Armin Zaphiratous

Pause and Reflect. Or Not

Armin addresses a complaining actor, and the question of moving to the Big Apple.

published Friday, October 8, 2010

►Dear Armin,

I’m in a play and the director is a micro-managing, egomaniac who shoots down every creative choice I make for my character. Should I fight for my choices, or is the director always right? Thanks, T.

Dear T.,

Fight tooth and nail as long as your choices are good ones! do you know if they're good? Oh, you don't because you're just a stupid-ass actor! Seriously, any remotely sober director has twice the congnitive and instinctual ability as the most sober actor. What you call micro-managing, I call attention to detail. You may call me an egomaniac, but I am in fact just really, really incredible at what I'm doing and I'm aware of that fact. So, TOM, if you'll learn your freaking lines and act ON them and not for three full seconds before you manage to spit them out then we will not have problems and you won't feel compelled to write crappy questions to my advice column. You're creating pauses where there should not be pauses! STOP PAUSING! ― YOURS, ARMIN

►Dear Armin,

I’ve been acting in the area for a while and really want to move to New York, but I’m not sure if I’m ready. How do I know?

Dear Little Fish,

If your idea of personal space is when a crazy person is not currently standing on your toes, then you're ready to move to New York. I kid, I kid. Kind of. Seriously though, if you're ready to dive into an enormous sea of actors and think you have what it takes to stay afloat then go for it. Of course, I hope you have at least three months of living expenses in savings. So, in New York that means you'll need about $35,000. I kid! Kind of. ― YOURS, ARMIN

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 Thanks For Reading

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Pause and Reflect. Or Not
Armin addresses a complaining actor, and the question of moving to the Big Apple.
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