For it works in the impermanent medium of human flesh and blood, and the thing that the actor create―for what we call an interpretative artist is really a creative artist working in a perishable medium―is an impression upon, an emotion or a thought aroused in, the minds of an audience, and is incapable of record.
Acting, then, let me postulate―though I have only sketched ever so briefly the proof of my belief―can be a great art. But is anyone ever deterred from taking part in amateur theatricals by the consideration that he cannot act well? Not a bit of it! And quite rightly not, for acting is one of the things about which I am writing this essay―the things that are worth doing badly.
Another such thing is music; but here the proverbial fallacy again exerts its power, Nike Shoes NZ as it does not, for some obscure and unreasoning discrimination, in acting. Most people seem to think that if they cannot sing, or play the piano, fiddle, or sackbut, admirably well, they must not do any of these things at all. That they should not indiscriminately force their inferior performances upon the public, or even upon their acquaintances, I admit. But that there is no place “in the home” for inferior musical performances, is an untruth that I flatly deny.