During those high school thespian days, and even into the college course work, one dreams of being an "actor." Like there is some twisted world where you can be anything and everything and dazzle and amaze folks and do it in a truly natural and professional manner.
As I have aged, I have taken more of an approach that I am not acting, that I am being myself, period.
That said, it can be fun to dress up, change the voice, find a totally fake accent. Yes, I guess, acting can be over-the-top, but, ultimately, I'm playing myself as someone else might play me. Hummm...does that make sense?
As I switch from the theatrical stage to doing more close-in work before a camera, I'm finding that you have to not project as much, or move as much...but be more subtle, actually--more natural. I have to be me! That's what I'm selling. If someone wants you, why hire me to play you when they can have you, or them, or it!
It's work not trying to be something you aren't. Real work.
And I do ask myself, why would I want to spend so much time trying to sell myself as something that I really am not, when whomever I am auditioning for has exactly 30 seconds to one minute to decide if they like me and can use me for the job of the moment. Anything else would just be a lasting impression that might cut-short a future audition process.
It makes you realize that anyone can act -- it's the attitude and availability that ultimately gets you the job!
This BLOG will be my personal exploration into the World of Performance Art. Follow me as I return to an Adventure started in the sixties to be An Actor!