Every time I work on a scene, monologue, or song I’m reminded that “acting” is not something to be taken lightly. I feel that the common view held by the public is that acting is “easy” and not worth all the trouble that actors put into it. Frankly, I cannot put up with anybody who shares that belief. That’s just asinine. Until you’ve taken a class, know how to beat a monologue, and explain to me the nine requirements that every action must have then I will say good day to you, sir. The truth of the matter is that 99% of working actors are not Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, or Meryl Streep. Mainly because they simply don’t posses the years of experience that they do, but also because it requires years of intensive training through instructors and “learning things the hard way, ” (i.e. failing time and time again).
So why do we put ourselves through this torture? Working so very very hard and dedicating our lives to a craft that offers little hope in terms of real financial success (at least at the beginning anyways)? Because actors, like other artists, are not the kind of folks that think in terms of reason, sense, and pragmatism. We are taught to explore our impulses and to act before we think.
This is my friends, is not an easy thing to do.