3/1/10

Late night conversations...


I actually forgot that I was going to blog today. Probably, because I don't really know what is up and what is down, as I am so pooped! We have had our dear friends staying with us and it has been the most wonderful thing to spend time with people you love and who love you and who you can chat for hours late into the night with.

One of the great conversations that we had happened late last night, about an artist in search of the medium that expresses the story that they are trying to tell and not only the best way to tell it, but also the way in which they are best heard. We were chatting about me, and the shift that I have made towards writing more and more and acting less, and my dear friend really wanted to make sure that I understood, that the nature of who I am and what I do, hasn't changed, just the medium that I am currently working in. It was an interesting way of looking at it. Not somebody used to be an actor and is now a director, or used to be a dancer and is now a choreographer, that there is no used to, just what is, now. The artist remains, the desire to communicate through one's art is still there, but that sometimes different mediums are better fits, or at least allows others to see/hear/recognize what it is that the artist is trying to do, at the moment.

I have always thought that art shares a common language, whether it be painting or dancing or music, and I am often most inspired by different artistic disciplines that my own. But I had to admit, that there was a part of me that does feel that having to find a new one, meant failing at the other. I had put all the responsibility on the artist and none of it on the audience. Of course the audience plays a huge part. They may see an actor only as a comedian, or a writer only as a children's author and it can be hard for them to see differently. But it is important for us artists to reach our audience, to have our work go out into the world... and be received. And sometimes that means that we need to work at many disciplines, until we find the one that lines up in all these areas, and when we do, that doesn't mean that the others were a waste of time, or failures, it simply means that we have found another way of telling stories and being heard. I mean, Jack Benny the famous comedian was a concert violionist before he had his own hit tv show. Who knew?

1 comment:

THE ACTORS DIET said...

it is very interesting, we are all hyphenates, aren't we? blogging is such an unexpected way to connect with an audience, as well....

 
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