ON ACTING: Avoiding the Siren's Call of Success
Each performance of a scene is new, impossible to replicate precisely. You cannot be brilliantly the same; you can only be brilliant again. The past is dead. Bury it. Create new life.
Remember how your brilliant performance happened in the first place? You probably weren’t thinking, right? You were just getting involved in the reality of the scene, letting the performance happen. So do the same again. Trust that if you were brilliant once, you can be brilliant again. Even within the narrowest of scripted and directed parameters. Even the performance of all the required notes of a Mozart concerto is never exactly the same. Ask the great pianists. Life--and art--is no susceptible to robotic replication. That's is what is so wonderful--and unavoidable--about being human...and therefore an actor.