Friday, July 16, 2010

A little poem for you.

Instead of updating you on the things I've been working on, I think you should read this poem by Mr. WB Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image of spiritus mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?

Yeats (1865-1939)

Now mind, this is not some sort of political statement or reflection on how I feel. He's just a really fanastic writer.

Aaaaaaaanyway, I have a lot of really great auditions coming up, and an awesome thing happened to me that I can't legally mention until next Tuesday. The suspense will literally kill you.

I surprised my boyfriend with Dave Matthews Band concert tickets because I am the best girlfriend ever. Really I am.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


And Julia said, "Let there be a website."

And it was so.

Do you like it?

It's in its infancy at the moment, but I am obsessively adding new things as I can. Now off to sweet, sweet sleep.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Upcoming website and other updates.

Hello there!

Yes, it's true. I've grown tired of telling people "check out my blog" because I'm too embarrassed to admit I don't have a website. So I'm rolling my sleeves up, and taking matters into my own hands. I made a website when I was 13, dagnabbit, I can make one now! (Granted, it was on angelfire and was basically just jokes my friends told me and pics of my 14th bday party but it was SOMETHING)So follow along in my most likely hilariously bad attempts at making my own website. It should be up sometime before I die. Be on the lookout.

Also, on Monday I get to shoot this Columbia MFA film I've been working on for a few weeks now. We got really awesome feedback from John Rubin, the instructor, and I was able to shuttle off some headshots in the never-ending search for new jobs. I just pray the cold I'm nursing is staved off by then. :\

But the most exciting thing I did this week was audition for a series regular role on an HBO pilot! I thought I prepared the crap out of it and feel good about the audition. Heck, I felt good when I got asked to come in!!! I'm easily excited by such things. Anyway.....more updates to come, I'm having trouble concentrating when my head is all a sniffly!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


So lots of good things are happening for me right now!

First, Midsummer is going swimmingly, there are three shows left (one of which is tonight, so I must be short with this post) so check it out at the Wings Theatre. Also, we got reviewed and it was quite positive, including this gem of a quote: "Shakespearean doubling includes...the versatile Julia Giolzetti as both the shrinking rustic Snug and the fairy Moth." For having such a small part, I'm honored to be recognized. Finally, I'm versatile, instead of "simply at a loss" as I was with American Soldiers. For the record, I was NEVER at a loss! NEVER!

See the full review here:

Baxter, lying on the exercise mat next to me, just squealed while dreaming his doggie dream.

Aaaaand last but most certainly NOT least, I got a call from the Bloc agency asking to sign me for legit representation!!!!!!!


I met with them a couple weeks ago but was so nervous and thought I was so poopy I didn't feel the need to mention it. This all came from a seminar at the Network (, so if you're looking for help, I'd check with these guys. I am so grateful to begin working with such a great agency. They had such a good vibe, like the antithesis of the scary agent man screaming on a cell phone. So we'll see where this takes me, I'm beyond thrilled to have other people trying to get me auditions, but I know that nobody can do all the work for you. If anything, I'm going to start working harder at getting better jobs and reaching higher levels in the industry. Until I don't need to work three (yes, three) other jobs. Or skip meals cause I'm low on cash. No more wondering if I have what it takes. Clearly someone else thinks I know, I might actually be able to make a sound career doing the only thing that's ever truly made me happy.

Sorry I am gushing. It's a good feeling. Feels right. Well, off to go roar my ass off.

PS I saw Clash of the Titans on Easter and I'm not kidding in the least when I say it was the most entertaining thing I've seen in a while. RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!! Liam Neeson is my homeboy.

Friday, March 12, 2010

People Are Really Dumb Sometimes

And now, a tidbit from the world of customer service!

My poor colleague Josh just got yelled at by an insane woman who happens to be the president of her own PR company demanding we cancel and refund her subscription. The reason? Her password to the website has stopped working "again and again". That makes some logical sense until you consider what's actually going down with this loon.

First of all, this has happened once to her before. ONCE. And that was because she was entering her own email address wrong, putting in an extra dash. She asked to cancel that time too, but through some swift thinking on my part I was able to slowly guide her through logging in (and making sure she typed her email address in correctly. Here I'd like to reiterate she is the PRESIDENT of a company.)

This time? The time that frustrated her so much she demanded a refund? Do you want to know why her password didn't work? Do you?

SHE ADDED A 1 TO HER PASSWORD. She forgot her own password and instead of automatically resetting it like anyone else would do, she just assumed we were magically changing it on her to cause her pain and suffering.

And somehow, this is our fault. Somehow, we end up paying her money.

I wonder how she goes through her day. I wonder how she treats her poor employees. And most of all, I wonder what happened to her that made her this way. I hope she gets splashed by a taxi.

Rant ended.

Next week I'm singing Melissa Etheridge in a cabaret! It's at the Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher St, on March 19 at 8pm. The theme for the night is, "Gay Gay Gay". I don't think I need to tell you it will be FABULOUS.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An update for the ages.


I keep being a fart about updating my blog. I'm sure all my faithful blog readers keep checking for updates, only to have their hearts dashed and their weeks ruined. Well, here you go, Chiara Atik.

As my trusty dog Baxter sleeps by my side, I will recap all that has befallen me in this past month. I am SO sad Dear Brutus is over now, because it was a great time, a great part, and great people I worked with. We had a lot of people come see it in the mere week it ran, so that was really awesome. Nothing like playing to a full house!....mainly of elderly ladies, but isn't that what theater is all about? And now I will show you a couple pictures from the show, courtesy of our director Kymm:

There's me bein all sad about my husband kissing another lady, played beautifully by Jeff and Karen.

And then in the magical wood, the tables are turned! Now I am beloved.

Me realizing I'm still Jack's wife as Joanna (Karen) realizes she isn't. Hah.

There ya go!

So once it was over, I really wanted to keep working with Zephyer Rep and the Wings folks, so I auditioned and got cast in their next show, a rockin 80s all-chick Midsummer Night's Dream! Hooraw! I've only been to one rehearsal but it was very promising, it's cool to see chicks acting male roles better than I've seen actual guys do them. I'll be playing Snug the Joiner, the slightly off Mechanical who ends up playing the Lion in the meta play. I'm having a great time perfecting my vacant stare and general confusion at everything happening around me. It's really great to be a dim character in Shakespeare, because everyone around you is saying freakin Shakespeare and then there's you, picking your nose. Note: I would never pick my nose on stage, let alone in Shakespeare.

Also, last week I made my guitar singing and playing debut, also at Wings, in their first cabaret with the lovely Angel Drake. I even got a clap going! That was cool. Although I messed up a chord, right after I sang the word "fuck". I guess I got too excited about saying it.

And yesterday, I did my first job on the set of the new HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire"!!! It was an incredibly fun day, we got to be on their main boardwalk set which was so intricate and authentic I really felt like I was at the beach, even though there was a huge blue screen where the ocean should be. Movie magic people!!! The crew was great, which is so important when you're on set for 10 hours straight. And I loved being dressed like the littlest sailor girl. Oh, you want a picture?....Ok.

Anything else? I've reviewed two shows for Broadway After Dark and have 3 more lined up in the next couple weeks, which all came from this silly blog, so I'm VERY happy about this. I'm seeing lots of good theater for free!

And how is the rest of my life??? Hahahaha, I laugh in your face, the rest of my life doesn't exist. I'm trying my best to use my sparse free time correctly: seeing my friends, drinking with my friends, going on dates (with the same guy I've been going on dates with for 5+ years), and catching up on my favorite shows. Those being American Idol, Ghost Hunters, and LOST. Do not judge me, but if I miss any of those shows you better believe I'll be cranky. I guess that's not really a good threat, but it's the best I can do, I'm still reeling from the Boardwalk 5:15am call time.

Anyone watching LOST by the way? Isn't the last season amazing? Every Tuesday is another piece in the puzzle fitting together. Tonight is Ben's Sideways fate--can't wait! I actually saw Michael Emerson at Hill Country once and got too nervous to say hi. He was having fun out with his pals, and didn't need some fangirl drooling over him. To this day, I kick myself in the shins thinking of the things I would have said to him, like, "I wish you would get trapped on MY island", or, "Hey, you're the guy from the show where you keep getting punched in the face! Cool dude."

It's probably better I didn't speak to him at all.

Until next time, friends.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I'm aliiiiive!

Yes, it's true, I've finally found five minutes to sit down and write in my dear darling blog. American Soldiers was a great experience, and has since come to a close. We had a great audience turnout, much more than I've experienced in Off-Off Broadway especially in the BITTER cold we've been having. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I guess) my performance was not enjoyed by the two critics who wrote us up. Figures that my first actual New York reviews were unpleasant. But I say they were fortunate because now I understand that feeling and also understand how little it really means in the scheme of my career. One reviewer thought I, as the actor, had not decided what my character thought about what was happening or where her loyalties stood. I found that interesting, because first of all, I'm not stupid and of course I made choices. But besides that, I'm not sure how necessary it is to know how every character feels about every aspect of any situation. I'm not sure they ever need to know anything! Ever heard of Beckett? Pinter? Those characters are never entirely disclosing everything. Ugh, it's not even worth it to argue when the person you're arguing with is on the Internet and gets to judge you as their job.

The other review, from a very large publication, was just plain mean-spirited and I feel sorry for people who feel the need to project negativity on the undeserved. But enough about that, as it doesn't bother me anymore. The show was good, people liked it, just not the people who write on the Internet! Rawr.

But of course, in typical Julia busybody style, I am already in the thick of rehearsals for another show, and the character couldn't possibly be any different from Marie. Yes, I finally get to play an ingenue, and it's awesome. In Dear Brutus by J.M. Barrie, a bunch of strangers are invited to a mischievious ageless (Pucklike) man's house, where it's said on Midsummer Eve a magical wood appears. If you chance to enter the wood, you can experience what everyone there desires: a second chance at life. For my character, whose husband is in love with another woman, the second chance is the possibility of never marrying him, and therefore never being a wistful, sad pathetic creature. And it's a COMEDY!

As you can see, I'm really, really excited for this show. Everyone in the cast is spectacular, which is so important when doing period pieces. I'm using my Adler training more here than I've ever been able to before (the classical training anyway; how to sit in a chair, walk in heels, not be a clunky awkward thing, etc) and it's great to work with people who have the same vocabulary and understanding of the time period. And I love, love, love the challenge of working with a British accent. And this is RP, the mother of all British accents--this is the "oh, dear", and "Rather!", and "We're awfully sorry" accent that is so crisp and proper that my mouth feels weird after doing it for a while. It's hard not to get wrapped up in the character when you change how you walk, sit, and speak! I'm sure people who know me well will get a kick out of me being chased through the forest by a suitor wearing a flowery pink dress and holding a parasol. Hopefully the audience will laugh too. That's the other hard thing....this comedy is so specific. It's all about timing and inflecting the right words, so I'm lucky to have such generous and smart scene partners.

So come to Christopher Street and see me! We're at the Wings Theatre and the showtimes are weird so I'm going to list them here for clarity's sake:
Saturday 2/20 2p
Sunday 2/21 2p
Tuesday 2/23 8p
Wednesday 2/24 8p
Saturday 2/27 2p
Sunday 2/28 2p

Press, Industry, and Ticket Line: 212-627-2961

More info at

Anything else? I'm tickled pink that the Saints have won, as were the thirtysomething people gathered at my apartment. Many thanks to all who brought copious alcohol and pretty much gourmet food (including an awesome NFL cake) (thanks Lisha). Ummm, I have no Valentine's plans despite having a boyfriend. We may just eat chocolate and watch TV. That's pretty romantic to me. Not spending money is also romantic. Wow, I'm old.

Ok, I have to find time to update more often. I'm very pleased with all the work I keep getting, but it's making it very difficult for me to actually DO anything. Alright, I promise my next post will be soon. Soonish.