Acting & Performance: The gift of curiosity - Kathryn Bartholomew
November 25, 2014
As an artist, I am naturally curious.
As an actor, I crave the chance to delve into a story. To take-on a role within a world which may or may not have anything to do with me and my everyday life. It’s all valuable. By doing it, I experience artistic and personal growth.
What is it that churns our empathy when watching a movie, a play, a dance piece, hear music, sing a song? What draws us in, inspires us, and enables us to believe that we know something about that? There is a truth in the human condition that I strive not only to witness, but to experience as well. I want to be a part of it. As an artist, I want to create—and NOW.
Actors are detectives. The more clues we dig-up, the closer to the truth we get. Those clues lead us to making our own informed choices. Armed with a script, an actor works to ask these questions (among many others) of our characters,
“Who am I?”
“How did I get here?”
“Where am I going?”
And the most-important, “What do I want?”
Having the experience of many plays, I can attest that the rehearsing is often not glamorous. It isn’t filled with the adrenaline of being on a platform. It isn’t always easy to allow yourself to throw ideas at a wall to see what sticks. It’s sometimes difficult to take bold steps when you aren’t completely sure where you are or who you are within a play. But being right, right off the bat, isn’t in the job description. Being curious is. By jumping-in, trying things out, asking questions, and steeping in the world of a character we discover, we build, we learn. We develop that relationship to what is true in the art which we can then share with others!
Artists are sleuths.
We are sponges.
We crave the saturation of the world.
That is the GIFT of curiosity. It is what keeps me driving on to unearth truth in imaginary. It is what makes me feel alive and fantastic.
Artist, I invite you to continue and explore this gift with me!