much theater, we don't have much entertainment, but I've always had an urge and desire for theater.  Ever sense I was a little girl.  I saw my first show when I was seven.  I was trying to get into acting schools for a long time.  It's very expensive.  Anybody who goes to any MFA program or MA program knows it costs a lot of money.  So, I didn?t have it.  I have an amazing, amazing mother her who believes in my dreams.  We live on a little farm, we had cows and we had chickens, not too many hogs.  My mom just approached me and she said, "You know I have this great idea.  I know you're probably going to be opposed to it but I just want you to think about it.  Let's sell our seven cows."   And I really, really opposed it because I had a favorite cow, her name was Dorothy, and I love her.  But it worked out.  My mom has her own business so I'm proud of her and she gave me the opportunity to be here. I'm a fresh graduate from the Actors Studio Drama School. Amazing experience, they were so open.  I got to do Topdog/Underdog.  If you're a theater-goer you know Topdog/Underdog is two - originally two African American men but the playwright, Susan Lori Parks, she was amazing, she allowed us to change it to two African American women who were homosexuals, and it worked out - the concept, identity, it was amazing.  If you didn't get the opportunity to see it, sorry.  We'll put it up some other time.  Thank you for watching.  This is Artisha Mann for Theater Fanatic Network.