AN ACTOR’S LIFE FOR ME

Hey diddly dee, an actor’s life for me. Disney’s Pinocchio decided that an actor’s life was just the kind of life he wanted. What was the appeal? All actors know that you can hide behind a mask of sorts and display characteristics that you normally would never exhibit. You can become another person for a little while and then go back to being yourself when you’re finished. My acting career took off when I was about five. I realized I could become the center of attention if I danced, twirled my baton or sang in front of people. I didn’t have a very good opinion of myself as a child. When I became a chubby teenager, my acting skills helped me get through adolescence because that mask I had earlier created was becoming a necessary part of my persona.

I grew up falling in love with the movies and early television shows. Theatre became a huge part of my existence, but it wasn’t until much later in life that I realized I had a special place in my heart for it. Going back to college in my forties, wasn’t really in the plan, but at the time we were financially able. I was eager to get a drama program started at my kids’ high school. It led to a 13-year gig as the volunteer drama director for my own children as well as many others. It was an amazing experience, which got me back into something I always loved doing and sharing my experience with young thespians.

I always told my students that being on stage was a chance for them to become someone else for a while, but that they should never forget who they were – that they had value and purpose – that they had more talent than they realized – that the skills they learned in acting would help them in whatever career they chose to pursue. Not only would they have confidence performing before others, but their communication skills would improve. They would learn how to work as a team to solve problems. Those tools are invaluable in any line of work.

Some of my students went on to careers in theatre, but most of them didn’t. Getting that big break is never as easy as it sounds. Having a backup plan is always a good idea, but the lure of theatre is very addictive. At 80 years old, I’m still involved in it. I probably will die onstage someday, and it won’t be a scene from Shakespeare,

So, celebrate Actors’ Day today. Go to a play in a local theatre. Watch an old movie and see how acting styles have changed over the years. Get involved in some acting yourself. It’s a great way to meet new friends, try something new and pull you out of your shell.

“The learning process continues until the day you die.” Kirk Douglas

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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7 Responses to AN ACTOR’S LIFE FOR ME

  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    I got involved in acting when I was in junior college and my degree was Speech, Drama, Education and English. When I taught high school, I coached speech for awhile and directed some plays but l but not interested in acting since those years though I love going to the theater in later years.

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  2. Although I have only been in one play in my Junior year in High School and had an occasional stint as Santa Claus, I can relate. It’s fun! However, now with my memory issues, I don’t I could remember my lines. I know I played the grandfather, but can’t remember the name of the play. ;-(

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I have the perfect advice. Do a show where you can use the script. There are lots of radio shows out there. I’m writing one in fact.

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  3. About 30 years ago, a friend suggested that I try out for a play that was going to be performed in a small local theater. I had never done any acting before, but I went ahead and tried out just for fun. To my surprise, I was chosen to play the lead role in Pack of Lies, a British play that is based on a true story. It was so much fun!

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  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Kathy, you are an inspiration. What a wonderful post! In high school (small town) my sister and I were involved in Drama. We performed one year with a Youth Troupe at the Springfield Little Theater. She loved it more than me as I was a nervous wreck! Theater, movies, musicals…they’ve all been a great part of my life. I’d love to be able to see you perform. Know this–it’s no act that you are the most genuine Christ-loving lady and I’m so glad we’re in this together. Happy Actor’s Day! I love you dearly!

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