Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Charmed Life

The life of an actor is not all the glitz and glam you see in the papers, magazines, or on the late night talk shows. For many actors rejection and un-knowing is a constant feeling. Many must retain part-time jobs to make ends meet in the pursuit of their career paths. Constant frustration re-arranging schedules, running around town, holding together relationships and trying to maintain a sense of self, when on a daily basis we are asked to believably portray characters that can wear on one’s own mental and emotional stability. It’s hard work usually with very little payback and the worst feeling being that of not doing it at all. So why would anyone choose a career acting in the first place?

Photo courtesy of Kevan Kase

For many of us it is a haunting question being asked constantly. For others the answer is quite simple: We couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Sure fame and fortune is the ultimate perk in this industry but I, as well as others like me, know that there is no greater high then the feeling one gets when the phone rings saying they booked the part, having a complete stranger come up to you saying that they saw you in a show and were blown away, or even better, changed in some way by seeing it.

I believe that actors in theatre and film can change perspectives, give hope, a sense of escape, or aid during a rough time in an audience members life. Theatre has a rich history of educating the public on political and social matters that are affecting the present populace or better educating them on mistakes and achievements of the past. It’s these little gifts that make the struggle we all go through worth it. And, like I said before, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

“I don't know what is better than the work that is given to the actor - to teach the human heart the knowledge of itself.” --Laurence Olivier

~Kevan Kase,
Robert, "Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love"

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