Actor's Thanksgiving List

An Actor's Thanksgiving List

To all creative folks--ATC celebrates you and is thankful for the gifts you bring to the world.

I am thankful for the gifts of imagination and compassion that allow me to step into another’s shoes.

I am thankful for my body, which allows me to bend it and exhaust it as I create new characters and commit to exercises, productions and projects.

         I am thankful for my voice, which I can manipulate, creating speech and verbal characteristics and communication for my characters.

         I am thankful for the world and people around me for providing all the inspiration I need to create a multitude of new people in any situation.

         I am thankful for family, friends, co-workers, fellow actors, and the strangers I meet daily, for teaching me about relationships.

         I am thankful for the eyes, which allow me to see past appearances, and into hearts.

         I am thankful for ears that are learning to truly listen.

         I am thankful for the smells around me and those remembered and those imagined, for they help me create truth for my characters.

         I am thankful for hands (and skin) that “remember” what things feel like, and can create in league with my imagination things I’ve never encountered.

         I am thankful for new tastes, for any new experience can help me to create anew.

         I am thankful even when life deals me terrible challenges, for I grow in my understanding of the human existence, which will help when I create a new human existence (a character).

         I am thankful for the wonder of discovering who I am while finding out who my characters are.

         I am thankful for the opportunity to touch others’ lives with joy, sadness, laughter, tears, inspiration, understanding, entertainment, challenges to the status-quo, doubt, certainty, frustration, peace, darkness, light (and the list goes on)…and most of all, with love.


BE THANKFUL FOR WHO YOU ARE.

THERE IS NO ONE ELSE WHO BRINGS YOUR GIFTS TO THE WORLD.

 

                                                     Kathleen Kellaigh

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