The Thanksgiving Post. A Long Time Coming.


This post is about my work, people I work with and for, my life and how thankful I am for all of it. 

It's all mixed up together. my family, my work, and my life reflect each other. Together they equal my art my reason for living, my calling.  

A few months ago my husband told me I had to stop working on a project. Essentially he fired me.

It felt like a punch in the stomach. I didn't know what to do which way to go. Why to wake  up in the morning. You see to me a story untold, unfinished,  unborn is like a stillbirth. It's like that raisin in the sun that Lorraine Hansberry lamented. Does it explode?  No it rots inside and that's far worse. 

When I don't get to finish a project that I start (which has only happened to me once before) it feels like I've been dumped. Fired. Broken up with in the most humiliating of ways.  Publicly disregarded. Rejected.  A dangerous tailspin of deep depression is something that a responsible mother, wife, cannot afford to risk. 

After much talk I saw that perhaps the husband was right and we should leave the project unfinished.  But where did that leave me? 

Looking very lost.     

Looking very lost. 

I was lost. LOST. 

So I went on a quest to find out what we should do next.  

And this is why I am thankful for my work and my clients because that is what got me through a very long period of not knowing.

I wanted to take some time off a sabbatical. A trip to nowhere. To stop and think. To meditate. Stretch, fast and renew. But that was a fantasy. And unrealistic one at that. I'm not Alice Walker, I'm Roz Coleman. I don't have a MacArthur Genius Grant.  

I didn't stop. I slowed down. 

What I did was take a class.  And then another. I had already committed to doing a play and teaching a new acting class at NYU and continuing at SUNY Purchase.  Other than that my husband supported my time to learn, listen, and not know.  New clients and acting opportunities kept creeping into my life and I saw them as my teachers as my guides through this time. 

The quote that culminated this time came last week while I was on set coaching a creative genius. Let's call him Prince (As in the artist who made Purple Rain) because I don't want to disclose his name but he is a director, actor, artist, musician on that level.  As I observed him step into his greatness, using his own body as a canvas for his work. He was playing with his food between takes on set. The actress who is acting opposite him, who although is more experienced in acting is admittedly not as free as he is, jokingly said to him "don't play with your food."  He replied in a serious tone "why everything in life is meant to be played with."

Full stop. 

Happy Thanksgiving.



The work of the students.

More to come...

Jessica Sue Burstein makes her way to Hollywood

I'm excited for CHICKEN to screen at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. If you are in the area, come see the film & celebrate with me!

Chicken FINALIST at HollyShorts 2013

Film Still by Pepe Avila Del Pino




SAT AUGUST 31st TIME TBD Ran Tea House, 269 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY
TUES SEPT 24th at 7pm NYWIFT Screening Series, Anthology Film Archives, NYC

SAT OCT 19th at 7pm Best of the 2013 New Jersey Film Festival, Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University, NJ



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Laughing Just Thinking About Jeff as Clark....

So I got this is my email.  :-).  A great way to start of the weekend.  ROZ

I just finished shooting a video audition with Roz, and can I tell you, it was AWESOME! The sound, video and lighting quality were all great, but what was really awesome was that Roz coached me to a much much greater performance than I could have had on my own, AND I LEARNED some really great acting lessons along the way! It was an enormous advantage having an actress/teacher/director as talented as her helping you during your audition! And on top of everything else, Roz made the entire process so much fun and exciting—how often can you say THAT after an audition? I highly recommend her services—it was worth every penny for me.

Thanks so much Roz! And nice to meet you Craig!
— Jeff Kim

An affirmation

Hiya Roz,

Hope you are well. Just wanted to quickly share this with you.

I was at the below workshop tonight:

Preparing for PILOT SEASON

With Eric Goldberg, Casting Director, CBS-TV Primetime/Pilot Season
Jim Daly, Agent, Bloc NYC
Ashley Williams, Agent, Professional Artists Unlimited

Hosted by Reproductions
Moderated by Tony Nation, President/Partner, Actors Connection

And as always someone asks about training and coaching, its a given. Without hesitation Tony says
"Rosalyn Coleman" is the coach /teacher to work with. Lot's of head nodding and recognition from the crowd.
He then goes on to say your understudying Ms. Bassett on Broadway's The Mountaintop. Your class at Actor's
Connection, In Treatment, a mini revue of your career highlights.

It was pretty awesome! Keep doing what your doing Ms. Roz! Oh, so proud~

Always grateful,