I am trying to define who I want to be as an actor
Jul 31, 2019
Basically, I am trying to fit myself to the image of the characters I would like to play. A lot of this involves the shape, and fitness, of my body.
I have always been able to play the "heavy." Playing the menacing character has always been my type, even when I was at my heaviest. I have been told I have an angry face.
However, to play the menacing guy honestly, in this day and age, I need to be able to get back my ability to stage fight. I need to be able to tumble and take the falls. That requires a level of fitness that I have let slip by.
I have lived in the gym. It makes me strong. It does not make me fit. I contemplated Crossfit, but I have heard too many horror stories about injuries due the to culture of crossfit. My own brother suffered such an injury during his crossfit phase. If I am honest with myself, that takes a backseat to the fact that I am not, nor have I ever been, a joiner. Crossfit is a culture of group. I am a loner.
So, I thought back to the time in my life when I was the most fit. The Army. The Army does not send you to the gym. They do calisthenics. Calisthenic exercises today have expanded beyond what the Army taught me.
I spent the last month on multiple fitness challenges. I feel fantastic. Now, I will slip into a regular routine. I may not gain the size I once had, but at 53, I think it is time to be nicer to my joints. Muscle is still added weight.
Just as I have recently left certain performing gigs that no longer align with my focus, I am shaping the physical part of my instrument to better align to my goals as a performer.
It is a strong reminder that we never stop learning and training.
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