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Encourage the Actor (c) 2009

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Encourage the Actor
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The three branches of government frequently bad-mouth Hollywood. And the parent frequently bad-mouths the offspring that chooses the entertainment arts. By the time that the actor gets to the age of success, he’s primed to disagree with darn near anything that the standard society advances. Even if the standard society and the actor actually agree on a theme, chances are the actor will disagree simply because it took so much effort and alternative means to achieve the success level of the actor. Better it will be that government encourage and praise Hollywood, that parents encourage their offspring to go into the entertainment industry. Then the result will be an employee or entrepreneur that fought just the industry and not the government to get success. Then the result will be an actor that might support our country when they are on the top. When you are unemployed, you watch the media. When the unemployment rate is high, you have a bunch of people watching the same themes. You need to define success as somebody who is not patently and eternally disagreeable to every idea regardless of the source. Let’s instead build up the actor and actress. Here are some arguments that favor the entertainment industry.
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GET SKILLED, NOT ANGRY. There are really few channels that play the sitcoms. The others are news, special interest, or reality channels. The actors in the sitcoms are currently getting a bad press. They do show the themes that we want to see more than those of the reality shows. Those in the reality shows are not trained to give the audience what they want. The reality show casting people try to give one-dimensional people that project strongly around which story lines can be written. Actors in sitcoms instead offer a variety of characters around which any writer can write a story easily. The actor or actress could regard the reality show as a casting call or an improvisational attempt with a discount rate of pay. They can then stage the anger, depression, happiness and the gratuitous sex shot at better intervals. There is nothing worse than seeing a non-actor get angry. You are really watching an angry person and that’s depressing.
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GET NEW CRITICS. Who watches the current sitcom? For example look at 8 Simple Rules, Spin City, and Grounded for Life. They air these shows all the time but, you still cannot name these comedians. The shows failed due to lack of interest or maybe because the critics regarded them poorly from the start. And the critics wait for us to tell them what is funny. The critics look at the viewer looking at the critic while the show gets lost.
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DON’T WORK SO HARD. The shows get more complicated. The actors learn their crafts to greater extents but the effort is not really necessary. Possibly the actors need to work less hard and writers need to invent less complicated scripts, but both do need a new set of critics. The sitcom offers one 30 minute message in response to a 5 day critique. Who wins? The best show then is that show based on “pass the hot potato” away from the critic.
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BEEF and BREASTS. The reality shows are deeper into skin than the traditional dramas and sitcoms ever were. The reality shows may even be overtaking the traditional outlets that the actors previously occupied. So where did the writers, directors, and producers go wrong? The viewers still project past values towards the bodies of the actors instead of the bodies of the reality flashes-in-the-pan. Yet reality shows are taking over. We must free up the creative talents of the acting industry to include the body. Build a new portfolio which includes shows for adults, children, and adults/children. But just as there are actors skilled at pure drama, there are also actors skilled at physical comedy. The themes of the reality shows are unreal. The behavior of the participants is similarly unrealistic. No one could survive in those environments. Nor could these people survive long with such pathologically destructive behavior traits. Let the writers blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction then insert REAL actors without the knowledge of the viewer. Lastly, spread the money shots throughout the 30 minute or 60 minute show and work less hard throughout. We tune in to see the strong actor, not the plot. And the plot is well written to show off the strong actor.
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DRAMA TASTES BETTER. Writers keep on inventing more story lines. While trying to relate to grassroots America, they continually produce cleaned-up versions of base themes. Those humble themes are poverty and prison. Now you cannot get too real with either of these themes so you bring the themes into cleaned-up middle-class settings and perpetuate them with a “sure it will work” attitude. No you cannot get poverty and crime to succeed in middle-class settings. But instead of bucking the trend, the writer must go with what sells. We as viewers, in return, must watch as plausible those themes which currently happen among our peers on the down-side. Watch these shows with a “This IS what is going on in grassroots America. But no this IS NOT what is going on in our own homes.” Writers ARE in touch with modern America. We are not all living in poverty nor are we in prison. But we do like to see people triumph over monumental problems. The trouble is that we rarely share those monumental problems. The writers stage these turmoils in the settings that the viewers share. The mismatch is incredulous, but you have to give the writers credit for pulling it off as believable. Compare a drama with TruTV. Dramas have people triumphing over their own crimes. TruTV has people being hauled off to jail by the trailer full. Regardless of the production expense, the drama is a better show to watch. Once again, the actor holds the highest grade over the non-actor.
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THE OMNI-WRITER. The writer gleans from a broad base of experience the human stories that will be interesting to the viewer. The writer presents themes which are common to the viewer and mixes those themes with ideas which are just challenging enough to keep the viewer awake. The writer knows what keeps attention better than the viewer.
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Support Hollywood and those who aspire to be a part of it.
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Encourage the Actor( c ) 2009 are copyrights of Jay Willis (BBA, BA), Marietta , GA. All rights reserved.

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