Monday, April 2nd, 2018
“One of the most important keys to acting is curiosity. I am curious to the point of being nosy. What that means is you want to devour lives. You’re eager to put on their shoes and wear their clothes and have them become a part of you. All people contain mystery, and when you act, you want to plumb that mystery until everything is known to you” -Meryl Streep
I love this idea so much. Curiosity is certainly the key to exciting and bold acting choices, but it is also the key to a deep and fulfilling life.
In acting, you get an audition/role and you get to dive into the character’s deepest, darkest corners, imbue your own personal quirks and details and mine every page of the script until you emerge with a fully fleshed out character whose life you are excited to live. What a joy, to be able to study characters, try them on, and breathe your own specific ideas into them.
In life, curiosity is the key to all things creative. It’s that first spark of inspiration that all great art comes from. So, for example, if you have always been curious about painting, that is your soul giving you a little nudge to just dive into it. I truly believe curiosity is your soul tugging on you to move in a certain direction, to take action for an artistic venture.
This is the same for relationships, with others and with yourself. Is there something you’ve been wanting to explore within yourself? Perhaps you have a negative behavior (we all have ‘em!) that you would like to work on to better yourself? Let yourself be curious about what life could be like if you worked on this behavior. What would change? What would be better? Imagine it, then let that imaged life be your guide in taking action to take care of yourself. Or perhaps there is a person you admire who inspires you and you are curious about what it would be like to learn from them. Take steps to make that learning happen and see where it leads you.
You never know how deeply satisfying life can be when you let curiosity be your guide. Whether in your career or personal life, follow that voice inside that says: “This seems interesting/inspirational/helpful/fun” and just go for it! That’s the only way to grow, as an artist and as a person. Dig deep and enjoy!