Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Should I Do Theater

‎"Should I do theater? 
Local filmmakers are telling me not to."

Idiots in the film community may tell you not to, but they do not work with the quality of actor I have worked with or serve with on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA.

A student wrote me and said they were advised by the "film community" not to do theater.


Why do you think almost all of the key National Board I serve on are actors who work regularly have theater experience and do theater whenever they can, including Broadway. James Cromwell of "The Artist" does far more theater than he does film or television. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," recently completed a one man show on Broadway, just as one example. Former national SAG president Melissa Gilbert has done "Little House: The Musical" and other shows over the past few years. Current National SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard is a regular on Broadway, in London and LA on the stage.

Actors are actors and should do it all.

Actors act.

We come alive when we are acting, whether on stage, on film, at auditions or in classes. Heck, we are acting in real life more often than not!

What unprofessional or amateur filmmakers are really saying is that for film you need to be "real", "fresh" and "flexible." They do not know what it is like to work with real professional talent, not self proclaimed "real actors," but those who love the craft and have trained and are skilled in the craft.

All actors who are pros know and can do both. Beginners and what pros call "community theater" actors have a hard time toning down the character and letting the eye and expressions do the work...yet these are skill developed with theater.

A good on-camera coach can help stage actors with film technique, although as we increasingly use microphones on stage and big screen video of the events on the boards, theater is increasingly morphing into a form of film or video, with audiences expecting an almost film like experience.

Casting directors vary...but most know that theater trained actors understand the craft, are always learning will listen to director and that theater teaches an actor the skills needed. Casting Directors may test you at the audition to see i you can tone down to what they are looking for (often not as natural as most actors think).

I do not sing my own song often.

I am Chicago trained and experienced in theater. I studied and also have a degree in theater, with some of the best instuctors in Chicago. I went back to UNLV and almost completed an masters in theater before shifting to a PhD in education. I have a solid stage background.

My passion and experience in the craft are why I love to teach, share and see others reach for their own potential and their dreams, even if they use it in church and community theater or film, or if they move on to study in LA, Chicago or New York and enter the industry.

Do not let anyone ever tell you not to do theater or that film actors do not do theater.

It is simply not true, except for flash in the pan one reel wonders. And they do not have real acting careers.

And do join the union when you have the chance.

Be serious about this if you seek to make it your life and career.

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You, Susan Todd, Lee Beffort, Dee Cutrone and 3 others like this.

Ryan Williams A good play never hurt anyone! I back what you said all the way. I also went to drama school and spent 10 years in theatre. Would never trade that for film school.
September 1, 2012 at 4:50pm · Like · 4

Kirt Dow I have learned in life thears never a time or place that experience is a bad thing when it helps you grow do all you can in life and learn from it all film is different than stage plays are defernt from stand up comedy and life is better with all the above I have injo
September 1, 2012 at 8:35pm · Like

Kirt Dow Injoyed all of thin I wish I could text better tho. Live,love ,laugh,learn.
September 1, 2012 at 8:39pm · Like

George D. Miklos Hollywood loves theatre trained actors. I for one am a theatre trained actor!!!!!
September 3, 2012 at 5:46am · Like

Trina Wolfenbarger I commend you for posting this and I can't think of particular names but so many people who have won Oscars have started in theater and I hope to become one of them. I have learned more in my theater group then I have in a lot of classes but you are a...See More
September 20, 2012 at 7:11pm via mobile · Like

Art Lynch Only $89 a month for my class plus up to four other teachers as often as you can come. That's why I like Casting Call...all actors can afford it.
September 21, 2012 at 11:26am · Like

George D. Miklos I have either performed on stage or worked in various other aspects of theatre in over 100 productions in my life.. Hollywood loves theatre trained actors!!!!
October 25, 2012 at 7:32am · Like

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