Art exists as way to know ourselves.
Sometimes we feel alone, trapped in our own minds.
There is a need in all human beings to ease this loneliness by creating bonds with other people, by sharing our life experiences and beliefs.
One of the ways in which we do this is through the performing arts.
We have to realize that, despite physical appearances, we are all -fundamentally the same in our desires to be loved, understood and accepted. That is why art transcends all race, gender, language, religion and culture. Through art, we share our fears, our desires, our needs, our hopes, our perversions, our fantasies and lust.
When we watch a film, see a play or listen to a singer that resonates in our soul, we feel as though someone understands us. Compassion and a deeper understanding of others can heal the world. This, in my opinion, is the greatest gift we can give each other.
Compassion and Understanding.
If you can bring a character to life, that could inspire others to feel less afraid and help them reconnect to the world, then this is what you MUST do! To hold back would be a tragedy.
The performing arts are a living tradition, a legacy that must be guarded and maintained with absolute ferocity. I am so grateful that I've been given the gift to be an artist. I feel fortunate to be in this industry.
If you've been given the gift to be an artist, consider yourself lucky!
Art has the power to transform, illuminate, educate, inspire and motivate.
Be the Artist, and make your soul visible to the world.
Excerpt from Bernard's book - Stop Acting - Start Living
Bernard Hiller is the Premier Acting and Success Coach in Hollywood. He teaches artists and business people in over 16 countries.