I remember my mother used to play the song “Closer” by Goapele all the time when I was younger. I gravitated to the song, because I’ve had big dreams since I was a child.
Speaking of moving closer to my dreams, over the weekend I attended TSAW (Tasha Smith Actors Workshop). This was an awesome experience, I met so many people who were aspiring actors such as my self. So many different backgrounds, upbringings and perspectives but one thing we all had in common was the desire to become better.
Tasha Smith inspired us all with her bold and transparent way of teaching. She pushed us out of our comfort zones and made us step out on faith and fully submit to the power and gifting that God Almighty has given us. Though, me and my classmates felt uncomfortable at times , we understood she was stretching us and getting us prepared for our future. This brings me to a quote by John Joseph Powell:
“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
On the second day of class we had to present a monologue of our choice. I chose a monologue from the movie “For Colored Girls” directed by Tyler Perry. The movie was brought about from the book called: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange and the monologue is called “Lady in Orange”
As I started to perform my monologue Tasha stopped me two seconds in and said “I don’t feel like this is real” and began to coach me. On the second attempt, I felt so much emotion and became more connected with the piece and when I finished the entire class gave an applause and Tasha said “ you did an awesome job ”. I’m so glad trusted her and allowed myself to be stretched. I had been acting for ten years but in that moment I allowed humility to drive me and I when I did God was able to shine through me.
Tasha shared her testimony to the class and enlighten us with the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree. (Strongly suggest you research this). Our studies were based on Ivana Chubbuck’s technique found in her book, “The Power of the Actor.” Which, if you are trying to pursue an acting career it’s strongly suggested you get this book.
After a long weekend of informational dump—emotional , mental and physical drainage, I feel extremely blessed to have been apart of TSAW. It was worth every moment of my time and penny of my dollar. I’ve learned so much in three days than people learn in a decade of time. One prayer at a time and one step at a time, I can feel my spirit moving towards my destiny.