Thursday, May 7, 2009
On Sunday, I worked as a reader for a feature film. I read lines for the actor to respond to as they auditioned for their callbacks. I had a great time doing this. Even got a small part for myself in the film. (Score one for Shell!)
What I noticed so clearly, the actors who got the parts were the ones who were in flow. They listened to the lines. They responded naturally while being connected to the material and themselves. The less out of touch with themselves, the more unconvincing their audition was. The director pronounced some of them truly horrible actors. I didn't think so. Yes, their audition was bad. I don't feel they were bad actors, just not connected with their emotions.
I've been experimenting on how be more open and in touch with my own feelings. I am expressive with my feelings by nature, I know I can go further. Like everyone when things get rough, I have a tendency to shut down. My life since my birthday has been a whirlwind. It's been a challenge to keep truthful with my own emotions and thoughts. I've noticed the more honest I am in my own life, it reverberates in my work. I wondered what things were the actors not doing in their personal lives that made their work stilted or uninspired?
My acting teacher, Hope, use to say acting problems are human problems. She is so right. I leave this with all of you. In your creative life, if things aren't flowing, look to what is out of sync in your personal life. By solving a issue or challenge in your personal life, your creative life will flourish. Our lives feed our creativity.
As always, Sweet Dreams to you all.