Day 4 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Acting I "classroom"
Acting I “classroom”

DAY FOUR:  I Wish My Foray into Acting Had Been Longer

“Have you ever considered pursuing this as a career?” my acting instructor asked.

I shook my head in response but let the idea linger. “I’m a singer,” I reminded myself. “That’s my dream.” Yet, those three semesters studying acting provided some of the most life-changing, spirit-moving, and artistically-inspired moments of my life.

I signed up for Acting I on a whim, wanting to spice up my boring class schedule that included Algebra, Health & Wellness, and Psychology. I spent the first few weeks tentative to step out of my comfort zone until I belted out a beloved musical theatre number – acapella style – during one of our class assignments. A door opened for me, and I no longer held back. I challenged myself with each scene assignment, tried comedy, and reveled in the Shakespeare and Medea monologues. Dramatic acting came as naturally to me as breathing. Just like writing a story, acting involved dissecting a character’s motivation and making her actions understandable.

I felt at home on stage, energized by the lights and inspired by my classmates’ performances. The Kelly that emerged from that time period was a young woman filled with self-confidence, pride, and an artistic spirit. I only wish I’d listened to my professor’s advice.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 108 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

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