Keep Asking WHY
“If we want to feel an undying passion for our work, if we want to feel we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves, we all need to know our WHY.”
“You need to find the deep reason why it is that you MUST keep going, why you MUST make this happen, why there’s no question about it and there’s no such thing as ‘I can’t’. “- dailyactor.com
“Asking ‘WHY?’ can lead to understanding. Asking ‘Why Not?’ can lead to breakthroughs.” – Daniel H. Pink
Do you ask yourself why? Why your character is acting a certain way in a scene? Why your character says what he/she says?Are they reacting out of fear? Out of love? Keep asking WHY to give your characters and your work layers and interest.
It’s not enough to just read a scene and “get it.”
You can connect with the piece and feel confident, but in order to continue becoming a better and better actor, it is essential to keep asking “Why?”. With each “Why?” you are getting closer to the root of who this character is, and all along the way, you are seeing the layers of the onion unfold right before you.
Everyone’s interpretation of the character’s “Why” will be different. The outcomes may not be the same and therefore, your unique nuances, isms, meaning all come from a place of authenticity giving your performance layers that only you can express. It’s all about creating a character that is true to the text and to your interpretation. And we want that. We need that! As an audience, we need you to keep asking “Why” in order to keep interested. As an actor, it is your job to keep the audience rapt at attention with how you express the writing.
It all comes together and is a beautiful thing.
Encouraging you all to keep asking “Why” and see the layers of intrigue start to form. When you are focused on your WHY, the other aspects seem to fall into place.