October 4, 2010

Day 271-An Actor's View

I pulled out the tights and boots this morning-cool weather has officially arrived in NYC and with it, another month down for Off the Market & In the Moment. Somehow nine months to go sounds much more manageable than 10. Regardless, I have to say October started off to a slow start socially. I spent the majority of the weekend inside hibernating since payday isn't until Tuesday. Other than a trip out to hit up the post office, Salvation Army and Wendy's, I lounged around being absolutely lazy and read The Girl Who Played with Fire. I would have done the same on Sunday but thankfully, paying for an acting class is a sure to get me outdoors.

So what did I learn in class this week? Apparently, there are no men left. According to my acting teacher, the men in today's world are either married, gay or assholes. Not surprising, the majority of females in my classroom nodded in agreement which I found to be both reassuring (at least it's not just me who thinks this from time to time) and a little sad if this is indeed our reality.

On the other end of the spectrum, my class apparently has a high rate for students meeting/dating/getting married-though wonder what it means that I've taken not one but four classes without so much as a date?

This is also the same class where we conducted a divorce survey (changing scenes allows for a lot of chat time, and our teacher uses us to conduct his latest sociology polls). Want to know why the divorce rate is so high? Apparently, HB Studio's Scene Study & Technique students have all the answers which I intended to numerate here but have fortunately blocked out most of them in an effort to stay pleasantly positive. But they were something along the lines of too many options, blah, blah, blah.

Even when I'm in a class where you spend three hours playing, I'm forced to think about relationships. How to relate to my partner, how to relate through actions, how to relate to my objective-and now we're analyzing each other's real-life relationships on the side. Performing a "woe is me, my heart is broken" monologue is sure to land you questions about your last love. Though I love it because I get to explore human nature and analyze in a good way-our teacher practically doubles as a therapist as any good director should-it is still hard to take in some of the discussion that have come out of class lately.

I don't want to believe that marriage is on a downfall, divorce is inevitable or there are no good guys left. When I started this blog, I saw the bit of Cinderella-syndrome I had as a bad thing. Now, I think it's really important to hold on as hard as I can to some of the faith that is instilled in us as kids. It keeps me afloat and personally, I just prefer to live my life with a side of comedy, whether I'm on stage or off.

I'm Off the Market & In the Moment!

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