Hello and welcome to My Big Pink Dream, a 12-month experiment in Infinite Possibilities(a Mike Dooley book) where it’s all about acting as if! Seriously! Please be prepared, of course, to surrender to the willing suspension of disbelief Samuel Taylor Coleridge style (as you actually do when you’re reading a novel or watching a movie.) If you can do this, the infinite possibilities M. Dooley promises in his book and in your life await you. Give yourself 12 months. Expect it sooner, and enjoy the ride!
I was a stage and film actor (SAG and Equity) for years, yet in all that time, it never occurred to me to take those stage techniques that helped me transform into a character and apply them to my real life experiences. As we all know, a character in a film or book is believable only to the extent he can convince us by his actions and demeanor that he is. On stage or in film, an actor has to believe he IS that character in order to convince the audience he is. There were actually times when I felt as much my character as I did myself.
So much press has been given to “if you build it, they will come” (as in the movie) and “if you can only visualize it, it will be yours” (as in The Secret) and if you can, etc., blah blah blah – all of which is difficult to do – your life will be exactly as you want it to be. No wonder so many people have tried it and given up soon thereafter. It’s a little more complicated than that
as you can imagine. But, we’ll visit that in the next post… so put your acting shoes on!