Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theater, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play.

Acting requires a wide range of skills, including vocal projection, clarity of speech, physical expressivity, emotional facility, a well-developed imagination, and the ability to interpret drama. Acting also often demands an ability to employ dialects, accents and body language, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime, and stage combat. Many actors train at length in special programs or colleges to develop these skills, and today the vast majority of professional actors have undergone extensive training. Even though one actor may have years of training, they always strive for more lessons; the cinematic and theatrical world is always changing and because of this, the actor must stay as up to date as possible. Actors and actresses will often have many instructors and teachers for a full range of training involving, but not limited to, singing, scene-work, monologue techniques, audition techniques and partner work.

People say I am paranoid. Paranoia, as we all know, is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself. Making false accusations and the general distrust of others also frequently accompany paranoia. For example, an incident most people would view as an accident, a paranoid person might make an accusation that it was intentional.

Am I paranoid? I prefer to think I am not. I prefer to think that over the years I have been subjected to a wide assembly of bad acting. There is good acting and there is bad acting. It doesn’t take the polished skill of a talented director to detect bad acting. Any reasonably intelligent adult can see the wide difference between a high school production of Hamlet and a performance of the play presented by gifted actors. Bad acting always betrays a lack of sincerity, a disparity between what the actor intends to express and what he succeeds in expressing. The talent to detect bad acting is akin to the ability to detect the disingenuousness of people in our environment.

Why is it that we so readily accept the notion that an individual can detect bad acting, but we are so quick to dismiss as paranoid an individual’s perception that people in his environment are insincere?

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