"To Thine Own Self Be True."
Art is the dedication to truth and the "not acting" actor is unapologetic, courageous and unyielding in their commitment to truth. To be true to oneself and your art is a generous act. It's generous to yourself, the text, your fellow collaborators and to your audiences. It's the ultimate key to self-respect, self-confidence and self-expression. Truth is the heartbeat and love is the heart of The Art of Not Acting.
"Turn your words into truth and then turn that truth into love."
There's a "fork in the road" within all of us. One leads to a path of lies and pain, the other to a wellspring of truth and love. What impedes our connection to our truth and turning that truth into love is our earliest unconscious blocks. Our most unconscious block begins in the womb and the first nine months outside of the womb. When this is truly understood experienced within yourself you're free to be the actor you are and understand characters in a way that few can.
The Ever-changing Moment
Life, no matter how it may appear to be the same, never repeats itself and is in constant change and flux. The creative life force, like the ocean, is forever flowing with one momentary wave of newness arising and subsiding after another. We hit false notes in life and in art when we want what IS arising to be different from what IS arising. Life and Art are not two. They are ONE. Each time you work with the text-truth, whether for the first time or the fiftieth, it's truly always for the first time or you could say for the NEW time.
"You can never step in the same river twice."
To surf the waves of ever-changing truth is exhilarating and daring because you have to let go of something you don't have, control. It does you, you don't do it. Let go of the known and you'll explore the vast creative currents of the unknown. Hold on to what you already know and you'll crash into the banks of mediocrity. There is no in between or half measures in art.
Art is a life lived fully in great trust and pushes the boundaries of what is known.
"Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go."
The artist is never an expert and always an explorer of truth. He or she dives deep into their own and the material's heart and in the process connects to ALL hearts. You must be willing to go wherever and everywhere the text-truth takes you. You have to be ruthlessly real and show both your thorns and your roses and above all, you cannot be nice and appropriate. Exploring the truth in The Art of Not Acting honors our greatest strength, vulnerability. It's at our most vulnerable that we are open to our greatest possibilities and our inner beingness shines its brightest in LOVE. We are out of our heads and fully in our hearts.
The great jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis, was a brilliant artist. I once heard that he and his band members had a transcendent performance at Carnegie Hall. Elated, he came back to the dressing room and addressed his musicians. He told them they were brilliant and accomplished what he had envisioned. He then told them,
if they repeated what occurred tonight at tomorrow evening's performance they would all be fired!
That's an ARTIST!
An amazing thing happens when you let go and let flow. You feel as if you didn't "do" anything.
With this comes a deep sense of fulfillment because you were taken on a creative ride and you're profoundly amused because you were the muse. I see it all the time in my Art of Not Acting class.
"Don't play the saxophone. Let the saxophone play you."
—Charlie "Bird" Parker
"I learned how to be a film actor when they said action, I didn't have to do anything."
"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power,
and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."
Bobby Colt's Art of Not Acting Studio
"You have to risk your truth always, and not everyone is going to like you. So be it. It’s what makes artists… artists."
12pm - 4:30pm
12pm - 4:30pm