If I didn’t hear these two words mispronounced as often as I do, I wouldn’t dream of mentioning them here in a blog for actors. But I do, so here they are:
SUPPOSABLY. Nope. No such word. You are TRYING to say SUPPOSEDLY. With a “d”, not a “b”.
EXPECIALLY. Again, no such word. It’s ESPECIALLY. With an “s”, not an “x”.
I suppose I should include the much-joked about AKSED, instead of ASKED. Nobody understands how that came about, but the misuse seems to be spreading.
CUT IT OUT! All of those mis-used, made-up words make the speaker sound ignorant. If you’re smart enough to be reading this, yet are guilty of the above, then consider yourself intelligent, but slightly misguided, pronunciation-wise. You are an actor. Fix it!
Not sure how this relates to acting, but writers and actors do share some common attributes – first and foremost, you are all at the mercy of an audience and your own personal “creativity demons”. Clint’s comments are worth considering.
Yes, it’s a great post!My current diucifflty is some positive feedback I’m receiving. It’s easier to push back my sense of my own obscurity and write in spite of it. Or to ignore my own critical inner voice and write anyway. Mind you, that isn’t precisely easy. It takes effort, persistent effort, but I’ve gotten used to doing it.The thing is, I’m accustomed to writing in my writer cave and wrestling with inner demons. I’m not at all used to blocking out praise while writing. And I need to learn how. Now! Because I’m finding it very distracting! Not that I’m getting waves of praise. Mostly I continue on in total obscurity. But even a little is throwing me off my center!I need and want to focus on the story coming through me, telling it to the best of my ability, and not, not, NOT worrying about what my audience will think!
We have no idea who “Jess” is, or why she’s addressed here, but this seems kind of heartfelt, so there you have it.
Oh Jess,This is just absolutely givnig me a feeling of willow trees all up and down my soul! THANK YOU for your love and generosity. I will forever cherish you as a caring and beautiful friend.I feel so proud to be set up on in this spotlight on such a talented and fierce actress’s page. Wow. Breath. I feel Big and happy now!So, I’d like you to know, and all of your collueges that may read this: Jess, you have impacted me greatly as an actor. In fact, I know that some of my pull into acting was sparked by experiencing your acting magic at Act One. You just sucked in the room with your truthfulness and beauty. I rememeber thinking, Woa, (besides being beautiful and big smiling Jess), she is really working it. THIS is ACTING. Watching you helped me grow tremendously. I was always amazed with how concentrated and focused you were on your needs in a scene. It made it just so titilating to watch. Nothing was going to knock you down. Nothing. Not even the sound of Ted’s peanut M&M’s munching.You’re going to have the world sucked into your stuff, Jess. And I am proud to have a friend and acting mate, like you.In the future, let’s work on something together. Maybe do Stuart’s movement exercises before we start filming.Yoyo. Have a nice fall Jessica Thigpen.Sincerely,Britt