Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions
man showing different kinds of emotions

As an actor, my job is to make you feel the emotions of my character.  I need you to feel the pain, anger, joy, and every emotion that you cannot explain. It requires many hours of practice and dedication to master this art, the skill that will make everyone cry, laugh, and captivated. I’ll take you to my world. But please be advised that it would be hard to get out. I told you in my “Meet the Actor Page” that I cannot tell the difference anymore. I’m in limbo where everywhere is all about acting. You just can get lost and at the same time, discover the roads and corners you’ve never been before. My words cannot contemplate what I want you know, that is why I’m an actor for a reason.

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The Sadness

a man who is stressed out and sad

According to www.stellaadler.com, sadness is more than showing your lonely face. Your eyes has to speak the depths of the sadness that’s lingering in your soul. A depth that’s too deep, no one can dig. Only then, you can be sad. Sadness is composed of emptiness and dissatisfaction, humans tend to be clueless where they came from. The tend to find the solution but can’t find one. The solutions finds them. A man can do is to only wait for it to come and continue to move on with lonely life. This is sadness.

“I’ve cried, and you’d think I’d be better for it, but the sadness just sleeps, and it stays in my spine the rest of my life.” – Conor Oberst

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The Joy

A happy girl

This the part where you stretch your mouth, relax the muscle of your face and let it brighten. Let your heart explode with the positivity it offers. Imagine yourself to be in place you wanted to dance so badly, just let go. Be free to express the joy inside you. Hug someone, tell them how important they are. The best way to express happiness is when you an make someone happy. See the glow on their faces and observe how their moods change. Then once you’re home, look in the mirror.

 “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” –  Max Ehrmann

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The Anger

Man who is madAnger is my favorite emotion in a play because it helps me release my self from withholding the things I want to say. This is the time when I grind my teeth and close my fist as if I’m going to punch someone in the face.  There will more emotions that you would come across in acting. The best tip I can give you is to remember the moments you can associate to the emotion you want to show. If you want to cry, remember the most painful event in your life.

“I don’t usually lose my temper, but if I get angry, it’s true – I’m scary.” – Eva Mendes

 

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My Struggles As An Actor
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The Struggle For Greatness

The struggle for greatness doesn’t stop when you already become an actor. You want to please your audience to receive their ground-breaking applause. We tend to take our roles too far to reach this level of acting. Everything from the story becomes real and your reality becomes the story. That’s the reason I mentioned on this blog that there is a danger of being lost. You get lost and you don’t know when you can ever find your way back.

Tendency To Take The Role Too Far

I am passionate with I do. This is what I do best. I have the tendency to take my role too far by alienating my self from the crowd. I don’t care what other people think as long as I know I delivered my role well. The problem with this tendency is you lost the precious relationships in your life. I lost the track of time because of acting. I now look at my empty pad with no one to talk to. I have sacrificed the value of divine relationships for the sake of acting, I’m now asking my self if it worth the sacrifice. I’m telling you now, it’s not worth it. Learn from my mistakes to save your self from the emptiness and pain of what it caused me.

Having Difficulty Of Finding Other Source Of Happiness

Acting has been part of my life. It’s tattooed in my heart. There is no way you can separate me from acting. But the question is… what will happen to me if the theater turn its back on me? It’s hard to move on. It’s hard to find other source of happiness. You will miss the crowd, you will miss those stressful days of the play and you will miss everything about it. So my advice to you is to find other hobby to get you distracted. Don’t make it your only world. Roles can come and go but you will always have to make peace with your self.

You Tend To Have Multiple Personalities

Well this one doesn’t need explanation. As you know, actors take on different roles. Each roles creates their part on us. They became so sticky and would be impossible to remove. When I took the role of Sweeney Todd, I noticed that I was becoming more and more of him. Sweeney Todd is a man with so many unfinished business, he is full of revenge, anger, and longingness. I want to make it clear that I didn’t kill anyone. But the character of Sweeney has somehow creeped into veins. I adapted his fashion statement and the worst his resentment to the world. Don’t worry, my shrink is taking care of this issue for me.

 

 

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Acting While Still Being Yourself

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Let’s face it. There’s a notion that acting is one way to keep your real self from getting out and wreaking havoc all over the place. Let’s face it. There’s also a notion that acting is one way to keep your real feelings from spilling out and drowning everyone all over the place. Let’s face it. There’s even a notion that acting is one way to keep your real opinions from coming out and breaking hearts all over the place.

But you know what?

Let’s face it. The fact remains that acting is one great way to encourage your real self to get out and make a difference. Let’s face it. The fact also remains that acting is one great way inspire your real feelings to spill out and begin a change. Let’s face it. The fact even remains that acting is one great way to motivate your real opinions to come out and take a risk.

And you know what?

That’s what acting is all about. To make your real self get out of its comfort zone and make a difference in a way that won’t wreak havoc all over the place. To make your real feelings spill out of its closed space and begin a change in a way that won’t drown everyone all over the place. To make your real opinions come out of its constricting area and take a risk in a way that won’t break hearts all over the place.

Because that’s what acting is all about. To make a difference and motivate others even more when it comes to their real selves outside of their comfort zones. To begin a change and inspire others even more when it comes to their real feelings outside of their closed spaces. To take a risk and encourage others even more when it comes to their real opinions outside of their constricting areas.

Even more so, it’s for you to grow like no other and it’s for you to mature like never before – just like how cannabis is grown beautifully, and despite it being just allowed to be grown on select cities in the entire world, while its LED grow lights are taking off in the distance: free from the comfort zone, free from the closed space, free from the constricting areas.

How do you find acting? How do you find being yourself?

How do you find doing both at the same time?

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What Makes An Actor Great?

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For most people, being an actor is all about the glitz and the glamour.

But you know what?

It goes way deeper than that. It also goes way deeper than making your spouse use Emoji Teen bags. It even goes way deeper than making your child use an Etnies Toddler shoes.

You see, actors are just like us – normal people who have lives of their own. They breathe in the same air we breathe in, as well as tan under the same sun we tan under. They sleep at the same time we sleep, as well as eat up the same food we eat. They even get married and have lots of kids, as well as get old and retire peacefully.

You also see, actors are just like us – normal people who have feelings of their own. They feel happy the same way we feel happy when we’re in love, as well as feel excited the same way we feel excited during our wedding day. They feel sad the same way we feel sad upon losing a pet dog, as well as feel angry the same way we feel angry upon someone who betrayed us.

And you know what?

All of these – they’re what makes an actor great.

Everything they’ve gone through in life, everything they’re going through in life, everything they will go through in life – all these are reflected in their performances one way or another, be it on the traditional theatre screen or on the modern movie screen.

From the moment they were born and from the moment they became aware of what’s happening around them, they become who they’re meant to be: a person who inspires others to reach their goals in life by working hard, as well as a person who teaches others the value of life more than glitz and the value of emotions more than glamour.

How about you?

What do you think makes an actor great?

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