Today I watched a beautiful documentary called "Seymour: an introduction" - a documentary created by Ethan Hawke about a NYC master piano teacher. It is a simple and gorgeous film on many levels - most of which come from the depth of man which is its subject.
One aspect I took away from the movie that redeemed a lost aspect of myself - was his admonition to 'keep composing'.
Let me explain.
As a pianist, be was constantly working to play the compositions of others - musical greats though they were - they were also 'others'.
He felt that all musicians must continue to compose their own work throughout their life because it helped them to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of the master composers they were hoping to serve.
This brings us to the questions of acting or music as a creative vs interpretive art form. There have been centuries if no millennium of debate over these issues - so I'm unlikely to breach upon an undiscovered territory here - but let me say a few words of my own related to what I've learned from spiritual practice, drama therapy, a wide variety of acting pedagogues and transformational practices.
MFA from The American Conservatory Theater. PhD study exploring the integration of transformative practice, acting technique, and supernormal human capacities. Author of forthcoming book "An Actor Evolves". Interested in human potential, integral spirituality, and attempting to lead the way with his own artistic evolution. Acting coach @ Berkeley Rep, ACT, Evolving Actor and more. Working Actor @