Three Scripts, One Actor – The Art Of Being Yourself
Three Scripts, One Actor – The Art Of Being Yourself
June 18, 2013
Winston Wayne Wilson
We are all familiar with the Shakespeare-inspired quote: “Life is a stage and we are all actors on it.” What Shakespeare did not tell us is that each actor has to pick one of three scripts. Each script has a different source of inspiration. Each source of inspiration starts with the letter “S” so they are all easy to remember. The three types of scripts are: Society-inspired, Star-inspired and Self-inspired. Once we select the script, the lines become emblazoned in our minds and, on a daily basis, we are required to passionately act out the lines on stage. And we have quite the audience - every single performance is being watched, and evaluated, by visible as well as invisible beings throughout the infinite universe. Here’s the catch – only One Script Can Attain Recognition, which means only one of the scripts we select will be deemed eligible for an Oscar, which is the highest honor. Challenging, too, is the fact that you have to pick the script first before getting to read it. No matter which script you pick, you must still commit to doing your best performance so that you can be nominated for an Oscar. To achieve this honor, you must be yourself. This is referred to as being “authentic”. Oscars are awarded on a daily basis and there are no limitations on the number of Oscars that can be awarded.
OK, so three very obvious questions emerge regarding this Shakespearean stage that is life. First, how on earth do we pick that Oscar-winning script? Second, how do we know if we have won an Oscar? Third, if we are not winning any Oscars, can we change the script? All three questions are actually very easy to answer. Let me first provide you with some more insights on the nature of the three scripts and then I will answer these three questions.
The society-inspired script represents everything that is in the best interest of society. It is the most comprehensive and structured script. This script must be acted out inside a box and there is zero ad-libbing. It is also the script that is most often selected, with 50% of all actors selecting this script. Accordingly, you will have a lot of actors to observe and practice with in order to improve your own performance. The biggest advantage of the society-inspired script is that it is easy to execute because it contains very detailed lines that tell the actor what to say, how to emote, how to work the stage, when to laugh, when to cry and so on. Moreover, there are tons of reference manuals, acting aids, and resources to leverage because the acting trail has already been well-blazed for those who select this script. Collectively, these resources are referred to as acting “rules” or “laws”, which are overseen by an organization, comprised of veteran actors, referred to as the “government”. To facilitate learning all the acting rules or laws, the government requires that actors who select this script go to acting college. However, acting college is very expensive and many actors incur a lot of debt, referred to as Student Loans, even though some of them wind up dropping out of acting college. One of the biggest disadvantages of the society-inspired script is that you must have a pretty good memory to memorize all the detailed lines as well as the acting laws. Also, because so many other actors are reading from the same script and following the same acting laws, it is oftentimes difficult to have a breakout, Oscar-winning performance, without displaying significantly more gusto. Actors wind up dropping out of acting college. In addition, actors who have used this script have complained of being type-casted; being labeled “copy-cats”; and becoming bored of the predictable, rigid script. These actors also indicate that it is tough to be a law-abiding actor with so many government-imposed acting rules. That said, life has awarded numerous Oscars to actors who delivered gut-wrenching performances inside the box.
The star-inspired script represents everything that is in the best interest of the universe. It is the least comprehensive and structured script and it requires 100% ad-libbing. The only instruction on the cover of the script is “Do you!”. Other than that, all the ensuing pages are blank. You, therefore, have to memorize nothing. The script can be acted anywhere – as long as it is outside the box. The world is truly your oyster when you select this script. There are no rules, laws, or government. Best of all, there is no acting college requirement, which means there is also no Student Loan debt. That said, the star-inspired script is the least selected script, with only 20% of actors selecting this script. The biggest advantage of the star-inspired script is that it allows for unbridled creativity. It can also be liberating, empowering, and fun to act out this script. One big disadvantage of the star-inspired script is that the star tells you nothing. It provides the wind to blow you to a particular scenery and that’s it. You must then craft your own script and act it out with that scenery as your backdrop. You have to be very disciplined to get any script writing or acting done because you can easily be distracted by the scenery and wind up playing around or taking a relaxing nap. Also, because so few other actors are reading from this script, you tend to be isolated and unsure of your performance, which makes it that much tougher to have an Oscar-winning performance. Actors who have used this script have complained of not being taken seriously because their script is so “way out there” and they get accused of frivolously wishing on a star and chasing pipe dreams. Other actors complain that, because they have to spend so much time writing the script, they do not have enough time and energy to do the acting. Some actors suffer from writers block and are unable to complete the script. Despite these challenges, life has awarded numerous Oscars to actors who successfully delivered some of the most memorable outside the box performances.
The self-inspired script represents everything that is in the best interest of the self. It is the most balanced script because it has elements of the society-inspired script as well as the star-inspired script. The script contains some lines, which can be altered by the actor or performed “as is”. The script also allows for some ad-libbing – which enables the actor to rewrite portions of the script to play to his or her strengths. Each actor decides how much of the script he or she wants to follow and how much of it he or she wants to ad-lib. The “as is” lines are referred to as “Work”. The ad-libbed lines are referred to as “Life”. Actors who select this script attempt to achieve “Work-Life” balance. The script is typically acted inside a box that is outside. The outside scenery is referred to a being “off-shore”. Inside the box there are rules or laws; however, outside the box, in the offshore jurisdiction, there are no rules or laws. The box also has a door that allows the actor to step in and out of the box during the performance. This is referred to as “flexible work schedule”. This flexibility allows the actor to prevent the performance from becoming too rigid. The actor does not have to memorize much – the focus is more on getting the big picture of the script. While there is no acting college requirement, the actor can attend acting school online at his or her own convenience. The self-inspired script is the second most selected script, with 30% of actors selecting this script. The biggest advantage of the self-inspired script is that it is tailored and the actor can leverage the structure and resources of the society-inspired script while having some of the autonomy of the star-inspired script. One big disadvantage of the star-inspired script is that it requires a lot of concentration to meander in between scripts during a live performance. If you do not get the transitions right, you can appear to be under-rehearsed and unpolished, which might reduce your chances of winning an Oscar. Actors who have used this script complain that it is almost impossible to achieve “Work-Life” balance. Distraught, many of them have even attempted to resign from using the script. Despite this Work-Life balance challenge, life has awarded numerous Oscars to actors who delivered some of the most balanced performances inside a box that was outside.
So now that you have a better idea of what the script are, here are some quick answers to the three questions:
How do we select an OSCAR winning script?
Go with your gut. Your gut is not just great for processing a big, juicy12 ounce steak with some gravy-drizzled mashed potatoes on the side. Your gut is also a good decision making device. Hence, if you believe you are a comedic actor, and a star-inspired script is the obvious choice, but your gut tells you to go with a society-inspired script – say a period piece called Lincoln – go for it. It may seem like a misfit role; however, if you have not been winning any Oscars as a comedian, maybe this odd script choice might just stretch your acting ability and catapult you to the next level. Besides, period pieces tend to win Oscars. Matter of fact, for the last three years, a period piece has won an Oscar. By the way, some actors have no interest in winning Oscars. They call them B-, C- or D-Listers; however, many of them lead happy lives and make a terrific living without the validation of an Oscar. Some have actually won less recognizable awards called Emmy and Golden Globe.
How do we know if we have won an Oscar?
When your performance moves a visible or invisible being you will be nominated for an Oscar. A moving performance is called a good deed or an act of service. The more good deeds or acts of service you accumulate, the greater your chances of winning an Oscar. Oscars are awarded to you in a number of ways by visible and invisible beings. All Oscars, however, are delivered directly to your heart. Visible beings deliver an Oscar to your heart when they say “Thank you” because you have positively impacted their lives and they really appreciate your good deeds or acts of service. If you are not there to accept your Oscar, visible beings deliver it to the universe, via a telepathic transportation service called “Positive Energy”. The universe then accepts the Oscar and holds it on your behalf in your own Oscar account. This is referred to as “Online Banking”. The universe, based on its own observation of your good deeds or acts of service, can award you its own Oscar. You can also earn an extra Oscar just for accumulating a lot of Oscars in your online account. This is referred to as earning “Interest”. The universe will find a magical way of delivering the accumulated Oscars to you when you least expect them. These banked Oscars, that arrive unannounced, are called miracles or blessings.
If we are not winning any OSCARS, can we change the script?
Yes. However, your brain has to be re-programmed to change the script you are following. There are technicians called, neuro-linguistic programmers , life coaches, or motivational speakers, who can change your script. You have to be committed to learning a new script language and changing your acting style. One word of caution: try invoking more passion when you act before you change your script. In other words, sometimes it is not the script that requires changing but the actor’s attitude about the script. There have been actors who have tried all three scripts and did not win an Oscar because they lacked passion. On the flip side, I have seen one passionate actor who selected a pretty bad, mundane script, I believe it was called, “Filing Nine To Five”, but she was nominated for an Oscar for that script. I think her name was Dolly Parton, or something like that. She even wrote a song about it, I believe. The song was nominated for an Oscar, too. So, before you change the script, check your passion level.
Hopefully, you now understand the world of acting as well as the script selection process. See, I told you Shakespeare left out a lot of stuff. My challenge for you today is to ask yourself: “Am I getting enough Oscar nods from the people around me or from the universe?” If not, it could mean that you are opting for some pretty bad scripts or that you are not bringing the right amount of authenticity and passion to the role. It could also be that, rather than being the lead actor, you are taking on the role of an “extra”, without a speaking part. Another possibility is that maybe you are not doing enough good deeds or acts of service to be nominated for an Oscar. Now that you have all this inside knowledge about what to expect from each script, remember to pick the script that aligns with who you are and allows you to authentically to shine. Lights, camera, action! Now, go break a leg. Enjoy your day.