I'm Feeling Lucky
I believe that being an actor and having an insatiable curiosity go hand in hand. They have to, right? It's certainly true for me. Sometimes my curiosity gets in the way of general politeness. My people-watching can verge on spying and often when I "overhear" something it's really because I was hardcore eavesdropping. I freakin love the subway. Total curiosity candy-dish.
Also, the Internet. Instant curiosity satisfaction. But it's also kind of like a can of Pringles - the whole, "once you pop you can't stop" thing. Google one thing and who knows how many hours it will be before I emerge from cyberspace.
Today I Googled "actor". Just for funzies, I used the "I'm feeling lucky" feature. What I ended up with was the Wikipedia entry for "Actor". It's pretty much what you would expect. Here is the first paragraph from the entry:
"An actor (or sometimes actress for female, see terminology) is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity. The ancient Greek works for an "actor" means literally "one who interprets"; in this sense, an actor is one who interprets a dramatic character or personality."
Okay, fine. Scroll down to see if there is anything new and interesting. History blah blah blah (flashback to freshman theatre studies class - ugh), technique-y schmeckity-schmeck that sounds super dry, boring and simple even though we all spend a lifetime developing it, something about awards and famous people (yeah, in my dreams) and OH! Further reading... hmmmmm ... curiouser and curiouser and ...
Disappointed. Nothing I hadn't already read. And all books on acting technique. I want the juicy stuff!
I felt some editing was in need (thanks, Wikipedia for letting me do that.) As we all know, there is a big difference between studying acting and being an actor. What better to document that fact than the Unscripted Blog itself?!
It's official, thespians and thespi-anas - Unscripted in on the wiki page for "Actor." Something feels right-er in the world.
-- Sarah Wharton