"If I had a friend or relative in Little Rock, Arkansas, who was interested in acting, the first thing I would do is send the person to Warren."
Throughout an actor’s life we learn more than lines and cues and entrances and exits. We learn more than stage directions and film terminology. We learn more than makeup application and cold reading skills. We learn the intangibles of the human experience. We learn that effective communication comes not only through the words we say and how we say them but also through our ability to listen and interpret information given to us. We learn how to control our emotions while simultaneously letting go. We possess an increased self-awareness and a deeper understanding of others. We learn what it means to live in the moment. We carry these attributes with us long after we leave the stage or set and we use them every moment of every day.
Our enriched souls, however, are but perks of our profession. In the end, our jobs are to be skilled, trained performers, knowledgable of not only these insights but of the technical mechanics required of a performance. Being a trained and experienced actor armed with the abilities to step into an audition room or onto a movie set and seamlessly perform the tasks ask of you with professionalism and vibrancy will make you stand out amongst the sea of others vying for the same role. We must remain sharp and in tune. Our instruments are ourselves and without use will rust and dull. Be it a play, on a street corner, or in an acting class, it is imperative for an actor to act. When the day comes and we are called into the orchestral pit of performance, our notes must be melodic, our training in key, and our creativity on beat, so that the symphony that is the story we tell can become music to the audience's ears. I hope to see you all soon.