Open hearts and minds are the fertile grounds from which all limitless creativity springs. I remember reading somewhere about “contempt prior to investigation” as it pertained to having a limited view on spiritual growth, but man, creativity has got to be one of the most bizarre processes there is.
Of course I’m exaggerating, but c’mon!
It can be pretty “out there”. I mean, most processes are pretty interesting if you’re the curious type but let’s just keep it real. Creativity is a really weird process, that attracts weird people. Yes, I’m aware that people are weird, and I’m also VERY aware that I too, am a “people”. Art is never truly finished, it’s just abandoned. Now, that smashed home hard for me. The amount of pain that Art has caused me has been big, but the amount of healing that it has blessed me with is bigger. More than likely, if you’re reading this you have some level of interest in the craft of acting, and for that I am truly sorry.
I mean yaaay!!! That’s so amazing. Open your hearts and minds and let’s do the damn thing! These rants are always going to be filled with sarcasm and shenanigans. Just keep that in mind if you choose to revisit. Back to the regularly scheduled -whatever I was doing here..Artists, musicians, and actors are more often than not, eccentrics, and for the most part, this is a universal truth. With this in mind: Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, please keep in mind that synonyms of this very cute and very often misunderstood word (eccentric) are the following: abnormal, bizarre, crazy, erratic, flaky, freakish, funky,.. you see where I’m going with this yeah?
I list these things out, only to bring awareness to them as qualities of the chosen few, in a world where they are sometimes classified as peculiar and misunderstood. I ask for your forgiveness. Not forgiveness for something that I have done, but forgiveness for something you have or haven’t done just yet. If you have yet to forgive yourselves for being different, you may never be able to fully be you, in all your differentness. You will remain living “on the dials” turning down your volume for those that do not understand. Forgive yourselves, for you know not what you’ve done (Or haven’t done) Choose to no longer limit yourselves to what others can handle. Explore! Grow Down!
In my few times around the creative block I have witnessed many things about how people find their creative groove, and they have been well.. creative to say the least. Over time many are discarded for things of more substance, and recognized as unnecessary. The rub: The individuals that were utilizing them to achieve greatness, would have nothing to tune, had they not leapt in “A” direction to start. Learning of these processes, has almost NEVER been boring. From things an individual might eat prior to creating, to something they need to wear when they’re doin their thing, to something they need to read or hear, we all try to find our way.
With acting (especially for stage) we not only need to find out how to get there, but we need to figure out how to get there every performance.
In our work we will very often draw from our senses, as they are strongly attached to memories which are attached to feelings. We will play, we will stretch the instrument as far as it can go, and ask you to attempt to then define those (imaginary) edges and go beyond them. Our approach will always be one that stems from the inside out, allowing space for us to remember that: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in (our) philosophy.” Shakespeare (Hamlet)
This will forever grant us limitless permission and room to grow.