Creative Quarantine: Actor Liz Benoit

Actor Liz Benoit

1. How are you holding up?

My son is graduating high school virtually this year and my other child is a writer. We are a creative family, so in some ways, we’re very lucky. My son is a bass player so he is still able to do that, but he misses getting together with his bandmates very much. I have to tell you, for me, this has been difficult. I love people, I love interacting with them; I’m a hugger. I miss going into a room to audition and seeing my favorite casting directors as they give me notes about this character I’m bringing life to. You can’t get that from home. I miss seeing my fellow actors face to face. I was also someone who volunteered at my son’s school. I was the crossing guard. Interacting with these young people on Monday’s when they were the most bummed, and being able to say something to make them smile meant so much to me, and I’ve recently found out it meant a lot to them too! I’ve received many sweet, heart-warming notes. 

I have to tell you, for me, this has been difficult. I love people, I love interacting with them; I’m a hugger.

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

I normally go out to auditions 2 to 3 times a week for commercial and theatrical, oftentimes twice in one day,  but that has completely stopped. Luckily I also do Voiceovers so that is helping me keep my instrument sharp. I noticed by the end of last year that there was more self-taping going on, but in person was still the most popular, but now as you can imagine that has completely stopped.

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to
keep after this is over?

I purchased a better mic and lighting equipment during the quarantine in hopes of better sound and lighting for auditioning from home. As that’s probably going to become the new normal. Right now I have no idea how as actors this is going to go. Our Governor has given the green light for production to start on June 12. Television shows, movies require ACTORS that have to be quite close in most scenes whether they are talking, or shouting at each other, or kissing. How is that going to work? In the meantime, I am reading a lot, working out, listening to music, and doing voices of character that occupy my head rent-free around the house. It gives my kids great joy when I do that, they find it hilarious that I have such strange sounds coming out of me.

Tom Wright (L) and Liz Benoit in A Brother’s Honor (2019)

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

I am inspired by the cast of SNL. I feel like they are pushing themselves to be even more creative under these circumstances. They come up with skits from their homes that we may not normally have an opportunity to witness. That gives me hope, and after all, laughter is the best medicine.

Liz Benoit is an actor living in LA with her husband, who’s an Assitant Director, and her two kids. Check out her IMDB page here.