Meaningfulness Comes From The Actor
Haley is in this year's Meisner Foundation Training. She (and everybody else) is clearly learning and growing a lot. Now's the time of the season when things really come together. It's a well-earned achievement. Training hard is tough, tougher than you think. Not everyone who began last September is still with us. But for those who've come this far, it's exciting as hell to witness their developing talents at work.
Haley sent me this on-the-money quote from Jodie Foster. It made an impression on her because Haley's heard me say the same thing over and over again all season long.
Foster: "I’ve had a long career; it’s been 50 years... I’ve learned that the meaningfulness comes from the actor. It’s your investment, it’s up to you to really take the material and make it deeper. That’s always challenging."
Sandy Meisner said it takes 20 years to master the craft of acting. I can't tell you he's wrong. It does takes time. Most actors don't want to hear that, but it's the truth.
Here's the take-away. Find a great teacher and start training now. Plan on keeping at it a good while.
If you're serious about acting, that advice is a no-brainer.