but is it art?

Just kidding, I’m not going to touch that question.

But here’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about since beginning classes with Anthony Abeson: Acting as an art form.

WHAAAAAAT.

Well, it is. And I never really regarded it as such. It’s easy to cast actors off as beautiful talking heads, and that’s because- most of the time that’s the case. I am realizing how many bad habits I’ve created since I’ve begun acting and auditioning in a commercial / comedic arena. I’m not knocking on that in any way, but it’s been easy for me to shirk having a real emotional life underneath the text because I haven’t been required to do so. Also, I hang around a lot of comedians who like to make fun of actors and inside me lives a little teenage girl who wants to be cool and not be an actor.

“You cannot be cool and be an actor.”

I had a college professor who always said that. Here is another quote of his I have doodled throughout the pages of my college acting journals: “Actors are lazy artists.” I never really understood what he meant. Now I’m starting to get it. A dancer wouldn’t get in front of an audience without proper training and technique. Neither would a musician. You nail it or you don’t. An actor can get away with a lot though, yah?

Discipline! Onward and out.