Acting and roles

When the story of ‘little me’, or more often ‘poor little me’, takes over then our life and those of others around will suffer from our mind and its ego. The victim is the drama of the story and all about how something affects us and the fragility of the ego needs to be defended.

When we live as our true essence, from our soul, without the need to act out a role or story, then we can be at peace and others too.

The roles we play are where disappointment, attachment, expectation, burden and suffering live.

Don’t act just be.

Don’t queue to be an ‘Atmospherian’


I was listening to a podcast from 99%Invisible, Roman Mars, all about film extras, and the now world famous Central Casting in Burbank California. The story behind how Central Casting came to be is fascinating and it was born out of the exploitation of mainly women by the Hollywood film industry.

Extras were referred to as ‘atmospherians’, which I thought was a wonderfully descriptive phrase for people who are the mute crowd in films.

It’s interesting that these people will literally queue all night and through the day just get a chance to register with Central Casting, that’s not to get a job as an ‘atmospherian’, that’s simply to get a chance of getting on the database.

There are two points here:

1. The words we use are important, if you want to stand out don’t use the normal, mainstream and unremarkable, use words like ‘atmospherians’ or even better create your own unique words that are rich and descriptive.

2. Don’t queue all your life to get chosen by others. Choose yourself, bypass the heartache of waiting for others to notice you. Bypass the process of queueing day after day hoping to get on a database. Create your own stuff, make yourself the lead role not the extra.

You can become a ‘creatorian’.