Time for an actor-y themed post (Surprise!). For some reason, I feel like there’s more pressure when I write about this, because it’s what I do. But I’d like to put a question to you, if you’ll come with me:
I’m working with a few different pieces of text at the moment – for upcoming auditions (once the auditions are done and dusted, I might come back and link you the pieces). One of the shows requires a ‘short monologue’, and the other a 2-3 minute fairytale. Which is pretty damn cool when you think about it. What I’m really enjoying is the license to create that those very broad instructions provide. The fairytale, for instance: I’ve got to be able to cram a very engaging, physical, fun and unique story into a 3 minute window. Which means I get to use my artistic discretion to play & explore, and edit furiously.
And then I can write about it here, to you. Because that’s another thing I’ve found. Blogs are fantastic source material for inspiration and stories. What is this post if not my monologue at this point in time? But that raises a few questions. Would you mind if you found out an actor (for example) was using your blog post as a monologue for an audition? Is it something you would welcome: “Well, my ideas are out there, affecting someone, inspiring something”, or is it something you would resent: “Hey, that’s my work, they’re my words, that’s a part of me, and I don’t want someone trying to do that”?
Personally, I’m more of the first one, but that’s my perspective, which is doubtless influenced by my career path. But those are the questions I ask every time I read a story; a glimpse of someone’s character, as expressed in their own (written, blogged) voice.
If you’re reading, I’d love to hear your take on that, or even your gut reaction. What else have you seen a blog post transform or evolve into? Where do they travel? Just some of the questions that float through my mind, M x