If you stumble across this blog

and stay for a bit, I’d love to get some feedback from you:

  • What made you stay and read more than a post or two?
  • Did you find what you were looking for?  If not, what were you hoping to find?  If yes, did you also find things that you weren’t looking for, but found useful?
  • Do you think you’ll visit again?
  • Is there something I could talk about that would make it more likely that you will visit again?

I write this, obviously, in the hope that people who don’t have access to what they need to grow as actors might find a little something that will help.  Or that they’ll realize that getting personal help, in the form of one of my workshops, is really not that hard or unaffordable.  I do this work for one reason only:  to give back to a craft, a medium, that has given me so much.  One of the benefits of age is that being altruistic in something like this becomes so very easy.

So if you’d like to give me some feedback — do!  And if not — thanks for the visit!

3 thoughts on “If you stumble across this blog

  1. I first stumbled across your blog as I was looking for tips on how to be in the moment. I had received a comment from my acting teacher about how the only thing that was keeping me from reaching the next step in acting was my effort and precision, and she told me to be more in the moment. Reasonably I was confused. I thought that effort and precision were the things that would help make my scene better. But after reading through a few posts on your blog I realized that I was looking at acting through the wrong lense. I was approaching acting as if it was an academic subject, and the more I studied the better I’d be. This mindset led me to focus on making my character and scene perfect instead of what they actually were. But the truth is a character is not a perfect representation of what the author hopes to achieve but rather a reflection of real life. I have yet to try acting with this new mindset but I know that this will lead me on a journey to discover what acting really is. Thank you for sharing your advice as you’ve helped this perfectionist recognize and rectify her faults!

    • Sorry to be so long in responding to this! As with most things, recognizing the problem is the first step to improving. Yours is a perfectly normal response, and that’s why it takes a while to learn how to act (or do most anything) well. We start with a set of false assumptions, and sometimes people work really hard at hanging on to them, even though they are preventing them from making the progress they hope for. Do let me know how this works out for you when you give it a shot!

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