“A” is for ACTOR! from Cynthia Booker

In Assistantship, Cynthia Booker, Sound Design on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Sometimes actors are the biggest troopers! This past week in techs I watch A LOT of rain fall. I was freezing and huddled up next to a heater. I even developed a nice cozy blanket tent to trap the heat for the most part. But no matter how heavy the rained poured or how cold it became, the actors walked out and performed their roles every time the stage manager told them to go. On the coldest night at the moment with the heaviest rain, an actress needed to do a quick change into a very light, thin dress. Not only did she perform the quick change, but she stood there for the next 30 minutes freezing in the soaking dress while the designers perfected their cues. I was in absolute awe of the actresses’ commitment, determination, and sacrifice. Almost all the actors trooped through the weather. The only time we waited out the rain was when the scene involved several children and it was obviously a small rain cloud. It is absolutely amazing what we artists will endure for the pleasure of sharing our work with the world, especially actors. Even though designers and technicians work tirelessly to create a piece of work, it is the actors who are standing there in front of the audience who are criticized for every movement, word, and even absence. Being an actor is to become completely bare in front of a group of strangers, who may or may not be your biggest fan. It is something I’ve always admired. As of now, I can firmly say I couldn’t do it. There is a strength there that I lack. That I wished I had. That I wish I could feel the reward of being successful at it. Until I can I achieve that, I am content to be happy for those who proudly take that risk and change someone’s life in the process. I will still strive to be a part of the unseen population working toward enabling this process.



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