Don’t Forget to Play!

November 19, 2011

“Don’t stop me now–I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball!” –Freddie Mercury

 If you have kids, you hear a lot about the importance of play. But how about adults? Suddenly, it’s work that consumes us. With all the drama (pun intended) involved in being an actor, it’s easy to overlook the joy of the profession. But, in the acting game, it’s not only acceptable to play around–it’s required! How many times have you seen an actor having such a good time, you couldn’t help but get caught up in the performance? Jack Nicholson in The Shining“Here’s Johnny!” Obviously, having a blast. Julie Andrews in The Sound of Musichaving a ball! And even in tragic films like Boys Don’t Cry, Hillary Swank looked like she was having the time of her life playing the role of Brandon Teena.

And here’s a new inspiration for the spirit of play. Bored by a temp job, and tired of waiting for someone to give him a stage, comedian Charlie Todd decided to make his own. He created Improv Everywhere–sort of like Candid Camera meets flash mob. Todd has organized over 100 absurd, and joyful public scenes. Click here to watch some of his missions, which are sure to get you into a fun state of mind.

Everyone experiences joy differently. For some, joy is working hard and having a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. For others, it’s being childlike, almost giddy. And there are those who enjoy the escape of getting caught up in the make believe. The point is, through all the hard work, the trials and travails of the acting life, few would argue, it’s a fun ride. Dig in!