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How An Actor's Essence Shines Through Their Creation


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 15, 2013

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Ludwig van Beethoven bustIn previous posts we've discussed being true to yourself and being selective with the auditions you pursue and the work you take on.

Choosing your work wisely will serve you well and make your heart sing.

When you read a script, you're not just creating a character based upon the material presented.

In a subtle (or not so subtle) way, bits and pieces of you are blended into the piece you are voicing.

This can serve an actor's purpose for better or for worse depending on what you are reading!

Find out why in today's VOX Daily.

Between The Lines

You're sitting down to read a piece of copy. Before you start scrolling through the text, you pop your thinking cap on to consider the information presented, what tone of voice you'll use, where you will breathe, and how you might start shaping the character you'll become in the moment.

Just when you think you've got it all under control, as all actors most assuredly do, the unspoken words of a script, hiding in the white spaces, seep through an actor's delivery along with their artistic license to breathe out more than just the copy.

Even when you think you've become someone else, your essence will shine through in some way.

The Creator and the Creation

Earlier today, I happened to be listening to Tempo on CBC Radio 2. The show is hosted by Julie Nesrallah, a gifted opera singer who daily expresses her love for classical music across Canada and beyond. Today was Molto Monday featuring an entire show devoted to music composed for the cello.

A discussion of Haydn and Beethoven issued forth, highlighting how very different the teacher was from his pupil and how each of their temperaments shone through in the music they created. Beethoven, being stormy, passionate and tempestuously unpredictable contrasted greatly with the more gentle, civilized Haydn who was accustomed to composing cheery, lighthearted pieces heard regularly in the courts of European princes.

Julie said something that really struck a chord with me that frankly applies to all of us. She said, "The one thing you cannot separate is you from what you create."

Each composer, though gifted and most certainly capable of composing any number of things, could not help but infuse part of themselves into each stanza they inked. Beethoven's music is a great deal different from his teacher Haydn's with the common bond being a great investment of soul.

What Do You Think?

Can you see some of yourself in each role that you play?

Looking forward to your response!

Best wishes,


Related Topics: radio, reading


    It is my goal to see myself as whatever character I am playing...to draw from what is already within me to become the person I am playing. I would say that this is easier to do when the script is well written. When the words on the page are uninspiring or unimaginative, I'm afraid the truth is that I become more of the same.

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      As an observer and admirer of all kinds of people, I have a huge internal data base of characters, traits and dialects who go far beyond the range of my limited actualized self. I am indeed fortunate to have them available to me whenever I need them. Borrowing in total and in part from these wonderful characters makes me appear deeper and more skillful than I am, when in fact, the real skill is in being able introduce them into a situation where they will fit perfectly.

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      • Jerome
      • May 19, 2013 2:16 PM

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