So, I really enjoy quotes... and I think that this is going to be post #1 of a series that I'm going to start where I read different quotes from people, select one, and then write about it. If anyone has a suggestion of a quote or a person to choose a selection from, please let me know and I'll look into it!
For this first post, I have chosen:
"With modeling, you pose. You want to look your best all the time. With acting, you have to be aware of the camera, but the more you show your imperfections, the better you're going to be."-Diane Kruger
Just like all words are shaped by the speaker, often when I read a quote it is shaped by what I know about the person. I read this quote, but hardly knew anything about Diane Kruger so I did just a quick internet search and here are some of the things I found:
After sustaining and injury, Diane left her pursuit of ballet and became a high-fashion model. Although having success, she quit at the age of 22 and pursued acting. This came as a shock to most as she had been successful thus far, especially in light of her young age. She has become known for her roles in Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure, and Troy just to name a few.
If you'd like to read more about Diane, visit her IMDb page, HERE.
The things that I find interesting in characters typically has nothing to do with how put together they are but has everything to do with how broken and flawed they are. These flaws create conflict, and conflict helps create a good story, right? Honestly a lot of acting I believe is just learning to live truthfully. Sanford Meisner said that acting is "to live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances." For me personally, I can say that sometimes it's harder to just honestly let someone in to see the nasty imperfections that I have. I constantly fight the urge when acting of putting the character removed from my actual being...because it ends up being a shallow performance and not truly acting.
One of my professors in college said that actors are the bravest people on this earth. It does take a lot of courage to open yourself up to criticism, to fail repeatedly, and yet still go after it--and I'm not even talking about the business side of acting--just the craft. You have to be bold enough to make a choice that doesn't allow you to hide behind whatever walls you may have built. If you stay behind those walls, the audience or the camera knows, and how boring is that? It's something that I can easily forget. It's very easy for me to try and hide behind my walls, it's comfortable there. Comfortable isn't worth watching. So, I find this quote as a nice reminder to be brave in the craft.
On the other hand, it couples my frustrations with a lot of what we see in entertainment and the modeling industry. Actors often pose. People often pose. We pose all over the internet to try and land the next gig. There is an expectation to look your best, wear your best, post the wittiest comment with the right caption...and it frustrates me, because life isn't that way. People run late, they spill their coffee, split their pants, get mustard on their shirt, forget their book of music, cry and spoil their make-up, get super sweaty on the subway right after that selfie, get scared or lonely...I would like to say I'm never that way, but I know I have been. I don't mean to, and it's something that I don't want to make a habit of--and so this quote is a reminder to me to just live truthfully.
Like I mentioned at the top--I plan to do more posts inspired by quotes, if you have any suggestions of thought provoking quotes, please feel free to contact me!