Category: Artist

How Can Men Get Started with an Acting Career

The theater is continually in need of strong male actors who can take on specific roles. Unfortunately, more and more people have given up on the idea of ever becoming famous through acting, and there is a severe shortage of qualified experts in the field. Because of this, it might be time for you to consider starting a career in acting yourself. There are a few things you need to be aware of before getting started. For one, you may still need or want to take an acting class to begin your career. It can be daunting and problematic without the proper acting training, so you’ll need to find a nearby school that you can go to for this need.


Acting schools can be pretty pricey, so it pays to do a bit of research to find one that fits your budget. Once you begin, you’ll learn all the basics necessary in order to land an acting role. In the beginning, you shouldn’t expect to start out big unless you get lucky and land something that enables you to grow in fame. What you should expect is to do a lot of local acting gigs, which will help tremendously when it comes to getting your name known and allowing other people to know what you’re all about.


Acting is definitely not for everyone, and a lot of people find that even despite getting the training that they need, they still don’t land any viable roles. The key is to be patient but consistent. You need to push yourself out of your comfort zone a lot when you’re an actor looking for roles. Try things that you might not think will make a big impact because you could very well come away surprised at what it’s done for you. Many actors have become famous from doing simple commercials in the beginning, so this might be a good place to start if you’re brand new to the field.


Celebrating the Life of A.R. Gurney

The prolific playwright, screenwriter, and novelist, A.R. Gurney passed away recently at the noble age of 86 years old. Gurney was a native of New York City and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Molly Gurney. Mr. Gurney also leaves behind four children and eight beloved grandchildren. The New York Times, a paper that has been involved in the career of A.R. Gurney for decades since his initial release of his classic play, The Cocktail Hour, has recently published a piece that relays the events of Gurney’s eventful life – a life that was filled to the brim with creative ingenuity, passionate storytelling, and utter talent.


Gurney was born in Buffalo, New York, the middle child of A.R. Gurney, Sr. and Marion Spaulding. After graduating from Williams College in 1952, Gurney attend Yale School of Drama for four years. He then began to work as a humanities professor at MIT. Gurney maintained a stead career as a professor for 20 years before he was able to write plays full time. His first successful play was The Dining Room, a play released in 1981. Following the commercial success of this play, Gurney began a career of full-time play and script writing. His stories often explored the anxieties of upper class, white, anglo saxon life in the Northeast. Having being brought up among this group of people, Gurney had a unique outlook on the lives of these people and included characters based off people he had known in New York in virtually every play he every wrote.


Following the release of his first successful play, which explored themes of culture, traditional values, infidelity, senescence, and denial, A. R. Gurney went on to produce over 50 unique plays, 4 novels, and 10 screen plays. The writer is know remembered for his extraordinary contribution to American theatre, his courageous style of writing that reflecting the ideals of an entire generation, and his love for the arts.