last night was my first acting class. i have to say i wasn't nervous all day or excited but just curious. really really curious. i actually couldn't wait for it to be over just so i could know how the flow of the class went, how the people were and what to expect for next week. that way i can mentally know what i'm getting in to.
it's so funny when it's the first time of something..it reminded me of the first day of school. everyone is quiet..just looking around. you almost want to just SCREAM and make things awkward so you can break the ice. there was one older woman who was chatty..so she took on the role as silence breaker. i've only seen one play at the gateway, so i didn't know that there were all these little buildings around the actual main stage building. we were told we were going to be in the studio...whatever that means.
so..we all got out our flashlights aka iPhones and followed in a line to this small building all the way in the back, pretty much skating there because of the ice and snow. we entered, and our instructor went off and got photocopies..so there was more silence..except now we were all seated looking at each other. you almost can't wait at that time until week 2 or 3 where this silent awkward bs is a thing of the past.
when andy returned, we all moved our chairs and sat around in a circle and gave our name, why we are there, and experience level. the class ranges from people my age, to mid 40-50s and then some older. some haven't acted or taken classes in over 15 years and just wanted to have some fun. some, want to break out of their shell and have never taken an acting class..and some just have always had the acting bug and want to break into the biz.
what i've come to the conclusion about myself is, when i am playing another part..i am not shy. i don't blush...or have nerves. it is when i have to be myself, talk about myself or even give a presentation. isn't that weird? but, if i have to act like someone...or even if i'm with friends and we make our little videos and i play myself..totally fine with that.
we were given our first exercise which were 4 different little content-less scenarios and you and your partner had 5 minutes to pick one and practice. my partner was a man who just turned 50 and his wife gave him improv classes, a gym membership and singing lessons for his birthday. we decided that our scenario was a couple who shared an intimate experience that went really bad. haha, it was pretty fun, and andy had us try different routes with exploring this scenario. one thing he told the class was to pause. listen. take a long time to respond..and really think about what you are going to say. don't be afraid to act out emotion, with hands, feet, pacing etc. reallllly listen and think about what your character really wants from the other character.
what i enjoyed most was watching the other groups perform. they all did really well.
andy is super cool and i really look forward to these next 7 weeks. like he said, acting is just really fun..even if it's just a hobby. you should never feel miserable while acting..