Thursday, September 03, 2009

ON ACTING: The Infinity of Emtions

Actors often mistakenly consider emotions as is they were a child’s box of eight basic crayons (some authors even speak of the eight basic emotions); and act as if a human’s feelings being just simple manifestations of that basic eight-color spectrum. But good actors, who want to grow in performance abilities, who wish to ‘paint’ more richly complex and textured character portraits, must increasingly grow to consider colors/emotions more like a box of sixteen colors, then thirty two, then sixty-four, and eventually, when the actor and his/her emotions are fully developed, face the fact that all creation requires an almost infinite gradations of colors/emotions. And at that point the most experienced fine artist will soon no longer be content unless they are making and mixing their own infinitely varying palette of color composites!


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