Sometimes ” Acting” feels a bit like this picture.
Frustrating , stressful , inhibiting and mind clogging .
Sometimes we can get a bit lost, as to what to do “on stage” .
Where to go and who to turn to ?
It’s not easy to say to someone ” …you can act …but you can’t ” – And I don’t believe that anyway . A bit like I don’t believe it’s fair to say “some people can’t sing” …
We all have a Creative tune inside of us …we all have a “play” …
It just need the right Positive environment for it to come out. The right set of creative circumstances to allow the drama notes to appear and the acting of them to flourish .
It may have been a bit of a clogged-up drama room last night and I might wonder at what the rehearsal 7 cast , were thinking …each kind of lost in their own acting world?
The atmosphere wasn’t light at all .
It was dense with doubt and fear , laziness and apathy .
The worst combination of rehearsal fog. The greyness that make the clock drag along , even though time is ultimately flying .
It wasn’t like any one person was solely to blame .
As a scene collective the people involved in it have to take responsibility for their lack of more positive action .
The success to any group of performers , lies in their ability to be a hundred percent truthful with each other at all times
Without TRUST , there can be no magic solution .
I’m not sure trust as a drama concept , is high enough on the Trojan Cast agenda
Trust in each other
Trust in their collective abitlty
Trust that with harder work they will reach their goal in time .
It’s all still a bit ” out there ” – floating round and round the drama space …orbiting the Moon of Maybe-Someday…
With 2 weeks of practical rehearsals to go, we need to consider “a landing” .
Planting our windy flag finally on Terra Firma ; a little alien to us , as that thought may still be .
We can’t keep circling the big issue ; that this is going to be seen and heard by those back on our PACE drama-earth.
We chose to go on this creative mission together , and it’s just too late to bale on your promises ; we’d risk burning up on re-entry and negating some really good progress made by a few dramanauts who have always looked through the tiny window of this showcase opportunity and SEEN THE STARS.
It always comes down to that …looking through tiny Windows and marvelling at the Universe of Stars .
You are all very young in terms of performance capability .
There’s no real acting showing yet …no stars. Even though there’s a twinkle in some eyes .
And there are certainly a solid handful of you:
Working like Trojans
To try to be…
So they can really shine in peoples’ eyes ; come showcase night .
Be picked out from the crowd .
Seen as guiding lights to follow , by younger Scene members …who search the PACE horizons , for future inspiration to aspire to .
Gorgio , Rebecca and Carla by very nature of the amount of tangible Personal Progess , recently shown in the ACTING SPACE.
Different from just EFFORT , which Others do give ; only I still wonder , if they really get what it’s actually all about ? If I dig deeper …would I get the truth of their mission here ?
Our Spires motto is : we inspire , so you aspire
It’s the reason I called the SPIRES building , the SPIRES . Even though there is only one SPIRE on the actual church .
Inspiration begets aspiration . The 2 go hand in hand . One ethos with 2 outcomes.
You’ll get so much more personally out of this short acting project , if you realise that your purpose in Perfomance here , is to inspire others to follow your lead , catch your fire and maybe to let you get a bit longer out of PACE now , in much better ways
Many are nearing the S4 cut off , and to stay the longer course, there needs to be the glimmer of more drama life still in you …to keep you potentially coming back for more .
It is also the reason I sometimes bring in people From the outside , people I can 100% rely on to understand this acting thing
” more naturally ”
…and though I know , it makes some of you angry or envious or feel bad …
…know that it is done to help you …to give you a boost of much needed Creative energy when you are perhaps struggling to find your own way amidst other things
A tonic for the acting troops as it were …
And they have all , at some time in their past , been in your acting shoes – lost , afraid , envious , uninspired . I remember seeing it in them as well.
But they , in turn aspired through the inspiration of others who were brought in to re-light their flagging drama-fire .
Passion is a funny thing . We have it , we lose it , we find it again …and it stays or goes …
Drama Passion is : effort times brain minus fear plus doubt divided by apathy
A theatrical equation to somehow solve in the Empty Black Space
Having the 3 going at once , is when the Pure MAGIC stuff happens
Coming up skinny on one of them – stops the dramatic flow . Causes the room problems…and bad rehearsals.
There’s no quick fix .
And many just can’t ever seem to strike the perfect balance for that better performance .
But instead of giving up , “when the going gets tougher”
Learn to work with what you’ve got and hopefully by applying more – effort or brain power . The Passion for Acting will reach its full 100 drama potential here.
PACE or more realistically SPIRES THEATRE is in your life for a small fraction of your TIME .
But it plays no less an important a part , if you are a CREATIVE person by nature .
It can help you address many issues that occur in a myriad of forms in adult life .
It helps you open up to a wider range of possibilities , more cultured horizons .
Helps stop you sinking into the swill of the everyday rubbish that consumes people who have nothing concrete, to fill the hole that life’s emptiness can leave behind .
A Gaping hole that grows ever emptier with age When you turn your back on being creative , in any shape or form
Human beings are meant to be creative , it’s what makes us inventive and inspirational. Creativity is the hall mark of a life less ordinary .
So however long you continue to come to Spires , remember that it is time well spent for your brighter future .
And when you come to the Spires stage , in whatever way ; be it workshop presentation , showcase , theatre production , PACE event .
Always think to yourself :
I do this to make me greater
I do this for ME
Once you know who the ME is in the drama space , you are sure to have more fun , more opportunities to shine .
The Acting blindfold will fall away and you will be able to look around and see what ultimate rewards lie right before your open eyes.
There is no longer : stress , pressure , inhibition . There is Faith , Trust and Pixie Dust .
And that’s the most inspiring land to fly on into to . To Never say , I can’t …to always say I will , I want , I do …
Isn’t it better to act with the lights on ?
Yes “Citizens of Troy” – of course it is !!!!
So , in the TED words of Elizabeth Gilbert. Another oh-so-inspirational figure , whose voice is so important in the world of all things creative ….
Stop waiting and find your tribe
How do you find a mentor ?
Start out by creating a peer group that matters
A positive peer group can help you more than a mentor
If you get together those who are powerless , unsuccessful and striving and you show up for each other , then you become your own mentor group .
If your tribe doesn’t exist yet , you may need to be the person to found the group
You might be the tribe leader .
If the thing you need doesn’t exist yet , create it . That’s the ultimate creativity
(Big Magic – by Elizabeth Gilbert , Bloomsbury Press)
Can’t say fairer than that !
Can say …I’m going to try.
And with that , the Moon comes into perfect Full View and the Trojan Crew prepare for landing!