Monday, January 31, 2011

70 Year Acting Career: Appreciation

When you find the right career, it's a great thing. When that career turns out to be acting, you'll meet with a lot of cynicism and also a lot of hype. Somewhere in between that is the place to focus your attention: on the craft and art of acting.  That's what Ernest Borgnine did and his success as an actor has spanned over seventy years. Yesterday, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors' Guild.

"The 94-year-old [Ernest] Borgnine was honored for a film and television career spanning 70 years. He won an Oscar for his lead role as a socially awkward bachelor in 1955's 'Marty,' and remains active in showbusiness. He tearfully recalled how his mother first asked him if he ever thought about becoming an actor after he returned home from World War II. 'Yes, it all started with a question - have you ever thought of becoming an actor?' he said. 'Well, I went ahead and became an actor.'"

Remember: you can still get a $100 discount for the TADW this summer if you apply by March 1st - that's a month away, so don't delay!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year: The Craft of Acting

It's been a cold, rainy winter, butTADW promises to bring a fun, exciting summer!  As the time spent indoors naturally invites contemplation, consider deeply the craft of acting with this helpful insight from one of the masters, Sir Ian McKellen, as shared with Ricky Gervais: