QUOTE OF THE MONTH: "We act as though success, comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." … Charles Kingsley
WAITING … WAITING … WAITING …
Often we spend our lives waiting. Waiting for the 'right time', the 'right situation', the 'right job', the 'right relationship', the right … whatever… before we start living our lives. We keep waiting. In doing so we give up, surrender our power our control. We give our power away to some illusive future moment that does not exist in the belief that some one some thing will change, and when that day comes we will finally achieve our life's purpose or goal. We will be happy. What has all this got to do with 'acting'? ACTORS are especially susceptible to this WAITING game. Why? The very stuff of the actor's life is one where he/she is continually waiting for the next job, the next audition. Waiting for his/her agent to call. Actors are incredibly dependant on the director, the casting agent and their particular agent for the next acting job. This can be incredibly disempowering. Control is given over to another – the director or the agent. It is very easy for an actor to get lost in this waiting game and suddenly turn around one day and realise that he/she has been waiting for 30 – 40 years! I can already hear some of you, who may have been in this profession for some time, say: "Well we don't have a choice. We don't have any control. It's just the way things are for us actors." This will be true for you if you believe it. However you do have a choice. If you truly want to act, need to act you will find a way to do this. You need to find other actors who feel the way you do. You need to surround yourself with people/actors who have the same needs and sensibilities you do and support each other in a way that helps you hold onto your ideals your enthusiasm and passion.
Over a period of time the waiting game will eventually wear you down and disconnect you from your passion. If you have experienced this disconnection, don't give up. Find a group or take responsibility and create a group yourself where like minds and bodies can meet in a creative safe environment where your values and ideals can be supported in a way that will get you reconnected to your enthusiasm and passion – then – if your agent does call and you do get that next acting job you won't be solely reliant on that job. You will have a home, a base of like minded people / actors that you can 'come-home' to that will keep you connected to your values to your passion. This is essential. How do I know this? Eighteen years ago, after fifteen years of acting professionally, I was in danger of losing my passion, so I decided to create a home for actors. This home is called "Peter Sardi's School Of Acting" where I teach and explore the craft of acting. This home has assisted me greatly in keeping me in touch with my passion. And I know it also continues to inspire the many students who have walked through our doors over the last eighteen years.
What have we been doing these last eighteen years? Well have a surf around this website and you will get a feel for what it is we do to keep our enthusiasm and passion alive! …Peter Sardi 7/3/2011
"There is no prize out there."… Kevin Spacey
Don't take my word for it. Here's what Marnie Hill, one of Australia's top casting directors, has to say.
Truth be known, there are some very successful actors that haven’t had a day’s formal training in their life. Also, it has to be acknowledged that formal training is not beneficial to absolutely every actor. And many people will tell you, having no training is better than having poor training. However (and it’s a BIG HOWEVER), the following is also true… Actors who get by without formal training usually learn the skills some other way, such as by participating in amateur theatre, community television or student films. It’s not that they don’t need to train. Indeed, talent for acting may be something some people are born with, but the skill of acting is learned. And the more one practices, the better one gets. Learning on the job may sound attractive, but these days it’s rarely allowed on professional productions. Indeed, with the stakes higher than ever, there simply isn’t the time or money to waste while you learn how to do your job. Besides, wouldn’t you prefer to make your mistakes in the safety of a good school, then turn up to work and nail it? In fact, without training you’re unlikely even to get an audition. This is largely because the audition process itself is very time-consuming and expensive and, as such, places are usually extremely limited. Therefore, actors have to be selected wisely. And choosing training over none when it comes to unproved actors is obviously the smart thing to do. From an industry perspective, the only thing worse than an actor with no training, is an actor with poor training. So choose schools and teachers wisely. That said, with the above reasons to train (and there are many, many more), you’d be a fool not to. So my answer to the question is most definitely YES, YOU DO NEED TO TRAIN!
The Artist Sophie Sardi