My Thoughts on Acting By: Joe Schmidt

My thoughts on theater have changed very much compared to when I first started acting.  I have realized it is more of a skill than I thought, with memorization being a skill that is highly needed.  I have gained more respect for people who can do this as a lifestyle, and doing it everyday even through injury.  Also with the amount of time that actors put into their pieces to make them one with the piece.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 6.11.53 PM“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” (Jonathan Wolfgang von Goethe).  This quote proves the amount of skill that is needed, and sometimes not given to people who deserve credit for their hard work.  Acting was one of the best classes I have taken at Homestead and would take again.  The class was very fun and interactive.  The games that were played were some high quality games that were very fun.  In class the projects and group work was the best part of the class.  Both the monologue and dialogue were challenging but fun; with us getting to pick what to present, and the amount of time that was given to memorize and prepare was very reasonable.  Memorization and emotion was very important to making the presentations very good.  One great example was Ken’s monologue with his emotion being so good that it made the audience think that he was the character from his selected piece, and the acting of it was very good.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 6.13.12 PMOn the opposite side if someone had bad emotion it made it seem as if some was just giving a speech that was very boring, and would make me want to sleep.  My favorite project was the commercial.  Groups had complete creativity of what to do, and with editing they came out pretty well.  The final exam was fun and challenging at the same time.  Making sure that everybody knew their lines, and could stay in character while filming was the most challenge while filming.  The best part of the film was that the groups could be as creative as they wanted with their skits.

One thing that I didn’t like was the pantomime project.  It was very challenging to remember where each object was placed, and picked up in the exact same place as where you had left it.  Another thing was not being able to talk making communication between partners hard, and when presenting that you hoped that your partner knew what to do.  What I can thank this class for is that it has made my memory a lot better than what it used to be.  Also that this class is very hard to get a B or below as long as you do your work, and follow the directions that is given for that task.  It has showed me that acting is not a calling for me in life to do; which I never did, but this confirmed it.  This class again is a class that you want to take before you graduate, and miss the chance for a good grade.

Written By: Joe Schmidt
3rd Trimester 2015
Acting 1 Hour 2

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