Songs for the Struggling Artist

What I wish American Theatre would learn from the Brits (#8)
December 11, 2010, 12:01 am
Filed under: art, theatre, What I wish American Theatre Would Learn from the Brits

Respect for Actors

While I was spending a couple of weeks in London this summer, I kept thinking of the difference of being an actor there versus here in NY. The respect that comes with the identity there is extraordinary. It means something. It’s not connected to fame or who’s working or not working. It’s just a respectful fact. In New York, being an actor is eye roll worthy. You either get a sort of bored, “Who isn’t?” or a “What do you really do?” This is why Uta Hagen had to write a book called Respect for Acting. We need one called Respect for Actors.

Problem is – here in NY – I don’t have a respect for a lot of actors either. So many of them are insufferable and terrible.

I’m as guilty as anyone.


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