Read On

This may feel like it comes out of nowhere, but I love to read. Which is good, because reading is a big part of an actor’s life. Scripts, treatments, trades, plays, research. You name it. I’m also a sucker for a fun, airy novel. Especially on airplanes. Have you ever tried reading a text book on an airplane? Snooze fest.

I’m lucky to have access to fantastic scripts on a regular basis and I devour them. There’s so much to learn from a well written script. It’s definitely helped shape how I write from a structural and creative stand point. I now understand how to differentiate between scenes and locations, interior and exterior shots. One of the most important things I’ve learned is not to underestimate the power of your own voice – it’s an excellent way infuse your own personality into a script. It’s more enjoyable for the reader to hear the writer’s perspective and language than stuffy ‘how I think this should be said’ crap. If you KitchenConfidentialswear, swear. If you talk bluntly, write bluntly. If you use beautiful descriptive language, well, you get the idea.

But I also find a good book enjoyable. The other night, after spending all day reading baby advice columns, I was ready for something a little more debaucherous. So I picked up Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and was immediately transported into the world of kitchen slang and the New York underworld chef life. I love this book because it reminds me of my early years in NYC when I was living with my brother who was a line cook. It was exactly what I needed to unwind at the end of the day.

What’s on your nightstand?

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