“You are both stars, don’t forget. When the stars exploded billions of years ago, they formed everything that is this world. The moon, the trees, everything we know is stardust. So don’t forget. You are stardust.” -The Rose Peddler’s advice to Jesse & Celine in Before Sunrise
For the actor…
You are in everyone and everyone is in you.
That means you can play EVERY part.
To do so, just dial up the stardust particles that most align with the character. Dial down the others.
“If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” -Mother Teresa
We’ll never solve the giant, messy, intractable problems by thinking, fearing, worrying and feeling overwhelmed.
Do nothing. Nothing happens.
Do something. ONE thing. One tiny, seemingly insignificant thing. Help one person. Make one change. Do it consistently, every day, rain or shine. Step back after a long enough period of time…and prepare to be amazed.
Feeling inspired and wanting to do one thing? Here’s two opportunities:
You must have some kinda conflict on every page of your script. Or at the very least, in every beat.
When you get to the end of your first draft, break the play down into beats. If any of them don’t have conflict, they gotta go. Excise immediately. Call it character backstory and move on.
No one wants to watch two people “hang out”/”get to know each other” on stage. Not for very long anyway. Even if it’s super-charged, very fun, highly vulnerable, and remarkably intimate, the powder in the beat keg will run dry. Fast.
You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. This is it. Everything you’ve done before, including the failures, the mistakes, is exactly what you were supposed to do and has led you right to this point.
Do you truly believe that? Yes?…Good. You should, because it’s the truth.
Take a deep breath.
Now that we’ve got that covered, what would you like to do?