The tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday stunned us all.
“Work was never about wanting fame or money. I never thought about that. I loved getting the job, going to rehearsal, playing someone else, hanging around with a bunch of actors. I needed that, the way you need water.”
Sarah Jessica Parker – Sam Magazine, 2005
Usually, performers are the harshest judges of our own work, far worse than any stage or film critic. But do we need self-criticism in order to be a good performer?
“When it gets down to it, there’s only ever really one person in the audience, no matter how big the crowd.”
Bono, one of the world’s most iconic performers, describes his relationship to the audience, and perhaps those representing our first audience…our families.
Last week I had the experience of witnessing the intense energy of celebrity first hand. Because of the work I did at the Jazz Foundation of America, I had the privilege of watching Bono up close as he performed for a JFA benefit at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.