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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Just spent the evening reading Progress Reports from my students. I am amazed at the courage acting takes and where we must go to truly find our creative selves. Reading my student's writing on their process has really inspired me to believe in the value of the training of actors and how acting, voice and body work, though separate, can really come together and change people's lives. These students are remarkably different from where they were three months ago.

And Failure is such an important part of the process. It's the kind of struggle that is so important - in learning and discovering how acting works, and doesn't work - and makes all the difference in someone's career as a student, and ultimately, as a working professional. Failure hurts, but it doesn't kill. It changes you, and shows you your fears, and the issues that are holding you back. It's a signpost showing you where you need to go next.

My students are brave people. They inspire me to want to be a better teacher.

Noah, Eric, Benny winter 03

Noah, Eric, Benny winter 03
Originally uploaded by voice guy.
I'm testing my ability to add photos to my blog, so here's an old picture from about a year and a half ago, when we were still in Forest Park. Noah still doesn't have his baby teeth in this picture! Amazing how much he still looks like this! And Noah is now the age that Benny is in this photo!

Monday, November 29, 2004

I've been contemplating a podcast concept - doing some kind of regular radio program that I would post to a blog, like this one. It's very odd, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how best to do this. I imagine that I could probably insert links to mp3 files somewhere and then there could be audio associated with my blog. But a true podcast is done using an RSS feed, and I really haven't a clue how to do that.

Life right now is very busy with grading student projects, such as transcriptions and process reports, though today I spent mostly watching the boys and listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on audiobook (on my iPod). What with all the jobs that I inherited at the VASTA Board meeting in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago and with the end of term it is a hectic time. Add to that a new dialect coaching gig at Geva Theatre, and it's going to be a challenge to start to do this more than once every 8 months. But I'd like to try to do this more often, to see how it works for me. I imagine it like a professional Artist's Way exploration. Maybe my blog can be my Morning pages.

I always hated Morning Pages, when I tried to do The Artist's Way. They tended to make me very angry. Spent a lot of time being bummed about all the things I wasn't doing, rather than the things I was doing. Maybe there is a way to change that.

Amy just called to remind me that I have to get Benny to swimming in an hour, and I have to make dinner and feed them before we go... So here ends my blog entry for today!