I can’t help but see the parallels between acting and playing sports – especially in a play. Rehearsals are like practice, obviously. I get a similar feeling when I walk into rehearsals that I used to get walking on to the field for practice. It’s work, but it’s fun, and you’re there because you love it.
Feeling a little scattered one day at rehearsal. On a break, I talk to Bree, the director. Just want to make sure I’m approaching my character in the right way. So, I used to coach field hockey, so I feel like the cast is my team, and my team sucks. And I love them, but they frustrate the hell out of me. And I’ve had them for preseason, and now the head coach is here, and I’m trying to show her how good we are.
“That’s a perfect analogy. Yes. And, see how you are right now? This presence is what you need on stage and I haven’t seen this until right now, when you were just talking. So whatever you need to do to get to this (she waves a hand in front of me), do that.”
Hmm, OK. So when I start talking about field hockey and coaching, everything in my body language changes. I become more confident and strong. I totally am this person. In some portion of my life.
And now I’m excited again. This is something I can work with.
The next few days, I bring my field hockey stick and ball and dribble around before rehearsal. I dribble on the sidewalk outside the theater. I dribble on stage. Even just sitting and holding the stick in my hand, I feel confident.
I dribble by Paul (the other director) one day. “That’s weird.” Right Paul, and you’re the most normal person I’ve ever met. You want me to be Janet? Then I need to play field hockey right now.
There was a moment in college when I thought, what the fuck have I been doing with my life? All I have cared about up until this point was field hockey. This was right around the time when I got cast in the school play, Cabaret, and started to rethink a lot of my choices.
But the more time goes by the more I realize how much playing a sport in college has helped in me in so many aspects of my life. In every way. Seriously. I am a better actor and even a better person because of it.
Go Hawks. (Oh yeahHhhhhhHhHhHh Monmouth!)