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Thinker13
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Posted 06/28/12 - 1:04 PM:
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Hey lib,

I forgot in which thread I wrote about 'back to school.'

I just wanted to ask you something:

Generally, schools tend to do bad with creativity. It's mostly true because of the very structure of school systems. Many thinkers have detested the idea of schools and insisted on private tutors.

In India however, I think that in Bollywood, gems in acting have mostly been NSD(National School of Drama) passouts. They heavily outnumber the natural actors when it comes to 'high quality acting.'

My point is: How come there seems to be no adverse effect on acting by NSD, in India. I don't know about Hollywood--who all are from acting schools in Hollywood?

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Posted 06/29/12 - 9:39 AM:

I don't know much about acting schools in Hollywood or elsewhere, but a great number of famous actors have had some sort of formal training, if not at a school then by an acting coach.

My ex-boyfriend has been encouraging me to go to film school for a number of years and I will tell you, I have avoided it for the reason you cited - because I expected it to deter my creativity. I had taken college classes before and I found the structure of higher education to be quite stifling - first of all, that they force to take classes in other areas in which you have no interest, and secondly that the process of matriculation is so dehumanizing, so many hoops to jump through and so on.

Well, the time came around that I began to take an interest in filmmaking. And having been turned off somewhat by the college process, I moved forward learning things on my own and experimenting with the filmmaking process privately. I feel like I learned a lot and I'm glad that I did that. I think it was a good opportunity to hone my focus on my own terms.

Now, however, I find that my vision extends far beyond what my skills can achieve. From a technical sense, knowing how to rent and operate very expensive camera equipment is not something you can learn from a book (especially because there are no books which teach such things). Also, it occurred to me that going to a technical school is far different from general education at a college. All classes will be focused strictly on filmmaking, and not on boring topics like economy and other typically required general education classes at a regular college.

Anyway, I think I digress. Regarding the acting school question, I think some people have natural talent and that talent brings them intuitively to know or be able to figure out most of the things that can be taught in school. However, anyone who wishes to be an expert in a topic would be remiss not to explore every opportunity to learn what they can about it, I think. And there are certainly advantages to working socially in a group and having the feedback and energy of the group to help you figure out what you're doing. Still, it's not the only way to learn, nor is it necessarily the best.
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Posted 07/04/12 - 3:35 AM:

lib wrote:
Now, however, I find that my vision extends far beyond what my skills can achieve. From a technical sense, knowing how to rent and operate very expensive camera equipment is not something you can learn from a book (especially because there are no books which teach such things). Also, it occurred to me that going to a technical school is far different from general education at a college. All classes will be focused strictly on film-making, and not on boring topics like economy and other typically required general education classes at a regular college.

Anyway, I think I digress. Regarding the acting school question, I think some people have natural talent and that talent brings them intuitively to know or be able to figure out most of the things that can be taught in school. However, anyone who wishes to be an expert in a topic would be remiss not to explore every opportunity to learn what they can about it, I think. And there are certainly advantages to working socially in a group and having the feedback and energy of the group to help you figure out what you're doing. Still, it's not the only way to learn, nor is it necessarily the best.


"Visions extending far beyond what skills can achieve," is a great line. I agree and I think it's like any other thing in life, pretty Karmic. Lord of the tenth navamasha for me is 'Venus' and lord of the radix tenth house is 'Mercury.' At material level I am affected by analytical, calculation-related, divinatory works but at subtle level it's artistic and beautiful dream-like things which attract me.


These two planets affect my career a great deal but for you, I think that 10th house must be very much affected by Venus. smiling face
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