OK, let’s move into more of the nuts & bolts of the craft of acting. And, that’s exactly what we’ll be discussing… the elements that hold everything together, the strength in the work — THE NUTS & BOLTS! Where as acting can be a lot of things… FUN – CREATIVE – ADVENTUROUS! Without CRAFT — it’s just another form of HACK (not worth making bold).
In this blog post I’m gonna give you some definitions, metaphors and analogies to help you to really understand the importance of CRAFT! Reason being, now more than ever, there’s a tremendous amount of CRAFTSMANSHIP lacking in the ‘Coming About’ actor — resulting in the audition room being filled with way too many Hacks (and I say that in the most serious of measure). So, let’s take a closer look at a few words and see if we can gain some further insight into all of this. Really study them, you may be quizzed!
- An activity involving skill.
- The ability to do something well.
- An artist.
- A skilled individual
And then there’s this —
- Cut with rough, heavy blows.
- Unauthorized access
- Acting as a professional while doing crappy work.
See where we’re going here? Hope so…
OK, look at it this way — You’re traveling through this 30,000 day journey called LIFE. As you travel, you inevitably leave a wake behind you… all of us do.
What we leave behind.
Right now all of us are creating a wake of our choices, behaviors, applications, and activities. It’s inevitable! So…the question is, what do you want yours to look like? Are you leaving things better than when you arrived? Are you leaving art? Or, are you doing shoddy work.
Badly made or done; inferior.
This month is about empowering your act (and acting) by becoming more SKILLED at what you do. Personally, I’m not at all interested in actors who are just winging it. That’s amateur!
“Teach them the correct ways early — and when they’re older, they will not depart from them.”
To improvise with little preparation.
You wanna know something? Right now, while writing about this stuff, I’m finding myself getting the heebie-jeebies. All of this ‘hack talk’ is bringing to mind so many of the undesirable aspects of the craft I see in undertrained, untrained, and poorly trained actors. It’s quite unsettling.
A state of nervous fear or anxiety.
I’ll conclude by shifting gears — Let’s take a quick look at the opposite of hack & slack.
- Graceful and elegant bearing in a person.
- Poise and good deportment (behavior or manners).
- Composure and dignity of manner.
- Balance; equilibrium.
- Having been taught a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time.
- Showing a controlled form of behavior or way of working.
- A person engaged or qualified in a profession.
- Engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.
Here’s a great article for further study and infusion.
Keep at it! Continue to do the work. Do not allow yourself to grow wiry. In doing so, you will eventually become so good at what you do — they won’t be able to not hire you!
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BONUS — You have to wait for it!
THE ARTISTS FREEWAY – [Your free weekly exercise.]
- Grab a copy of the CBSI LINE LIFTING SHEET and spend 10 uninterrupted minutes with it every day for 5 days! (And, yes… even if you’ve done it before!)