• montage-02montage-03montage-04montage-05montage-06montage-07montage-08montage-09montage-10

Accessing Your Emotions For Writing Through Acting Excercises

Accessing Your Emotions For Writing Through Acting Exercises.

Work for the actor lies in two areas: the ability to consistently create reality and the ability to express that reality.
– Lee Strasberg.

I’ve been acting since I was eight years old.

Believe it or not, I was one of the obnoxious children on the Art Linkletter show. On the show I announced that I was switching professions from a CIA Agent to an Actress— primarily because I could skip school, and all the nice people on set gave me all the free grilled cheese sandwiches and orange sherbet I so desired. Thank God my reasons for acting grew in scope as I got older. Then, fortunately, one day I was chosen to be a member of The Actor’s Studio and trained with the great Lee Strasberg.

When I finally began writing my first book, “The Whip”—inspired by the true story of the famous Wells Fargo stagecoach driver, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879)—I realized that I was subconsciously using many of the acting techniques I had learned through my years as an actress. It seemed to work for me, so I always suggest to writers to explore an introductory acting class. I believe the exercises one learns as an actor are incredibly helpful to a writer.