(and Danny's feet)
Quote by Uza Aduba
Netflix just released Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black at the beginning of June. Even if you haven't seen it, you've definitely heard of it. The Netflix format (streaming online, seasons entirely complete upon release) and mainly female cast create a new, interesting, and game-changing television experience.
Last year, Danny and I watched Season 1 together; we have enjoyed getting to know Piper, "Crazy Eyes," "Red," and the rest of the inmates (and guards, for that matter). More than becoming acquainted with their prison characters, however, the fascinating back stories revealed in each episode have kept us both wanting more. Orange Is the New Black blends humor, drama, intensity, anxiety (which, if you know me, is so hard for me to watch, but it's worth it), and all of the complexities of human relationships. (This is not to say that parts of the show aren't inappropriate, raunchy, or uncomfortable--they are--with this is mind, view at your own risk.)
This week, I heard a Google Q & A interview of three OITNB actresses: Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, and Yael Stone. Though the talk, originally streamed live on May 30, is 53 minutes long, it helps provide depth to how the show has been so successful and how the actors themselves have come to and grown from the experience. (If you're interested, here it is.)
with Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, and Yael Stone
In terms of simplicity, self-awareness, and mindfulness, I was delighted by some of the responses by the cast members, particularly Uzo Aduba. She is beautiful, funny, and smart. Her responses, not to dismiss the others, helped to elevate the interview, the show, as well as illuminate the art/ processes/ skill/ love/ presence behind acting.
Towards the end of the talk, an audience member inquired what the actresses did to make it in acting--what they would suggest to any aspiring actors. Uzo's response was fabulous. She explained that her mother dropped her off in New York City with the following advice (also at the top of the post):
Just work hard.
I don't know what will come.
I don't know when it will come.
But something will come.
I've never heard of nothing coming from hard work.
At this, I nearly cried. I stopped it and went back to relisten. How profound! And in an interview I randomly watched about a prison comedy-drama! This is some of the best advice I have ever heard--and I was a little shocked that I was hit with it so abruptly.
This, in turn, is also advice for all of us. Whether it's acting, cooking, ice skating, cage fighting, learning, teaching... whatever it is you want to do, you must work hard.
Put in the time/ energy/ love/ dedication/ passion/ presence. If you do, you may not always get exactly what you set out for, but you will get something.
Labels: Go Ahead--Try It!, Life, The Power of Words