Why actor's don't have 'Read 52 books this year' as a goal.

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Why actor's don't have 'Read 52 books this year' as a goal.

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1bookishbunny
Redigeret: okt 6, 2006, 9:31 am

I looked at my read list for this year on my bookcrossing profile. It does not contain 40 books. And many of those listed are children's books. Even if I count the scripts I've read this year, that would only bump it up to 6 more or so. I even had a person send me an unsolicited consolation about my pathetic little 'have read' list. The fact is, when you act and (for some of us) still have a full-time day job, your first priority is the production. I cherish my weekends, spending hours in bed reading until forced out by hunger or rehearsal (or both). I just don't have the luxury of spending cozy nights with a book as often as I'd like. I can't read during rehearsal and I'm too paranoid about missing an entrance to read backstage during a run of a show (though I enviously watch other cast members pull that off).

What are your reading habits? How do you manage to keep a bookish life in the midst of your theatrical one?

Please pardon the edits. I'm still learning italics...

2bookishbunny
okt 31, 2006, 3:01 pm

I have found a time to read during a show and not worry about missing an entrance. I spend a stretch of time behind a set piece in the first act of 'Three Men on a Horse'. The area behind said set is beautifully well lit to look like daylight. I have a stool and a book tucked under the set's 'stairwell' and get in a few pages until the blackout. It's super-duper!

3justifiedsinner
nov 23, 2006, 9:48 pm

No I don't have a goal about what I read anymore but I do have a huge stack of unread books that must be read before I die. My day jobs are transient at best so I don't have that pressure but I do have an eleven year old son who must be cared for so reading time is limited. If I'm backstage I prefer to listen to the monitor and sense the audience reactions so I rarely read then. I was away in Maine on a regional recently and managed to read through 8 or 9 books in a month, even with rehearsals, socializing with the other actors and cooking there seem a world of time in the actor-house to read and listen to music. No other distractions I guess.

4lady_jasmine
Redigeret: jan 29, 2007, 4:44 pm

I somehow manage to be both an actress (with a day-job) and a compulsive reader. But I'm one of those people who can pull off reading back stage or during rehearsals. I'm not quite sure how I manage to keep one ear/eye on cues and one on my book, but I've yet to miss a cue.

Granted, I tend to do most of my reading late at night, when I'm coming down from rehearsal or performance.

5bookishbunny
apr 6, 2007, 9:51 am

Over the past week, the only reading I've been able to do backstage has been in preparation for my next audition for the Upstate Shakespeare Festival.

6blueguru
maj 17, 2007, 6:39 pm

I am an actress and I spend six days a week on 6-4 hour rehearsals (plus school) and I still read about 4 books a week. Is it really super hard to read backstage? I read backstage during rehearsals.

7musethalia
maj 21, 2007, 10:27 pm

Ooh, I can't read backstage - I just can't concentrate on either the book or the play that way. Unless I have an entire act offstage, it's hopeless.

I also had to make myself a personal rule: if I'm working on something, and I'm not offbook yet, no pleasure-reading allowed...

8bookishbunny
maj 22, 2007, 7:51 am

I try to stick to that rule, too. I'm not always so disciplined, though. :/

I'm the same way about needing a whole act off to be able to read, which hasn't happened in a long time. I can't read backstage during a show because I am completely terrified of missing a cue.

9sollocks
maj 24, 2007, 1:54 pm

I grew up with 7 younger siblings so I have long since learned how to compartmentalize. Selective hearing, I guess is the key to doing this. I can read and not be woken from my reading state by just about anything except for things that I've synchronized myself to such as:

- children crying
- stage manager's voice
- someone yelling: Fire
- my name or my character name, when spoken by director or sm
- a call to or from break
- certain lines or points in the script, music that indicates a cue

I am careful to always give myself plenty of time to prepare before going on, to put the one story out of my head so that I can fully devote myself to the one onstage.

I generally get through 3-4 books(depending on length) a week, + a play.

But then, I was a voracious reader long before I was an actor.