We Play and We Learn

January 28, 2019

In almost all trades, unlearning bad habits can be more difficult than learning new techniques. The same is true with Acting. Most often this is a hard pill to swallow, especially for the actor that has already worked in the business, as they have been praised and compensated, and compensated and praised. These ego strokes, can have a negative effect on one’s ability to hear new information. We’ve been acknowledged for all the awesomeness that we are, and now someone wants to tell us that we have bad habits? How dare they! 

It’s no mystery that limelight-creatives, as well as those talented individuals that share their gifts behind the scenes, can both struggle with ego drama. We encourage saving that kind of drama for your mama, because we have a hard enough time with the regular tasks at hand. 

At The Acting Gallery, we check our inflated ego at the door right next to our coats, and when a scene requires it, we know where we left it. We support the idea that we are only as good as we are willing to fall on our faces, so we go for it- always. 

We have found that some creatives come into the arena of acting with prior class experience, Community Theatre involvement, on stage/set exposure, film work, -you name it. 

Some of their previous experiences will be helpful, and some of them, well…not so much. 

Ex: A person with a propensity to grimace and contort their face while playing “emotional”, (because someone once told them that it was a believable physical gesture when crying,) may have a difficult time letting it go for real sensory work. Retraining an actor that has been taught to come in on the cue by a teacher who was extremely passionate about cue and pace,  may take an undetermined amount of time to relearn timing. We teach ways to create space in your work; spaces which a character will then “fill in” with their life. Some habits are extremely difficult to break, and others will fall away with a replacement task. It’s as simple as that. 

This type of work, works. It’s no nonsense, while being all nonsense.

If that makes ANY sense. We PLAY and we learn. We sweat and we cry. We struggle and we let go. Although many creatives may come to us with wonderful past acting experience, we ask our students to begin classes like a clean white wall just waiting for paint. 

Nino Gabaldon

About the Author

Nino Gabaldon

Because of his own desire to grow, Nino has been a creative educator for over twenty years. His past experiences have allowed him to work with people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds in different capacities. Teaching creative writing and acting to incarcerated youth and adults, was by far his favorite. With a strong background in the visual arts, his creative spirit continues to assist in the endeavors of Privilege Creative, Sober Directory, and New Now Village (A Sober Tiny House Community). He and his beautiful wife Victoria, share a common purpose of walking with others on their Recovery Journeys. Being blessed with an attitude of gratitude for what was so freely given to him, he feels truly called to give back, by loving and serving others. From helping others to meet their basic needs, to discovering and pursuing their passions, Nino and Victoria’s mission is to Love others through.