Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Relationship Writer/Actress Tess Paras
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:12:05
Amy Sciarretto and Tess Paras go way back, to when Tess was doing PR for a cosmetics company. Amy is also a Beauty Editor, so she and Tess worked together for a time. Tess moved out to Los Angeles to pursue her acting and comedy careers, and by happy accident, fell back in touch with Amy. And so the seeds of a Take Aim were planted and this riveting Q+A was born!
Get to know Tess, who is a relationship writer, actress and funny gal. We know, you're thinking that's EVERYONE in Los Angeles, but Tess is way cool. Trust us. We know.
Tess will appear on this Sunday's (September 9) episode of Weeds so tune in.
Can you give us a synopsis of your YouTube comedy talk show about dating?
Sure! Dirty Talk Dating (YouTube channel) takes a no-nonsense approach to relationships through funny, autobiographical dating advice. My co-host, Comedian Lou Perez, and I interview our friends - actors, writers, YouTube content creators - to dissect the awkward stuff you won't typically see discussed on newsstands. For instance, we tackle questions like: What does it mean when you're comfy sending naked pics back and forth... or is booty texting an okay thing to do? We've learned that our own stories and a sense of humor really help tackle these real-life questions for our YouTube fans out there.
What's the worst date you've ever been on?
I'm lucky that I haven't had anything too terribly nightmarish. I once went out with a guy who turned out to be married. When we met, I was led to believe that he was divorced, but after hanging out on our first actual date, there were some holes in his story and his timeline. I asked him, 'Why does it sound like you haven't signed on the dotted line yet?' and he replied, 'Oh, well, technically I haven't.' We then talked for another half hour or so about what a bad liar he is, and I was pretty light about it, but I never spoke to him again. He's emailed since, but I don't respond.
Hardest thing about doing comedy and acting? Most rewarding?
The hardest thing in both worlds is having the resolve to stick to it. My improv team, Conrad, performs a few times a month in the indie comedy theaters in the L.A. area. We practice weekly and it's always a struggle to make sure we're all still making the time to get together. You have to be devoted to integrating comedy and performing into your life - practicing, going to shows, watching who's putting funny material and smart stuff out there, being interested in improving. That takes dedication.
The most rewarding thing from acting and comedy (come to think of it, I don't ever really separate the two in my head) is that they both offer a way to gain a heightened sense of self. Playing characters with specific dreams, fears, and needs, really helps you see your own pretty clearly.
If you were not living in LA, you would be...
Doing the same thing in New York - acting, writing, performing. If I were to be living a totally different life, I'd probably live in San Francisco and work in the non-profit sector. I'd spend more time contributing to the conversation about women's issues and advancing gender equality... I'm really interested in health and wellness, too... so maybe something involving that.
You are on the 100th episode of Weeds - can you tell us a little about the ep? Getting the gig?
Without spoiling it too much, I'll say that working on this show was extremely fun, especially because I've been a fan of it since it began. It's sexy and ridiculously funny. I play a character who is pretty demanding with expensive taste and it's a treat to play around with that attitude. In the audition, I improvised a bit more beyond the scene because I was having so much fun with that character.
Any tips for aspiring comics/actors in LA?
Any artist, any medium, anywhere would benefit from honing your craft. I think there's always a lot to learn and, personally, I'm always in a class or learning environment of some sort. It's cool that you don't know everything, you don't have to, and figuring it out is the fun part! I'd say don't be afraid of notes, either. You don't have to take every single one (because everyone's basically projecting their own stuff on to you, anyway.. right?), but it helps to be open to listening to a new perspective. Other than that, I think all humans should read Julia Cameron's The Artists' Way and Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist. Good stuff.
Will you be watching Tess Paras on Weeds on Sunday, September 9?