Tonight I go to the theatre to see some friends in [act]ion. Hooray!
As August draws near, I get closer to my big move and my excitement about my own acting career is starting to build!
A client at my work recommended some teachers and workshops to me and I started googling away.
Some of the women she mentioned had books out so one thing led to another and I ended up splurging on a mini "Amazon" binge, ordering quite a few plays and books about acting in LA.
Some of it's pretty funny and induces little giggle-fits or major eye rolling but I'm determined to put snobbery aside and try to focus on the potentially helpful bits.
Never judge a book by its...
Another book I was incredibly skeptical about at first is turning out to have a few cool tidbits too.
But shhhhhh... it's a ______.
Nothing you haven't heard before if you've ever read about any "creative visualization" techniques but it's always cool to be reminded to think positively, I guess.
I will say that I hate the way it's marketed, don't approve of the materialistic overtones and could do without the ridiculous Da Vinci Code-esque look of the thing.
But all that said, I do believe that thoughts can create your reality in the sense that the things on your mind color your mood and affect those around you. I dig it. Why dwell on what sucks?
So in that spirit: I feel great today! I've made it out for my morning jogs every day this week and I have the comfiest bed EVER and cool friends AND I got to eat yummy fruit from Bi-Rite last night AND it's almost the weekend! Life is good, no?
*The next few months are going to be a little hectic for me so I don't think I'll be posting much but there will probably be at least one more before I move. Then, when I make it down south it'll be a change-of-address and a change-of-blog-address too! You will be able to find me here and I think I'm going to be posting lot's and lot's of pictures now that I have a camera again. Follow my Adventures and watch me sink or swim!
Come to find out, meditation is not necessarily about clearing your mind of all thoughts but rather noticing the thoughts as they come and go. The practice of noticing, checking in, coming back to something like the breath. I'm beginning to see my artistic life in a similar way.
As an artist I am constantly questioning and redefining my identity. Noticing where I am and continuing to deepen and expand whatever work I'm doing whether it be an acting project, a new painting or a piece of writing.
Moving forward, staying awake. Eyes open, ears pricked, mind alert and heart expanding.
The teachers in the school of life are sometimes difficult to identify. They're all around but every once in awhile we dreamers and creators must be our own teachers too. We have to set our own standards and continue to ask what are we doing and why?
Today, this is where I'm at. Add your thoughts to the list and perhaps we can learn something from each other.
My rules as of this moment:
Have something to say. If the impulse is there but the purpose is unclear work towards specificity.
Do everything possible to open and expand the mind.
Find role models and note the specific reasons you admire them and the specific reasons you don't.
Be willing to compromise but only to a point.
Develop artistic integrity, don't be afraid to say no.
Keep money separate. Money motivated art is likely to be shit.
Daily practice. Do/make some art every day.
Allow yourself to be moved as much as possible and wonder at the beauty of your heart.
Make room for the simultaneous existence of genius, mistakes, perfection and shit.