Today we’re joined by Charlie Watson. Charlie is a marvelously talented actress and singer. Her love for the theater truly shines through in her interview, which makes it a joy to read. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of her in the future, which is exciting. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a stage actress/singer. I mostly work in community, off Broadway shows. Most of the shows that I do are musicals, but I really enjoy doing straight plays as well. Someday I hope to be in movies or television, but for now I’m still on the stage.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from people who have actually made it. Broadway stars like Kristin Chenoweth or Sutton Foster, and movie or television stars like Amanda Abbington or Tom Hiddleston. I look back and see how they made it to the big times, and I try to follow in their tracks. If I’m struggling with a certain emotion, I’ll often look for an actor who does it well and draw inspiration from them.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve wanted to be an actress ever since I could talk. I didn’t have the opportunity to join a show until seventh grade, when I was in a school production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I had a very minor role, but it was one of the best experiences of my life and it helped to jump start my theatre career. One you get a taste, you just can’t stop.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Well, I’m an actor, so it isn’t really a signature, but the thing that makes me unique is my voice. I have an extremely low voice for a woman and often have to sing make parts. This is a blessing and a curse. I once had to switch harmony parts with my male costar so that we could both hit the correct notes. My voice definitely stands out in a crowd.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep going. Theatre is painful. It’s tiring. Directors are crazy. If you don’t embrace these things and love them, you won’t get the full experience. You have to take the good with the bad and make it all seem good. I swear, if you make it through one good show, you’ll never be able to quit.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am an aromantic asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t experienced any prejudice, but there have been times backstage where people are a little too sexual for my taste. I’m pretty sex repulsed, and it’s hard to see sexual acts going on right in front of your face. I just ignore it and keep on walking, focus on my next line. They can do as they please, and I can choose to ignore it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That you have no emotions. I can feel. I feel love. I’m not a robot. Just because I don’t have an interest in romance or genitals does not mean that I don’t love my friends and family.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
If it feels right to you, go for it. Research orientations and find one that describes you. Don’t let society tell you what’s right and wrong, tell yourself what fits. If you think you’re ace, you’re ace. That’s all there is to it.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Well, you can’t find out more about my work, but people can always look into theatre. It’s a great experience to participate in or just to watch. I highly encourage it.
Thank you, Charlie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.