When Does the Actor Become An Artist

When Does the Actor Become An Artist

When Does the Actor Become An Artist

By Peter Frisch on Aug 22, 2018 at 10:39 PM in Acting Tidbits
  • When that actor develops an ongoing curiosity about the ways of the world and its human inhabitants.
  • When that actor is steeped in understanding through psychology, and absorbs alternate world views through philosophy.
  • When that actor discovers the connection between movements in the arts and the historical and cultural environments that spawned those movements.
  • When that actor has something to say about the human condition and a need to communicate same.

So leave behind your routines just occasionally: put down the trades, stop checking your voicemail, take a pass on a commercial audition. Yes, skip a casting director workshop and instead, visit a museum, the Symphony, take a class about Joyce (James, that is). Spend a week in San Francisco, Santa Fe or Nantucket. Get out of yourself and indulge in a life’s finer treasures.

Testimonials

"Most acting classes offer scene study and critique, but it is much more unusual to run into someone who is willing and able to guide the actor through several scenes from a feature-length script, with cameras, in order to create the experience of developing a character in a real film. This difference has clearly made a difference — at least if the performances I observed at Maravilla are any indications. The talent on display was noticeable, but even more impressive was the discipline, as well as the strong sense of an entire cast and crew working as a team. Come to think of it, the best analogy would be to an actual film set, which is, I suppose, the point."
Donelan
The SB Independent