An Actor Lives and Learns

Oct 12, 2009 by     No Comments    Posted under: Attitude, Three Actors

Let’s talk about drive.

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s been nearly two weeks since my last post. The explanation is simple, yet endlessly complicated: I’ve been lethargic.

It happens to yours truly from time to time. I’ll get in these funks where I don’t feel like doing anything but eating poorly and lying around. And it’s more than just laziness. It’s a thorough lack of desire. Creative output ceases. Usually it doesn’t last horribly long (about two weeks, I’ve found), and I emerge feeling refreshed and focused. All the same, it can be a bear to get through. I just tell myself that emotional swings are part of the territory that comes with being a performer, and it helps. But only a little…

See, I strongly believe that hard work is the most valuable asset an actor can possess. Even more than talent, yes. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t believe myself to be talented. But I really pride myself in working hard to achieve my goals. So when I start to get complacent, I am extra hard on myself.

My funk was mercifully busted today when I attended a cold reading for Consortium Theatre’s production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. It was the first theatrical anything I’ve done in over a week, and I am happy to say that it has successfully pulled me out of the hole I’ve been in.

Director Amy Whittenberger, a good friend from Gorilla Tango’s The Adventures of Nervous Boy, has cast me as Martini, the delirious ball of energy portrayed by Danny DeVito in Milos Forman’s 1975 film version. I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but I’m excited to be acting again after such a short interval.

And I’m feeling much better, thanks :-)

~JVB