Alex replied, "The one thing I wish someone told me was–"
One of the first things Alex said was, “This isn’t an acting workshop, or a writing workshop, it’s a blend of the two and how they work in telling a story.” One of the truly empowering notions was that as artists, we all tell stories, be it on a page or on a stage, we are part of the storytelling process, and that we should work to tell our stories and not wait for someone to tell them for us.
I can’t possible begin to summarize a day's worth of teachings in a few paragraphs. We analyzed scenes from Birdman, read and broke down some of Alex’s plays and pilots, each one different but in the end offering the same lesson that Alex said he wish he’d been told when he first started. Stories have a rhythm and a structure. In recognizing these similarities, regardless of the medium, as artists we can imprint our interpretation of these stories and bring our version of life to what we write, and what we perform.
I like to believe this can be applied to most aspects of life as an artist, we are in a constant battle with our own “Act Two” longing to find that third and final act, rest assure you will get there, you just have to push through.