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Student Blog: My Manifesto to Acting

Why I Love the Arts.

Student Blog: My Manifesto to Acting

A few months ago, one of my professors challenged us to write about why we decided to enter the world of theatre-- why we do what we do-- why we love what we love. After months of learning, growing, and inspiration, I think that I finally have the answer and an anecdote that I think perfectly captures the very moment when I decided what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. This is that story. This is that moment.

As an actor, I feel most accomplished when I make anyone in that audience-even if it's just one person-feel something. In March of 2019, I played Claudio in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The show had just ended, and I was greeting friends and family. I had one friend, Heather, who was the show's choreographer and happened to live in the same village as me, so I walked with her kids to the bus stop every morning, came up to me and quietly pointed at her daughter, Lilia, still sitting in her seat. Heather laughed and said to me, "During the show, Lilia turned to me with huge tears in her eyes and said, "Mom, Bryce is making me sad." Me? Making a six-year-old feel anything other than boredom during a Shakespeare production? It was little, six-year-old Lilia's comment during the show that reminded me so strongly of why I want to continue to act for the rest of my life. As humans, we often put on these masks or facades of perfection. No ugly photo or embarrassing post graces Instagram or Facebook-we are all the perfect sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives on social media. The only ugly parts of life that we normally see are on our own.

I want to be the kind of actor that takes off that mask, the kind of actor who invites the audience to do the same thing-even if it is just for those two hours. I want to be the kind of actor who reminds anybody watching that we are all unmistakably, undeniably, and undoubtedly human. I want to be the kind of actor who demonstrates that there is beauty in the ugliness of our lives, and a great strength in the vulnerability of sharing it. I want to be the kind of actor who not only entertains but inspires. If six-year-old Lilia felt sadness in the theatre that night, surely, she could feel inspiration and wonder and joy and motivation. I am going to be the kind of actor to incite change. I am going to be the kind of actor that never stops working to perfect their craft; the kind of actor who experiences as much as they can to be the most honest, vulnerable, truthful, genuine, and raw. I am going to be the kind of actor that is able to leave not only that little girl in the audience, but everyone in attendance of that show, feeling something, leaving them changed-even if it is just a little bit. As an actor, I am going to be known for taking off my own mask, connecting with the audience, and reminding fellow actors and audience members that the truth of ourselves is the root of our acting.

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