Yup. I need to look more stupid more often.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Stupid Is As Stupid Would If Stupid Would Be Bold
Michael Mendelson, one of my acting coaches in Portland, more than once noted that I avoid taking a firm stand or acting decisively either in issues of moment or in my work on stage. I bristled, because as anyone who knows--or reads--me knows, I can be bold in my assertions. But, Michael was correct. I do tend to qualify my thoughts and actions in ways that muddy my message. I also hesitate and avoid being pinned down (e.g., I've long noticed about myself that I always claim "several reasons" for any decision or action I take. One never seems to be enough.) Why? To avoid looking stupid (let's say that is sufficient reason, if not a complete one.)