Riding the Ox Home 14

“You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.” Deshimaru

 Yeow, that must hurt and the smell of burning hair is not very pleasant.  But even though it is unpleasant, it is something that must be done.  Everyday that you do not accomplish something that can lead to your success is another day wasted.  There are so many aspects of this art that you have to be aware of in order to succeed.  You can never sit back and wait for things to happen.

You should start each day with a physical and vocal warm-up.  You should do some “business” related activity everyday.  This could include going to auditions, writing a “thank you” for an audition, sending out pictures and resumes, pounding the pavement, or updating pictures and resumes.  You should learn about an aspect of the profession that you are not knowledgeable in, for instance, the technical side.  Finally, you should do something uplifting, read a play, see a production, talk to someone you respect in the field.

This is a full schedule.  You may not think it possible to accomplish even half these things in your busy day.  But if you want to be an actor, you should live your dream twenty four hours a day.  If you are not willing to, there are plenty of other people who will make that commitment.


About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at AFWinter.com. View all posts by oxrider

One response to “Riding the Ox Home 14

  • oxrider

    For those of you who are new to my blog, Riding the Ox Home –
    This is a discussion of Acting through the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. I am not a Buddhist and not much of an actor, but I do like examining my art through many different lenses. I think if we are able to occasionally shake up our beliefs and reevaluate them, it will make us stronger and better people.

    This blog features excerpts from the book available at:
    CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/3651463

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