Archive for the ‘Mastery’ Category

As someone that is in the communication business on a few fronts (as an actor, an acting teacher and as a Performer’s Mastery Workshop facilitator), more effective communication is something that I work on constantly, both with myself and others. You can ask my wife about how much I sometimes put her through trying to be clear and concise in terms of what is being conveyed and what is being received. That topic will be broached at another time, as something more pressing arose today as I was on my way home from an audition.

Some of my best thinking and insight moments are when I’m in the car, in no particular hurry to be anywhere and just rolling along in my vehicle. On my way back from a reasonably successful read for a part, I came up with this notion: “If I don’t own what I’m trying to say, no one else will either.” And I realized, while driving and pondering the above, that if an actor or a communicator doesn’t own what they say, they won’t be believed and they’ll be doubted. They’ll be given polite acknowledgement for what they said, but no one will get behind what was said if the person communicating didn’t do so first.

As an actor (and having taken many, many classes to hone my craft), one of the most important elements to have in place is a commitment to: a) the scene, b) the words in the scene, and c) the communication to the other person in the scene. And as an acting teacher, that is something I try to encourage and empower the actors I work with to do: commit. I’m at a point where I can tell when the actor I’m working with isn’t totally committed to what they are communicating.

I think I understand why it is so important for us as viewing audience to see, when one person is talking to another, that they are behind what they are saying. It gives us something to anchor on to, to be compelled and inspired by, to be fascinated with. That when this critical component is missing, the conversation between the two people is boring, mundane and purposeless, leaving us, the viewers, feeling flat and uninterested.

Ultimately our jobs as actors is to tell the story as truthfully and authentically as possible, with as much passion and conviction as is necessary for the material. That said, I would rather be critiqued by someone’s like or dislike for what and how I communicated, not for how much or little investment I put into the work.

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Well, it was just a matter of time before I opened up my own blog site. I’ve known about them for years, and have heard stories (mostly good) about blogging and what has come to pass from being a blogger. Well, now I’m in the fold and I’m at the beginning of my exploration. I plan to make this a forum for my random thoughts on personal growth and empowerment through the things I am involved in, such as the Performer’s Mastery and acting classes at my house. Most of it will relate to the process of acting, since my contention is “acting is life”.

More on that in future blog postings. But for now, this is my first foray into the mist. Welcome to my first official blog posting, my first of many more to come over the years.

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