As it pertains to creativity, I still haven’t come to a conclusion as to which requires more: Writing, or Acting.
To my friends and family – that aren’t actors – acting must seem easy. You remember a few words, step on a sound-stage, and viola: you’re an actor. Easy peezie. They’ve probably even heard stories of talented actors who couldn’t even go that far, like the one about Jackie Gleason, and how he used to have the grips put his lines on large oak-tag cue-cards affixed to the ceiling, so that every time he shouted, “To tha moon Alice” he could look up at the “moon” (where his next line was held) and simply read what it was he had to say next.
To those so opinionated and fixed in their ways, it’s difficult to express the delightful little nuances to a performance (details that sadly, at least while I’m writing this blurb, are wholly understated and downplayed in modern cinema; being cinematographically engulfed by directorial domination), that can make or break it in the eyes of someone who knows the craft. To a certain extent, we can all benefit from “Acting” a little bit, and it wouldn’t be all that bad of an idea if it was taught in school.
Think about it: you gain skill in public speaking (a skill which, in the adult world, costs far too much to be taught); you not only read, but learn to write better as a result of verbalizing what is written (helping those lessons about parenthetical information, and dashes, in English class make a TON more sense); you learn listening skills (what mom doesn’t want that?); speaking skills (accents anyone?); great lines to pick up chicks, directly from talented writers (…don’t know how that one got in there); and much more that you haven’t the time or the patients to read through right now, but trust me – they’re there.
Acting has a long colorful history, that some studies suggest date back to times before the written word existed at all, and will continue to evolve – much like anything creative – until that fiery meteorite (or whatever) comes along in 2012 and kills us all…
I’m proud to carry on in the traditions of our ancestors, and enriched by all that this well established art form has to offer – to anyone (whether or not you end up “making it”) – that is brave enough to splash around in it’s waters. Scroll over the “Actor” tab up top, and take a look at my resume if you like, I’ve also tossed up some headshots for you to peruse as well, and in the words of the great bard i will end this post…
~William Shakespeare; after everything he “Finis’ed”