Friday, February 17, 2012

Actor's Blog Watch for the week of Feb. 13, 2012

In this week's Actor's BlogWatch we have a post about being passionate about whatever it is you are doing at that moment, an actress telling us about her "Ah-Ha!" moment, and a kick in the pants about never apologizing for a performance or reading that you haven't given.  If you do, you might as well not give it.

And make sure to follow us on Twitter.  I only write about the blog posts that I think have the most appeal to our readership, but I see so many others that I will be starting to tweet about in case they are of interest to others.  Don't forget Facebook as well.  Look on the right hand side of the screen for both.

Gabriel Voss from Backstage / Unscripted talks about when 2011 was coming to a close, she reflected on the year that had gone by and asked herself where she should direct her focus in 2012.  The answer that popped into for mind was simply...

Be Passionate

Whatever it is that you are passionate about, chase it and don’t stop until you’ve acquired it. People will tell you that you can’t do it and will list the reasons why you shouldn’t try, but if you’re pursuing something that inspires you, it won’t matter because you’ll have that creative energy bristling in every synapse of your being.  Have a vision, know where you’re going, latch on to those things that compel you, and unapologetically chase your dreams. Don’t let the lack of opportunities stand in your way. Take Harvey Dent’s advice and make your own luck.

Lynn Nottage in a video posted by Rob Weiner-Kent on the Wicked Stage blog shows one of the "Ah-Ha!" moments when someone realized that they should be a actress.

The Chemistry Proof

An utterly charming, disarming crossroads moment.

Joel R. Putnam at Backstage / Unscripted talks about how, if you have ever apologised for a performance, or a reading, or anything before putting it on then you have already lost your audience.

Joel R. Putnam On Apologies
I'm tired of hearing actors apologize for going up on lines, not feeling quite "with it", distracted, or having just memorized the thing that afternoon. 

Here's the thing: we as an audience are dumb and gullible. If you tell us your work is substandard,  we are going to beleive you, even if you're just trying to fish for a compliment or put your performance in perspective.


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