The students want to create.
But they chafe when presented a form.
They interpret creativity with freedom.
Freedom of expression.
But they are wrong.
Freedom of expression is a functional of politics, not art.
Art is a relationship of content and form.
The idea and the canvas.
The sound and the notes.
The inspiration and the words.
The expression and the technique of the dancer.
Actors must learn to embrace and understand how form creates true freedom.
The freedom on knowing that the artistic moment will be communicated by the form.
The athlete understands this while she perfects the serve that becomes the ace, which must be delivered within the lines.
The athlete acknowledges this while he practices the jump shot after the fake, which must be performed within the chaos of the game.
The musician revels in this as they select the time signature for the tune.
The actor must learn to work with the forms:
Here are the most common complaints I receive from students of acting, which all reveal a problem of understanding how to adjust to real life forms:
"I didn't have enough time."
"We didn't work on my scenes enough"
"The staging is a problem for me."
My scene partner is not giving me what I need."
There is never enough time. You will never finish working on your role. The staging is never just about you. Your scene partner is never as good as you.
Learn to understand the forms you are placed in. Learn to accept that there are aspects to the form you will have troublew with.
Put the energy you spend complaining and in frustration instead in the service of creating something wonderful within the form that exists.
Now you can begin understand what making art is all about.
When Van Gogh ran out of canvas, he painted on paper. When he ran out of paper, he painted on a table top. He never stopped painting, he simply adjusted to the form that was presented to him.