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.
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