MAGIC IS REAL and you transport yourself to Alternate Universes and create #Magic all the time.
Every time you play a video game, read a book, listen to particular music, watch a TV show, go to the movies, write an AU, read an AU, or people-watch and imagine what their lives are like, each time, you transport yourself to an Alternate Universe. You step into an AU.
I was taught this fundamental truth by my acting coach, Crystal Carson, whom I respect tremendously: As an actor, we are charged with the task of creating a human to live in an AU written by someone. Crystal teaches HOW to bring that AU to life. It’s brilliant. (Click www.crystalcarson.com if you wanna know more.)
Crystal says, and I believe, that In order for you, the audience, to be transported to an AU when you watch me, I, the actor, must accept the AU as my Truth.
I was Taught this by Crystal Carson and then I Learned it and Internalized it after being on tumblr and making the connection between Acting and AU.
Here’s what I was taught and what I believe: As an actor, I live the life from inside the AU that was provided to me by the writer. The script IS my ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. I flesh it out, I create it using information provided by on the page - in the lines, the stage directions, even the page number - and I use all of that information as clues that tell me who this person is that I am bringing to life. This way, I bring the person to life honors the story-line.
AUs derived from the one created by the original/writer’s AU are terrific fun to read! They are AAUs, if you will :) But, the life I live when I go to the writer’s AU, the original AU must be True to her/his vision. I, the actor, ADD to the AU, but only in a way that is consistent with the original AU. Perhaps when someone says they hate a ‘ship or an AU, perhaps it is in part because it deviates from the original AU more than or in a different direction than they prefer. But, I believe there are no right/wrong AUs or ‘ships. They just Are. Don’t read it if you don’t dig it. I, personally, enjoy the variations! And yet, I make sure that they remain entertainment and do not affect the life I’ve created from the original AU.
It is my task is to use the script to determine what the character wants to accomplish by having this conversation.
THEN I imagine past events that brought me/as this person to this particular place in this life; THEN I picturing details of every person place or thing mentioned in the script;
THEN I will have thoughts and opinions about what’s happening and about the people I’m with THEN I get face-to-face with them and I have a conversation and try to get what I want/need from them;
THUS, I naturally bring with me all of my thoughts, fears, loves, opinions, and those things are expressed on my face and in my actions. CUZ THAT’S WHAT HUMANS DO IRL… lol.
THEN when the other person(s) engage with me as I feel and think things, they in turn, will be effected and have their own responses; and
THEN their responses affect me and my thoughts, feelings, opinions, manner of speech, actions - everything.
It becomes a cycle. It becomes an unpredictable living moment full of vitality that is capable of effecting anyone who witnesses it.
By doing this, “a scene with actors” MAGICALLY transforms instead into a living moment that exists in A REAL LIFE which happens to occurs in an ALTERNATE UNIVERSE.
JR Bourne and Crystal Reed both step willingly into the Alternate Universe that Jeff Davis created that we all know as Beacon Hills. It’s wonderful.
Do you understand? [SAY IT! ;) jk] I/Eaddy, live in THIS UNIVERSE, known to us in the URL as IRL (but is it really? lol…ha. that’s a blog for another time ;)
But, now, please recall the moment in the Teen Wolf Universe when I/Victoria Argent stumble out from behind a dumpster after being bitten by an Alpha werewolf, and I see my husband in the distance, and I fall into his arms in relief. If I am alive as Victoria in that AU, I FEEL things and though I have no words to say when my husband sees the bite, I see the dread in his eyes, the sadness of what we both know this bite means and without a single word, but with my entire Being I scream silently in emotional pain:
“I’M SO SORRY! I DIDN’T MEAN TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN! I’M SO SORRY! PLEASE FORGIVE ME! I LOVE YOU! I DID IT FOR ALLISON. I WAS TRYING TO HELP. I’M SO SORRY, MY CHRIS!”
And he hears the scream radiating off my body and through my eyes and without a word, he tells me he loves me and then he looks away from my eyes so I wont see the fear and helplessness he is Feeling and then he kisses my forehead because he wants me to know that he forgives me and loves me despite my recklessness and I am washed over with love and admiration and regret.
And YOU watch-on from afar. And you experience it, too. You are effected. Your other senses are touched by music that echoes the feelings within the moment. And you are changed.
It’s Magic. It’s real. And it’s wonderful.
Being a “TeenWolfie” or part of any fandom is boldly proclaiming: I AM EFFECTED AND ENRICHED BY THE MAGIC OF THIS ALTERNATE UNIVERSE!
I love being part of the creation of that Magic that engulfs you. It’s why I do what I do.
And Know this:
Every time you tell me in some way - by creating and posting a gif, a AAU, a sketch, a song, or sending me a note - that you are touched by the Magic, I am honored; I am grateful; I am pleased and encouraged — and I, in response to you, am affected and enriched by your change! Thus, you and I have created our own cycle of wonderful feels.
Do you see?
That’s why I honestly say I love you, the fan. That’s why I thank you. And it is also why I tolerate zero hate. Hate breaks the Magic. I can’t stop hate from happening, but I can stop myself from listening to it. And I do. Because I choose to instead:
Believe in Magical Thinking.
Do you Believe? I hope so.