Let me preface everything I’m about to say by pointing out that I’m scared shitless. There’s something about writing — the actual act of putting what you believe down on paper or a screen — that makes you question everything. Do I really believe that? Is that actually how I want to put it? WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING HERE??? I’ve been sitting at this computer for nearly three hours trying to figure out the best way to say this, but I think the best way is to employ the KISS principle: “Keep It Simple Stupid.” So here goes nothing.
What (hopefully) follows will be writing about the art of acting; specifically my thoughts on the art, the mindset performers need to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and the principles that make for meaningful work. I cannot promise that it will all make sense nor can I promise that I won’t contradict myself now and again — life is full of contradictions and consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. What I can promise you is that I will do my best to provide writing of substance and variety to counteract the misleading garbage and clickbaity articles you find on sites like Backstage and Quora. I’m not in this for the clicks or the money, I’m in it because I love it.
What qualifies me to write about acting? Nothing. Yes, I have two degrees, but they’re in acting, not in writing-about-acting. All I have are experience, gut-feelings, and good old book-learning to go on. That being said, it’s important to remember that Stanislavski himself was an amateur and we base all of our professional acting theory off of his musings. While I’m CERTAINLY no Stanislavski I hope that the ideas I share here will be of use to you as you follow the path of the actor.
If you like what follows, please let me know. Let your friends know. Let anybody who you think this might help know. That’s the point of it.
Now, in the exquisite words of Astronaut Alan Shepard: “Dear God, please don’t let me fuck up.”