After two weeks on the movie set of Creed, the latest in the Rocky saga, I write with a fresh perspective, a view that all the world is a stage. I’ve played a lot of roles in my life–welder, analyst, manager, father, coach, grandfather, and now a soccer hooligan and boxing fan in a stadium rooting for Pretty Ricky Conian from Liverpool. You might see my mug in the movie when it is released in November; you might not. That decision will be made in the editing room. Regardless, the experience was energizing, enlightening and fun.
Studying talented young director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and lead actor Michael B. Jordon (also Fruitvale Station) conduct their daily routine made one thing perfectly clear–we are all actors on the stage of life. The two of them went about their work focused, even while surrounded by cameramen, writers, sound people, coaches, supporting actors, and one thousand stand-ins. Their energy and commitment were a testament to the love of their profession and the art they create.
Whatever roll you play in life–friend, artist, athlete, trainer, teacher, musician, parent, or equestrian–is an opportunity to express yourself. Sometimes your daily routine can become tedious or mundane, that is the time to bear down, focus and work a little harder. The most important thing is to do your best work every time you perform. You might not think you have an audience, but someone is always watching. It could be a passerby, a veteran, a rabbi, a homeless person, or some directionless, impressionable kid who sees you earnestly landscaping the front of a property with determination and a smile on your face and thinks, Hey, that’s a gig I could do.