The Gift That Acting Gave Me
Start writing a post

The Gift That Acting Gave Me

Why Theatre isn't a useless major.

The Gift That Acting Gave Me
Eduardo Domingos

I remember when I first announced that I was going to college for a Theatre Arts degree, one of my close friends said: "I'm sorry, but that sounds like a waste of money. You're just going to school to learn how to pretend better?" This stuck with me for a while. I constantly ask myself, "Is that all acting is? Is acting just pretending?"

It took me a while to come to my senses, but I made the realization that acting is much more than just "pretending." On my first day of acting class, my classmates and I learned that "Acting is living truthfully under an imaginary circumstance." In other words, while the situation may not actually be happening in reality, our emotions, feelings, and reactions are very real and truthful.

We started acting out scenes, but instead of giving us lines, our professor told us to simply state to our acting partner how we were feeling. For each scene, you would hear actors saying "I feel upset," "I feel happy," or "I feel hurt," based on the circumstance they were in. But there was one sentence that really stuck with me: "You make me feel..."

It never occurred to me that by being truthful with someone, you would actually gain more out of the situation. If you just stand there and say "I'm fine," or "I'm just tired," the scene won't go anywhere. The same goes for our everyday lives. If we just lie about how we're feeling, are we really growing or moving on with our lives?

I decided to take what I learned in class, and apply it to my everyday life. I can honestly say that my world opened up into a much broader place. By being truthful with how I was feeling, I got more out of life. While there were times when my honesty would hurt people, "You make me feel like I'm not enough," or "I feel hurt," it actually would make our relationship stronger. The more my friends and family knew how I was feeling, the more fulfilled and happier with my life I would become.

The same worked vice-versa. If I felt like I was affecting someone, I would ask "How are you feeling?" or "Is there anything I can do for you?" Asking people how they feel, made them more open with me, and I made more friends by showing that I genuinely care about how they felt.

Once you're more honest with expressing how you're feeling, the easier it is to solve conflicts or create new ideas. If you just suppress and lie about how you're feeling, you end up living in your own thoughts. You begin to over analyze every little thing that anyone ever does or says to you. There's nothing to achieve or gain. If you're more honest with others, you allow yourself to be more honest with yourself. You are allowing yourself to grow and gain new perspectives.

So when I graduate, and everyone asks me what I learned or gained during my time in college, I have the pleasure of saying, "I learned how to grow, feel, and tell the truth." And I can't help but think to myself, "How amazing is that?"

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments