The Actor's Mom

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Lessons from Patti Smith

I’m reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids. Awesome read. It reminds me the people and places I used to frequent when a kid, especially this one place where we all ended up going every single night. The “alternative and weirdos” corner, where everyone was involved with some kind of art – most just playing in a rock band, a bunch doing photography, some graphic artists, a bunch of actors, some writers. Our own version of Chelsea.

I have to highlight some pretty awesome lessons from Patti that are actually related to acting:

“Being an actor was like being a soldier: you had to sacrifice yourself to the greater good. You had to believe in the cause.” – After all, it’s a team effort. It’s someone else’s idea that you have to be inspired from and into.

“Crazy Horse believes that he will be victorious in battle, but if he stops to take spoils from the battlefield, he will be defeated.” – That’s deep, and so important to always keep in mind. You’re in it for the long run. Do not get lost in the small stuff, do not seek shortcuts and immediate gratification, do not be contented with the small stuff. Keep going. Look far.

“”What if I mess it up? What if I screw up the rhythm?” “You can’t,” he said. “It’s like drumming. If you miss a beat, you create another.” In this simple exchange, Sam taught me the secret of improvisation.” – That was Sam Shepard, by the way.


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