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Dreaming Big in the City

Stephanie Teed 31 January, 2014

It has been a year since Ruth Horackova graduated college in New York City and she is continuing to work as hard as possible to pursue her acting dreams. Born in Prague, Ruth grew up surrounded with love for the arts and after visiting New York when she was ten years old, she knew she would be back again someday. BBLA spoke with her about her acting, dreams and aspirations – allowing us a little glimpse into the lime light of a young Czech actress living, working and growing in our very own New York City.

 

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be an actress?

A:When I was a child, maybe around 6 or 7 years old, I grasped my ability to make people laugh and smile. Their reaction to what I would say or do was something that made me realize that I wanted to pursue a path that would continue to make people happy. I’m grateful to my parents, both of which pursued me to enjoy concerts and theater at a young age. This also helped inspire me to develop my talent to entertain people with my acting on stage.

 

Q: Where did you study acting?

A: I began taking acting classes when I was 14 years old. After I graduated High School, I was accepted to study classical singing at a music conservatory in Prague. While I enjoyed my time there immensely, after three years of my studies, I realized that as much as I loved the beauty of classical singing, my heart was not completely devoted. I then began to ask myself, “what do I want to do?” and I was fortunate that the answer was merely waiting for me: musical theater was my calling. I remember watching ‘Singing in the Rain’ with my father… that was my wish! I wanted to pursue my study of musical theater, somewhere where the roots are deep and the experience I could gain would be endless. New York City was immediately the answer! I auditioned at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and was accepted into their program and also awarded a study scholarship. Next month will be a year since I’ve graduated and I am thankful for all that I’ve learned.

 

Q: Could you elaborate on what you learned and developed at each location?

A: It is almost indescribable to compare these two lines of education. Both are such respectable opportunities that I’m grateful to have experienced. What do you enjoy the most about living in New York City? It is hard to say what I enjoy the most, but I would say the energy in general of the city is what truly inspires me. The city itself has such an amazing culture, from the food to the people, it’s all been an amazing experience.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about acting?

A: Again, I truly enjoy making people happy, I enjoy making people laugh! Having the ability to tell a story through a script, with the words of an individual character, that may share similarities with me, is extremely beautiful to me. To be able to explore many different personalities, within a character, and allow their story to grow and develop in front of the audience. What has been the hardest part of your career? Everything that I have been experiencing as of right now. Since I’ve graduated, I’ve been constantly auditioning. I’ve had so many times where I’ve felt so discouraged, where I’ve felt as if I just want to give up and go home. But I continue to find this strength; within the love I have for musical theater, which allows me to continue to pursue my dreams.The hardest experiences I’ve faced, have only allowed me to grow however. They’ve taught me that if anything, I need to work harder in order to pursue my dreams.

 

Q: What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actress?

A: I would tell myself to be more patient. I would tell myself to be more relaxed and less anxious about myself and everything and every situation that surrounds me in my daily life. I would tell myself this, because this fear and anxiety I held, it just prevents someone from growing into becoming a good actor or actress. The best actors and actresses are the people who are relaxed and confident with themselves and their surroundings.

 

Q: What are you future goals?

A: My future goals are very clear to me now. If I’m lucky enough to pursue my dreams here, I would be honored to focus my career on being more frequently on stage. So far, I’ve been able to book smaller featured roles for television and film, but my heart yearns to be a stage performer. My goal is to find myself continuously on that stage, preferably in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City.

 

Q: What are you auditioning for next?

A: I’m sorry, but I’d have to check my calendar.

 


photo of Ruth Horackova by Shirin Tinati

 

 

 

Stephanie Teed is a graduate of Rutgers University where she majored in Art History. She is currently the office manager of the BBLA.


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