The fancies and reflections of a loquacious ninja


Actors are provided with the basic instructions by their Director, but are given partial freedom to work out some of the details on their own.

Actors may be told to change what they’ve been used to in order for the show to turn out the way the Director wants it to.

Actors must put off their own mannerisms and thinking, and fully become who they are imitating to be credible.

Actors have to play whatever role their Director wills.

Actors have to be willing to play background when the spotlight belongs to someone else.

Actors can be reminded a thousand times when to do what, but still cause train wrecks when they don’t know their own cues.

Actors have to be willing to cover for each other when mistakes and mess-ups happen, as they inevitably will.

Actors must keep going, even when things don’t go as planned.

Actors are only on stage for a brief period of time, and exit when their Director so wishes.


2 responses to “Actors

  1. Rachel June 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    so can i ask in what mood this was written? you sound a bit ticked but resigned…

    • Timothy June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Hmm… I would say neither. No, I’m not ticked off by the fact that as actors, we have to listen to the director, be willing to play the small parts, keep going when flops happen on stage, and so on. Those are all in our job description (the same way dealing with fire is for a firefighter); they’re part of what it means to be an actor. So, as cliche as this sounds, I think we should not only accept them as part of our duty as actors, but embrace the challenge that they present to us. (I guess in that sense, you could say I’m resigned, so long as you don’t mean a this-is-a-necessary-evil kind of submission.) By extension (since, in all honesty, I hadn’t intended to make a statement about acting… which is kind of dumb, now that I think about it), my view of the deeper meaning in this post is the same.

      Hope that makes sense. Thanks for being so upfront about what you think, Rachel. I appreciate that, and I hope you’ll keep reading.

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