A Chorus Line : about the song 'nothing'...

about the song 'nothing'...

i can totally relate! i cannot fake emotion or sensation. i have to be there, in the situation, feeling it for real. and this pretending i'm something, like an ice cream cone? not happening!! i have a very good imagination but not in that way. i could really relate to diana morales in that song! i guess i would make a bad actress!! lol.

anyone else feel that way?

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Yes! And the fact that the teacher let the other students make fun of her. I think that was the biggest thing. She was right - That BS was absurd!

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This man is nothing! This course is nothing! A good teacher would have you do more than just be a bobsled, table, ice cream cone, etc. 99.9% of the time you get a part, you're playing a person, so the effort should be on playing people, not things.

If you're going to school, try to pick a LARGE campus so if something goes wrong, you have a chance to change to another teacher. On some small campuses, there's only one teacher teaching a certain course, and you can't escape the situation.

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I totally related to her story, from my days as an acting student. There are the great instructors who lead a legit course for the professional seekers...and there are indeed the ayy-holes.

And it could have been an independant acting course [non academic] that Morales took.

Peanutlee33

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Though it's worth pointing out the song does end on a bittersweet, ironic note, rather than a triumphant one.

Was the teacher out of line? Yes. But at the same time, you can argue Morales was not really open to the exercises to begin with and gave up too easily.

"Acting -- the best special effect there is." (Stuart Gordon on Re-animator commentary)

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Most of the 'exercises' Morales mentioned during the song, were honestly bupkus. No acting courses I ever took during my early days included such utter nonsense like being sports cars and ice cream cones. [just saying]

Student actors are basically taught role-play, breathing, scene layouts, emotions, and body exercises in order to brace actual physicality.



Peanutlee33

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Oh I get you, believe me, I've taken classes too. The teacher is supposed to be eccentric and hardcore.

"Acting -- the best special effect there is." (Stuart Gordon on Re-animator commentary)

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Gotta love those eccentric hardcore acting instructors :)

Peanutlee33

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