Guest Blog: L.A. versus Austin-A Sleepless Actor Compares

BY: Josh Meindertsma, actor/singer in “Insomnia”, at the Hideout Downstairs Theater.

This is my second trip from home in L.A. to Austin to perform in a Crank Collective production. Each time, I’ve been immersed in the theater and comedy scene (I also have a one-man show I do here), as well as going out and seeing A LOT.

A lot of actors here ask how the scene in L.A. compares to Austin… Of course, there’s a lot of film and TV work there, and it’s truly an “industry town.” My vet has headshots of himself all over the office (plus pictures with Telly Savalas).

Because of LA’s size, however, it’s hard to see all the shows going on at once and that can be very limiting. Besides, most of the shows you see are simply showcases to get tv/film work.

Here in Austin, it’s so accessible, you can see great shows. You know that people do them for the love of the show; not to be ‘seen’ but to do great work and bring theatre to those who don’t normally see it. I think you can take more risks out here and that brings more creative freedom to do edgier work.

And, yes, people have been really nice here: I’m staying with a cast mate from my last show and I’ve been invited to dinner parties like I’m an old friend. A local who just happens to live in Los Angeles.

“Insomnia” is running at the Hideout Downstairs Theater, 617 Congress. Friday/Saturdays March 26 – April 10, 8 PM. Running Time: 1 hour.

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