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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tools: On Keeping a Journal


Even if you don't keep a journal in your daily life, I suggest you keep one for your acting. If you have considered what your goals are as an actor, journaling will help you get there. You can use it as a reference for future auditions and work.

You are finding your own technique, no two actors are alike. You can spend this time writing down every problem and every solution. In class and in privates. When you have an audition, you can reference a character you have done and what choices worked for you. You can write down your personal goal for each audition and after your audition you can write how you did and what you feel you need to work on. You can write a personal issue you found a way to use or need to work through. Every time you feel growth (or lack of it) write it down. Someday you will be glad to have that journal and all the notes. You can always maximize what you get out of your classes. Your journal will become a reference for your process, your growth, your choices, your questions and how they got answered. Actors don't have an instrument they carry, like a musician, and a journal can give you something physical that offers structure, a source for inspiration, a tool for the work in an art form and a business where we are the instrument we play. 



journal of Frida Kahlo

A journal gives you a place to keep your secrets, express your ideas, break the rules, process life itself and discover your voice. You can keep a journal for yourself, you can create one for your character if it helps deepen your connection and belief in the life, and helps you make specific this life you are in the process of creating, inhabiting and even liberating on the stage. Allow your character to write their thoughts, feelings, needs, dreams. 



"Each person evolves an external characterization out of himself, from others--takes it from real or imaginary life, according to his intuition, his observation of himself and others. He draws it from his own experience of life or that of his friends, from pictures, engravings, drawings, books, stories, novels, or from some simple incident--it makes no difference. The only proviso is that while he is making this external research he must not lose his inner self."


Constantin Stanislavski, 1949























































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