Acting Workout: When can I “do” something?

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Today I had my first acting class downtown with Dolores Drake. I am in her class called “The Professional Acting Workout”. I got to be downtown at night which I love, but not the late kind of night (though I got to do that too) but the sunset time of night. The twilight. When the orange (the pretty kind, not like the CMYK kind) kissed the pavilions and the streetlights and the building’s edges.

I learned so much and I really had a positive experience! So many questions and answers.

 I was wondering about how to know when you “can do” something. For example, an accent. Or a special skill. Like playing guitar. When am I competent enough and proficient enough and confident enough to put something on my resume. I suppose I could think of acting as similar to other types of jobs this way. If I don’t want to be hired for 3D Modeling, then I won’t put it on my resumé. If I don’t feel comfortable playing clarinet for a casting director, I probably shouldn’t advertise that either. My teacher brought up some good point too about getting feedback and confidence. Do [insert skill here] for people and if your peers, friends, classmates, teachers, etc. compliment you on your work, then it is something you should promote. Do you believe yourself and feel confident?

COMEDIC SIDE NOTE:

That reminds me… during the winter break this year I went on the trip to Whistler with some friends and for some reason (I can’t recall if this was before or after the alcohol but neither would surprise me) I spent a large portion of the evening pretending to be Australian (because SO MANY people we met up there were from down under). I went to a cafe with an accent (where the owners were legit Australian), I bought lift passes, I went to a bar… I drank more alcohol. LOL.

I got to read three parts today in class:

  1. A short bit from Brent Butt’s CBC show “Hiccups”
  2. A scene from a TV movie where I worked at an eyeglass store.
  3. I am now working on the role of “Lynda” from Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley

I really enjoyed the class for a few reasons. Everyone is very talented. People are working. One of the guys from the last class I attended was in a commercial I saw on TV  recently! Cool! (I still get a bit starstruck : P).

Also, I really like working with Film and Television material. I was reflecting on my time so far in the SFU Theatre Program and I noticed that often with self-directed scenes from plays I couldn’t “figure it out”. What does this line mean? How do we make the scene interesting? I needed a director or outside eye to help me put things together. Perhaps it is because of all the short film work I have done from a Director and DOP standpoint, but I really “got” the scene today. There were a couple times when the rest of the class was confused but I “got” it. That felt good, to be in on the joke. To understand.

I started to see myself in roles while rehearsing in class today. This has been a struggle with me in my ongoing journey wondering if/how I should pursue acting. I am a character. I fit into role. THAT COULD BE ME.

Overall, beautiful, wonderful day. Job well done. Mission accomplished. YES.

I was a 2011 Leader Causing Leaders! [part 1: the journey]

I recently flew to LA for the Leaders Causing Leaders conference and it was amazing! It was a really interesting trip from the very start. I sat next to this celebrity who was telling me all about this leadership cult and cautioning me about the conference. On my other side was this Mom whose son attended WE DAY! When I got to LAX I lost my passport on the plane but then got it back luckily! There was no free WiFi so I took a bus to Starbucks nearby. I have never been so happy to see a Starbucks! Then I got on this bus to go to Cafe Gratitude LA and fell asleep. I woke up super disoriented and didn’t know if I missed my stop. I didn’t wanna ask anyone so I just sat there being really stressed. Then suddenly I saw some familiar signs from my last trip to LA and next thing I knew it I was back at the Cafe! Yay!

Some friends from the workshop I did were working at the time I visited and they remembered me.

Hey! This girl came all the way from Canada to eat at our restaurant!

– Cafe Gratitude LA Friend

I made a list of all the things I am grateful for: sharing, juice, sunshine, planes, opportunity, love, memories, forgetfulness, public transit, stress/fear, children, lost & found, blue eyes, water, AdBusters, sunflowers, community, travel, adventure. I had… I AM HEALTHY, I AM ENLIVENED and I AM FESTIVE from their menu : )

Then I travelled to Kind Kreme, this raw vegan ice creme place and I had more amazing food. Yay California for Vegans! I got a phone call with some good news from home and as I was waiting to meet my lovely friend Dari who I stayed with, I did a big stretch to release all the tension I had been holding on to.

Then I wrote some poems:

You are my walking song

You keep me moving on

You’re like my cigarette

I smoke you every chance I get,

I wish we just met.

when will I learn that flying away won’t bring you closer to me…

…but anyways, you make for damn good poetry.

Books and Stuff to Check out: The Secret, A Course in Miracles, Byron Katie, The Economics of Happiness