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abel d soto
abel soto IN THIS age of pragmatism and modernity, it is very surprising to note that there are a lot of people who remain impractical about certain aspects of their personality. Many people try to be what they are not, living their lives that they themselves oftentimes do not recognize anymore, thus being engulfed by loneliness and emptiness.

It is very disheartening to note that a lot of people are playing pretentious actors and actresses in the drama of their own lives. There is really nothing wrong with that (for acting is a way of life), except for this sad fact: they act bad!

I teach Dramatic Arts. And the first lesson that I teach to my students are the four general truths about acting. One of these four goes this way: Acting is not acting; it's being. The only way to be an exemplary and an effective actor is to not "act" at all, but to "be."

I believe that this is the wisdom that theater arts could impart to us: the value of being true to our very own selves, to the roles that we ourselves have chosen or that have probably been assigned to us by the greatest director of all time—God. If only every "actor" would "be," and not simply pretend to be the "character" that God wanted him to be, or to force himself to be someone that he is not, our world would probably have the grandest of all plays amongst all the plays that ever happened in history.

Richard Bach was very right when he wrote in one of his books this very enlightening truism: "A person's only obligation in his/her lifetime is to be true to his/her very own self." Think about it. Then act as you must

[About the author. Abel D. Soto took up his certificatory double major course in Creative Writing and Performing Arts at Centre for Arts Foundation, Inc. in Quezon City. He also finished the Managing the Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. He is a resident of Bacolor, Pampanga.]

-Posted: 7:18 AM 3/1/09 | More of this author on eK!