It’s the question that can come up a lot – where do I start if I want to act? Where do I start if I want to make movies? Where do I start if I want to be a playwright? It’s flippant and unkind to say – ‘you want to act? SO GO ACT.’ Easy for everyone outside the situation to say. The larger picture of our artistic goals can be so overwhelming that it stops any and all movement.
I’m a huge supporter of small steps. One foot in front of the other is so much more manageable than leaping up the stairs. If you do something every day, it’s going to grow over time. Break down your goals into elements and deal with them one on one:
- What is your overall artistic goal? ( I want to act!)
- What are the elements of that goal? ( Let’s start with: monologues for auditions, vocal and physical dexterity, script/character analysis)
- What can I do today? (find a monologue I like.)
- What can I do by the end of the week? (read a play)
- What can I do every day? (a vocal diction exercise)
- Where do I want to be in a month, in six months, a year?
Little steps. Moving forward. There’s no reason or excuse to say ‘I don’t know what to do!’ with regard to your artistic goals.
To that end, here are two awesome little steps if you want to become a playwright. They come from The Artists Way – Morning Pages and The Artist Date.
Though they are couched recovering your creativity and a creative awakening which seems a bit flaky (and going out of it’s way to reword something standard), the exercises are solid: spend every day writing without self criticism. Get into that habit of writing on a regular basis. And two, go out on artistic Events! Explore what interests you and fuels you. This is how you grow as an artist. If you don’t know where to start as a writer, start here.