I hope everyone is well and enjoying the Fall so far! This is one of my favorite times of year as the weather cools, and we all seem to slow down a bit to watch our surroundings change and transform. In order for this fantastic and beautiful transition into Autumn’s colorful season to take place we adapt accordingly in our daily rituals. This includes adjusting our wardrobe, changing our meals that include more foods that are in season, and building up our immune systems for the longer and colder days ahead.
Along with these seasonal changes I’m working on strengthening my “artistic muscles” so to speak, as I am currently in between projects. I find that going back to the classroom and becoming a student is so necessary to building my “artistic immune system,” and provide myself with the tools I need as an actor to keep myself moving fluidly and with readiness for my artistic transitions.
So along with taking an incredible Alexander Technique class every week with the inspirational Karen Braga, I will also be taking a workshop with Scott Hudson from the Labyrinth Theatre Company.
The workshop is described like this:
“The goal of this class is to train actors to make confident, active and specific choices that are rooted in a clear and simple understanding of story according to the principles of Joseph Campbell. Students start by exploring a specific text and discovering how the story itself operates as well as how characters function within the story. Students are then given the chance to apply what they’ve learned by rehearsing parts of a scene from a contemporary play that ultimately makes up the whole of that particular scene.”
Doesn’t that sounds amazing?! I mean, I must admit that I’m a bit intimidated to be working with someone from the Labyrinth as good old reliable artistic fear sets in. “What if I’m not good enough? I’m sure they’ll wonder what the hell I’m doing there as I’ll most likely be the weakest link in class. What business do I have taking class at Labyrinth?” Etc. etc. It goes on and on.
But you know what? How can I expect to get better if I don’t push through that fear. Yes, of course, we all fail and fall, and trust me I’ve done plenty of that. But I always get back up. I’ll always get back up. Over the past 5 years or so I’ve learned to run towards that fear. It might get me down every now and then, but I’m always stronger once I get through it. I’m always getting better because I’m always learning, and I refuse to stop.
So here’s to transitions. To working through and towards fear to transform into something better. To making “active and specific choices that are rooted in a clear and simple understanding” in life and in art. I hope your transition this season is triumphant and that you get exactly what you’re looking for to succeed! Let’s do this!