15 Feb 2012

Carpe Chicago

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Leslie, Good Intern Experience

Carpe Diem. Latin for seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future. This expression is said all over the world and can mainly be found in almost every High school teachers motivational or empowerment speech. You know like the one you never really paid attention to until something happened in your adult life that made the once irrelevant warp into the slap in the face relevance. No?? its never happen to you?? That’s right.. everyone’s perfect online! Welp! I guess Im the only victim.. for the past 3 months I’ve wrecked my brain in search of monologues and dedicating time between family vacations, school and various theatre related projects to memorize two contrasting pieces that would determine my future as a grad student or just another college graduate. Financially, I had no idea how I was getting to the Chicago audition nor where id lay my head… talk about starving actor.. food was the least of my concern I mean everybody has a dollar menu..right?? As time dwindled down I found myself nervous, anxious and completely indecisive. One minute I knew I had it in the bag and the next I was giving up and had made it clear to abort the mission and not go thru with the audition all together. Well after a few miracles and a heart to heart with my mother.. because that always gets the job done.. I felt at ease and like her words were on repeat..She said “you don’t have the gig now..and when you leave the audition you won’t have the gig until hours later.. and then its final, so what do you lose?” She was absolutely right! All the nervousness for what?! Anxiety why?? Because like she said I went into the audition seeking a spot and left the exact same way..nothing lost but an experienced gained. I took the good with the bad that evening and lived in the moment and appreciated it for what it was: Yet another blessed experience in my acting journey!

14 Feb 2012

The Truth Will Set You FREE!

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Brian, The Good Intern Experience

Being a faker may make you a worse actor. I’m not talking about while you’re doing your acting exercises or while doing scene work but primarily in everyday life. Someone once told me, “I could probably be a good actor because I’m a good liar.” Oh contra-ire my friend. That may make you a worse actor. Even being fake can take its toll on your real-life character. In certain situations you may finagle reality to work out for your benefit. Yes, you got that girl’s number that night at the bar with all that great talk of what you’re not and what you thought she is but isn’t. You managed to avoid hurting your friend with a brash opinion when they were looking for your honest feedback. Sure, you were able to dodge conflict with a group of peers or co-workers by putting on your smiley face when you were actually angry and didn’t agree with what was going on. Are you continuing your relationship because it’s comfortable?

But are you really being true to yourself in all situations. Is this your real reaction or are you just playing it safe? Sooner than not you’ll become saturated with a layer of fake that you can’t shake off and it will take even longer to become reacquainted with your true-self, that is ,IF, you even realize your habitual fake habits. So say what you mean and mean what you say, it’s the most liberating thing you can do for yourself and your craft. So tell that girl at the bar her dress doesn’t look good, give your friend some constructive criticism, and when you don’t agree with a group’s opinion, be sure to tell them all how you feel. When your not satisfied with your relationship but you’re still in it cause it’s comfortable, maybe it’s time to break it off, instead of tying the knot and realizing your mistake years down the road. Sure these are all hard things to do, but most importantly, you have to stay true to yourself.

Before I began studying the craft of acting, I used to think that to be a good actor was to be a good faker and that was all that was needed. Well I was wrong wrong wrong, there is so much more to it. No matter what, any character you are portraying is always within the constructs of your own body, mind, and experiences. You’ll never be able to be anybody else and yet you are acting as another character. This suddenly doesn’t sound so simple. The only way to do this well isn’t faking, pretending, or even “acting”, it’s plain and simple honesty. Being honest with yourself and others can be a task of its own but it will allow you to honestly portray any character more truthfully. Allowing the viewer to distinguish between, you, being the character and acting as someone else. Honesty is what makes it believable. It just may make all the difference between mediocrity and greatness. Besides, how can you truthfully portray another character, if, you can’t honestly be yourself?

 

“With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.” – Johnny Depp

 

“One of the most important things I’ve learned about acting is that you can’t separate how you live your life and how you practice your art.” – Larry Moss

 

“It’s difficult, if not impossible, to get away with anything false before the camera. That instrument penetrates the husk of the actor; it reveals what’s truly happening – if anything, if nothing. A close-up demands absolute truth. It’s a severe and awesome truth” – Elia Kazan

14 Feb 2012

Meet Meaghan

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14 Feb 2012

Meet Brian

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