Why Acting?

Why did I choose acting as my career pathway? I know this might sound cliche, but I feel like acting found me...

I was a shy and sensitive girl growing up. I changed schools numerous times, moved between two different countries, and had to learn English in a classroom full of strangers.  Despite these obstacles, I was a determined little girl, and as time went on, I became one of the best spellers in my classroom and slowly began to build up my confidence. I would take library books home and devour them. I was like a little Matilda...I enjoyed all the adventures that books took me on.

Once I went into middle school and stepped into my first theatre class, my passion was born and intensified each day. Each acting scene made me feel excited and alive. I was passionate, creative, entertained...I loved transforming into different characters. I found out that people enjoyed watching me perform, and surprisingly, I didn't have stage fright! For the first time, I felt like I could truly express myself and show my goofy side, my creative side, and the different layers to my personality. I learned how to use my sensitivity to serve me. I could let my powerful imagination get to work and unleash my abundant creativity!

Now that I'm an adult, I still have the same unwavering passion towards acting, film, and theatre. In fact,  I am now bale appreciate the different aspects of theatre and film such as producing, editing, camera work, etc. I have also begun writing screenplays, a process that has proven to be challenging and immersive and lots of fun! I get excited and drawn in every time I have a new script in hand. I love learning about the psychology of each character I play. I have found that theatre has made me more tuned in to other people's emotions; it has made me more knowledgeable about history, and it has made me a more understanding and tolerant person. When you put yourself in other people's shoes for a living (or a hobby), you can't help but become more tolerant as you try to understand your character's motives. Your prejudices start chipping away little by little.  Acting is my form of meditation. When I am performing, I am solely focused on my performance. Everything else blurs out and I'm in a state of inner peace and joy. Sure, there are emotional roles that challenge me and force me to tap into the painful part of my experiences, but underneath the "negative" emotions, I still have a sense of peace.

When I was taking a History of Theatre class in college once, I remember discussing the quote "It takes 20 years for an artist to become a Master". This quote rang true for me, and I still think about it to this day. I was in my first play at age 15, and I am now 25 years old. This means that I have about 10 more years to hone my craft, become a better actor, listener, artist, collaborator, and human being. I am excited for this 10 year journey, and beyond that...this lifelong journey.

Lastly, I wouldn't have been able to immerse myself in acting if it hadn't been for my parent's unwavering support towards my dreams. I am truly blessed  that I have found a field which gives me so much joy and fulfillment, and even more blessed that my parents nurtured my dreams.

Thank you for reading. I hope you, too, find something that stirs your heart and awakens your soul!

With love,

Rina

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