I came upon an article written by Olafur Eliasson entitled, Why Art has the Power to Change the World. It's not an article for performers, per se. But, man, it does translate. I want all artists (and especially actors) to understand their power. When an actor enters a project, they bring the color and life that was only a vision before them. Really think about the weight, power and joy that comes from that profession. It's pretty awesome!
And yet, we are in a business that is full worry and fear, where it can be crazy hard to figure out how talent and work translates into true contribution. Though there is something inside us that keeps us going (sometimes against all "better" judgement) we can become paralyzed in questioning our own purpose and worth.
How do you move past that and trust your power as a performer? What is your responsibility to the work and sometimes to the healthy collaboration with your production partners? I think these are questions we must all continually ask of ourselves, not only for the sake of growth and purpose, but because we are part of something greater....something important....something that has the power to change the world.
Below is my favorite quote from the article. What do you think about this and the questions from above? Don't be shy....your tip could be just the thing that resonates with another artist to help them thrive.
“I believe that one of the major responsibilities of artists – and the idea that artists have responsibilities may come as a surprise to some – is to help people not only get to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. By doing this, art can mitigate the numbing effect created by the glut of information we are faced with today, and motivate people to turn thinking into doing”.
Artist and designer, Studio Olafur Eliasson
Monday 18 January, 2016