by Cutter Slagle, author
I don’t know too much about acting (though I did once star in a Japanese music video), but I do know this: acting is a lot like writing. In both cases, a story is being told — but expressed in two different ways.
For example, in Daddy’s Home, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell use comedy to show viewers what it may be like to have a stepparent. These actors most likely tell this story much differently than authors Marti Melville or Barnacle Bill Bedlam would — actors, writers, all creative types have unique and individual ways of doing things. And isn’t that what makes art (movies and books — I can’t really get behind paintings and museums) so wonderful? Interpretation is fantastic!
The same idea can be said for Adam Sandler and his new Netflix show, the Ridiculous 6. Now, personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead watching this show. Okay, maybe after a cocktail or six, but there is obviously an audience for it; Netflix seemed to think so (i.e. it’s now streaming). And while Sandler, David Spade, Luke Wilson, and the rest of the cast may each choose different ways to tell this stupid unusual story, at the end of the day, they’re still telling a story.
Is there an overall point to this madness? Somewhere, I think, most likely hiding and waiting desperately for someone to find it.
Voice, that’s it! Yes! Acting and writing are all about (in my opinion — I can be politically sometimes, but not often) voice. Everyone has a voice. Is there an audience for your voice? There’s only one way to find out! Start telling your story and see who listens.
Doce Blant Publishing is listening! So, Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg, and Will Ferrell . . . if you guys ever get tired of acting and need a new outlet for your creativity, put the pen to paper and join the likes of Jaye Helm, Robert M. Kelly, and Joel Silverman over at the Doce Blant Publishing Team! Like Ellie Goulding says: what are you waiting for?