Let's Start at the Very Beginning

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 00:00

A very good place to start. And that's exactly what I am doing: starting at the beginning.

Today, Tuesday, October 26, 2010 launches Art & Soul Acting! I cannot begin to tell you how overjoyed I am to watch this ship sail and my vision float into the world.

Although this feels like a beginning in many ways, as I unravel the layers upon layers I soon discover that this is not new, not really a beginning at all, but instead a natural outgrowth of all that I have been building for quite awhile. Already, so much energy, creativity, time, and resources have gone into this endeavor, but its seeds were planted in the past.

I remember one of the last times I drove on Lake Shore Drive as I prepared to move from Chicago. I literally felt my world as a Chicagoan begin to close up, to shrink itself into the smallest fixed point before it altogether disappeared. In that moment a garden of dreams begin to blossom in my soon-to-be home, New York City.

There were so many times in NYC that instead of opting to do the "fun thing" that was pulling on my attention, I instead found myself in my living room moving among props and costumes, acting books and scripts knowing that if I put in enough time and energy something amazing would happened to me, my acting, and my life in theater.

And I remember that day in acting class when, like a thunderbolt of recognition, I   realized that I not only loved acting itself but every teeny tiny machination that went into the craft. I truly could not get enough of figuring out the beautiful art of acting and I even more powerfully solidified my commitment to doing just that.

So as I begin Art & Soul Acting I am ever-mindful of the duality of this moment:I am both eating fruit and planting a seed. Life keeps using all that we put into it to create and expand; to become in us something re-imagined.

   

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