Monday, February 6, 2012
Professional Advice: Go see a play!
“I love my job. I love my job. I love my job!”—Benjy S.
Today’s Song: Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford and Sons
Dreams: Last week, I won some swag in a raffle at the SAG viewing party downtown. One of the prize items was a notebook with the Screen Actors Guild emblem on the cover. I decided that I wont use it until I am a SAG member. I have it placed right in front of my keyboard at my desk and I see it every day and dream of the day I can start taking acting notes in it.
What did I ‘DO’ this week?
I auditioned for one of my favorite directors in town (brown nosing to get the part? … Maybe. But seriously, he’s awesome) I auditioned at the local film school to be an actor in this semester’s movies at that school. (I need to get some camera classes, I totally theatre acted for that audition and IT WAS AWKWARD) I started today: injecting happy into my veins VIA hockey and dog walks. Finally, I took eggs out of one basket and moved them more firmly to the acting basket.
DAMNIT! I missed the Sunday deadline again! So, I’m going to do some extra posts on Thursday and Sunday.
Tonight, I saw a production of Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. Regardless of what you might think about his writing style or his philosophies about the craft, there is some incredible genius there. Seeing tonight’s play does what most plays do to me. They throw fuel on the fire inside me that wants to do this work. The play doesn’t have to be exceptional to do this, but when the play is exceptional (like tonight) then I feel like the flame got rocket fuel sprayed all over it.
So, tonight I reaffirmed the importance of seeing shows. If you’re an actor/director/writer/etc… and seeing work does the same thing for you as it does for me: Seeing plays and movies, and reading scripts and books can be one of the most important things you could do for your career.
Seeing a play is like getting a motivational pep-talk, a cerebral enlightenment session, some good entertainment, and a how to (or how to not) seminar all at once. AND it’s tax deductable…(Only if this is your profession…I love my job!). Knowing that and all it can do for you mentally, why wouldn’t you go see a play?
This is going to be a good spring. OoooH it’s going to be a good spring!
I love my job. I love my job. I LOVE MY JOB!!!