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The Acting Itch

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So, the other night, I watched one of my closest friends in The Miss Firecracker Contest (She was wonderful in it by the way). However, watching her, I realized that I miss it. I miss the feeling of being up on the stage and having the rush  caused by the crowd. Yeah…I am a bit of an attention whore at times (most of the time unintentionally while I’m just being me).

Honestly, I’ve been acting since I was in 8th grade, and it’s become a part of me that likes to come out at times…I’m hoping that I can audition for something soon…maybe a musical…hmmm…Random.

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May 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Play Productions and the Great Blue Yonder

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So, I am a self-proclaimed act-whore…you may be wondering what this term means, so let me break it down for you. I act in every theatrical production that is going on around me if at all possible. Just this year, I have appeared in three different shows at the college I work at and am about to do my fourth. Now, these works have ranged from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to The Laramie Project to a collection of scenes from various shows. Each one of them has brought new experiences into my life. I am constantly having my acting abilities tested by each new venture I undertake. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Each production and each new director I work under brings new nuances to my performances. I am by no means saying that I am an amazing actor…I just feel like I get a little better everytime…and seeing that I’ve worked under 7 directors, I believe that each of them has impacted me in some way.

One of them gave us little tidbits of his experience before we would go onto stage each night, and the one that stuck with me was the fact that theater is ephemeral which struck me as odd. Why do we work so hard to put together something that will be gone before we know it? And I came to the conclusion that it’s because each of actor brings a love of the craft to the table. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t continue to do it without getting paid…and most of us if we could get paid for it would have our dream job built for us.

I may be an act-whore, but even when I have a disconnect from a show or a hard time with someone I’m acting/working with, I know that it helps me come alive. It’s one of the things that really helps me express myself in a world where people are medicated every which way because they’re dealing with their issues. I deal with my issues on the stage. It keeps me sane.

I leave you with a simple quote from a t-shirt (thought it was going to be some big actor or something didn’t you)…Thespians do it onstage and in public…

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April 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Actwhore

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So, I have to say that I really do enjoy acting. As the opening of a new show arrives, something stirs in me that I find exciting and invigorating because all the hard word that my compatriots and I have put forth is about to be rewarded. All the blood, sweat, and broken glass will be forgotten as the crowd begins to cheer and the adrenaline begins to pump.

Some people talk about the runners high (and I have no doubt that it exists), but I believe in an acting high. There is just nothing quite like being in front of a live crowd pulling off their energy and putting it back out  ten-fold. I love doing it. Like I said, there is nothing quite like it because every show is different and every night is a new experience.

I joke around when I’m in productions by saying that I’m an Act-whore…however, it’s fairly true. I will be in practically any show (there are some I won’t touch but let’s face it everyone has standards…), will expose my raw self to the audience, and will hope to have left everyone feeling satisfied in the end.

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February 21, 2010 at 1:10 am

People Watching

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I don’t know how many of the people who read this actually do it, but I frequently find myself sitting back and watching the train wreck that is humanity. Now, I admit that it’s not all bad. However, I also know that the normal occurences of life aren’t what gather my attention on a regular basis. It’s the crazies out there. You know who I’m talking about. The couple arguing with whispers and large hand movements, the group of guys who look like they’re up to no good, the random woman stalking about in the paper thin dress. Yes, the quirky, odd things of life.

Why do I watch? I gain pleasure from just sitting back and analyzing people. It helps me determine what drives them and define a little more of what they’re about. A forlorn glance to one side when you’re amid a group of raucous coeds tells me that more is on your mind and that you haven’t mentioned it to your friends. A giggle inappropriately during a church services says to me that the conversation you’re having on the bulletin is much more interesting than what the orator is saying. A couple holding hands but having nothing else to do or say with each other as they walk from place to place tells me that that relationship is not going well…or is possibly about to end….There are subtle hints to every mystery of life if you just take the time and watch.

I am a “People Watcher”. I do it because it helps me get a little more info on the human condition and gives me room to think about where we’re at. I also do it because I am an actor. It helps me when I need to build characters later who are nothing like myself (believe me if you’re having to play someone who is quiet and reserved, and you’re not…this kind of thing is handy). So, I would suggest on a sunny, warm afternoon (hopefully this will be soon) going out somewhere and watching the people who are staring up looking at the clouds.

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February 19, 2010 at 9:36 am