All my life, I thought that acting was the easiest, most glamorous and fun job in the world. After all you get to act with good-looking people, get to go on red carpets and hey, who doesn't like getting paid for just acting, right? That's what I thought before today's eye opening class. I had never seen or wondered about what happened behind the scenes. I didn't know that it took so many people and so many hours to produce just one episode of a television series. It was truly incredible to see the camera man work his magic and I felt kinda bad for the guy who would have to hold the long mike on top of every actor. Anyways, getting back to the point, I had never thought that acting was a real job and didn't give enough credibility to actors until today.
When I was watching the behind the scenes videos in today's class, I cringed a good number of times because the love scenes that looked so hot and sexy on t.v. were done with no music in the background, lots of people surrounding the actors with their gizmos and gadgets and the director yelling out of a microphone in the background. Talk about the ultimate acting test. If you can do that, you can do anything humanely possible. Not just that, the actors had to be totally involved in the scene as if there weren't a group of people critiquing and judging their every move like a hawk.
Not just that, the fact that they have to be on set for hours in any kind of weather, the fact that the sets are always cold, and the fact that they have to remember all the words in their script (imagine if you were doing a historical drama and had to talk a certain way or talk in a strange accent) made the world of an actor a lot less glamorous that what I had previously thought. With all these things going on in the background, it blows my mind that these people can express emotion so fluidly and naturally in such a technical situation. I had definitely not given acting enough credibility before, but truly, its an incredible thing to do.
Learning about this made me respect actors even more than before.