Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Although I know that any skill takes many hours of preparation, like most of you I sit and wonder how some people are able to do what they do. Now, I think that the main preparation someone has made for them to be able to scan a whole sentence and they verbalize it without looking at it again must have been to read a lot. I guess that once you're extremely familiar with a wide range of words you find it easier to temporary memorize them before speaking them out.
So, if you want to act a new script as a professional actor go ahead and read as much and as diverse as you can. And read it out loud if the surroundings allow you.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Monday, June 02, 2014
I am sitting here, shocked, after hearing a friend's story of an 18 year old boy being stabbed by a 13 year old, in front of a youth center not far from where she and her boys live.
I will be a gentleman and won't unburden myself of the grim details of the incident, but I want to point out that two random strangers have tried to help the wounded boy - one doing CPR and the other pressing on the chest wound - with no success, and to repeat that all this has happened in full daylight in front of a youth center - one of the many in the country where the staff often feels intimidated by the young folk who comes by.
My friend wonders about one thing and - while I understand that putting such idea in practice might take years, and there's the fuss and the laws and who knows what else there has to be for it to be done by the book - I wonder if this could be a good solution to solving street violence involving young people and not only: why are not they being institutionalised by being sent to the army as opposed to being sent to prison?
It is fair to say that compulsory national service seems irrational, and the argument that everyone should be given the right to choose in which direction their life is going to by having control over the kind of training they undertake is most valid, but a young person to whom violence is the solution to all problems is unable to take decisions towards making a positive impact on their lives and of those around them.
Of course, a few paragraphs cannot instruct on how such could ever work, but the core idea is simple and clearly laid out. Is this a good idea?