So this past weekend I saw the Meisner play, by Jim Jarrett.
All I could think about is every single word that was said during the production.
I don't often take the time to write about films & productions that I attend, but one of my professors, Wolfgang at the Playhouse West has made me realize how important it is for my development as an actor.
So actors let me tell you what I took away from this play because I am compelled to share.
Are you ready? Good...
First and foremost, Sandy Meisner was a genius. His love and respect for the are of acting is exactly how I feel. It makes me cringe when I hear people tell me that anyone can be actor. Hell, I want to strangle them for that matter! To be a great actor (not a Hollywood actor), a great actor takes time. There are Hollywood actors that aren't great, but my mission isn't to be a Hollywood actor, my mission is to be a great actor and if Hollywood catches on to my greatness then so be it. Screw the critics!
So what did I take away from this play that had me in tears within the first 10 minutes!
-DO NOT QUIT!
This career, this journey, this dream, takes time, and there will be times that you want to quit, but because you were born to be an actor, you are cursed-- because at the end of the day, you can't quit. There is absolutely nothing else that you want to do. If you were really born to do this, if this is your true calling-- then you can't quit!
- Create your own product! Product that influences people.
As an actor, we have the power to change the world-- We really do!
- Do not care about what people think when you are working at your craft, of course feedback is important, but feedback from the RIGHT people.
- Fall in love with yourself, unconditionally. Find out who you are! What angers you, what makes you cry, what makes you sad-- THE EXPLORING OF SELF IS ESSENTIAL!
- Acting is all about emotion and the life you can bring out of yourself-- the words (memorization of them) mean nothing.
- Surround yourself around those with vision, passion, action!
- Train your instrument everyday.
- And Play!
As an actor, you just Go and PLAY!
There are other personal factors that I took away from this play, which I will hold onto.
This journey is not a sprint,
If you were born to act...You will-- Period!