You love the theatre. You love the performing arts. But you don’t want to act, sing, dance, tell jokes, juggle, or do anything that puts you front and center on a stage with a live audience. Or in front of a camera, for that matter.
But you love the theatre.
What do you do?
You find out more about what the performing arts are and where you might fit… Continue reading
Here are some of the things you can be doing now so you’ll be ready to catch the next wave of your dreams.
It continues the thread I started in “Zen and the art of summer” (May 6, 2013).
Make choices with your career in mind: i.e. know that if you are to be a disciplined artist, it might not be a bad idea to start… Continue reading
Some things you can do this summer that will help you toward a career in the performing arts aren’t easy to pin down, nor are they anything you’re likely to go wild over. These things are quiet, small things, but they are a way of looking at ordinary things with the creative eyes of the artist. I’m calling them Zen-like because they will teach you planning and patience. These things… Continue reading
You’ve come to a crossroad. You thought you knew where you were going, but now that this school year is ending, you aren’t so sure anymore.
You thought you wanted to be an actor, so you got yourself a supporting part in the school play. You were ok, but nothing to write home about. In fact, you found the whole experience deflating. While waiting backstage for your entrances, you… Continue reading
If you filled in “easy,” you’re either musical theatre-literate or you are used to just chillin’ out for a couple of months until someone drags you back into the reality of school, classes, jobs, lessons, putting on plays, whatever keeps you busy.
So many of you with aspirations toward the performing arts think you can afford to fritter away these lazy summers. Seriously? I’m here to throw cold water… Continue reading
Every actor who plays major parts in movies, plays, and television has an “intangible” whatever. But there are also standards to measure them against. I saw Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and had to love her. She was a perfect foil for Bradley Cooper’s obsessions. (He was marvelous. It was his movie. I hope he gets his due respect… Continue reading
I am watching contests and awards of all kinds, and am enjoying them, but with the Academy Awards looming this week, I can’t help thinking about the implications of awards on how we view art. I’m especially concerned by the so-called contests that many high schools enter and I have to wonder what that’s doing to you theatre student… Continue reading
So, ok. I have to apologize to Joan Rivers. I recently shredded her Fashion Police show featuring the SAG Awards . What I was trying to say was, that for my taste, I found the jokes crude, vulgar, and crudely written. And that I was soooo offended that I swore I would never, ever watch the Fashion Police again. Bad for my sense of taste.
Guess what? It wasn’t… Continue reading
There are so many reasons to see or not to see certain things. How do you decide for yourselves whether you should watch or not watch The Walking Dead? If you remember, I recently told you not to watch it: too gory, I said. So what, you probably said. Why aren’t I going to watch Fashion Police anymore?
What you watch turns into what you like to watch and… Continue reading
When a movie is well-made, one of the things you’ll notice is that time suspends, your regular “real” life is on hold, you are nowhere and everywhere, you are a part of whatever is happening, captivated right through to the credits. In fact, you have a hard time leaving the theatre. You need the credits to get your bearings, like decompressing on the way up from a deep dive. This… Continue reading