Lately I've come across some ANGER & FRUSTRATION about this Industry and this Business. As many of your know, I cast Feature Films, TV, Biopics and short films. I also attend, Workshops to give audition technique, instruction and witness up coming talent. I truly enjoy attending workshops! They are Educational, inspirational and informative for me and all who attend. I enjoy my work as well.
From time to time, I have come across Anger and Frustration and lately its been MAJOR! Whoa!!
So somebody tell me what is going on?
Firstly, I met a man in one of my workshops who was Angry from the Moment it Started.. I asked the group of 24 or so "What Do You Want?" he yelled out.. I Want My Shot!! I replied.. "You've got your shot! You are in the room with a Casting Director! This IS your shot. His Anger and Frustration was palpable. Next up the scenes. He was First and while in the scene, his Anger/Frustration prevailed, so much so, the scene was ineffective due to the lack of emotional availability. His inability to showcase his objective and therefore, access his substitutional circumstance lead to a Loud Angry Scene that evoked NO FEELING other than those of Confusion and Fear.
Secondly, I have come across a number of VERY Angry emails with regards to Auditioning for certain roles. One young lady started off with Adoration of my work, her Love of God and how she was BORN to play this particular Role.. When I did not comply with her wishes of granting her an Audition.. She became Quite ANGRY!! Cursing and Vowing that I will not stop her in her endeavors. Whew... and Thank God. I Don't want that kind of Emotional Instability on my set. Would you like it on Yours? Someone who can flip at any moment?? Nope... Not if I can Help it!
Good Strong Mental Health is Truly an Asset a Blessing. I work towards that Every Day! I'm open to the work that comes for me.. Even if it doesn't look like what I hoped or dreamt it would look like. I'm open to the process.
What I want.. is Finite! What God has for me, for us, is Infinite! The Possibilities are Infinite!
ARE YOU TRULY OPEN TO WHAT YOU SAY, YOU BELIEVE? Even if it does NOT Look Like what YOU want it to Look Like? Hmmm??
I remember having this anger/frustration many years ago.. Its my YOU GOT SERVED story. Look out for it in my book!
'Stomp the Yard was a Dream Job but not my ONLY job. I was Born for More.. Much More!! I'm evolving! I continue to Grow. Not because I have everything I ever wanted.. Because I Do Not! Thankfully.
Acting should be your Passion! Not just portraying One character or Role. Something you Love. Something you work towards. Something you THIRST for. Whether it be Shakespeare in the Park, School Plays, Short Films, Indies, Studio Features, Television, Conservatory, Broadway, Off Broadway.. etc.
Look at all the Wonderful Women Angela Bassett has portrayed:
Corretta Scott King
Dr. Betty Shabazz
A First Lady of the Church
Denzel Washington has portrayed:
Rubin Hurricane Carter
Melvin B. Tolson
An Angel sent by God (Preachers Wife)
Steven Biko (Cry Freedom)
A Private in the Army (Twice)
A Lieutenant in the Navy (Twice)
A Trumpet Player
You Job is to Breathe Life and for some of you.. it may evolve into Writing, Creating & Telling Stories.
Imani Hakim was not just Born to play Gabby Douglas. She was Great in it at the time. I'm sure there is more for her.
Jamaal Woolard was not just Born to play Christopher "Biggie" Wallace. He was Great in it at the time. I'm sure there is more for him. And So on and So On.
You may be looking to this industry.. For Validation?? For FAME? For Acknowledgement? For Love? For "I Told You So"? For Money? To Buy Your Mama a House? To Buy Yourself a House?
If you are not getting what you want. Maybe you need to Shift your perspective.
Wow!! What a Shot you have. To Inspire, To Learn, To Grow. It is an Evolution.. In time we all evolve. Prayerfully towards the Good! Take your time..Work towards inner happiness. Read and Learn about this Business. Enjoy the Steps because they inform the next Step. This is what I have gleaned.
Continuing to Shift My Perspective.
Be Well.. Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually... BE WELL!!