I saw this quote by the Dalai Lama:
"Remember that sometimes
not getting what you want
is a wonderful stroke of luck."
I know he refers to real life.
But I want to talk about your acting.
and how this quote is GOLD advice for actors.
When you play a character,
the first thing you want to know
is what your character wants.
In every scene, you need to ask yourself:
"What do I want?"
That "want" needs to be specific.
- I want to eat.
- I want the other person to be quiet.
- I want the other person to say "I love you".
and then, not getting what you want is great.
Because you can show us who the character is
through what you choose to do to get what you want.
Here's a scene we played with recently:
(The Bear/ Checkov)
Popova's husband dies and leaves some debt behind.
Smirnoff comes to collect the debt.
He wants Popova to pay him the money.
Popova doesn't have the money.
She wants Smirnoff to leave her alone.
and the great thing in this play?
None of them gets what they want.
Because it give the audience drama
and it gives the performers opportunities
to come up with interesting actions
to get what they want.
These actions and not Chekhov's text
will show the audience who these characters are.
In the text, Smirnoff says stuff like:
"Pay me the money and I'll go"
But it's your choice HOW he says it.
Is he being aggressive or sensible?
Is he begging?
Is he being timid or scary?
Is he super confident or super stressed?
and when she doesn't pay -
Does he start shouting?
Does he start crying?
Does he start laughing?
And it's up to you to decide who he is
and what he would do.
You can play with scripts from real plays and films
and do this and many more exercises in our acting classes.
Thank you, Dalai Lama. 🙏🏼