When is work fun!
Would be nice if it was...Always!
Acting is, by-and-large, fun! You get to be someone else, at times. You get to perform magic! You can make people laugh, and sometimes cry...but not because it is personal. It's a job.
My wife, who paints away the day in the studio full of sunshine with a river over the parking lot and across the railroad tracks flowing away with her music blaring, comes home and chastizes me for having fun on a call.
I think being in a studio painting away is truly fun, too. I always thought my "other" job of computing away in the collectibles workplace handling art, movie stuff and comic books, was fun, too. Lonely, but fun!
But what makes acting more fun than locked in a closet on the computer, or probably painting away in a sun-shiny studio, is the people you meet. Doing film work, especially, you stand around a lot and talk...about everything and anything. As the day wears on, you find out more and more about people.
You make friends.
You make contacts (yes, it is networking).
And you have fun!
It was a fun few days. Got to be a hillbilly hick. It was fun hanging with Dan and Paul and Wendy and Tristin and Greg and Carol and another half-dozen folks watching Matt Dodge and the Lobsters pretend to play their instruments. It was a hoot the next day to hang around MCTC and see a gaggle of students work together on a class project, with faculty walking in-and-out to see the progress. That was a long day watching Elliott run around and about to different bathrooms.
Earlier in the week I was a doctor. I got to comb my hair to make the future green-screen crop easier and look distinguished, as well as amazed when some contraption would pop up next to me.
I get to be a farmer next week. Waiting to hear about businessman. Will probably have to skip the flash gorilla event. Some animation voice-over. Rehearsals as Ole. Late-night auditions for this MCTC gaggle of student filmmakers, again.
Plus, Art Crawl weekend where my wife displays the stuff she paints in the Studio (and I have a writing wall, too). We are at the Tilsner... www.Tilsner.net has Art Crawl info.
Am I having fun yet? You bet!
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!