Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Actors and Our Favorite Roles

Consider the art of acting. People learn how to dress, act, think and speak like someone else, and since movies generally take months to film. They live inside the skin of this other entity they create and from the outside we see this other character, not the real person inside. A skilled actor can play many different roles, leaving us to admire what they have created, without revealing anything of themselves and their own personalities.

Recall Shakespeare's famous quote that "all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players."

All of us are actors, even though we may not realize it. Those of us who have never been onstage do not think of ourselves as actors, but there are many roles we play in a lifetime. Not only parent, child, husband, wife, athlete, student, lover, friend, competitor, mentor. Then there are the various guises of our careers. How many different parts have we played in how many different businesses? Do we not get inside the skin of someone else while we play these roles, then climb inside another skin when we take on another role?

Just as an actor has a favorite role he or she has played, don't we also have favorite roles we have played?

Is there any symbolic significance to our favorite actors and the roles they have played?

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