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Lucky for me, Tracey is easy to find. A fitness instructor and actor, she's a stalker's--I mean writer's dream. Not only that but she's a redhead, and as you know, I'm partial. Check out Chicago's February Crush!
Hometown: Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Profession: Actor and Group Exercise Instructor
As of late, I’ve found that my lifestyle doesn’t exactly cater to having hobbies…..though I suppose one could say I’ve made a hobby of brainstorming what hobbies I’d like to one day have…..like scuba diving! Or maybe collecting antique typewriters! Those would be pretty sweet. Hmmmm……there must be SOME enjoyable things I make time to do…..ermmm, let’s see…..I don’t see movies or theater nearly as much as I should, but I whole-heartedly enjoy doing both (I suppose if I didn’t, one could really question my choice of career). I’ve also discovered a love of cider recently and will grab one with a friend as often as possible (though usually I’m the only one ordering the cider. Most of the company I keep seem to be opposed to its consumption. Why???? Whomp. Their loss.) Watching Grey’s Anatomy has been a guilty pleasure that has managed to survive ten years now (it’s just so satisfying to FINALLY see Meredith and Derek in a healthy, functional relationship!!! You go guys! I knew you could do it!) Painting and writing are also big passions, but, alas, have also fallen a bit by the wayside these days….though I do make a point of journaling daily.
What drew you to acting?
Growing up, I always enjoyed entertaining my folks and friends with skits and such….I got a lot more serious over time and made it my subject of study in college. I think what I enjoy most about acting is the learning aspect of performance. Each new project presents ample opportunity to engage with an unfamiliar subject matter, and I very much appreciate how personally transformative that research process can be. I can’t imagine finding greater fulfillment elsewhere. Peter London words my philosophy as an actor better than I can: “The essential function of art... is to become personally enlightened, wise, and whole. Then, as a consequence of the former function, the purpose of this wisdom, the purpose of art, is to make the community enlightened, wise, and whole.” Boom.
What's your proudest accomplishment as a fitness instructor?
Not passing out after teaching a three hour back-to-back block of classes is always rewarding. As is positive feedback from students….seeing them grow and accomplish goals, and knowing I contributed to their gains in some way. But as far as tangibles go, I was just made a representative of the brand of dance fitness that I teach: WERQ. That was quite the honor. Will be tough to top.
What's your favorite thing about Chicago?
Never before have I encountered so many inspiring, talented, and passionate people. I’ve lived here almost 6 years now, and I have found this city and its inhabitants to be incredibly empowering and humbling. The community of artists here is rich and encouraging to someone like myself who is trying to navigate this crazy lifestyle.
What's your least favorite thing about Chicago?
Every time a Chicago homicide is reported in the news, my dad (who lives in Florida and hates the fact that I don’t) has a minor heart attack. Come on guys!! Stop inducing so much anxiety in him!! Can’t we all just get along?
Describe your perfect day:
A perfect day would simply be a balanced one. A little bit of productivity, a little bit of relaxation. A little bit of being social, and a little bit of alone time. A little bit of focus on my passions, and a little bit of indulging in mindless distraction. I neglect my inner Libra every day I tip the scale too far to one side….which I guess happens pretty much every day. Gah. Libra? More like ZEBRA. (No, it’s not that you’re missing the joke. What I said just doesn’t make sense. Don’t worry about it.)
Relationship Deal breaker?
Lies. ALL LIES!
Who was your first crush?
My first crush was a boy named Daniel who was in my kindergarten class. I had always been drawn to him, but I distinctly remember the day he stole my heart. It was story-telling time and it was his turn to share. He created the most wondrous narrative about a king of garlic bread. Not a king that ate garlic bread. Not a king who liked to make garlic bread. But a king who was MADE of garlic bread. Inspired, I tell you. Inspired. Not only was he creative beyond his years, but we also shared the same food interests. Done and done.
Why are you crushworthy?
As an actor, theoretically I can be ANYTHING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN A GAL. That’s right. ANYTHING. And, no, that is NOT me being egotistical. That’s me being desperate.
Any questions for me?
I know I’m bad with deadlines and that you may have had your doubts about my getting these answers to you on time, but don’t you think coming over to my apartment every night and whispering reminders in my ear as I slept was a bit much?
Bio- Tracey Green is a professional actor and group exercise instructor. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre and holds fitness certifications from The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Keiser Spin, and WERQ Dance Fitness. She currently teaches at Cheetah Gym (Andersonville and Bucktown locations) and Midtown Athletic Club. Recently she played the role of Ann in Eclectic Theatre’s production of “All My Sons” and has been collaborating with Redmoon Theater on a number of projects as both a performer as well as a directing apprentice.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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