1. When did you first discover your love for acting?
I discovered my love for acting in somewhat of an unconscious way. Ever since I was a boy and as I got older , I became aware that when I watch films or listen to music or watch people or if I'm in a specific circumstance with someone, I can easily relate to what they're feeling. I found myself able to put myself in their shoes on a emotional level. Then when I took my first acting class in college I became deeply interested in the craft and why the characters I played did what they did;I learned a lot about my own self in that process.
2. Take us through what happens in your mind and body when you're acting.
Sandy Meisner one of the greatest American acting teachers , defined acting as "living truthfully under imaginary circumstance." This is a a tough question, cause when you're really tapped into the moment, when you're on stage or doing a scene on set, you're not in your head at all, you're in the present moment, focused on your specific objective and what you need from your partner(s) in that present (imaginary) circumstance. That's why acting is such a rush, cause it forces you to live in the moment and it can even feel as if time stands still. Most days in our regular lives we are not living in the present, we are either thinking about the past or worrying about the future.
3. Would you say that Acting affects your stance on life, in a broader sense, if so, how?
The lessons I've learned from studying this craft has immensely affected my everyday life. One of the greatest lessons I learned is the Reality of Doing. The essence of Acting is Doing. Whatever you're doing, really do it 100%. Doing cancels out doubt, it cancels out judgment, it cancels out worrying and fear. Doing keeps you in the present moment.
Another great lesson I learned and use all the the time is "I always know how I feel in a given moment." You hear people say all the time say "I don't know what I should do" or " I don't know how I feel about this or that ", but really everyone knows how they truly feel, maybe not think, but feel! It's that deep down in your gut feeling, the instinct , now matter how brutal, that is always the right answer to follow.
Lastly, my favorite lesson I learned from acting is to "find in yourself those human things that are universal." This mantra has helped me connect and find common ground with people from all walks of life.
4. If you could share 1 thing with someone who is struggling to surrender to practice that gives them joy/peace, what would it be?
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said " there is nothing to fear , but fear itself." We all have responsibilities in life and the older we get the more our responsibilities tend to grow, however when there is a will there is a way. It's never to late to start, just start from where you are at , take small steps and grow and then soon you will take bigger steps towards your dream. Don't be afraid to be messy or to be right or fail. Fail a million times. It's part of the amazing process of success. There is no success without failing. There is no right time to start , just begin and do it baby!