Monthly Archives April 2013

Confessions of an Actor-holic


Photo by Sean Kapera Photography

Committing to a new film is a little like committing to a new relationship. Some last for a few short days, some last for months. but each leave a lasting impression on who you are and shape the choices you make for future selections. Through these commitments we learn a lot about ourselves, what we want, what we don’t want, what we find acceptable or unacceptable, who we work well with together or who just doesn’t understand us and based on those experiences we start to build a structure of who we are as actors, not just a representative body of work, but a framework for what we will and won’t do.

I often spend a lot of time conversing with actors about there on-set horror stories. I am blessed to say that in my career I have now had the opportunity to work with a wide range of directs and on varying degrees of levels of professional film sets from very controlled environments to what felt like a f@#$^&* free for all. I’m torn on this idea of the “abused-actor” and hope you will let me venture and explore it more in-depth here.

When I jump on board a project I usually have a fairly good idea of what it is I am getting myself into...

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The 10 Commandments of Being a Good Actor

smcskp_1813_28812Photo inspired by beautiful actress and friend Hemina Kapadia

I’m a planner. I have a complete list of topics and themes that I want to write about and explore in this blog that are categorized, dated and pre-titled. However, I cannot ignore inspiration when it strikes. All of my posts thus far have been bolts of reverent passion that deviated from my pre-determined subject matter causing me to abandon it temporarily, unfinished, lonely, and aching to be whole, but I always return to it like a faithful lover eventually. They usually tend to occur at late hours of the evening when I’m exhausted from a full day of work and play and my mental filter is nearly entirely obliterated. It happens when patterns occur.; when my mind is fixated on something and the need for a release, an understanding, a reason… is far greater than any basic need for sleep or a regularly scheduled routine like normal folk.

A few weeks ago I was in a spiritual healing class and the leader told a story about a pastor who felt he had lost his connection with God. He would pray and read the Bible and do service but no matter what he did he could not bring back that fire he once shared with God...

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