Zen in Acting

Zen in Acting

A director I had shot with several times bought the rights to the book, “A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers” by Xiaolu Guo and asked me to screen test for ‘Z’ (the female lead). This is a beautiful story about a young Chinese woman who comes of age while traveling abroad in the UK. The director was considering Ralph Fiennes for the male lead and had been in talks with the screenwriter for “Letters to Iwo Jima” before the Writers’ Guild Strike took the project off the boards. Anybody working in entertainment during the WGA strike can remember the deafening pause which occurred during this time as well as why reality television became so popular. The experience was disappointing for obvious reasons. However, its impact stayed with me over the years. It is in moments like these where I’ve given my heart and soul in acting and been answered by emptiness that I learned to create my own fullness. Some may call this maturity. The truth is, I may never have known how much I loved a thing until I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into it. Here’s to all the actors in the world who have taken the long hard road and found it to be a journey of self-respect which may never be seen by anyone else.

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