Posts Tagged ‘Drama’

He’s an Actor, I’m an Actor

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

This is James. Our paths first crossed when I was encouraged by my acting professor at Regent’s to go and see Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Playhouse. He played Romeo. The energy, truth, and brilliance he brought to the stage was simply awe-inspiring. I was amazed. I was moved. I was inspired. Sure, I was utterly inspired, but I also witnessed him entrance the audience as a whole. I knew I wanted to include him in my photography project, The People Who Inspire. And, so, I could not help but reach out to his agent shortly after the showing. To my surprise, I did not receive a response from her. Instead, James replied to me personally and we arranged a meeting and a shoot. We met for tea at the BFI Southbank and chatted about his story, his past, and his journey to becoming a working actor. I learned a lot about him, and I also learned a lot from him. It is conversations and meetings like these that give me the confidence to pursue my dreams. As people, we are all tempted by our dreams, our deepest desires. Many of us settle for security and what makes us feel safe. When I meet people like James, who were not afraid to follow their dreams, I remember that I have the power to pursue mine as well. He was Romeo. He is human. He is an actor. And, I am an actor.

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Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

For the past three weeks, my Acting Studio classmates and I have been preparing a rehearsed, work-shopped performance for our class final. My professor, Anna, has invited people along to watch this coming Thursday, and we were also encouraged to invite our friends. I am so excited to share what we’ve accomplished with the Regent’s community. The production is sampled from a collection of short plays called Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill. His collection was written in response to the War on Terror back in 2003. The piece we have worked is titled Women of Troy, and it runs about 20 minutes. It is extremely powerful, moody, shifty, meaningful, and emotional. Through our rehearsals, I have learned a great amount about myself as an actor. Women of Troy has forced me to tackle bigger, deeper, and more powerful emotions as an actor. I am sad to see this course come to an end, as I have loved it so. However, I will leave this class with an entire new set of tools to bring to the stage with me in the future.

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