"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Acting Is Hard

I'm off to an audition, a rehearsal, and then another audition, so I'll be gone for the day doing actory stuff (yay!) but I just wanted to share this video to remind everyone that Acting IS Hard. There's a ton of psychology to it, and one needs to constantly study how to say things naturally when you really mean something else entirely. Like, when your girlfriend says, Happy birthday, you're old! and you reply back, I hate you!

You don't really hate her.

So, watch a person who was in over her head on a set where no one had the time to help her (time is money, people, this is a business!) and where you can tell lines got cut. I don't think this poor girl even knew what she was saying. At any rate, Acting, just like any other creative endeavor, requires practice and studying for as long as you live.


  1. Thanks for this :) I run into so many people who don't think what we do is work- they see it as playtime. Which it is, but, as you said, there's still something behind it, and I only consider it "play" because I enjoy it so much. But I guess, just like ballet, it's our job to make something very difficult seem as easy as breathing.

  2. Yikes. This has motivated me to get back into class.

  3. If only she would have watched one of the great masters of our time before coming to set, she might have pulled it off...


  4. Tyler, you're right. She should've PRETENDED to be a single young mom.

    oh wait.....

    Excellent video, though!


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