This semester has passed as quickly as a performance does, after preparing it for months on end. At the beginning of this blog, I felt stressed-out – how will I choose my topic, how will I find, and talk to interviewees regarding this, how will I make people interested in my passions, how will I manage to develop this complex yet simple topic over the course of fourteen weeks. Here I am now, thirteen weeks later wondering how to stop myself from writing! In the beginning weeks I must admit it felt like a burden to think of interviewees who would tell me differing yet relevant things about their theatrical experience. I feared that the topic may be exhausted after one or two meetings. However, I was pleasantly contradicted by the variety of actors I met with, by the myriad of their theatrical practices and experiences.
Throughout my blogging semester, I met with tragedians, comedians and actors floating in the pleasant middle of theatrical experiences, who like myself could not choose between the two types of happiness that theater provides – exploring human psyche in a tragedy, delving into finding out what makes combinations of words and gestures funny, as well as the reverie that the tragicomedy presents – a combination of all the beauty that the human personality is capable of.
I met with folks who preferred to rehearse alone and actors who needed to be in an active group to rehearse, actors who needed strict guidance from an acting professor and actors who preferred to explore their abilities independently.
During the semester I learned an incredible amount of information. Some amount the world of social media, but even more about myself. I discovered that I enjoy ‘performing’ journalistic acts, I discovered that Social Media is not as useless as it may seem in the eyes of a counterculture-opinionated college student; I discovered that I may actually be fit for a professions which involves speaking to people instead of speaking at people (as my International Relations major encourages) and I discovered that delving for facts and opinions, searching for the truth may in fact turn out to be my calling. This, regardless of whether or not I will call myself a journalist, a social activist, a human rights advocate, or any other such title, in the future.
Speaking in regards to technicalities, I discovered new passions and pleasant ways to spend time while still doing something useful, or at least fun-for-others-to-read. I took up the art of blogging, tweeting, reporting in terms of facts, as well as opinions. I made my first videos – something I would have resented having to do just a few months ago for one reason or another, which I could not explain nowadays. What is more, I discovered the idea of the 5-Shot-Video – a videomaking gimmick which works, and I actually enjoyed it! I looked into social media apps, something I would avoid doing on a normal basis. I learned what the deal is with the likes of websites, such as Storify and Thinglink. All in all, I immersed myself into the vast world of social media, and unexpectedly, beautifully, excitingly-so, I loved it all!
Perhaps, most importantly, I discovered something about myself. This class showed me that I may be wholeheartedly convinced that something is not ‘the thing’ for me, that something is ‘boring’, useless, senseless, not compatible with my kind of thinking – and then, I may just discover that this is indeed what my whole life has been leading me to. Journalism is certainly a newly discovered passion for me, which I plan to dive in at one point or another, whether during my masters, or at a later point in my so-called careerbuilding.
For my darling readers, I plan to continue posting in this blog, perhaps not weekly, but from time to time – whenever I act, whenever I see acting, whenever I am in a theatrical mood (when am I not?), whenever I think about theater and am in some way reminded of my dear Acting Blog.
Here is my theatrical experience of the semester (which excluded me as an actor) – European Theater Night:
& Here is my own theatrical experience of the semester (which luckily included me as an actor) – The Audition: 🙂