acting

Comedy and Life

comedy and life

"Perfect is boring."  ~Tina Fey

I love to try to new things.  When I first moved to New York City, I tried Improv at the UCB theatre.  As I was in class, I learned so much more about myself and life than one would expect.  Improvisors are fearless risk takers, who aren't afraid to look stupid.  They will agree with you, but challenge you, and they start fresh every day.

I met up with musical improvisor, Hannah Solow, to delve into this a little bit more.  Hannah performs with her team, Fancy Mantelpiece, all over New York City, and studies at the Upright Citizen's Brigade.  What's she learned from her experiences?

Don't be a bystander in your own life.  If you want something, make it happen.

Are you standing back and not taking charge of your life?

You won't want to miss my interview with Hannah.  Leave a comment and then, of course, we have a lot of outtakes which you will want to see.

Thank you and enjoy your week!

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PS-- Check out Hannah on twitter! So. Funny. @HamsterTalk

Dedicate yourself to the moment.

  I heard this quote today.  Makes me think about life beyond the "acting moments".   What if we all lived a life of passion for those daily moments, just as actors live for that magic moment when the audience's heart is captured?  The world would overflow with passion, heart, vision, and purpose.  Dedicate yourself to the moment. Focus on it. Live it. Love it. Be tirelessly passionate about experiencing it.

"Actors are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth.  They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, actors face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get "real" jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again.  Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream.  With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment.  With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life -  the car, the family, the house, the nest egg.

But they stay true to their dream, in spite of the sacrifices.  Why?

Because actors are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul.  Actors are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart.  In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be.  And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.

~Actor David Ackert